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Motivation from famous entertainers: Rodney Dangerfield on leadership

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Consistently getting people to laugh with jokes that make the listener laugh then apply the message of the joke to their personal life is a talent. Nobody was better at it than Rodney Dangerfield (1921 - 2004). He would turn any room into a sea of laughter with his catch phrase, "I don't get no respect".

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His comedy would be a show stopper when he visited Johnny Carson as his stand-up routine would move from the stage to the interview area.

Like most entertainers, who double as businesspeople in order to manager their career and image, Dangerfield knew the secrets of effective leadership.

He said “Every time I start to look out for number one, ____________”.

  1. Something bad happens.
  2. I step in number two.
  3. I bump into a wall.
  4. My wife tells me my number’s up.

To see how Dangerfield ending this statement, click here.

As his career advanced Dangerfield added to his stand-up resume by making several comedy movies.

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Leadership.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Attitude.

This series is based on a motivational series from and is used by permission.



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