20 May

Built On Wax: #Bars4Motivation Vol VIII

#Bars4Motivation, Built On Wax

For me not only did Hip Hop tell a story similar to my own, but it also helped motivate me to chase my dreams. Hearing someone like Biggie say it “It Was All A Dream” and then accomplishing those dreams inspired me to chase the things I only dreamed about.

#Bars4Motivation is a way to keep me motivated when I need it most, hopefully it can do the same for you!

This week’s #Bars4Motivation was inspired by all the great speakers at Nihal Mehta’s M1 Summit.

I barely go to events but this is one I try to never miss. They focus on mobile and bring in dope speakers to drop gems on mobile strategies and the future of mobile. I highly suggest it if you are thinking about starting
a mobile first company or thinking about your mobile strategy.

Besides learning, many of the speakers drop gems on opportunities they took not knowing the outcome and basically starting a company with zero connections or knowledge.

While riding the train home these three tracks came up and basically set the mood for the rest of the week. Get your mind right below!

The Motivation:

So Many People Scouting Me
I Remember When They Doubted Me
Doubted- ILoveMakonnen

This is a common theme I have encountered when speaking with founders of huge successful companies. Many even remind me of the kid that was always doubted. The one no one believed could do the impossible.

In High School, I was voted the most likely to succeed, but my guidance counselors didn’t believe it. They went as far as telling me not to apply to any top tier schools because it was a waste of my time and money. Sound familiar?

Luckily for me, I didn’t believe them. Lack of affordability kept me out, not my brains.

That doubt they had kept me motivated till this day. I learned that their doubt was their own insecurity. They didn’t really care about me; they just couldn’t see themselves doing the things I said I would do.

Fuck them! Many of my doubters have turned to people who scout me. They ask me for advice or sometimes even favors. If the opportunity makes sense I might even help them, but I won’t lie; I never forgot how they doubted me.

Doubters, just like haters, turn into fans when you out hustle them.

Who Has Your Back?

Strictly About My Griz-ind
Dudes Being Stingy, Ain’t No Worries I’m Going To Get Mine,
They Know The Code I Live By
Red Light- Chinx Drugz

Before catching some traction and press with The Phat Startup, people would hesitate when we asked for help or favors. They weren’t just strangers either; it was people we knew for years.

People will always tell you that they want you to win, but the reality is that most will never want you to win more than them. They will get stingy with their resources or networks, especially if they know you could really kill it with the connection.

That’s just reality; people will front on you so you don’t beat them. That shouldn’t stop you though; you still have to go get yours.

The code I live by is that if someone else did it so can I. I know the grind rewards those who keep pushing and that’s exactly what I do. I am never worried about someone not hooking me up because most of my life I figured how to get what I want solo. I also know there are many solutions to a problem.

If people you know get stingy with what they got, cut them off. You don’t need to be surrounded by people like that. Focus on those that add value to your life without expectations and do the right thing, HOOK THEM UP whenever possible.

That’s how you win, that’s how they win, and that’s the real KEY!

Taking Chances

Opportunity Be Knocking,
You Got To Let A Mother Fucker In
Actin’ Crazy- Action Bronson

Everyone talks about the lack of opportunities they have but barely ever speak about the opportunities they let pass by.

Spotting an opportunity isn’t always easy but they are around. You have to be receptive and understand that not all opportunities are created or look the same.

Sometimes you will be presented with an opportunity that you might feel doesn’t make sense or maybe even one that you fear, so you turn it down.


Great opportunities don’t always come packaged up in ways that you understand; usually they come packaged as the unknown. You won’t know where it can take you, you might not even know if you could succeed with it, but it’s different, you have to take the chance.

The beauty of an opportunity is that it’s never the last chance. It’s a sign that you are on the right path so you have to at least give it a chance.

If you see that the opportunity truly doesn’t make sense after checking it out, let it go. There’s nothing wrong with that, more will come your way.

Always remember when in doubt blast some Hip Hop! What tracks motivate you? Hit me up on twitter and let me know. My playlist below needs the love!

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