Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Study Hacks » Blog Archive » The Steve Martin Method: A Master Comedian's Advice for Becoming Famous

  • The Steve Martin Method

    • “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

      • Forget all the frustration, the tricks, and the worry. Just focus on becoming good. Really damn good. Outstanding. Unlike anyone who has come before you.

    • Martin’s Two Pieces of Advice for Applying the Method

      • Martin Tip #1: Intellectualize.

        • This restless urge to understand then innovate led him to be outstanding.

        • Understand what the best exemplars in your field do well. Figure out why. Then ask how you can mix, match, and reconstruct these elements into something new and even better.

      • Martin Tip #2: Don’t wander.

        • staying diligent in his interest in the one field he was trying to master; being able to ignore the urge to start working on other projects at the same time.

        • if you don’t saturate your life in a single quest, you’ll dilute your focus to a point where becoming outstanding becomes out of reach.

    • If you’re looking to become a leader in your field, honestly evaluate your talent level. Don’t compare yourself to others who have had success. That’s a path toward frustration. Instead, ask yourself, candidly, whether you’re so good you can’t be ignored. If not, then get back to work.

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