My daughter and I love watching the latest antics of The Kardashians. It’s one of our “things” we do together, that and watch endless babies being born on “Midwives” and “One Born Every Minute”. The reason I’ve got a lot of time for those whose names all begin with a “K” is that, say what you like about the annoying accents, the predilection for rap stars and basketball players as husbands, one thing you can say about them all is that they are grafters.
However, programmes like the Kardashians may be hurting our chances of becoming successful and over at her blog Kirsten Lamb is exploring why…
Our culture has been infected with a disease of distortion, what I’m calling “End-of-the-Rainbow-Thinking.” We can all be guilty of this. We see the mega-best-selling-indie, the New York Times best-selling author, the successful small business, the guy with the big house or the family who lives debt-free and we scope-lock on the end result as if this “success” POOF! erupted from the ether.
Reality television superstars, fluke mega-advances for first-time authors, and lottery-winners only reinforce this Get-Successful-Quick-With-No-Effort-On-Our-Part mindset.
The Kardashian Konundrum
A couple days ago, I was checking out at the grocery store and there is an entire issue of a magazine devoted to Kim Kardashian. Why? What has she contributed other than fodder for the gossip mill? Yet, these are the role models that, whether we like it or not, can infect how we view ourselves, our goals and what we seek to accomplish.
We must be mindful to separate junk food “entertainment” from reality.
America in particular has transformed from a culture that once valued hard work and apprenticeship, to one that elevates the ego, the individual, the “self-made”. Yet, serendipity aside, those who’ve experienced authentic success didn’t uncover some pot of gold at the end of a rainbow….