Doing Research & Just Showing Up

I’m on chapter three, the third maxim, of the improv wisdom book. (If you want to know what maxim two is, buy the book.)

Just show up.

“It’s surprising how powerful the third maxim is. How often we avoid showing up for the things we need to do in life. Procrastination, laziness, fears—it’s easy to find a reason for not going. The “just” in this maxim reminds us that showing up is already enough. Woody Allen quipped that it is “eighty percent of success.” Prerequisites such as motivation, desire, and warm, fuzzy feeling aren’t necessary. It is a con to imagine you must have these to get going. Improvisers know this. If they had to wait for inspiration or a good idea, few scenes would ever begin. Players step onto the stage because that is where things are happening. They just show up. Then the magic begins.” —Patricia Ryan Madson, improv wisdom

Just show up.

Say “yes!” Don’t prepare. Just show up.

And yes, “Don’t prepare” is maxim number two. Still, go buy the book, there’s much more to it than that! 😀

~ by Kimberly Mason on July 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “Doing Research & Just Showing Up”

  1. Well, this showing up unprepared just seems like I might be asking for it. And then maybe I’ll get it 🙂

  2. Maybe I do need another book . . . .

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