So remember the piece I wrote about Michael Jackson and the manifesto he wrote decades ago? If not, you really need to go back and catch up, but here's a little excerpt for you:
"When Michael Jackson was just a little boy, he would tell everybody he was going to be famous when he grew up. He would shout it out loud for the entire neighborhood to hear. When Michael Jackson was in his early twenties [at the start of what would become an undeniably incredible and notable career], he jotted down these notes on the back of one of his tour itineraries:
I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world. I will do no interviews. I will be magic. I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer [sic]. I will be better than every great actor roped into one. I will study and look back on the whole world of entertainment and perfect it, take it steps further from where the greats left off.
The only thing that runs through my mind when I read this is, "WOW!" A little boy, raised in a tiny little house, from Gary, Indiana, finally lived the dream he had as a child. I think it's safe to say that Michael Jackson accomplished all of this AND THEN some. He became arguably the greatest entertainer to ever walk this earth. "
In the past week, I've chatted with Mr. President #1 and Mr. President #2 about the importance and the power of the words that come out of their mouths. During our conversation, Mr. President actually told me that since he doesn't like to use the word dead [it apparently scares him into thinking we're all going to die], he is going to start saying, "The battery life ran out," when his iPad dies, rather than saying, "My iPad died!" I told him that was a GREAT idea! And no...I'm not making this up. That really came out of his mouth!
I also told the two Presidents that it is very important for them to write things down so they never forget anything. I asked them to write down what they want to be when they grow up, and Mr. President #1 told me he needed a new Star Wars notebook in order to do so. This little boy is such a negotiator (just like his father), but a new notebook was fine by me!
We made a trip to Target, picked out Star Wars notebooks, and promised ourselves to WRITE IT DOWN!! This weekend I will challenge the Presidents with writing their OWN manifestos. We've got notebooks in hand, dreams in our head, and we're ready to speak and write great things into existence!