fame

What is fame really?

Depends on who you talk to. If I ask my sister (whose not even 16), she would imagine dressed up pretty (lil) dresses..heading to the clubs where everyone knows (and adores her of course) her name. Well lil sis…don’t grow up too quick :)

“Adakah anda giler glamor?”

Thats a question I get asked a lot lately. Am I? No! Sure its nice to be known and recognized but I’d rather it be for something I accomplished and am given credibility for. But I definitely am not complaining…trust me the perks ain’t bad.

Trust me, fame is cheap. Nowadays any joe-schmo or mak minah can be a model, actress etc. But lets keep it real people, just because you graced a cover of a magazine doesn’t make you a super star. I not big on those “macam bagus” people.

Humility is important.

For me fame is just a kesan sampingan (side effect) of being good at what you do. Its not your goal to be famous but it just so happens. Think of the people like Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Bill Clinton, Oprah, Dr M etc these are extremely famous people but, for sure, they are not giler glamour. They are passionate about their ambitions, dreams and goals! People take notice but it doesn’t change who they are as individuals, their character remains.

Adakah glamor akan influence diri anda?

Well for those giler glamor, most probably as they can now finally attune their lifestyle. For others that are comfortable with who they are, famous or not, it doesn’t change them a single bit.

I have great respect for people that achieve so called fame or success but retain their humility and respect for others. End of the day, people are people. We all have our imperfections.

Personally, I dont fancy fame. Glamor tu tak ke mana ;)

Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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  • Syafique

    The moral of the story is…our brother here (Kevin) will still be the same person as he is after his AF4 stint. :D

  • Syafique

    The moral of the story is…our brother here (Kevin) will still be the same person as he is after his AF4 stint. :D

  • THE HONOURABLE SHAH

    fame will take you nowhere if you’re stupid. harsh…but that’s the reality.

  • THE HONOURABLE SHAH

    fame will take you nowhere if you’re stupid. harsh…but that’s the reality.

  • KinkyPugKevin

    Ok la cun. I like you already. I am constantly bitching about famous people around me. I’ll put you aside, i hope, when i start bitching again.Well done. ;)

  • KinkyPugKevin

    Ok la cun. I like you already. I am constantly bitching about famous people around me. I’ll put you aside, i hope, when i start bitching again.

    Well done. ;)

  • Muid Latif

    I thought you look familiar.

  • Muid Latif

    I thought you look familiar.

  • Kevin Zahri

    mr muid latif! It has been a while.

  • Kevin Zahri

    mr muid latif! It has been a while.

  • Xis

    Hi Kev. Good topic to discuss, indeed! Fame is actually very subjective. But to me, I can categorize it into 2 categories. One is the one that you earn, and another if of course, the one that you look for. For the first one, fame that you earn actually comes without you having to look for it. Normally this kind of fame comes when something we did gets recognition from the public. Depending on whom you are (artistes, politicians, etc), the kind of fame you get will actually and relatively last for as long as your work and accomplishment get recognized. This group of people is the one that we can say “tak giler glamor”. They are just being passionate in what they do, and comes what may, it will never change the person they are – not a single bit! The second group of people actually aims fame in their life just to get other people notice of their existence. It’s not what they do or contribute that matters to them, it’s them themselves. They just love being admired and recognized by other people. They tend to do things even though it’s silly in the eyes of others, as long as they get the attention. The more controversial it might get, the better he or she feels. But, unfortunately, this sort of fame is purely a negative one. It doesn’t help people to grow up. Instead it can be very destructive and disgraceful. In contrast to the first group, this one is the group of people who are crazy for fame. Can we call them weirdo?Taking you for example, I honestly believe the fame you are enjoying now is what you actually earn from what you have worked for. When public starts to recognize your contribution, talent or skills, they will talk about it. When they do, their word of mouth is powerful that it makes other people that have never heard about you want to know more about you. This is actually good for you and in fact, for the business that you are running now. I think if you are “giler glamor” you wouldn’t have waited till AF4 to be recognized, right? In fact, I believe you do not need AF4 to be a platform to be glamor if that’s what you aim for. So, don’t worry about what other people say negatively about you. You should know who you really are well enough, and in fact better than other people.All the best to you!p/s: of all we know, some people might think that we’re “giler glamor” for writing this blog. :-)

  • Xis

    Hi Kev. Good topic to discuss, indeed! Fame is actually very subjective. But to me, I can categorize it into 2 categories. One is the one that you earn, and another if of course, the one that you look for.

