How I Became Popular in High School (Animated Story)

How I Became Popular in High School (Animated Story)
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    - [Narrator] So it's now the end of overtime,
    and there is five seconds left on the clock,
    and we were down by one point.
    And the next five seconds were ones that I will
    never forget, and here's what happened.
    (cheering)
    (dinging)
    (dance music)
    (whooshing)
    I remember back in high school, there was only
    one thing that I really wanted and it was to become
    one of the popular kids.
    When I walked into a classroom, I wanted
    everybody there to know who I was,
    I wanted the cute girls to notice me
    and smile at me but most importantly,
    I wanted status.
    And one of the reasons why I wanted status
    so bad was because I thought that that
    was the thing that was going to make me happy.
    I thought that if I had this, I could finally feel good
    about myself.
    I wasn't really a super sad or depressed kid
    or anything like that, but I was a little
    unhappy and I guess a little lonely.
    And another reason why I wanted this was because
    I didn't have the status at the first high school
    that I attended, at that school not many people
    knew who I was, I was kind of like a
    chameleon who had just kind of blend in with the background.
    And the only real friend that I had at that time
    was my basketball, as depressing as that sounds.
    And I really envied the popular kids,
    I watched how people would behave around them,
    how everyone would laugh at their jokes,
    how everyone wanted to be their friend
    and I also noticed how the girls would look at them.
    And they really were treated differently compared
    to everybody else and at that time
    I just, I really wanted that.
    So instead of hanging out with people
    and being social, I would spend my time playing
    basketball at the gym near my house
    while everybody else was spending their evenings
    at the movies or with their friends,
    I would spend mine perfecting my jump shot
    at the three point line.
    In the 10th grade, my parents decided that
    they wanted to transfer me to a different school,
    a school that had a better academic reputation
    than my current one.
    So on the last day of classes at my first high school,
    I said goodbye to my kind of friends
    and I started to prepare for the next school year.
    I spent that entire summer playing basketball,
    playing around six hours every single day
    and I'd love to sit here and tell you
    it was because I was disciplined and dedicated
    but the reality is that I didn't have much else to do.
    During that summer, I told myself
    that I was going to become one of the popular kids
    so I could finally be happy and fulfilled.
    So a few months go bye and it is now the first day
    of school at my new high school.
    And on the first day of school, I really made
    an effort to put myself out there,
    I introduced myself to everyone,
    talking with the older kids, the younger kids
    and even some of the attractive girls,
    which did not go very well.
    But after some time, I started to come across
    as a little bit too try hard, it was like
    I was trying to force myself in the popular kid's group
    which obviously puts a lot of people off.
    So despite my efforts, I found myself
    kind of alone again but of course I still had
    my best friend, the orange basketball.
    So a couple of months went by and the basketball
    season was about to start which I was very excited for
    and I was certainly way more prepared for the season
    compared to everybody else.
    I remember in the tryouts that people didn't really
    know who I was or that I'd even played
    but the moment I actually started to play,
    I went from being that chameleon who had always
    blend in to a lion who stood out more than anyone
    else there.
    See the interesting thing about me at that time
    was when it came to sports, I was very confident
    and I'm not trying to brag or anything like that
    but I have always been relatively talented
    when it came to sports, but on top of that
    I had been practicing an incredible amount.
    So when I stepped onto that court,
    I turned into a completely different person
    or animal.
    So thankfully I did make the team and I immediately
    started to receive respect from the other athletes
    which made me feel good and a little bit more happy.
    But it wasn't until the first basketball game
    of the season when things started to get a little crazy.
    Something that I should mention is that my old high
    school and my current high school
    are long-time rivals and they hated each other
    when it came to athletics and this was the very
    first basketball game of the season which happened
    to be against my old high school.
    So the entire school came out to watch,
    the seats were packed, the people were excited
    and man, it was a really interesting game
    which I will tell you all about right now.
