Attendance is mandatory.




Want to lose some weight?

Join a gym and track one number: Attendance.

How many times do you show up?



Don’t worry about how many calories you eat.

Don’t worry about what percentage of your body is fat.

Don’t worry about how much you can bench.



Just show up.

The other stuff will take care of itself.




Want to succeed in college?

Just go to class.


You can show up unprepared.

You can show up hungover.

You can show up late.



Go to class.

Show up to every class and it’s hard to flunk out.




Want to be a better writer?






Want to be a better parent?

Be there now.

Be somewhere else later.



Put the phone away.

Close the laptop.

Ignore the iPad.

Turn off the TV.


Say yes to whatever the rugrats want to do.



It’s not quality time with kids.

It’s quantity time.




Want to speak Spanish?

Speak Spanish every day.

Make CNN Mexico your homepage.

Buy People en Español.

Use Duolingo.



Buy a cool poster.


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Speak Spanish when it’s uncomfortable.

Speak Spanish before café.

Speak Spanish after cinco.



Use half-sentences.

Say one word and point.



Say this non-stop:


¿Cómo se dice?

(KOH-moh say DEE-say)

How d’you say?




You gotta show up.

Attendance is mandatory.

It can’t be a sometimes kinda thing.



Mandatory Attendance means acting your way into a new way of thinking.



Take on the new behavior first.

The mind will follow.




Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (, a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish language gap in the construction industry. 

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