A friend recommended Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss.
Somehow, searching my way to that title popped up Tim’s Blog on being famous. The blog has a Bill Murray quote about fame, “try being rich first.” The blog is an interesting read, by the way.
I’ve spent a lot of time with rich folks.
“Rich is better than famous?” – that didn’t feel right to me but, heck, Bill Murray knows more about both than me.
Here’s what I’d like to teach my kids… rich is a trap.
For yourself => the never-ending treadmill of personal spending and consumption => a trap of more.
For your family => if you’re lucky enough to see your way through the hoax then you’ll have to convince everyone around you to modify the lifestyle to which you’ve trained them (COVID, or any external crisis, can help).
Pretty risky, especially as there is a much more useful target to give yourself.
The downsides Tim writes about in his fame blog are infringements on personal freedom.
The fame upsides strike me as an external forms of recognition, a universal desire.
The thing is, once you target external validation, you’re trapped.
External validation is a need to be weaned, not watered.
Free is better.