Social Entrepreneurship, Michael Jackson & the Fire Burning Deep Inside of You

Chucks Jackson
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Do you ever feel one of the hunches to just go and do something?

For many social entrepreneurs, that’s where it all starts. It comes from a hunch or an intuitive itch that a particular solution or business ideas that can solve a social problem, and that they have the power to do something about it.

Modern Social Entrepreneurs and an Inner Life Purpose

I was having a great conversation the other day. The discussion was about the feeling from deep within to actually do a certain thing. You could call it your life purpose.

Michael Jackson was pointed out in the conversation as someone who had described himself as having a fire burning deep inside of him. He expressed that inner fire through his songs, his dance and his music. Many people would agree that the way that he moved on stage truly showed his passion and his soul.

Michael Jackson – A Celebrity’s Burning Desire

In an interview with Oprah, Michael had described his life purpose as this:

“To give in the best way I can through song and through dance and through music… I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the spiritual and the divine. I believe that that’s the reason for the very existence of art, and I feel I was chosen as an instrument to give music and love and harmony to the world.”

With Michael’s recent departure, Oprah reflected on his life and commented that: “What I remember about Michael the most is that he was a person who was passionate about life. He was really passionate about his work … and [passionate about] his desire to try to be a good force in the world.”

Lessons from Jackson’s Legacy for Social Entrepreneurs

While you may ponder about what exactly is the link between Michael Jackson and social entrepreneurship, I would suggest that there is a connection. I admit that he may not have even been perfect in all aspects of his life, but show me a human being who is perfect in all aspects. In any event, he had a very strong life purpose to contribute to the world. He impacted millions of people’s lives through his art. I can tell you now that even as I stayed in Bangladesh working with the UN World Food Programme, many of the local people and humanitarian expats there were even impacted when they heard of his passing.

Sure, he may not have demonstrated conventional forms of “social entrepreneurship,” but whenever I talk of this concept I like to broaden it to include those leaders who want to make a positive difference in the world. Through his passionate expression of music and dance, he certainly showed us amazing things that were possible.

I think there are things to learn from all aspects of life experience, and from Michael Jackson who exhibited greatness in his calling, I propose that social entrepreneurs could learn something from his life and legacy too through business ideas.

Your Legacy?

As a social entrepreneur yourself, how are you going to express your fire burning deep inside of you?