Lately, I have noticed that too many people don’t just push new or excellent ideas. That their contribution seems rather aimed at enlarging support for themselves.
Politicians, artists, (con artists,) rabbis, you name them; they all seem to have their share of people seeking honor and attention.
Now, of course, without visibility, they would have a hard time bringing their ideas under the public. Self-promotion may be just a tool to promote and spread their ideas. But sometimes it seems the other way around. That ideas are just used to advance one’s name.
How to tell the difference? How can we know if someone brags about supposedly excellent ideas just to get famous, seeks the limelight just to spread good ideas or simply and humbly tries to help by contributing new ideas?
Intuition. That can tell us which is which.
Our inner voice may be drowned out by an adoration of powerful people or by dislike of certain personalities.
So let us be aware of these biases in order to bush them aside. So that we can ask ourselves: Who are just riding the waves of fame (assuming that their recognition makes them chosen representatives to speak for everyone – which it does not) and who try to better the world by promoting new ways to see things, unrelated to benefiting themselves.
For those who are not well-known, there is a second easy way to spot the self-promoters. Try to shake their hand, catch their eye. Is the King willing to glance at his subject or is he your servant, glad to be of assistance?
Integrity and generosity are not dead. They are though often not found the most in the niches of the rich and famous.
Let us promote and support shy people, humble people, generous people. Those are the leaders and models we need most. People who are not just in it for themselves.