Since the passing of the late, great Nipsey Hussle two weeks ago, it feels as though the world has flipped upside down. Being born, raised and still residing in the same streets of Los Angeles where this influential man was gunned down has dramatically affected my life.

Though I didn’t personally know him, I’ve listened to his music since 2008 and respected his hustle. I love that he was so invested in turning around the same gang infested and often overlooked neighborhood where I’ve firsthand been in the same proximity to spraying bullets. He could’ve easily left the hood and basked in his success, but he was intent on sharing the tools and resources for sucess to others.

On the surface, it would be easy to mistake him for an ordinary rapper who glamorized sex, drugs, and violence; but Nipsey was so much more than that. His music shared the blueprint for success. His sudden passing has hurt me to my soul, but it also ignited a fire within me to hustle harder than ever.

And then there’s Beyonce. I’ve been a stan fan for years! Like totally obsessed with her work ethic, talent, professionalism and dedication to spreading an impactful message. Yesterday, Netflix released her 2018 Coachella performance, “Homecoming.” If you haven’t watched it yet, you need too! It was AMAZING, and as she does with every TV special, she left us inspired and a bit more motivated to put 100% effort into achieving our dreams.

Y’all, my drive and determination to get what’s mine has been on level 10+, and I give credit to Nipsey and Beyoncé for filling up my tank! So with that said, I’m going to share a few lessons I’ve learned over the past two weeks from these two legends, Nipsey Hussle and Beyoncé.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Even when you mess up, keep going. When you get bored, keep working hard. Are you feeling lazy? That’s no excuse to stop. You don’t need to come off the blocks fast to meet a goal. It’s possible to get where you want to go while maintaining a slow and steady pace. The key is to stay consistent and never stop. The moral of the story, in the words of Nipsey Hussle Tha Great, the marathon continues!

Never forget where you came from

Nipsey never turned his back on his hood. He created jobs and opportunities to those who lived in the streets that raised him. I can relate to this. As a believer, I understand that my unique story will reach people who’re going through similar things I’ve gone through. I recommend you let go of your old self to make room for the new you as the Bible says that we’re new creations once we give our lives to God. But never forget who you once were because it’ll help you sympathize with the one who looks like you used to look.

You have to make sacrifices to get what you want

Whoever said meeting a goal was an easy feat, probably never met a goal before. You will have to make sacrifices to manifest your dreams. Look at Jesus’ life on earth; He had to sacrifice His physical body to give us everlasting life.

Surrendering precious gems whether it is time, financial obligations or social life is hard, but it’s so worth it. So that may mean missing out on girls night for a few weekends so that you can grind all night. You may lose something due to sacrifice, but you gain so much more. But no matter what, the sacrifice will produce results.

Your dreams should benefit others

As a Christian, your purpose will bless and deliver people. We’re called to go into the world and make disciples. Your goals shouldn’t be just for your benefit, it should position others for a better outcome. In Homecoming, Beyoncé refused to make her performance an ordinary festival performance; her goal was to use her platform to educate the world on black college culture.

Educate yourself

Being successful isn’t exclusively tied to a degree. You can be just as smart as a lawyer without the same formal education if you continuously educate yourself. Nipsey dropped out of High School, and Beyoncé never attended college yet both were corporations. They could hold their own at business meetings.

Read books on topics that you’re passionate about. Take online courses so that you’re skilled in handling every part of your business. Whether you have a degree or not, never stop learning because industries never stop evolving.


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