Seinfeld’s “Art of War”

“If you break the human struggle down to one word it is “Confront”. – Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was a guest on The Tim Ferris Show.  

I tuned in to laugh.

What I heard sounded more like Sun Tzu discussing “The Art of War”.

Seinfeld spoke with the intensity and directness of someone who served on special force’s missions not the comedy stage.

Tim Ferris, who has an amazing ability of getting guests to reveal their daily habits and routines, got Seinfeld to open up about how he produces such legendary material.     

The following strategies are what Seinfeld used to stay relevant in Hollywood for 30+ years and create his nearly $1 billion dollar net worth.

Here are 3.5 strategies from Seinfeld’s “Art of War”:

1) Daily Reps

Seinfeld’s career is based on ONE THING.

Writing.    

His TV show and stand-up routines were created from his daily writing sessions.

Just one problem.

Seinfeld does not like to write.

How does he handle this? 

His secret is putting in DAILY REPS. 

Seinfeld picks a SET TIME and a DURATION each day.

Sometimes his writing session lasts sixty minutes.

If the day is busy, maybe it’s only thirty. 

But the key is that he shows up each day for a set amount of time.   

Seinfeld said, You have to learn to show up every day and do the work or you will die in the ecosystem you were trying to live in. If you do not show up every day, you will not survive.”

What’s your ONE THING?

Figure that out.

Then put in your DAILY REPS.

2) Hit the Weights

Seinfeld believes WEIGHT TRAINING & MEDITATION can solve almost any problem.

Our bodies need a daily physical stressor.

Our minds need a daily cleansing.

Seinfeld told Ferris, “You have to bend the aging process and slow down the natural decay with physical exercise…If you look at anyone who succeeds at a high-level in any field, one of the constants in all of their stories is weight training and physical activity.”

Seinfeld told Ferris that he believes most people’s bodies get a free ride to about age 43, “Then God moves on and gives all the gifts to the 18 to 40 crowd.”

Seinfeld said, “No one is going to ask you to leave, but no one is giving you anything else, you have to create it yourself.”

How do you feel physically?

If you’re not already doing so, it may be time to find a weight training program that works for you.

Time to bend the curve back in our favor.

3) Know When to Pivot

A professional knows when it’s time to pivot.

Seinfeld said, “Each project is like a cyclone.  The storm forms, gathers energy, rages full throttle, then slowly dies out.”

Seinfeld’s revealed his main influence to end his TV show at the nine-year mark was The Beatles. 

The Beatles were together for nine years.    

Seinfeld says he could have kept his show going but believed the “cyclone was fading”. 

Sometimes our best move is to move on. 

3.5) Ethics and Boldness

Ferris asked Seinfeld what he hopes to pass on to his three kids?

Seinfeld answered, “ETHICS and BOLDNESS”.

Boom.

A parenting course in two words.

Teach your kids to do the right thing.

Teach them to have the BOLDNESS to take on scary projects where they might fail.   

That’s where the magic is hiding. 

When we look back over the past year, it’s easy to feel that life is designed to make us quit.

Some days feel like a street fight. 

Others like a beautiful masterpiece.

We need a plan that works for each.

#TheArtOfWar

Joe Ciccarone

www.SalesVibe.Blog

The Best Investment

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”― Warren Buffett

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Be Bullish

INVESTING means different things to different people.

For some, it means the stock market.

For others, its real estate.

There is one INVESTMENT that gets overlooked.

This investment generates the highest RETURNS and has the least amount of RISK:

  • YOU

When I started in SALES I knew I had to level up or I wasn’t going to last long.

So I started attending SALES seminars.

The first one I attended was a game changer.

The conference had amazing speakers:

It was awesome.

But an author named Brian Tracy was the one who changed my MINDSET.

Tracy told the group that the THE BEST INVESTMENT a person could make is in THEMSELVES.

He challenged the audience to invest a portion of their annual income on their continuing education & personal development.

Tracy said INVESTING IN YOURSELF would return exponentially more than any stock or real estate holding ever could.

