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Friday, December 28, 2012

JERRY SEINFIELD: FOUR LIFE LESSONS

Of course I am dedicating this post to Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown who is not only a student of the game but of the show "Seinfeld" as well.  Daniel Coyle, author of the "Talent Code" wrote on his own blog some traits about Jerry Seinfeld that made him a master not just of his domain but of his craft.  The entire blog post is well worth the read:

But here are the four reasons Coyle thinks Seinfeld is successful: http://thetalentcode.com/

1) Embrace revision and repetition. Realize that nothing is ever completely right on the first try, and probably not on the tenth. (To prepare for his first appearance on the Tonight Show, Seinfeld did two hundred reps of his routine.)

2) Be creative and ruthless in self-testing. Create challenges and seek out obstacles Seinfeld prefers tiny, difficult audiences to large, adoring ones. Because that’s the best way to expose weakness — which is exactly the point, so you can see what’s working, what’s not, and where to go next. They are your lab.

3) Learn from parallel crafts: in the space of this piece, Seinfeld compares his joke-writing process to baseball, high-end car design, samurai, calligraphy, and the art of cricket-cage building. The point is, he’s constantly trying to view his profession through different lenses, in order to understand it more deeply.

4) Be obsessively, monkishly habitual about methods and tools. Design your workspace for simplicity and focus. An unabashed creature of habit, Seinfeld always writes material with a Bic blue clear-barrel pen on yellow legal pad, longhand. This works, because the more you automate the non-meaningful elements of the process, the more you free your brain up to focus on what matters. As Flaubert said, “I am orderly and disciplined with my daily life, so that I may be savage and original with my art.”