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When we show up again and again we begin to put down roots.  We build something deep, unmovable.  

It's our direct affront to the decay that time ultimately brings.  

The thing is, everybody is looking for a shortcut.  It turns out that the smart thing to do is to forget the shortcut and to get ahead by doing what others aren't willing to do: show up, and do exceptional work.  Again and again and again.  Until they can't ignore you.

When everyone else is playing checkers, play chess.  Make it a habit.  A default setting.