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Monday, November 28, 2011

How to Succeed - Thought for the Week

Now some of you loyal followers may have noticed that I haven't posted a 'Thought for the Weekend' for the last couple of weeks.  Believe me, it wasn't because I wasn't thinking, it was more that life just got really complicated and time disappeared a little the way water disappears down a drain, fast and furious.

So, as I have been slacking in this department, I've decided to post a 'Thought for the Week' instead.  Probably like some of you, I was watching Xfactor over the weekend, (yes I know I just said I had no time for anything, but somethings you just do even when no time exists) and I heard Gary Barlow's words on the best advice he ever heard, and this is what he said.  He said, success is 90% hard work and determination, and 10% talent. 

Now I remember hearing something like this before, which of course gave me huge encouragement, after all we can all work darn hard if we choose to.  So I got to thinking about the advice many successful writers give about writing, which is that in order to write, you must first sit your bum on a chair and begin.  The sitting down bit being the key.  Thus bringing us nicely to the 'Thought for the Week', courtesy of Mr Woody Allen:-




'Eighty per cent of success, is showing up.'

- Woody Allen -

15 comments:

  1. And so it is! Well, here I am. At the desk ... fingers poised ...

    Hmm. I think I'll just have another coffee first.

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  2. ha ha Caren - you've used that ritual before -try skipping the coffee! x

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  3. Great quote and photo!
    And so true.....

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  4. I needed this, thanks Louise. Now I am logging off and am going to write.

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  5. I love that quote, and often say it to my daughter...Woodies showing up one, not garys:)
    90% hard work and determination doesnt sound as do-able, or want to do-able as showing up:) For a teen of course, I'm all for blood, sweat and tears myself...:)

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  6. Woody's quote reminds me of one by Thomas Edison: Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Both are good mantras to live by.

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  7. Oh golly. I think I can manage the turning up one, but the hard work and determination is making me feel a bit queasy.
    And Edison wasn't very nice to Westinghouse or Tesla in the War of Currents. Genius can obviously mean being a bit of a shit too.

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  8. Gotta love Mr. Allen (and I mostly do)! I'm here, and I'm sitting down... Edison was right, too.

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  9. Thanks Brigid and Michelle:)

    Ha ha Niamh - yeap Woodies does seem more do able!

    Like the 1% genius Stephen, gives us all hope.

    Wise words Titus, maybe we should just try the turning up first!

    Thanks ds - glad to know you are there and sitting down - success is just a hair's breath away:)

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  10. Let's hope we all listen to them Susan!

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  11. I show up all over the place, but usually to witness somebody else's success! Hehehe! Everyone needs an audience...:)

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  12. I think u are pretty successful Jinksy - less modesty!

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  13. I have to say that I think Woody Allen is closer to the mark - or am I just getting cynical in my old age?

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  14. Hard to know Dave - but I guess you at least have to turn up to succeed!

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