I believe every person has something valuable to do that could benefit many. I also believe that every person gets that itch to share what he or she has. What sets it apart is when and how it becomes valuable to many. Not all, just many.
Topping the charts used to be a measure of status quo. Respect used to be based on rank or position or prestigious titles. People salute you when you have it.
Thank God things have changed.
Nowadays, respect is more transparently visible from doing things that many can benefit from. You don't have to be the CEO or a high ranking person in an organization. It helps though. You get a good leverage there. But what's more important and really matters is what good you've done for many.
Make meaning first. Reward always comes after. Of course there's always a question of when.