Lately I’ve been very into Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
I love Jerry Seinfeld as a standup comedian. His ability to recognize and magnify the funny in the mundane is unparalleled.
I was never a fan of Seinfeld, the show, although I’m considering going back and watching with a fresh pair of eyes.
In any case, I’ve been plowing through episodes of CICGC and I came to Steve Harvey. I almost skipped it because I’ve never been a big Harvey fan, but I thought I’d give it a shot and I’m very glad that I did.
It was an incredibly interesting and introspective conversation and even if you don’t enjoy their standup, certain respect should be paid to the fact that they are two comedy legends.
At one point, they’re sitting in a diner talking about some of the things that they’ve done over the years and the topic of comedy classes comes up. They’ve both been asked, and have agreed, to speak to comedy classes during their careers and these were some of the things that had to say about comedy classes.
“None of you have what it takes to make it as a comedian.” – Harvey
“The fact that you’re here is a very bad sign.” – Seinfeld
The point they were trying to make was that people who are good spend their time doing. Sure, they learn things along the way. But much of that learning is experiential.
There’s a great scene in Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams tells Matt Damon that he knows ABOUT things but doesn’t actually know things. He knows when the Sistine Chapel was painted, but not what it smells like, because he hasn’t had the experience.
Lately I’ve seen an explosion of Instagram ads where people with abs, standing on expensive properties, tell me that I too can have abs and own a castle.
Here’s the thing.
Getting abs isn’t a mystical secret that you need an Instagram ad for.
Eat right. Do crunches.
As for the castle? I dunno. But I do know that this guy with a manbun and those little muscles in his hips that point towards his groin doesn’t know either. IF he’s rich (and that’s a big IF) there’s a solid chance that he’s rich from asking people to give him money to tell them how to ask for money from people. It’s a vicious circle where money is paid for no product or service. It is the internet equivalent of multi level marketing, where the product is not window cleaner but rather asking people for money.
Go. Do. Now.
This isn’t to say that learning isn’t important. I take a VARIETY of online courses.
I don’t take courses to learn things you can only do by doing (stand up comedy) and I don’t listen to anyone who tells me there’s a secret to making money (instagram ads).
The secret is to work your ass off. And you don’t need to pay someone to tell you that. I’ll tell you right now. for free.
Go work your ass off.