I’m currently reading Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul by Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz, a book Inc. Magazine places on the list of top leadership books of all time. In it Howard references a quote attributed to Paul McCartney when he was asked to identify the beginning of the end in terms of The Beatles breaking up.
In the summer of 1965, The Beatles played for the first time in New York’s Shea Stadium to 55,000 screaming fans. The biggest crowd the band had ever performed for live.
The Beatles could not even hear their own music.
Their art, as Howard describes it, was drowned out by their popularity.
Paul said in retrospect it was massive shows like this that were the beginning of the band’s end.
There comes a point in all of our lives where something fights to be the beginning of our end. Something is fighting to drain some aspect of our life , our art.
For them it was their popularity.
For us, it could be the same.
For us, it could be a false perception of reality.
For us, it could be our ideology of what we believe is “normal”.
For us, it could be our socioeconomic circumstances.
We have to fight for success.
We have to fight for purpose.
We have to fight for our potential.
We have to fight for our legacy.
The Beatles were successful and they’ve changed the music industry, but they had more music to play and more stadiums to fill, but it was all too much.
Four years later on August 20th, 1969 all four Beatles were together in the same studio for the last time.
Today, fight for what is most important and let nothing get in the way.