The Secret of Success: Stop Trying to Be Famous

A friend of mine who’s a millionaire told me this story:

For years, all I wanted was to be known. I would’ve done anything — ANYTHING — to get you to recognize me. I thought that was all that mattered. But it wasn’t until I stopped caring about being famous that I really started to succeed.

It’s an interesting thought, isn’t it, especially in a culture where we often equate fame with success? But, friends, the two are rarely the same.

Success or Fame
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Entrepreneur Brian Clark recently tweeted about this, saying that some of the smartest people he knows are low-profile people. I agree. In fact, the inverse is often true: The most influential people are rarely the smartest or most gifted; they’re just really good at building influence.

Scary, isn’t it, that the most trusted voices in your industry may not be the best ones to listen to? Makes me wonder if pursuing fame is all it’s cracked up to be. And I bet I’m not alone.

So what do we do about this? Great question.

First: Ask, “Do I want to be famous or successful?”

Of course, success doesn’t have to mean making money; it can mean whatever you want it to mean. Except fame.

The world is full of famous people who haven’t done anything significant. We don’t need another Kardashian. We need more than charisma; we need your contribution, your art, your gift to the world.

So let’s assume you decide that success is more important than fame. What now?

Second: Fall in love with the work, not the results

Humans are terrible at recognizing genius when it’s in front of them. It often takes us years to ignore the best sellers and catch on to true brilliance.

Vincent van Gogh didn’t reach the peak of his fame until after his death. James Joyce (voted one of the Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century) was called “unintelligible” by contemporaries. Harper Lee only wrote one book — the only one she needed to write.

So what do we artists, who sometimes obsess with accolades, do? We stop creating for results and learn to embrace the love of the work itself. Because the work, after all, is the reward.

Third: Hone your craft

In this world of platforms and instant connection to everyone, the stakes for creating great work have never been higher. Because it’s so easy to game the system, to trick your way into influence without actually doing anything remarkable, we have to be careful.

We have to avoid the temptation of fame and instead do the quiet work that leads to true success. [Tweet]

This is not easy or efficient, but it’s what’s required if you want to leave a legacy. If you want to do work that makes a difference long after you’re receiving royalty checks.

You need to sit down, shut up, and reach your 10,000 hours of practice.

Does this mean you can’t blog or publish your work or do anything until then? Of course not. Just don’t focus on the promotion when you should be getting better. Because all those tweets and posts and shouting matches take energy, energy that you should be spending on the work. Not the marketing.

And once you’ve practiced and honed and created a lot of crap (because we need to do bad work before we can do good work), make your contribution. And then, my friend, you can die.

What’s your goal: success or fame? Share in the comments.

137 thoughts on “The Secret of Success: Stop Trying to Be Famous

  1. Jeff, once again without trying you’ve inspired this writer with your words and thoughts.  Keep up the good work my man!

  2. Love it Jeff! I agree with your post and was so glad to see it this morning. So many people I think are turning their wheels trying to get noticed and focus on just building platform. I am truly glad someone has spoken about how that is not the first priority.

  3. Resonating stuff here Jeff.  A challenge that is needed in our culture if we truly are to be door holders for The Kingdom.

  4. Success to me is doing what God has for me to do here on earth. A lot of that is writing. I do not want to be famous, however it does seem that in order to share what I feel God has given me, I have to know how to get the word out. It’s not about fame, but it is about sharing it with as many as possible.

    People connect with people online so in order to share what I’ve written people have to connect with me, even though I’d rather be a behind the scenes type success, its seems the online arena, as well as the traditional paperback arena, necessitates authors being “famous” in some sense of the word.

    It still goes against every molecule in my body.

  5. Part of success is defining your own success. So my definition may differ from others. I wish to matter to others. The number is up to God! I can do it quietly or famously. Leaving that to Him, too!

