Johnny Cash recorded more than 1,500 songs, have 14 number one hit songs, was awarded 11 Grammy Awards, and sold 50 million albums. He was included in the list of Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame. He was a huge star and a country star.
Cash took his first pill – an amphetamine tablet called Benzedrine- in 1957. He was instantly hooked.
“It increases my energy, it sharpened my wit, it banished my shyness, it improved my timing, and it turned me on like electricity flowing through a light bulb.” Cash recalled.
In his autobiography cash explained what happened, “I just went on and on. I was taking amphetamines by the handful, literally, and barbiturates by the handful too, not to sleep but just to stop the shaking from the amphetamines. I was canceling shows and recording dates and when I did manage to show up, I could not sing my throat as it was too dried out because of the pills. My weight was down. I was in jail, hospital and car wrecks.
I was a walking vision of death and that’s exactly how I felt.”
Leaders are never the best performers. Constant Performance and reaching on the peak in the life is a great time or season. It is always a time slot. People take it as permanent truth and even expect same level of legacy in the life.
In fact, it is never so.
Life is a great time and space. Great Johnny Cash failed to understand the truth of life.
LEADERSHIP IS UNDERSTANDING TIME AND SPACE.