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Jay Z is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2015, Forbes estimated Jay Z’s net worth at nearly $550 million.

Here are 66 Inspirational Jay-Z quotes:

1. “I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are.” – Jay-Z

2. “I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter.” – Jay-Z

3. “As kids we didn’t complain about being poor; 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

4. “That’s why this generation is the least racist generation ever. You see it all the time. Go to any club. People are intermingling, hanging out, having fun, enjoying the same music. Hip-hop is not just in the Bronx anymore. It’s worldwide. Everywhere you go, people are listening to hip-hop and partying together. Hip-hop has done that.” – Jay-Z

5. “You make your first album, you make some money, and you feel like you still have to show face, like ‘I still go to the projects.’ I’m like, why? Your job is to inspire people from your neighborhood to get out. You grew up there. What makes you think it’s so cool?” – Jay-Z

6. “I collect art, and I drink wine… things that I like that I had never been exposed to. But I never said, ‘I’m going to buy art to impress this crowd.’ That’s just ridiculous to me. I don’t live my life like that, because how could you be happy with yourself?” – Jay-Z

7. “I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice – anything just to get a paper bag. And I’d write the words on the paper bag and stuff these ideas in my pocket until I got back. Then I would transfer them into the notebook.” – Jay-Z

8. “I’m far from being god, but I work god damn hard.” – Jay-Z

9. “I think relationships are broken up because of the media.” – Jay-Z

10. “Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all.” – Jay-Z

11. “One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That’s the American ideal. Poor people don’t like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don’t like to think of themselves as poor.” – Jay-Z

12. “I’ve never looked at myself and said that I need to be a certain way to be around a certain sort of people. I’ve always wanted to stay true to myself, and I’ve managed to do that. People have to accept that.” – Jay-Z

13. “My brands are an extension of me. They’re close to me. It’s not like running GM, where there’s no emotional attachment.” – Jay-Z

14. “The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t always have the things you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you’d do anything to lift that burden.” Jay-Z

15. “When the TV version of Annie came on, I was drawn to it. It was the struggle of this poor kid in this environment and how her life changed. It immediately resonated.” – Jay-Z

16.  “My thing is related to who I am as a person. The clothes are an extension of me. The music is an extension of me. All my businesses are part of the culture, so I have to stay true to whatever I’m feeling at the time, whatever direction I’m heading in. And hopefully, everyone follows.” – Jay-Z

17. “Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the songs through in just as deep a way. And I grew up in rap and movies the same way.” – Jay-Z

18. “Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it’s very hard to teach racism to a teenager who’s listening to rap music and who idolizes, say, Snoop Dogg. It’s hard to say, ‘That guy is less than you.’ The kid is like, ‘I like that guy, he’s cool. How is he less than me?” – Jay-Z

19. “Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama’s camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and asked for my help on the campaign. We’ve sat and had dinner, and we’ve spoken on the phone. He’s a very sharp guy. Very charming. Very cool.” – Jay-Z

20. “They say a midget standing on a giant’s shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.” – Jay-Z

21st Jay-Z Quote – “I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.” – Jay-Z

22. “I grew up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, and my mom and pop had an extensive record collection, so Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and all of those sounds and souls of Motown filled the house.” – Jay-Z

23. “Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people are drawn to you.” – Jay-Z

24. “Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it’s attainable. I didn’t do it any other way than through hip-hop.” – Jay-Z

25. “It’s hilarious a lot of times. You have a conversation with someone, and he’s like, ‘You speak so well!’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Do you understand that’s an insult?” – Jay-Z

26. “Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don’t think it’s given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I’m going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations.” – Jay-Z

27. “When you’re growing up, your dad is your superhero. Once you’ve let yourself fall that in love with someone, once you put him on such a high pedestal and he lets you down, you never want to experience that pain again.” – Jay-Z

28. “I have inherited two of the most important brands in hip-hop, Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella. Reid and Universal Music Group have given me the opportunity to manage the companies I have contributed to my whole career. I feel this is a giant step for me and the entire artist community.” – Jay-Z

