“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
In 1968 Andy Warhol, a famous pop artist said “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” His words were a prediction about life in the future and the impact that mass media would have on our lives. He believed TV was creating a celebrity culture that could give people more access to the world – hence to fame.
His prediction is true today. Justin Bieber, The Kardashians and Grumpy Cat all achieved notoriety through social media.
What about you? Are you ready for your 15 minutes of fame? Do you know what you will be famous for? I don’t believe that all of us will be “famous” or a household word. I do believe that each of us has a unique voice and something to contribute to the world. Yet, we do not pursue our calling because we think that we are not good enough, smart enough or what we have to say is not as compelling as how someone else says it. I believe we all have a right to share our voice. Look at how many different bands find a following for their music…how many authors find legions of readers for their work and how many actors are appealing to fans.
You have a voice, a unique point of view and talents. Finding your 15 minutes doesn’t mean you will be a celebrity. It means, you decided to be brave, to share your story, sing your song or explain your lesson to others. You decided to give your voice a chance. To see who connects with you and what you have to offer. What is your message? Who is your audience?
So, don’t think that there are only a few special people ordained to share and make a difference. Everyone has their own story. You have a right to share your voice and perspective. Don’t hold out. Find your passion and share it. As Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” You deserve to be heard. Your voice can make a difference to others.
Go for your 15 minutes of fame, even if your audience is your Face Book friends, your co-workers, your family or your community. Make that speech, write that song, start that movement. Dare to share!