That’s the rock star dream: fame, money and fortune!

How important is talent? Hmmm….so but its part of the equation lah. How talented are Mawi or Paris Hilton!? Depends on how you define “talent”. But their success is built on a lot of things….in short these people have a “package” that their audience are looking for!

Looks! Yeah the world is a pretty shallow place, especially for female celebs, you won’t find many not-so-good looking people in the Top40, unless they have serious talents like Missy E! After all, why do the Pussy Cat Dolls need 6 (or is it 7) singers if only 1 sings. Sex sells baby and hey, I like em hahahaha :)

Connections! May it be family (like Ms Hilton or Mr Richie) or being linked to a reality show like AF, American Idol etc…it def helps a lot! If you start alone…you gotta make your own connections but with AF, for example, you immediately become part of a cult that can make heros from zeros. Does the fame here last? hmmmm not really kot. Family ties probably always will coz people have personal attachments with their fathers or family name, like Lisa-Marie Presley. …no matter how lousy her songs may be..even I’m drawn to her coz of her dad…hahahaha I was a huge Elvis fan when I was little. So yeah I wanna see her do well! For reality shows its NOT quite the same…..people will remember you for about a year…once the new season kicks in, you can still play that “I was in American Idol” card but thats it lah. That’s where genuine talent helps you break off the attachment…like with Kelly Clarkson and yeah, why not…Vince from AF1 is aight in my books. I think coming from a rich family helps too..hmmm dunno who to use as an example here.

Talent! Talent gets you started..in sports you gotta nourish the talent over years in order to create fame and wealth…you have to be in the TOP20…no one cares of you’re hot but ranked 125 in the world….people like winners!

Brains! You gotta know how to use your opportunities and time frame given to you. People forget. Look @ Miss Kournikova….doesn’t play anymore but used her time in the light lime wisely…made loads of money..now she’s neither here nor there. In AF, I think Vince has used his opportunity with AF wisely. You gotta know how to market yourself and create opportunities for yourself. Don’t waste time waiting around for someone to open doors for you. Create your own opportunities.

Know your market and your audience. Fame is short-lived. No one can stay on top forever. Use your time wisely!

So……talent alone doesn’t guarentee squat. You gotta be smart in using your opportunities, know your strength, know your audience (why they like you) and make things happen on your own!

Why am I writing this? For my beloved AF4 students! I want to see you all succeed but you need to wake up from your dream and get real. Life’s not a fairytale.

Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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  • fRyMeE (",)

    hey dude!!..agree with u..life is not a fairytale!! =)

  • fRyMeE (",)

    hey dude!!..agree with u..life is not a fairytale!! =)

  • fRyMeE (",)

    hehe..how talented are mawi or paris hilton?? i get ur point!!

  • fRyMeE (",)

    hehe..how talented are mawi or paris hilton?? i get ur point!!

  • Anonymous

    read ur blog after ur blog address posted in utusan mega today. keep up the good work by updating more entry..but not so much about af bcoz we’ve seen so much in ria,please. more about ur company,health tips (from ur own) and much more tips about modelling or sumthing u’ve done recently (other than af). suggestion only. neway,talent not equal to wealth..from my opinion (depends on which country u in)

  • Anonymous

    read ur blog after ur blog address posted in utusan mega today. keep up the good work by updating more entry..but not so much about af bcoz we’ve seen so much in ria,please. more about ur company,health tips (from ur own) and much more tips about modelling or sumthing u’ve done recently (other than af). suggestion only. neway,talent not equal to wealth..from my opinion (depends on which country u in)

  • Syafique

    I think all of these has to do with luck or rezeki! Look at some of our local celebs like Mawi…

  • Syafique

    I think all of these has to do with luck or rezeki! Look at some of our local celebs like Mawi…

  • linuxlah

    If I’m a rock star my target is not money, fortune or fame. I would settle for groupies and hot chicks and live the life of a torn jeans.. but that is just me :pp/s: I’m looking forward for a nutrition tips for “boroi” people whom work all day with computers

  • linuxlah

    If I’m a rock star my target is not money, fortune or fame. I would settle for groupies and hot chicks and live the life of a torn jeans.. but that is just me :p

    p/s: I’m looking forward for a nutrition tips for “boroi” people whom work all day with computers

  • THE HONOURABLE SHAH

    hardwork is vital, then the equation can be achieved.

