1) He couldn’t play guitar.
2) Unlike his cousin Sam, a successful brewer to this day, he had no marketable skills.
3) His career as a psychic proved a bust when he made well-publicized but shitty predictions like this one:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.*