Have you ever looked to a celebrity or famous person and felt like you know them?
Ever have a hero worship thing happening?
A few months ago I told you about the person who sat next to me at a Book Talk hosted by Eugene and Dan Levy…https://wakinguponthewrongsideof50.com/2022/02/17/rabid/. Not long after I posted this, I was watching Guy’s Chance of a Lifetime on Food Network. (Hi- I’m LA and I’m addicted to food competition shows- even the below average ones)
The show was hosted by the uber popular Guy Fieri, and the concept was that he would bring in a group of people, and every week he would evaluate their performance on various tasks regarding cooking, marketing and owning a fast casual restaurant. There would be no weekly eliminations- but everyone would get evaluated and given scores, and the score would accumulate week to week. The winner of the competition would be the one with the highest score. The prize was a Chicken Guy franchise.
But to get that prize you had to be able to accept some harsh criticism if you made a blunder. Here’s my keys to success:
- Try new things
- It’s ok to make a mistake
- If you make a mistake you must own it
- If someone critiques you, you must listen with open ears
- Learn from your mistakes
- Move on
Now back to our scheduled programming:
So guy had a contestant on the show. She was quite good at a lot of things. She was also that teacher’s pet sort of personality- she liked raising her hand and getting the gold star.
One episode she had an epic fail.
Fails happen. People make mistakes or use poor judgement or just don’t think things out properly. This happens to everyone.
But her fail was really one of entitlement. She got mad because no one on Guy’s staff would “help” her. She was in the weeds on a challenge- but for some reason she thought she was entitled to help that the other contestants didn’t receive… She stormed and huffed…
She especially stormed and huffed when Guy called her on the entitlement…
She said something along the lines of – Doesn’t Guy know that he’s my idol? (apologies- I couldn’t get the direct quote because I accidentally deleted the episode before I got the quote and I refuse to pay for HULU premium)
Just because someone is your “hero”, does that mean they should give you special treatment? That they should excuse your flubs because you mean so much to them?
Is hero worship a thing that we should give a hard pass?
Has celebrity worship gone too far?
Do we forget that no matter how famous one is, they’re still human at the core?