He must have passed this on to his son, for Solomon wrote: “A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold” Proverbs 22: 1.
Seeing as the Lord Jesus wasn't too impressed with those that other people looked up to, what was His definition of ‘greatness'?
"And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory... And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.
But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 35-45
James the Apostle had this to write about Biblical greatness:
“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him,
Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith ...” James 2: 1-5
I am persuaded that the greats of this world are not necessarily the dignitaries, though some of them may very well be great indeed. It is possible that the majority of great men and women may well be those who are unnoticed and overlooked.