Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What Nicki Minaj Taught Me About Business

On Sunday, in between working on some things, I took a little break to watch TV. On E!, there was a special about Nicki Minaj. Now, I don't particularly care for her music, but I think she's a very intriguing person, and I like to hear successful people's stories, so I decided to watch. And I must say, I was feeling pretty inspired and motivated after watching. There are a couple of lessons I took away:

1) After Nicki graduated from high school, she ultimately got a 9-to-5 job. But, what she really wanted to do was rap. She ended up getting fired from the job, but she said she couldn't go back to work at a "regular job" and didn't care if she had to live in a shelter, she was going to make her dream work. Period, point blank. That really struck me. Now, I'm not saying you need to be willing to live in a shelter to make your dreams come true, but you should be willing to make sacrifices and be persistent.
           A lot of times, people think, 'Well, I'll go after my dreams for a little while, but if it doesn't work by this particular time, I'll find something else to do.' But, if you're really passionate about your dreams and goals, if you know that whatever you're trying to do is what you were put on earth to do, you don't quit. You find a way to make your dream work, no matter how long it takes. You work at it until. I think this is a very important lesson, particularly for entrepreneurs. It's easy to want to give up when you aren't getting the results you want quickly enough. However, it's important that you stay on the journey until you get to your destination.

2) Let's face it, Nicki Minaj is...weird eccentric. On the special, she talked about how she's always had these different "personalities" and how she would sometimes speak with different accents. And as an artist, Nicki's clothes, hair and makeup are always interesting and eclectic. But, she is herself, she does her own thing, and that's one reason people love her and are drawn to her. And the same thing goes for entrepreneurs, you have to do you and be you. When you're authentic, people will be drawn to you and want to do business with you, and you'll feel great about yourself because you're allowing yourself to be the unique, fabulous person you are.

So, always remember to never, never, never give up on your dreams, and always be you!

"I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive. I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise." - "Fly," Nicki Minaj featuring Rhianna

1 comment:

  1. Good article. I really enjoyed reading this, Jamie. Thanks!


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