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“Are you just, like, so happy all the time?” This is the question a fellow actor put to Josh Radnor when he scored the leading role on the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother. Radnor’s answer – no – is unsurprising to anyone familiar with the concept of the hedonistic treadmill. Rather than leading him to profound new states of ecstasy, the show’s success actually did the opposite. getAbstract recommends Radnor’s insights to those in the public eye, regardless of the size of their sphere of influence. If you consider the megaphone that is social media, that’s nearly everyone.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How actor Josh Radnor dealt with the challenges of fame,
  • Why it can be beneficial to expose yourself to criticism and
  • How social media give people the opportunity to be “contagiously good.”

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Actor Josh Radnor played the leading role of Ted on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother.



Josh Radnor discovered his love of acting at age 16. Years of school plays, improv groups and acting apprenticeships strengthened his commitment to the craft. Though he planned to become a New York stage actor, he landed the lead role on the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother and moved to Los Angeles. Most actors imagine that that level of fame would solve all their problems. For Radnor, success exaggerated his insecurities and magnified his awareness of his personal flaws. He found himself growing more depressed – and drinking more – as his show grew in popularity. When he was pulled over and barely passed a Breathalyzer test, he had to take a step back and choose what kind of celebrity he wanted to be. He decided to strive to be one who stayed “sane and creative and energized and employed.” Fame, he realized, can present tremendous opportunities for personal growth.

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