On Being Famous to Almost No One
Robert Hoekman, Jr
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For the past six years, I have been flown all over the world, put up in great hotels, fed great dinners, introduced to amazing people, offered a microphone, and paid for taking it. And this has been great; I won’t lie. But this microcosmic form of fame comes with baggage just like that other, much bigger kind, and I have learned just how bad things can get when you claim a spot at the cool kids’ table for all the wrong reasons.
This book is not about how to develop your professional career, nor about the low art of self-promotion. It’s the story of my experience with nano-celebrity, and a reflection on what I learned in the process. It’s a story of professional success, personal failure, and soul-searching redemption. While teaching a man to fish is certainly more valuable than giving him one, the real value is in the story of how you learned not to jab yourself with the hook.
This is the story of my jabbing myself with the hook.
I wrote it in 30 days, between April 1 and April 30, 2011.