James Corden’s Life Lesson

April 28 marked James Corden’s last night as host of The Late Late Show. While I’m not a regular viewer, I have enjoyed catching highlights over the years on YouTube. Corden brought a lot of joy and delight to his audiences and his guests, from the highly entertaining “Carpool Karaoke” (featuring the likes of Adele, Elton John, Lizzo, Barbra Streisand, and even Michelle Obama), to the many “Crosswalk” musicals he staged.

But I want to draw your attention to why Corden decided to leave his successful show, which by all accounts was going very well, at this time, because it is so relevant to my work with my clients.

Corden said to Drew Barrymore last January, “One day I was filming on a Sunday and I came downstairs, it was about 6 a.m. and my son, who was 10 at the time, was sat on the stairs and he said, ‘Are you working today?’ and I said, ‘I am,’ and he said, ‘I thought, well it’s Sunday,’ and I said, ‘I know, buddy, but this schedule’s just all over the place. We just got to get it done because we only have a tiny amount of time before we have to go back and do the show,’ and his face just kind of dropped,’ Corden recalled. ‘I got in the car and I called my wife Jules and I said, ‘I’ve realized, best case scenario, we have six more summers where Max even remotely wants to be around us, and I cannot waste another one.'”

BOOM. I talk a lot about “seasons of life,” and this is a perfect example of how Corden identified the season he is in, and that guided his decision. In this season of life, time with his children is the highest priority. As he said, a time is coming soon when his kids will not be living at home. Once he realized that his work, as gratifying and successful as it was, was causing him to miss out on time with his children that he would never be able to get back, “the truth is it became a very easy decision.”

Identifying our priorities is key to designing a life of intention that is in alignment with our core values. Once we have identified what is important now, decisions become, in the words of James Corden, “very easy.”  


What’s important in your life now, in this season? What decisions will become easier when you filter them through that priority?

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Christy Tennant Krispin is a Whole Life Coach helping clients live more intentionally in alignment with their goals and values across all spheres of life. Schedule a free consultation with Christy here.

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