  • THE HONOURABLE SHAH

    hardwork is vital, then the equation can be achieved.

  • Kevin Zahri

    seems like more n more people are looking for nutrition/fitness/health tips….you guys think i should create another blog just for that or mix it all up here?

  • Kevin Zahri

    seems like more n more people are looking for nutrition/fitness/health tips….

    you guys think i should create another blog just for that or mix it all up here?

  • Xis

    I believe talent is needed to succeed in any fields you are in. A talent is a “born-with” gift. However, talent is like a blunt knife if we never put any effort to sharpen it. A knowlegde is a tool to sharpen our talent. For those who have no talent, they need effort to learn to do things they want to do. Again, knowledge is still the tool to achieve this aim. This is what we call skill. Remember, any skill without knowlegde is like making fool out of yourself. Both talent and skill will promise you success but wealth. Wealth, most of the time, is determined by your own luck. Take Mawi for example, he happened to be there at the right place, right time.. His luck has outshone other talented artistes. But then, to ensure this luck will always shine, he has to learn more… Mathematically, the equation is like this:To succeed in life, you need 1 of these two;Talent + knowledge = successSkill + knowlegde = successTo be wealthy, this is what you need;Success + luck = wealthAnyone disagree??? Oh what a heck.. this is just my own personal opinion!Have a good weekend tho!

  • Xis

    I believe talent is needed to succeed in any fields you are in. A talent is a “born-with” gift. However, talent is like a blunt knife if we never put any effort to sharpen it. A knowlegde is a tool to sharpen our talent. For those who have no talent, they need effort to learn to do things they want to do. Again, knowledge is still the tool to achieve this aim. This is what we call skill. Remember, any skill without knowlegde is like making fool out of yourself. Both talent and skill will promise you success but wealth. Wealth, most of the time, is determined by your own luck. Take Mawi for example, he happened to be there at the right place, right time.. His luck has outshone other talented artistes. But then, to ensure this luck will always shine, he has to learn more… Mathematically, the equation is like this:

    To succeed in life, you need 1 of these two;
    Talent + knowledge = success
    Skill + knowlegde = success

    To be wealthy, this is what you need;
    Success + luck = wealth

    Anyone disagree??? Oh what a heck.. this is just my own personal opinion!

    Have a good weekend tho!

  • Xis

    Opss.. sorry one more thing.. it’s unfair to compare Mawi to Paris Hilton..This equation is for Mawi:Success + luck = wealthand this one is Paris’:Wealth + skill = a complete dumb blondep/s: Kev ‘da tuan rumah – sorry it sounds harsh. But I can’t help it esp. after learning that she doesn’t know that London is in United Kingdom. Goshh!

  • Xis

    Opss.. sorry one more thing.. it’s unfair to compare Mawi to Paris Hilton..

    This equation is for Mawi:
    Success + luck = wealth

    and this one is Paris’:
    Wealth + skill = a complete dumb blonde

    p/s: Kev ‘da tuan rumah – sorry it sounds harsh. But I can’t help it esp. after learning that she doesn’t know that London is in United Kingdom. Goshh!

  • Xis

    Kev,for nutrition/fitness/health tips, I think you better mix it all here. Plus that’s just for personal sharing with your cyber friends and fans. Unless if you intend to make profit out of it.. :-)

  • Xis

    Kev,

    for nutrition/fitness/health tips, I think you better mix it all here. Plus that’s just for personal sharing with your cyber friends and fans. Unless if you intend to make profit out of it.. :-)

  • linuxlah

    kevin dude,try blogsome.com la.. you can categorized you blog posts…just a suggestion. The only issue with blogsome is, it can’t keep photos at the site. You need to upload pix at some other image hosting.

  • linuxlah

    kevin dude,
    try blogsome.com la.. you can categorized you blog posts…just a suggestion. The only issue with blogsome is, it can’t keep photos at the site. You need to upload pix at some other image hosting.

