Wednesday January 12th, 2011 - Fox Lake, IL
There’s a difference to me between a hero and someone I just admire and respect for the things they’ve accomplished. Rodney Dangerfield is a hero to me. He overcame some big obstacles in his life and became one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He’s the king.
George Clinton is another. He put together a music empire with several different record labels and countless musicians, and blazed a trail in a brutal business. He’s a charismatic master showman onstage as well as a visionary genius off of it. That’s a rare combination.
Bob Uecker has always been another. He’s one of the funniest humans ever, and isn’t a standup comic. He could have been a great one, but he chose a better path. Good for him. He made the major leagues, which is no easy feat despite his jokes. That guy is a talent.
Those are three examples of people I call a hero. They all have their human faults as we all do, but there’s something about what they did and how they did it that makes me want to emulate their methods in my own life. I sense a kindred spirit with the three of them.
That being said, I found a DVD biography of Vince McMahon at Walmart near me for five bucks, so I bought it. I’ve loved pro wrestling my whole life, and I respect what he’s achieved, but I wouldn’t call him a hero even though his accomplishments are stunning.
The guy came out of nowhere and revolutionized an entire business that had been going successfully for decades. He put his own stamp on it to the point of driving each one of an array of competitors out of business completely. That’s unheard of. It would be like a fast food joint closing down McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. It doesn’t happen.
Vince McMahon is a master showman and a shrewd businessman. He’s also a genius at both marketing and creating his own products. He brings life to characters he creates with wrestlers, and has the power to make or break just about anyone he wants. He’s a maven.
But, after watching the DVD I don’t want to pattern myself after him. He’s one of those egomaniacal win at all costs alpha male macho types, like a Jerry Jones. There’s another guy that makes me puke, even though I admire what he’s accomplished. Both of them are not afraid to take major risks, and both have attained major success. That takes big balls.
Vince McMahon IS pro wrestling. He owns it all, and calls the shots for everyone in the business. That position doesn’t come without controversy, and he thrives on it. He’s got a killer instinct for his completion, and doesn’t think twice about tossing people to the curb. I guess that’s necessary in business, but it doesn’t interest me at all. I’d rather be win/win.
I’m sure that’s why I’m not farther along in show business than I am. I don’t ever want to step on people to get ahead, but Vince admitted he totally does. It’s just not my nature. Does that mean I’ll be a failure forever? Not necessarily. I just don’t have a need to own everything and be the only rooster in the henhouse. Good or bad, that’s how I’m wired.