John Ratzenberger is famous for his role as the mail carrier Cliff Clavin on Cheers. What you probably don’t know is that Ratzenberger had originally read for the part of Norm Peterson which, eventually, he was passed over for.
Sensing an opportunity, John asked the producers if they had written a role for a know-it-all bar fly. They hadn’t, but they loved the idea and made room for the character that Ratzenberger had created. Cliff eventually went on to become one of the most iconic television characters in history, known for his “outlandish stories of plausible half-truths, uninteresting trivia, and misinformation.”1
John is a master of creativity. He not only saw what was there but also, what was missing.
Finding the rare “odd duck” isn’t easy. What is easy though, is to tell yourself that if it were doable, it would have already been done. Don’t take the easy route.
These are the type of people I look up to. Those who see patterns where none existed before. The opportunity creators. They fill holes rather than accepting the status quo.
JR totally made serendipity work for him.