We get so caught up in the scandal is surrounding celebrities that we forget that sometimes there are positive and valuable lessons that we can learn from them, including about success. There are numerous lessons to be learned, but here are a few that are worth keeping in mind.
1. One can get over a divorce
Celebrity divorces of very public and seem all too common. While we can read a great deal about the divorces if we want to, including details should have been kept out of the public eye, but we often don’t notice when the individuals involved manage to put their lives back together again and show us that there is life—even love—after divorce.
2. Addictions are a lifelong battle
We hear and read about the struggles many celebrities have with various substances, and are quick to gossip when they fall off the wagon or go back to drugs. We lose sight of is how very hard it is to conquer addiction; there is no quick fix. We can apply this lesson and be more supportive and tolerant of someone we know who has this kind of struggle on their hands.
3. Guard your tongue
Whether you are making a statement, tweeting, or posting to social media be careful what you say. There have been several incidents of celebrities getting themselves into serious trouble of one sort or another because of things they said in unguarded moments or because they lacked judgment.
4. Take responsibility for your life and actions
We can learn this lesson from celebrities who have taken responsibility and from those who haven’t. Looking at what has happened to the lives and careers of those in either group teaches life lessons we can all use.
5. Make a difference to those around you
There are a lot of celebrities out there who are goodwill ambassadors for various causes or are high profile supporters of initiatives of one kind or another. For some people, the celebrities go about making significant contributions to human beings, communities, our planet, and the advancement of technology in a quiet and low-key way are perhaps more admirable than those who make a lot of noise about it and ensure that there are plenty of photo ops involved. These celebrities remind us that we are part of an increasingly small and globalized world with limited resources and facing numerous problems but that we can make a difference.
So, the next time you reading the gossip pages, tweets, social media, or chatting with friends, keep in mind that celebrities have several functions in our lives and that we can learn from them in addition to aspiring to be like them, or criticizing them, or just admiring their skills.