  6. I read once about an experiment. Scientists discovered that chimpanzees could produce quite creditable little ‘art’ works for the pure pleasure of it. Then they started rewarding the chimpanzees for their efforts. Very quickly the chimpanzees changed to just doing quick squiggles and holding out their hand for a reward. The effort that went into their art work rapidly declined as did the quality. I think that this happens to humans too when they try to produce for recognition or for money. They just want to be done with it and move onto the reward because this is what they really care about. 

  7. Fame : the state of being widely known or recognized.
    Success : The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
    So :
    Does that mean you only want to accomplish what you want to – and don’t want to be recognized for that?
    How can recognition not be an important aspect – it is like – Mark Zuckerbeg releasing facebook to the world with the CEO name as – Annonymous.

    Readers of this blog admire you as a writer including me – so does that mean  even if we did not comment or express our liking towards your blog – it won’t matter – as you are happy that you write everyday?

    Kindly don’t take it otherwise – i am just trying to understand the whole concept – so pardon my ignorance – awaiting your reply.

    1. Please forgive me–I’m clearly not Jeff. But your comment helped me come to peace with what could become a false dichotomy but is merely a necessary tension, at least for me. I understand the post as encouragement to resist seeking fame simply for its own sake.

      1. That’s right, Gwen.

        Fame may happen, but it’s not the goal. The work is the goal. And for me, that means writing what I’m called to write and helping those I meet along the way.

        Of course, an audience is an important part of that, but it’s not the goal. The goal is to write. And yes, if no one showed up to read this blog, I’d still write on it. I made that decision a long time ago.

        The ironic thing is that I believe this is one of the reasons people do show up.

  8. This was a great post. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel envy for those who seemed not to have struggled to get published….

  9. Interesting about motivation (certainly in Language learning) if someone enjoys the process of Language learning they (usually) progress faster than someone who enjoys the results (studies back it up)
    I’ve seen this countless times where people who need to learn a language to get/keep a job stagnate, miss classes etc and yet those who clearly just love languages advance quicker. 

    I’ll bet a lot that there are studies that support this for writing and all sorts of art as well. 

    1. That is a brilliant observation. I currently live in a foreign country, where my husband and I and our two kids are learning the language. My youngest has this deep desire to learn it, and she is seriously the most fluent of all of us. Very cool.

    2.  That’s great Chris. I work with online and blended learning, and the studies say similar things thing for these programs, that self-directed learners persist. What surprised me though was how much this has to do with self-confidence (i really do have what it takes to learn this…) and basic skill development (I’ve figured out how to send the teacher a message).

      Jeff, I think this is why your core message is so powerful; you’re helping people tap into that deeper intrinsic motivation, giving them a hand up by boosting their belief that they can do it, and giving them tools to do it.

      1. I agree. His message is powerful because it speaks to the depths of our guts, our persistent and, dare I say, courageous hearts that just love the high we get from believing in, creating and birthing a message.

  10. Great Post! I think loving our work and working at it with passion is central to success. To focus on the praise and accolades of others over the calling on our lives brings us face to face with the danger of becoming insincere or plastic. There’s nothing as refreshing as spending time with a genuine person who loves what they get to do.

    Thanks again for the post! I’ve been reading the blog for awhile, and it has been challenging, inspiring, and just plain helpful.

    Keep it up!

  11. Jeff, such a timely post today. For the last two weeks, I’ve been working through personal questions of this very nature. What is it I really want to do in this whole writing endeavor? And I am realizing I want to affect a great change in people. THAT will be success. Not big platform or published work or even lots of email subscribers. I want to create art that moves people to change. The end. And now, to keep remembering that… 

    1. Thanks for that Brianna. I’ve been wrestling with that question too. And to take it a step further, the reason THAT motivation is so difficult for me is it requires me to live by faith instead of sight. What I SEE are the “likes” (or lack thereof) and the comments (or lack thereof) and I’m praying hearts are being moved in the unseen. That is what can’t be quantified.

  12. I routinely remind myself that I write or speak to an audience of ONE.  The Lord is my audience, and the only One I truly have to answer to.  Thanks for another great post, Jeff!

