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The Real Tragedy of M. Jackson's Death

The Real Tragedy of M. Jackson's Death

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Published by: Robert Pagliarini on Jan 19, 2010
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The Real Tragedy of M. Jackson’sDeath
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Robert Pagliarini –Columnist for CBS MoneyWatch
How many of your precious other 8hours have you spent following thedeath of Michael Jackson in the past 12days? Surely you've read a magazineor newspaper article about his life.Maybe you saw a special TV episodeabout his contribution to music or"experts" discuss how many facialsurgeries he may have had. Or mostrecently, you may have discussed thesaga over his children, Will, and debtwith friends and co-workers.It has been difficult to escape the media's seemingly never ending"reporting" of all things Michael Jackson, but I'm going to let you in onalittle secret. Your other 8 hours are a gift and a tool that can be usedto help you learn a new skill, get closer to family,create something,achieve your goals, and start a side business. You need to protectthem like your life depended on it, because it does.Most of us are sponges -- we suck up whatever is in front of us. If it'smaking the headlines it must be important. If it's on the cover of magazines it must be important. If people are talking about it aroundthe water cooler, it must be important.The problem is that there seems to be an inverse relationship betweenimportance and attention. The things that are truly banal get frontpage status and the things that are of great importance get buriedsomewhere on page 26.Don't blame the media. They don't purport to educate. Blame yourself.Stop being a sponge. Be selective about what you let in.Michael Jackson sung some truly great songs, and I'll admit I spentmany hours in my youth trying to moonwalk, but stop wasting your lifefocusing on someone else's. The real tragedy is that you

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