Do you really want fame?
If you had the choice, would you rather be the dean of Harvard University or the personal assistant to a celebrity? You can have either. Right now. You’re still thinking about it? A recent study showed that most people turned down Harvard. Ok, fair enough, I don’t know exactly what a dean does and I have a better idea what I’d do as an assistant. But I the point is our desire for celebrity. We want the spotlight without knowing what we’d do with it. We want fame without thinking about its cost. They’re right at our fingertips, just out of reach. If we only had that one video that went viral, or that tweet that got picked up by some big named celebrity or that Instagram account everyone has to follow. So we continue to strive for celebrity without thinking about what or what we’d do if and when we ever got there.
Maybe a better option, maybe what we really want (or need) is to be known. Being known means that you matter to someone. Being known means you have a reputation and credibility. Being known comes with purpose.
Jonathan Fields, who runs Good Life Project among many other amazing and worth-your-time writing/podcasts, gave a talk yesterday about The Art of Becoming Known. Without trying to water down a 3 and a half hour talk into 3 and half paragraphs, my takeaway was that being known can be a choice and it’s work. What do you want to be known for? To whom? And why? Who already is known for what you want? How can you do it better? What is your medium and where can you find the right people and place to work to be known for what you want?
So think about your goals and write them down. Do you really want to be a celebrity? Or do you just want to be known for something great to a certain group of people?
And remember,if you’re going to be digging 10 wells, it doesn’t help to have all 10 in different stages of unfinished. If you focus on one well, you will get the water that will sustain you and allow you to keep growing to dig the rest.
You have a choice.