On Being Famous

Do you want to be famous?

What is “famous” exactly?

Is it…

  • Getting a huge amount of likes on Instagram/Facebook?
  • Having a huge number of followers on Twitter?
  • Having a huge number of unique visitors per month to your blog?

I’ve had conversations with several friends that aspire to be famous. The problem is, many associate being famous with these kind of measurements. If that is indeed what the goal is, likes/followers/traffic can be purchased. Do a search, and you’ll find it.

But the thing is, that’s not the truth. And the truth is, there is no shortcut to building trust. [1] It seems like most people want the event but aren’t willing to put in the work. There’s no doubt that these types of measurements are what’s used in today’s world in order to signify success.

The drive to win is not, per se, a bad thing. Problems arise, however, when the metric becomes the only measure of success, when what you achieve is no longer tied to WHY you set out to achieve it in the first place.
– Simon Sinek

 

Keeping an eye on the prize can often hinder what can be done today. Forget the event, embrace the process.

Sources:

  1. There Are No Shortcuts To Building Trust. (People Passionate)

 

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4 thoughts on “On Being Famous

  1. It seems like these days it’s easy to get famous using the internet, but the opportunities to capitalize on that fame grow less and less. As a musician, I’d love for my music to be known, but I don’t love the idea of Google making a crap-ton of money off my work while I make next to nothing, it sort of defeats the purpose of creating in the first place. So that brings it back around to likes and followers: what are they actually worth if they’re not willing to support your work in a tangible way? Sure, I had a hard childhood so online acceptance means a lot to me, but critical or public acceptance of one’s work is a creative dead end, and a clue that you’re looking for love in the wrong places.

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    1. Totally agree with your last thought. This quote by Publilius Syrus comes to mind, “To depend on another’s nod for a livelihood is a sad destiny.”

      So what do we do? Just keep doing for now, I suppose. That line between persistence and letting go can be tricky though.

      Do you ever think that you should stop doing some things but, at the same time, want to persist because an opportunity may be around the corner?

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      1. Sometimes, but that’s not too different than doing things for others’ acceptance. I really want to be able to make a living off music, etc. for instance, but I don’t do those things because I think my big break is about to come. I do them because I feel it’s what I was created to do.

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