Despite their glamorous lifestyles, celebrities actually toil at their craft a lot. “Many of them have workaholic tendencies,” says Andrea Syrtash, a life coach and advice columnist in New York City. Television stars like Courteney Cox often put in 18-hour days shooting. “But even pretty faces can’t just show up,” says Fenton. You have to be driven and willing to work hard to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals, he says. If you love what you’re doing, as most celebrities do, it won’t really seem like work and therefore it will be easier to invest the time and find success.
Success Secret No. 3: Celebrities create their own opportunities.
Smart people pounce on opportunity, even if it’s not a traditional path to success, says Fenton. Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasn’t experienced in broadcast journalism but managed to land a chair on “The View” after a stint on “Survivor.” Bethenny Frankel parlayed her role on “The Real Housewives of New York City” into best-selling books and a line of premixed cocktails, as well as her own series, “Bethenny Ever After.”
We can learn from these examples. “Two women in Vermont made simple brownies that are a global sensation,” says Fenton. Shawna Lidsky and Katherine Hayward, co-founders of Vermont Brownie Co., may never have had a chance to be pastry chefs at a four-star restaurant (a more typical aspiration), but they found a way to create their own success.