According to Comedy Central, Jerry ranks #12 on the Top 100 Comedians Of All Time list.
On another list, Celebrity Net Worth has Jerry coming in at #1 on the Top 50 Richest Comedians of all time with a net worth of around $800 million.
Money and success aren’t everything, but when trying to model our own lives, we obviously want to follow people who have done great things and accomplished the goals they had set for themselves. Jerry Seinfeld didn’t get to be where he is overnight. He had to be incredibly consistent over the years to stay funny, relevant, and fresh.
So how did he do it?
What is Jerry Seinfeld’s secret to success?
If you asked him for advice, what would he say?
According to an old Lifehacker interview, one young comedian, Brad Isaac, had the chance. Jerry’s reply was both effective, and remarkably simple. Here is what Isaac had to say about that night and his encounter with Jerry Seinfeld.
Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic. At the time, I was hanging around clubs doing open mic nights and trying to learn the ropes. One night I was in the club where Seinfeld was working, and before he went on stage, I saw my chance. I had to ask Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. What he told me was something that would benefit me a lifetime…
He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it.
He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here’s how it works.
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.
This advice is so simple, so effective, and can be used for virtually anything in life you hope to get better at.
Little victories every day lead to big things down the road.
So what are you going to make an unbreakable chain for?
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