I like to think of fame and recognition as by-products of two elements: authenticity and luck. This is also probably the healthiest way of thinking about fame. Fame should be looked at not as the end goal, but a consequence of our efforts.

My first duty as an artist and a general human being is to be authentic. In fact, that is the only thing I can control. While I could try to be more intentional about my work so I get to reach more people, there is always luck involved in such endeavor, and I am not sure it is something I really want to do.

Being authentic already takes a lot of time. I no longer have time to be more intentional about being more popular. I need to focus on what brings Ginhawa. I am not sure I want the spotlight. I don’t enjoy it. If I can surround myself with wonderful people, engage in meaningful work, and maintain a healthy body, I am okay with a low profile.

This is tiago forte’s advice too. Instead of broadcasting on a public that won’t listen to you, find a niche, a community that you can contribute to and do what you can to contribute in that community.

Aspire for mild success instead of wild success.


Forte, T. (2021, March 15). Welcome to Renaissance 2.0. Forte Labs. https://fortelabs.co/blog/welcome-to-renaissance-2/