You betcha! Sadly, it’s very hard to put the toothpaste back in the toothpaste tube once you have a large Google footprint. Was there anyone volatile or unbalanced? Thank you for the work you do. Cool. The Top 6 “Celebrities” who shouldn’t be famous I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in recent history, it became ok to be famous for absolutely no reason whatsoever. This post was absolutely compelling and scary on so many levels. That’s how we’re gonna You’re the person who turned me on to so many things and people, particularly Seth Godin, and that changed my life. They are often scared and victims of their circumstances and need help and support. I remember meeting you at the London meetup for 4HWW in 2008. TIP #1: You're not good at it. Your many efforts are appreciated beyond your audience’s ability to share. It has become standard to justify how we treat others based on their status. . Wow, just wow. Whoa, Tim. Thank you so much for flagging. Thanks again for sharing this openly, and for giving regular food for thought. Great stuff. I have always wanted to to know you since reading 4-hour work week and your blogs etc. As one to follow and even chase shiny objects hoping the next thing will bring me happiness it’s good to get a helping of the flip side. It puts the risks & rewards of fame into very clear blocks that everyone can understand. As usual, Tim, your insights are raw and yet pensive! There were fights. I know a few relatively famous content producers who’s home addresses are very easy to find (like it’s at the bottom of their emails easy to find). The rumors surrounding Armie Hammer has resulted in some very toxic and harmful discourse. You should still wonder: At any given time, how many of these people might go off of their meds? Dang!!! Messy moments Very enlightening and well-written post. Not only do they have to deal with the constant spotlight, but if they’ve got family, you better believe they share the light. Thank you so much Tim! He once said to me, “You want everyone to know your name and no one to know your face.”. I have read and listened to most of your work and this is the most incredible. If the entity you are receiving from does not ship to P.O. Jay-Z once said in a lyric about reaching for fame that “[people are] brainless, to unnecessarily go through these changes”. You have to be in this business for the love of the craft. I would fall under “microinfluencer” and sometimes get recognized at events. Some kids brought knives to school. Much to think about. Cheers and keep it up! I’m sorry that you have to deal with all that. And Wickedness… It is the most evil war on earth, the one for blood spectacle for those who would entertain by whoring themselves prostituting violence to those who seek and lust to watch inhumanity. Keep up the good work. Incredible post Tim, really heartbreaking stuff with the suicides and threats especially in light of your own struggles. Flash forward to my life in July of 2007, less than three months after the publication of my first book. It was quickly translated into approximately 40 languages, and shit went bonkers. You’ve constantly got swarms of people following you that make it almost dangerous to just go out for a meal. I know this seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth discussing. Perils of being a woman. That said, all of the above have created heightened levels of anxiety that I didn’t anticipate. Thank you. Even then,you seemed a little mystified by what was happening, so it’s good to read you’ve come out the other side in good shape. Before you want to become famous watch #Silenceisgod Series The downside of becoming rich and famous, Not everything that glitters is gold. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. Shame on you… Shame. Whether you eat cereal for breakfast or a late-night snack, you probably have a favorite. Nice said. No matter what part you grab beforehand, you can’t fully appreciate the scope of experience until you’re in it. Brené Brown — Striving versus Self-Acceptance, Saving Marriages, and More (#409), https://rss.art19.com/episodes/153bc345-a0a1-447a-ac03-8911e6292818.mp3, All transcripts from The Tim Ferriss Show, scientific research aimed at treatments for chronic depression, PTSD, and other “intractable” psychiatric conditions, a commitment to not reading any new books published in 2020, the parable of the blind men and the elephant, A Simple 2021 Reboot — My Short Letter to a Friend Who Wants to Get In Shape, My Favorite and Most Impactful Reads of 2020 (Plus: How to Remember What You Read), 11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (or “A Few Lessons Learned Since 2007”), Meeting many of my now dear friends, including. As a journalist for a longish chunk of my life and a guy who ran a reasonably large conference for several years, the tiniest brush with the sort of things you’re talking about has come here and there–having someone go ballistic about an article or threatening violence if I didn’t give them a press pass to the show. In that sense, I see you as a kind of “Karma Yogi”, and the more of them we have in the world, the better! "[Being famous] is a little bit like living like a fugitive," Depp explained on Today . This is such a powerful idea that I feel should be a Ted Talk given to young kids. