The other night Ruben and I were at Yamoto’s for sushi and I couldn’t help but overhear this conversation next to me. Of course I am *not* the kind of person who intentionally eavesdrops! I can’t help it if my hearing is really good quality. 😉 Anyway, this waiter was telling someone a story with the breathless enthusiasm one saves for the events in life that turn out to be truly transformational. The story was that when he worked at the Piggly Wiggly off the IOP connector, he saw Ashton Kuchner Thanksgiving morning. That was 7 Thanksgivings ago.
I’m not even sure if 7 years ago I knew who Ashton Kuchner was, and for me today, he is still Demi Moore’s husband. Furthermore, as a wannabe cool intellectual and college professor, I used to pooh pooh our culture’s fascination with celebrities, even though I took all the doctoral classes I could that investigated this aspect of our culture. (That’s how professors find an excuse to read tabloids – for research purposes only!)
But here’s the deal. It is human nature to look up to certain people. Even before the monarchies existed there were tribal leaders. It’s part of our complex human nature.
The thing is, you serve the world better when you decide to step into your own star power!
To be a celebrity is to be celebrated. It’s certainly not about being perfect and it’s not about being better than anyone. In essence, it’s about being a leader.
When you get to the bottom of it, this is one major aspect of my public speaking and leadership coaching, encouraging my clients to step into that bigger, brighter version of themselves so they have more impact. That is what gives the people around them (friends, family, colleagues, total strangers) permission to do the same!
If you discovered the cure to some sort of cancer, but don’t have the platform strong enough to get that message out to the people who need it, you might as well have stayed at home.
A true story about this. In the latter part of the 19th century, a physician discovered a radically new technology that largely (although not completely) prevented women dying from the number one cause of their deaths at that time: childbirth. This incredible innovation was….(insert drumroll)….washing one’s hands before deliverying a baby! (Yes! I swear this is true!) It took this doctor more than 20 years to get the word out, even though it was free, easy and incontestably true!
Once you decide to polish your own star power, there are numerous ways to go about implementing this upgrade. This blog is FULL of the "how to’s."
By far, the most important factor is your intention. Your commitment to being a star in your world, a celebrity in your industry, opens the path of authentic leadership.
People who decide to be the stars are the ones who take better care of themselves, make more money, have more fun and contribute more. What’s your take on your own star power?