  13. Success is so much more interesting than fame! I’ve spent 5 years with plenty of local fame and would trade it for success any day! It took big failure in a public way to realize that. I wish you had written this five years ago (although I might not have listened then).

  14. Beyond excellent…Perfect “work” Jeff.  Before I considered myself a “writer”, I was trained as a health care products sales professional. Your post reminds me of how hard I often try to “sell” rather than “create”. As well, how hard I’ve tried to be “discovered” rather than satisfied with my good work. Thanks for the inspiration…

  15. Success, of course, which to me is helping people. However, fame would result in helping more people, no?

    1. Maybe. But that’s not the goal. It’s a means to an end, right? So the lesson is to help as many people as you can now, not wait until you have influence. That’s my take on it, anyway.

      1. Great qualification. Also there are a lot of “famous” people who are just smoke and mirrors. At the end of the day, what remains behind all that? Fame to me seems more temporal. I think success may be built one brick at a time.

  16. Absolutely great timing with this message, Jeff. As we begin Lent, I’ve been hearing from God that perhaps my priorities are a bit off. I’ve been focused more on myself and my own success, and less on him and on love in general. So thanks.

  17. Great stuff, Jeff. Always enjoy your posts and good insights. Success for me is experiencing the deep sense of peace and joy which manifests when using–serving–with the gifts each of us have been given to inspire and encourage others to be their authentic self. You are certainly one of those folks who bless others in those ways, and more.

  18. Great article. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes success may not be how much money you’re putting in the bank, but how much you love what you do. Eventually the money will come.

  19. Great insight, Jeff! Reminds me of something I see when I watch the Grammy’s  –  There are this year’s stars, then there are those old guys in the suits… year after year… and we don’t know their names.

  20. QUIET WORK—my favorite two words of this piece. 
    I serve in a care profession. And, this morning, I made my pastoral rounds—elderly women in different assisted living situations, as it turned out.  No one outside heaven sees this work. And, if I were intent of fame, this “quiet work” simply wouldn’t be done. This is true of anyone working in a care profession. This is true of lots of work.Sometimes success looks like the very opposite of fame. Sometimes, success is QUIET. 

  21. Jeff,

    You can’t achieve high profile or low profile success if you don’t “Love the Work.”

    It’s impossible… or at least highly improbable.  The will always be the work and if you don’t enjoy the audience your trying to build with sniff you out.

    It’s easy to tell you enjoy your work… That’s why it’s so easy to come back here every week.



  22. Brilliant post. Thanks Jeff.

    Totally needed to hear this right now. I’m in the middle of a big transition and pursuing my dreams, and I keep fighting with my motive. Am I doing it to try to be famous or to make a difference. It started with trying to make a difference, but the fame monster trying to sneak into the picture. Thanks for the inspiration to stick to what matter.

  23. Back in the late 70’s I had the pleasure of living in Aspen Colorado. I was also the morning man at the local FM station, KSPN. Lot’s of celebs and rock stars hung out in Aspen and the rock stars would always stop in with their new album for us to play. That is how I got to become friends with Glen Frey of the Eagles. He had a condo across the street from me and we hung out quite a bit whenever he was in town. One of the things he liked most about the Eagles was, though they were wildly famous and made a small fortune as a band – individually they could walk down any street in America and not be recognized. He was into the band big-time. But away from it, he and the other members enjoyed their relative anonymity.

  24. I heard a story about Waylon Jennings yesterday. He was wildly famous. Sold a lot of records. Made a lot of money. Became a drug addict and filed bankruptcy. Had poor health and couldn’t get around well before he died. Was he famous or successful?

  25. Success, definitely. I just want my work to be read and discussed. If it helps someone along the way, so much the better.

  26. Thanks for this post.  As a therapist in private practice, I’ve recently had conversations with fellow professionals who seem to push fame-seeking types of behavior.  As a new blogger and aspiring writer, I find much of the same and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the deluge of “branding” demands.  This is a refreshing perspective…very freeing.

    Love your blog, too. 🙂

  27. My goal would be success.  Success for me would be:

    1.  To make money from my blog, speaking, courses, and books.
    2. To change as many lives as possible through those resources.
    3. To be able to transition to a lifestyle where I have more control over when and where I work.

