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Maniscalco’s Mindset: Pursue Comedy Until Infinity

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We all get tested. We get turned away.

It happens a lot. All life long: no; thanks but no thanks; you need more experience; you’re not talented enough; try something else.

People tell us we can’t do something, that we’re taking too big a risk, that it’s a one-in-a-million shot. They doubt, question, and warn us.

I bet you know about a guy named Sebastian Maniscalco. One of the funniest comedians in the world. A master at getting on stage and telling jokes that make you laugh. Facial expressions are tremendous, timing exquisite, attitude unique, and take on life wickedly amusing.

This joy he brings us may have never happened. Growing up in Chicago, one day in grade school did a funny routine for his classmates and discovered he loved that feeling of making people laugh.

So as a young man, he did what countless other dreamers have done and went to Hollywood to make it as a comedian. All by himself. Hoping something would break his way. He landed a job as a waiter at a Hollywood restaurant to pay rent and did comedy routines at night.

This was a long shot path so many others have traveled down ending in disillusion and disappointment often leading to nothing but one day going back home and getting a “real job.”

He started doing open mics to get experience and maybe get discovered, but it was not progressing quickly.

In the book about his life titled Stay Hungry, he describes his mindset at that tough stage: “I told myself that my hard limit of demoralizing nights was infinity. I would keep on doing this, night after night, three times a night, forever, before I admitted defeat. It wasn’t even about winning. For me, the ultimate victory would be to earn a living doing the one thing I love most: standup comedy. I was never doing it for wealth or fame. I just loved comedy and had been raised to equate quitting with death. It wasn’t like an ‘I’ll show them!’ thing. It was a feeling of never being a person who gave up too soon and let his dream slip away.”

Not about the money. Nor the fame.

It was his love of his craft. I love the almost crazed phrasing “hard limit of demoralizing nights was infinity.”

Didn’t care how long it took – even if forever – he was not going to stop pursuing what he wanted to do with his life. There were no endpoints, no signs on the road it was time to turn. There was no turning back. It was all one way all day no matter what happened. One pursuit straight through till the end.

I’m a big believer that we should all pursue what we want in life forever and ever regardless of everything. Settling for something else seems like we’re shortchanging our own existence. I don’t think we were put here to settle. We’re here to go after what we love forever.

Demoralizing nights mean nothing.

Sammy Sportface

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Sammy Sportface, a sports blogger, galvanizes, inspires, and amuses The Baby Boomer Brotherhood. And you can learn about his vision and join this group's Facebook page here:

Sammy Sportface Has a Vision -- Check It Out

Sammy Sportface -- The Baby Boomer Brotherhood Blog -- Facebook Page

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