I Want To Be Famous…On Purpose.

Yesterday I was in Borders reading Jay-Z’s book Decoded.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, however I was told that the book was fantastic, and I had a little time to kill. After reading the first few pages, I was sucked in…and I even came across something really thought provoking.

In the intro to the book, Jay talks about finding his voice in hip-hop. Using Run DMC and Kurtis Blow as examples, he talked about the two predominant mindsets in hip hop, which were the braggadocios and the hustlers. But does that really tell the whole story? No one had ever talked about the mindset of the kid on the corner selling rocks, or the reason why the big gold chains and flashy cars were the epitome of being hot in the hood. That’s where Jay-Z found his niche. It’s almost the same way I found mine.

Jay’s story is powerful in two ways. One, he reminds us of the importance of finding your voice. If you’re a writer, an artist, a salesman, or whatever, you have to find something that sets you apart, otherwise, you’ll be lost in the shuffle with everyone else. There are billions of people on this earth but there is only one you. You have the power to be a game changer, but, you have to know what makes you special & sets you apart.

Finally, you must have purpose behind your hustle. How many people do you know who want to be rappers, or generally want to be famous…just because. I know many. I recently sat down with a notebook and wrote out my goals, including the reasoning behind each of them. I would like to be famous. For a long time I didn’t know why, other than the allure of the flashy lifestyle. I’ve now come to realize that my quest for notoriety is less about me and more about sharing and spreading my message of positivity and self-worth to people (especially young girls) everywhere. Empty lofty goals will never get accomplished, so if you have a mission behind your hustle, you’re more likely to reach the pinnacle.

I believe each of us has a God-given purpose, that we can all tap into, if we just pray, listen, and focus on the things we know we are skilled at. We are all given the opportunity to be great, and we all should have the opportunity to do so…if we embrace our unique qualities.

The bottom line is, you have to be willing to let your light shine, and offer your one of a kind gift to the world. If you want to be famous, cool. But why? What impact do you want to make? Life is more than money cars and clothes. You can be whatever it is you want to be…as long as you’re doing it on purpose.


77 thoughts on “I Want To Be Famous…On Purpose.”

  1. Finding your voice … SO true. In fact, that’s the very underlying message of my most recent blog post! (And btw, it’s easy to find your voice when people are going through legal channels to try to shut you up, which is also the underlying message of my most recent blog post…)

    Thanks for posting this — must go pick up this book! Would’ve NEVER thought about it on my own!


  2. Nice post that made me think. I’ve read before that being well-known for something requires developing a niche. But it’s the first time I’ve heard of purpose being a driving force behind working towards being more than an anonymous face. As in, it’s not just a desire to be “famous” that will get you somewhere, but what you want to do with yourself and your talents on the way there.

  3. Beautiful post. There’s lots of talk about attracting success, I resonate with you – we have to let our light shine – for the right purposes! A sense of self-worth is important, we are after all – a unique creation, created in God’s image. I believe each of us were made to bring something better to everything and everyone our lives touch. God bless, keep spreading the message!

  4. It’s important to remember, too, that you don’t need to be famous in order to touch the lives of others and let your light shine. That can be done without notoriety and fame.

  5. This is the perfect post for me today. Thank you for this. Who doesn’t struggle with their purpose, what is it, where to find it? Is it correct? And sometimes we manage to not be so serious about it, too. Congratulations on being freshly pressed, also. You deserve it:)

  6. The opportunity to reach out to a huge number of people, which is what a measure of fame affords one, is a rare gift and a huge privilege. How sad then that most artists only ever manage to communicate the colour of their new car, or the details of some macrobiotic diet they’re on. Whisper, but use a loudspeaker – and make sure you’ve something to say. Words to live by for sure; Jay-Z is certainly someone who understood this.

  7. Thanks for sharing this. I love the advice about having a mission behind your hustle and the admission that you would like to be famous because you know you have a meaningful message to communicate. I feel the same way. I blog about being an American living in Haiti and want to share with others what Port-au-Prince looks like from the inside out. Haiti is a game-changer, and I want to share a game-changing message that’s just begging to be blogged about!

  8. wow that was really inspiring
    i already feel that with my art and creativity that I am different from everyone else, plus I’ve been told a million times, that it’s not just the same stuff you see everywhere

    but writing down goals, i need to try that, to focus where to go, cause right now, i don’t know where to go, im just hoping my creativity will get me wherever!

    thanks for this post!

  9. I wanted to be famous for a long time. I think it was because I liked the idea of reaching and influencing multitudes of people…that and being wanted. One day, I found that I probably wasn’t going to be famous…that I would die as one of the everyday folks that make the world turn….and I found that liberating. My art changed…I was making it for me and had shrugged off the pressure of being “digestable”.

    Now true, I still would like to reach masses of people, but it no longer plays a governing role in my motivation. I now know that even if i lived alone on an island, I would keep doing what I do. Thanks for the post.

  10. Congrats on being FP! I thought your post was wonderfully put. Some of us muddle through life not knowing that we have a gift to share with the world, so our light is dimmed. But if we took the time to sit still and ask ourselves why and listen, I mean REALLY listen, we will find our answer; the answer, mind you that we’ve known intrinsically all along. Thanks PBG for this post. Keep letting your light shine!

