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.