Comparing yourself to the world famous music mogul Jay-Z may seem farfetched, after all, he is a multi-millionaire, and living a lift that most of us could only dream of. Nevertheless, Jay-Z’s career need not be so different to your own. He was not born into money, and he worked hard for everything that he has – so if his dream can come true for him, then why not for you too?
Check out these inspirational career lessons you can learn from Jay-Z and use them in your daily life to achieve your goals!
#1 Follow your passion and make it your ‘money-maker’
If you can find something you are not only good at, but which you are genuinely interested in, and make it your source of income then you are well on your way to ‘living your dream’. Like most happy professionals will tell you – if you are doing a job you love, you are not really ‘working’ anyway!
Jay-Z loved music, it was his passion and he knew that his talent could take him far in life. Not only did he pursue his music dream, but when he made enough money, he invested in another of his passions – sport. Jay-Z assembled a basketball team in 2003 and he then went on to become a co-owner of the New Jersey Nets.
#2 Expand your brand and market yourself
Never rest on your laurels. As a business owner, you need to constantly be aware of new opportunities and take risks where necessary. If you don’t push the boundaries and expand into new markets, then your business will not survive market fluctuations and changing consumer behaviors.
Not content with having a booming music business, Jay-Z created his own clothing range called ‘Rocawear clothing’ and even published his own autobiography which was a huge hit with none other than Oprah! This goes to show that there is no limit to what you can achieve in life, and whilst you may have one specific talent that makes you money, there is no reason why you cannot invest in order business interests.
#3 Keep control of your career and personal life
Ok so you have finally made it and you are living the dream, you now need to ensure that you remain in control and do not get ‘swept away’ with all the excitement. You need to keep your eye on the ball and always plan ahead as you never know what is around the corner.
Jay-Z is renowned for keeping his personal life private and business deals on the ‘down-lo’ in order to remain one step ahead of the competition. He has complete control of his business assets and personal life and because of this, he is able to sit back and enjoy living the dream. By being one step ahead at all times, he has time to enjoy his career and all the good things that come with it!
#4 Don’t rest on your laurels
Just because you have done well and achieved your career goals, it is wrong to assume that you cannot push for more. In life, you can always achieve more so long as you want it enough and are prepared to work for it too.
Jay-Z decided to ‘retire’ at the peak of his career. Whilst he was only 34 years old, he believe he could not top the success he had achieved. However, he soon put this notion to bed when he came out of early retirement and hit the music scene bigger than ever! This goes to show that it is important to keep pushing yourself and always believing that the more you want something, and the harder you work for it, the easier it will be to achieve it.