Young people should be encouraged to pursue long-term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position.

Ask any teacher from a formal education system how they think the desire for fame works for children, and chances are high that they will comment negatively. It is our tradition to value long-term hard work over the pursuit of overnight fame. However with the explosion of information, today’s world has changed, for better or for worse, so I do believe that a wholesale rejection of fame seeking has become an outdated perspective. In fact, what kind of goals one should set really depends on the specific industry he/she is in.

For starters, the reason why old people often advise young people to set a long-term, realistic target is that the desire for immediate success generally leads people to focus on what's on the surface. People may look for shortcuts without trying to improve their critical skills. This is indeed a big problem if you are in a field where expertise and experiences play a crucial part. For example, if you aim to become a leading scientist, it is quite unlikely, if possible at all, to gain fame at a relatively young age. You will have to work in labs for years and accumulate an understanding of your field also it takes years to climb the academic ladder and to become eligible to lead a team of researchers. The goal of becoming a well-established scientist almost always takes decades to achieve.

But the stark contrast can easily be envisioned. In show business everyone seeks immediate recognition. If you don't get recognized, your career is probably going to be a dead end. Look at all those winners from American Idol or Americas Next Top Model. Don’t tell me that they go onto the show to achieve their long-term, realistic goals. They often say that they’ve dreamed years and worked so hard, and that they would do whatever it takes to succeed. No, they didn’t work that hard, at least nothing compared to what one has to do to become a Stephen Hawking or a Roger Federer. See all those fashion bloggers who are followed by millions of fans worldwide. It doesn't take them decades of hard work to succeed What it takes is a beautiful face and the ability to publicize. Should I criticize their life choices I am not even qualified to judge. They have money, and they have influence. They define success in the contemporary world.

I might sound a little cynical. In fact, I am not. Not all fields are like research or entertainment. Most are in the middle, where you need a little of both. Children that want to pursue a career in the business world would be better advised to work hard for a long-term career plan but at the same time learn to promote a better image. The success of Apple is the best illustration. It takes years for its creators to keep updating their products to new heights: we all know how much Apple revolutionizes our conception of IT products. On the other hand, Steve Jobs' showmanship played an equally crucial role in selling Apples idea to hundreds of millions of users worldwide. In this age, you need a catchy image to attract customers and investors; but in the long run, a fascinating business concept needs to be backed up by truly exceptional products. This balance indeed reflects the two kinds of goals a future business leader needs to set.

Overall our modern world is a diverse space with different philosophies. One should not believe that successful people are all the same. Instead, for young people to succeed, what they really need is to know who they are and what they want. These understandings are essential when they set goals for their future.

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