A lifelong dream of becoming famous may drive you every day to do your best in whatever it is that you’re good at. But a shift in focus might be in order if you are to achieve your greatest potential, to maybe become famous someday. That shift moves from thinking only about becoming famous to becoming knowledgeable and skilled at whatever it is that drives you in life.
Becoming a Star is Rare
The world is full of educated, intelligent, skilled people in all areas of sports, entertainment, academia, whatever. But are they all famous? No. Education doesn’t make you famous, but it definitely is important to helping you become as skilled as possible and to using your platform as a famous person to make a positive difference in the world.
The point is that becoming famous is incredibly rare. It doesn’t happen to everyone. Does that mean that you should give up your dream of being famous? No, but it does mean that you need to work hard to get where you want in life, and that involves learning as much as you can about what you love. It also means that being famous probably shouldn’t be your loftiest goal in life.
What Drives You?
We’ve mentioned “what drives you,” what you’re passionate about in life. It is where you need to keep your focus. Concentrate on making the world a better place through your efforts to learn as much as you can and to take action using that knowledge.
Put bluntly: most people who have become famous didn’t start out wanting to become famous. They had a much bigger and more important goal in life, which is to do what they love and to improve the lives of others in some way.
We’re not talking about people to whom something magically happens, and they become famous accidentally. They become famous for a while, but their names are often lost to history. Instead, we mean people who have given their all to their craft or their cause, and they have learned and practiced until they have reached the pinnacle in their field.
Take Susan B. Anthony, for example. Ever heard of her? She was a woman who, at the age of 17 collected anti-slavery petitions in the United States and became known for helping to try to end slavery in the 1800s. Later on, she worked hard to help get women the right to vote in America. She didn’t wake up one morning, and say, “Hey! I want to be famous. Helping slaves and becoming really unpopular as a woman suffragist is the way to get my name in the papers.”
Do What It Takes, but Stay Focused on What Matters
Whatever you’re good at in life, whatever you love to do, get the education you need to do it well. Fame is not the end goal. Stick with your education. Practice your skill. Make your voice heard. You may never achieve fame, and that is okay. Use those who have become famous as inspiration to help you make the world a better place. If you do make it to the Starlyst, then use your platform to spread the word.