Everyone has to make up their own minds what is really important to them in life, and why.
Following the Lord, and being obedient to his will may bring recognition, and prominence, but not necessarily. It may bring you much adversity, and loss of the things of this world. No one likes to hear this, but it is the truth.
Paul spoke of it:
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
What did Paul consider the most important thing in life? The next verses answer that question:
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
There is no mention in Paul’s statement of attaining prestige, a great following of people, or doing great deeds. His focus was on drawing close to Jesus, and knowing Him, in all his facets; which will take an eternity to do.
Lastly the greatest goal Paul speaks of is of utmost importance: Is there anything more important than being found worthy to share in the resurrection of the dead to eternal life with Christ in glory?
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
I know of no greater goal in this life, or the next.