Born to Run
I’m reading renowned rock star, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, “Born to Run”. I decided to read it because when I was young I remember my sister, Kim, coming home from a Bruce Springsteen concert and hearing her talk about how awesome and life changing his concert was to her. She was truly inspired by the event and for some reason her reaction to his concert always intrigued me.
Now that I’m reading his autobiography, I understand now why my sister was impacted by Mr. Springsteen’s concert back in the early 80’s. His story is poetic and truly tragic. His journey, as described by his own words, reminds me of comet descending on earth burning itself out in the process.
Bruce Springsteen’s book is a story of a man trying his best to survive while doing what he truly loves. His life is a series of failures and disappointments on his way to the top of the rock and roll charts with a meteoric rise of fame and fortune only to find himself battling depression and struggling to come to grips with the personal relationships in his life.
Bruce states, “My band just kept playing and rocking night after night. We failed until we didn’t”. Bruce was robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars with a bad recording contract in the beginning of his career. He went broke several times and was homeless while struggling to find his footing in the music business. He failed many times over until he finally found success and even in success, he continues to face failure and disappointment. So, when asked what will he do now, after a successful music career, Bruce simply states, “I will continue to do what I always do, I’ll keeping making records and I’ll keep playing.”
I’m always amazed at how much failure successful people face during their lives when I read their stories. The common trend with all people of success is that they are all failures. They fail, fail, fail, fail, and continue to fail. The difference between them and the rest of us is that they never stop “making records and playing”. The key is to never stop striving towards your purpose and to fail your way to success.
I want to watch Bruce Springsteen perform live, for at the ripe age of 67, he continues to perform 4 hour concerts and to empty his tank for his audience and his music. When I watch recordings of his performances, it’s obvious he’s doing what he was meant to do, despite all the failure in his life, he simply keeps playing. The secret to Bruce Springsteen’s success was that he was willing to face failure repeatedly until one day he didn’t fail and found success. Once he found success, he kept facing failure night in and night out until he found success again. It’s a continuous cycle of failure and success that he continues to struggle and battle with, even today. The cycle never stops. Life wasn’t meant to be experienced from the couch, it was meant to be experienced while running smack into the face of failure. Like Bruce, we’re all born to run, so start running.