It’s nice to think that having an entourage to see to your every need and whim and fulfill your wish for admiration at any time of the night or day will cause you to feel better about yourself, but that’s most likely not true. You may want to think that having others nearby at all times or on call just minutes away shows that you are important and powerful, but that’s not likely to be true either. Just like you, most members of a cortege are out for number one and if you can be used as a stepping stone they’ll do so, even if you really are powerful. The people who make up your following may not even like you, much less adore you and hang upon your every word; and you probably don’t really like or respect your entourage either. An important thing to remember when one finds oneself famous, powerful, or wealthy is that you don’t have to accept all the trappings of the rich and famous, you can keep your own respect and that of others by taking charge of and making your own choices about how you will be living your life. And you can make it clear that that is what you expect from anyone seeking nothing more than friendship from you. Isn’t it better to keep your private self for yourself, than to lose it to a public vision of you?