My turning point was 15 years ago when I was teaching stand-up comedy in my converted garage in Venice, California. There was a student who couldn't understand how to write a joke. Then, after I took the time to explain to her what she needed to do, she got it! After that, she was hilarious.
The class wasn't on TV, nor written up in a review, but I realized at that moment, that success has nothing to do with how many people see what you do or how much money you make. Success is the satisfaction of a job well done. Realizing this, angst and resentment left me and I let myself feel successful. Cut to years later, that same student Sherri Shepherd went on to having a successful comedy career on "The View," in movies, and in her own sitcom.
Now, in my career as a motivational speaker, I have spoken for 20 people in the Valley, and I've spoken for 8500 with President Clinton. What I've learned is that it doesn't matter how many people are in the audience, how much I'm getting paid, but rather it's the success of making a difference in people's lives -- and that's what true success is.
Judy Carter blogs on comedy, storytelling and public speaking techniques, using personal stories and her adventures as a stand-up comic turned motivational public speaker. Her weekly blogs are read by fans of her books, “The Comedy Bible” (Simon and Schuster) and “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press), which include comics, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She is also known for teaching the value of humor and storytelling to businesses as a leadership and stress reduction tool.