Becoming famous overnight!
All your life, from childhood to adolescence, you have been thinking of a day you become world famous person. Having a phone conversation with the President of United States, dinning with Queen Elizabeth, waving hands at the people carving to hug you, Flying to your workplace in helicopter and finally doing the job you love most, which would one day save this planet from space invaders.
But, But.... I am now almost done living half my life, with only a handful of followers in twitter, who follow me, just because we are friends, and we are friends in the first place, just because we meet each other daily. Now, how do you expect me to become famous? overnight ? IMPOSSIBLE !!!
There is way…
Now, I am going to show you how it is made possible in America (on 1989).
Consider a scenario, in which you face a problem in the workplace and seek advice from your peers. Mr. X, Ms. Y, Mrs. Z all come and evaluate your situation and give solutions, which you think are the dumbest ideas. Fed up with the task, you return home and meditate to get a solution to the problem. Eureka !!! You got it. But, the idea is very similar to the idea offered by Mr. X. But when our attention is focused on the problem, other people ideas comes to your mind and is used without reference to their original source, and assume that the idea is your own. SO WHAT THIS IS GOING TO DO WITH MY DREAM TO BECOMING FAMOUS, YOU MIGHT WONDER. This is the key to become familiar.Take a deep breathe and put your mind on rest. Now I am going to unravel the mystery of becoming famous (familiarity).
Larry Jacoby from McMaster University, Canada conducted an experiment to identify how we identify a person as familiar.
In her work, a non-famous names were shown to the participants to read it aloud (informing participants, the pronunciation was being tested)[Day1]. The participants were called on the next day [Day 2], to take a test which contains a set of name. The participants were now asked to find the familiar person’s name in the list, THE RESULTS ARE STUNNING.
A non-famous name from the list on day 2 were more likely to be mistakenly judged as famous than they would have been had they not been read earlier in day 1. After a delay of 24 hours, old non-famous names is judged as famous because it seems familiar and is not recognized as being from the earlier read list. So, Familiarity influences our judgment.
Past experience influence our interpretation and perception of later events when a person is unable to consciously recollect the prior experience. [This is what happens when you think, idea offered by Mr.X was your own, when on engaged (in problem) we fail to think and analyze the source of the idea]
Failure to recollect a source happens because one doesn’t make an attempt to recollect it rather than because one truly forgot the source. [Human mind are too lazy to recollect the source of the information, so they believe in the information given by past experience]
When in Fame judgment, people may not attempt to recollect its source, thus making non-famous name into famous. So, let’s take advantage of our lazy mind. Present your name to anonymous person before you met them, and later when you meet them in public, say that you were that person. They will treat you as a famous person, because they had heard your name before, but are lazy to think about the reliability of the source. So, they automatically believe you are infamous person.
“But… Even I could do the same mistake!” You might think.
No worries I have a counter measure for it.
When on judging familiarity, Total reliance on an analytical basis (Here, ask yourself “What the person did to become famous” while you judge) would allow people to fully avoid misleading effects of prior experiences.
1. “Becoming famous overnight” by Larry jacoby
2. “Thinking, fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman