I have recently come across a video where Cristiano Ronaldo appears incognito as a homeless person on the streets of Madrid. He showed all his famous tricks but attracted only a few people. Only after revealing his true identity people started to follow him everywhere.
It made me think!
Why are we so attracted to successful people?
And is it possible for a ‘nobody’ to start a movement?
There are, of course, two parts to the equation; the person being followed and the fan or follower. Let’s be honest, what would a successful or famous person be without fans or followers?
But fans and followers are not simply responding to the charisma or talent of a soccer player, writer, singer, artist or politician. In Ronaldo’s example people ignored his talent until they knew who he was. With recognizing that fans are more excited about a successful person and followers do actually copy them; fans and followers all have their very own motives. And they are usually looking for some kind of benefit.
Reasons why people follow successful people
Motives usually look for a benefit:
- Hopes of becoming important – like showing your friends that you met Ronaldo
- Hopes of catching some of the fame
- Hopes of being discovered
- Hopes of gaining money
- Hopes of gaining status
- Hopes of gaining power
- Simply enjoying the fun (as shown perfectly in the video at the end)
- Fear of missing out if we don’t follow (as shown perfectly again in the video at the end)
Trust is very important. We usually follow people who are already successful because they have already proven how to be successful. If you would ask me as a blogger to name a Blogging Consultant I would give you three names:
Now, there are definitely other great consultants out there. Why them? Simply, because I know and trust them!
And let’s not forget that it is absolutely possible to become real friends as blogggers.
Final thoughts and how to start a movement
We are all followers as well as people being followed in some way.
We just have to make sure to always understand our motives and be an independent person.
And we have to understand other people’s motives as well – especially everyone’s constant search for benefits.
Talent alone is not enough to become successful.
You need to find a mentor or coach you can trust, market yourself, create an image, connect with successful people and socialize with them as much as you can.
OR BE A LITTLE NUTS AND START A MOVEMENT
The video shows you how and wraps it up better than I could do.
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