What’s up everyone, I’m back. This post is motivated by an observation I have made about the way people place other people on a pedestal. It’s apparent in all walks of life whether the person is a professional athlete, model, or even an everyday person you admire and aspire to be. Today I am going to talk about not only why you shouldn’t place these people on a pedestal but also how it can stunt your personal development.
To use a quick example, I heavily followed the YouTube fitness community between 2012- mid 2014. If you also were also into the community then you know who the major channels were around this time. I have considered myself an expert in getting into shape since 2010, so i mostly watched for the entertainment value and to see if anyone could teach me anything that I didn’t already know. As I watched videos and scrolled through the comments sections of these YouTube personalities I noticed all of them have hardcore fans that basically worship them. If anyone expressed a difference of opinion, they were verbally assaulted and called a “troll”.
I sometimes go to these channels to read the comments, and nothing has changed in 2017. It’s pretty sad, and this mentality isn’t just in the fitness community but also in the sports industry, entertainment industry, and people who are public figures based on their status. These celebrities are put on a figurative pedestal and are worshipped by their followers. A lot of it is due to the social programming aspect of people being trained to look up to people with high status. Another part of it is that most people are not natural leaders and gravitate towards people who demonstrate any hint of being a leader (even if said person has no tangible skills or knowledge).
The reason why you should not put people on a pedestal is that they are humans just like you. They eat, shit, and put on their pants the same as you, the only difference is that they might be better than you in one particular area of life. This doesn’t mean that you can’t develop yourself and become much better than average if you are willing to put in the work.
One thing that people don’t realize is that when you give another man or woman god-like status, it blinds you to the fact that they are not perfect, just like we aren’t.
Think about the professional athletes that take performance enhancing drugs but tell you that they are natural.
Or the people that are cool as long as you worship them but get mad as soon as you call them on their bullshit.
I don’t have to name any names, as I’m sure someone pops into your head as soon as I gave these examples.
I’m not here to bash anyone, whether it is high-status people or those who look up to them. There is a fine line between respecting what someone brings to the table and engaging in mindless hero-worship.
If you ever question whether you ever find yourself in a situation where you are defending said person from something another person says about them, ask yourself, “Am I doing this because the person challenging them is wrong or because I look up to (insert celebrity’s name)”. That will bring awareness to your situation and allow you to reevaluate you mentality.
I’m not saying don’t have mentors or respect the accomplishments of other people, but always do your own research before trusting anything someone tells you. It reminds me of a saying we had in the military “trust but verify”. The phrase sounds corny, but it reminds you that just because someone has been of upstanding character in the past, it doesn’t mean that it’s still the case today.
Anyway, I will have more posts up soon. I’m out.