The 20 something version of me was SOLD. 

It’s a PHILOSOPHY I live by to this day.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BEST INVESTMENT: 

INVEST IN YOUR CAREER

Jim Rohn said, “Income seldom exceeds personal development.”

In every field there are THOUGHT LEADERS. 

There were REMARKABLE people that came before us.

They established best practices.

Our goal is to make original mistakes, not the same ones they did:

This INVESTMENT alone will separate you from the masses.

INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH

Thomas Sowell wrote, “There are no decisions, only trade offs.”

One thing we don’t want to trade for anything is our HEALTH.

No amount of money or recognition is worth it.

We have to INVEST a portion of each day to:

  • Exercise.
  • Healthy Eating.
  • Good Sleep.

We all have the same amount of time.

We just have to decide that being HEALTHY is a PRIORITY.

INVEST IN A HOBBY

Nothing centers us and clears our mind like a fulfilling hobby.

For me, its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

BJJ delivers an unbelievable workout.

It keeps me humble and focused.

Jiu Jitsu has introduced me to an amazing group of people.

It even gave me a new ACL.

Like Robert Arnott said, “Investing in what is comfortable is rarely profitable.”

Find a hobby you love.

It will pay lifetime DIVIDENDS.

INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS

With the exception of just one person, the entire world is about everyone else.

Make it a priority to invest the TIME and ENERGY into the special people in your life.

BE BULLISH

There are times when we need to HEDGE our bets.

Investing in yourself is NOT one of them.

Time to go all in…

#InvestInYou

-Joe Ciccarone

http://www.SalesVibe.net

 

Cutting Edge

“If I had 6 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first 4 hours sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln

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It happens slowly, but realized suddenly.

It’s the salesperson who has not READ a book since college.

It’s the physician who doesn’t take time to EXERCISE.

It’s the retiree who lost their ENTHUSIASM for living.

Drift happens.

Skills dull.

Bodies become soft.

Attitudes get stale.

Our MINDSET can become more dated than our crazy Uncle Pete’s wardrobe.

To stay RELEVANT, we have to keep our BODY, MINDS, & SPIRIT sharp.

This week we conclude a series on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Habit #7:  Sharpen the Saw.

Sharpening the Saw means you make it a PRIORITY to keep your:

  • MIND sharp.
  • BODY strong.
  • SPIRT unbreakable.

Sharpening the Saw is the M.V.H. – Most Valuable Habit.

Why?

It makes the other 6 habits possible.

There is no way we can be proactive, think win win, understand others, and synergize if our bodies & minds are dull.

Sharpening the Saw keeps you effective.

Sharpening the Saw keeps you RELEVANT.

To make this habit a reality, you literally have to make it a habit.

3 Ways To Sharpen The Saw:

 1) Get Moving (Body)

  • Find an activity you LOVE.
  • Walk, hot yoga, spin, or Jiu Jitsu your way into motion.
  • Schedule that activity 3-4x into your week.
  • Protect your schedule.

2) Learn 1 New Thing Every Day (Mind):

  • Read from an inspiring  non-fiction book for 10 minutes each morning.
  • Write the best idea you discovered in a journal.
  • That journal may become one of your most prized possessions.

3) Show Gratitude (Spirit):

  • Take 2 minutes before bed to reflect on your day.
  • Write 1 thing you are grateful for in your journal.
  • Be as specific as possible.

In his killer new book, “Tools of Titans”, Tim Ferris interviews billionaires, icons, & world-class performers.

Ferris deconstructs their habits, routines, and best practices for the average person to benefit.

One common thread running through each of their stories is their continual commitment to keeping their minds & bodies sharp.

They create routines into their incredibly busy schedules to sharpen their saw.

Saying you are “too busy” or “don’t have the time” is an excuse.

If the General in charge of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command can find the time to exercise, read, and clear his mind, so can we.

The key is consistency.

As Seth Godin wrote, “Rust never sleeps”.

Stay sharp.

Stay relevant.

#CuttingEdge

-Joe Ciccarone

www.SalesVibe.net