Key To Consistent Performance: 'Seinfeld Strategy' And Its Importance For Students

Consistency is something most people struggle with in student life and then when they transition to work life. How can 'Seinfeld Strategy' help people to maintain consistency academically and/or professionally?

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Key To Consistent Performance: 'Seinfeld Strategy' And Its Importance For Students

The 'Seinfeld Strategy' And Why Its Important For Students


New Delhi:  Jerry Seinfeld may or may not be a name you have heard. He is one of the most successful American comedians of all time. He was the co-creator and co-writer of the American sitcom "Seinfeld" which not only received many awards but also enjoys worldwide viewership even now with reruns of the show. Seinfeld, however, is not limited to showbiz and has also been the source of research in psychology and sociology and has inspired several books.

Apart from the sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld is also known for what is called 'Seinfeld Strategy'. Seinfeld is one comedian and performer who is known for his consistency. 

Consistency is something most people struggle with in student life and then when they transition to work life. How can 'Seinfeld Strategy' help people to maintain consistency academically and/or professionally? Before we delve into that, here's a story of an interaction between Jerry Seinfeld and Brad Isaac. Isaac was an up and coming comic when he met Seinfeld and asked him about any tips for someone who was only starting in the field. This is what Seinfeld told him,

"He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day.

After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain."

Do not break the chain. That's what Seinfeld said. He did not say a word about result. He just advised that Isaac should write every day.

That's the key to consistency. What happens in most cases, for students and for professionals, when we take up a new task, we tend to give up when we don't see any fruitful result in a few days. But that's not how it works. The chain would not build until after a few weeks. 

This holds true specially for students who are about to appear in competitive exams. They should stop worrying about the result and instead focus on practicing every day. The result will eventually follow. 

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