The news this week about Bob Probert and Lindsay Lohan started me thinking about the nature of success. Probert had talent, so does Lohan. But talent isn’t enough to survive in the world of modern celebrity. It takes focus, determination, luck and more than a bit of emotional stability. It appears that neither one was blessed with the stability it takes to keep an even keel in the spotlight. And so, enduring success eluded them. Perhaps their celebrity made their problems worse.
I’m saddened by the news this week of Probert’s death, and by Lohan’s sentencing. Not because they were/are good or bad. But that somehow their talents have been wasted. And that is a sad thing.