The story of Elvis Presley is a quintessential American dream: a poor, lonely boy grows into a supremely talented young man and makes it big. But El
The story of Elvis Presley is a quintessential American dream: a poor, lonely boy grows into a supremely talented young man and makes it big. But Elvis didn’t just make it big: he became a singular cultural icon, whose continued fame and popularity even 40 years after his death make him one of the best selling musicians of all time. And who knows – maybe he’s still alive!
Elvis and his team recognized the opportunity to make money beyond just music. He had a prolific movie career, created films that thrived at the box office despite poor reviews, and allowed him to create album tie-ins. He also licensed Elvis-themed merchandise that sold in extraordinary numbers. Famously, he had a successful and long-running show in Las Vegas. Elvis didn’t always manage his estate well, but he certainly reached a pinnacle of success.
This week is Elvis Week, and an excellent opportunity to appreciate his thoughts on life:
1. “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.”
3. “Do something worth remembering.”
4. “Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.”
5. “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
6. “I’m trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It’s so easy to get turned.”
7. “I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.”
8. “I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.”
10. “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
11. “Never wait for tomorrow, what if tomorrow never comes?”
12. “You’ve got to follow that dream, wherever that dream may lead.”
13. “It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.”
14. “If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.”
15. “Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you’re hating part of yourself.”
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