“God have mercy on the man who doubts what he is sure of.” – Bruce Springsteen, Brilliant Disguise
In “Springsteen on Broadway”, Bruce Springsteen’s epic 3-hour journey through his life and music, The Boss tells a REMARKABLE story about his relationship with his father.
Springsteen reveals he sang many of his songs through the eyes of his dad.
Springsteen’s father lived a life very different from Bruce.
His dad was a blue collar, hard drinking, factory worker who struggled through life and his relationships.
Springsteen says, “My father was my hero. And my greatest foe.”
Just days before Bruce’s wife gave birth to their first child, Springsteen’s dad drove over 500 miles and arrived unannounced at his front door.
Bruce said his dad wanted to “Apologize…and warn me of the mistakes he made, so I would not make them myself.”
Springsteen calls this the greatest moment he ever had with his dad.
His dad wanted to change from a GHOST to an ANCESTOR in his life.
What’s the difference?
ANCESTORS show the way forward.
Ancestors create a path.
They make life better for those that come after them.
We build on their work.
We stand on our ancestors’ shoulders.
GHOSTS are the opposite.
Ghosts are focused on themselves.
They have very little or even a negative impact on your life.
They are easily forgettable.
Ghosts pass by and quickly disappear.
Almost like they were never there.
These RELATIONSHIPS also exist in our PROFESSIONAL LIFE.
What kind of path are your leaving for others to follow?
Who is better off because you showed up?
Will you be missed when you’re gone?
The world needs more ANCESTORS.
We’ve heard enough GHOST stories already.