Born: April 29, 1954, Germany | Successful For: Actor, Comedian | Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Inner Keys to Success:
- YOU’VE FOUND YOUR PASSION, NOW MASTER IT: Seinfeld’s love of comedy came from his dad who also had a big sense of humor, however, unlike his father, who was was apparently a “closet comedian”, Seinfeld took it on himself to master the art. At a very young age he way already watching comedy skits on TV day and night, and studying techniques over and over again. On Jerry Seinfeld’s own website he states “When I was ten years old, I started watching stand up comedians on TV. I fell in love with them and I’m just as fascinated with stand up comedy today.” He took his skills a step further when enrolling in communications and theater at the Queens College, City University of New York. Shortly after he graduated, he began stand-up at local clubs, and eventually made it to The Tonight Show which brought him major exposure. The exposure soon led to his own show, Seinfeld in 1989. Seinfeld is now known for putting major preparation before every routine ensuring that he perfects the delivery. Looking hindsight, it took him from 8 years old, to age 35 of mastering comedy before he became known for his multiple award winning sitcom.
- IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE, MAKE IT YOUR OWN: Jerry Seinfeld’s not only immersed himself in comedic culture, but has take a step forward in re-arranging the game and making it his own. Seinfeld, is so indulged in the culture, that he once stated on his hit web series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” that he only feels comfortable with other comedians. Although Jerry Seinfeld has made over $800 million throughout his career as a Comedian, shockingly, he does comedy in his own unique way, unlike many other successful comedians, he chooses not to do stand-up acts that are filled with swearing or are provocative, and believes it’s apart of the challenge. Similarly, it ties into his now worldly known skits that are focused on making the simplest things funny that people don’t normally see as funny. As Seinfeld states “It’s so much easier when you’re talking about something that really is important. You’ve already got a better foundation than someone who’s bringing up something that does not need to be discussed.” Such as? “I do a lot of material about the chair. I find the chair very funny. That excites me. No one’s really interested in that – but I’m going to get you interested! That, to me, is just a fun game to play. And it’s the entire basis of my career.”
- CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY TO EXCELLENCE: The ability to do something over, and over again is a skill that requires patience, perseverance, and focus. Seinfeld credits this skill, consistency, for much of his success. Apparently, a young comedic by the name of Brad Isaac once asked Seinfeld for any tips, his answer was profound, this is what Isaac states Seinfeld told him: “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.” 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 is to not break the chain.”
“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” – Jerry Seinfeld
You wouldn’t be quick to guess, but Jerry Seinfeld is a huge advocate of meditation. He has practiced transcendental meditation for over 37 years, it’s no wonder he’s so quick-witted, and can make fun of life’s mundanities in such an abstract way.