The World’s Last Blog about Michael Jackson


A quick check on Google shows that there are currently over two hundred and forty million entries for Michael Jackson on the internet.

But before the numbers dwindle to less than two hundred million, I want to add just one more in the form of this blog entry.

During the media frenzy of the last couple of weeks it occurred to me that despite his obvious personal problems, Michael Jackson professionally embodied each of our M.A.G.I.C. acronym components beautifully.

Making a plan – Nearly every step that Michael took from the age of 5 was carefully mapped out, orchestrated, rehearsed, fine tuned, rehearsed again, and performed to very exacting, high standards.  He was widely considered the best at what he did, and forethought was his road map.

Acting without fear – When he hit the stage, Michael Jackson epitomized confidence.  If, during a performance, he was ever nervous or afraid, he never showed it.  As a result, millions of admirers around the world boosted their own self confidence by emulating the superstar whenever they took to the dance floor.

Growing as a person – In our academic program, students are encouraged to grow through the act of sharing.  Ideas, experiences, thoughts and opinions are expressed with others and contribute to awareness and bonding.  Michael Jackson grew as a person by expressing himself with very personal lyrics and the occasional interview.  He continued to search for new ways to share his talents with the world.

Imagining without limits – When Michael Jackson first performed his signature Moonwalk on television in 1983, millions of people were delighted at this “new” stretch of imagination.  In reality, this dance move has it’s roots as far back as 1932, when it was known as the “backslide” and was performed by Cab Calloway.  But Michael did what anybody can (and should) do: he imagined without limits and discovered how effective a fifty-year old move could work with modern music.  What areas in your life are just waiting for you to tap your imagination and go beyond all limits?

Commitment to excellence – (From Wikipedia) He was known as the King of Pop, was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, garnered multiple Guinness World Records (including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time), won thirteen Grammy awards, had 13 number one singles, was responsible for the (still) best selling album of all time, and was a central part of popular culture for four decades.  If that’s not a commitment to excellence, I don’t know what is…

And now, sadly, he’s gone.  But somewhere out in the world, on this very day, exists a person who, utilizing each component of the M.A.G.I.C. acronym, has the potential to do even more.

Is it you?

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2 Responses to “The World’s Last Blog about Michael Jackson”

  1. anonymous says:

    Is this someone you really want kids to emulate?

  2. No more than I would want kids to emulate Elvis Presley or Ernest Hemingway. As troubled as their personal lives were (like Jackson’s), as stated in the blog, their professional lives hold accomplishments and secrets of success that we can all learn from.

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