  11. Thanks for the pick-me-up! I am in a miniskirt in 50 degree weather wondering why, and then I read your post and it all made sense. I want to be good at what I do my own way, even if it means tossing out all practicality while doing it (and I am getting it done)!

  12. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps even though one may start off with a good cause, fame usually takes a turn for the worse and eventually corrupts the person?

    For example, presidents in third-world countries usually rise to power in hopes of saving their people from their retched condition. However, in a span of time, that power rushes up their veins and into their head, wrecking havoc in the mind.

    Even though you may want to be famous to affect people, to change the lives of every-day people, there might still be an iota of selfishness that hitches a ride alongside your fame dream.

    If you really want to make a difference, make that difference by simply doing it within your surroundings, not by attempting to become famous to do it on a larger scale.

  13. Good post, and the second favorable review I’ve read of Jay-Z’s book. I like to use the word “vision” in the same way people use “purpose.” I always say the goal is to live your life from vision, rather than from circumstance. Clearly, Jay-Z has great vision.

  14. I think inspiration is the key in today’s reality; people like Jay Z inspire a lot of people just from sharing their journey from where they were to where they are.

    Everyone feels like they are different deep down and guess what so do I lol.

    I am 22 with a lot of ambition I was selling things at school and set up my own website http://www.goods4cheap.com at the age of 21, but feel like I haven’t put my biggest mark on the world yet. I just love the way Jay Z expanded his business empire!

  15. Yes its true though. When we are in pursuit of fame we become anxious and happiness and peace is missing. When we finally reach that goal of fame we again become anxious and worried lest we lose it and we are back at the bottom again. Society has a habit of allowing others to dictate their moods. What a tragedy



  16. That is a great post to send out to the world. I always talk about being able to stand up for what you believe in and for what makes you. And reading this makes me realize the point that we have to know the reason why we have to stand up for what we are. Thanks! Good job here! 🙂

    If you have time, check out my post on standing up for what you believe in (which I’ve dedicated to the bully victims of everyday): http://whutzhappening.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/bullying-is-happening/

  17. “I’ve now come to realize that my quest for notoriety is less about me and more about sharing and spreading my message of positivity and self-worth to people (especially young girls”

    very nice

  18. so funny! This is on my mind all the time. ‘finding your purpose… discovering your talent’. reinstating that doing what you love, with love will make you and others happy! i was watching ‘Tinkerbell’ 🙂 with my 2 year old last night. a message that reigns through from childhood. hopefully my daughter finds her talent before she gets to my age and shines! maybe we are just trying to find that stamp of approval, recognition that what we are doing is good and helpful to all. thank you for your positive thoughts, brown girl! i loved reading your post~

    blessings to you and all those you touch ❤

  19. I was totally with you until here:

    “I believe each of us has a God-given purpose”

    What’s wrong with having a purpose that’s completely your own and not God’s?

  20. We’re all destined to shine, not by being famous necessarily, but by fulfilling our potential. And we all have attics crammed with potential. Shine in ways that make you happy.

  21. inspiring and thought-provoking. i appreciate the way you stated the thought: clear and direct. truly, there is beauty in simplicity.

    definitely bookmarking this. congrats on being pressed! 🙂

  22. Your post couldn’t have come at a better time…I was just mulling over that same topic–life’s purpose. Finding one’s voice is very important especially when you know you life is destined for something bigger than yourself. In a sea of sameness and copycats staying original is often the challenge; with that I’m going to go find my own voice. Thanks for writing.

  23. Purpose. Good word and cool post. God-given purpose. Nice. I’m not as interested in Jay-Z as much as I was in reading your thoughts and what you took and interpreted from his story.

    Very cool post prettybrowngirl.

  24. You’re my hero!

    Excellent post! You must have a great grip on life and reality!

    Well deserved to be Freshly Pressed! I salute!

  25. This begs the question;

    What is ‘being famous’?

    The admiration of millions of people?
    The sense of achievement?
    The ability to buy a Bentley at the drop of a hat?

    I think if people strive to be the best at what they do, have an incredible passion for for what they enjoy and let their light sign (As you so gracefully put) then notoriety will follow.

    Enjoy your life, do what you want and strive to be the best; the money and fame will follow and Jay-Z is just one of many examples you could use.

    Fantastic and thought provoking post, by the way! sometimes people need a wake-up call like this one

  26. Well said. What I have always loved about rappers, especially the successful ones, is that all mention a common mantra, “Stick to the script..” or “I wrote the script…” All essentially stating that they created to a very large degree their successful lives “before” they became known to the world. What we term bragging and swagger was really positive affirmations that if done with belief and emotion are the incredients for success! Congratulations to Jay Z on his new book and to you because your fame is unfolding right now! Keep thinking big sista!

  27. Yes! This is very incredible.
    We can be whatever it is we want to be, as long as we’re doing it on purpose. 🙂

    Thank you very much for share, ^^

    Best regards,

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