We are all in a hurried journey to become famous. As Naval Ravikant points out, ‘it is better to be rich and anonymous than be poor and famous.’ Perhaps what people seek to become through fame is wealthy; the easy staircase to celebritydom or have power over our experiences. This phenomenon has been explained by me in greater detail in my article about AI (Achieving Ambition in AI (Age of Interruption) or my book, Reasoning Our Choices.
Our problems are a result of our choices we seek to EXCHANGE for outcomes we EXPERIENCE based on our PRIORITIES among our PREFERENCES. The outcome is the wish, but choosing what we are willing to exchange is the problem we often fail to solve in our destination to wealth or fame (and perhaps both).
The answer to this confusion cannot be a 3-minute read. Yet it can be a solution to find which of these choices provide long-term benefits through careful selection of what is worth exchanging for the experiences we crave for. Based on our level of comfort to deal with the process complexity which accompanies every effort, the outcome gets predicted with a higher accuracy …and that’s Analytics for beginners!
We are blessed with genetic skills right at birth, and which is why offsprings do not need to be taught where to put the food (and the foot at times!)
As we age, our learning includes the construct of good and bad from our social cultures while academics and extra-curricular activities aid us with the knowledge of things and beings, ideas and games among a billion other things. A disciplined focus on solving larger amounts of information by allocating larger amounts of time help us develop our intellect, making us surely richer, if not famous like a Nobel or Oscar awardee.
But many among us are keen to exchange and experience almost at the same time, making the information and time scale close to zero. It can be explained by the ‘dopamine effect’ with low levels of tolerance and patience for exchanging or experiencing our triggers. This is purely a result of too many choices to experience. Visiting multiple continents and lands to experience their food and culture was unheard of even a few centuries earlier, and only few were privileged to do so. But those who did, did write about the evolution of species or became famous in history as Alexanders and Caesars and Napoleons, not to speak of the wealth associated with such arduous efforts and fame lasting till date!
If any of the millions of 3-minute reads can trigger a passion, and one can hold it long enough to allow it to enrich the self, then the exchange is worth the experience! and the millions of learning which follow the initial 3-minute read towards discovery and intellect. Else, we are just floating around to experience the next dose of dopamine. And good luck to that!