A Beginner’s Guide on How to Stay Famous (Part 1)

“A Beginner’s Guide on How to Stay Famous (Part 1)”
By Michael Aaron Gallagher

If you’ve ever wanted to be the life of the party, you know it isn’t easy. Sure you may be able to attract the attention of the group for a while, but to keep it, that’s the real challenge.

So once you are noticed and you become popular, how do you hold onto it? The first three steps in the process involve analyzing yourself, your goals, your objectives, your motivations, and what got you where you are today.

Step 1: What are YOU famous for? Before you can “stay famous” doing whatever it is you do, you have to make sure you know what you’re famous for. Have you ever liked an actor or musician, but couldn’t stand their movies or music? Although people think a person is famous for acting or singing, they may really be famous for their charming personality or good looks, and their entertainment career is just an unintended side-effect of their good nature. Find what you do that makes you stand out in the crowd and hold onto it with pride.

Step 2: What are THEY famous for? Have you ever looked at someone else in the spotlight and thought, “I could do better?” There are plenty of people who are popular, successful, and even famous who aren’t as talented or good-looking as you. So what are they doing that you aren’t? If you want to stay in the spotlight, you have to find out what makes them famous. Ultimately, it is a competition between you and millions of other people who probably can (or are) doing what you do. People can only remember so many “household names.”

Step 3: No One Will Hand it To You, So Work Harder. What separates a winning politician from one who loses the election? Of course there are important things like political party affiliation, voting records, experience, likability, presence, leadership skills, and campaign contributions. But a good politician knows that all the assets in the world cannot defeat good old-fashioned hard work. Find out what the people want and give it to them. Go door to door if you have to, but don’t give up making your “campaign” better and better. That means you have to continuously improve yourself.

See there’s something that separates successful people from failures. Dr. Phil once said, “the difference between winners and losers is winners do the things that losers don’t want to.” People say they want to be a CEO, a movie star, or a finalist on “American Idol,” but when it comes down to it, they don’t do the work it takes to get there. They aren’t practicing until late hours of the night, they aren’t investing in their career through education and training, and they aren’t going to auditions. They aren’t going door to door to get the votes it takes to win. And they wonder why the opportunities never come to them.

Think about what separates good comedians from bad comedians. There are a lot of funny people in the world who have a great sense of humor, but the best comedians work on their routine. They come up with a plan on how to deliver their performance in front of an audience, and as a result, they are able to be the life of the party. Is it work? Sure it is. But no one told you, you had to be famous. If you want to stay famous, work harder.

When you’re done figuring out exactly what makes you successful, and you find out how other people (who do what you do) stay successful, and you put in the work to make sure you are as good or better than your competition, then there’s only one question left. What can you do to keep the spotlight on you?

Next week, look for the rules you need to know before you set out, and later in the month you will find a step-by-step guide of little things you can do to improve your popularity rating with friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances, Before long, you may find yourself reclaiming your title as “Life of the Party.”

If you would like to add your own thoughts and advice, please feel free to comment at the end of the article for other readers to enjoy. After all, your opinion matters. Until then, “Stay Famous!”

“A Beginner’s Guide on How to Stay Famous (Part 1)”
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Aaron Gallagher

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