Thursday, 28 December 2017

Why do only a Few Film Stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Chiranjeevi Succeed? ― Share if You Care

“There’s no such thing as overnight success. That’s my concern with a show like American Idol. It encourages the false belief that there’s a kind of magic, that you can be 'discovered.' That may be the way television works, but it’s not the way the world works. Rising to the top of any field requires an enormous amount of dedication, focus, drive, talent, and 99 factors that they don’t show on television. It’s not simply about being picked. Which, by the way, is why very few of the anointed winners on American Idol have gone on to true success. Most have flamed out and gone away. That should tell us something.” ― Malcolm Gladwell

When I was travelling in the month of December 2017, a person asked me a question, ‘Why do some celebrities fade away?’ and ‘Why do only a few celebrities succeed?’. I have posted articles about reinventing and branding globally. Here are some ideas and insights about this trigger: 

When you look at most film stars and celebrities they fade away. We find only a few of them maintaining celebrity status and building their brands consistently. When you look at Bollywood hero, Amitabh Bachchan, he continued to be on the top in spite of crossing 75 years of age. Of course, he had a bad period but regained his position by reinventing from an ‘angry young man’ to a ‘humble personality.’ There are innumerable reasons for some celebrities for maintaining their lead consistently in their areas. This chapter highlights some of the reasons and the ways to be on top of the race forever.
  • Be dedicated in your area of interest. Some celebrities take success for granted and lose their focus and dedication. For some celebrities, success goes to their heads. In fact, achieving success is hard and retaining your success is harder. Hence, you must be dedicated in your area and add value consistently.
  • Emphasize growth mindset, not fixed mindset. Fixed mindset does ordinary activities while the growth mindset does extraordinary activities. Fixed mindset revolves in comfort zone while growth mindset revolves in an effective zone with agility and vitality. Fixed mindset emphasizes issues and individuals while the growth mindset explores ideas. 
  • Be a lifelong learner. Reinvent regularly. What worked in the past may not work now and what worked now may not work in the future. Hence, observe new trends and adopt new technologies to stay relevant, competent and successful. Remember to learn, unlearn and relearn.
  • Don’t bother for setbacks and failures. Life is full of peaks and valleys. All human beings have their own share of failures and setbacks for some period in life. Hence, keep adding value to your area and profession irrespective of the outcomes.  
  • Be emotionally intelligent. Get along with all people without hurting them. Take criticism in your stride. Learn lessons from your failures. When your time is bad, lie low for a while to bounce back with a bang. Remember, every dark cloud has a silver lining.
  • Don’t indulge in personal attacks to kick up controversies because controversies give a temporary fame but end with a permanent shame.
  • Work for satisfaction, not for recognition. When you work for recognition, you lose your momentum and motivation because you don’t get recognition for all the activities that you do. It may lead to self-doubt thus losing your self-confidence. Hence, work with focus and dedication emphasizing excellence.
  • Participate in philanthropic activities. Add value to the society. Money comes and goes. Popularity is a passing cloud. Life is great when you truly add value to others. When you look at India’s megastar, Chiranjeevi, he adds value to society through philanthropic activities through ‘Chiranjeevi Blood Bank’.

Additionally, acquire soft skills to get along with people in the industry. Avoid controversies. Don’t badmouth people and carry forward information. Don’t interfere into others’ personal affairs and activities.  Be careful what you speak and write. Above all, be a professional to excel as a leader.


“Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.” — Dax Shepard

I have come across some of my friends who are international management thinkers and leadership gurus becoming irrelevant. It is because they failed to do further research in their core areas. They failed to author books, publish research papers and articles. They failed to adapt to rapid changing times and technologies. Hence, work harder and smarter and contribute consistently to remain on top of the race; and add value to the society through philanthropic activities to provide meaning to your life.

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ― Muriel Strode

Note: It has been adapted from my book “School Leadership: Faculty First, Students Second, And Institutions Third” URL: Dedicated this book to Chiranjeevi who wrote foreword for this book. 

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