By coaching young, highly trained, talented professionals, one comes very quickly to the conclusion that they will need to attract attention in today’s confused times. They will have to cut through the noise, especially those in professions requiring performance in front of the public.
It is easy to become a public figure and even easier to become popular. To become famous and revered is something entirely different. Some young, overconfident, eager emerging stars say one could have it all. And why not?
But we all had to start from somewhere. And my advice is to begin with the aspect that takes longer to build, is more solid, and does not evaporate so easily. And that is true fame, or more precisely, reputation.
Numerous over-promoted, loved, popular figures lost it all once their name was shattered and their reputation gone. With that, popularity and publicity also vanished.
Others who lost popularity and saw their publicity diminishing, maintained their success because they maintained their fame. And not across the board, but where it really mattered.
There is no question that character traits and personal preferences play a significant role regarding such outcomes and how they affect our daily lives. There are different ways each one of us desires to consume ourselves in this life.
Building a Reputation may be a marathon, but it produces solid results. And it needs to be safeguarded much more closely than publicity or popularity since it is difficult to rebuild.