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Exploring The Ambition To Be Famous

by Hutt Bush

Those of us who live in Los Angeles are constantly aware of the city’s draw for those seeking fame. People come from all over the world to develop careers in show business. Their sheer ambition of wanting to become famous is often raw and sometimes scary.

What has been your relationship to fame? Is it something you have ever wanted? Do you understand it? Do you respect it, despise it, pity it, or scratch your head over it?

If there were an equivalent in your life to ambition for fame, what would it be? Do you desire to be known and held up on a pedestal by anyone – even one person or a small group of people?

What happens to people who achieve fame? Do you find their ambition worth their effort? In a culture that holds celebrities up as demi-gods, what are your points of view about a desire – an ambition – to be famous?

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2 thoughts on “Exploring The Ambition To Be Famous

  1. Perhaps our need for fame comes from an insecurity within. Perhaps it is a need to be loved when we were not nourished enough in our fundamental relationships and we have forgotten to love ourselves and seek that affection outside.

    Ultimately having others adore us may be good for the ego but its usually at the expense of the soul and our deepest connection to what we are most passionate about. It also would appear to come from a need to do rather than to be. If the doing comes out of the being and from listening and acting on our soul’s calling, what others think is unimportant and we derive our satisfaction in life from our internal compass.

    The fame game can cost us what really matters and exchange it for an outer directed life that is dependent on others for our joy. To me, this represents nothing more than a second hand life.

    So I seek not fame but to follow my soul’s calling and be true to that. And should any project I create or co-create be successful, I realize it is simply one color in my life’s palette that may fade in time and that my life is a work of art with its own unique set of colors making up the picture of who I am.

    If I live life authentically, I may one day find it reflects a completely new color that is not available to those who try and please others by offering popular colors in order to have them glorify their egos.

  2. I agree with Jeff. The desire for fame is mostly ego driven and a misguided attempt at getting love from the outside. Love is for giving, not for getting, but need a solid core of self love for that. And when freely given, it tends to come back in the receiving.

    Also, ego-less fame is fine when your pursuit is towards excellence or making a difference or being the best actor or producer or whatever you can be. It’s just when fame is the goal that there’s ego involved. And a bunch of disappointment when not achieved to your satisfaction.

    And who’s to say what’s famous anyway? How many Facebook friends do you need to have to be famous? Get on the cover of the Rolling Stone? What defines fame anyway?

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