Last week, we lost one of the world’s greatest entertainers. Michael Jackson was a singer, dancer, actor, and entertainer extraordinaire. He was probably the most recognized person in the world at the time of his death. As I reflected upon his life, I thought about the success lessons learned from Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson was determined. He did not know the word ‘Quit!’ He kept coming back and working on his dreams. When he left the U. S. after his trial, I knew it was just a matter of time before he would stage a comeback. It was not in his modus operandi to give up. So we must not give up on our own dreams, even in the face of strong challenges!
Michael Jackson was willing to work hard and continued to push himself to improve his craft! While watching one of the memorial programs for Michael Jackson, the commentator mentioned that he was not a trained dancer. Yet, he worked and worked and worked on his dance moves until he was as good or better than the professional dancers who appeared with him! This made me reflect on a quote I heard years ago, “Talent is God given, but ability takes work!” Michael Jackson was extremely talented, but he was willing to work harder than his competition. Be like Michael Jackson and sharpen your “saw” and work on yourself. Take your natural gifts and then begin developing those gifts into abilities. Commitment to constantly better your best, day in and day out. If you do, I believe you too will make history. You will become known as the best of the best at what you do!
Finally, I learned from Michael Jackson what I believe may have impacted his death. That lesson is that everyone (and I do mean everyone) needs an accountability partner; someone they respect and who can positively influence them. We all need someone who will tell us the truth, whether we want to hear it or not! It is impossible to see the picture when you are in the frame. You need someone in your inner circle that is not afraid to tell you the truth and to whom you will listen! You know they are going to shoot straight and tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. I have a number of friends in my inner circle who will provide me with that wise counsel. I encourage you to have people in your network that you can trust and depend on to tell you the truth, and to help encourage you to become the very best you that you can be!
We will miss Michael Jackson. But we can make the decision to either curse because he is gone, or celebrate because he came our way. I choose to celebrate! We can celebrate and keep Michael Jackson alive in our hearts by remembering the incredible performances he gave us. We can listen to the music, watch the videos and smile because we were able to personally witness greatness!
Rest In Peace Michael Jackson.