    For the first one, fame that you earn actually comes without you having to look for it. Normally this kind of fame comes when something we did gets recognition from the public. Depending on whom you are (artistes, politicians, etc), the kind of fame you get will actually and relatively last for as long as your work and accomplishment get recognized. This group of people is the one that we can say “tak giler glamor”. They are just being passionate in what they do, and comes what may, it will never change the person they are – not a single bit!

    The second group of people actually aims fame in their life just to get other people notice of their existence. It’s not what they do or contribute that matters to them, it’s them themselves. They just love being admired and recognized by other people. They tend to do things even though it’s silly in the eyes of others, as long as they get the attention. The more controversial it might get, the better he or she feels. But, unfortunately, this sort of fame is purely a negative one. It doesn’t help people to grow up. Instead it can be very destructive and disgraceful. In contrast to the first group, this one is the group of people who are crazy for fame. Can we call them weirdo?

    Taking you for example, I honestly believe the fame you are enjoying now is what you actually earn from what you have worked for. When public starts to recognize your contribution, talent or skills, they will talk about it. When they do, their word of mouth is powerful that it makes other people that have never heard about you want to know more about you. This is actually good for you and in fact, for the business that you are running now. I think if you are “giler glamor” you wouldn’t have waited till AF4 to be recognized, right? In fact, I believe you do not need AF4 to be a platform to be glamor if that’s what you aim for. So, don’t worry about what other people say negatively about you. You should know who you really are well enough, and in fact better than other people.

    All the best to you!

    p/s: of all we know, some people might think that we’re “giler glamor” for writing this blog. :-)

  • Kevin Zahri

    well said Xis! yeah people sometime also never actually realize how lil Malaysian artists get paid. kesian them also lah….let are so called “glamore” (gile or not) but don’t have much to show for it.

  • Kevin Zahri

    well said Xis! yeah people sometime also never actually realize how lil Malaysian artists get paid. kesian them also lah….let are so called “glamore” (gile or not) but don’t have much to show for it.

  • Xis

    Kev, agreed! Our artistes get paid very little. Only a few get very good paid such as Datuk Sharifah Aini, Siti Nurhaliza just to name a few. But believe it or not, some of those who get paid very little tend to be in my second group who looks for fame just to get people’s attention. But do they succeed in their career? I honestly doubt it. Gosh! If it’s true, isn’t that feeble?Have a good day!

  • Xis

    Kev, agreed! Our artistes get paid very little. Only a few get very good paid such as Datuk Sharifah Aini, Siti Nurhaliza just to name a few. But believe it or not, some of those who get paid very little tend to be in my second group who looks for fame just to get people’s attention. But do they succeed in their career? I honestly doubt it. Gosh! If it’s true, isn’t that feeble?

    Have a good day!

  • EibNeau

    Fame (even small one) sucks when people starts to throw assumptions without any proof / source. Fame sucks when the famed one couldn’t be themselves anymore. Fame sucks when people around starts to treat the famed one differently. Fame also sucks when others place a high expactation on the famed one. Basically, if you’re in my shoes, fame sucks, for now…

  • EibNeau

    Fame (even small one) sucks when people starts to throw assumptions without any proof / source. Fame sucks when the famed one couldn’t be themselves anymore. Fame sucks when people around starts to treat the famed one differently. Fame also sucks when others place a high expactation on the famed one. Basically, if you’re in my shoes, fame sucks, for now…

  • si jena comel

    i lagi rela tengok si kevin pandai jadi cikgu fitness, dari abang bodybuilder-aku-macho-tengok-aku mana entah yang tak tahu hujung pangkal. kan?

  • si jena comel

    i lagi rela tengok si kevin pandai jadi cikgu fitness, dari abang bodybuilder-aku-macho-tengok-aku mana entah yang tak tahu hujung pangkal. kan?

  • wan

    i saw u kat diari today.. nampak nervous je.. tak real sangat.. hehe.. btw ur malay is not bad at all, tapi apasal ur loghat mcm indian plak? anyway, good job so far..

  • wan

    i saw u kat diari today.. nampak nervous je.. tak real sangat.. hehe.. btw ur malay is not bad at all, tapi apasal ur loghat mcm indian plak? anyway, good job so far..

  • Nic

    Til I saw u in the diary AF today, I can’t help but wonder, are u the guy whom I see all the time in FF Summit???? AAahhh.. if it is u, then maybe I won’t get to see u working out again coz u are so popular now. Sorry if I am wrong.

  • Nic

    Til I saw u in the diary AF today, I can’t help but wonder, are u the guy whom I see all the time in FF Summit???? AAahhh.. if it is u, then maybe I won’t get to see u working out again coz u are so popular now. Sorry if I am wrong.

  • azroul

    hi kev, i’m new to ur blog n i admire ur thots and the way u state ur opinions. so honest n straight to the point. keep it up bro!

