I know a lot of kids who started school three weeks ago. A few don’t begin until the end of September.
But no matter when schools start these days, I’ve always been a big critic of them. I think they’re state-run indoctrination centers.
You know, in my perfect world, most kids would skip government schools and attend the Jerry Seinfeld School of Success. They’d all come out happy and prosperous.
There’s no such school, of course, but there ought’a be.
This morning, I read a great article about comedian Seinfeld’s “keys to success.”
Jerry says the foundation of success is built on “work and thought and preparation,” and here are the three key elements…
“That’s the easiest step,” Seinfeld admits. “You get ideas. They just come to you. You can’t create them… you just wake up and your inbox has something in there and you go, Oh, look at that.”
“Execution is pretty obvious,” he says. “You have the idea, now you execute the idea. Is this what you wanted to do? Is this a good version of what that idea was?”
“The third piece of success is detail,” Seinfeld explains. “Obsessive detail.
“This happens to every comedian every night. I have bits, I have jokes, they work, they never miss, it’s a good joke, people like it, every time I say it in this way, it always works… but if I just have a slight catch in my throat in the middle of one word, just that little thing in the first syllable, it’s gone. It’s gone. The audience is like, ‘What happened? Did he get nervous? Or distracted? Something went wrong.’
“In comedy, jokes are extremely fragile things, because they have to be exactly right to work.”
In any business, details are important.
But they don’t have to be a pain in the ass and slow you down.
For example, check this out…