    I am well into my 10,000 hours and I know that what I’m doing will only continue to build upon itself.  Success is usually not an instant thing, and when it is, it doesn’t last.  

    1. Excellent, Jason. Now, here’s the hard part: Pick one. At the end of your life, if you could only do one of those three, which would it be? I’m not saying you won’t be able to do all of them eventually, but which one has the priority?

  28. Another author who only wrote one book is the one who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. When I found out as a child that was the only book she wrote I was greatly distressed. Sometimes a person writes beautifully because they write from a great passion. Their work succeeds in what they want, and then they quit.

    It sounds like from quotes in the link the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” didn’t like the fame, and so she gave up her passion – at least in the public.

    The thing about fame is, once you get it, you can’t give it back.

    Success, on the other hand, without fame can continue on.

  29. Jeff, Great Post! I love this thought: “The world is full of famous people who haven’t done anything significant…we need your contribution, your art, your gift to the world.” Thanks for keeping it real!

  30. Success- and the fact that I didn’t give up after a colossal failure reassures me daily that my calling will remain whether I choose to yield to it or fear it.

  31. I want to be Emily Dickinson–no one knows how brilliant I am until I’m dead. And then they all puzzle over me and create competing theories, and I’m up in heaven, laughing.

  32. I can die? LOL! I agree with Ron. That’s some ending, jeff! 

    Also, it’s interesting that while the idea is really not so new, we have to be repeatedly reminded that fame, happiness, and fortune are all a great paradox. That the more you chase after them, the more they will elude you and the less attention you give them, the more they will creep unto you.

  33. True success is infinitley better.  I’ve been following your blog for a while and really respect your work.  Not long ago, I was working on and towards things that I “thought” people would like instead of just coming from the heart and openly sharing my”wrecked-ness”…  Today I did that for the first time.  I’m learning a lot from you, Jeff.  Thank you.  My wrecked story is here:

  34. Anyone can die at any time, but, at my age, it can happen sooner than later. That is why I wrote what my heart wanted me to write and never thought of fame, not even success.
    I may not be all over the place of social “business” but I submit my book in a couple days and feel good about it, even though I could work on it another 10 years.

    Thanks to you Jeff and the Tribe, I took my journaling to another level, and I am grateful.

  35. In a highly segmented world, anyone can find a tribe and get attention. Seems that the world around us is increasingly celebrating the ‘nobodies’ who gain attention. But Jesus said the last will be first. Famous, great and rich aren’t synonymous. Jesus kingdom operates on different ideas.

  36. “If you want people to talk about you, do something worth talking about.” Ive always loved that quote. Speaks volumes.

    Every person has their own motives for why they do what they do but for me, I don’t need my name in lights to feel successful. If the lights shine then that’s a fine byproduct but not the primary goal. I just want to make a difference whether it’s seen by many or simply felt by a few.

  37. I agree with Goins, except for a bit at the tail end:

    When I was a young girl, I played clarinet in band. I continued into college. Somewhere in between, I learned the notion that we should practice how we’d want to play in a concert; that is, with all the precision, rigor and gusto you can muster on an average weeknight. Then, when your body is filled with adrenaline on the stage, you will play that much better.
    The same proved true in the running world.
    I think we should practice well, not just write garbage and think that we’re qualify for a Pulitzer. Albeit, we all need our personal journaling outlet to be loosey-goosey — but, I’m talking about all professional or semi-professional writing.

  38. Good article Jeff. I think fame is too broad to assume its not beneficial for some people. Fame in the Kardasian sense is an illusion, they are essentially a product brought out by a TV company. Fame in the American idol sense is also an illusion because they get forgotten about far too easily.
    However within a certain industry, you can be very prolific and as a result become famous within that area and still be great at what you do. Will you be the best, well unless your industry has rankings, the answer to that is always going to be subjective.The Confidence Lounge.

