Kevin Hart is one of the most successful comedians working today. So, what traits have helped him to get to where he is? Today we will examine three of the characteristics that have allowed Kevin Hart to become one of the most successful comedians in the world today.
1. Believe In Yourself & Keep A Positive Attitude
In order to be a success in comedy, one of the first things a good comedian needs to get clear on is their world-view. And if they want to be funny, that world-view had better be a funny one too. In his memoir, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, Kevin Hart states:
“Life is a story and it’s full of chapters. The beauty of life is not only do you get to determine how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter and it determines whether it’s a comedy or a tragedy, a fairy tale or a horror story, rags to riches, or riches to rags. You can’t control the events that happen to you. But you can control your interpretation of them. So, why not choose the story that serves life the best?”
Kevin’s outlook is one of boundless optimism. According to Kevin, one of the most important lessons he ever learned was that, ‘the fun guy always wins.’ So, Kevin figured, why not be him? According to Kevin, this decision to stay positive and to view life as fun has made all the difference. Had Kevin allowed himself to play the victim it could have been very easy for him to fall into any of the numerous pitfalls surrounding his disadvantaged childhood. However, Kevin managed to rise above by staying positive. According to Kevin, ‘It is a talent to stay positive and avoid negativity in the face of a sometimes cruel, unfair, and indifferent world. Cultivate that talent. It’s the secret to living a happy life.’ Kevin’s ability to see comedy in even the most trying situations has helped him to rise above the circumstances that could have potentially brought him down had he not been able to see the comedy in them.
2. Find A Mentor
When Kevin Hart first started out he exploded onto the scene. Six-out-of-the-first-seven times he took the stage he won a competition. For anyone who knows anything about comedy, that is amazing. It would have been easy for Kevin to view himself as the proverbial ‘golden boy’; someone who just has ‘it’. But after killing it on the local scene in Philadelphia for years, Kevin eventually ran into a more respected older comedian who gave Kevin exactly what he needed – a humbling reality check. This comedian was Keith Robinson, and he soon became Kevin’s mentor.
According to Robinson, Kevin wasn’t saying anything of importance on stage. Yeah he was crazy, and funny, but he wasn’t talking about anything that mattered or that would allow him to connect to his audience on a deeper level. He wasn’t talking about himself. For months Robinson took Kevin with him on his trips up to New York City to watch real comedians work out their material at some of the best comedy clubs in the world. This exposure to professionals who were working at a world-class level demonstrated to Kevin the approach he would also need to take. And one of the most important lessons from those days was when he learned he needed to cultivate an attitude of…
3. Hard Work
The most common element in anyone’s journey to success has never changed. It’s hard work. No secret here. Nothing exciting or sexy about this message. Just plain old fashioned. Hard. Work.
Like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart finds his bits working better than most comedians because he’s willing to work on them harder and for more time than those other comedians. There’s no special formula to it. And there’s no time to be tired. According to Kevin, it’s all a state of mind. If you decide it’s time to do work, and you’ve made up your mind to do so, you will.
In many articles about Kevin, you will see the phrase, ‘a meteoric rise to success’. This makes Kevin’s rise to super-stardom seem overnight. What those articles don’t talk nearly enough about are the years of hard work he put in to get here. For further evidence, you need to look no further than Kevin’s own Twitter bio. Here Kevin writes: ‘My name is Kevin Hart and I WORK HARD!!! That pretty much sums me up!!! Everybody Wants To Be Famous But Nobody Wants To Do The Work’. To sum up this philosophy once again, Kevin tweeted out: ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!!!!!’
There are few comics working today who have achieved more success than Kevin Hart. It’s also no coincidence that there are few comics working today who have a more positive attitude, have studied harder under their mentors, or have worked harder.