On the importance of a strong work ethic: “In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. I mean, work like there’s no tomorrow. Train. Strive. I mean, 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.”

On how best to cultivate your craft: “The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”

On his life purpose: ”I think…to give. In the best way I can, through song and through dance and through music. I mean, I am committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. I believe that to be the reason for the very existence of art. And I feel I was chosen as an instrument to just give music and love and harmony to the world.”

On the importance of humility & always striving: “That’s why I don’t put awards of trophies in my house.  You won’t find a gold record anywhere in my house because it makes you feel you’ve accomplished ‘look what I’ve done!’  But I always want to feel ‘no, I haven’t done it yet.’

On his creative process: “I wrote “Will You Be There?” at my house….I didn’t think about it hard. That’s why it’s hard to take credit for the songs that I write, because I just always feel that it’s done from above. I feel fortunate for being that instrument through which music flows. I’m just the source through which it comes. I can’t take credit for it because it’s God’s work. He’s just using me as the messenger.”

On his responsibility to humanity: “I’ve always believed that the real measure of celebrity success is not just how famous he becomes, but what he does with that fame and fortune.

“I hate to see suffering, I hate to see people in need, and I feel God gave me a gift, and I have to use it responsibly by giving back, and I’ll do it until I have pennies left or the good Lord calls me home.

On the wisdom of the heart: “Sometimes the heart is so heavy that we turn away from it and forget that its throbbing is the wisest message of life, a wordless message that says, ‘Live, be, move, rejoice, you are alive!’ Without the heart’s wise rhythm, we could not exist.”‘   

The King of Pop, Michael Joseph Jackson (gifted unto the world on August 29, 1958)

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