Those Golden 15 Seconds

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

– Andy Warhol

Mr. Warhol was thinking in the correct direction, the only problem was he never imagined Twitter and Facebook.  Think smaller, Andy.  Everyone has the opportunity to be famous for 15 seconds.  How do you get there?  What will you do with yours?

Life is a series of images that change as they repeat themselves. What did you do today that was unique, that nobody else anywhere did today?  Most of us spend our lives following the same tasks day to day, week by week.  I’m all about scheduling to become efficient with your time, but there has to be room for spontaneity.  Please read Julien Smith’s post about implementing tension into your life here.  Don’t let your life become a series a repeating images that you call change.  Leave your heart open for chances to be great today.

They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Your success and 15 seconds of fame are the responsibility of no one but yourself.  Twitter isn’t going to do it for you, neither is Facebook or being the Foursquare mayor of your local Subway (which I am, FYI).  You have to dedicate yourself to the future that you want, whether that be in business, art, parenting, or any other task.  Go out there and find clients, do pro bono work to get your name known, build experience by participating in the avenues of your interest.  You have to earn your own 15 seconds of fame.  Do something.

The machinery is always going.  Even when you sleep. Never give up.  We are all striving for our 15 seconds of fame in hopes that our message will reach the people we want it to reach.  That’s why you have to work harder and smarter than you did yesterday.  It’s not a competition between you and everyone else, it’s a competition between you and who you were yesterday.  Be a little better today.  Work a little bit harder.  Everyone will get their 15 seconds of fame, make sure when your turn comes, you’re the best you can be.

I am a deeply superficial person. That’s okay Andy, we all are, that’s the glory of being human.  The goal is to find what interests and benefits you and apply that to how you help the ones around you.

  • What really impacted you today?
  • What was it that sunk in with you today?
  • How can you give that same benefit to your audience?

Ask those questions.  The answers can lead to your 15 seconds of fame.

And here are some more questions:

  1. Who do you know that really deserves their 15 seconds of fame and what are you doing to help?
  2. Once you get your 15 seconds, what strategies do you have mapped out to hold onto it?
  3. Are you really in this for the fame/glory?  Is 15 seconds really worth it or do you get a high from doing what you love and helping those around you?
  4. What advice would you give to someone looking for that spotlight?

And there you have it.  Today’s post.  What do you think?

P.S. Yes, all the bolded text were Andy Warhol quotes.


About Joey Strawn

Digital marketing sociologist and public relations specialist with experience on national and local campaigns with a love for film and the things it says about our culture and business. Joey is the Senior Social Media Strategist at ISM in Nashville, TN and is in the business of helping people and companies deal with the new universe of social media in their marketing and PR endeavors.
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1 Response to Those Golden 15 Seconds

  1. Samantha says:

    My name is Samantha Merrill and I’m a student at St. Michael’s College. I’m writing a book for my senior seminar in journalism about how a multigenerational workforce is shifting the business landscape, and I would love to use the picture you have of all of the cubicles for the cover of my boko. Obviously this is a school project and won’t be mass produced. I was just wondering what the original source was for this photo, or if you took ityourself, and if so, would you mind my using it. Thanks so much, Sam

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