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Maslow, in his theory of need, subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity and developmental psychology, some of which focused on describing the stages of growth in humans.
The main focus of this article revolves around the concept of esteemed needs. Esteem needs are ego needs or status needs which make people develop an interest in getting recognition, status, importance, and respect from others. There are people in which the only activities that gives them any sense of contribution or value is by engaging in a profession or hobby that ultimately rewards with the desired recognition.
Most people have a need for stable self-respect and self-esteem and Maslow’ theory has captured the two versions of esteem needs: a “lower” version and a “higher” version. The “lower” version of esteem is the need for respect from others. This may include a need for status, recognition, fame, prestige, and attention. The “higher” version manifests itself as the need for self-respect.
Studies have shown that, at certain stages in an individual’s life (both general life and career), One hits a stage where it is almost impossible not to fall into either of these categories as one struggles to define the motive and purpose behind our actions, intentions and needs.
Last week, the Match for Africa 6 was hosted in South Africa courtesy of Roger Federer’s foundation. In the presence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Trevor Noah, Bill Gates and all the Cape Town Stadium, the crowd raised $ 3.5 million, and the new record of 51.954 was recorded for a single tennis match. Beyond the media hype and buzz, this was a rare effort from a billionaire player who founded his foundation in 2003, and has since raised $40 million and hit its goal of educating one million children in Africa by the end of 2018.
As an accomplished player, Roger Federer has worked hard to have his name on top the list of the movers and shakers in sports. Even as he currently holds the position of the highest paid tennis player in the world, he has somehow found purpose in not just establishing a foundation but one that impacts positively on the haves-not in the society.
Akon, the successful and accomplished Senegalese-American musician also made a massive decision to carry the weight of charitable giving for his home community. His foundation, Akon Lighting Africa, provides education and training to African workers in installing and maintaining solar panels. A school has been created to teach young members of the community the power of solar and how to properly maintain the equipment needed to harness it. Famous player, Didier Drogba, has also made a positive mark in his home country, Ivory Coast. From playing a spearheading role in ending a five-year civil war to establishing his foundation which aims at providing financial and material support in both health and education to people in Africa.
Moving ahead, giving back to the poor and the society at large, should be a core part of the lives of billionaires and celebrities. On September 3, 2018, we published on this blog, the importance of making impact with our surpluses and as much as the tendency for the growth of esteem needs in man. Its imperative to always understand that our humanity lies in raising others. This is what our society should replicate and live for. If you become an accomplished businessman, celebrity or billionaire at any level, endeavor to give back to the vulnerable in the society. Enough of giveaways aimed at feeding recognition and popularity. Ensure to do more and encourage others to do things that would touch lives of others with the amount of wealth amassed. Indeed, a man should not be taught how to spend his money, but for the sake of generations and the inequality life is made of, humanity should be at the forefronts of our hearts. So while our esteemed need of having a degree of influence is being satisfied, the esteem needs of those who don’t have is also met. This way, we make humanity thrive.