Sometimes ‘Just Showing Up’ Is a Winning Strategy
I was into fencing as a kid. Yes, the goofy sport with swords. At age 14 I went to my first big tournament along with ten other kids from the local club. I was the worst fencer on the team and couldn’t imagine how that would ever change. Sure enough, I was out first at that tournament… and all the others that year, too. But over the next few years, I kept showing up to practice while, one by one, my teammates quit. Only two of us fenced in college. And only one of us finished. This isn’t a story about hidden talent, special training or even grit. It’s just a story about showing up, one day at a time.