29. “The average rap life is two or three albums. You’re lucky to get to your second album in rap!” – Jay-Z

30. “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.” – Jay-Z

 

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31. “Everyone who makes music is a good collaborator at their foundation because in order to make music, you have to connect to it in a way that other people can’t.” – Jay-Z

32. “Do me a favor. Don’t do me no favors. I handle mine.” – Jay-Z

33. “You can want success all you want. But to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip, you can’t sleep, one eye open, for real, and forever.” – Jay-Z

34. “People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people are drawn to you. “ – Jay-Z

35. “All I got is dreams. Nobody else believes. Nobody else can see. Nobody else but me. “ – Jay-Z

36. “Don’t tell me what was said about me… Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.” – Jay-Z

37. “Everything evens up, you just wait. Even a garage can gets a steak. You are not even a garbage can, you have faith!” – Jay-Z

38. “You can pay for school but you can’t buy class. “ – Jay-Z

39. “You learn more in failure than you ever do in success. “ – Jay-Z

40. “We hustle out of a sense of hopelessness. Sort of a desperation. Through that desperation, we become addicted. But we feel we have nothing to list. So we offer you, well, we offer our lives. What do you bring to the table?” – Jay-Z

41. “I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay-Z

42. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.” – Jay-Z

43. “A wise man told me don’t argue with fools. Because people from a distance can’t tell who is who.” – Jay-Z

44th Jay-Z Quote – “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” – Jay-Z

45. “Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week.” – Jay-Z

46. “Either love me, or leave me alone.” – Jay-Z

47.  “It’s a brand new world. Let me show you.” – Jay-Z

48. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Jay-Z

49. “They talk. We live. Who cares what they say?” – Jay-Z

50. “Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.” – Jay-Z

51. “Those who are successful overcome their fears and take action. Those who aren’t submit to their fears and live with regrets.” – Jay-Z

52. “If ya’ll can’t already see, I ain’t worried about ya’ll, ‘cause I’m already me. “ – Jay-Z

53. “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.” – Jay-Z

54. “I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.” – Jay-Z

55. “If it’s you and me against the world, then so be it.” – Jay-Z

56. “We change people through conversation, not through censorship.” – Jay-Z

57. “I’m like a dog, I never speak, but I understand.” – Jay-Z

58. “I’m a hustler baby; I sell water to a well.” – Jay-Z

59. “If people don’t hate you, you’re probably not doing very big things.” – Jay-Z

60. “I believe everybody in the world is born with genius-level talent. Apply yourself to whatever you’re genius at and you can do anything in the world.” – Jay-Z

61. “I went through hell, I’m expecting heaven.” – Jay-Z

62. “Leave a mark they can’t erase, neither space nor time.” – Jay-Z

63. “Photoshoot fresh looking like wealth, I’m about to call the paparazzi on myself.” – Jay-Z

64. “Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great.” – Jay-Z

65. “I sell ice in winter, I sell fire in hell.” – Jay-Z

66th Jay-Z Quote – “Jealousy is a weak emotion.” – Jay-Z

 

What’s your favorite Jay-Z Quote? Share your favorite quote in the comment section below!

 

Yale Middleton is a Revenue Specialist for Hilton Worldwide. He is passionate about personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Yale also works as a team member for the top self development website Addicted2Success. You can also follow him on his Facebook.

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  1. Eric Jefferson

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Great read… Very inspiring!

  2. Scott Jasper

    Jan 30, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Jay-Z has to be the smoothest person on the planet. Seriously, he never looks nervous or unsure.

  3. Addicted 2 The Grind

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Great Quotes, The one that stood out to me was“Do me a favor. Don’t do me no favors. I handle mine.” – Jay-Z.

