We spend much time and energy trying to organize our crazy lives.
We look for our happy place.
We search for Zen.
Yet most of the time, it eludes us. Life is never perfect. There are always those variables beyond our control that mess things up. There is always chaos.
Instead of fighting the forces against you, maybe you should embrace the chaos.
One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll albums ever was created amidst a ridiculous amount of chaos.
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album is one of the rock era’s best (and best-selling) albums, with over 40 million copies sold. It spawned hits like “Don’t Stop”, “Go Your Own Way”, “You Make Lovin’ Fun”, and “Dreams”. It not only won a Grammy award, but it also won a place in the music collection of a generation.
But at the time of the recording, the marriage of John and Christine MacVie was falling apart. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were also breaking up, constantly fighting, and stopping only to work on songs. Drummer Mick Fleetwood wasn’t immune. His wife Jenny had an affair with his best friend, and their marriage was in serious trouble. Aside from personal strife – or maybe as a by-product of dealing with it – most of the band was heavily addicted to drugs at the time. The only constant in the studio was a steady supply of cocaine and booze.
So how, from such insanity, did one of the greatest albums of all-time emerge?
Stevie Nicks said that the band made their best music when they were in the worst shape. Buckingham acknowledged that the tensions between the band members led them to create a sum greater than its parts.
Chaos inspired some of the greatest music ever made.
There are only so many variables in business and life that you have control over. The rest is beyond your control, and the odds are that much of it is chaotic.
Change the things you can. Then embrace the chaos.
Suppliers will let you down.
Deliveries will be late.
The artwork won’t look right.
Your flight will be late.
Someone valuable will quit.
There will always be chaos. Let it inspire you to create your own best-selling album.
Order your paperback or Kindle version of Brand Like A Rock Star now and start learning how the experiences of rock’s legends can help make your business more profitable and successful.
The image above is by Hugh MacLeod. He has a brilliant ability to capture complex thoughts in simple cartoons. You can enjoy and purchase his work at www.gapingvoid.com. I can’t say enough good stuff about his art.