40 years ago this week, Bruce Springsteen dropped his second album, The Wild, The Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle, a personal favorite of mine.
The record would go on to become one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and help establish the career of a first ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
But nobody knew that 40 years ago.
40 years ago Bruce Springsteen was just yet another in a long line of indistinguishable singer-songwriters bombarding the marketplace in the wake of Bob Dylan.
40 years ago no one could have known the impact Bruce Springsteen would have not just on the musical landscape, but on the hearts and souls of millions of fans worldwide.
40 years ago no one knew that The Boss would still be releasing hit albums and selling out arenas worldwide, well into his Social Security benefits.
40 years ago Bruce Springsteen was just a wild and innocent dreamer. He was a kid with something on his heart to say, eager to earn a little spending money.
There’s no way Bruce could have seen the career that lay before him. I’m sure he thought it would be nice to be a legend, but he could not have imagined the legacy songs like “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” and “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” would have. Releasing his second album was simply following his calling.
Bruce Springsteen probably didn’t have a 40 Year Old Vision for his career. But you can.
Are you working on anything today that will still stand the test of time when it is 40 Years Old? In 2053, will we be marking the anniversary of something you place into the world this year?
Will anyone remember you helping or serving them today 40 years down the road? Or are you just trying to make it out of work without a headache today?
Not every day can be the day you release an album that 40 years later hangs framed inside a young adoring fan’s home (that would be me). But today could be a day you take a small step in pursuing your calling.
Today can be a day where you ignore the doubters and take one step in chasing your dream.
It doesn’t have to be a hall of fame caliber rock album you release today. It doesn’t have to be a book, screenplay, YouTube video, or any piece of art if that’s not what you’re into. Today can be a day where you simply help one person and leave an impact on them.
40 years from now will come sooner than you can believe. Think about November 6, 2053. What do you want people to look back on from today?
Do something today. Let go of the boardwalk life, dancing around to every pleasure machine. Even if it’s just a small step, start creating the masterpiece you were put on this world to make.
Don’t take my advice. Take it from The Boss himself.
Do you have a 40 Year Old Vision for your career?