Just like the blog that I wrote called this is my definition of success, this is another thought of mine that was stuck in my head for quite a while. There are certain things that strikes me when it comes to the public perspective of doing good. Let me explain why I think you don’t have to be an actress or a politician to have your voice heard, make a difference and to do good.
The public perspective
There are so many high profile individuals with a lot to be thankful for. Fame, wealth, status… And they are also very visible with that. You know, it’s not a surprise that so many people sign up for talents shows in fields like the entertainment industry.
With that fame, status and wealth also come great opportunities to do some good and give back.
Look for example at former Victoria Secret Model Doutzen Kroes. After her work as a model she started to do some charity work to protect elephants and bring some awareness for AIDS.
Another example is Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio. For many years now, they are trying to make a change in the world of climate.
There are not many high-profile individuals who are using their fame to serve the greater good so consistently over the years as Al Gore and DiCaprio do.
All of these people somehow use their fame to bring awareness to a certain topic and do some good.
Having so many people interested in what you have to say is great and because of that, people often think that you need to be a politician or an actor before people start to listen to you.
Or before you are even able to do some good just because they’re able to reach millions of people with their visions, ideas and thoughts.
Let me give you 3 reasons for why I think that everyone within his or her own field has the ability to do some good and give back.
And that it’s not only a game for actors or politicians.
1) Doing good and success come in many forms
Let’s draw an important line here. When we have a look at politicians, actors and models, we see fame and we see a certain success.
Those two are often not separated. But fame and success are not the same at all.
In the blog this to me is the definition of success, I already talked about the importance of formulating your own definition of how success should look like. Success is entirely personal, it does not rely on others for approval and it is about your own career dreams, your own aspirations and it should be defined by the accolades one achieves for her own benefit. In the Collins dictionary, success is defined as “the favourable outcome of something attempted.”
In addition to that, fame is defined in the Collins dictionary as “the state of being widely known or recognised; renown; celebrity”. Although many people strive to become famous, being widely known doesn’t necessarily imply that you’re on the path of achieving something favourable which you attempted.
For example, being widely known doesn’t necessarily imply that you are a happy person, that you hone your craft, or that you are making a bigger imprint on the world than others that are not famous. We can find people who became famous but didn’t like any of it. It’s when fame brings you a certain success, but not the one you actually want.
But what fame does imply, is that you are able to reach way more people than most of us can, that you are having a certain access to a network of (other) high profile people and that more people know your name.
Therefore, fame creates a lot of opportunities. Opportunities that you can use to serve something that you find meaningful. If you’re able to do that, you make those two complement, although they differ in meaning. Obviously you don’t need the fame to become successful, but what does matter is your vision on what success is. You need to know where you’re going and fame can help you along your journey.
2) Finding the right people
So once you find out for yourself what you want to do, it’s more important to find the right people for the things that you want to achieve, than to become just well-known with random people.
If you’re passionate about pepper seeds and you want to start a business, let’s go find the people who also passionate about that. Once you find the right people, you’re more likely to serve them well, know what’s really in their minds and to give back.
Being well-known by 10 people who can do stellar things for your career is far superior to being known by 200 who can’t help you whatsoever. Size doesn’t matter, but engagement does. So you’re successful if you know how to promote yourself for the right reasons.
That means that, besides the fact that there is no place for everyone to become famous, it is also not needed to become famous in order to do meaningful work and do good. You only have to find the right people to make things work. It’s the number one rule in marketing and business.
3) Use your abilities
Therefore, using your abilities to serve others in a meaningful way is another important one for why you don’t have to be an actress or politician to do some good.
I mean, because I have a background in social sciences and business I’m more likely to write content for you that is useful and meaningful. The experiences that I have, my knowledge, my values and ideas create the opportunity to serve this community. Although I don´t reach millions of people, I do think that there are certain ideas and messages on my blog that can be useful for the online audience that I speak to.
And maybe you are a teacher, working with disabled children. Or you work in the film industry where you experience the underrepresentation of women. Those challenges combined with your own talents, skills and expertise, can create an opportunity for a better future.
When it comes to doing good, I am sure that in your situation there are things that you can do and use to make a difference. And although it may seem that being famous is needed to reach millions of people, those famous people have opportunities and boundaries too. It all comes down to the question what you’re going to do with the things that you do have, to make a change.
So there are some reasons to believe that you don´t need to be an actress, model or whatsoever to do some good to the world.
Although they’re able to reach millions of people, we all have talents, values, skills and therefore, opportunities to make a meaningful change to peoples lives. If we try to focus on improving ourselves and doing things that we love to do in order to serve others, we end up adding value to peoples lives. Whether you are an actor or not.
Besides that, if fame is not the same as success, we really have to find out for ourselves what success is and how we personally would define it. Doing good and being successful comes in many forms and in some ways fame can be complementary to success. It can enable you to do more of the things you love to do.
But doing good is not about finding the biggest audience for your story, rather than finding the right audience with the right people. The change you seek to make should fit the needs of the group of people you’re trying to help.
So formulate your own definition of success and how it should look like, find the right people that need that change you seek to make and use your expertise to serve them as good as possible. When it comes to doing good, it really is up to yourself to make the moral conclusion: am I doing what I can, within my own situation, to do some good and am I consistent and authentic in doing that.
My hope is that we can let go of that overly focusing on fame as something that you need to have to achieve your dreams or as something that you need for doing good. Making a name for yourself can be in any field, and there are many problems to solve in this world. If we find more and more people that do work they love and at the same time try to do good in many industries, I think we are blessed with each other.
So I am very happy to hear from you. What do you think about this and when do you think doing good is done with integrity? Let me know!