How To Become Famous That’s More Than a Viral YouTube Video

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Say you want the love and affection of people. You want people to know you and admire you. You love how Eminem or ___(put the name of your favourite celebrity) gets a standing ovations every time they perform in front of a crowd. You dream that God makes you famous, like Oprah.

Let me tell you the truth:

Fame is a by-product. It cannot be chased.

You can only build your skills and get on the stage to perform. Stop looking for get-rich-quick ideas and ways to become famous.

Okay, I have already revealed the secret. You cannot chase money and fame. Then, where do we go from here?

Well, let us delve deeper into the niche where you might want people’s love and admiration. Attracting the right kind of people is the key.

But, first let me warn you. It is a tough choice to make.

You can always find easier ways to get famous overnight. And you see people doing it everyday. You can always make a sex-tape like Kim Kardashian.

Or have a topless photo shoot that will go viral on Twitter. Or maybe you can make an anti-religious statement. Or maybe, you can speak irrationally against the generally acceptable norms (no, I don’t follow traditions, hello?) in society.

However, all these methods are nothing but pitiful and no good comes out of them. If you have self-respect and if you believe in spreading positivity on earth, abort the thought of routing on such missions. You will save the world a lot of  time. Also, you will save yourself some old-age embarrassment and regret (perhaps).

How to become YouTube famous and then get trolled?

One of the easier ways to bring yourself to the spotlight is uploading a crappy video on YouTube. If you are in luck, it will go viral with hundreds of thousands or even millions views on it. Rebecca Black’s Friday did it, you can also think of one such social gimmick, can’t you?

But, this is an infamy. This fame won’t last long, and you might even regret it later – due to the incessant amount of trolls that will be designed and thrown in your face (if you will have the guts to log into social media accounts, that is).

Make use of the powerful social media tools in a constructive way – Do not become a meme, a joke.

Be known for your talent.

What scale is good enough for you?

Now:

I assume that I have convinced you to take the hard-way around for getting famous. If you are not convinced, there is no need to read further.

Next, let us find out the scale at which you want people to know you.

Would you be okay with the people in your local community loving you for your public service? Or would you like your native state to know you as a politician?

Or would you like to be nationally recognized for your work? The scale will play an important role in deciding when to say yes or no. It is about finding the fame-level-comfort-spot.

choosing a field where you want to get famous

What field would you pursue?

What is the domain you would like to be associated with?

To find it: Go through the personalities that make your head go round. Which of them made you want to seek fame in the first place? You will get some quick answers. Write down the names of the top 5.

Remember that celebrities need not mean actors, musicians, guitarists, and writers. You can choose any realm for that mater.

Now read up on these famous people. Write down the top 3 quirks that make you admire them. Jot down the top 3 qualities that set these fellas apart from the others in your eyes.

You are getting closer to your chosen realm. Now, analyze which field is the one for you.

Now, hop on to the next step.

List your skills and pain points

Write down the top 3 skills that you need to achieve fame. Write down the top 3 pain points that stop you from reaching them. Now, set some time-bound goals and milestones in order to achieve the level of excellence in your niche/industry.

Here is an example that should explain this technique. Suppose you want to become an actor and Leonardo DeCaprio is your favourite actor.

Write down why you like the acting career trajectory of Leonardo and his 3 skills. Say these skills are his acting performance, real-life presence and fashion sense. The next obvious step would be studying acting at a school. But your major pain point is financial limitations.

Then, you can proceed towards your motto by joining a local theatre group. Keep performing and enjoying the art of acting at this local theatre community. Meanwhile keep hustling of ways to scale to the next stage.

Try to find scholarship opportunities at the top Drama schools and be on the lookout for sponsors. Or maybe give some auditions for movies.

As for the fashion sense and real-life presence, you can study courses/books on colour, fashion, personality development, etc. I hope you get the drill.

Effectively market yourself and keep at it to get your big break

It might take time to break into your field of interest. You will sometimes get compliments, sometimes not. It’s going to be a bumpy rid but make sure you keep the energy levels high. As long as you keep improving yourself and keep showing up you will make it.

Publicity and public relations are going to be one of the most important assets at your disposal. You will need to market yourself effectively on the right platform to get your first break. You can start contacting and cold-calling people for opportunities.

At the first contact, don’t try to sell yourself. You should just be willing to offer help. Just network and let them know you are available.

Communicate your skills and experience succinctly to convince folks to give you that first break. This first break can be writing a novel, your first music gig, first acting assignment, etc.

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Make use of the Internet’s goldmine: Social media

The Internet (read as social media) is a powerful resource to promote your talent and skill. The best part is that it is cheap (most tools even free) and easy to use. As you have already decided the skill you want to be known for, you can publicize and broadcast your work on the Internet.

If you want to become a writer, start blogging, keep improving your writing skills, start interacting with other bloggers.

You might even land your first novel. Or if you want to perform a stand-up comic act, music act or a dance: upload your videos on YouTube regularly. Ensure that everything you share on the Internet is of superior quality.

Have a look at Derek Muller who owns a YouTube channel Veritasium. He is doing a PhD and uses YouTube effectively to present concepts of physics. He has done a brilliant job and already has over a million subscribers.

You can learn lots about building your audience, interacting, and engaging with them, handling criticism and much more by this activity. All these skills will be beneficial for you for life and simultaneously, you will be pursuing your aimed artistic endeavour.

Saying ‘No’ to lucrative choices

Suppose you want to become a national football player. You get a call to play as a captain for the regional club team. But you are also selected to play for the national team.

