I love Henry Rollins.
In my music industry career, I had the chance to meet and interview Henry Rollins on numerous occasions. Over a decade-plus, I had the chance to interview many of the world’s biggest rock stars, but Rollins always intimidated me. It wasn’t the muscles or the tattoos. It wasn’t the punk panic from his work fronting the band Black Flag or his own solo ventures. It was his written and spoken word. He had his own publishing imprint, 2.13.61, and I bought, read, devoured and re-read practically everything he self-published (and the authors that he signed to the imprint as well). I own almost every single CD of spoken word work he put out. Intimidation = massive fanboy. The good news? Rollins never disappointed. He was kind, gracious, well-spoken and professional. I often get asked what it takes to make it in the marketing industry. I think this short and beautiful clip of Rollins sums it up perfectly…
Life lessons from Henry Rollins:
- Always ask yourself: "is this as good as it gets?"
- Life can be tough: a lot of standing on your feet and a lot of taking it from other people with very little to show for it by Friday evening.
- Always look at the ice cream scooper in your life. Trust me, you have one.
- If you walk out today to follow your dream, what will you really be missing?
- Whatever you do: pack your bags and meet the band on the road.
- Life is a lottery.
- Never forget what you have to go back to.
- Say "yes" to everything.
- People like you (and me) fail most of the time.
- It’s not about talent… it’s about tenacity.
- Know where you came from and know what you could wind up going back to.
- Have a plan B, C, D, E, F and G.
- Write everything down twice, show up early, shut up and listen.
- When luck comes your way, take advantage of the opportunity.
- There’s not that many unique stories in our world.
I could watch this video multiple times, every day.