October 7, 2007

Jerry Seinfeld's Productivity Secret

A tenure coaching client just sent me this link describing Jerry Seinfeld's advice on how to become a successful comedian. It is remarkably similar to my advice on how to become a productive academic.

The secret to his success was that he put a big red "X" on his wall calendar each day that he worked on writing his jokes. This is just like our Writing Club format, only we use little green checkmarks. It's amazing how reinforcing it can be to have your row of x's or checkmarks, especially if you're sharing your data with someone else, as we do in the club.




So if you don't believe me, listen to Jerry. He knows how to be successful.

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