    I felt good going into the game
    but I still felt a little nervous playing
    in front of this new school where I didn't know
    everyone and all their eyes would be on me.
    But I took a deep breath and I reminded myself
    of how much I had practiced and how much
    I was ready to play.
    I'm not going to give you a play by play
    of the game but at first, I started off not playing
    very good, I was too in my head,
    I was missing some easy shots, I was forgetting
    some really basic plays but as the game went on
    I started to feel more comfortable.
    I eventually found my groove and I started to hit
    those easy shots and I started to hit more complex shots
    and I even started to hit some really complex shots
    and before I knew it, it was the fourth quarter
    and I had scored 36 points.
    So by this point, I had certainly left an impact
    on the school and people there definitely knew
    who I was, which already I was feeling really happy about.
    But we had not won the game yet.
    Despite the fact that I had played a great game,
    it was actually a tie by the fourth quarter
    of the game and it had to go into overtime.
    And overtime was really intense, it was going
    back and forth the whole time and it was really close.
    So it's now the end of overtime and there's five seconds
    left on the clock and we were down by one point
    and the next five seconds were ones that I will
    never forget and here's what happened.
    (cheering)
    (dinging)
    (dance music)
    boom I scored the game winning shot
    and for the first time in a long time,
    I had all eyes on me.
    It honestly was an amazing moment and I don't
    think I'll ever forget it.
    So the game was over and of course I was feeling
    fantastic and when I came into school the next day,
    the entire school basically treated me like a celebrity.
    I really did become popular overnight.
    I went from being that chameleon to a lion.
    I had people from all ages coming up to me
    and congratulating me on how well I had done.
    I had girls smiling at me,
    I had teachers literally shaking my hand.
    I thought that I had everything that I wanted
    and man, my ego was through the roof.
    I remember every single person who would shake my hand
    or every girl who would smile at me
    was like, it was like a little hit of endorphins,
    it literally was like a drug and I was addicted
    to this external validation.
    But, the status really only lasted for about two weeks
    and after those two weeks were over,
    everything kind of went back to normal.
    The teachers stopped shaking my hand,
    my peers stopped congratulating me and girls
    smiles just kind of faded away and before I knew it
    I was basically back to where I was before
    but this time, I was even more unhappy
    because I had all this validation and in a short
    period of time, it all just went away.
    I think some of you are probably wondering
    why are you telling me this story?
    Are you trying to brag about how you were good
    at basketball or how you were popular in high school
    for two weeks?
    And that's not at all what I'm doing,
    the reason why I'm telling you this story
    is because I think it illustrates a really
    important point that applies to almost everyone,
    my biggest problem was that I was relying
    on other people to dictate my emotions
    and happiness.
    I was telling myself, I would be happy
    if I was popular, I would be happy if this person
    liked me, I was never taking responsibility
    for my own emotions, like my unhappiness
    or how I was not fulfilled in my life.
    I wasn't that happy before the game because
    not that many people knew who I was.
    I was happy right after the game because everybody
    knew who I was and I was not happy
    two weeks later because a lot of people
    had forgotten.
    At no point did I consider the reason
    why I was not happy or fulfilled was because
    of something within me, I just assumed
    it had everything to do with not having
    certain people in my life.
    I never told myself, hey you can be a really happy
    guy without having people lined out to be your friend,
    maybe the problem has nothing to do with them
    and it's actually within you.
    And if you're not in high school,
    here are some happiness philosophies.
    I would be happy if I got a raise,
    I would be happy if I had a six pack,
    I would be happy if I had this car,
    I would be happy if I found someone who loves me.
    I think it's critical for everyone to understand
    that if you get your self worth
    and happiness from external things or people,
    you are destined to live a pretty unhappy life
    and there are some people who never
    really learn this and their whole life
    is based around chasing external validation
    and never taking responsibility
    for their emotions.
    Don't be one of these people.
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