On Education (why to study constantly) & how to be successful 


"Believe in yourself. Study the greats. And become greater."

"Work like there’s no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree."


"You can always dream, and your dreams can come true. But you have to make them come true."

"If someone ever tells you that you can't, all you have to do really is remove the T at the end because you CAN."

"No matter who’s around you that is being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off."


"Don't be afraid to know who you are. You are much more than you ever imagined."

Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson's SECRET TO SUCCESS:


 "The deeper I go into myself, the stronger I become, because I realize that my real self is much bigger than any fear ."

"I know who I am inside and outside, and I know what I want to do. And I will always go with my dreams."


"I have confidence in my abilities. I have real perseverance. Nothing can stop me when I put my mind to it." 


“Thinking is the process of asking and answering questions of yourself.  If you want something better in life, a better answer to life…ask better questions.”

“I'm never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist, it's part of who I am”.
"I have always be kinda determined. I have always have a vision of things I have wanted to do and goals I have wanted to reach and nothing could stop me getting that. I am focused and I know what I want and what I want to achieve and I won´t get side-tracked. And even though I get down sometimes, I keep running the race of endurance to achieve those goals. It keeps me on track. I am dedicated."

“The idea is to take it a step forward and to innovate or else why am I doing it? I’m just – I don’t wanna be just another can in the assembly line. You know, I want to create, do something that’s totally different and unusual.”

“I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then, hope to surpass those boundaries.”

“I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then, hope to surpass those boundaries.”

 Michael Jackson

"What´s important about Michael is his dedication. He´s innately gifted, but also totally disciplined."
Nelson Gorge


“Without dreams, there is no creativity.  The creative impulse comes from discontent…a divine discontent that seeks to change, transform, and fill the world with more magic.  My priority in life is to make a difference, step on an uncharted and unknown territory, and leave a fingerprint.”

Michael Jackson in Chicago Tribune Interview, 1992



“No barrier stood before this man that he didn’t challenge and break down.”



"We can program ourselves to be the person we want to be, whatever the subject matter is, live in it by a mental physical program- a system of learning and doing. Studying all the greats in that field and becoming greater." 


“I believe we are powerful, but we don't use our minds to full capacity. Your mind is powerful enough to help you attain whatever you want."
Michael Jackson






"I have learned that it is what you put in your mind mentally what you think and do, that makes your person. And you can put any mental object in this mind and it will bring it to reality. So this means we can program ourselves to be the people we want to be, Whatever the subject matter is, live in it By a mental physical program or system of learning and doing. Studying all the greats in that field and becoming greater. My program will consist of, = "













"I believe in wishes and in a person´s ability to make a wish come true. And a wish is more than a wish... it is a goal that your subconsiousness can help make reality."


"Whenever I saw sunset, I would quietly made my secret wish right before the sun tucket under the western horizon and disappereared. It would seem as if the sun had taken my wish with it. I´d make it right before that fast speck of light vanished."


"I´d stretch my arms out as if I were sending my thoughts right up into space. I´d made my wish, then I´d dive into water. I´d say to myself, ´This is my dream. This is my wish,´ everytime I´d dive into the water."

Michael Jackson


Another positive affirmation to himself:


"No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer, and belief in your self and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again until it's right. And always believe in your self. And not matter who's around you that's being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become. (...) and after all that, the most important -- most important: Stay humble. The humbleness that a child, like a new born baby has. Even though you become powerful or have power with people, with your talent .. like with what Michelangelo did with sculpting, you know, underneath all that be as humble as a child, as a baby, and be as kind and as giving and loving. They don't become puffed up with pride."

Michael Jackson, online audio chat, October 26th 2001



“In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what I've always tried to remember ”


"Even if you're sweeping floors or painting ceilings, do it better than anybody in the world, no matter what it is that you do. Be the best at it, and have a respect for others, and be proud of yourself…and to honor, be honorable.”

Our parents taught us to always be respectful and, no matter what you do, to give it everything you have. Be the best, not the second best.”

“No matter what, no star is too far to reach and you never give up."


"The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work."
"I love experienced people. I love people who are phenomenally talented. I love people who’ve worked so hard and been so courageous and are the leaders in their fields. For me to meet somebody like that and learn from them and share words with them—to me that’s magic. To work together. I’m crazy about Steven Spielberg. Another inspiration for me, and I don’t know where it came from, is children. If I’m down, I’ll take a book with children’s pictures and look at it and it will just lift me up. Being around children is magic..."
Michael Jackson

Question: "What achievements in your life are you the most proud of?"

