Marshall Mathers (Eminem), a rapper, actor, and music producer is my favorite rapper, and one of the best rappers in the world. He has won two Grammy awards and a number of MTV Music Video Awards. Furthermore, he has released one of the fastest selling albums in rap history.
I love Eminem because besides being a successful rapper, he has proved that anyone can defy the odds. His rags-to-riches story is inspiring to those who want to achieve greatness.
As one of his biggest fans, I have listened to most of his songs and read almost every story about him. Therefore, I have managed to learn some lessons from him that make me believe in achieving greatness.
Here are five crucial lessons I learned from one of the world’s greatest rappers.
- Your Economic Background Does Not Matter When It Comes to Achieving Success
Eminem was born in a very poor family.
Eminem and his mother once lived in a trailer park. Besides the trailer park, they also lived in public housing projects, and they were so poor that they relied on government assistance.
However, the poor family background never stopped Eminem. He worked so hard and eventually became one of the richest artists alive.
- You Don’t Need To Succeed in School For You To Succeed in Life
Despite his huge success, Eminem was poor at academic education. In an interview, he revealed that he failed 9th grade three times, and he never completed school as he dropped out when he was 17 years old.
For this reason, Eminem proves that your academic performance does not determine what you will achieve in life.
- You Can Defy the Odds
When Eminem entered the rap game, rap was considered an African-American art, and people believed that White-Americans could not rap. For this reason, people always laughed at Eminem whenever he went on the stage to rap because he was white. In his song, Lose Yourself, he raps that he was often, ‘chewed out, and spit out, and booed off stage.’
However, Eminem defied the odds, and he became one of the best rappers in the world even though he was a White-American. He has sold more than 200 million records across the world.
- You Can Use Pain to Fuel Yourself to Greatness
Most of us succumb to depression, claiming that life is unfair to us, whenever we face pain in our lives.
However, Eminem was not this type of person. He always used his pain to fuel him to greatness.
In some of his songs, Eminem revealed how pain pushed him to work very hard. He revealed that the pain of living in a trailer park, and the psychological pain he felt because he lacked enough money to sustain his family made him work very hard in the music industry where he eventually became a huge success.
All the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can’t get by with my 9-5, and I can’t provide the right type of life for my family. Cause man this God-damn food stamps don’t buy diapers – Eminem, Lose Yourself
- Never Ever Give Up
Despite being told that he won’t make it in rap because he was a White-American, despite being booed when he tried to rap on stage, Eminem never chose to give up.
Most of us would have given up if we could have faced such obstacles. However, after being booed, Eminem always ‘upped his game,’ and went back to the stage to rap again till people acknowledged his rapping skills.
‘I’ve been chewed up, and spit out and booed off stage. But I kept rhyming and stepped right in the next cipher (Rap Competition)’ – Eminem, Lose Yourself
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4 Unique Lessons I Learned From Goal Setting that Will Make You Start Setting Goals Right Now
Before I started setting goals, I thought goal setting was useless because I never saw how the practice could improve my life. However, I realized the magic of goal setting when I started setting and writing down goals in August 2015.
Goal setting is a wonderful thing, and many studies reveal that people who set goals progress quicker than those who don’t. Besides progress, there are other lessons I learned from goal setting which many people don’t tell you.
Here are they
- Goal Setting Proves that the Law of Attraction Works
According to The Law of Attraction, you attract what you constantly think about. I never believed this law until I started writing down my goals and realized that I achieved some of my goals because I constantly thought about them. For example, in 2015, one of my main goals was to get an exotic dog. I didn’t have the money to buy the dog but the amazing thing is that I got it. I know you are wondering how I got the dog.
After writing down the goal of getting a dog, I became obsessed with getting a dog because I always read my goals every day. I spent a large percentage of my time thinking and talking about how I will get a dog.
A few months later, my friend’s dog fell sick, and I offered to take care of it. One day as I was taking it to the vet, I met a friend’s friend who asked me to take care of his dog because he was traveling.
