Was just reading this Jay-Z article in Forbes.
The article was obviously about his wealth and business success, but there were takeaways worth sharing.
1. Remembering What Made You Successful
The album had all these emotions and complexities and layers that a typical hip-hop album didn’t have if you were making it at 16, 17 years old (NRP sidenote=Jay-Z was 26 when his first album dropped). That isn’t enough wealth of experience to share with the world. I had so much wealth to share with the world at that time, and I’ve never forgotten those things, like you say. You never forget those true things that you stick to, your basic things that make you successful.
Having some success is one thing, maintaining and growing that success is another.
2. Stick to Your Guns and Avoid Trends
It’s the discipline not to get caught up in the moment. You know, music is like stocks, too. There’s the hot thing of the moment. There’s this hot, electro sound, or the hot Auto-Tune voice, or the hot whatever’s new and exciting. People tend to make emotional decisions based on that. They don’t stick with what they know, you know, this is who I am. This is what I do. They jump on this next hot thing. And it’s not for you.
According to the Jigga Man and investing genius Warren Buffet, jumping from trend to trend is not a good long term strategy. Think about it, every new trend in music only has a few survivors after the hype is over. Don’t get all crazy as trends come and go.
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