Yesterday evening, my sister-in-law arrived collecting bits for children living on the streets. By kids, I mean teenagers, many still at school, and by bits, I mean food, basic cosmetics and the necessary to survive a night in the cold. Then on the TV comes X Factor.
Harv Eker, author of “The Millionaire Mind”, famously said, “No-one ever became a millionaire watching X Factor”. In reality, no-one ever did anything while watching X Factor.
How many hours do we each spend each week doing nothing other than being intoxicated by the media? While we watch other people that the media present to us as icons of success, many of us watch and wish that we were as famous or as rich. Yet when we are watching the box, we are not doing the things that would give us the very things that we desire.
Katie Price is not my favourite person. However shallow her media presentation, she may be a deep soul in other areas of her life; it cannot be denied that she works very, very hard to be, and to get, all that she is and has. If the people that followed her as her fans put as much energy into their own lives as they do following her, they might find their own success.
Karl Marx suggested that, “Religion is the opiate of the people”, that religion served to keep people quiet, acquiescent and in order. I suspect that currently television and the media have taken the place of religion as the social drug that numbs the senses of the public so that most of us do very little. When we live our lives through icons on the screen, rather than investing our time and energy in our own existence, nothing changes; we achieve very little, and often feel that our lives are not all that we want them to be.
Success at any level of life takes commitment and time, and consistent and persistent action. No-one ever changed the world watching X Factor.