We all want to be successful.
The desire to self-actualize, live out your potential, and succeed is one of the most basic and powerful human needs.
Everyone wants to succeed in some way or another. What makes us different from one another is the fact that we each want success for our own unique reasons.
Some want to succeed so they can buy their mother a house. Some want success for the money and material wealth. Some want to become successful for the opportunity to make a difference and give to others. Some want greatness for the power. Some want to succeed for the fulfillment they feel when working on their passions.
And of course, some of us want to succeed purely for the fame, the glory, the notoriety, and the attention.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be celebrated, well-known, respected, followed, or admired for the right reasons.
Fame however, is Always The Wrong Reason for seeking success. Because becoming famous can’t offer you that pure happiness that we’re all looking for. And it won’t make your life perfect either.
If You Aren’t Already Happy Now, You Will Not Be Happy When You’re Famous
Happiness is the underlying cause behind all human behavior.
Every action we take—whether it’s showing up to work, doing the laundry, switching careers, buying material things, getting involved in relationships, drinking, partying, or smoking—is motivated by that underlying desire to be happy.
All we’re ever really looking for is happiness.
So the real reason that anyone sets out to be rich, powerful, successful, or famous is happiness. The true reason that pushes people to seek fame and notoriety is their desire to feel happy.
From the outside looking in, being famous—having millions of fans worship and adore you, constantly receiving attention from other people, and never needing to introduce yourself because everyone already knows who you are—seems like an incredible joyride.
But as we often see with celebrities who tumble into downward spirals of obnoxious behavior, drug habits, alcohol problems, and sometimes suicides, happiness isn’t that simple.
True happiness requires more than constant attention from admirers, followers, and fans. True happiness is a childlike state of fulfillment, peace, gratitude, and serenity.
Being famous might be able to offer you some short-term pleasure. But it can’t offer you real fulfillment. So unless you were already happy before the fame, becoming a celebrity won’t give you that pure happiness that you’re looking for.
Seeking Success For The Fame Is Always The Wrong Reason.
Because If You Aren’t Already Happy Now, You Will Not Be Happy When You’re Famous.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanted to be well-known, celebrated, or famous for the right reasons. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a celebrity. But you have to want it for the right reasons. And fame isn’t one of them.
If happiness is what you’re after, seeking to make a name for yourself as a superstar celebrity is not the answer.
There are plenty of other clean and healthy ways to feel happy right now: exercise, giving, practicing gratitude, practicing meditation, or getting your goals accomplished.
So don’t wait for fame, fortune, or notoriety to feel happy. Be happy right now.
Go out and find what makes you happy and do it.
Being Famous Will Not Make Your Life Perfect. Famous People Suffer Too.
When we look out at beautiful, talented, graceful, and beloved celebrities like Emma Watson, Zoe Kravitz, Justin Timberlake, or Zoe Saldana, it’s easy to start thinking that fame can or will make your life perfect.
As perfect as the lives of many famous people may seem, no one is perfect. Nobody is always happy, optimistic, smiling, confident, or motivated twenty-four hours a day.
No human being is free from suffering, pain, adversity, or tragedy. Pain is universal.
A great example of this is Justin Bieber—one of the most famous people alive.
Bieber blew up on to the music scene at the age of 13 in 2008, he’s now worth millions and millions of dollars, and he is the second most popular person on Twitter with 69 million followers—second only to Katy Perry.
Even with all of this fame, notoriety, and mega-celebrity status, the Biebs has been through some tough moments.
He’s had his fair share of scandals and controversies. He recently passed through a phase of obnoxious behavior that earned him a fifth-place ranking on a list of America’s most hated people. The police slapped him with a charge for Drinking Under The Influence in 2014 that resulted in a petition to the White House signed by over 270,000 people demanding his deportation back to Canada.
And most recently Thomas Ayad—a friend, a Universal Music Group executive, and a long-time member of Bieber’s team—was tragically killed in the recent terrorist attacks that took place in Paris, France.
So you see, being a super-famous mega-celebrity Will Not Make Your Life Perfect. Famous people—even people as famous as Justin Bieber—suffer just as much as everybody else.
If you’re seeking success thinking that being a celebrity will make your life perfect, you’re working towards greatness for the wrong reason.
No one’s life is perfect. No human being is free from suffering, pain, tragedy, or misfortune.
So instead of seeking perfection through fame, embrace your pain. Try finding ways to use that pain as motivation for growth, purpose, passion, and fulfillment.
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