How I Became Popular in High School (Animated Story)


– [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. If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to the channel.

100 thoughts on “How I Became Popular in High School (Animated Story)

  1. Hey guys, I know it's been a while since I've uploaded… I'm sorry about that. There was an issue with the last animation and I wanted to make sure the video was a good one.

    Also, I think I am going to change the name of the channel to my first and last name (My name is Mitch, it's a pleasure to E-meet you all!) The name change does not mean I'm going to produce different content or anything like that, I just think the name "Masculine Man" might alienate some viewers, especially the female ones.

    ALSO, it's really incredible how many new subscribers there are here. I'm going to try my best to create content that is both entertaining and helpful to people.

    This is just the beginning my friends, A LOT more content coming in the future 🙂

  2. Everyone here keeps saying how they are all popular and it's not the best and they are mid popular like shut you ass up clout chasers who the wastes their time trying to be popular bruh? "I'm mid popular, I'm this I'm" actually STFU clout chasers

  3. Everyone here is talking about how popular they used to be and how they didn't like it. Bruh you were not popular ok end of the story, most of you "popular kids" are probably white kids who made one joke in 5th grade and you felt like a good stfu

  4. Get in a sport thats volleyball basketball football or baseball trust me u will be popular

  5. Calling a previously anxious person a tryhard is one of the most insulting things because it's hard enough to try in the first place. Why try at all if I get reactions like that. What's the point?

  6. Love the story what you trying to say (: this remind me to myself to rethink againg what I really want and what I have to do to love myself first and stay calm.

  7. So you say you shouldnt define your happiness by others and at the end you say a sixpack would make you Happy. Wouldnt that be because of Validation and maybe girls attention?

  8. I’m sorry but being popular is very stupid. Just because you did something good doesn’t mean you should be treated differently by everyone.

  9. You just wanted to be acknowledged and not seen as a normal student,You wanted to feel better than everybody but sometimes it just fails sometimes other people want yo be seen the same way you also thought that you had to be acknowledged by people but you have to acknowledge yourself.MORAL:Be great full because things might not last long (jk) and acknowledge yourself (so don’t think that you need people to be happy)

    Btw I’m subbing right now

  10. I think if your the king of something then your the elite or champion and when is time for it then you show why is impossible to beat you at the thing at least if they beat you at the thing

  11. I am NOT POPULAR but I have a lot more friends than I did when I first started school and it has made me a lot happier and helped with mental illness

  12. this is straight up my life right now. the only difference is i play football (soccer)

  13. How to be popular:

    Easy, talk behind ppls back and be a bully then BOOM! Ur now popular

  14. sound like the opposite of my story but I not good at sports during my high school year 2001 as a outcast I wandering and meet each of the other outcast in different school locations I have a habit being too loyal my original ideal was unite every outcast to stood our ground together against all the bullies this began a power rangers reference until they started to be cool with me and the girls start to hug me I didn't plan on be popular this is new to me I was a lonewolf its still happening at work and at the day program me and my girlfriend become a popular couple but I like your story make me wish I was good at sports but I use to watch toonami dbz, playing video games, drawing

  15. You had to work to be popular but all i had to do is let someone use my test for the answers.

  16. But with realizing this, you are something that most people never accomplish.

  17. Thank you,sir. You have taught me a lesson I shall never forget.
    Thank you.

  18. Hey Mitch, can you tell us how can we become that person who doesn't chase those external validations…cuz we know what the problem is but we don't know how to solve that I mean how to be that perfect person… please help

  19. How I got all of my friends today

    – Had one friend who had many other Friends
    – That one friend introduced me to his friend
    – That new friend introduced me to a lot more Friends

    And eventually I had a lot of friends

  20. HIGH SCHOOL IS TRASH AAAAAAAAF!!!!!!!!No matter what anyone says about it

  21. LIST of begin popular
    Smart
    Talented
    Nice style
    Group of friends
    Having a girl friend

    Not so easy

  22. I am one of them and here is few tips and tricks on how to become popular and everyone know about you: Smile all day long, Treat new people like you know them all life, be confident, and try to make friends with people that are not popular at all. U will see benefits after some time.

  23. How to be popular
    1.Bring a gun
    2.Shoot people
    3.Be in the news
    4.???
    5.Profit!!!

  24. I actually tried this i was lonely for a really long time but then i realised… i can be happy on my own i don’t need a huge group of friends i just have to be happy about myself and not let myself get judged by other people and let them make me sad

  25. I wouldn't consider myself extrovertly popular, but I sure can if I want. I'm one of the class clown in class, not exactly the most funny one, but have something that differs from them. Instead of telling jokes and trying to make everyone laugh, making sarcastic reply to teachers, I do it in my own whimsical way(like,playing badminton with a tennis board or sth like that). It's my out-of-box action that entertain them.
    However,I'm not even close to the popular guys. Tho I'm known by many, my ambivert self keep me from socializing all the time. There's time when I join everyone, the other time, I'd keep a distance from them, making me literally unpredictable. Plus, when the whole class have lunch, I'd sit away from them, listening to their conversation and joining only when they bring up some interesting topic.
    I'm not looking to be popular in an extroverted way, but I do wish I could be charismatic. I don't wish to befriend, or bend into them, but I wish my opinions would be valued and considered, being in a leader role. But, it seems rarely they consider my advice, even if it end up to be the best idea(one that teachers would advise the same, or one that they come up later on). How I envy those who have the ability to attract ppl in first impression! I wonder, is it because of appearence, the way I'm acting, or my unpredictable and unreliable impression on me that push them afar?

