Disclosure: The author's law firm represented Des Linden with the filing of her trademark application for the phrase, "Keep Showing Up."
Keep showing up. That was the big take away from the 2018 Boston Marathon.
The winner of the annual event that draws 30,000 participants and millions of observers from around the world used that phrase for her inspiration from start to finish and in becoming the winner of the unbelievably difficult competition. She spent 12 years training for the competition and became the 1st American to win the event in 33-years.
Linden wasn't the favorite to win the competition; no one was talking about her going into the race.
"It seemed so not my year," said Linden leading up to the event. "I just expected it was a thing where it was going to be a rebuilding [race]. I know I have a lifetime of mileage. When you're not consistent, that's the thing that kind of sits on your mind. You didn't do the work."
But Linden's advantage was that when others may have taken breaks, she kept showing up.
A tweet from March 5 is proof the drive that helped push her to the finish line ahead of her competitors despite the odds that may have been against her.
"Some days it just flows and I feel like I'm born to do this, other days it feels like I'm trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I've got, and to try and be better," said Linden. "My advice: keep showing up."
Whether you are an active runner, a professional athlete or an employee with a 9-to-5 job, Linden's "keep showing up" mentality is a proven path to success. While showing up may only be part of the battle, it is the most instrumental and important step on the way to financial freedom.
Further, no matter whether you're waking up at 5 a.m. to run in the rain or sitting at a desk all day, thinking you're going through hell at your job, you are in a position to make the choice to keep going or call it quits. Linden could have easily taken a day off or made her routine a bit easier, but by continuing to show up as she did the day before, she accomplished what only a select few can say they've done -- win the Boston Marathon.