Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Repetition

As a stand up comedian, I often do the same jokes at different clubs quite often. This is intentional. The reason why I do this is because the more often you do the same thing over and over again, the more comfortable you will feel, and the better you will get.

If you ever had a phone sales job, they usually give you a script to follow. They do this for the same reason. Once you repeat something over and over again, you don't have to think about it, and it becomes natural.

Of course, repeating something over and over again can be detrimental as well. Just ask anyone who drives home drunk regularly from the bars. Lots of people who do this end up with expensive DUIs.

I currently struggle with job interviews. Because it is not something I do every day, I am often unprepared to give good responses on the fly. From now on, I am going to prepare some good responses in advance, and practice them until I have committed them to memory and feel comfortable delivering them. If you are struggling with job interviews, try this strategy yourself.

Of course, I do not plan on relying on having a day job too much longer. I believe that I can eventually get paid a lot more and enjoy myself more if I were self-employed versus working at a stupid job. Therefore, I am committing myself to finding ways of providing value to others on my own. I have a four day weekend this weekend, so I am going to spend a lot of it experimenting, writing, and breaking my usual routines. Try doing something outside of your comfort zone yourself and see where it takes you.

As humans, we fall into routines quite easily. Look at what you do on evenings and weekends when you are not working. For example, if you exercise, write, or do some kind of performing, you are on track to having a better future. If you spend the majority of your spare time watching TV, playing online games, or getting wasted, your future will not improve.

If you are unhappy with your job or your current life situation, quit complaining about it. Instead, find small ways to change your daily routine that will help you. You may not be able change anything overnight, however the small changes that you make now will benefit you in the long run.

The best way to improve your future is to take action. Do it NOW!

John Griggs

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

One Solution to My Money Problems

In my last post, I informed you guys that I was going through some financial challenges. I know what I have to do now to improve my money situation.

If I was a female or gay, I could just be a stripper or be an escort. I am a VERY straight male. So I have another solution to my money troubles. I am going to start writing more erotic romance novels.

You can actually see a sample of my work here:

See more erotic stories at Seniorotica's main site here:

John Griggs

Monday, November 8, 2010

Money Troubles and Crappy Jobs

Lately, earning money has been a real struggle for me. I currently work at a telemarketing job. The money I make there is a pittance. I've been to three job interviews within this last month. None of them have called me back. I didn't even receive a canned rejection letter.

I have tried the self-employment route. The money I earn from stand-up comedy is a joke (and not a funny one either). A good percentage of what I do earn ends up being spent on gas and food and drinks from being out and about. I also earn a VERY small residual income from articles I have written online.

So where does this leave me? I could try applying for more jobs, but I think it would be a waste of time. None of the jobs I have had these last two years have lasted more than nine months. I got fired from a "good" company two years ago after working there only six months. When I go to an interview, the recruiters ask me "Why did you leave this company?" almost every time. I got canned because I didn't meet their production standards. I think it is total bullshit that I am judged on an isolated incident that happened two years ago. It's a good thing Oprah Winfrey wasn't judged the same way. "Oprah, you got pregnant at age 14, we can't give you a TV show!!!"

I have to take an educated guess as to why I am not getting hired, because these recruiters are cowards and are too chicken shit to actually let me know the real reason why they won't hire me.

I really don't want to work at a cubicle farm for much longer. Therefore, I have to either figure out a way to make serious money from my comedy and writing, or start a business offering another product or service.

I could use some suggestions. Will any of my two readers I get per day offer me any advice?

John Griggs

Monday, November 1, 2010

Help Wanted with My New Book!

I want to go to a writing group in or near Phoenix Arizona. I am open to actually starting a brand new writing group as well. I am interested in meeting with other people who need help writing books.

I need help with my book. It's an erotic novel. It's about a hot stud who has wild passionate sex with women he met in a writing group.

Email me if you can help here:

Serious inquiries only. Thanks!

John Griggs