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March 9, 2010

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — ifindkarma @ 12:20 pm

TrendTracker’s retweet of me??– that 80% of success is showing up — made me truly wonder if Woody Allen really said that. So I googled it and found??that I was not the only one who was confused…

“I believe it was Woody Allen who said, ‘Half of life is showing up.'”
Showing up is eighty percent of life. ??– Woody Allen, from The Harper Book of Quotations 3rd ed.”
“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. – Woody Allen”
“Comedian Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of life is showing up.”
“Woody Allen has been quoted as saying something like, ‘Seventy-five??percent of life is showing up.'”
“It’s like Woody Allen said: 90 percent of life is showing up.”
One page asserts that the quotation is from Allen’s film “Play it??Again, Sam” (1972):
“In one particular movie, Play It Again Sam, he says to the character??played by Diane Keaton, ‘I’ve figured out the secret to being??successful in life.’ She looks at him as if to say, ‘You can’t even??tie your shoes. What do you know about the secret to being successful??in life?’ And Woody Allen utters the following words, ‘Being??successful is eighty percent showing up. Eighty percent of being??successful in life is showing up.'”
And in a documentary film that aired last year on Turner Classic Movies??channel, Woody Allen apparently acknowledges that he is the originator??of the quote. From a review of the film:
He’s baffled that his advice to young playwrights — ’80 percent of??life is showing up’ — is so well known. ‘That quote has been used??10,000 times all over the world to represent me with some kind of??profound insight,’ he says. ‘As if I could determine the percentage.'”
Which led me to Google some more…
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen
“Eighty percent of success is just showing up.” — Woody Allen
“Eighty percent of success is NOT just showing up.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, TED Talk
And the inimitable Flickr photos, from Flowers to Paris
So what have I learned today? Life and success depend on lots of things. Just show up, okay? And while you’re at it, you’re likely to do better if you show up on time and with a decent attitude, thankyouverymuch.



  1. If 80% of success is showing up, 90% of success is showing up early.http://bobulate.com/post/532381492/the-other-20-percent

    Comment by Anonymous — June 22, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  2. See also: Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk.http://www.rescuemarketing.com/blog/2009/03/01/woody-allen-persistence-elizabeth-gilbert/

    Comment by Anonymous — June 22, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

  3. I love the first five minutes and the last five minutes of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk.http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

    Comment by Anonymous — June 22, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  4. Also, be mindful of the Law of Inclusion:http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/everything-is-about-inclusion

    Comment by Anonymous — June 23, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  5. Michael Wolfe says positioning is as important as showing up.http://michaelrwolfe.posterous.com/not-luck-not-talent-but-positioning

    Comment by Anonymous — December 25, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

  6. I’m a big fan of this quotation. And eighty percent of love is just holding your ground. RK HendersonRusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermithttp://rustyring.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Laodah — January 30, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  7. Laodah, well said.So, life is hard. Go for dopeness not wackness.http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2010/07/19/life-is-10-how-you-make-it-and-90-how-you-take-it/Good times.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 22, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  8. Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond. — Daymond John, Shark Tank

    Comment by Anonymous — March 26, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  9. That last line was so good it became its own post:http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/life-is-like-business-its-20-percent-what-hapSuccess is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm~ Sir Winston Churchill

    Comment by Anonymous — April 5, 2011 @ 12:14 am

  10. Success is 80% attitude and 20% aptitude.http://www.career-success-for-newbies.com/attitude-quotes.html

    Comment by Anonymous — April 12, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  11. "As if I could determine the percentage" … let’s put that to a prediction market and leverage the wisdom of crowds…. http://home.inklingmarkets.com/markets/39469

    Comment by PieterShethVoss — September 21, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

  12. 99% of success in entrepreneurship is showing up. http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/14/woody-allen/

    Comment by Anonymous — January 15, 2012 @ 5:43 am

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