Michael Jackson: "One of my biggest dreams since I was really, really little... I think around 7 years old, I use to always buy the Guinness World Book of Records. [Giggles] You know what the answer's gonna be right? I said, "Hmmm, I love to dance and sing. Hopefully one day I can be in this book." And I believed that it was possible. So when Thriller became the biggest selling album of all time, and it was enlisted in the Guinness Book Of World Records, and, uh, there's so many other lists... You know, they've enlisted me in there like 7 different times now.* It was my happiest time of my life. I was so happy.

Question: "To what do you attribute that level of ambition and possibility you felt when you were a kid. You know, I think it's sometimes hard for people to feel... You know, you weren't, obviously, rich as a kid or from some kind of fancy background, but still somehow you were able to envision a life of success. What do you attribute that to?"

Michael Jackson: "I attribute that to my parents who always taught us to persevere and believe in yourself, have confidence, no matter what you do. Even if you're sweeping floors or painting ceilings, do it better than anybody in the world, no matter what it is that you do. Be the best at it, and have a respect for others, and be proud of yourself.. and to honor; be honorable, you know.

Online audion chat, October 26, 2001



"Your curiosity is your greatest gift. Use it to expand your scope. Ordinary people won't understand your insatiable thirst for excellence. They won't bother to keep striving because it's too onerous, too difficult." 

Michael Jackson to Kobe Bryant



Michael Jackson´s letter to himself:

Note to himself, which states his job, current income and his desired income in 45 days:

"To MJ - June 94

Present Job Title: is songwriter, entertainer, recording artist, actor, dancer, director
Present Weekly Income: A million a week
Job Title 45 weeks from now: Same...........
Weekly Income 45 weeks from now: 15 million a week



“The idea is to take it a step forward and to innovate or else why am I doing it? I’m just – I don’t wanna be just another can in the assembly line. You know, I want to create, do something that’s totally different and unusual.” 

Michael Jackson



"One of the things he always told me was, don't be afraid to be different. In other words, when you have that desire, that drive, people are going to try to pull you away from that, and pull you closer to the pack to be 'normal.' And he was saying, It's O.K. to be that driven; it's O.K. to be obsessed with what you want to do. That's perfectly fine. Don't be afraid to not deviate from that. One of the books that he gave me that helped him communicate with me was "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," which was about that.

Beyond the genius of what he was, he was just a genuinely, genuinely nice person. He got me hooked on movies that I would normally never watch. Fred Astaire movies. All the old classics. I would never, never watch those. I remember my fiancée and I telling him we were getting married, and him just being really excited and actually just offering up the ranch to have our wedding there, because privacy was going to be an issue. We wanted to get married in a church, so that's what we wound up doing. But he made the offer. He was just a genuinely nice person who was exceptionally bright, exceptionally bright, and driven and talented. You mix those things together, man, you have Michael Jackson

Kobe Bryant on Michael Jackson in a special commemorative edition of TIME



“A complicated and complex man…very real with a deep love and appreciation for art, someone who very much embodied the dreams he inspired in others.  Michael loved challenge…to think out of the box and run head-on into the most daunting challenges.  Everything in Michael’s world was a reflection and companion to the whole…conveying a message and evoking an emotion, stimulating thought.  He didn’t believe in the impossible.  The appreciation for detail, and for things in life so often taken for granted was part of his magic.  He had magic because he truly believed it.  He didn’t believe in can’t or won’t.  He was a master at hiring the right people for what he needed done, perhaps because he had an uncanny ability to sense the highest potential in others and draw the best out of them.  Nothing could stay the same for very long.  He just had an eye for things that could work with a little magic added to them.  Living with intention and meaning is what motivated Michael.  To say that Michael was a perfectionist was an understatement.  He absolutely lived for performing live.  He put so much into every performance because he wanted it to be THE ONE, THE ONLY, THE MOST AMAZING SHOW ON EARTH.  Out of respect for his fans, it had to be full out every time.  He was humble, but humility is not the antithesis of knowing the importance of commemorating milestones.  Michael took notice of everything.  To look like the real thing it had to be the real thing.  Michael was a muse, a riddler and a prankster, but most of all, an inventor who refused to believe anything was impossible.  Through him, we embraced the same limitless philosophy.  HOW FAR CAN WE TAKE THIS…His mind, like the sky, simply knew not the concept of boundaries or limits.  Limitations, I learned through him, are either self-imposed or predicated by the limited visions of others.  Performance was a life, not a job.”

Michael Bush, MJ stylist



Dream: Greatest Actor, Singer, Dancer of all time and Entertainer, The Best.





Study the great of your field and become Greater.

Know the secrets of your endeavor "The Method"

Mind Target: Control and Influence the subconscious

Best in your field

Be Scientist know. The Great's Method
Try out and then perfect it.

