“Don’t measure success by how by rich and famous you are. Measure it by how well you are resisting the temptation to seek fame and fortune.” I think creative people, looking to “break into the business” of their dreams, i.e. music, acting, or performing arts in general get caught up in popularity. It is natural to do so. Heck, I do it myself! As an author, it is easy for me to want to be on the NY Times Best Seller List. But there is a downside to this outlook. For how many people can be truly famous? Not very many!
At the same time, its a misconception to believe that fame brings happiness. If you want happiness then do what you love. And you don’t have to do it at “the highest level”. For example, if you love to paint, then start painting already! Remember, you don’t need to be the best to be able to practice your art. For example, in the fall, I wanted to do stand up comedy. And I did it! I went to a late night bar and I told jokes in front of an audience. Did I become rich and famous? No. Did I have to be rich and famous to do that? No. Remember you do not need money and fame to practice your hobby, passion. Do it even if it won’t bring you any recognition. Do it for your own pleasure.