I accepted the offer, and after a few weeks, the dog owner told me to keep it because he believed that he will never have the time to care for his dog. And that’s how I got Bobby, the best dog in the world.
By the way, Bobby was pregnant when I got her, and she gave birth to six pups on 9th October 2015.
- Goal Setting Proves That You Don’t Have to Know the ‘How.’
I wrote in the article, 4 Major Reasons Why We Avoid Dreaming Big, that people fear to dream big because they don’t know how they will achieve big dreams. I also feared to dream big whenever I thought about ‘how’ I could achieve big dreams.
However, setting big goals and achieving them enabled me to dream big because I realized that I don’t always have to know how I will achieve my goals.
In 2015, one of my goals was to relocate to Nairobi (Kenya’s Capital City), but I didn’t have the money for relocation. I never knew where I could get the money but I just wrote down the goal.
Five months later, my friend Silas called and informed me about a vacancy at his workplace which was in the city. I went to the city, passed the interview, and my parents sponsored the relocation. It a happened so fast. I didn’t know how it happened, but it happened. I found myself working and living in Nairobi.
- Goal Setting Increases Faith in Big Things
Goal setting increased my faith in achieving big things because I always achieve half of the goals I set regardless of how big or small they are. My three years of experience with goal setting made me set big goals this year because I have faith that I will achieve most of them.
- Goal Setting Made me a Hard worker
I always know that I will be depressed or I might give up on goal setting if I don’t achieve my goals. Therefore, I often work hard so that I achieve my goals. For this reason, I now have a hard working habit because I have never stopped setting goals.
Therefore goal setting can increase your faith, make you a hard worker, and enable you to realize that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
For this reason, start setting goals and you will experience the power of goal setting after you achieve half of the goals you’ll set. Lastly, remember to pray for the wisdom and strength you need for achieving your goals.
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Six Disastrous Effects of Acting Rich
I just noticed that the modern society loves acting rich. We adopt fake lifestyles to boost our social images and make people believe we are wealthy. Besides this, we love acting rich so that we impress our friends, neighbors, and spouses. Little do we know that acting rich is bad because of the following effects.
- Excessive Spending
The first catastrophic effect of acting rich is excessive spending. Many people who pretend to be rich often spend more than they earn because they continually buy expensive things to maintain their ‘rich’ status. Such individuals also spend extravagantly when they are around people so that they prove their ‘wealthy’ status.
- Excessive Borrowing
Since I started handling money, it dawned on me that most people who love borrowing money are those who act rich. One thing I also realized is that these individuals seldom pay their debts because they have too many of them.
Pretending to be rich is an expensive thing folks, and for this reason, it will result in you spending more than you earn. When you continually spend more than you earn, you will have to constantly borrow money for you to meet your daily needs.
- Fake friends
You will attract several fake friends if you love acting rich.
Some people love having friends who recklessly spend on them. Such individuals will only stick around when you have money to spend. However, when you go broke they will be nowhere to be seen.
Besides this, such friends will never be available when you are in need of emotional or financial support. Moreover, they will never tell you to control your spending habits and focus on securing a better future because they will always want you to spend on them.
- You Will Never Invest
You will seldom invest your money in productive projects if you always act rich because you will have little or no money to invest as a result of excessive spending and borrowing. Furthermore, because your focus will be on looking rich, investing will be the last thing that will come to your mind
- You Will Never Be Rich
Ironically those who pretend to be rich die poor because of excessive borrowing, lack of investments, and overspending.
‘Pretending to be rich can make you poor, learn to live within your means.’ – Alux.com
- You Will Be Materialistic
Pretending to be rich makes you a materialistic person. You will be so obsessed with material things because you’ll depend on them to look and act rich.
Being materialistic is bad for you because it results in hopelessness, unhappiness, self-centeredness, and selfishness. Besides this, you will never be satisfied with whatever you have if you are materialistic.
With this in mind, we must stop pretending to be rich because of the harmful effects of this behavior. We must accept our current financial positions, save more money, invest in productive projects, and riches will surely come.
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