I have always respected Jay Z as a successful entrepreneur and phenomenal emcee. Like 50 Cent, Dr Dre, P.Diddy and other Hip-hop Moguls he walks the talk in his lyrics and I believe it’s in some of his lyrics that he shares the good stuff. Today I will pick out 7 Jay Z lines that can make you get your whole perspective to change.
- “Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it” – Already Home
In this line Jay Z reminds us that a lot of people give a lot of advice about what one should do or how they should do it, yet they themselves have never done it. For example I will actually get blasted by some individuals for not having made this post about Zim Hip-hop. Jay Z’s message is clearly that you shouldn’t pay them no mind…. do you.
2. “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.” – Can I Live
In Can I Live which was in his debut album Jay Z made it clear that he was willing to sacrifice all he could, than avoid risk and die without exhausting his full potential. Many times we are afraid of taking risks and would rather be warm in our comfort zone. However if you’re willing to take on the greats you have to walk on wire sometimes.
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3. “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business… man.”– Diamonds from Sierra Leone Remix.
This is probably one of the most quoted Jay Z lines, but I love it because he is saying he is actually the BRAND. He is not just a business man, but he is the product and the whole of the brand. It says a lot about how we can package ourselfs as entrepreneurs. We should begin the branding from the inside going out to reach the heights reached by Jigga.
4. “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the aim, just gotta change the target.” – American Dreamin’.
Jay Z began out in the street pushing crack cocaine and he simply is saying, he had to change his focus from drugs to music. There is nothing wrong with ambition, but sometimes our targets are misdirected. Changing the focus to music, which is something that builds the African Americans was a better target than cocaine which destroys families.
5. “I felt so inspired by what my teacher said,Said I’d either be dead or be a reefer head,” – So Ambitious
In these line he teaches us that, you can convert negative energy to positive energy. This line uses sarcasm though, but the depression he felt when his teacher (who was supposed to be a mentor) said such negative… he went home and turned it to positive energy. One of the 7 Habits of Highly effective people is to be less reactive to what people say, but be proactive. Not to prove them wrong but for yourself.
6. “I move forward the only direction,cant be scared to fail Search and perfection” – On To The Next One
This may sound like Hip-hop advice, but those who read a book known as “Who Moved My Cheese” know that in business you must innovate and fine new ways to move forward. Your goals and core values may remain the same but you have to adjust to what’s working as an entrepreneur. If you’re too stuck in the past you will be forgotten with it.
7. “Leave a mark that can’t erase neither space nor time,So when the director yells cut, I’ll be fine,
I’m forever young…” – Forever Young
The best inventors, scientists and idealists like Da Vinci, Galileo and Albert Einstein left a mark of indelible ink. The same way Tupac did to Hip-hop and the rest of the world. ay Z is reminding us here to make our decisions and achievements in life such that they continue to benefit future generations. In fact Jay Z has actually made a mark because a lot of blogs for years to come will explain his ideas as I have done here. That’s how powerful ideas are.
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