Michael Jackson has and will continue to inspire millions with his unique talents. This mind map captures and highlights many of his traits presented in four key areas.

Qualities

Michael Jackson offered clarity – his audience would “get” what he was about within seconds and then be treated to an avalanche of over-delivery. He blended complexity with simplicity; from comprehensive dance moves and stage settings down to trademark and memorable props like the glove and hat for the song “Billie Jean”. Audiences would know the song on seeing the hat and anticipate the brilliant dance routine including famous moonwalk. Hours of refinement went into crafting the perfect performance. Michael Jackson blended space, timing and presence to create the ideal atmosphere. He elevated his performances from basic song delivery to full stage productions; from a concert to a show. He contemplated the bigger picture package, tapping the senses and emotions of the crowd and leaving a lasting impression.

Masters

As his own best critic, Michael Jackson had unbreakable self-belief and 100% commitment to improvement, through practice and patience. He aimed at peak performances; his dedication included a desire to not only reach his best, he wanted to be the best and that meant constant innovation, invention and reinvention. Michael Jackson sought and drew inspiration from other unique and talented greats such as James Brown. He studied how and why they excelled and found his own unique ways to stand out, to shine and to lead.

Value

Michael Jackson delivered exceptional value because he cared; he was committed to making a difference to every single fan and never lost sight of the bigger picture – the worldwide stage, including desires for global peace, harmony and unity. He loved the planet and its people and wanted to make the world a better place; his values set a wonderful example for others. Through high standards and the desire to optimise his performances he aimed to always better himself. Each album, each song, each concert, each video, was an opportunity to set a whole new level. The video for the song “Thriller” is a perfect example – he wanted more than a pop video; he wanted a mini film production; the greatest value-orientated performance ever seen.

Unique

Michael Jackson pushed boundaries and shifted dimensions. He added levels that never existed. If you hear one of his songs or see one of his videos or stage performances you’ll always recall it – that was the impact and the memorability factor of his exceptional ability. Lasting impact, rather than fleeting entertainment – his music inspired and changed millions worldwide.
Here are some quotes from songs and from Michael Jackson’s autobiography “Moonwalk” (full details of the book appear below)

Quotes from Michael Jackson songs:

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change”
“Heal the world – make it a better place”
Quotes from “Moonwalk” by Michael Jackson (autobiography):
Michael Jackson’s father on the Jackson 5 winning a trophy in a talent contest: “When you do it like you did tonight they can’t not give it to you”
Michael Jackson on James Brown: “No spotlight could keep up with him when he skidded across the stage – you had to flood it! I wanted to be that good”
Michael Jackson on influences: “The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work”
Michael Jackson on art and drawing: “A picture or a painting can reveal a universe”
Michael Jackson on unique expression: “An artist’s imagination is his greatest tool”

Michael Jackson lived and breathed excellence; he made millions because he gave to millions; world changer, people changer; one of the greatest performers of all time, a legend who left an immortal legacy and a shining example of the pinnacle of human achievement.

To learn more about how Michael Jackson rose to stardom I recommend his autobiography “Moonwalk”, which offers a fascinating insight into his journey from childhood pop star to mega star.

Further reading: “Moonwalk” by Michael Jackson (autobiography) ISBN: 0434370428

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