10 Life-Changing Tips Inspired by Johnny Cash

Written by Robert Piper

Johnny Cash was one of the few musicians who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He did some bad things in his life, but he also did a lot of good. He was a true rebel who forever changed American culture.

Here are my 10 favorite tips from quotes by Johnny Cash.

1. Use your failures as learning experiences.

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

2. Be who you are.

“Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I've worn black clothes ever since. ”

3. Live life the way you intend to live it.

"You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way."

4. Have faith in something bigger than yourself.

“The Master of Life's been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal.

5. Make mistakes in life, that’s the only way to learn.

“So, I learn from my mistakes. It's a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there's no gain. I found that to be true in my life. You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that's part of it: knowing that you're not shut out forever, and that there's a goal you still can reach.”

6. Find humor and positive experiences in everything.

"Elvis was such a nice guy, and so talented and charismatic…He loved cheeseburgers, girls, and his mother, not necessarily in that order (it was more like his mother, then girls, then cheeseburgers)."

7. Empathize with others.

“You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing.”

8. Find someone to love.

“Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you're the one I need”

9. Be different

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion—against a stagnant status quo.”

10. Do what you love.

"Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."

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