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. If you were to start your writing career again, would you use a pen name for your book to protect your identity? What about when banks etc want proof of address from e.g. But I did know one thing: it was very scary and completely out of the blue. I have two young teenage boys who, like all their peers, are enamored with YouTubers and their fame and the “easy money” it brings. This has been especially helpful since I’ve started to build a decent sized audience and I always wonder about that. “The VALUE of a thing is the amount of what I will call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, NET the amount of I will call life, which it will create, immediately, or in the long run”. This should become required reading in public schools and colleges. In my case, there were a few hundred kids. . Your blog post reminded me so much of Gavin de Becker’s book, The Gift of Fear which I first read about 20 years ago – I’m not at all fearful (living in Australia, a country without too many guns probably helps). Gives you perspective. W. What a comprehensive virtual walk across the tight rope of fame, Tim. And I’m trying to play it more low-key in my businesses, operating from behind the scenes where possible. Even asexual people can have an active sex life. ... so that’s why you why I don’t go into detail about any of their cases. Though, to be clear, I actually don’t want anything from you but to thank you for the impact you’ve had on my life (and perhaps develop a casual friendship like those I maintain with many other people in our industry). But this ended up being a huge time suck for me, and also inspired other entrepreneurs to create competing products which eventually came back to bite me. posted on July 21, 2019. Just a different kind of luck. Holy sh%t – I am exhausted just reading that, much less living it. It is nothing grand or complicated but I have learned so much from your podcast that I have been able to apply to my business and it has helped me greatly in becoming successful and making a pretty decent living as a carpenter. Nevertheless it gave a startling insight into the world us non-famous mere mortals almost never see – the sad and sick people who gravitate to the famous. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook5. Have never been more sure that someone’s going to try something that puts my safety in danger. My famous friends always smile, say yes and pose for the pic. I’d like to be anonymous and rich. As luck would have it, I got to test this hypothesis. They got private rooms, better food, and so on. Thank you for this. Holy crap, that was amazing. Zero privacy. medical treatment was the same. I spend a lot of time on TikTok and I never know whether the products I see are worth it or not, especially when I'm looking at the price. Kylie Jenner. I’ve vacillated over the years on seeking influence to grow certain businesses, even promoting myself as an “expert” who can “help” others. I’m lucky to have the support of my family and friends, my girlfriend, and my guardian and fluffball, Molly. At the very least, work on both in equal measure. Leave a Comment / Mind & Wellness / By Sara. But worse so these days with the tv reality shows, social media and the crazy display of wealth everywhere you look. I received my first threat of physical violence, had my property vandalized, and filed my first police report within three months of starting my first real blog. Really, really needed this. Was that a death threat? Perhaps—just perhaps—you should give stardom a shot. 13 years, 5 books, 1,000+ blog posts, and nearly 500M podcast downloads later, I’ve learned a few things about the promises and perils of seeking fame. Maybe that’s why so many of them resort to Botox? You’d think fewer people would want fame these days, since so much shallow social media fame is really more infamy than anything. Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. I greatly appreciate what you do though and wanted to add one positive of you being famous to your list: That your podcast adds fuel to the fire for millions of businesses and entrepeneurs around the country. It’s one of your best posts to date. Box as the Unit Number. Great Article Tim – always love your raw, honest, thought provoking writing. Given that we are all alienated from nature, our emotions, in most cases meaningful work, there is a mental health crises. Thanks for being real about this, Tim. Thanks for reminding me how lucky. It’s like picking up a fire extinguisher for your pain that ends up being a canister of gasoline. Then it hit me that I saw a lot of people these past few months showing off their skincare fridges. From someone who never desired fame, your perspective seems to some up the reasons why. Keep up the amazing blog! Think of yourself as the leader of a tribe or the mayor of a city. Next, think back to your freshman year in high school. Thanks for the reminder. I’m glad you wrote this after checking about it on Twitter (and/or elsewhere). At the time, our audiences were roughly the same size. Then the carefully planned famous life is probably not for you. But really, a sign of maturity is not needing that external validity. Much love and respect to you. This is the best of your work. I even had a discussion with my son as we share the same name. Your approach is good, you’re honest, you do what you think is right, but you take sensible precautions. I have followed your work since about 2009 … I really appreciate this post and the honesty here. Be respected and earn a high place in my field? The “famous”part of the dream is especially problematic because it seems to me that it comes out of a desire to feel better about oneself. That’s an actual sentence I spoke to one of my closest friends. It’s normal to fight with your siblings. In those days there were a couple floors for the rich. I actually kind of like it because I know that if a video gets a lot of negative comments