Hello SOTGC community,
Millennials! Let’s face it: We love pop-culture. It’s a well-known fact that a large percentage of the millennial community is always connected to what’s hot and trending at any moment.
But consider this, the same pop-culture icons we are immersed in can teach us a thing or two about professional development.
Any individual that knows me can confirm that I consider Jay-Z the undisputed King of the World. In addition to becoming one of the most iconic figures in the rap and hip-hop industry, he has shown the world what it means to create an EMPIRE.
Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $475 million, fueled not only by his music, but his companies and various affiliations. Honestly, could you expect anything less from the same man who told the world: “I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man!”
Jay-Z has been able to turn every facet of his life into a fully functioning enterprise. There lies some serious take-away points from his journey; but two lessons have resonated consistently with me that I find worth sharing:
H to the USTLE:
Jay-Z began his musical career as an unsigned rapper and sold his tapes from the trunk of his car while trying to get a record deal. After getting denied by numerous record labels and signing a weak deal with Payday Records, Jay-Z did what any thoroughbred hustler would do: Stopped accepting “No.”
Instead, he started his own record label! Roc-A-Fella Records came from the realization that everything these record labels did, Jay Z could do himself. The big lesson: Learn to do things for yourself, make opportunities where there are none, and put in the work.
“I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.” —Jay- Z
YOUR DETERMINATION DETERMINES YOUR PROGRESSION
Jay-Z is determination personified: a high-school dropout and former drug dealer, he was determined to make it in the music industry. That is a huge component as to why Jay-Z is so great. He was passionate about what he had to share with the world; and as a result pushed through. The best part is that he continues to be as determined and motivated as he was day one. In his words, “Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes a week.” The man’s hard work and grit is hard to overlook. This should speak the same for millennials. As a generation often cited as lazy, mimicking Jay-Z’s work ethic is nothing but beneficial for us. We should remember to remain passionate, dedicated, and on track when it comes to our professional progression.
Now, all millennials might not have dreams of being the next Jay-Z; but we can operate out of the same level of professional dedication as he does.
How’s that for some pop-culture pioneering!
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