Jerry Seinfeld’s Mental Trick for Managing Stress Under Pressure


Jerry Seinfeld's Mental Trick for Managing Stress Under Pressure

Jerry Seinfeld is a pretty productive guy, but he’s also a that’s had to deal with immense amounts of pressure. This mental trick can help you alter your perspective and calm your nerves during high-stress moments.…

In filmmaker Judd Apatow’s recent book, Sick in the Head, Seinfeld revealed a quirky method for calming his nerves in the Seinfeld TV show writer’s room: he would look at space photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to remind him how insignificant everything can be perceived. Seinfeld explains:

That would calm me when I would start to think that this was important… I’ve often said this and people say, ‘It makes me feel insignificant.’ And I don’t find being insignificant depressing. I find it uplifting.

Whether you look at pictures of space, or read about bigger world issues, taking a moment to feel insignificant can be very freeing. Suddenly that seemingly life or death decision you have to make isn’t that big of a deal. Or that huge, career-ending risk you’re taking merely becomes your best step forward. Obviously, you don’t want to get lost in feeling insignificant, but a good change of perspective always helps you see things in a different light.


Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy | Amazon via Business Insider

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.



A Social Network About Nothing: Jerry Seinfeld Enjoys Rapid Facebook Success


JerrySeinfeldFB650Comedian Jerry Seinfeld finally joined Facebook in late October, and he has more than doubled the likes on his page over the course of two months. Paul Beddoe-Stephens, who works on strategic partnerships for entertainment at the social network, explained why Seinfeld has been so successful in a Facebook Media blog post:

After a series of discussions initially kicked off in 2013, Jerry Seinfeld officially joined Facebook and Instagram in late October.

In two months, he’s grown the number of likes on his page by more than 100 percent. This is outstanding growth, and Seinfeld has earned it all with genuine and engaging content.

Here are some highlights:

On Oct. 23, Seinfeld posted a sneak peek of the upcoming season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The clip, uploaded directly to Facebook, was watched more than 900,000 times — which outperformed other platforms considerably.

Post by Jerry Seinfeld.

To promote the show’s first episode, Seinfeld tagged Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee guest star Kevin Hart in a photo. The post received more than 330,000 likes and 11,000 shares, and the fifth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premiered to the best numbers it’s ever had.

Post by Jerry Seinfeld.

On Dec. 23, Jerry shared a Festivus gift — a bonus content clip with Michael Richards — created with a custom intro just for Facebook native video.

Post by Jerry Seinfeld.

Seinfeld’s smart use of both Facebook and Instagram combines the best of what the two platforms bring to the game: helping reach new audiences, building awareness and helping him connect with other public figures and his fans. He’s a terrific lighthouse example for other public figures, and we look forward to seeing what he’ll bring to the platform.

Readers: Have you engaged with Seinfeld’s Facebook page or Instagram account?