Consistently showing up like Sammy Hagar

My first concert was at the Concord Pavilion to see Sammy Hagar.

I probably saw him almost every year for 10 years after that.

If you haven’t followed his career, which it’s likely you haven’t, he’s played in many different bands and worked on many different projects.

Some of his bands and projects include:

  • Montrose
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Van Halen
  • A Mountain Bike Shop
  • Cabo Wabo Cantina
  • Cabo Wabo Tequila
  • Sammy Hagar and the Wabos
  • Chickenfoot
  • Sammy Hagar Beach Bar Rum, the rum
  • Sammy Hagar Beach Bar Rum, the restaurant
  • The Circle
  • Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar
  • Sammy Hagar’s Top Rock Countdown

These are just the projects I know about, which I’m sure I’ve missed some.

I’ve tried to put this list in roughly chronological order. I find two things interesting about this list.

First, he joined Van Halen – third on the list – at 38. This is basically ancient in rock and roll.

Second, the sheer volume of projects he started and was involved in after that.

While his early music career probably got him the contacts and money to do some of his later projects, the fact is he did them.

They didn’t get him on a 30 under 30 list, because he was well into his 40s by the time he started them.

He’s the kind of hustler that consistently does work over the long term.

Through his 40s, 50s, 60s, and now into his 70s, he’s continuing to do projects.

While not at the scale of the largest rock band in the world – Van Halen in the early 90s – they are projects I’m sure he’s proud of.

Like Sammy Hagar, good things can come from consistently showing up and doing our work over the long term.

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