I learned that in life, one of the best ways to roll with the punches is to look at the funny side of things. Many thanks to Dilbert, The Far Side, and Calvin and Hobbes for adding fuel to that fire and giving me lots to work with. Work also goes a whole lot smoother when you can find a way for it to amuse you (and you always can, if you decide to.) Humor is a key way to stay curious, light-hearted, and avoid falling into the bitterness trap.
I’ve baked comedy into my life in various ways. For example, I regularly go to comedy clubs. You can learn a lot from comedians about timing, how to work a room, and how to be comfortable in your own skin. You can also learn how to shift your perspective from a serious tone, to the lighter side of life, or at least the zany side.
One of my favorite comedians is Craig Shoemaker. He’s a real pro and he’s funny in multiple ways, from his skits to his impressions. I’m honored to have a guest post from Craig on 10 Lessons Learned in Comedy.