Jerry Seinfeld is among the most successful comedians of all time. In 1998, he reached the peak in his earnings, pulling in $267 million dollars. 10 years later, in 2008, he made an impressive $85 million.
Despite his awards and earnings, one of the most interesting parts about him is that even after all these years, he produces at incredibly high standard.
His secret is simple. He practices his craft every single day.
In an interview, Seinfeld guides a young comic to get a wall calendar that has a whole year on one page. He advises to put it up on a prominent wall and to make a big red X after doing a daily task of writing.
Day after day, the chain grows longer and the progress can be seen visually. It might take a few trials and errors before reaching a long-streak, but once you do, you don’t want to break the chain.
This strategy can be implied to almost any other field other than writing. I know people who use it to never miss a workout, practice a new language or even make cold calls daily.
Once you figure out the activity that drives the results, Seinfield’s strategy can be incredibly effective. World-class performers in every field – athletes, artists, CEO’s show up day after day, even when they don’t feel like it, while everybody else around them gets bogged down by urgencies of daily life.
Grab a calendar, and don’t break the chain.