  • fRyMeE (",)

    hmm.. i dont think u need to create another blog just for that topic…just mix it all together here look more prettier (“,)

  • fRyMeE (",)

    hmm.. i dont think u need to create another blog just for that topic…just mix it all together here look more prettier (“,)

  • Syafique

    Someone is on the cover of this month’s UMPH! Saw it in 7/11. :D

  • Syafique

    Someone is on the cover of this month’s UMPH! Saw it in 7/11. :D

  • Anonymous

    no need a new blog page, juz make it in this blog. im agree wif some of the comments, how to prevent from guts(boroi rite?).. especially skinny/average guy. its totally obvious when u have guts when u r skinny,dont u think so? maybe u can give us tips + supplements we need to take from ur company,maxtrition.dont u think it sells?

  • Anonymous

    no need a new blog page, juz make it in this blog. im agree wif some of the comments, how to prevent from guts(boroi rite?).. especially skinny/average guy. its totally obvious when u have guts when u r skinny,dont u think so? maybe u can give us tips + supplements we need to take from ur company,maxtrition.dont u think it sells?

  • Anonymous

    hi,am not a Paris Hilton fan but i dont think she is another dumb blonde. she is juz as talented as anybody else. there is 1 episode of simple life: intern, she cooked a lasagna for a family and it turns out the lasagna is really good. and what about her debut single. i think its a great song. yeah she doesnt have a power house voice but its really nice. i mean to labeled someone we hardly know as ‘dumb blonde’ is not fair. if shes that dumb i dont think she’ll have a multi million empire of clothing line, perfume, tv shows, pop star etc. it takes talent…

  • Anonymous

    hi,
    am not a Paris Hilton fan but i dont think she is another dumb blonde. she is juz as talented as anybody else. there is 1 episode of simple life: intern, she cooked a lasagna for a family and it turns out the lasagna is really good. and what about her debut single. i think its a great song. yeah she doesnt have a power house voice but its really nice.
    i mean to labeled someone we hardly know as ‘dumb blonde’ is not fair. if shes that dumb i dont think she’ll have a multi million empire of clothing line, perfume, tv shows, pop star etc. it takes talent…

  • afnan

    i want to ask u this, how to be slim & fit in 3 months? help me.

  • afnan

    i want to ask u this, how to be slim & fit in 3 months? help me.

  • choo

    yeah..agree with u anonymous..paris is not jz another dumb blonde..shes gud at taking chances…her dumb act(eg.too many to list..hehehhe)makes her so well known..and she used dat into other things like modelling,perfume..singing and all..even tho shes not dat gud in evryting,whatever she did..people will take notes..she took her chances well!!!btw, theres no security in life except chances..e.g if u can really sing,theres no guarantee dat ull get multi platinum cds..or even strike a recording deal..its jz dat u need a luck,n grab ur chances..gud example will be william hung…eventho he cant sing..cant dance…he manage to record a song..hes gud at taking his chance!!!

  • choo

    yeah..agree with u anonymous..paris is not jz another dumb blonde..shes gud at taking chances…her dumb act(eg.too many to list..hehehhe)makes her so well known..and she used dat into other things like modelling,perfume..singing and all..even tho shes not dat gud in evryting,whatever she did..people will take notes..she took her chances well!!!
    btw, theres no security in life except chances..e.g if u can really sing,theres no guarantee dat ull get multi platinum cds..or even strike a recording deal..its jz dat u need a luck,n grab ur chances..gud example will be william hung…eventho he cant sing..cant dance…he manage to record a song..hes gud at taking his chance!!!

  • choo

    n kev..yeah..i think u should jz mix it all here..d tips and all..heheh..Unless like xis said..if you intend to make profit out of it..hehheh…:p

  • choo

    n kev..yeah..i think u should jz mix it all here..d tips and all..heheh..Unless like xis said..if you intend to make profit out of it..hehheh…:p

  • Anonymous

    everyone has talent. you know, you remind of sportacus from the kid’s show lazytown.

  • Anonymous

    everyone has talent. you know, you remind of sportacus from the kid’s show lazytown.

  • n461L

    Just combine both laa..easier =) thx a bunch in advance!

  • n461L

    Just combine both laa..easier =) thx a bunch in advance!

