Would you rather be rich or famous Ė assuming you can't be both. Of course there are many people out there who have good reasons to not be both or either, but most of us feel a strong pull toward one or the other. One would think that being rich and famous would go hand in hand, but that is not the case either.
Andy Warhol, a famous American painter, once said that everyone would have fifteen minutes of fame. The expression "fifteen minutes of fame," is still used today. Some individuals enjoy a pleasant fifteen minutes, such as contestants on American Idol or musicians who enjoy a single hit. Others have a less desirable time in the spotlight such as individuals featured on shows such as Cops or even the infamous Cheaters.
American Idol is proof enough that very few of those fifteen minute celebrities go on to experience terrific fame or wealth. They might write a book or earn a few TV commercials, but eventually they fade into the background of society again no wealthier than they were to start.
Others get a slightly longer time in the spotlight, but still have no wealth to show for it. Certain actors and movie stars are on the scene for a year or two, but then again fade away. During that time, the star may have had a few good roles in movies or released a few albums. Those things generate a fair amount of income, but if not invested and saved wisely, money just melts away. Many of these former celebrities still battle for time in the spotlight (I hear it's very addictive) by showing up as small roles in movies or doing odd reality shows.
In Pursuit of Wealth
Those seeking wealth have a very different road ahead. Fame requires a great deal of work and networking as well as a fair amount of luck. Wealth is actually no different. The main differences lie in the style of work. Individuals who plan on getting wealthy by becoming famous at something, professional sports, acting, etc... are usually disappointed in the end. If you think of the individuals who you know are worth millions, even billions, they made that money the old fashioned way, through business.
Bill Gates and plenty of others whose names you would never recognize made millions (or billions) through technology. Donald Trump (and many more) made money through real estate and investments. Most of these players start small and build skills and businesses step by step. They are rarely overnight successes and make money through hard work and good business sense.
Which Are You?
Can you squeak by on a small amount of money so long as your name and face are out there somewhere, or would you rather hole up in your nice home making money? Both have benefits, of course, and there is definitely no right answer. You can, of course, practice creating your look for either your fifteen minutes or your quiet wealthy lifestyle here on the Doll Palace. Money is certainly not everything in life, but then again...neither is fame.