What Comes First 🤷‍♂️

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We wrote about F. Scott Fitzgerald in Friday’s Daily Hustle and there is no question he lived a fascinating yet very challenging life…

F. Scott grew up in Buffalo before his family moved to Minnesota, and he eventually found his way to Princeton where he was cut from the football team on the first day of practice. He eventually dropped out of school and moved to NYC to chase his writing dreams…

Fitzgerald published his first novel, The Romantic Egotist, which became an instant success…  He then married socialite Zelda Sayre, the daughter of Alabama Supreme Court Justice Anthony Sayre, and the two took NYC by storm, raging loud in the city that never sleeps… 

Eventually, Zelda got pregnant and they had a daughter, Scottie, and moved to France where he began to write the Great Gatsby. When the book was originally released, it was crushed by the critics and the sales never took off… 

  1. Scott & Zelda had a volatile relationship fueled by alcohol, drugs and jealousy… Fitzgerald’s good buddy, a dude by the name of Ernest Hemingway, went so far to describe Zelda as “insane” in his memoir, “A Movable Feast.” 

When the Great Depression hit, Fitzgerald fell on hard times and his alcoholism only got worse as his finances, marriage, health and fame disintegrated… 

Right before he died, F. Scott wrote his daughter Scottie an introspective message that would summarize his life:

“I wish I’d never relaxed or looked back – but said at the end of ‘The Great Gatsby’:  I’ve found my line – from now on this comes first.  This is my immediate duty – Without this I am nothing.” 

Unfortunately, Fitzgerald didn’t get to live long after this self realization… 

At some point of all of our lives, we too have the ability to figure out what really matters; also at some point, we will die. While we are still here and still have the ability to make a positive impact on the world and the ones we love, let’s make sure we prioritize WHAT COMES FIRST. 

-EB

 

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