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What Rap Music Has Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

02/06/2015 02:30 pm ET | Updated Apr 08, 2015
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ONE. LET YOUR DREAMS SCARE YOU.

"I'm a monster, I'm a maven,
I know this world is changin'.
Never gave in, never give up,
I'm the only thing I'm afraid of."

Amazing - Kanye West

Don't let anyone tell you your dreams are too big. Some people do not have the vision, they cannot see how your dreams are capable of moving mountains. If your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough. Never give up on those dreams, keep working at them, failure is not an option because you will never give up. Anything your mind can conceive you can achieve. There are no limits to our dreams. 

TWO. BE A HUSTLER.

"Make a business for yourself, boy, set some goals
Make a fat diamond out of dusty coals"

B.O.B. - Outkast

Everyday do something that will get you closer to achieving your goals. Don't ever stop working towards them. Be a visionary, be innovative, be revolutionary. Set your goals, write a plan and take action. The hustle comes from consistency and persistence. Don't stop doing what you need to do. 

THREE. VALUE YOURSELF.

"Put me anywhere on God's green earth, I'll triple my worth... I, will, not, lose."

U Don't Know - Jay Z

Know your worth and your value. Showcase it and use it to your advantage. Share your talents with the world. Put a price on yourself and never sell yourself short. You are the only you - no one will ever have the ability to be you. Be a creator, your business is to create. It doesn't even matter what it is. It's a piece of you that you release to the world.

FOUR. BRAND YOURSELF - YOU ARE YOUR BUSINESS.

"I'm not a businessman, I am a business, man!"

Diamonds From Sierra Leone - Kanye West ft. Jay Z

Play the part. Be who you need to be. Think and act as though you're already a success and you will become a success. You are your business and everything you reflect onto the world you will receive in return. Be a hustler, be a maven, be a revolutionary, be humble, be kind, be giving, be a success. 

FIVE. NEVER STOP LEARNING.

"The message I stress: to make it stop study your lessons
Don't settle for less - even a genius asks-es questions"

Me against the world - Tupac

Educate yourself. Your only choice is to be the best in the world at what you do. To be the best you must be willing to continue learning everyday. Knowledge is power, education is one of the most valuable privileges in the world, so many people do not have access to education, take this opportunity to learn, and use your power to change the world. Even if you are the best at what you do, you have something more to learn. 

SIX. LOOK UNTO THE POSITIVE.

"Nevermind what the haters say, 
ignore them 'til they fade away."

Live Your Life - T.I.

In the words of Jay Z, you can speak things into existence. Surround yourself with positive people, positive attitudes and positive vibrations. Be positive, put out positive energy and in return the universe will reward you with positivity. Throughout your journey you will stumble upon many people who want to keep you small, who want to make you feel like you aren't worthy enough, who want to bring you down, don't let them. See the positive, see the purpose and continue persisting. 

SEVEN. TRUST THE PROCESS.

"Everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter must come spring
Change, it comes eventually"

Everything is everything - Lauren Hill

Have complete faith that you are on the right path. Every challenge has been placed before you to teach you a valuable lesson, let it guide you in the direction you need to go. Allow for things to naturally evolve, be open to change, but also follow your path. Manifest your success, ask the universe for guidance and let it deliver. Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be. 

EIGHT. WE WANT TO SEE OTHERS SUCCEED.

"Started from the bottom now we here,
Started from the bottom now the whole team here"

Started From The Bottom - Drake

We are not in this alone. We are on the path to becoming self-made millionaires who are making it together. We aren't afraid to collaborate and work together to succeed. We share with each other, we give to each other, we inspire one another. We are the new age group of entrepreneurs who are revolutionising the way business is created; together. We see the value in sharing kindly and quietly, we don't feel the need to parade our generosity. We remember where we started and we are happy to help everyone, wherever they may be on their journey. 

NINE. BE A GOOD PERSON.

"May your neighbours respect you
Trouble neglect you
Angels protect you
And heaven accepts you..."

Shot For Me - Drake

We understand the real definition of success. It's not about money or fame, it's about how many lives we have touched. When someone hear's your name, what would they say about you? We are empathetic, we are sincere, we care. We value all God's creations, big or small. We give more than we receive. We give without an expectation for reciprocation. We value each other. We always give back. 

TEN. STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND PRACTICE GRATITUDE. 

"Be grateful for blessings
Don't ever change, keep your essence"

Me against the world - Tupac

You are the only person that can define you. Stay true to who you are, award yourself with any titles you wish and don't let the words of others affect the way you perceive yourself. Authenticity is key.

Everyday be thankful for your blessings and practice gratitude for all the things that have been provided to you when you needed them. 

Thank you rap music. Peace.

Piece written by Grigoria Kritsotelis (Creative Director & Co-Founder of Creative Bar Marketing Consulting Agency). Grigoria is a Creative Modern Marketer who specialises in supporting millennial entrepreneurs on their journey through entrepreneurship and becoming revolutionary self-made millionaires. You can find her at www.creativebar.com.au