  39. Jeff, why did u write this?

    Isn’t it bad, breaking others believe?

    It’s hurting me. All these long years I considered the
    opposite was true.

    Should I call this article awesome?


    Bullet to head. BOOM.

  40. Good thoughts Jeff!
    As a professional copywriter, I’ve achieved a measure of success but no serious visibility. We all want our “15 minutes of fame” though, regardless of its fleeting nature.

  41. Important points to help us keep our heads on straight, feet on the ground, and pride in check! I am reminded of some prose entitled “Success”, often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but more likely written by a Bessie Stanley:

    To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons
    and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens
    and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find
    the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit
    better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social
    condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
    to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this
    is to have succeeded.

    This definition resonates with me, as I have no desire to be famous, only to be successful in helping moms build stronger and more satisfying relationships in their lives.

  42. Thanks, Jeff. Food for thought, as always. This is something I struggle with the most as a fledging writer and a Christian. How do I promote myself when I’m supposed to be promoting Jesus? My work is what reflects him, but to get people to the words, I have to shine the spotlight on me. I don’t like it. But this post helped. Thanks. 

  43. Oh how important it is to be doing the “work” of our art. If fame, fleeting temptress that she is, comes – sobeit but I want to be true to me and to my craft and to the one and only God of the universe that blessed me with the ability to use words effectively and positivley affect the lives of those around me.
    Good post Jeff.

  44. what a great post….  i often wonder why i write and what i am trying to achieve.  success in my own mind is the ultimate aim – fame only is as much as reaching out to those who want to be reached…  so many comments about being true to ourselves and who we are – great to link with similar minded..

  45. This is one that I struggle with quite a bit. I often wrestle with success vs. impact. I get bogged down in measuring my work based on response and numbers looking for evidence that I have made a difference. However, when all is said and done, my heart’s desire is to be found faithful. Who in my eyes would I consider the most successful person? Just had to write about that….

  46. The best advise ,as usual. My goal is to write something, that will make proud, when I face God.That I can say ” I did my best to change my surroundings to a better place  in God’s standards.”

  47. This is a really great post. Most of us are ambitious, but seeking fame usually means wanting to elevate ourselves and our own status.  When you can lay down your pride in humility and remember why it is you do what you do, then you are really in your sweet spot. And for me, I remind myself that God will use me as He sees fit – not as I see fit. That keeps me humble right there. 🙂

  48. I have spent a considerable amount of energy pondering this very subject. In my writing I have explored the movement from Survival to Stability to Success to Significance. Ultimately I am trying to ascend to significance in my life. Fame may be a byproduct of this but certainly not any kind of key objective. The value of fame is that it enables one to reach more people and ultimately make more of an impact. You can read more on Success and Significance by visiting and searching these terms.

  49. This is exactly what I needed to read.  I’ve been wasting time researching how best to market myself, when what I really need to be doing is focusing on writing.  Thanks, Jeff!    

  50. Thanks for your great inspirational talk at the Platform Conference. I’m trying to put together my thoughts on my takeaways and how to bring back the knowledge to my clients. I really enjoy your blog and more so since I heard you in person, because I have an idea where you are coming from. As a marketing professional I know how much time it takes to market your own business, and since most of my time is helping others marketing their business, my own marketing does tend to get neglected. 

  51. Really enjoyed this post. Fame is fleeting and sometimes more dependent on other’s opinions (good or bad) than anything self propelled. I choose success because everyone has a personal definition of success and if you can achieve your definition, you can enjoy personal satisfaction. This entire posts reminds me of that book, The Millionaire Next Door. We know about the Bill Gates and the Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett’s etc. but those low profile wealthy individuals who simply and yet profoundly might be making a difference because of their financial saavy exist. They can choose do the same as those “famous” rich with their income and may or may not do so, yet they don’t have to worry about the scrutiny being under the fame microscope the well know of the wealthiest do.
    I’ll take success anyday…Get up, give it your best, do your best work, create something you can be proud of, invest in others and repeat.