that it’s going to get seen by a lot more people, and that means more subs/views. Everyone needs to have a separate mailing address from their home, one like Virtual Post Mail, or google “virtual mail address”, and use that. Hats off to you Tim! While you are not being hypocritical about it, you are clearly renewing your choice on a daily basis, that works for me because I find lots of valuable information here. My past isn’t squeaky clean by any means! The one-eyed man complains about not having both eyes, yet is king in the land of the blind. >If you’ve ever wondered why many celebrities disappear for a period of time, sometimes years, it’s often in the hopes that the below will fade or go away. I’m glad you have developed systems to stay safe. I’ll mention some of the rewards and upsides, which can be incredible. It’s surprisingly easy to get your address from public records if someone has your name. While I have been binging Pinterest I have found that I love making cute and aesthetic boards but it is SO hard to come up with a name to match it. Stay safe!! People want to be famous. Wow scary! Let's be real, the hardest part about Pinterest is thinking of a cute title for your board. If happiness and personal security comes prior to fame, I believe fame can magnify our internal joy as well. I do not care about fame but as an up and coming speaker I know that the more famous I get the more speaking gigs I get + the more I can charge per gig. Lest it appear otherwise, this is not intended to be a woe-is-me post. This also goes for vulnerable young (and often not so young!) If I’ve learned anything, it is this: fame will not fix your problems. Much better than being gawked at by strangers. Using fame as a lever, however, can be tricky. I wish more people understood this. Being famous, as Tim states, only magnifies all of it exponentially. Thanks for sharing, Tim. This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator. This Is Why You Shouldn’t Judge Based On Appearance. Totally sucks that you have to deal with insane people. Great blog! Yikes! i’m just too trusting and open, and also that’s not the kind of fulfillment I crave. Secondly, because, as long as we seek happiness outside of ourselves, we will never find it. I sense that your desire to be of service in the world and make it a better place allows you to power on despite the unwanted challenges of fame. 2. For some reason society frowns upon aging, and this is especially true for famous people. Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Serial Killers [Infographic] By Ryan McCready, Sep 05, 2019. But it isn’t your great job. I bought and tested one of TikTok's popular products so you don't have to. Springfield, Massachusetts, has approximately 20,000 fewer residents than Providence but reported 15 murders in 2009, the same number of homicides as Providence but a slightly higher rate per capita. Glanville… Awesome article about the shadow/down side of being a “famous” person. Thank you for sharing. It’s been a wild ride. That week, I shared the above story with a female career blogger. Have fun and thanks for adding to the conversation! Great article! Sex is something that occupies a very significant place in our lives. I read this article during the Super Bowl it caught my attention that much. Well said. Our society is so fame driven, this type of writing gave me a new perspective. The idea might be that fame will lead to all kinds of strangers providing good energy toward you, but that’s not balanced, and it’s just as likely there will be a lot of negative and energy-absorption coming from outside. A small, self-contained town in Idaho might not have a Pulitzer Prize winner among its residents, but it probably doesn’t need a SWAT team either. Careful out there Tim. At the time, I was 28. I also highly recommend reading Kevin Kelly’s essay entitled “1,000 True Fans.” Is it possible that being “famous” to the right 1,000 people could get you to your goals faster—and be healthier—than seeking the adoration and validation of millions? Looking forward to your next piece. We never spoke about the issues, but I did experience some (with and without them) and it was truly anxiety inducing. Ego is often a fragile and frightened entity . I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t trade places with you, even though I’m fascinated b what you do. This post will explore a lot of things. Currently, I am especially glad to be reading about the positive effects psychedelic treatment have in helping those with certain mental illnesses like depression, etc. Saw a lot of rich and famous on those floors, Hollywood stars, politicians, and so on. 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Want to be a YouTuber. Stay safe. The biggest mistake you can make is get into the business because you want to be famous or you want to be a celebrity. I felt like I somehow needed fame. Perhaps the most revealing and insightful post on the subject I’ve read. The explicit goal? Thank you for all you have done to increase awareness, and for all your very generous donations to this research. Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Skipping Famous Sights. This post is great and should be approved reading for all those great kids that are seeking “fame” as a cure to all there issues around low self-image and self esteem or putting down “famous” as their major life goal. To do so, it needed a name, and at last it has one. A positive antidote to the trend that seems to be going around of getting famous at any cost. What else could I need? I don't know about anyone else but I have recently become re-obsessed with Pinterest. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook3. It may be a great job, or a truly worthwhile way of making a living. Thanks for the honesty…. Hey Becky – I truly think when one has done inner work and understands how much they need to live a comfortable life whilst being able to help others in need, then none of what Tim describes will manifest. Some previous unknowns on TikTok, for example, have attracted millions of followers in a matter of weeks. A very generous heads up. Truthfully, I would much rather read a fiction book and dive into another world than read a nonfiction book - even if it is one of my favorite celebrities. But how could this be true? Shame on you. Sure, your subject matter and content matters, but it doesn’t matter as much as you’d like to think. Here be dragons…. It boggles my mind people put their real address on their drivers license, or car insurance, or have Uber pick you up from your actual address, etc. Cheers. Thank you for writing it. Great article thanks Tim. You’re not always working. Such good and — right now, for me — needed advice. Maybe “life cost” is equal for the two cars, but “life value / ROI” is so much higher for car #1…. I liked your reference to “1,000 True Fans.” It’s almost like applying your question, “What would this look like if it were easy?” to the topic of fame. You just need a big enough audience. What an excellent piece. That’s really about it. I’m a technologist. Really great post, Tim. The other day, I was thinking what it’d be like if my audience exploded to the millions… the words that came into my mind was “more responsibilities.”. I often say “we are so lucky” to my wife. It has been selected for "Best of Apple Podcasts" three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it's been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. I have a question about the “Friends with alterier motives” section. When you get clear on what freedom looks like to you and why you want to become rich, you're more likely to achieve it. Best article, ever, Tim. Beyoncé and Brad Pitt are truly famous. This very much comes across in your interviews. Here’s an email I received in July of 2007: [Your sport] shows that you are a hypocrite to profess helping others with your book. Excellent blog. Thanks, Tim. I’ve read a few places that artists really only need 1000 dedicated fans. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sign in to comment to your favorite stories, participate in your community and interact with your friends. Even the most conventional people on the surface might surprise us with their sexual fantasies. Please reconsider you multiple references to people off their meds. . I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: ‘try being rich first.’ See if that doesn’t cover most of it. OTOH, a fraudulent guardianship that was filed in an adjoining state was thrown out of court because the nonexistent address the thieves used was itself proved fraudulent by a drivers’ license check. If you don’t, you will end up with sand slipping through your fingers, leaving you with the same feelings of emptiness. Little did you know that what you prefer says a lot about your personality. These will libel you, steal your CV as well as your credit, and go to any lengths to destroy your public identity. They are considered scary when the vast majority are not. The invasion of privacy, threats, etc became too much and they opted to disappear from the limelight. For some reason I’ve stopped getting 5-Bullet Friday emails. Having an animal around can do more for you than just keep you company. Or something like that. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. It hit the New York Times Hardcover Business bestseller list, where it stayed for an unbroken four years and four months. Think about it. You must have heard it innumerable times that politics is a dirty business. I can’t say that. I hope that it helps you and others cope with this better. What an unexpected adventure. I have so much admiration. In 2010, there were 15 murders, down from 24 in 2009. Even Justin Bieber has claimed to feel like a caged animal at times. Tim I’m so shocked at what you have been through, though I shouldn’t be. I’m aiming I’ll for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Anonymous” from now on! So, I scoured the internet and my brain for you. be — cool. For instance, I’ve been following your work for years and I legitimately think are personalities are such there could be a bromance. Thank you for sharing. If you get through reading this article and find a couple reasons why you shouldn’t be a designer, it’s probably no big deal. I feel sad and sick at the same time. There is very little content like this around this subject. Leveraging the reach and visibility through the internet is obviously a new dimension of being famous and humanity is currently testing how it is getting along with it. A small parking ticket? Would I have listened to all these warnings in advance? If, on the other hand, you find that the huge number of these reasons apply to you, you may want to re-think design as a career. There’s also a lot of “tall poppy syndrome”. This being said, here are 10 reasons why being a celebrity really isn’t that great. It makes me a little more mindful when I think “I wish I could be them.”