Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." -John Wooden
So if you haven't read the post from yesterday about "bloom" go ahead and read it because I put a lot of work into it :). Since that one took me about 3-4 hours to do, I think I'm going to try to keep this one a bit shorter. We are working on room selection all this week and I need to be in the right mindset to get through this process!
Fame is a very interesting thing, I picked the famous Oscar selfie picture because ironically enough almost all of these celebrities appear to be good people and got fame from being likable. I'm a big fan of Ellen because she really seems to care about her audience and constantly promotes good acts and kindness. Celebrities are an odd element however, although I've talked about how these in particular are likable, it is always hard to hide the fact that they are in the super high upper middle class and usually have more money than they know what to do with. This is a very blanket statement and it is difficult to talk about a group of individuals without stereotyping them. Since there is the impression that all of them have this large amount of money, it can be easy to become jealous of them. Although I'm not sure I believe money will buy you happiness, there was a recent article placed on the wall street journal which showed that people with money were more likely to be "very happy" than "not too happy" and people with less money were still "very happy" primarily, but were also more likely to be "not too happy". I do believe that money can make people's lives significantly easier, but happiness is something that is within our own control. Not many people realize this and when they see a celebrity who has more money than they do, it is very easy to start playing the comparison game and becoming upset with that person. Celebrities are often seen as things now-a-days and the most important thing to remember is that they are people just like you and me (they just might have more money). :)
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About the video: Although I was hoping to avoid this story and just let it breeze over, I can't ignore it anymore. Although it started as a joke and Zack Brown wasn't planning on getting his 15 minutes of fame this way, he recently placed a joke on Kickstarter where he wanted to make a potato salad for 10 dollars and set very low pledge amounts where he would give you a bit of the potato salad or say your name in a thank you video. Although he didn't plan on it even reaching $60, the project has been live for a week now and has over 4,700 backers and have raised $58,000! Although it is a joke because of it's simplicity, the internet got behind it and it has now become a giant party where he is "inviting the internet" to a potato salad party because although there is war in the world and conflicts throughout, everyone can get behind potato salad. I've posted one of his recent updates where he is now providing shirts as well, but I guess this just goes to show that sometimes fame comes in the least expected of ways and in this case, it has some bite :) You can find the kickstarter video here.