I'm not famous. Yet. And Why I'm Okay with it.

I’m not famous. Yet. And Why I’m Okay with it.

I'm not famous, but I will be.

You might not be either, and that's ok.

But you and I are both doing something special.

You and I are doing whatever it takes to make a difference in the world and impact the lives of those around us.

We're not famous, yet.

But today I want to show you how we can be.

Ashley Wells, Ellory Wells & Jared Easley at In-N-Out, Las Vegas

Over the past few days I've been reading a series of blog posts on Fizzle.co about tiers of social influence.

In the social media and online world, the “top-tier” people include the likes of Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield, Chris Brogan and Cliff Ravenscraft. These people can't walk down a hall to the bathroom without it taking an hour because so many people want to talk.

We all want to be associated with these types of people.

They're the cool kids at the lunch table, the star sales person at work, the head neurosurgeon at the hospital, or the teacher of the year at school.

We so desire to be part of the cool group we forget about the people around us.

The little people.

See, I'm a little person online.

And maybe you are too.

I want to share a quick story with you that will provide some context.

While at New Media Expo, my wife, Ashley, and I got to have dinner with Traci Antonovich, The Kitchen Girl, and the Cash Car Convert himself, James Kinson.

Traci, James, Ashley and I were enjoying our Pho when we look over and who do we see?

Dan Miller and Ray Edwards enjoying some after dinner tea.

Trying to be sly, I pointed to them and said to James, “Look who it is!”

To that James replied, “Ya, I think they're working on a business opportunity.”

Traci quickly added, “Man, those big-time guys are always partnering on something. That's cool!”

And with that statement, my world has looked a little different.

Sometimes I feel like all of the little guys (like me) are clamoring and scrapping just to survive. We're fighting to get the best podcast interviews, we're pushing and shoving to get into the greatest parties or sit at the coolest tables.

That has to stop!

We're killing ourselves and hurting each other.

We (and maybe it's just me) act like two people who are so concerned with drowning that we don't realize there's room on the boat for both of us; we just have to help each other get out of the water first.

What Traci said is true, those big-time guys are always partnering together.

But here is what I realized:

We can do the same thing, but we first have to realize that we're not each other's competition, we're each other's team.

Instead of fighting to survive, why don't we come together so we can live?

Instead of scrambling for a spot at the cool kids table, why don't we start our own table.

As a side note, Pat, Cliff, Chris and Amy are extremely generous with their time. I could never say anything negative about those guys (and girl). They are where they are because they've done what I'm proposing here.

What am I proposing?

I'm proposing we all get famous together.

Instead of going solo (which doesn't work anyway), we should find strategic partnerships that'll make us both better.

Are you with me?

Who wants to be famous? Who wants to connect and grow with me? Who wants to build a partnership that will take us both where we want to go?

Over the next few months, here is what I'm going to do.

If you're with me, leave me a comment saying “I'm in!” plus what your plan is.

Over the next few months I'm going to connect with new people. If they're doing something cool, I want to know about it.

I'm going to spend time getting to know people like Arfan Qureshi, Donald Kelly and maybe even Jessica Rhodes and Johnny Lee.

I'm going to make an intentional effort to be a part of the story of these great people who are developing themselves, growing their businesses, and overcoming all of the challenges they're facing.

I'm going to take 2014 and rock its face off!

You coming?

 

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  • That’s awesome! I’m in.

    The truth is that people like the ‘famous’ ones you mention are people just the same and it takes a worthwhile message to share and the willingness to put in the work. Working together helps everyone involved.

    • Ryan, you’re awesome!

      You’re right, the rich, famous, successful, etc., are just like you and me. They’re real people but they’ve partnered with the right people and worked within their areas of strength.

      Send me an email at ellory @ empoweringthe80percent.com and let me know what you’re up to.

      Let’s do this!

  • That’s awesome! I’m in.

    The truth is that people like the ‘famous’ ones you mention are people just the same and it takes a worthwhile message to share and the willingness to put in the work. Working together helps everyone involved.

    • Ryan, you’re awesome!

      You’re right, the rich, famous, successful, etc., are just like you and me. They’re real people but they’ve partnered with the right people and worked within their areas of strength.

      Send me an email at ellory @ empoweringthe80percent.com and let me know what you’re up to.

      Let’s do this!

