“What would you do if you were rich and famous?”
What a great cocktail party discussion topic, huh?
I’m sure everyone dreams about what they would do if they had gobs of money and silver screen notoriety.
Now, as you are getting older, do you feel those dreams have passed you by?
Or, have you already made the tough decisions to arrange the priorities in your life to reach your personal and financial goals. If you haven’t yet it is never too late.
Remember, it all starts with the first step………………
Well, today, my fellow Baby Boomers, you will have to indulge me for a while while I have my own little cocktail party and prattle on about the type of person I would be if I were suddenly a member of the jet set elite. I’m not totally sure if I will ever reach that lofty status but I plan to get as close as possible.
And you may be asking yourself why would I be thinking about such a “high-brow” topic on a Monday morning when all I should be thinking about is the drudgery of work like everyone else.
Well, the first thing I did this morning was adding a few newly found birth dates into my phone calendar. Then I ran across my Dad’s birthday on April 20th and it got me to thinking about him. He would have been 96 this year. He passed away 20 years ago. So, how in the hell do I continue to remember his Birthday? Because he shared the same day of birth with one of the richest and most famous men to have ever lived on this planet.
John D. Rockefeller……Nope.
Cornelius Vanderbilt….Nope, wrong again.
Andrew Carnegie……….Sorry, wrong again.
My father shared his Birthday with Adolf Hitler. You know the guy with the “toothbrush” mustache. The leader of the German empire from 1934 to 1945. He initiated World War II and oversaw fascist policies that resulted in millions of deaths of innocent humans.
Sometimes, growing up, I thought my father and Adolf Hitler shared more than just the same day of birth. My father was a tyrant at times. He was a strict disciplinarian and at times resorted to almost devious mental trickery to train, supervise and indoctrinate his children with a drive to be successful in this harsh world.
It was my father’s shared despotism with Adolf Hitler that has always driven me to be successful. Like I said earlier, I may not be there yet but when I am, I’ll be prepared on how to handle it.
TEN THINGS I WOULD DEFINITELY DO IF I WERE RICH AND FAMOUS
1. Hang Out with Rich & Famous People
I would hook up some fun distractions to spend time with people like Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell or Ed O’Neill. There is a whole universe of famous folks that look interesting on TV but are basically unapproachable now because of their celebrity.
If I was rich and famous then maybe I could take in a ballgame with Jim, Dinner with Ed, Las Vegas with Steve or Drinks with Morgan. I would get to know them and if I liked them (and vice verse) I would build an eclectic circle of friends to spend time with.
As they say, you are the average of the ten closest people that you have the most contact with in your life. It would be fun to create that mix up.
2. Develop a Sense of Style
Not that I don’t dress the way I like now but with unlimited time and funds I know I would look and dress differently. I think everyone, with the financial opportunity, would have a singular and defined image that they would display to the world…..don’t you?
In my case, it wouldn’t be too flashy, probably just more stylish, comfortable and timeless.
3. Travel A Lot
I don’t think I would stop traveling. I would visit every part of the world and those places I liked I would revisit. I’m sure there would be a lot more beaches involved in my life.
4. Get a Face-lift
This may sound narcissistic and self absorbed but why not?
I wouldn’t go to the extreme like Michael Jackson or want to develop a plastic face mask like Joan Rivers, Mickey Rourke or Barry Manilow but I definitely would fight tooth and nail to slow down the ravages of age.
A little tuck here and a little lift there just to stay tasteful and attractive.
5. Take Care of Family and Friends
Everyone around me would definitely be better off if I had the resources to make it happen.
Nobody would get spoiled (O, maybe my grandkids would) but I would undeniably make sure that they enjoyed life to the fullest.
6. Work Out More
I would do my best to stay in shape and stay as healthy as possible. It would almost be a necessity since I would be sampling every possible cultural food from wherever I traveled.
I wonder how many different types of hot dogs there are in the world?
7. Be Nicer to People
Sometimes, when you are not so rich and famous you just can’t afford to be nice to everyone. You just don’t have the time or the resources at your disposal.
I would make it a point to let people know how much I appreciate them if they deserve it. It would also be cool to help people help others as well.
There are folks in this world that are truly compassionate and they deserve all of the backing I could give them.
8. Learn an Instrument
I would be satisfied with just learning one but I would love to be able to play them all. Music is the universal language. It is the ultimate artistic expression.
