How To Become A Fame Monster

Ian Paul Marshall —  March 15, 2010 — 6 Comments

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Personal Success Lady Gaga Style

We watch them on TMZ. We read about them on Perez. We talk about them to our friends, family and co-workers. The truth is we’re obsessed with celebrities.

But there’s one person that is steadily stepping away from the rest of the pack and her name is Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga is a force of nature. Out of nowhere she burst onto the scene capturing people’s hearts and the medias attention. Whether you love her or hate her she’s here to stay.

Catchy lyrics, outrageous costumes, and bad dance moves. What’s not to love?

But really there’s more to this pop icon than meets the eye.

Lady Gaga’s rocket ride to fame is backed by a hard work, determination, and passion for what she does. If personal success is about becoming a better person and unleashing your potential than she’s a good fit for a closer look.

After you peel back the layers of makeup, whacked out wardrobes, and pandemonium you’ll discover a rock solid system for success. Something that we all can learn from. So instead of titling it Lady Gaga’s Secret Success Formula I went with something a little more provocative…

How To Become A Fame Monster

When you look a little closer at Lady Gaga’s skyrocketing success I think there is six main strategies that she used to become a fame monster.

  1. Discover Your Gifts & Talents
  2. Create A Character
  3. Persevere
  4. Devote Some Time
  5. Partner For Profits and Potential
  6. Be Inspired

Discover Your Gifts & Talents

Each and every one of us has gifts and talents. Something that we can do better than anyone else. And when we do it we’re filled with passion and purpose. Time seems to stand still. We’d do it for free but finding a way to make a living from it is an awesome bonus.

Lady Gaga was one of the lucky ones who discovered hers early. When she was a little girl, she would sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper hits. She would dance around the table at fancy Upper West Side restaurants using the bread-sticks as a baton. And, she would innocently greet a new babysitter in nothing but her birthday suit.

She was outrageous from and early age. But she learned to tap into that creativity and energy and focus it to become a Pop sensation that sells out concerts all over the world.

Well that’s good for Lady Gaga but I don’t know how to figure out what my talents and gifts are Ian.

How To Discover Your Talents & Gifts:

A gift and talent is something that you’re not only good at, but it’s something that you have a desire to do. When you’re using that gift your filled with joy and power.

Sometimes we may discover that we have some skill at something but when we do it we’re miserable.

Guess what, that’s not your gift or talent.

It may be a skill that you can use to accomplish your goals but it’s not a gift or talent that should be developed, nurtured or explored.

If it brings you no joy and drains your life energy while doing it then it’s not one of your gifts and talents so do everything that you can to stop doing it.

How To Identify A Gift or Talent

  • You can do it or learn it easily
  • You feel strong when you do it
  • It comes naturally to you
  • It brings joy to you and others
  • You look forward to doing it
  • You feel like your “in the zone” when you do it
  • Time seems to fly when your doing it
  • After you’ve expressed your talent you feel fulfilled
  • After you’ve expressed a talent you look forward to doing it again

Create A Character

William Shakespear said that, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”

Every morning we wake up and create ourselves anew. We choose what to wear, how we’re going to speak, and the character we’re going to be.

Sometimes we play the victim, the parent, the good worker, the boss, the lover, etc.

We have exceptional range and don’t even realize it.

A powerful transformation tool that can help you morph into the person you dream of is to create a character.

It sounds weirder than it actually is.

And once you realize that you do it daily you can add a little purpose and planing into your routine and see some big results.

Now I’m not saying for you to wrap yourself in PVC or cover your head in colorful getup’s ala Lady Gaga. That’ll probably get you your walking papers hand delivered to you from your boss.

No. What I’m suggesting is that you take some time to think about who you want to be and decide to be it now.

Create a vision of the person you want to be and then think to yourself “What would that do? How would they speak? How would they stand? How would they react to the world?”

Once you can see how that person would be then become that. Be that person! Create a character.


