Stand Up and Be Counted

You’ve heard that showing up is half the battle.  I never used to put much weight into that statement, but over the years I have seen this to be true.  I’ve often told people who are looking for a job the old adage, “just get your foot in the door.”  From there, if you’ve got a great work ethic and are willing to learn, chances are you’ll excel.

I find this statement to be even more true in personal matters.  I’m a big Ken Blanchard fan and he has some great points on this subject. Think about the people in your life who “show up” when tougher times hit.  Who’s the friend that gives you a call when everyone else seems to be running the other direction.  Ponder these 3 questions Ken offers:

  1. Who can you count on to show up in your life?  What does that mean to you?
  2. For whom do you show up? How does it matter to them?
  3. Is there a person you now realize needs you to show up? How can you showing up shift events?

As always, the basics in life are the key.  Most problems are simple.  It may be that someone just needs to show up and care.  Life, art, work and play go hand-in-hand.  If you can be the same guy behind closed doors, when you’re alone  on a business trip, when a friend needs a helping hand or when a colleague could use some backing, you’ll be well on your way to a successful life and career.  Show up. Be counted.

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About Tom Brauch

Love your family. Serve others. Try your best. Make friendship a fine art. Drink deeply from good books. Make each day your masterpiece. Give thanks for your blessings. Master your emotions. Accept responsibility. Reject passivity. Lead courageously. Don't hold onto things. Play hard. Work with passion. Put integrity first. Laugh at the world. Persist until you succeed. Act now. Refine.
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