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Eight Cheap Ways to Become Famous without Killing Anyone

Eight Cheap Ways to Become Famous without Killing Anyone

There are ways to become famous that don’t require spending a bunch of money – or killing anyone. It is easy enough to become famous but it is a bit harder to become famous for positive reasons. Avoid the negative ways of doing this such as jumping off a building. The challenge is to engage the media with a solid something. We came up with eight positive ways to pull this off. You might come up with some more to add to this list. Let us know if you do.

Is there a way you can become number one in the world at anything? Opening up the Guinness Book of World Records and looking for a category might work for some people. But this won’t work for everyone. Being first at something will often work. Being the best at something works just as well. Becoming the worst in the world at anything works great too.
The whole point is to find some way to stand out and be different. There also needs to be media around – the more people it accesses, the better. Getting on a reality television show is currently a quick way to do it for some people. Here are the eight ways we came up with:

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  1. Being the best at something. Obtain a copy of the Guinness book and pick something that is free. Then work at it. But keep in mind that this category is a tough one because it involves actually becoming really good at something.
  2. Being the first to do something. Trying something new in a conservative setting counts and has become popular lately. In other words, it only needs to be perceived as first. Roger Bannister was the first person to break the 4 minute mile in 1954 and many people still recognize his name. Most competitive runners these days can surpass that.
  3. Being the worst at something. William Hung has made it by consistently performing really bad Ricky Martin impersonations. Being a bad driver is one thing but the British have taken it to the extreme by creating a television program on this concept that has become globally franchised.
  4. Being radically different. Mahatma Gandhi was the most unlawyer-like lawyer around in his day. This can involve either breaking or living a stereotype.
  5. Doing something generous that most people wouldn’t. This is a popular one for volunteers going out to raise awareness for a cause. People who go on long walks or runs across their countries figured this one out in spades.
  6. Being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing. Saving a life fits the bill well. In January, Wesley Autrey saved a man who fell onto the New York subway tracks. He was a 50 year old construction worker who was taking his two young daughters home before work and saw the man fall while the train was coming. He made a split second decision, then leapt in and was able to hold the man flat between the rails while the train rolled over them. They were both bruised but okay afterward. Wesley was all over the news and was a guest on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.
  7. Blowing the whistle or uncovering a scandal. Erin Brokovich was a unknown paralegal who uncovered a major scandal in which a big utility company in Barstow, California was leaching toxins into the environment that killed many people. She was instrumental in winning a huge lawsuit that also resulted in a feature movie being made about the story.
  8. Getting a lucky strike. Winning a big lottery is an obvious one that people can relate to judging from sales of lottery tickets. But this one doesn’t count if you need to buy the lottery ticket! Picking the right parents is another good one for some people.

You need to ask yourself, why do you want to become famous? Before you go out and kill yourself putting in a lot of effort, maybe consider if fame is something you really want to achieve. If you look at some of these above examples, it seems these people, except for maybe William Hung, were not trying to achieve fame. That is part of the magic.

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Peter Paul Roosen and Tatsuya Nakagawa are co-founders of Atomica Creative Group , a specialized strategic product marketing firm. Through leading edge insight and research, sound strategic planning and effective project management, Atomica helps companies achieve greater success in bringing new products to market and in improving their existing businesses. They have co-authored Overcoming Inventoritis now available.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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