Here is an old quote from Woody Allen that has entered the realm of Respected Axioms.

It’s a reminder that progress requires action. Allen said,

“80% of success is showing up.”

In a recent interview with The Motley Fool investment advisors, Allen recalled that quote:

“I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen.

“All the other people struck out without ever getting to the plate. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing. Once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that is the biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.”

If you want to do something, you must start.

You can further your career with training classes, college courses, or you can open up a text editor and start your great American novel.

Your goals don’t have to be lofty either. Want to be a citizen and homeowner? Get up, Dress up, and Show up every day and do your best.