Jerry Seinfeld’s Secret to Success

Ok, well, I’m not entirely sure if this is Jerry Seinfeld’s secret to success but it probably has helped a lot.  It has certainly helped me.  This was shared with my by my friend, Jacob Johnson and I have given it a go.  At the time of this writing, I have almost 30 consecutive days of hitting my writing goals.  If you are an aspiring writer, you know how challenging it can be to write this much and this consistently.

Here’s Seinfeld’s secret as told to me:

  1. Get a calendar
  2. Meet your writing goal for the day
  3. Write a big red X on the day in the calendar
  4. Try to create as long a “chain” of X’s as possible

It is such a simple tool and it works.

Here are some tips I have worked out that help me:

  • Keep your writing instrument next to your bed (in my case, my laptop)
  • Have your writing instrument ready to go (my laptop is sleeping with my writing program on, so I just flip it open and write)
  • Write the very first thing in the morning when you wake up, even before going to the bathroom
  • Keep the calendar and red sharpie next to your bed
  • Use the Timed Writing technique to power through “writer’s block”
  • Create an editorial calendar with pre-determined topics that you will write about
  • Choose a task size that you can complete every day
  • Do NOT check your email, internet, other blogs, Facebook, etc.
  • Try to make as long a chain as possible
  • Take a moment to reflect on what you are grateful for
  • Have fun with it
This is my calendar that I keep next to my bed.

This is my calendar that I keep next to my bed.

With this technique I have done the following:

  • Wrote 1 complete draft of a treatment for my next feature screenplay
  • Wrote half of the second draft of the above treatment
  • Did the exercises for Double Your Traffic in 30 Days
  • Did the exercise for Double Your Conversions in 30 Days
  • Wrote at least one blog post for this site
  • Wrote three short films

Good luck and let me know how you do!

 

 

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Do What You Love

The above video is from Daniel Hashimoto. Daniel is an animator at Dreamworks. He has created a series of super short clips of his son as an action hero.

I wanted to mention this because I believe it is important to do what you love or do what you are passionate about.  When you do that, your passion shines through each project.  People are attracted to that and great things will happen.  He is seeing great success on Youtube and he has been mentioned on news outlets all around the country.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  –Howard Thurman

Check out Daniel’s videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/theActionMovieKid/videos

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Postcard Robert Olen Butler

Online Creative Writing Course

I just started this class but this looks awesome.  The writer, Robert Olen Butler, records his word by word writing process.  He only picked the story the morning of the first recording.  He will take us through the entire process with all it’s ugliness, bad writing, and dead ends.

One tip he gave that I had no idea about was that Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gives the year the word was introduced into the language.  This is useful in period pieces to make sure dialogue spoken is as accurate as you want it to be.  To get your copy click here:  Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

Here are links to his websites:

http://www.fsu.edu/~butler/

http://www.robertolenbutler.com/ 

Postcard inspriation Robert Olen Butler

Postcard inspriation Robert Olen Butler

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New Netflix Original

Netflix changed the industry with the groundbreaking original series, House of Cards. Now they have released the ultimate feature film. I smell Oscar or are those the herbs and spices. Check out Netflix’s, “Rotisserie Chicken.”

http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Rotisserie_Chicken/70305786?trkid=437879

It will make you laugh, cry, think, wonder, bring out the child in you, feel alive, and most of all it will make you hungry.

I hope they keep this one available for a long time.  It is destined to be a classic played every year around the holidays.

If you want an Oscar-worthy film or marketing piece like this, please let us know.  We can help.  Check out our work.

Screen Shot from Netflix Rotisserie Chicken

Screen Shot from Netflix Rotisserie Chicken

 

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Screen Shot from Netflix’s Homepage

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The Single Most Important Factor for Success

I have read, listened to, or watched over 300 books/programs on success, self-improvement, business, wealth, and marketing. There are also some crossover books that relate to both business and art.

There is one theme that runs among most of them or at least touched upon by them all.  I call this the single most important factor for success. It is something that I am still learning to become better at.

The single most important factor for success is having an attitude of gratitude.

Maybe you already knew this or you are like me and are still learning this.  I won’t go into the many theories that relate to the Physical, Mental, Psychological, Metaphysical, Spiritual, or Biochemical reasons why this is the key to success.  Regardless of what your belief system there is some theory that will back up this idea with your belief system.  Perhaps we can stop asking why or how this works and just trust that it does and practice it.

Try writing up a long list of every single thing that you are grateful for.  Your health, you don’t live in a country being destroyed by war, you have a warm bed to sleep in, you have a car to drive, getting your next meal is not a problem, you have someone that is kind to you, and so on.

 

The Story of the Two Ceramics Classes

I heard a story once about a ceramics teacher who had two beginner classes in the same semester. He decided that Class A would work on one piece all semester long and it would be their masterpiece. Class B would work on as many pieces as possible to try to create as much quantity as possible. He hypothesized that Class A would have the better piece at the end because they would have the whole semester to perfect one piece. Whereas Class B would only have a short period to work on as many pieces as possible.

He was wrong. Class B’s pieces were much better in all regards over Class A’s pieces. He found that Class B was able to try more things and experiment with more techniques.

Mistakes are good. We learn from our mistakes and do better the next time. Unfortunately, we are trained at an early age that mistakes are bad in school. We should learn to embrace our mistakes quickly and learn to adjust quickly. Open and honest feedback is great to hear so we don’t have to spin our wheels.

Today’s Assignment: take a risk that you have been thinking about doing. Just go for it. Mitigate what you can but take that first step.

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25 Directing Tips from Sam Mendes

This is an article from Vanity Fair that I heard about from NoFilmSchool.com

Lovely article and tips to live and work by.

OC16 Awards

OC16 Awards

We had the great honor to be a part of the OC16 Awards. Our show, Upside-Down Pilates, was not nominated this year but we had a great time nonetheless.

My friend, Tiny Tadani, received a well deserved and earned honor yesterday. He was this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. We are very proud of him!

Another Great Resource From Google

Screenshot from Youtube

Screenshot from Youtube

Whatever you may think about Google, they do have some great tools and resources. Here is one that you may not have heard of: Google Talks or Talks at Google – http://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks

Google brings in some of the best people in the world to discuss their field of expertise to Googlers.  Google videotapes it and shares it with the world.  It is sort of like TED Talks but are about an hour long.

They bring in a wide variety of speakers from:  writers, scientists, artists, musicians,  politicians, and more.

I think of this as a way to leverage Google’s resources as it gives insight into how they want to train and influence their team.  Check it out and let me know your favorite Google Talk.

3 of My Favorite Quotes

In no particular order, here are 3 of my favorite quotes:

  • Discipline over time equals success.
  • We become what we do repeatedly. Excellence, therefore, is not an act. It’s a habit. -Aristotle
  • Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman