But what I'm talking about is a lasting notoriety that not only gets you recognized, but also provides you with a comfortable (if not posh) living.
I was recently reading a news article on RayWJ:
Who Is RayWJ? YouTube's Top Star - Yahoo! Finance
He's a YouTube star that is making undisclosed mountains of cash just because he acts like a jerk in a penguin costume. On the surface, that's the best way to dismiss it. But when you look deeper, you see that he built his brand by sheer dedication and volume.
...and yes, he has a great idea and his clips are pretty funny. With his perserverance, he's gets over 780 million unique visitors a month globally.
You could even say he has the market cornered on smart*$$es in penguin outfits...
My favorite part of this article is how mysterious and humble he is in the interview. These forums are packed full of people who are bragging about their cars and accumulations, but by now, we all know you can simply walk up to any random car and get your friend to snap off a picture of you and you could easily claim it to be yours.
Before I get too deep into tangents, let's get back to what made him so successful: he knew he was on to something and kept at it until the rest of the world noticed.
Make the decision today that there are no "get rich quick" schemes that actually do what they say they will and make the resolution that you are in this for the long haul. There will be a bunch of work and some things you hate doing, but they must get done.
You will build your own empire, you just have to lay a wide enough foundation.
...either that or I know of a great place to buy a penguin costume.