Inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld
Estimated Lesson Time: 2 minutes
Jerry Seinfeld (1954–) is a comedian and television actor in his long-running series “Seinfeld.”
Success begins with an interest. Seinfeld became fascinated by comedians as a child while watching them on television and realizing their entire job was to make people laugh. He developed a keen interest in performing while in college. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater.
Success is often about rough beginnings. Jerry began his career working in New York comedy clubs, often without pay, while holding a number of odd jobs.
Success is knowing that persistence pays off. After much time in the comedy circuit, Jerry got his first big break when comedic legend Rodney Dangerfield saw his act and invited him to feature on his HBO special.
Success is having others believe in you. In the early days of Jerry’s career, another comedic legend, Jackie Mason, caught his act and told Jerry, “It makes me sick. You’re going to be such a big hit.” These inspiring words stayed with Jerry for years.
Success is the result of an earlier failure or unfortunate event. Jerry appeared in several episodes of TV’s “Benson.” The producers of the show did not agree on his character development so they “let him go.” This was so devastating to Jerry that he vowed never to do a sitcom again unless he had more control. That vow led him to partner with his friend Larry David to create one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.
Success is not accepting failure. The pilot for “Seinfeld” did not test well, in fact NBC “hated” it. However, with persistence, it began with a very slow season, followed by a much better one.
Success is doing what you love, despite the money. After almost a decade, Seinfeld called it quits at the pinnacle of his sitcom. Despite the many lucrative TV and movie offers, Jerry went back to stand up, once again, touring the local New York clubs and often performing for free.
[Sources: http://www.biography.com, http://www.jerryseinfeld.us ]
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Some discussion questions (some may not apply to this lesson):
- Have you implemented this idea in your life? How has it been working for you?
- Do you have any interesting stories related to this lesson? Do tell!
- What do you admire most about this person? (success biography days)