Move Mountains

True Training: A never ending persistence to equal or exceed the performance in your minds eye

Michael Jackson wrote this in the early 80's in his home in Encino California. This really defines how Michael wanted to become the greatest by not only working so hard but also conditioning his mind. First thing that comes to my mind after seeing this is I want to share this amazing writing to everyone especially to young MJ Lovers out there that like Michael, every dream is possible as long as you are willing to put your heart and soul into it. Passionate Michael became THE GREATEST because of he is willing to work so hard (no short cut), to sacrifice and also condition his mind. He fights for his dream. No wonder, everyone looks up to Michael and wanted to be like him. Michael will continue to inspire... It's up to us now how we will fight for our dream like Mike. Or it can never be done :)

Source: twitpic.com/photos/MJJPhotos



"Michael Jackson thinks big; he had large visions. Give up fear, think above and beyond, and do not be afraid to let your light shine in its fullness."

Adele R. McDowell, Ph.D.


Keep The Faith with Lyrics


"I want to continue to grow. To me, the biggest sin of all sins, is to be given a gift, a talent, because it's actually a gift from God, to take that and not cultivate it and make it grow, that's the biggest sin in the world."

Michael Jackson, Ebony Magazine, October 1981



Wesley Snipes said that he once spent three hours speaking with Michael “about metaphysics, psychology, ‘how the black man is treated.´ “People don’t know about Mike on the real, Mike had a consciousness that could blow your mind and he could recite things that could blow your mind as well.”

Wesley Snipes youtu.be/UPjkgTA2J8Q



"An education opens a person's minds to the entire world. And there is nothing ...more important than to make sure everyone has the opportunity for an education. To want to learn, to have the capacity to learn and not be able is a tragedy." 

From Michael Jackson´s speech in the occasion of receiving one of his honorary doctorates at United Negro College Fund on March 10, 1988 (bottom photo from handover, below it and on the right, photo from the visit of an African school)





“I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go any place you want to in reading.”

Michael Jackson



"I am just curious about all things, the simplest, things. About what is in a drop of water. I wanted to read about eyelashes one time and found out a whole colony of living things live in our eyelashes. To me that´s amazing. Everything to me is interesting, especially if you start studying the universe and all that. It is just a phenomenal amount of information and I am just astounded by it. It makes me feel ignorant about how much I don´t know The more I find out, the more ignorant I feel. I really do. I realize there is so much to learn. That´s why bookstores amaze me. I can spend hours and hours grabbing books and I come back with boxes of stuff. That´s one of the things I love about my mother. We used to go to the bookstore and spend hours and she let us get whatever we wanted. She let us have it, she never said no. We would read, read, read. I love that. It is just wonderful, isn´t it? I am very curious about everything. There is nothing I am not interested in."

Michael Jackson




"He especially loved books on Hollywood glamour from the 1930s, richly illustrated children's books, and coffee-table books on photography' 

 Todd Gray author of "Michael Jackson Before He Was King" who was the photographer of this Beautiful photo shoot of Michael as he reads at Encino:



"I remember those times he would read books out loud for me. He would always make sure I understood everything.. and the way he read it out loud and emphasized certain parts made it so much more interesting. Magic."

Omer Bhatti, Michael´s friend, shared this memory from his childhood on Tumblr



"I've always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I'd like to sit by a fire and tell people stories—make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I'd like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I've always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It's something I'd like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It's quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes."

Michael Jackson in his book Moonwalker


E.T. Storybook narrated by Michael Jackson:


Michael reading to his small children:


"What a lot of people don’t know about Michael is that he was always reading. He was an intelligent man. His favorite poet was Robert Burns and he was obsessed with the novels of Charles Dickens.

He would scour antique bookstores looking for first editions of his work.

He loved Shakespeare and got me into the plays too. He was also fascinated by English history, especially Henry VIII, and loved collecting costumes from that period." 

David Gest, music producer and Michael´s lifetime friend



“It was Rose who instilled in me a love of books ,and literature that sustains me today. I read everything I could get my hands on. New cities meant new places to shop. We loved to shop, especially in bookstores and department stores,” 

“She taught me the wonderful world of books and reading and I wouldn’t be the same person if it wasn’t for her.” 

Michael Jackson talking about his childhood tutor and motherly figure Rose Fine in MJ Tapes



Few people know that my brother was a bookish nerd, always swotting up on some random subject to better his vocabulary, knowledge, or understanding of life. “I love reading. There is a wonderful world to be discovered in books,” he said. Michael’s early reading material concerned Fred Astaire or Elvis, or child stars Shirley Temple or Sammy Davis Junior. In later years, his reading extended from Steven Spielberg to Alfred Hitchcock, President Reagan to President Roosevelt, Malcolm X to Dr Martin Luther King, and Mussolini to Hitler. I doubt many people would have given him credit for the general knowledge he amassed. Except Rose [Fine.] She always taught us that we can learn from the best by following history’s lessons; that it has left the footprints for us to follow. That is why Michael’s autobiography, Moonwalk, starts with a quote from Thomas Edison:

When I want to discover something, I begin by reading up everything that has been done along that line in the past – that’s what all these books in the library are for. I see what has been accomplished at great labor and expense in the past. I gather data of many thousands of experiments as a starting point, and then I make thousands more. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

That quote still stands as the truest reflection of Michael’s approach to his own mastery, and they were the words he actually posted in gold letters to the cloth, coffee brown walls of his sound studio at Hayvenhurst.”

