How important is status?

Matt Cardle dramatically increased his status in many eyes last Sunday. He went from ignominy to X Factor champion in just a few weeks.

You could say his status went up rather! With 19.4 millon people watching him, he was voted most popular singer out of many thousands who applied.

Financially he should do well too. By winning he also won a £1m recording contract. Certainly if his voice is anything to go by he should do exceptionally well.

Matt has an exquisite voice, combining a distinctive upper register with an emotional engagement with his audience. It could be a lucrative combination.

But how does he feel about his new found success? “Weird!” was one word he used.

But money, fame, success; what do they offer? Will his new-found status deliver the results we might expect for him?

One key thing to get right it seems, is to discover and know who we are.

A strong sense of identity is the backbone of a resilient career.

Without this backbone, many have fallen astray. Either they have been tarnished by success, or “success” has eluded them.

For most of us non-X Factor-winners, there is often more contentment in discovering and being who we are than in always seeking to be someone else.

So, for example, some X Factor finalists have gone on to discover their own success, despite being runners-up. Some X Factor winners have become quite unsuccessful.

For me status is a fickle fan. Greatness is a better aspiration.

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About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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One Response to How important is status?

  1. Kurtis McFadden says:

    Hey Steven, I found this really interesting because it showed how quickly you can become famous if you have a skill that people like, and is entertaining. Also I have always wondered what the show X-factor is and now I know that it is a show, that is kind of like American Idol for people in the UK. Thanks, Kurtis

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