13 Comments to “Showing Up is 90 Percent of Success”

  1. Michelle

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    On over-thinking things, no kidding! I tend to project much too far into the future when I have no idea what the future may bring.

    Living in the moment… would this be akin to just showing up? I would think so. I’m working or ‘playing’ on the computer and my dogs perk up their ears at my every movement. And now I ask… What am I waiting for as I sit at my computer, wasting away.

    Thanks, Laura-Jane for this post.

  2. Laura-Jane - Whimfield

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    We are all sitting at our computers and wasting away! But…to me…my computer, this place, it’s my happy place. So it certainly isn’t wasting away at all. Plus, here we are, contemplating good questions, so that is mind-expanding. Right? Right? Someone please agree with me. Cam would disagree though. He would say that the only way to spend one’s life is to snowshoe through the woods. We all have our thing and our place.

  3. Michelle

    Feb 23rd, 2010

    I am torn. I work on my computer (part-time) but spend full-time hours sitting, reading, writing, communicating, getting inspired… yet my waistline is expanding, my blood pressure increasing and my housework mounting (just to name a few) so I wonder… Cam has a valid point. Right? Right?

  4. ellen

    Feb 23rd, 2010

    You’re absolutely right. It’s usually that first step!

    thanks for “showing up” at my blog btw! :)

  5. Andy Collier

    Feb 23rd, 2010

    The day has many hours in it, there is time for snow shoeing and blogging! (and baking bread, and math homework, and building a kids room, and bringing in firewood, and researching straw bale wall rain screens, building snow forts….)

  6. Kim

    Feb 23rd, 2010

    As far as I’m concerned, just getting out of bed is ’showing up’ for me. No, just kidding … sort of …
    My happy time is inside – computer, writing, books, baking, naps, cats, but I do have to make a regular appearance outside to make the man happy, and to remind myself that there is, indeed, a big ‘ol world out there!
    As for blog topics, you have my deepest respect. As a new blogger to family and friends, I cannot fathom being able to come up with new ideas and topics. I’ve already run out of things to say, lol.

  7. Mom Marjorie

    Feb 24th, 2010

    Perhaps you’d like my take on the 90% rule in light of the professional orchestral musician, Laura-Jane and friends! Classical musicians are not only committed to showing up on time (musician’s union gigs) but are expected to show up able to play 100% of the notes accurately before the first rehearsal’s down-beat. Then we just polish those 100% perfectly-played notes for phrasing, articulation, intonation and dynamics in conjuntion with the other 50 or so musicians who have also arrived with 100% of their notes perfectly prepared. This is the ‘norm’and for most repertoire this is attainable. But I must admit that this week many of my orchestra colleagues and I are freaking out as we “woodshed” in our separate practise rooms, because the repertoire for this Saturday’s concert is so full tricky bits at a furiously fast pace that we fear we won’t arrive with our 100% – and perhaps won’t even attain 100% even after our three rehearsals. Uh oh,; I’d better go practise – I’m at about 15% so far!!

  8. Bradley

    Feb 24th, 2010

    Did you and Cameron wait for ‘inspiration’ to make the move across country or to know each other in the beginning?
    Is the remainder of Whimfield acreage not occupied by the house and the lone snowman waiting for inspiration to know what will be their futures?
    Thomas Edison said that “Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration”.
    What keeps Whimfield ticking? What makes your experience with it different? How do you manage to handle Whimfield and business at the same time?
    Be inspired by what you do every day.
    Both of you are doing terrific!

  9. vicki

    Feb 24th, 2010

    Great post as always. So, I will expect to see you & Cam this summer, right, right?? lol
    Love Vicki

  10. vicki

    Feb 25th, 2010

    Congrats!!!! PEI GOLD!!!! Thankyou steak & potatoes tonight!!!

  11. Naomi

    Feb 25th, 2010

    I showed up on your blog, and since I have your permission I will leave it at that since I’m pretty sure that I have no wise words to say!….except that you are missed!

  12. John Quimby

    Feb 27th, 2010

    Ever notice how important stories are to older folks on PEI? Living to tell the tale is real medicine that keeps them going.

    It takes about 5 days after I fly in from the city for the noise in my mind to recede so that I can hear again.

    Simple things like having a cup of coffee and listening to a neighbor are some of the moments that matter most.

    Are you surprised at how people react to the stories you share? I can’t wait for the next one.

  13. RandomInternetGuy

    Jul 12th, 2010

    Older post but …

    Knowing where to show up is the key to happiness.


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