Jermaine Jackson



And there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very – especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list – he was very well-read. And I don’t want to say that I’m well-read, but I’ve certainly read a lot, let’s put it that way, and I enjoy philosophy and history and everything myself, and it was very nice to talk to him, because he was very intellectual, and he liked to talk about those things. But he didn’t flaunt it, and it was very seldom that he would initiate the conversation like that, but if you got into a conversation like that with him, he was there.

Bob Sanger, a lawyer


“On weekends in the city, we often went to the movies or comic book stores, and what I remember most fondly about those visits was that Michael introduced me to the joy of books. I was dyslexic and reading had always been tough for me, but when I complained that I didn’t like to read he said, ‘Well then, you will be dumb and ignorant for the rest of your life. Frank, you can do anything you want in this world, but if you don’t have knowledge, you are nothing. If I gave you a million dollars right now, would you take it? Or, would you want to have the knowledge of how to make that million on your own?’ I knew the correct answer to that question:  ‘I’ll take the knowledge.’  Michael said, ‘That’s right, because with knowledge you can make the first million into two.” 

Frank Cascio, Michael´s friend



"There is so much around us that we should be thankful for."

Michael Jackson


"I don't relax really. I don't sleep a lot… My mind never stops."

Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson - On the line


Michael Jackson - History


"MJ would not stand for mediocrity. I only realized that I had adopted his work ethic a few years after I stopped working for him. Whenever I was tired and my heart was not into my work, I’d find myself thinking about how MJ pushed himself to maintain a high level of quality, and this made me not settle for “good enough” in my photo work. I always strove to achieve the best I was capable of producing, regardless of the circumstance or size of the job. I passed this onto my students over the years as motivation to achieve greater heights than they thought themselves capable. “Shoot for the stars, and if you don’t make it, at least you’ll land on the moon.”

Todd Gray


One of MJ´s favourite books: Jonathan Livingstone Seagull


MJ’s handwritten notes in his copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull: “For animation create a gull who is a student of Jonathan’s who admires Jonathan’s flying ability but grows jealous and leaves the train to return to the flock to conspire to kill Jonathan Seagull”. 



It´s prophetic. Both Robson and Safechuck considered themselves students of MJ. They admired him. But then they grew jealous, and their false "train of thought", and joined Chandler, Arviso and Francia to conspire against him and "kill" his legacy though those false allegations.



“The idea is to take it a step forward and to innovate or else why am I doing it.  I don’t just want to be another can in the assembly line.  I want to create and do something that’s totally different and unusual.”  

Michael Jackson in MTV Interview 1999

Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you stand alone.  Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.  Never regret doing the right thing no matter what the cost may be.  Don’t shrink away from standing and speaking or doing  for fear of the repercussions or personal price.  It takes a strong person to turn the other cheek, to not look the other way, to not just simply walk away.”

- Michael Jackson

“Michael had very demanding moments. If he didn’t like something, he let you know. Michael was never ridiculing to me ever, but if someone messed up the design of his stage, then he would yell at them. He expected perfection.”

"His shyness and introversion never hindered his ability to work with me as a photographer. Michael knew exactly what he wanted artistically, right up until probably the last two years of his life, where he got swayed by the wrong people and got in way over his head.”

- Harrison Funk, MJ´s photographer



"We stand up and the judge leaves, and Michael turns to me and says, "Bob, the jury system is much older than 200 years, isn't it?" I said, 'Well, yeah, it goes back to the Greeks." He says, "Oh yeah, Socrates had a jury trial, didn't he?" I said, "Yeah, well, you know how it turned out for him." Michael says, "Yeah, he had to drink the hemlock." That's just one little tidbit. We talked about psychology, Freud and Jung, Hawrthorne, sociology, black history and sociology dealing with race issues. But he was very well read in the classics of psychology and history and literature."

Bob Sanger, one of Michael Jackson's lawyers during his 2005 trial, in "Michael Jackson's Lawyer, Bob Sanger, Talks to West Coast Sound About the Pop Star, His Life -- and His Reading Habits" (25 June 2005)


    Michael with books:

  Part of Neverland´s library:


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