It is direct communication with the Gods.
9. Drive a “Sleeper”
If I was rich and famous I don’t think I would have a lot of “toys” but I am still a man (and a boy at heart) so I know I would definitely have a killer car to drive around in.
It would probably be something from my youth but restored, modified and technologically updated. And it would be understated. As in all things in life, you should never tip you card as to what lies underneath your hood.
10. Spend More Time Alone
With fame and fortune comes issues as well and one of them you hear the most of is the lack of privacy. I would definitely find a way to have my solitude, my quiet time and my own personal freedom, even more than now.
I enjoy my “alone time” and I wouldn’t giver that up for all of the riches in the world.
You know what they say………..Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy you a boat big enough to pull up along side of it !!!
What would you do if you were suddenly rich and famous?
Take a chance and let your fellow Baby Boomers know in the comments section below.
Thanks for following along………..
IELTS Cue Card Sample 197 - A famous person you would like to meet
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
A famous person you would like to meet.
You should say:
- who is he/ she
- why do you want to meet him/ her
- why he is famous
and explain what would you do if you meet him/ her.
In my to-meet list, there are so many famous persons whom I dream to meet and spend some time with. There are several scientists, actors, actress, political leaders, poets, IT specialists, business founders, sports person, writers and journalists in this list but Paulo Coelho is the person whom I would like to meet first.
He is a famous Brazilian lyricist and novelist who has become one of the most widely read authors in the world. I am a great fan of his writing, enjoyed and deeply touched by most of his writing and that's why I want to meet him in person to talk about those stories and to know about the person who actually has got a brilliant way of storytelling.
I read the book 'Alchemist' by him more than once and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an inspiring and thought-provoking book and the writer has been able to tell the story in a fascinating way. This book has been translated into 67 different languages and has got numerous positive and critically acclaimed reviews. I know very little about the man behind this amazing stories and that's why I want to meet him - to know more about him. I place him in a highly esteemed position. I have enjoyed his many books including 'The Alchemist', 'The Valkyries', 'Eleven Minutes', 'The Zahir’ so much that I wanted to meet the person who wrote those truly amazing stories.
Writers are dream-catchers and possess a magical power of blending the truth and imagination to create a story. Storytelling and giving them lives is a very difficult task. Paulo Coelho is a gifted writer who can easily absorb readers' attention to his powerful stories. His books are page-turners and would always make the reader desire read more. I have been so mesmerised by his story that I would like to meet the real person who tells us the stories. I'd like to know his thoughts and opinions on many things and would like to spend some time with one of my favourite writers.
Similar Cue Card Topics
Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:
- Describe a famous sports person you know about.
- Describe a famous celebrity in your country.
- Describe a person you want to spend time with.
Q. How to make a good first impression (informal situation)
Answer: Today I will talk about how to make a good first impression. I will talk about why it is important, and what you can do to help create a good impression when you meet someone for the first time.
There is a saying ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression’! This is true and that is why it is important to make a good first impression. If you make a bad first impression it can be difficult to change in future. When you meet someone for the first time they will form an opinion of you based on how you look, how you behave and what you say. Lots of people are nervous when meeting other people for the first time. If you remember this it will help you to be more confident. Body language is very important. If you smile and look friendly, then most people will smile and be friendly in return. However, in some countries body language can be a bit different. For example, in some cultures you should look someone directly in the eye to be polite, in other cultures, it is rude to make direct eye contact and could be disrespectful. Try to notice how the other person is reacting to you. For example, if they look uncomfortable perhaps you are standing too close, or if they look confused, perhaps they do not understand what you are saying!
If you are meeting someone for the first time in an informal or social situation, then the most important thing is to smile. Think about how you could introduce yourself. You might say your name and what you do, and then ask the other person something about themselves. This can be a great way to start a conversation, people will appreciate it if you are interested in them too. Usually, in informal situations people do not shake hands, they may just nod and say ‘hello’, but if you are not sure what to do, follow the lead of the other person. If they offer out a hand then they are expecting you to shake it. Sometimes people will move forward to hug you at a party even if you have not met them before, then it is OK to hug them back!
If you think about when you have met someone new, try to remember what impression they made on you and why. If they smiled a lot, were friendly and enthusiastic you probably liked them straight away. Try to create that positive first impression with everyone new that you meet and you will find you make lots of new friends and widen your network easily!
( Written by - Lucy Marris )