  52. Good point Jeff.
    Maybe it’s not fame that’s important. 

    But I think we – as writers – do need some form of recognition or appreciation. I imagine it would be very difficult if there was no encouraging input from somewhere. How does it go? No man is an island? (or woman I strongly suspect)

    Blogging communities can certainly help with that input.

    Cheers, ic

  53. It isn’t so scary to realize the most trusted or retweeted names in an industry aren’t the most talented, given how much popular advice is either half-true or utter nonsense. And it seems like every vastly successful writer I cross paths with was unknown for a decade or more before reaching his or her tipping point.

  54.  In the same vein with fame, I’d put some other things: making pay-dirt, selling a certain # of copies, my first book being all I had hoped it would be, the runaway success, and the list goes on. When I was in love with those things, I didn’t write. When I got hooked on this idea of putting in 10,000 hours, things switched. It’s a great trade 🙂 I’d be dishonest to say that the old list doesn’t sometimes inspire me; those things serve a purpose at times, it’s just that they can’t take us where we really need to go.

  55. My goal?  Honestly, I want for God to be famous because of my success.  But if I’m completely honest, I would like Him to share some of that fame 😉  Makes me think there’s a direct correlation between our heart for our craft and the quality….crap or value.  Thanks for the post.

  56. People who write for fame or fortune will find neither. People who write because it’s the reason God left them here will discover that real satisfaction comes when we work to make Him famous.  |  Write now!

  57. I LOVE this! Reminds me of when I quit a “fancy” job that most people would’ve killed to get and my boss disagreed with my decision saying, “How are you gonna have success?” I looked him square in the eye and said “I think you and I have a different definition of success.”

    Thanks for transposing this for me onto the writing & blogging life!

  58. It’s amazing to think about our perceptions of things – everyone had to start somewhere.  I remember reading about the various blog attempts you made before hitting your stride here.  We all have to start from where we are right now.  I believe in success – “Success is a process of living life in such a way that
    influences others for God’s glory.” DS

  59. Hey Jeff
    Great post, thanks very much.
    Particularly enjoyed the last line!
    I do worry about this entire issue. As a teacher I see the cult of celebrity gain more and more influence with young people and the concepts of merit and achievement are becoming irrevocably attached to it, even as the two get further apart!
    Food for thought.

  60. Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for your post. It help put things in the right place, and set priorities. But I wonder, how do you turn your writing into a way of making a living without making an effort to get your name out there?
    F. Poj

    1. I never said promoting your work wasn’t part of the gig. It is. But just make sure it’s not the goal (if that’s not ultimately what you want to do). Fame isn’t always the path to success. That’s all I Was trying to say.

  61. Hi Jeff. I am a new reader. I’m thinking of really pursuing writing, because it is something that I have always wanted to do, and it’s the work that I would die doing. I guess it will be really challenging to train yourself to not think of the money first. 

  62. I am definitely looking to be successful, not famous. I want to share what’s in my head with the world through my novels. I welcome any kind or critcism when it comes to my writing, but I don’t need someone to make fun of my hairstyle. I don’t care if everybody knows who I am, but I would like it if A LOT of people knew my characters.

  63. Such a great post! I do agree with every word you’ve written. It’s sometimes hard to see what we have to do because when we chase success (or fame for that matter), we sometimes copy the ones who’ve already made it forgetting their pre-history in all of that.
    My goal is to be successful too. I’d love to have my voice out there, I have a positive, happiness encouraging blog via which I also cover mental health issues. I’d love to help people like me (bipolar), so being successful means being heard by the people who really matter.
    Milly at