  • That’s a really nice article but fame is not all it’s cracked up to be. If this is your goal, make sure you’ve got good friends and family around you who can keep your feet on the ground when it happens. Being niche famous is far more interesting. The people you mention have loyal followings that make them rock stars at something like NMX, but when they go back to their regular lives you can almost guarantee their neighbours have no clue who they are!

  • That’s a really nice article but fame is not all it’s cracked up to be. If this is your goal, make sure you’ve got good friends and family around you who can keep your feet on the ground when it happens. Being niche famous is far more interesting. The people you mention have loyal followings that make them rock stars at something like NMX, but when they go back to their regular lives you can almost guarantee their neighbours have no clue who they are!

  • Ellory, this is a great idea. You can count me in! I was actually just writing down my goals for the year last night. I had some goals last year that I wasn’t very good at sticking with so this year I’m going to plan things out and stick to deadlines. The first thing I’ll be doing is getting my website up and running. I’ve set a date of March 1st. I then plan to launch a podcast and start blogging. I think accountability is the best thing for anyone to have.

    • Melissa, your website is going to change lives. I doubt there is anyone out there who hasn’t been touched by bullying in some way.

      Keep me updated with your progress on the site and with the podcast. I’ve done a ton of research for getting both going so feel free to send me any questions.

      Let me know when they launch! I’ll be there to cheer you on and help you in any way I can.

  • Ellory, this is a great idea. You can count me in! I was actually just writing down my goals for the year last night. I had some goals last year that I wasn’t very good at sticking with so this year I’m going to plan things out and stick to deadlines. The first thing I’ll be doing is getting my website up and running. I’ve set a date of March 1st. I then plan to launch a podcast and start blogging. I think accountability is the best thing for anyone to have.

    • Melissa, your website is going to change lives. I doubt there is anyone out there who hasn’t been touched by bullying in some way.

      Keep me updated with your progress on the site and with the podcast. I’ve done a ton of research for getting both going so feel free to send me any questions.

      Let me know when they launch! I’ll be there to cheer you on and help you in any way I can.

  • Ellory – I think your next steps plan is great! being a bit of a gamer yourself, I have an idea or two about a collab for an upcoming project. I’ll email you. Video Games + Personal Growth & Leadership….

  • Ellory – I think your next steps plan is great! being a bit of a gamer yourself, I have an idea or two about a collab for an upcoming project. I’ll email you. Video Games + Personal Growth & Leadership….

  • Mike Kim says:

    Great post, Ellory. It’s true that successful people are always working on things together. In Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi talks about his time working at a country club, caddying for wealthy businessmen. He said he realized then that poverty wasn’t just the lack of money, but isolation from the kind of people that can help you make more of yourself.

    I applaud your courage and looking forward to seeing how 2014 pans out for all of us!

  • Mike Kim says:

    Great post, Ellory. It’s true that successful people are always working on things together. In Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi talks about his time working at a country club, caddying for wealthy businessmen. He said he realized then that poverty wasn’t just the lack of money, but isolation from the kind of people that can help you make more of yourself.

    I applaud your courage and looking forward to seeing how 2014 pans out for all of us!

  • Jared Easley says:

    Ellory is infamous 🙂

  • Jared Easley says:

    Ellory is infamous 🙂

  • Jim Woods says:

    I don’t want to be famous. I just want to help others. That’s it.

  • Jim Woods says:

    I don’t want to be famous. I just want to help others. That’s it.

  • I’m with Jim. I just want to help people. But you’re right, people actually knowing who you are definitely helps. I would say that I would like to be well known so that I can have a positive impact on the world. Either way, I’m looking forward to working with you Ellory!

  • I’m with Jim. I just want to help people. But you’re right, people actually knowing who you are definitely helps. I would say that I would like to be well known so that I can have a positive impact on the world. Either way, I’m looking forward to working with you Ellory!

  • Mike Sutton says:

    You’re absolutely right, Ellory. Value is in the sharing of ideas and collaboration. That is abundance. The more the better. Scarcity is self-protection and ego. I love it! I’m in!

  • Mike Sutton says:

    You’re absolutely right, Ellory. Value is in the sharing of ideas and collaboration. That is abundance. The more the better. Scarcity is self-protection and ego. I love it! I’m in!

  • ChrisMurphyHub says:

    I’m in.
    I love the initiative and idea Ellory. Collaboration wins! To quote Jared Easley, “Fear hates community”.

  • ChrisMurphyHub says:

    I’m in.
    I love the initiative and idea Ellory. Collaboration wins! To quote Jared Easley, “Fear hates community”.

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