  • azroul

    hi kev, i’m new to ur blog n i admire ur thots and the way u state ur opinions. so honest n straight to the point. keep it up bro!

  • Xis

    Eibneau – that’s right! But like it or not, that’s the price one must pay for being famous. Their private life has somehow become public’s interest. Every movement attracts others’ attention. Take Princess Diana for example. She lost her own privacy as result of being famous and glamorous. And though she has passed away, people are still keen to encroach her personal and private matters in the past. Do you think she rests in peace right now? Hmm..I believe, Kevin will also lose some (if not all) of his privacy as a result of this fame. But I also believe and hope that he knows how to handle this situation. Some people may lose perspective of whom they are, but I have faith that Kevin will still be the person he is, and not easily get influenced by an overwhelming attention from the public. Not only Kevin, but in fact, those who have a strong willpower will manage to go through any tests in life.All the best…

  • Xis

    Eibneau – that’s right! But like it or not, that’s the price one must pay for being famous. Their private life has somehow become public’s interest. Every movement attracts others’ attention.

    Take Princess Diana for example. She lost her own privacy as result of being famous and glamorous. And though she has passed away, people are still keen to encroach her personal and private matters in the past. Do you think she rests in peace right now? Hmm..

    I believe, Kevin will also lose some (if not all) of his privacy as a result of this fame. But I also believe and hope that he knows how to handle this situation. Some people may lose perspective of whom they are, but I have faith that Kevin will still be the person he is, and not easily get influenced by an overwhelming attention from the public. Not only Kevin, but in fact, those who have a strong willpower will manage to go through any tests in life.

    All the best…

  • EibNeau

    Exactly. Free things = Don’t exist (except air maybe).

  • EibNeau

    Exactly. Free things = Don’t exist (except air maybe).

  • Pixie

    Kevin, what a big surprise that u are in the famous reality show (always read bout ur article…). Anyway, good to know that famous to you is ‘doesn’t matter’.Good job man..Hope to see u in AF5,AF6,AF7,AF8,AF9,AF10……..AF100

  • Pixie

    Kevin, what a big surprise that u are in the famous reality show (always read bout ur article…). Anyway, good to know that famous to you is ‘doesn’t matter’.

    Good job man..Hope to see u in AF5,AF6,AF7,AF8,AF9,AF10……..AF100

  • Kevin Zahri

    hey everyone. thanks for the feedback and support. apologies for not having updated the blog lately…its been a crazy last few weeks.

  • Kevin Zahri

    hey everyone. thanks for the feedback and support. apologies for not having updated the blog lately…its been a crazy last few weeks.

  • Kevin Zahri

    nampak nervous? hahahahahah….I cuba talk like a cikgu kot…but end of the day the personal touch is much better.Actually we’re waiting for the fitness equipment to arrive than the real fun can begin ;)Also that weekend….I only got like 10hours (over 3 days) sleep….i was basically running on adrenaline

  • Kevin Zahri

    nampak nervous? hahahahahah….
    I cuba talk like a cikgu kot…but end of the day the personal touch is much better.

    Actually we’re waiting for the fitness equipment to arrive than the real fun can begin ;)

    Also that weekend….I only got like 10hours (over 3 days) sleep….i was basically running on adrenaline

  • Xis

    Kev, 10 hours of sleep over 3 days? That can easily “corrupt” your mind and make you feel wobbly/groggy. Make sure you get some sleep when you really have time for that. Plus, it’s not good to drive if you’re sleepy. You know that, right? Take care!

  • Xis

    Kev, 10 hours of sleep over 3 days? That can easily “corrupt” your mind and make you feel wobbly/groggy. Make sure you get some sleep when you really have time for that. Plus, it’s not good to drive if you’re sleepy. You know that, right?

    Take care!

  • wan

    hehe.. its good to see that at least u spend time updating ur blog.. i see that u r getting better everyday.. btw, u ni dah jadi psychologist plak.. good 4 u.. i hope to see those kids do some physical workout.. kasi tough and fit sikit. aku tengok agak lembik je diorang tu.. asyik sakit je.. hehe

  • wan

    hehe.. its good to see that at least u spend time updating ur blog.. i see that u r getting better everyday.. btw, u ni dah jadi psychologist plak.. good 4 u.. i hope to see those kids do some physical workout.. kasi tough and fit sikit. aku tengok agak lembik je diorang tu.. asyik sakit je.. hehe

  • L.A.L.A

    fame is madonna, success is mother theresa. please be well informed. hehe~

  • L.A.L.A

    fame is madonna, success is mother theresa. please be well informed. hehe~

  • L.A.L.A – well said ;)

  • L.A.L.A – well said ;)