I recently, saw the movie “Social Network” supposedly, the story about facebook and how it began.
I enjoyed the movie very much.
However, for me …. the real “great story” in the movie and book is Sean Parker’s story.
Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning changed the world as we once knew it — they created the first online music swapping site – Napster.
Napster was instantly popular, but lawsuits from the music industry killed the site, and both Fanning and Sean Parker got sued to oblivion.
Incredible to think: Sean Parker (comparatively speaking), didn’t make any money from developing something which changed the music and movie industry.
Over the years, I have thought of Sean… and always wondered what it would be like to change the world, yet —receive nothing for it,and get sued to the point of ruin.
How many people could come back from this kind of disappointment???
Imagine you and your friend launching the idea for what became itunes… and have to watch others make billions from your idea….
….most people in the same situation would become crippled by negativity, and probably just sit around and moan and complain for the rest of their lives…
For many years after Napster, (from all the interviews I have read) – Sean was nearly broke and had to sleep on his friends couches…but he kept fighting to succeed.
His genius and persistency paid off …
Sean Parker played a crucial role in launching facebook to what it is today.
Once again, he changed the world.
It’s a great story – not because Sean Parker is finally a (well deserved) multi-hundred millionare…
But because he never quit climbing and chasing his summit.
No matter how many times he fell…
He got back up and kept climbing.