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Value vs. Fame

December 4, 2012

One of the decisions I made this year is that I want to be an asset; I don’t want to be a deficit in someone’s life. I want people to be better for having met me. The atmosphere in my workplace (and everywhere I go) must be better because I’m there. I started taking responsibility of myself, my attitude and my feelings this year… Of all the things I want in life, I am committed to being a person of value.
I want to contribute positively in the lives of others- even if it’s something as simple as listening, calling someone, being there… I decided to live a lifestyle of giving, I finally see that life is more than just about me. I can be the “good Samaritan” I have always wanted others to be to me. I stopped expecting people to come and be good to me while I was not good to them. I grew. I had to. I realized that I have the power to change the world, if I’m willing to change myself.

What an inspiration when I read the message below by Ollin, hope it means as much to you as it did to me:

There was a time when fame and celebrity were synonymous with talent, hard work, and determination.
If you were famous—or if you were a celebrity—it meant that you had to be really good at something in order to have earned that title. (Celebrities were people who we “celebrated”—that’s where the word originally came from—so you had to have had something that was a cause for celebration.) In order to be famous, you had to be so good at something that your talent influenced hundreds of thousands of people in a positive way.
It used to be that people wanted to be famous because being famous meant that you were very talented—or at least that you had accomplished something meaningful and influential to humanity.
But now, in an absurd twist of fate, people just want to be famous for fame’s sake. They’ve forgotten that fame had always been a result of talent and hard work, and that the only reason being famous meant anything in the first place was because it was a sign that you had real talent.
In the long run, those who desperately want to become known just for being known will be forgotten.
This is the trick of The Fame Monster. It promises to make you a star, forgetting to mention that even stars implode and disappear, eventually.
But there is something that never changes—something that is in your complete control. What is it? It’s simple. It’s your value.
You see, we can’t ever choose to be famous, but we can always choose to be of value. And no matter how rich or poor, known or unknown, well connected or not, we can always be of value to someone else.
We can lend a hand. We can listen. We can offer advice. We can offer guidance. We can share our story. We can be a shoulder to cry on. We can point someone in the right direction. We can invest, we can teach, we can learn, we can be respectful, we can work hard, we can offer insight, we can lead, we can follow… we can always offer value.
Value should be the new obsession of our generation.
Let us not seek celebrity, then. Instead let us seek to create something worthy of celebration. Let us not seek fame, but instead, let us try to create something that makes us worthy of being known.

On repeat on my iPhone at the Moment: Alicia Key’s “Brand New Me”


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