The problem is that you got selected as an extra in the squad (if someone from the main team gets hurt). You will need to say ‘No’ to one of them and make a judgment call.

Here is when that ‘scale’ on which you want to achieve fame comes into picture.

If you want recognition only in your community, the club team might do but if you are the ambitious kind you will take a shot at the national team (although you get a place in the extras).

Conclusion

Let the masses find you. Let that director discover you through a play. Or let that publishing house discover you through your blog. Meanwhile, you can keep up the marketing.

However, don’t sit idle, keep refining your skills. No one will like a hollow person who only likes to talk and is only average.

None of the talented famous people aimed at fame. They always tried to get better at their art. They focused on beating their own best.

You also need to work your ass off and forget about being famous now – Only then will you should reach the destination you aimed.  That was your how to become famous guide.

Why don’t you tell me your takeaways from the post using the comment box below?

How to be insanely successful: A step by step guide

It is a race that everybody wants to win. Sometimes, without having prepared or defined specific goals. Most people participate simply because others are. Is crossing that finish line the ultimate objective or will you be happy outdoing your own previous personal best?

Oh wait, you don’t even know your previous best. You are running just for the sake of it. You have no idea how to be insanely successful. You want it, regardless.

And that is what you are doing in life. You want to be successful. At a job, average or extraordinary. You like it insane. The achievements need to be colossal.

But:

The problem is you don’t know what success means to you.

The biggest mistake you might make is equating insane success to becoming filthy rich. Or owning a villa. I am sorry this won’t do any good for you.

You have to think of your success as something much more than mere materialistic possessions! It’s not the same as owning 2 sedans or a Mercedes standing in your garage. It is not about a buttload of cash to party hard each day.

You’re successful when you are rich from the inside, living a life you want. Following are some hacks to help you become insanely successful in any field of your choice.

What is success for you?

The first step towards success is defining success. Does it include fame, money, cars, luxuries? Don’t ask for your granpa’s opinion. What your friend says about it also does not matter. It is about what you visualize for yourself in that ideal day – not just what you will be wearing, but what intangible thing you have become.

Spend some time to find out what fuels you from the inside and start investing in experiences that help you achieve that success.

The thing is, you will be headed upstream. Most of the skills you visualize may not be listed in your CV. It will all be a sad story. Be calm and confident, anyway.

You can reach those standards you have set for yourselves. Make sure that the desire for achieving your success is so strong that you are ready to work your ass off – day in and day out, towards it.

Set goals and timelines

Within stipulated periods of months, you want to be at point B from your current situation (call it point A). These goals, time-bound as they are, will keep you motivated. You will always know where you stand. The goals should be in line with your destination.

Consider this:

Suppose, I want to become a rockstar.

My goal within the first 3 months might be to complete and learn a course on playing chords with some melodies. The next 3 month goal might be to play 10 gigs and get professional experience. And so on. Get the drill?

how to be successful in lifeFailures do not fuck you up.

Every day won’t be a bright, sunny day. Sometimes you will be in bad health. And even after consistent devotion towards your success you might not get the cut.

There will be testing times. And even tedious ones where you will just hate doing the same shit over and over again.

Be ready to fail. Let it not hurt you so bad. It is all a part of a bigger game.

Keep the journey exciting by rewarding yourself for the the efforts you put in regularly.

Savour your favourite meal or even a nice bubble bath to keep up the morale.

What are the sacrifices you are willing to make?

What is the cost at which you want it all? Are you willing to sacrifice the time you spend with your family and friends? Are you ready to climb the ladder at the cost of integrity or your personal values? My answer would be a no for all the questions above.

My recommendation would be to strike a balance between work and everything else. Obsession may lead to a burnout. It might lead to depression and frustration. Create certain value systems and principles, which you won’t break at any cost.

On certain occasions, you will be pulled out of your comfort zone. You will be working odd hours. You will not remember when you had the last call when you spoke your heart out with your mother. However, these sprints are only temporary.

Remember:

Running towards your goals is actually a marathon – consistency and focus are the key to win it.

Common errors that prevent you from being successful

Withdrawing halfway – Many people sense going nowhere during their journey. Don’t quit due to this just because you feel this. Don’t lose confidence. You can overcome it all. Just keep at it.

Unwillingness to pivot – Adaptability is the word of this globalized hyper-connected world. Even Facebook is not what it was originally started as by Mark Zuckerberg. If you cannot change your direction as per circumstances, you might have a problem.

No action, just faff – So, if all you like is live in a  rut without seizing the moment, you need a fix. In order to move towards your goals, you need action. Only planning won’t do. A motivational video or article just won’t do it.

what is successSaying yes to everything – There are commitments and things you cannot escape from but you don’t need to deliver at all times. They are distractions devised to waste your precious time in your journey uphill. Always do a double-check if the opportunity at hand makes sense to your end goal.

Let people dictate your words and actions –The only man person should listen to is yourself. Stop believing the definition of success to be what others have taught you. Stop comparing yourself with anyone else. You are amazing the way you are and do not need any outside validation.

Conclusion

Being successful is not rocket science. It is being true to what you believe. Do not let those tabloids and newspapers tamper with your definition of success. Let people go after money. Let them do what they feel is the right thing to do at their age.

Take calculated risks. Follow your intuition. Take care of your body and soul. Be true to everyone, especially yourself. Do that thing that excites you every single day. And accomplish what might now give chills down your spine.

How do you measure success? How have you been pursuing it? And how have you kept yourself motivated through the failing times? I would love to know your thoughts.

Please do share your success and failure stories in the comment box below.