What do Justin Bieber and Kris Carr have in common? A transformational event occurred in their life that led to an accidental and extremely successful career.
In 2007 Justin Bieber’s mom posted a video on YouTube of her son performing for a local singing competition. Although the R&B covers were originally posted for family and friends, Justin Bieber began to gain popularity and a large social-media fan base. Scooter Braun, a talent manager, stumbled onto Bieber’s YouTube videos and was immediately taken with him. After tracking Justin Bieber down, he became his manager and in November 2009 Bieber’s debut album My World was released. It became certified platinum and hit the peak charts worldwide. The child of a single teenage mom, Bieber’s immensely successful career began accidentally after first being discovered on YouTube. However, it was Bieber’s drive and dedication to music that continued to drive his success forward.
When a regular check up at the doctor’s office resulted in a diagnosis of a rare and incurable Stage IV cancer, Kris Carr never imagined that her misfortune would lead to her being a New York Times best-selling author for her book Crazy Sexy Diet and one of the most prominent experts on healthy living. Instead of succumbing to the disease she turned her experience into a series of self-help books, documentaries and launched a wellness website that is followed by 40,000 people.
How did these people go from having the odds stacked against them to incredibly successful accidental careers?
Passion and Drive
When Kris Carr found out she had cancer she closed her photography studio and decided to spend all of her time and energy as a “wellness warrior” pursuing a second accidental career out of educating herself and the public about living a healthy and nutritional lifestyle.
At 12 years old Justin Bieber did not set out to become one of Forbes most powerful celebrities. It was his talent and dedication to music that inspired his mother to share his talent on social media. Today Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber’s accidental career has led him to have the highest social-networking profile of any star and an estimated net worth of $200 million.
Although many people know what career path they want to follow early on. Sometimes it takes a life changing event or a pursuit of something they are passionate about that accidentally leads people to a career they never imagined.
The lesson through these two examples is that both Kris Carr and Justin Bieber’s accidental careers came from being unconventional. They did something that was essential to them and their success just naturally followed.