So, there was this guy who became kind of a heavy metal god. He sold over 38 million records and was worshiped by both audiences and fellow musicians alike. And yet, if you take what this guy has said in interviews over the last several decades seriously, he’s still miserable. The reason for this misery occurred long, long, ago (back in the 80’s). He was in another band then. And this guy was tossed out of the group almost the very moment they got their first record deal. The incident so pissed him off that he vowed revenge. In fact, he swore he would form his own group and show how untalented his former bandmates actually were. There was one problem with this. His former bandmates were these guys…
In case you don’t recognize them, all young and gangly and trying so hard to look tough, that’s Metallica. A group that would go on to become one of the best selling rock bands of all time. So, where does that leave Dave Mustaine, the heavy metal god we were talking about? If he believes his own shit, still bitter and angry as hell because he, obviously, hasn’t shown up Metallica as being losers. Even with all his money and success, Mustaine somehow managed to find a way to make sure he still feels like a failure, every single day. What an idiot.
This very same bitter guitar god story was used in Mark Manson’s book, THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK. He used it to make a major point. If the metric for judging success is wrong, failure is guaranteed. This is true in both business and life. It’s a good example of how Manson’s book makes its points so entertaining and clear. This is coming from a guy who loathes, and I mean, loathes most self-help books.
Normally, I find self-help books are not a just a waste of time, they are pretentious, stupid, and just tell people what they want to hear. I really do hate them. It’s only after a number of people I knew, and trusted, said that that this particular book was worthwhile that I finally got around to it. There was nothing in there that was groundbreaking or new. It was all common sense and totally obvious, after the fact. But being reminded of those things, every once in a while, is no bad thing. Just as importantly, it had a couple of damn entertaining stories in it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go listen to some Megadeth.
*please note, I am not really a megadeth or metallica fan and no metallicers or megedethers were harmed during the making of this post