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If you could be famous, what would you be famous for?

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Do you want to be an actor, a singer or a model? Would you rather be a politician, a banker, or maybe an entrepreneur? Which is more important to you: being known for your beauty or being known for your mind? 

Are you more interested in being known for something generous you did for an important interest group such as lifting people out of poverty, helping refugees, solving a water shortage crisis, solving an energy shortage crisis, or creating a healthcare or technology breakthrough that eases people's lives? Would you prefer to be a famous diplomat improving international relations? 

Would you rather be famous in sports, hearing everyone say, "I want you on my team!" ?

Many famous people enjoy living a quiet and healthy lifestyle. They live sheltered from the limelight and make appointments to allow interviews, and they seldom go to events that would attract a lot of attention. Some creative singers and actors prefer this style. 

Would you like to have a paragraph about you in history books? Would your paragraph say you won a war, negotiated peace, cleaned the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean by turning into a clean energy source, or did you invent a blue light filter for smartphones? Would you rather be known for creating equal opportunity worldwide? Is Davos your setting, and would you be famous for solving economic woes? Would you rather be famous for giving your opinion? 

David Suzuki is a famous Canadian. Everyone knows his name and equates him with science and being good to nature, but otherwise, many people don't know anything about him. Would you like to be famous in the same way? 

Famous people contribute to the public good, and many are unsung heroes because they contribute more than many fans know. What do you love contributing to the public good so much that you could do it as an unsung hero and feel happily satisfied? 

Would you prefer to be famous for being the youngest overachiever ever? For example, some people want to be the youngest operating system designer ever, the youngest composer ever, and the youngest robot maker ever. Is that you?

Do you dream of being famous for finding a cure to a disease and giving it away for free? Very many philanthropists give very much for free, but they are unsung heroes in our society. Nobody knows them. Famous people also inspire the masses, they don't only give to the public good. 

What can you inspire the masses to do? Do people in your neighbourhood improve their standards of living by saving more and cleaning more? Are you the life of the party? Do people feel affirmed, encouraged and filled with a renewed sense of purpose when they talk with you? 

If you want to be famous, 
... and you know what you want to be famous for, 
... and you are not yet doing the kind of work that will get you there, 
then you are ready to start doing the right kind of work that will let your contributions and inspiration shine and be acknowledged by many people. 

Don't quit your day job. Keep your income stable.

Develop your interest for two years. 

If you don't have the results you want in two years of good effort in your spare time, start asking for help. A lot of people would tell you to hire a life coach or a personal adviser, but I hope you don't waste money on anything like that. Instead, you can make friends with some people who know how to create a following on the internet, how to improve a reputation after liars gossip, or other challenges like. that. 

Famous people are expected to give even more to charities. So much of what is given to you is really entrusted to you to improve the public well-being, as you become more and more a trusted role model. As a growing philanthropist, whom would you support the most? Are there international relations you want to improve, such as by funding education in a foreign country? 

Have these thoughts made you yearn for your familiar privacy again? Having second thoughts about being famous is normal, because although name recognition sounds like a nice dream, fame is a huge commitment to the general public. Sometimes people worry,

"What if everybody knows my name but knows something false about me?"

"What if I follow all the right steps but I can't create my following or I can't cause a conversion rate? 

There are experts who deal with these issues. Some are journalists. Some are people who have experience in media. Don't quit your dreams because of these worries. 

But if your worry is, "What if I'm famous and I find I just want to walk around town as an anonymous person, without people recognizing me and pointing at me while talking to each other about me?" 

If that's your worry about fame, then enjoy your privacy while you think about it carefully for a few years. 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Reply Report kevinruud 2019-1-17 12:17
After the passing away of my teacher, I can still feel his existence because I am his student and I have learnt his things and he writes some books that we can read today as if he is around us. I think that is enough for an average person.
Reply Report J.E.Overington 2019-1-18 04:22
Thanks for sharing such a sad yet warm and important memory. Yes, many of us are happy contributing to whom we can.
Reply Report JimSlip 2019-1-19 15:49
Chinese people believe they can be like either Yue Fei who is a loyal general or Qin Hui who is a dishonest court minister. Both of them are well known to Chinese people. You can learn their interesting story next time you visit the beautiful Wesk Lake of Hangzhou City.
Reply Report J.E.Overington 2019-1-22 22:29
I would very much love to visit the beautiful West Lake. I have heard so much about it.

In English, we say the dishonest character is infamous. The famous are good and the infamous are bad, but both are equally known. Thank you, I will look them up on Wikipedia.
Reply Report Liononthehunt 2019-2-13 17:59
In the entertainment circle, fame is synonymous with survival, if you can't turn yourself into a well-known public figure, then you could barely survive on the chomp change you earn. Of course, it might be a different kettle of fish in ohter trades, but it's always beneficial to find fame one way or another.
Reply Report HailChina! 2019-2-15 06:25
I grew up in a small town and I assume that its a lot like being famous because everybody knows who you are - but I guess its a little different because you know them too. Although I remember going back there in my early 20s and I went to the pub to meet someone to buy some drugs and I go to the bar to buy a beer and there is a really hot young blonde barmaid and she knew who I was but I didn't know her - and she wouldn't take my money for the beer. Some stuff like that happens and I think its probably a bit like being famous. The lack of privacy in a small town would be similar to being famous - people in small towns gossip a lot like people do about famous people. I think the only good thing about being famous would be the star $%$%ers which would be similar to the hot young blonde barmaid - everything else about it would suck. If it made you wealthy that would be good too. But there would be better ways to get wealthy.
Reply Report HailChina! 2019-2-15 06:32
Its true.
Reply Report HailChina! 2019-2-15 06:35
With me I am the AntiChrist so I am going to have to be famous. There is already more than a paragraph written about me and there will be a lot more because I am destined to be perhaps the most important historical figure in all of history. I will be famous for my politics but mostly I will be known for murdering millions during The Great Tribulation which is not far away.

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    Then, IF you are the Secretary General of the United Nations, how do you tell the young students of the world what is going on in our world and, how to do is the right way

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    snowipine: Punishment strictly following the rules is always the last resort , usually we don't this way, but if here is no other wayout, how to do ?  I guess.
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