Are you famous?
Andy Warhol said in the future (which I guess from his perspective would be today), everybody would be famous for 15 minutes.
Here’s a fact: you’re famous right now, all the time.
Not necessarily to the entire world, but you’re famous to your circle.
To be clear, that circle can be as small as you and your cat.
But nevertheless, your exploits and actions are memorable to those in that circle, regardless of size.
We used to refer to this as your ‘hallmark’. It’s how you signed your work said something to those who use your product.
In our present digital reality, we’re all producing something:
- Social Media Content
- Financial Reports
- Presentation Decks
- Daily Emails
- Custom throw pillow for our Etsy shop
- Family Smiles
- Coworker Laughter
- Satisfied customers
The point is we all produce something, and if we’re doing it right, we become famous not just for what we do but how we do it. Our own unique spin/secret ingredient/secret sauce
Your signature reputation is just that, a personalized statement of this-is-who-I-am to those who view your creations.
So if you’re going to get and stay famous for what you do, be it work or life, you have to:
- Do it with style
- Do it with care
- Do it consistently
- Do it for your people, whoever they are.
Pappy Van Winkle, the famous Kentucky bourbon distiller, left us some wise words of counsel to keep us on track. This is how we reminded his people what his product was all about:
“We make fine bourbon. At a profit if we can, at a loss if we must. But always FINE bourbon.”
This is how you’re going to be remembered. By making your work worth doing.
It is what will keep you employed and open doors for you when you’re ready for your next adventure.