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23 Anthony Bourdain Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

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Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge & experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show Parts Unknown where the shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president Barack Obama. However Bourdain continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 23 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

1. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain

3.  “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain

4. “I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it hurts and is really embarrassing.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetring in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

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23 Inspirational Michael B. Jordan Quotes

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Michael B. Jordan is quickly becoming an all-star actor. After appearing in major motion pictures such as Creed and most recently as the villain Killmonger in the blockbuster Black Panther. Hailing from Newark New Jersey, he grew up in one of the roughest places in the U.S. However, he overcame struggles, worked hard, and found success through being obsessed with his passion: acting. 

Here are some of Michael B. Jordans best & most powerful quotes:

1. “I’ve never been the guy to hype myself up. It’s just not my thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

2. “I think everyone starts in the mailroom at some point! It’s a rite of passage. Your boss has to throw something at you and order you around for at least two years.” – Michael B. Jordan

3. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

4. “Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets. Sometimes you just gotta indulge. But in the same breath, you gotta have restraint and self-control too.” – Michael B. Jordan

5. “Be collaborative. I’ve had some of my best experiences with directors who were able to sit down and have a conversation and ask me what I thought.” – Michael B. Jordan

6. “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” – Michael B. Jordan

7. “I think it’s just easier for people to put you in a box or a lane because you look similar. I think that’s unfair for anybody in any situation.” – Michael B. Jordan

8. “Taking a break, taking a moment, is super important.” – Michael B. Jordan

9. “You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door.” – Michael B. Jordan

10. “As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?” – Michael B. Jordan

11. “Sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.” – Michael B. Jordan

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12. “I think everybody wants to be their own person and be an individual.” – Michael B. Jordan

13. “Sometimes you gotta go with your first instinct. You gotta go with your gut. That’s kind of how I live my life you gotta go with your gut.” – Michael B. Jordan

14. “Equality means having the same rights and liberties and opportunities regardless of our differences.” – Michael B. Jordan

15. “Do as much homework as you can. Learn everybody’s job and don’t just settle.” – Michael B. Jordan

16. “That’s one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.” – Michael B. Jordan

17. “I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything.” – Michael B. Jordan

18. “Certain things I can’t even explain. There’s a thing about being lucky and…I feel like certain things are just, like, in your cards. I’m just walking the path that’s already set.” – Michael B. Jordan

19. “I’ve been living with that all my life. My name is Michael Jordan, so I’m always being compared to a person of greatness.” – Michael B. Jordan

20. “I think redemption is just about righting a wrong, and in that pursuit it’s about trying. You can stumble, you can make mistakes, but it’s about trying to do the right thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

21. “Just as people, we’re different around different people and in different environments.” – Michael B. Jordan

22. “Don’t pretend to know everything. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of veteran actors, and I soak up lessons from them like a sponge.” – Michael B. Jordan

23. “Sometimes you’ve gotta hide the medicine in the food. You can’t slap somebody in the face with facts all the time. It’s too harsh.” – Michael B. Jordan

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43 Lori Greiner Quotes on Succeeding in Life & Business

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Lori Greiner is one of the original sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. She is known as the ‘Queen of QVC’ and has over 120 patents in her name. As a prolific entrepreneur, inventor, and author; Lori has taken small amounts of money and turned it into wealth through good ideas and hard work. She brings years of wisdom and insight to any business she becomes a part of.

Here are some of her best quotes:

1. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

2. “I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground. The experience you get is priceless.” – Lori Greiner

3. “There are always things that are needed. There are always ways to do things better. It’s all about offering solutions.” – Lori Greiner

4. “I prefer to like the people I invest in, but it’s not an absolute necessity, as long as they have a good mind and I know they’ll do whatever it takes to be successful.” – Lori Greiner

5. “For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.” – Lori Greiner

6. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

7. “Sometimes people don’t get anywhere because they sit on something, so afraid to reveal it. And yet, in the reverse, sometimes if you expose something too widely, you can risk losing it.” – Lori Greiner

8. “It’s a fine line, but if you don’t jump out to do something you’ll never get there.” – Lori Greiner

