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This is How You Turn on that "Main Character Energy"

Also known as the Marilyn Monroe Effect.
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There’s a famous story about Marilyn Monroe, told by the wife of her personal photographer. It tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe could walk down a city street without ever being recognized, unless she “turned on” her star power.

“I’ll never forget the day Marilyn and I were walking around New York City, just having a stroll on a nice day. She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood, she could put on her plain-Jane clothes and no one would notice her. She loved that. So, as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says, ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’ — and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing, and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.”

Dubbed the Marilyn Monroe effect, this is how you get that “main character energy” for yourself:

“Energy flows where attention goes,” says the woman in this article, giving tips on how to make this effect work for you.

Put your attention on four upper corners of the room. Throw your energy out there, and it will scoop up all the energy in the space, including the attention of the people within it. This is a performer's trick, and Monroe was nothing if not a consummate performer.

This may be difficult for you, so start small if you have to —concentrate on an object and work your way up.

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