Calvin Coolidge said that, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

When you’re going for your dreams you’re going to be tested, challenged and even face lot’s of disappointment.

People who succeed develop a thick skin to life’s hardships.

Realizing that they’re part of the journey. Part of the process. Just another thing to overcome along the way.

They keep their eyes on the prize. Learning from failure. Everything becomes a learning experience. They take those lessons and apply them as fast as they can to continued efforts.

Now I’m not talking about blind motivation here.

It’s more of a determined, adaptable, flexible and responsive way of achieving your goals.

Being aware and open to life. Seeing the big picture.

Why go through walls when you can go around them?

Devote Some Time

There’s a theory which says that to be totally awesome at something you need to spend 10,000 hours practicing it. Ms. Gaga has been honing her skills since the age of three.

Now I know the monkey mind might be chattering away saying that there’s not enough time in the day to even shower properly let alone devote that much time to becoming great at something.

But sometimes all you have to do is get crafty with the time you do have.

Like watching t.v.? Why not read a book during commercial breaks.

Drive the car to work? Try investing in audio books. (I listen to audio books while I do the dishes sometimes)

Have a lot of menial tasks to do in the day that are just eating up your time? Why not hire someone else to do them for you?

There’s tons of time in the day.

Khaled Hosseini the author of the bestseller Kite Runner said that he would wake up and hour earlier than usual so that he could devote some quiet time to writing his book.

The Dalai Lama gets up at 3:30am everyday to cultivate his mind and he’s 74 years old.

Partner For Profits and Potential

Be it writing songs for other people or doing a duet with Beyonce. Lady Gaga knows and understands the power of collaborations.

Have a big project that you’re working on at work or in your personal life? Why not ask for some help?

Why not get some additional perspective on it?

Why not do a duet?

The music world has really embraced this idea. So why not apply it to your life?

Napoleon Hill the grand-daddy of personal development said that one of the greatest ways to achieve ultimate success was to create a Master Mind group. Gather round you people that you admire and respect. Individuals who can bring to the table their experience and knowledge. Then apply those strengths to your own dreams and help them with theirs as well.

So get out there and have a jam session.

Be Inspired

When we’re young we plaster our bedroom walls with posters of rock-stars, athletes and other people we admire and want to be like.

We imagine ourselves as these people. Rocking out to massive crowds. Hitting a home run in the bottom of the nine in the final game of the world series to win the game.

We immerse ourselves in the power of our imagination. Using it to create for ourselves the person and life that we want.

But for most of us, somewhere along the line, we forget about this power.

Fame monsters don’t.

Lady Gaga said that she’s been inspired by glam rock musicians like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, as well as pop artists like  Madonna and Michael Jackson. She’s  has also stated fashion is a source of inspiration for her songwriting and performances.

Emulate and imitate.

So who’s your inspiration?

So you may think that Lady Gaga and all her glitz and glam is a joke. But when you draw back the velvet curtain you find some serious skills and clear steps that we all can use in our own lives.

Be Inspirational!

Be a fame monster.


p.s. If I’ve missed something please let me know below in the comments.

6 responses to How To Become A Fame Monster

  1. Thank you for this, Ian.

    Here’s another tribute to Lady Gaga’s success, from Danielle LaPorte (another fire bringer–i wonder if you are acquainted with her?):

    Until I’d seen it, I had no idea that Lady Gaga was the Real Deal….Very impressive.

  2. Hey there Janice!

    Thanks for the link. I’ll have to go and check it out. Yeah behind all the glitz is a hard working woman with talent.


  3. I love this post. Lady Gaga definitely knows how to work it in order to get attention and success. I mean just look at her in the past year or two. Persistence will pay off in the end, and trust me, she had plenty of it. You may persist and not receive any success or attention for some time, but when it happens, it could happen BIG.

  4. Hi there Tyler!

    So true. Persistence is something that all of us need to work on. It’s probably one of the hardest skills to develop. But if you work at it, like you said than then your open yourself up to wide open possibilities.


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