Jerry Seinfeld’s Variation On The Endowed Progress Method Of Self Motivation
There’s a chapter in my book ‘The Brain-Based Boss’ about the influence the perception of endowed progress has on our behaviour. Simply, we feel more inclined to pur in effort towards a goal when we think we’ve already made a committed start. There are neat studies showing how a loyalty card with two stamps already given from day 1 get better results than cards starting from scratch.
Seinfeld tells a story of how he got good at comedy writing. Who’d have thought? He got good at comedy writing by writing a lot of comedy. I recall reading Jules Verne’s biography. Verne said, “Writers write.” Except he would have said it in French. Good call though Jules. Tres bien.
Read Seinfeld’s story here. It’s a simple yet powerful idea that obviously brought him great results. The 2 principle traits of successful people are grit and self discipline. Seinfeld’s idea can help you improve both. If, as a side effect, it makes you funnier, well, that’s a side effect we can all laugh about.
Posted on December 4, 2012, in Behaviour, Change, Endowed Progress, Motivating Employees, Motivation, Personal Productivity, Self Improvement, The Brain-Based Boss and tagged Brain Based Boss, endowed progress, Jerry Seinfeld, motivation, productivity, Self Discipline. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.