9. “I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.” – Lori Greiner

10. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

11. “A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.” – Lori Greiner

12. “The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I’m a person in business.” – Lori Greiner

13. “People trust I know what I’m doing. I have lots of credibility. I’ve had years of learning. I know and understand my business.” – Lori Greiner

14. “You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.” – Lori Greiner

15. “Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.” – Lori Greiner

16. “I had an idea, I was passionate about it and I had to work hard to turn that into a big success and more products.” – Lori Greiner

17. “I think people don’t like it when you’re not confident about what you’re pitching, and they don’t want to invest in you or get behind you.” – Lori Greiner

18. “I’ve always believed you hire character and train skill.” – Lori Greiner

19. “When it’s yours, you don’t mind doing whatever ti takes. As it keeps growing and growing, it’s a lot more work, but you also become better at everything.” – Lori Greiner

20. “The smaller the market, the harder it is to sell.” – Lori Greiner

21. “Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.” – Lori Greiner

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22. “Don’t live your fears, life your dreams.” – Lori Greiner

23. “Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

24. “Entrepreneurs tend to be very driven, risk takers, confident, and tenacious. They don’t give up and will find another way to keep driving ahead.” – Lori Greiner

25. “Knowledge is power, especially when starting your own company. Educate yourself in what you’ll need to know.” – Lori Greiner

26. “The biggest accomplishment in life isn’t what you’re paid, it’s who you become.” – Lori Greiner

27. “I’ve achieved a certain amount of success, and now I’m thinking about the good things I can do.” – Lori Greiner

28. “There is nobody who will drive your business life you.” – Lori Greiner

29. “When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future.” – Lori Greiner

30. “Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff). Always know in the hard times that you have the power to make things work out.” – Lori Greiner

31. “I’m very much a believer that there are no ’no’s.’ Just ‘how can I?’s.” – Lori Greiner

32. “You need to pave your own way in the world.” – Lori Greiner

33. “I was fearless, I knew I would make it work, and that’s the difference between successful entrepreneurs and people that don’t get somewhere – it’s that tenacity and drive.” – Lori Greiner

34. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner

35. “There’s something the same about success and defeat. Both should make you want to work harder.” – Lori Greiner

36. “I think if you just look around and think about what in your life you would like to be better, you can come up with an idea.” – Lori Greiner

37. “Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you too.” – Lori Greiner

38. “Hire prudently, go slow and don’t go overboard.” – Lori Greiner

39. “In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities.” – Lori Greiner

40. “As many times as somebody may hit big paydirt, somebody may also fall in the mud. There’s never a guarantee.” – Lori Greiner

41. “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives in a tough economy.” – Lori Greiner

42. “You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience.” – Lori Greiner

43. “I have the attitude that anything is doable, that I can make anything happen.” – Lori Greiner

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52 Enriching Kendrick Lamar Quotes

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Born and raised in Compton CA, Kendrick comes from a neighborhood where rap legends such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube started. After growing an online following, Kendrick launched his first major album in 2012 launching himself into mainstream music and the public eye. From there, his career has exploded leading to several Grammy wins and huge critical claim. However, he maintains a humble attitude focusing on mastering his craft & becoming a better person.

Here are some of Kendrick Lamar’s best quotes:

1. “Forgiving is easy. Trusting again, not so much.” – Kendrick Lamar

2. “When you give up it means you never wanted it.” – Kendrick Lamar

3. “Don’t you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing.” – Kendrick Lamar

4. “I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.” – Kendrick Lamar

5. “I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that’s going on. I feel like I’m in my own bubble.” – Kendrick Lamar

6. “Love is not just a verb. It’s you looking in the mirror.” – Kendrick Lamar

7. “Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where they stand.” – Kendrick Lamar

8. “Maybe because I’m a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death.” – Kendrick Lamar

9. “Look inside my soul and you can find gold maybe get rich. Look inside of your should and you can find out it never exists.” – Kendrick Lamar

10. “You can’t have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.” – Kendrick Lamar

