This headline could have read something entirely different had Whitney Houston learned to tap into, and explore her inner strength which would have caused her to push through all of her life’s challenges. Instead of the headlines reading what is stated above, imagine the headlines reading; Whitney Houston killed it at the Grammy Awards Show. Wow, everyone would be searching the internet to hear her sing and dazzle the audience with her voice. Could her death have been avoided? Yes!
“Few people ever come close to exhausting the resources dwelling within them during their lifetime.”
~Dr. Mikel Brown
Many people who experience fame and fortune allow their gifts to define them and others to give them their sense of identity. There are famous and infamous athletes, artist, and movie stars who make millions of dollars during their career and end up broke long before the end of their life. Movie stars are often jumping from one bed scene to another bad marriage. These people are oftentimes in the news for all the wrong reasons. From tax issues, to spousal abuse, to driving under the influence of alcohol, the problems only seem to mount as their fortunes slowly dwindle over the watchful eye of a Machiavellian accountant.
Is there a curse attached to fame and fortune, or are its constituents unaware of the pitfalls that accompany it? There is nothing wrong with fame or fortune. However, being ill prepared for what can come with it, usually sweeps people away like a tsunami. The music and movie industry, to include professional sports, are focused only on taking the average Joe who may have a wonderful singing voice or an ability to transform self into a particular character, and reinvent them to maximize the profits of corporations and producers.
Your strength is bolted inside of you knowing who you really are, not in who you are trying to become. There are deep wells of strength that are never tapped because most people have no clue how to locate them and pull from them. Just think of some of the most talented and loved personalities in the last decade…how they died or lived:
- Andy Gibb died 1988 drug overdose
- Marilyn Monroe August 5, 1962 overdosed on Pentobarbital and Chloral Hydrate (sleeping pills)
- Dorothy Dandridge died September 8, 1965 of antidepressant overdose.
- Jimi Hendrix Date: September 18, 1970 died of a drug overdose.
- Freddie Prinze on January 29, 1977, a young 22-year-old comedian, shot himself.
- Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 died from prescription drug overdose.
- Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli died April 2, 1998 of overdose (rumored to be methadone).
- Mike Tyson burned through a reported $300 million he earned during his boxing career.
- Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s longtime sidekick defaulted on a $4.8 million dollar home loan prior death.
- Evander Holyfield made and lost over $200 million during his illustrious career.
- George Clinton filed for bankruptcy in 1984 and was swindled by his record company. It was estimated that he was cheated out of royalties to the tune of $100 million!
- Willie Nelson declared bankruptcy in 1990 and claimed to owe the IRS $16.7 million.
- Corey Haim was reduced to trying to sell his teeth and hair on eBay.
- Billie Holiday was arrested on her deathbed for drug possession. She died with 70 cents in her bank account.
When you lose your identity, you lose your strength, and when you lose your strength, you lose your life. Before you were a person, you were given your purpose. Purpose is the inner strength that one has in knowing who they really are. Therefore, before the glamour and fame, before the wealth and riches, and before becoming the expert in your field that everyone now considers you, you were that young ordinary person who thought of just living the life you have and enjoying it.
It is okay to desire to achieve your greatest aspiration, but never at the expense of losing your life. In life, aim high; in achievement, stay low!
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