. Truly. But let’s assume you only have 100 or 1,000 followers. I don’t know. I never really leave comments online however i wanted to let you know that this post is outstanding. Hi Tim, thanks so much for writing this blog. Keep in mind: this high school was in the same town as my elementary school. Thanks for this Tim. I would totally read a book about how Tim addresses issues of extortion, kidnapping, etc. Instead, fame is likely to magnify all of your insecurities and exaggerate all of your fears. If more than 0%, what evidence do you have to suggest that your strategy will work? In the introduction, I happened to mention that the founder and CEO of DonorsChoose was my wrestling partner in high school. I shall envy neither their music nor their colors. Dealing with growing fame now and I’m fucking hating it. Ever since I watched "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," I've been a major Matthew McConaughey fan. This was a fascinating read. Nonetheless, the sentiment was real. Free spirits with no way to break free turn into monsters. Was it in response to a how-to article on clubbing baby seals? I simply couldn’t handle it otherwise. During my college years, one of my dorm mate’s dads was a famous Hollywood producer. Wow, you really snapped with this blog. Not only do you have zero privacy, but it’s almost impossible to go somewhere. Between filming movies, recording music, going on tour or even doing interviews, celebrities have no time in the day and are stuck with grueling work schedules. Thank you for continuing to share with us while navigating all the bullshit. Thank you for sharing. As a society we put them under so much pressure to always look in shape. Have you read Jon Ronson’s “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” or William Storr’s “Selfie”? I don’t want to have to hide where I am or what I’m doing in fear. 1. Just because you can write doesn't mean you should. ), or the tusk (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous!). Seems like a small and insignificant audience in the grand scheme of social media popularity, right? Sorry you’ve had to go through so much bullshit. For this reason, thank you for this post, it truly is value-adding. Thanks for the low down and for sharing your thoughts with us. I forwarded the article to my 13 year old. Never FEAR surge in me reading a point of view from a businessman. For most of you, there’s a decent chance kids seemed pretty sane. Perhaps not. This being said, here are 10 reasons why being a celebrity really isn’t that great. Thank you for giving me and other parents a tool to help bring fame into a more realistic and balanced perspective for our kids who are so wooed by the excitement of the culture in which they are growing up. Sorry that fame sucks but I really owe you, Tim. A-list life can seem like all play and no work, but it’s actually the total opposite. You’re Not Artistic. keep churning out the content. You actually (and unintentionally) help me decide long ago that I didn’t want to be famous. My monthly audience is larger than the size of New York City (NYC). Light and friendly as 4HWW may seem, it actually grips people who suffer because they don’t feel in control of their lives. My hope is that this post will help people better understand the wall their ladder is leaning against… before they spend years climbing towards the top. It’s just not worth it. I like this post because I have always thought it would be awful to be famous. Launching projects to aid the above (e.g.. I am sorry that you have had bad experiences. That’s it, no more no less. She laughed and said soberly, “Welcome to the party.” She got an average of one death threat and one sex request/threat per week. You’ve got Rapunzel's magic glowing hair? Great article. Indeed fame is a numbers game and those incredibly dark stories cannot be avoided at a certain number of fans. Such a thoughtful and inspiring post. No, not if they want to keep in shape and show the public they are perfect all the time; they better be eating those greens. Boxes are helpful for mail and packages. Thanks for sharing the wise words of warning. We never hear about them because people like Gavin clearly advise against it. wow. Did you miss the part about “careful what you wish for”? You are an evil one who has gained the world and lost your soul. I had an in law that was (arguably) one of the most popular celebs around the time you got started. Hmm a bit of a dilemma for me. How many magazines do you see on shelves with the title “A look at a (insert famous … I want to build my speaking business but scared of the downside that Tim just shared.. She became a billionaire just coz she was born into the Kar-Jenner fa Now, let's check from where does she gets so much money? Thanks and best wishes, PeterG. P.O. We quit blogging, quit making videos and recently I deactivated all my personal social media. Was there anyone totally off the rails in your class? This might be cool for a bit, but after a while you would just want it to all go away. Love what you do, well, really like it. Plenty of people have opinions on celebrity gossip on the whole – but the simple fact is – a lot of people that are… I couldn’t do it. “If I’m not famous by 30, I might as well put a bullet in my head.”. The only good thing about fame is that I’ve gotten out of a couple of speeding tickets. I’m curious what you think about using pen names for writing, business and everyday life. To listen to any of the past episodes for free, check out this page. Here's why. Rankism is now appearing on the radar screen. Great post Tim. If you play Wheel of Fortune or Lucky Wheel for Friends, check out our new helper site! An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. Please do not put your URL in the comment text and please use your PERSONAL name or initials and not your business name, as the latter comes off like spam. Why is she on Real Housewives? 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