  26. I wanna play bade ball to boost my confidence and make friends like u but my mom…..:(

  27. Wait this is true story for you or it is just an example???

  28. Why do u sound like a teacher at my school Mr. Brendon …

  29. I think that tasting that feel when you are popular and being the centre of attention is not good. This amount of satisfaction and happiness make people greedy. Moreover it makes you keep this status no matter what the cost is.
    For me, i d better be in the background and never feel this intoxicating taste. Because if i do i will risk being hurt brutally trying to protect it.

  30. How I became popular in school, be a flexible kid and that's how I became popular

  31. How girls in my grades turn popular, abusing random guy in a sudden, brings phone and selfie in front of everyone, wear it beautifully, makeup, brings expensive stuff, keep screaming to attract people stares at them, makeup in front of everyone, gossip, use a craft knife to cut themselves, keep become real dramatic "my bottle fells! cries and tell everyone" that's all

    Me, just flexibility and keep telling jokes then I turned popular than them, there are 8 girl in the popular group of my class, if my seat are next to them, they will abuse me brutally because I'm a guy! Once I pushed my pen to one of my friend from that popular girl group, she hit me real hard and pinch me until my arm bleed and cause a bruise, I called her maniac or veggie seller

  32. I never really cared about being popular nor did I try and I try to be happy myself and have good friends. In middle school, many students knew me, for my excellent grades, smartness, and chill personality. In highschool, the only way/time that I was popular was with my grades and how "smart" I was. I would score 100% on some test, and some students were like "woah" "he's smart". However in my higher level class like calculus with other smart students, that wasn't really the case.

  33. Personally I have a theory on why popularity dies so quickly. My theory is that when you strive to be popular and to make other people like you, you’re not really building a close relationship with them and your relationship with the person(s) is entirely based on them “liking” you. You’re not putting in a lot of effort to get to know the person and instead having them put 90% of the effort while you only put in 10% or less of the effort. I know this because I used to be “the popular kid” in my freshman year of high school. I got smiles from the pretty girls and all of the “popular kids” seemed to respect me. However, I never actually became close with any of the kids; therefore my relationship with them died and my overall popularity died the next year. That’s why you shouldn’t strive to make people “like” you or rely on other people who you don’t have a real connection with to determine your self worth; you’ll never build a real connection with anybody and you’ll just be more and more unhappy.

  34. How to be popular in my school:
    • Be nice to everyone
    • Be pretty
    • Play sports
    • Wear Nike/Adidas shoes
    • Wear makeup but don’t wear too much
    • Smile
    • Be funny
    • Be confident
    • Share things with popular girls/boys
    • Have social media
    • Have an IPhone
    • Go out a lot
    • Party

  35. you always remind me of the fact "cynics criticize, winners analyze" great video !

  36. Can someone explain the "Popular kids" experience? It seems in NY there is no such things, as we all have our own strengths and flaws, so basically we were in equal term. the only "Popular" kid was always the one that likes to get involve in every group, which makes him/her annoying….

  37. Being popular kinda sux, you’re just surrounded by fake friends, hahaha no thanks

  38. I am the literal opposite, every time anyone looks at me I go red because I don’t like attention and I’m shy and awkward

  39. Today its about juuling and being funny and havin money, most importantly dont be a weird nigga, be a class clown, and u can get popular

  40. When I joined my baseball team at school, my teammates made fun of me

  41. when someone says they are sad i tell them how my best friend was shot in the lungs in front of me

  42. The video tell being good at one thing and they will notice you in 2 week 🙂

  43. I feel like you needed 120 friends in your school I feel sad for you man

  44. If you are nice to others and they don't care, then they're not worth befriending.

  45. Being Popular in High School doesn’t make you better! Most of the Popular Kids are Jerks Take it from Peter Parker!

  46. My native language is Portuguese but dude I can understand, good expression

  47. only the basic people are popular the ones always juul cause it’s “quirky” and aren’t really them and bully other people but you will always find those kind of people homeless

  48. What a unclear explanations the last minute is not understandable. It's like you tooked everything in you know and you stopped with words before 10:00 minute came in

  49. Ok don’t hate but being popular is just going to make you outshine everyone

  50. Well That’s why I relate To Peter Parker! You should definitely read The Spider-Man Comics

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