  64. I’ve read a bazillion posts about being true to the art and falling in love with the art, and I’m sick of hearing it: After years of piddling with stories and books and articles and blogs, I wrote a book that landed me one of the best agents in the biz, and he showed it to 17 (!!!!) publishing houses … and we got nothing! Seventeen houses agreed I had “a great story,” and it was well-told, but all were too scared to contract it out. Why? Because I don’t spend time accruing thousand of ‘twitites’, b/c I don’t write fluffy how-to blogs dumbed down and entertaining enough to get lots of readers, because I have a real life and simply cannot afford to be a marketer, a banker, and a writer! What kind of world is this where it’s not enough to be good and to have a good product? The business is rigged. All the money goes to the old established hogs, who get everything published b/c they once wrote something good, and every once in a while some new gal will squeeze in because she cannot only write, but she has a million twitter followers and a widely-read blog about how to get over breakups, or how to got to work and not fight with people. It’s a nasty rigged game that’s detrimental to good writing. It’s all driven by projections and predictions–MONEY. It’s up to those inside the gate to help those outside, those actually deserving to make a life of art. Can you imagine Salinger, Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, any of those guys being told they have to accumulate twitter and FB followers, that they have to waste time blogging about the meaningless things in life? What a crock!

      1. Mindi, it’s non-fiction. They emphasize platform more for non-fiction thatn fiction.

        1. It would seem to your benefit to have a change of heart on this. Nothing is standing in your way, but your own refusal to come to grips with how things are. If you are done with your book, you could use the time you used to spend writing profitably by establishing yourself on social media. It can’t be too difficult. My kids have large followings on twitter and in blog world. Certainly, you can figure this out. Or you could just keep on being unhappy and write woeful comments. It is your choice.

          1. “It can’t be too difficult.” Jeff, whom I’m grateful for (even though my initial comment may imply otherwise), has made platform building the premise of his successful blog precisely b/c it’s difficult and he wants to help people in that area. I’m glad your children have figured it out, but things don’t change and evolve at the behest of people who accept and “come to grips” with the way things are. Yes, I believe I can “figure it out,” but at what expense? I wrote that comment so people don’t mistakenly believe that love and passion for their art will eventually lead to recognition, success, and/or bread. You will need more than that, unless you’re content with your art to remain in the dark and be solely used as a tool of therapy and creative release. And FYI, everyone who writes comments like I did is not unhappy. I am frustrated in that area.

    1. I 100% agree with you Paul. This social media frenzy is undermining some amazingly creative people. It saddens me to see brands & investors favor those with huge social media followings (aka popularity) instead of focusing on individual’s innate talent ~ all because of $$$. Sickening.

  65. Good post, but I did find it a bit ironic that while I was reading it I got a pop up box offering to teach me how to get 100,000 blog subscribers. Wee bit of a conflicting message, ha ha!

  66. A few years back my life had no meaning, it was like i was struggling to exist but not for long. On my way home one evening i met a very successful friend of mine. We talked about so many things and i opened up to him on how my life was a constant bed of struggles. He told me he would help me. He told me all about the Illuminati and gave me an email address ( ) that i could use to contact them. I contacted the Illuminati immediately through the email address given to me by my friend. Membership was easy. After i requested for membership into the Illuminati through the above email address, i was initiated into the Illuminati. Three days after initiation, $9 000 000 was sent to my bank account by the Illuminati, i was asked what i wanted to do with my life and i said i wanted to go into construction business. The Illuminati guided me all the way and today my business is worth hundreds of millions of dollars I was a man who had nothing before but now i’m a man of wealth, fame and power. I oblige you to take this seriously and i assure you, you’ll be glad you did. Contact ( ) so that you too can become all you’ve ever wanted.

  67. The problem is that we created jobs. So, in order to get money – you need to find a job. Eventually, more noble markets got saturated. So, as a result, people started to sell pictures, portraits etc. In fact, much ‘art’ today, would not exists if we didn’t manifest jobs and enable someone to be a big somebody for a simple act of painting a picture. No offense, but a canvass painter does not have any significant impact on life. Even if they live in poverty – welcome to the club. In addition, many choose a life of poverty in order to seek fame. Writing, painting, singing and the like – are all just forms of every human character. If people were not bogged down by over complications, trivialities, and a job, doing one thing over and over; they could develop more of their character. here are millions that are trying to be a somebody or significant in a pool of millions doing the same. In fact, many would not be putting so much energy in ‘one basket’ if the ability to get fame and or fortune was not a possibility.

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