Five years after his death, singer Michael Jackson is generating a fortune and is the top-earning dead celebrity, raking in an estimated $140 million in the past year for his estate, Forbes said on Wednesday.
Let me digest that for a second…
It’s been 5 years but still while that guy’s body decomposes somewhere, ‘back’ here he earns an estimated 12 Billion Kenyan shillings annually.
This makes me think; why the disparity between livelihoods? Maybe the person who coined the adage that some people are more equal than others had a form of insight.
One’s Life is everything else but a mirror of anyone else’s … Challenges, experiences, motivations, etc differ from a being to the next since we are made and created differently.
However, human beings crave for the very best that life can offer and many times than not, the baseline for this ambition is someone elses form of livelihood. To be successful, we opt to compare ourselves to others in an effort to see where it is we are at the hierarchy of economic wellbeing.
That’s very healthy since it’s common sense that to know something is better you have to make a comparison between it’s state at a previous time and it’s current state.
However, when it comes to success, it’s degree of measurement differs from a person to the next. For me for example, success means living a life of contentment where my children never lack a thing. To someone else, success means having a garage full of automobiles…
What am I trying to say? We can never be equal. NEVER!
Let me summarise by quoting something someone I know wrote…
“Do not strive to be like someone else. Bobbe Sommer has a way of saying it, “Having a low opinion of yourself is not
‘modesty.’ It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not ‘egotism.’ It’s a necessary precondition to
happiness and success.”
John Davis has a better take on
uniqueness, “You all laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same.”
You do not have to fit into the character of the majority to get to your destiny…
Jarold Kintz, in his book aptly titled, ‘This book is not for sale’ says, “The difference between you and everyone else, is
everyone else. And that’s a lot, so you should feel special.”
It is by resisting the urge to be like someone else or everyone in your age group that you can claim that great reward…”
Michael Jackson will never at any one time have a replica. We can try to moon walk, to breakdance, to copy all his dance moves but we will never be him..not even close.
He didn’t strive to be like someone else…he had to leave a legacy. His legacy! So why should we strive to be like him? He didn’t want to be like us…
He may be earning 140 million $ but what the hell, he is dead! He can’t enjoy the money. You’re alive! Be content with those 10 $ you have in your palm.
At least always believe that God has a reason for everything.
FYI I have no problem with MJ’s wealth.