Show Up, Mean It

This episode of How I Built This with Milk Bar Christina Tosi was tremendous, and I love her quirky but vigilant demeanor. But something she said at the end overwhelmed me.

It’s something I’ve thought about often but never really put the right words to. She was asked — as all HIBT guests are asked — whether her success was due to luck or hard work.

It’s an impossible question that she nailed.

“It’s more opportunity than it was luck,” she said. “I don’t consider myself to have great luck, but I show up and mean it. I’m a big believer in people who show up and mean it winning in the end.”

Show up and mean it. It doesn’t guarantee success — that would be an affront to folks who haven’t made it — but without it, you have nothing.