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How to become famous: September 2007

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Working at it

My first observation about people who have become famous (in every industry) is that 98% of those people go there for one reason. They worked for it. Working for a goal, i.e. being the best at some skill, or being recognized on two or more continents are honorable goals, however the normal path to this level of notoriety and fame is paved with a lot of sweat and energy.

I am in the camp that there are two ways to work for something. You can work hard or you can work smart. Some of us start out working harder than smarter and as we mature, learn to work smarter rather than harder. It is a natural trend in all things learned. We become more efficient and those that are ruthlessly efficient can take enormous leaps forward in achieving their goals, thus shortening the time to your goal. And once you achieve your goal, you can opt to sit on your laurels, or find new goals to pursue and enjoy.

Working smarter is a process. You can learn this process on your own or you can find a coach or mentor. If you want to learn this process on your own, I would recommend reading everything you can get your hands on regarding your field of study or practice. I would also include things outside but related, and even subjects contradictory, to your practice as well, if you are going to do it on your own.

Oh, don't forget the hard work and practice of your skill. If you are not striving to be the best at whatever you do, then forget it. Having a goal is critical to your success, and if you are not willing to work towards it, then you have already decided your goal is not worthy of your time and effort.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Find your voice

While you are in pursuit of fame, fortune, leadership, or trust, you will learn to gain confidence in yourself and in your ability to speak in front of others. Public speaking is a requirement. Period, for anyone interested in becomeing famous.

If you are a writer, you will be speaking to fans on radio talk shows, book signings, press conferences, and maybe CSPAN, so get out of your shell, and find your voice.

If you are an actor/acrtress, singer, comedian, news reporter, or other personality, your voice will be heard wherever you go. Don't be afraid to show your confidence though your voice.
When captains of industry, or troops take charge, they do so with their actions, led by their confident voice.

Speaking in public, on camera, or behind a microphone requires confidence. Confidence in your subject matter, in your abilities to direct others, in your ability to ask questions, and ability to be asked tough questions.

Speaking in a mild tone, you will demonstrate meakness, which will allow you to be pushed to the side of competitors vying for the same spotlight as you. Competition is key to developing your public personal and voice. And, it is the winning attitude that gains more favor in our highly competitive world.

Demonstrate your strength of conviction, confidence and experience with your voice, and you are sure to edge out your competition. Speak up, with confidence and a natural cadence, ignoring the camera as a thing, and treat it as if it were a person. Set aside your stuttering, ah's, um's, and er's, and find your voice, from deep within you and show the world the confidence you have in yourself, without being full of yourself.

We can gain confidence in our selves though training and experience, but we can only find our voice when we believe what we have come to learn and experience is true.