21 Entrepreneurial Lyrics by Jay-Z on Reasonable Doubt
Recently, I went back in to my music library and decided to listen to some of the best hip hop music that came out in the 1990’s.
The 90’s was a decade that changed communities, created controversy and allowed a new generation of individuals to express themselves in ways they never had the ability to do before.
The west coast music scene, mostly the Los Angeles area, was emerging. The lyrics that were being used to express emotion were harder than ever. What was being experienced by the musician and the surrounding community was bring brought to us the public in their music.
Becoming A Star
In 1996 a young, confident and charismatic rapper emerged on the east coast hip hop scene. This rapper went by the name Jay-Z. His real name was Shawn Carter.
He brought a message of hard times but survival. Jay-z talked about the success he was attaining while living in the same poverty-stricken streets as so many other young black youth.
He used the lyrics of a successful, happy and abundant life to get his views, struggles and life story heard by the masses of people.
The Reasonable Doubt album includes songs such as, “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, “Can I Live”, “Feelin It”, “Politics As Usual” and “Dead Presidents”.
These songs had messages of a successful mindset, hustling and the ability to accumulate riches by focusing on your goals, dreams and taking advantage of any situation that you are in.
Today Jay-z is a successful business man, entertainer, rap artist and family man.
21 Successful Mindset Statements
I’m making short-term goals
When starting off any business venture make sure you have short-term goals which you can follow daily. These smaller goals should help you plan and make your larger goals a reality. These plans are the blueprint to your success.
Through my peripheral I see ya scheming
In life, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. It is important to have the ability to adapt quickly, to any situation. People will come from all directions and try to hurt you financially, emotionally and physically.
Me and my fam roll tight like the firm
It is important to have a strong circle of friends. These friends should help influence you as you go for your goals and dreams. They can also help you achieve your dreams and goals.
My life is based on sacrifices
If you want to succeed in life you must make sacrifices which may include doing things you do not want to do.
What are you willing to give up today to have a successful life tomorrow?
No disrespect to you, make sure your word is true
If you want people to respect you, you should speak the truth even when it is not convenient. As the adage goes, do not speak unless you can add value to the conversation.
Murder is a tough thing to digest, it’s a slow process and I ain’t got nothing but time
When you have a goal, dream or mission you should take your time, plan, get your resources and then execute on that plan.
Don’t rush into something without a solid understanding of how you will achieve your goal. It is also important to understand any challenges you might face.
On my back the finest clothes, lookin ill and s**t
Dress the part of a success. It does not cost a lot of money to wear nice clothes. When you go out, dress like a success even if you do not have the money. You never know who you will meet. Networking opportunities are everywhere.
If every n***a in your clique is rich your clique is rugged, Nobody will fall cause everyone would be each others crutches, I hope you fools choose to listen I drop jewels bust it, These are the rules I follow in my life you gotta love it
It is important to surround yourself with people of the same mind-set, goals and vision. The strong you are the more successful everyone on the team can become.
When one team member falls there are many others who will lift the other member. Remember your team is only as strong as your weakest link.
Nine to five is how ya survive, I ain’t trying to survive. I’m trying to live it to the limit and live it alive
If you want a live of success you must put in more hours to create the life you want. It’s what you do after work, the 9-5, not during work hours that creates a life of success.
What is your side hustle or business?
Your goal should be to create your own business, where one day you can walk away from your full-time job, and focus on create a larger side business that bring in more income then your full-time job.
Forever petty minds stay petty. Mines thinkin longevity until I’m seventy
If you think small and talk about the irrelevant things, in life you will get just that. But if you think big and long-term, then you create a life that can be successful.
Ace, turn that music down, I smell some reefer, now you see? That’s why, our people don’t have anything, Because we don’t know how to go in places and act properly
When you are out of your element, do not continue to do the same things that you are used to doing in your element.
Learn how to think and act, so you can do things other successful people are able to do.
I know this games got valleys and peaks
Life is full of ups and downs. How do you react when you are faced with the valleys and peaks of life?
Learn to work with what you have and keep going towards your dream. Do not let the challenges stop you. Instead they should inspire you.
You draw, better be Picasso, ya’know the best
Whatever you decide to do with your life, be the best at your craft. If you want to paint then look up the best painters and learn how to be the best. Emulate their success.
You let them other n****z get the name, skip the fame. Ten thou’ or a hundred G, keep yo’s**t the same
When you start making money don’t chase fame and don’t let money change you.
Don’t let others know how much money you have or what you have in assets. Stay grounded and remember where you came from. Your story should motivate you.
If your leg broke b***h, hop up on your good foot
Don’t wait for things in your life to be perfect before you do what your passion is. Look at what you have now and put those skills to use. They are the foundation of your success.
I got the feds sending me letters ‘cause I’m schooling the youth. But they can’t lock me down ‘cause my tool is the truth
It is true, society has tried to quite people who speak the truth against certain inequalities but when you speak the truth people will listen, rise and demand change.
If you feel there is inequalities and that you need to act then you must take action. The government, cops and lawyers can’t silence and lock up everyone in the world.
We don’t lease, we buy the whole car, as you should
Watch how you spend your money. If you spend your money and have nothing to show for it in the end, what do you have in the end? NOTHING.
Words worth a million like I’m rappin em through platinum teeth
Your word is your bond and that bond is worth a lot. You can make millions or lose millions. If you don’t watch what you say, who you say it to and how you say it even worse things can happen to you.
He wanna run with me, I know this kid’ll be loyal
As you go through life you will find people who will be loyal to you and your dreams. Find good people and surround yourself with these success mindset people.
It is also important to find people you can be loyal to.
This is the number one rule for your set, in order to survive, gotta learn to live with regrets
When you go for your dreams and goals, don’t forget to live life. You will win and you will lose. You will succeed and you will fail. Learn to live with regrets and failures. Do not get caught up in them.
I keep it realer than most I know your feelin it
You can’t be anyone else, but you. Be the best you as you go out and pursue your entrepreneurial dreams. People will love and respect you for that and if they don’t, its ok, you are still going for your dreams.
If you have heard the, Reasonable Doubt album, then you have heard these lyrics and can relate to what Jay-Z is saying.
If you have not heard the album or are not a Jay-Z fan, one thing is for sure, you can learn a lot from this successful business man, entrepreneur and visionary.
What did you take from the lyrics on the Reasonable Doubt album? Leave a comment below and tell me one thing that has changed the way you think.
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