When you are a rock star, things usually fall into your lap. Unfortunately, getting there requires a ton of work. Most of the time, it isn’t difficult to get your 5 seconds of fame, but the real key is to keep on getting buzz around your name and make those five seconds last as long as possible. Here are some things that I think you can do to increase your fame:
Call people out
Controversy is a great thing especially if it is done in a productive manner. By calling out people, products or even companies in a productive manner, you can create some hype by stirring controversy. In the past, I called out companies such as Riya in a critical fashion, which resulted in the CEO calling me within 24 hours and offering me a contracting job. This seems silly, but if someone were being critical of you, there is a good chance you would step in and defend yourself; this is the effect you want to create by calling people out. Don’t be afraid to announce what you think about something.
Gain a backbone
Attitude is a key part in becoming well known or getting those high paying jobs. You can’t be afraid to state your opinion. After all, the worst thing that can happen is you being wrong. As long as you learn from it, then it shouldn’t really matter. If you are in a boardroom meeting, make sure you speak up even if you know everyone else will disagree with you. Too many people out there are afraid of disagreement, but it’s those that do disagree in the face of opposition that can truly be seen as leaders.
Get in front of the parade
If you see a parade, makes sure you get in front of it. Stop sitting on the sidelines and watch others pass you by. Instead, pass them up by getting in the front. If there is some big event going on in your industry, don’t make a lame excuse and say that you will attend it next year. Instead, make sure you are going to be there this year. Embrace any opportunity that allows you to get some limelight within your industry.
The other great thing about getting in front of the parade is that usually there is media and press covering the parade, and chances are they are going to interview the people in the front and not the ones in the back.
Why are rock stars like Kiss and Elvis so famous? They stood out in their own unique way and didn’t care what others thought. This is one of the qualities that famous people have: they are unique in their own little way. Make sure you differentiate yourself somehow whether it is through clothes, attitude or actions. The key here is to not care what others think or at least to not show that you care what others think of you. The overall purpose of this is to stand out somehow so that your chances of gaining some press improve.
You’re as smart as you want to be
Have you noticed that some of the most famous people such as Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton are famous because they act dumb? If you haven’t, just watch Newlyweds or The Simple Life and you will notice how dumb these two people act. You don’t have to always act dumb, but there are specific times when you should act dumb versus being sophisticated. If everyone around you is acting sophisticated and you start acting dumb, it could create a buzz for you. This may not be the hype you are looking for, but nonetheless it can help you get more well known.
These are just some of the things you should do on a regular basis if you are looking to become famous. Stop waiting for things to happen to you, and instead go after them and be aggressive because you should never rely on things falling into your lap.