Jay Z Turns 50: “Overcome Your Fears And Take Action”


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With over 40 million albums sold and a business empire that includes clothing, fragrances, sports bars, liquor, and hotels, and more, Jay Z has transformed himself into one of the most powerful brands in the world.

The now 50-year-old former rapper continues a string of business successes, who also now owns a record label, talent agency, and music streaming service. His estimated net worth is over $1 Billion (yes, that’s with a “B”).

“As kids we didn’t complain about being poor,” explains Jay. “We talked about how rich we were going to be and made moves to get the lifestyle we aspired to by any means we could. And as soon as we had a little money, we were eager to show it.”

Jay Z has found success by creating his own opportunities. “Those who are successful, overcome their fears and take action. Those who aren’t, submit to their fears and live with regrets,” Mr. Carter says.

In doing so, he’s gone from being a teen selling drugs on a Brooklyn street corner to a bona fide business mogul.

Yet, in order to be on top, one must stay on top.  And Jay does this through strategic thinking and keeping his mind sharp.

I. Meditation.

Meditation can mean a lot of different things to many different people. Spend between 15-20 minutes a day doing simple breathing meditation after each intense workout I went through. One exercise is to try to count down from 100 without thinking about anything else but the numbers.  If something else pops in your mind you have to start over again (believe me, its harder than it sounds.) Blocking out everything else and only concentrating on breathing deeply allows you to relax, stress less, and gives you the ability to ignore distractions. The more you practice this, the better your focus and concentration.

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Jay had honed this craft of meditation for years by listening, being quiet and a steady stream of focus and concentration. “By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn’t need pen or paper – my memory had been trained just to listen to a song, think of the words, and lay them to tape.”

Meditation doesn’t always have to be about going out with new age music and “becoming one with nature” as you grab your energy crystals and yoga mat to head off to the nearest park. Just closing your eyes and breathing deeply works as well.

II. Re-Categorize

Re-categorizing is the ability to take a look at a problem one way, and recognize there are other perspectives to approach it–mainly positive ways. It allows you to see weaknesses that you may not have considered before giving you time to adjust. This gives you the opportunities to see the problem(s) and the solutions.

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