In the words of the good old Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fortune Faded is a song of fall after fall, asking how is it that the singer (or Sean Parker) has found himself in a downturn instead of a successful step towards achieving your goals. However, there is a very important part in the song where there’s the mention of a divine elevator, so life isn’t just about downers. But of course, we all know that in our own experience.
I found this video (Watch video by clicking here) of comedian Jimmy Fallon interviewing Sean Parker. If you play it, you will see that at some point, Parker says how people have asked him how it feels to be successful. He replies that he isn’t. Even though he’s a millionaire (or should I say billionaire?) his life ambition and goals, the ones that he had set up for himself hadn’t at any point in his lifetime come true.
It is somehow in the curve balls life threw at him that he found other ways to be rich and famous, though not necessarily successful. So yes, he might have had his fortune faded, but wouldn’t most of us want that kind of fortune faded?
His Napster downfall was indeed a hit to his pride (and to early free music downloads) but then a partnership with Facebook came along to change his life in ways he would have never imagined. The risk any entrepreneur runs, but Sean Parker has definitely walked a fine line with commercial danger as well. A page to take from his book.