Just Show Up

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281


80% of Success Is Just Showing Up


When you are self-employed, it's so easy to get into bad habits. If you don't have to punch a clock or have to show up on time to impress the boss, it's really easy to start going into the office later and ending the day earlier and earlier. Woody Allen said that 80% of success is from just showing up. I have to agree.

It's kind of like working out at the gym. 80% of the effort is just getting there. Once you put yourself there, you might as well do the exercises.

Some days I might not have any specific appointments so it would be so easy to just sleep in or goof off. I know myself well enough to know that if I would start doing that, I would quickly form a bad habit.

So I try to get up every morning at the same time, whether I have to or not. I get in to the office by 7:30 am, come home for lunch and then back to the office where I usually leave around 6:30 pm.

I sometimes think like a college student and try to break up the day into "classes". I try to have several ongoing "classes". I'll do an hour on one and then an hour on another. I just keep chipping away every day and before you know it I'm making some actual progress on things. Otherwise, a year can go by without anything being done on a particular project.

I see that a lot. Everyone gets all revved up after a specific training course but then 3 months later, most haven't done a single thing about it. Usually the excuse is that "I don't have the time".

Earlier this year I read "The Miracle Morning". The basic premise is to wake up an hour earlier and use that time to meditate and to read a book or work on a special project. It has a lot of great reviews on Amazon. I highly recommend reading it.


I almost got into the habit of doing that but somehow I missed a few days and forgot to get back into it. It's time to get "Meditation 101" back on my schedule of classes along with "Reading 101".

It's already June. I don't want another New Year's to come along and be making the same resolutions.

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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


Along with blogging on ActiveRain, he provides one of the best real estate websites in Atlanta at www.HomeAtlanta.com .


His proprietary  "Maitski Line Reports" chart out the absorption rates over the past 14 years in 37 different market areas.  Know when it's a good time to buy or a good time to sell.    


His online Property Tax Calculator allows you to compare property taxes in many counties and cities around the Atlanta area.  He provides the Atlanta MLS Power Search Tool that allows searches of homes using over 35 specific criteria.


Over the years, Tim has optimized his business so that he now can offer a huge 50% commission rebate to his buyers.  The more experience one gets, the easier the job becomes.


Tim also has a "Five Days to Sold" System that uses an intensive marketing blitz to create a showing frenzy that creates urgency and offers.


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Comments (8)

Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999

"You don't have to be great to start, but to be great one must start."

Jun 21, 2018 02:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Tim- When I began working from home after years of an 8 to 5 job, I made sure to treat my day at home just as if  I were going to work in an office. I was in my office no later than 9 and dressed...not sitting in my pj's while on the phone. You have to show up!

Jun 21, 2018 07:19 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You will not have a chance to win the game if you don't show up

Jun 21, 2018 07:19 PM
RE/MAX ACE REALTY - Downingtown, PA
Helping Achieve Homeownership & Investing

great advise.

Jun 21, 2018 07:33 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tim. I like this idea a lot. Yes I can find more time by getting up earlier and being focused.

Jun 22, 2018 06:08 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great, motivational post.  It's a good idea to create habits like you have with waking at the same time every day.   It's not always easy but when you get in the habit of doing that, you can form more great habits!

Jun 22, 2018 09:37 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

We do have to keep an activity going long enough to create a habit.

Once we have formed a positive habit, it is much easier to follow through.

Thanks for a great post.

Jun 23, 2018 02:51 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Tim Maitski I often work from home, but I'm up and ready to work .... of course, only after I've hit the gym....my day starts at 5:00am every day.... showing up IS more than half the battle....and it does not need to be in an office building...

Jul 25, 2018 05:40 AM