The societal definitions of fame and success have changed a lot since our parents were our age. Due to the rise of social media and the internet, stardom and wealth can be attained simply by uploading funny videos or finding the perfect aesthetic for an Instagram page. And as Steve Angello wrote in a passionate rant on his own page last week, “…we lift idiots and support nonsense, we don’t have the values and respect our parents and their parents had towards each-other.”

The kind of disrespect that Angello described in the post is something that he said will lead to kids growing up in darkness and disappointment. The kind of inspiration that our parents once had for living good lives and pursuing innovation, he said, is the same inspiration that our generation directs towards getting rich and becoming famous. Because quick money appears to be so easily attainable nowadays, Angello said that people have forgotten what it takes to reach true success.

“The sacrifice, the hours, the hard truth of being successful.”

He pointed to his own achievements in music and business, saying that no matter what kinds of obstacles or heartbreak he encounters on his path, he has learned to keep pushing and striving forward. A call to action is given at the end of his post, urging readers to do what’s right, for the kids.

Read the full post below.

I've had a couple of days to reflect on the world as I see it. We have created a place that we think is ideal for success and fortune but we've forgotten how the world we ware brought up in was created, lots of people don't respect the people that built our space, and the kids that will grow up in the place we created will be either disappointed or overshadowed by darkness, we lift idiots and support nonsense, we don't have the values and respect our parents and their parents had towards each-other, we value money and fame as they valued life and innovation, most of the people I know want to become rich before thinking how many incredible things you can build to get there, people forget what it takes! The sacrifice, the hours, the hard truth of being successful. It's easy to see someone and say "I want to be like that" without having any idea of the struggle or background to the story. I've built companies, I've built careers, I've written my own story and created my own history, I've achieved greatness, I've become rich, I've lost friends, i have made some amazing friend, I've wasted time, had the best time of my life, I've crashed, I've failed, I've fallen, but I always get up! I always wake up with a calm of knowing no matter what I'll always survive! Nothing can stop me! My vision is harder than solid rock, my strength will break any fall, and my heart will survive any heartbreak! With all that said – please think about the future of our kids! Do what's right! – for them! Not us! We'll change the world! Not alone but together! So it doesn't matter if it all burns today cause with the power of unity we can kill any fire! Much Love S—A

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