There is nothing more fascinating than the topic of namedropping in order to amaze others with the company that we keep. I can’t even count on my fingers how many times I have heard so and so’s Name being dropped in conversations or meetings. You know who I’m talking about. The Names are the people that have made it, have been accepted by society and rewarded for the work that they do.
The question that I inevitably come back to every time is this: By dropping someone’s name, are we hoping to validate our decisions or wishing that the other person will immediately accept what we say because we know The Name?
I’ve tried dropping names before and it’s often met with a blank look reading, “Who is that? Am I supposed to know them?” Oops, I guess I don’t understand how to properly namedrop.
If you are namedropping out of insecurity, hoping that you will be validated because of your friends, it’s time to pay a visit to your therapist because that is not healthy. If you are doing it because you want a taste of their fame, they will see right through you for the sycophant that you are. However, if you are doing it to include them in your life, then you are a wonderful person and that is why they are your friend.
By all means, drop The Name every chance you get. But remember, most people don’t know who the heck you are talking about and are just being polite when they say, “Oh yeah, I know them, they’re great!”