Marshall Mathers (Eminem), a rapper, actor, and music producer is one of the best rappers in the world. He has won two Grammy awards and a number of MTV Music Video Awards. He has also released one of the fastest selling albums in history.
I love Eminem because besides being a successful rapper, he has proved that anyone can defy the odds. Moreover, 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 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 from becoming successful. 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 in academics. In an interview, he revealed that he failed 9th grade three times, and he dropped out of school when he was 17. That being said, 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 stage because he was white. In his song, Lose Yourself, he raps that he was often, ‘chewed out, and spit out, and booed off stage.’
Eminem defied the odds, and he became one of the best rappers in the world even though he was white. 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 experience painful situations.
However, Eminem is not this type of person. He always used pain to fuel him to greatness. 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 so hard.
- Never Ever Give Up
Despite being told that he won’t make it in rap because he was white, despite being booed off 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 on stage to rap until people loved his rapping style.
‘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
Which lesson inspired you most? Anyway, you can add more lessons you have learned from Eminem in the comment box below.
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8 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn from Billionaire Art Williams’ Speech: JUST DO IT
Art Williams (Net Worth – 3. 5$ Billion) is the founder of A. L. Williams & Associates. In 1987, he gave a powerful speech which is considered one of the greatest motivational speeches ever. In the speech, he revealed the primary factors that result in winning in business.
I always listen to the speech because it motivates me to take action, and also reminds me about the things I must continuously do for me to succeed. Below are 8 success lessons I learned from the Art William’s speech
- It’s Impossible to Win in Business if You Don’t Possess Mental Toughness
Success in business requires positivity, the ability to focus, and self-confidence. People who lack these qualities seldom succeed in business because they fall for distractions and give up during hard times. Mentally tough people succeed because they can persevere the difficulties they face in businesses since they are positive, focused, and self-confident.
- A College Degree in Business is Not Worth The Paper It’s Written On
According to Art Williams, a degree in business is not worth it as most business professors have no business experience because, as he puts it, “they deal with a bunch of theory.”
I support Art Williams because I have a business degree and I’ve never seen its importance in the business world. The business world needs experience and not papers. No matter how many degrees you have, you need experience for you to succeed in business. For this reason, an individual without a business degree but has business experience is more likely to win in business than a person with 100 business degrees with zero business experience.
Furthermore, many people who succeed in business don’t have business degrees because these degrees prepare students for employment. You can’t succeed in business by being prepared for employment, and being taught by someone who has never been in business.
- Artificial Things are not the Key to Winning in Business
Today, many people think that for an individual to succeed in business, he or she must have artificial things such as a high I.Q, and a college degree. Little do they know that the inner qualities of an individual are the primary key to winning in business.
That being said, a mentally tough person who knows how to relate with people is more likely to succeed in business than an antisocial, depressed person with a P.H.D in business.
- To Succeed You Must Get Excited
According to Art Williams, only the people who get excited with the journey to success succeed. Excitement makes you do things passionately and enthusiastically hence making it impossible for you to give up. It also makes you work hard because you become obsessed with whatever you are doing.
Furthermore, excitement leads to success because it makes you attract people who are willing to help you achieve your dreams. People prefer working with excited positive people to sad pessimistic folks. Therefore, GET EXCITED.
- Become a Dreamer
Art Williams agrees that having a dream is a key to winning.
I also believe that having a dream makes you win because in my experience, a dream inspires you to work hard and achieve big things. My dream to have millions of readers in my blog and to inspire the world with my pearls of wisdom always makes me excited and obsessed with working hard because I know that I will be the happiest person in the world if I live the life of my dreams.
This dream makes me work even when I don’t feel like working, and it also makes me embrace obstacles knowing that they are necessary for success.
- Believe You Can
If you believe YOU CAN’T you will fail because the subconscious mind always attracts situations that match with your thoughts. Besides this, believing YOU CAN’T will result in you wrongly interpreting obstacles since you will see them as a proof that you can’t achieve your goals.
Therefore, for you to win, you must believe YOU CAN.
- If You Want to Win You Will Be Controversial
If you want to win you will be controversial because you will have to do things that many people don’t. You will have to believe in achieving big things, and you will have to come up with unique products or services that people have never seen. For this reason, people will doubt your success.
- You Need a Firm Spiritual Life for you to Succeed in Business
Spiritual practices such as meditation can influence success in business because they clear the mind and make it possible for a person to make clear decisions. Besides this, embracing a spiritual life leads to inner peace that helps an individual succeed because a person with inner peace never worries when he or she meets obstacles on the journey to success.
You can check out my article, Does Spirituality Influence Financial Success for a detailed explanation of how spirituality influences financial success.
Hope the article helped. Thanks for reading.
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If You Are Chasing Your Dream, You Are Fucked
This article is strictly meant for all those fucked up folks chasing their dreams. I always give you guys good news, but today I have bad news for you.
I believe you’ve put yourself in serious trouble by deciding to pursue your dreams because you have no choice but to persevere the hardships that all dream chasers face. You’ll have to endure the sleepless nights, anxieties, doubts, the feeling of giving up, and all other ‘negative’ things associated with dream chasing.
The good thing is that you can avoid these hardships by giving up. However, if you give up, you’ll have to live with deep regret and severe depression for the rest of your life because you’ll see people who were less skilled than you achieving what you gave up on.
Let’s say you want to be a rich and famous actor, and you know that you have higher chances of achieving this dream than most people. However, you give up after facing various challenges. A few years later, you see the people you knew were worse than you becoming award-winning actors. How will you feel?
You’ll feel bad, and people will notice it, and they’ll remind you that you had a better chance at succeeding yet you gave up.
That being said, it’s clear that you are fucked if you are following your dreams because you’ve set yourself for either regret or facing the many obstacles dream chasers face.
You’ll live with regret if you give up, and if you don’t give up, you’ll have to work hard till the day you’ll succeed. You’ll have to make lots of sacrifices, face criticism and rejection, force yourself to work every single day, risk failure, and experience slow progress even though you are working your ass-off.
I’m sorry for you dear because as a dream chaser, there is no turning back since you are like someone who landed on an island and burned all his boats. You just have to face the hardships dream chasers face or give up and drown in depression, stress, and anger forever. Either Way, You Are Fucked.
It’s horrifying, but it’s the damn truth. Following your dreams isn’t all fun and games, and so is living with REGRET and drowning in alcoholism because you gave up.
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