  • Anonymous

    see, see!! xis is officially obsessed with kev’s blog! hehehe =D

  • Anonymous

    see, see!! xis is officially obsessed with kev’s blog! hehehe =D

  • qamarul_razali

    mawi…paris hilton…?? hahah…i choose mawi over that bimbo…hahah…can agree enough for what u said..

  • qamarul_razali

    mawi…paris hilton…?? hahah…i choose mawi over that bimbo…hahah…can agree enough for what u said..

  • Kevin Zahri

    alright….i shall mix it all up here!

  • Kevin Zahri

    alright….i shall mix it all up here!

  • Juls

    Hi Kevin, first timer visiting your blog. Caught your show on TV2 this morning at 6.30am while getting my daughter ready for school. Great job on your blog….can sense your honesty and “niceness”. Will come back for more and that’s a promise.

  • Juls

    Hi Kevin, first timer visiting your blog. Caught your show on TV2 this morning at 6.30am while getting my daughter ready for school.
    Great job on your blog….can sense your honesty and “niceness”. Will come back for more and that’s a promise.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.. i have nothing smart to say but i couldn’t agree with you more.. “Create your own oppurtunities” (in a good way ofcourse) hehe Well, when one door closes, another opens, but people usually dwell a bit too long on the closed one, unable to see the one which had just creeked open hehehe .. then again, when oppurtunity does knocks on ur door, sieze it right away! ~survival of the fittest~ It’s a competing world…. whoever said life is easy… :PGosh! it’s 3 in the morning and im still blog-hopping…take care nice people.. be a good samaritans!(n_n)vListening to: Eels, I need some sleep

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.. i have nothing smart to say but i couldn’t agree with you more.. “Create your own oppurtunities” (in a good way ofcourse) hehe

    Well, when one door closes, another opens, but people usually dwell a bit too long on the closed one, unable to see the one which had just creeked open hehehe .. then again, when oppurtunity does knocks on ur door, sieze it right away! ~survival of the fittest~ It’s a competing world..
    .. whoever said life is easy… :P

    Gosh! it’s 3 in the morning and im still blog-hopping…

    take care nice people.. be a good samaritans!

    (n_n)v

    Listening to: Eels, I need some sleep

  • Xis

    Kev..Great.. so when shall we get to read your tips on those matters? and as Afnan asked, how to be fit in 3 months?Anonymous.. whoever you are.. I think you, too, are way tooooo obsessed with Kev’s blog… I’ve just realized there are too many “anonymous” in here.. and I believe it’s all for the same person (though in fact it’s not!)..

  • Xis

    Kev..

    Great.. so when shall we get to read your tips on those matters? and as Afnan asked, how to be fit in 3 months?

    Anonymous.. whoever you are.. I think you, too, are way tooooo obsessed with Kev’s blog… I’ve just realized there are too many “anonymous” in here.. and I believe it’s all for the same person (though in fact it’s not!)..

  • Kevin Zahri

    will start posting fitness/health etc related topics soon….been a bit busy….hence u don’t see daily posts here…..will get one up over the weekend (latest)….my gf is outta town so have some time ;)

  • Kevin Zahri

    will start posting fitness/health etc related topics soon….been a bit busy….hence u don’t see daily posts here…..will get one up over the weekend (latest)….my gf is outta town so have some time ;)

  • Syafique

    cool.i need to gain weight before my convocation (which is a year from now hopefully.)i eat and eat but can never get fat. =(

  • Syafique

    cool.

    i need to gain weight before my convocation (which is a year from now hopefully.)

    i eat and eat but can never get fat. =(

  • Anonymous

    hey kevin…sorry la menyibuk sket.i js start my blog.need some ppl to masuk n give some comment pls.www.itsmalelife.blogspot.comguys i need a lot of improvement and advice here.wld appreciate any of you wld step in.kevin your blog inspires me a lot

  • Anonymous

    hey kevin…sorry la menyibuk sket.i js start my blog.need some ppl to masuk n give some comment pls.
    http://www.itsmalelife.blogspot.com
    guys i need a lot of improvement and advice here.wld appreciate any of you wld step in.
    kevin your blog inspires me a lot

  • Anonymous

    Excellent, love it! » » »

  • Anonymous

    Excellent, love it! » » »

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