Just Show Up


Jim Maguire was the founder & CEO of Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY). PHLY is a company with a most unbelievable success story. Consequently, it is the place that formed me as the out of the box thinker & entrepreneur that I am today. Jim’s approach was, “build a team of winners and you will win.” This philosophy has stuck with me, and I use the same approach today at 9DOTS by teaching my team to “just show up…every day!

Jim Maguire said many thought provoking and influential witticisms in my time at PHLY. No witticism is more influential to me than “JUST SHOW UP….EVERYDAY!” This simple phrase was used not just by Jim but by many of us at PHLY when under pressure to deliver.

Just show up is an interesting statement, isn’t it? So, you get it. “Make it to work.” But it means more than arriving to your desk every day at 8am. 

The idea behind “showing up” is that work is your arena & work is where winning is done. Anyone can show up to work everyday and go through their regular job function: Get Coffee, Sit at desk by 8am, Complete Tasks, (maybe more coffee), Go home, Repeat tomorrow. 

BUT how many of us “show up?” I believe that each person, each team member, can make the company better by thinking about excelling at their own job. Be a winner on a team of winners. Use every day experience, even after you leave your desk, to brainstorm how to be better. For example, spending time with your kids after work is a great way to perfect multitasking. Find a way to use that to win. Maybe showing up, for you, requires staying a little later on Tuesday to finish the project you have been working so hard on instead of finishing it Wednesday morning. 

Showing up is how you win in your arena. 

When the Sunday Scaries hit & bring on the work dread, remember Just Show Up! Figure out a way to get excited. Think of new ways to win & keep you motivated. Bring coffee for the team on Monday because, well, those Sunday Scaries can be stressful and we want to start Monday off right. Who knows, maybe a new opportunity is waiting for you.

I’m often amazed at the different ways our customers solve the same problems. As the CEO of a solutions company, I love to solve complex problems. Understanding the puzzle and unraveling the issue gets me excited and happy to Just Show Up…EVERYDAY.

Here at 9DOTS our team will show up for you…EVERYDAY. We will show up with new ways of thinking, new ways to solve problems & more. You may not need us today, and that’s fine, but we are constantly thinking outside of the box for the way to move, not just our company forward, but yours as well.

Finally, just Show Up. Yesterday’s bad day is a new chance to start again.





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