The Jerry Seinfeld Stroke of “Luck”
If you want to become successful at something, what is one thing that experts, successful people, and authors all agree that you need to do more?
Jerry Seinfeld is a funny person who accumulated a net worth of just south of one billion dollars not because he tells the best jokes (he does), but because his habits outright refused any other outcome. He does not get complacent, famously crediting his writing success to the mere act of repetition and writing daily. Days he felt creative as hell? He wrote. Days he felt he couldn’t get the fingers to type? He wrote. It didn’t matter if it was trash or treasure, regardless of creative state or time constraints, Seinfeld practiced the art of practicing.
The low hanging fruit here is that it’s a good example of how to get better at something, but take it a step further and the Seinfeld Effect illustrates how important it is to improve our use of setting deliberate intent. So many people believe those are successful lucked into it or simply caught a break, because it’s easier for most of us to think that we’re not successful because of circumstances outside of our control. While absolutely true that every successful person on Earth caught at least some type of break or stroke of chance, but those who sustain it and run with it are those who have deliberately positioned themselves to do so.
“I want to create a funny show and I want to have input into it. In order to do this, I need to get better at writing. So, I am going to write every day to put myself in the best situation to do so.”
Any asshole can be in the right place at the right time. Like winning the lottery and having no idea what to do with it. Deliberate practice is the art of playing the long game. Knowing that at some point, your practice is going to hit critical mass and then boom, that “big break” just happens to hit.
Funny how all the successful people get lucky like that.
25 KB Sumo Deadlifts
25 KB Push-Ups
25 Goblet KB Curtsy Lunges
25 KB Pull Through
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