I recently found myself in the position of defending the behavior of some rock acts, as if I'm condoning it. (Sigh.)
But my point was not that substance abuse and related activities are success habits of highly effective people but that they are no more common in the world of rock & roll than in mainstream business, including the C-Suite.
I don’t need to go into the details here of the cases of drug or alcohol abuse, sexual misconduct, or rampant adultery that I’ve encountered as a consultant in corporate America (though I’m tempted to, in order to boost readership). But if you think this is not a feature of 21st century business—including, perhaps, YOUR company—you’re living in Disney World. (And it’s probably happening there too.)
Several years ago a video company was going to partner with me to promote my business-lessons-from-rock approach, but they backed out because they felt rock bands have "drug issues" and didn't want to be associated with it. My response: as opposed to whom? Business organizations? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Some day I’ll post about the real drug problem in society—the abuse of over-the-counter drugs (especially opioids), even by "successful people"—that dwarfs any drug abuse I witnessed in bands in the bad old days. But it’s SO easy to blame drug abuse—or any unseemly behavior, including sexual misconduct—on the underclass, and on rock bands who often speak for the underclass.
As usual, the over-the-counter culture condemns the under-the-counter culture.