The Fame Monster
As of late, I have noticed that several people I associate with have a strong desire for fame. I can't understand why, I have always found fame to be a curious thing, and I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on fame.
I believe that fame is not synonymous with success. I can give you lots of examples of people who became famous for reasons I would not consider to be a success. Success is the feeling we get when we’ve accomplished something great after a long day of hard work.
On the other hand, fame is addictive and can leave us feeling constantly hungry and insecure. It's a never-ending pursuit that can take a toll on our mental health and overall well-being.
Fame is dangerous because we stop looking at “Is my work going well, Am I creating great work?’ and instead it becomes “How does it look to them.” (Them being the individuals we deem important to impress). Your work is about you and doing your best, not driven by what everyone else wants you to do.
There is never enough of the fame drug! Fame is a shortcut to self-approval. We become scared that without fame, we won’t be loved, and our work doesn’t matter.
Focus on doing work you love and being good at it, then it won't matter what anyone else thinks because you will be proud of yourself and that is the goal of great work.
*The Artist Way by Julia Cameron. pg. 171.
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