Love him or hate him, you can not ignore who Michael Jackson was. He was and still is everywhere. The fact that his name still dominated news headlines a good week after his death is proof enough that he had an impact on millions of lives globally. Despite the controversies, mystery and perceived unhappiness, Michael Jackson, the king of pop was a superstar, successful in ways we can only dream about. What if any were his secrets to success? Here are four observations I believe contributed to his legacy, all of which we can apply if we choose to be as successful in our own right.
Michael Jackson was passionate:
He did what made him happy – sing and dance. When you love what you do, you will do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. It’s a drive that will come naturally from inside, so even though it may take you a while to get to where you want to be, you will enjoy the journey so much that you will not mind the time it takes to get there. Those who believe in the law of attraction will tell you that to be successful you have to be happy because when you are, you focus on what is working and the feeling of happiness that you experience. The more you do this, the more you will attract the same to your life. If you want to be successful, do what you love. Connect with your passion. Be happy.
Michael Jackson was in touch with his inner child:
He knew that life can be outrageously fun, that it’s possible to be audaciously happy when you connect with your inner child. He had a child-like quality, a playfulness that helped him dismantle the contradictory beliefs that cover this most precious knowing. His ‘Never land Ranch’ inspired by Peter Pan who refused to “grow up” was testimony to the fact that you CAN have life your way. The true act of growing up is recognizing that you CAN have everything you desire if only you will believe as a child believes, before we strip this magic from them. He may not have had absolutely everything he wanted in his life but nobody attains perfection. He certainly appeared to be doing better than the majority of us. If you want to be successful do what Michael Jackson did, do not take life too seriously. Believe anything is possible and believe in the highest good of all people as children do.
Michael Jackson constantly evolved:
He was a true innovator – continuously re-inventing himself through time. It was this that made it possible for him to appeal to such a wide spectrum of people. He became his own brand which of course was totally unique. There was nobody like Michael Jackson, nor will there ever be. He stood out by taking risks. Not all his behavior was appreciated by everyone but his actions defined the brand that was him. He also maintained an air of mystery. One never knew everything about him nor what he was going to do next. This ensured that his loyal fans remained intrigued followers. If you want to be successful you need to express your unique nature, be your own brand and give up needing to conform. It’s only then that you will be able to stand apart from the masses and be really different.
Michael Jackson excelled his hard hardships:
His early years were difficult and challenging and missing out on a ‘normal’ childhood presented his own brand of issues, but he was successful this time. Why? Because deep down he was true to himself and the belief he had in himself. This always went deeeper than any hardship he ended. As an adult he was often the subject of gossip and misunderstanding but he never let any of it hold him down. Right till the end with a world tour just weeks away, he was about to emerge out of the ashes like a phoenix and prove that he could survive anything. If you want to be successful, you too will have to release the need to blame others for your failure, instead rising above your hardship and succeeding regardless.