I’m in Thailand at the moment, but wanted to take a second out of this busy day to share something personal with you.
Is that okay? Hope so…
There have been a lot of influential people in my life, those who have helped me grow and become the person I am today.
Whether personally or professionally, I’ve developed my skills, ambitions and even personalities because of my role models.
In 2005, I lost my first mentor, Corey Rudl, who was also my role model in business, to an automobile accident.
Corey Rudl was an inspiration to many, and he has left behind a legacy that will continue to inspire other entrepreneurs and Internet Marketers to succeed in their businesses.
Just several days ago, as the entire world knows, we lost yet another inspiration, who is also arguably the greatest entertainer who ever lived.
Yes, I’m talking about Michael Jackson.
You might find it weird that I’m talking about Michael Jackson on a marketing and business blog, in a post that’s currently talking about personal growth, development and role models.
Actually, it’s quite relevant; let me explain…
Ever since I was a little kid, I had been the biggest Michael Jackson fan.
I owned every one of Michael Jackson’s albums on CDs, singles on cassettes as well as concerts and video specials on VCDs and VHS (yes, this was back in the day haha).
And to top it off, I knew every word to almost all of his songs and even taught myself how to do some of Michael Jackson’s most famous patented dance moves.
Last weekend at my live event in Sydney, in honor of my fallen childhood hero, I even did Michael Jackson’s moonwalk while on stage! :)
To many of my family and friends, I was strange for picking Michael Jackson as my idol growing up… but to me, it actually felt right, because I saw a lot of myself in him.
In fact, to this day, even though I am no longer the die hard Michael Jackson fan I once was as a kid, he still played a huge role into developing me to the person that I am today.
If you know or have met me personally, you know that much like Michael Jackson, I am typically a soft spoken introvert who’s usually very shy to even approach anyone I don’t know, and even have very few words to those I have known intimately for years.
But when my gameface is on, and you put a microphone in my hand – whether on stage, teleseminar, webinar or any other interview – I transform into a completely different person, just like Michael Jackson.
For example, if you follow me on Twitter, you may also know that I use two main Twitter accounts, one for a different “personality.”
Some people think that it’s a marketing “gimmick,” some think I’m doing this to be silly, or creative.
The truth is – I DO have two different personalities (multiple ones, in fact), and those who know me can attest to this.
How did this happen?
Well, it first started when I began taking Michael Jackson as my childhood role model, and I had learned to develop a different persona for my line of work.
In my business, I cannot be the shy, soft-spoken introvert who has nothing to say and can’t hold a conversation if my life depended on it.
Because of the impact Michael Jackson had in my life growing up, I learned that I must create a new persona for myself different from my own in order to excel in what I do.
So I did…
That then transpired into my developing additional multiple personalities for other walks of my life, wearing different hats as each situation sees fit.
Because of this, not only do I believe, but I am also 100% positive that Michael Jackson’s inspiration made me a better entrepreneur, information marketer and public speaker.
It has made me strive to become my best in what I do.
And of course, this is just one of my personal stories about the kind of impact Michael Jackson made in my own life, as I’m sure there are millions of other stories from others who have been impacted by the King of Pop the same way.
Whether you share these sentiments or not, agree with me or not, and whether or not you even like the man, there is no doubt Michael Jackson has touched the lives of millions.
This is the power of a role model.
It’s strange to see that Michael Jackson’s legacy in passing will grow far beyond that than in living, but that is life.
And of course, that is the way it should be…
I’m not saying that we should not appreciate people and things while we still have them; by all means, grasp on to them with every last strength you have before it’s too late.
But in the end, nothing lasts forever, so we must be sure to leave something behind not just to be remembered by, but also things that will make an impact to others long after we’re gone.
Now, obviously not all of us are in the position to change millions of lives, but even if we can change just one, that can make all the difference in the world.
Imagine for a moment…
You’re walking down a long aisle with a large gathering of people, inside a room full of nostalgia and emotion, when you’ve come to the shocking realization that you’re sitting in at your very own funeral.
What are your family members saying about you?
What are your friends saying about you?
What are your colleagues saying about you?
What are your fans and followers saying about you?
What kind of life have you led?
What kind of a legacy will you leave behind?
This post is not about Michael Jackson, it’s not about Corey Rudl, it’s not even about me – it’s about YOU…
I know this is probably a deeper conversation than you were planning on having with me today, but recently, things have happened to me personally that have really affected my outlook on life.
It has grown my appreciation for what I have and has taught me the importance of not taking anything I have for granted.
Because none of us will know what’s going to happen tomorrow, or even today, I want to make sure that we are making each moment here count.
Similar to what I titled my very first blog post back in April 2004 – Today is indeed the first day of your life.
What will you do today that will make a difference tomorrow?
My advice? Begin building your legacy now…
Appreciate you reading, and I appreciate you.