Fame vs. Greatness

By | October 22, 2007

One of my favorite authors is Erwin Raphael McManus. I had the privilege of hearing him teach at a leadership conference last Friday, and wanted to pass along one bit of wisdom he shared with the audience:

Fame is what you do for yourself. Greatness is what you do for others.

Fame is fleeting, but greatness is forever.

Fame can come quickly, but greatness takes time.

Fame can come easily, but greatness takes effort.

Fame can be inherited, but greatness must be earned.

Fame may get your name inscribed on a sidewalk, but greatness gets your memory inscribed on someone’s heart.

Which one are you pursuing?