Fame or Success

Fame or Success from Apply Wisdom.com

Fame or Success from Apply Wisdom.com

People / leaders are motivated by many factors. But for today’s case study, I want to concentrate on Fame and Success.

I once asked a gifted artist if his goal was to be financially successful or to be famous.  I was surprised when he said he wanted fame over success.  How sad for him.   Because if he chose success, he could have been happy.  But statistically, anyone seeking fame will never be successful or happy.

For this artist to be financially successful all he needs to do is to keep painting.  Perhaps one large painting a week.  This would be easy for him as his style of modern art involves scratching and mingling bright, happy colors on large canvases.   He easily could make three paintings a day, so one a week makes for easy math.  He then sells the original for $1000 dollars, large certified prints for $100, and large uncertified prints for $50.  So after one year, with 52 paintings in his portfolio, he could sell the originals to 52 rich people, sell his large certified prints to hundreds of art appreciators, and then cell thousands of his uncertified prints to hang in hospitals, office building, and hotels around the world.  Likely he would be asked to paint a special collection just for this office building or a special series for that hotel.  His name might not become household but there are hundreds of thousands of office buildings and hotels which need quality, happy art.   My friend could have been very rich, buying him the freedom to seek and find happiness.

Yet pride comes before the fall.  Because this artist would rather be famous than successful, he has chosen not to sell thousands of prints to office buildings and hotels around the world but wants to sell only the originals for exorbitant prices to the mega-rich.  He is so focused on making money, pampering to the mega-rich, and trying to be cool and make a name for himself that he no longer has any joy unless he is in the spotlight.  Sadly, he does get his fifteen minutes of fame every few weeks.  But these 30 minutes a month are the only time he is fulfilled, happy.

Years have gone buy now and this artist has sold several expensive paintings, let’s say ten paintings at $4000 each for a total of $40,000.  That makes his gross income less than $15,000 a year.  He spends most of his time marketing, not painting, and has prostituted himself to anyone who gives him a few minutes of fame.   So sad.

Low let’s take it up a level, to presidential candidates.   There are many great leaders and managers out there who run multi-billion dollar corporations with thousands of employees and happy work environments.  Many of these leaders even know how to run their businesses in the black, meaning they spend less than they make and earn a profit.  These leaders have the potential to be “successful” as the President of the USA. Yet to be President, a candidate must campaign for office and in doing so they have to make themselves “famous,” not prove that they can be “successful”.  Sadly, those who are great at making themselves “famous” are not the ones who would or could be “successful”.

How inexcusable it is that those leading governments are good at fame, not success.  If elected leaders are a reflection of the people then perhaps collectively, we value fame over success.  How sad.