It is impossible to be at the top of your game as an educator, movie star, author or car mechanic or whatever without being mean.

Truly famous people who are known the world over by their name and image have fought tough and tacky to get to that pinnacle and they will not give up their fame for anything — and that inevitably means they have to be mean to others in order to stay on top.

This mean phenomenon must be expected — because there is always someone out there trying to take your game and replace your fame — and that is the major pitfall of becoming well-known:  In order to maintain your position of strength and power you must never be kind or understanding; you must always and forever be ruthless and mean.

4 Comments

  1. Hi David,
    The room on top is too narrow for two, so “being nice” doesn’t help – I guess.
    The only problem with this phenomena is sometimes people are so absorbed with the concept of “being famous” that they start competing with their shadow.

  2. I like your thinking, Katha! You are quite right you can’t have two kings in the same kingdom. I happen to think you can have a king and a prince or princess — but that means one would have to, perhaps, share power — and what will simply never do when you’re famous. You can always lose money, but fame and its infamy are forever!