Elvis Presley is one of the most iconic movie stars of all time, but he wasn’t always.
Over a period of decades, Presley spent much of his life on the fringes of musical stardom. At first, his career was cut short by drug addiction and stints in prison. Then it was derailed by a gambling problem and a series of legal troubles. Yet he never lost his sense of humor or his ability to perform on-stage, even when he was at the height of his fame.
He wasn’t just talented; he was also unique, a person who managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and come out on top.
But the story doesn’t end there, because today we are going to take you back in time and tell you about Elvis Presley: The Early Years
When you’re a kid, you have a song that you like. When you grow up, you still like that song. What’s the difference? It’s whether or not you can sing it.
This is a true story about an upcoming book of mine called “The Art of Productive Failure” (we are hoping to launch in August). It is an attempt to describe the way people think about product development and entrepreneurship as a whole, and to illustrate the many skills involved in making something that actually works, rather than just building something shiny with great marketing copy and some fancy graphics.
It is also an attempt to teach entrepreneurs how not to fail and what works best at getting people to actually buy your product. The book will take the form of a series of lessons learned by someone trying to get his product out there — as opposed to just telling stories (which is how most books on this topic are written — they are often long lists of anecdotes). It will be a look at what goes into actually making things happen and why it is worth all our efforts.
I hope you enjoy it!
Are you lonesome tonight?
I am a big fan of the song “Are you lonesome tonight”. People may think it’s a bad song, but I like it. I think it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever written (and why is that?).
This is because you already know how to write about this song, but that doesn’t mean you are the only one who does. It would be nice to do so in an engaging way, but this doesn’t need to be a long series of posts or hundreds of comments — just a short summary — followed by an FAQ-style post on how to play the song yourself (if you haven’t done so already).
Scaling up your efforts in this area can really pay off: just ask any successful entrepreneur.
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