The Price of Fame: Is commercial success worth the cost?

Instead of reaching for stardom, artists must focus on what matters most

100 million dollars.

260 million dollars.

300 million dollars.

If you discovered that you were worth one of those amounts as a performing artist, how would you react?

I bet you’d be dancing on the sidewalk, in the office, the studio – where ever you happen to be.  What musician wouldn’t want to have success that brought riches equaling a number with eight zeros?

There’s just one problem – none of the artists who earned those amounts are around to enjoy it. The amounts listed are the estimated net worth figures of Kurt Corbain, Michael Jackson, and Prince, respectively, at the time of their deaths.

It’s not my desire to moralize on the circumstances that befell these three cultural icons, nor to retell the sad stories of beloved musical figures that have passed recently. It’s to remind you that success is all about determining the true meaning of the word.  These three artists were successful in every way musically and financially, but their success in life was cut short.

So, how do you define success?

What song, what performance, what amount of fame would you forfeit your peace of mind for? Must we always choose either fame or happiness? Is every artist that achieves great success doomed to personal tragedy?

I don’t think so.

If you choose to base your definition of success on the kinds of things that last – love, family, friendship and character – then you can be sure any financial success you achieve will be matched by an equal or greater amount of spiritual and emotional stability. Without that kind of balance, any search for fame will amount to what King Solomon called ‘a chasing after the wind.’

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecc 2:11 NIV)

So success isn’t about how much money or notoriety you have. It’s what you choose to measure that will determine whether you have achieved true success.

You can redefine success on your own terms in a lively, group setting during our online seminars. Registration for these seminars is always free, but the rewards can be priceless. 

Don’t let success get in the way of finding the real secret of a fulfilled life. The greatest teacher who ever lived said it this way.

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? (Matthew 16:24, The Message)

Remember – when you give up the rest, you’ll discover the best.

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