11. “I can’t change the world until I change myself first.” – Kendrick Lamar

12. “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

13. “I ain’t a drinker I’m a thinker, call it what you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

14. “People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can’t knock it.” – Kendrick Lamar

15. “I’m tryna learn something new. I’m tryna surround myself with people that inspire me or at least inquire similar desires.” – Kendrick Lamar

16. “Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do.” – Kendrick Lamar

17. “Don’t say one thing then do another.” – Kendrick Lamar

18. “Temptation is just the feeling that you’re the most independent person on planet earth. That you know everything. That’s something that we all go through as a kid. Now, this lifestyle that I’m in, the same thing exists! But it’s 10 times worse, because everything is at my disposal. When you’re in the limelight, you can get anything you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

19. “The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know you’re making a mistake but let it go on with it, that’s when it ruins your mind state as an artist.” – Kendrick Lamar

20. “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.” – Kendrick Lamar

21. “I was a black sheep, but now I’m just a goat.” – Kendrick Lamar

22. “We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?” – Kendrick Lamar

23. “Since day one, since they first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.” – Kendrick Lamar

24. “Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” – Kendrick Lamar

25. “The best way to describe myself would be…unpredictable.” – Kendrick Lamar

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26. “So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.” – Kendrick Lamar

27. “We’re all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learning from them is key.” – Kendrick Lamar

28. “If I speak the good into existence, that instant my dreams will unlock, money flow like water, I’ll just wait at the dock.” – Kendrick Lamar

29. “I’d rather not live like there isn’t a god, then die and find out there really is. Think about it.” – Kendrick Lamar

30. “Ya’ll don’t want me to win. I’m tryna follow dreams, you want me to follow trends.” – Kendrick Lamar

31. “Everyday I try to escape the realities of this world.” – Kendrick Lamar

32. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” – Kendrick Lamar

33. “My moms always told me, ‘How long you gonna play the victim?’ I can say I’m mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.” – Kendrick Lamar

34. “I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.” – Kendrick Lamar

35. “I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.” – Kendrick Lamar

36. “I don’t want to be something that just comes and goes.” – Kendrick Lamar

37. “I live this life at a pace that anyone can go, know your place and dedicate your role, to the faith that you’ll die alone.” – Kendrick Lamar

38. “Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.” – Kendrick Lamar

39. “Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.” – Kendrick Lamar

40. “I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.” – Kendrick Lamar

41. “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing we call hip-hop.” – Kendrick Lamar

42. “Talk about it. Make em talk about it. Life to me is currency, prosperity I got it.” – Kendrick Lamar

43. “The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It’s scary.” – Kendrick Lamar

44. “It’s easy to forget who you are.” – Kendrick Lamar

45. “Take advantage. Do your best, don’t stress. You was granted everything inside this planet, anything you imagine, you possess.” – Kendrick Lamar

46. “Being able to tell one from start to finish, and making that puzzle come together at the end. That’s the art for me.” – Kendrick Lamar

47. “I walk alone with a cross and a diamond stone. I’m a diamond inside the rough, that’s too mighty for maricons.” – Kendrick Lamar

48. “It’s a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve” – Kendrick Lamar

49. “The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it’s always a war between the two.” – Kendrick Lamar

50. “But what love go to do with it when you don’t love yourself?” – Kendrick Lamar

51. “Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” – Kendrick Lamar

52. “Don’t wait until it’s too late, you might not get another chance.” – Kendrick Lamar

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How to 10X the Likelihood of Completing Your Next Big Project

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According to Bob Proctor, you have a 95% chance of making personal change happen if you make a plan and set a specific time to share your progress with someone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you only have a 10% chance of making a change if you say “that’s a good idea” to your next inspirational brain wave without doing anything else. (more…)

McVal Osborne is the author of Start Up your Life: Why we don’t know what we want, and how to set goals that really matter. McVal writes about motivation, decision making, and strategic thinking. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in Spanish, and has since worked as a market researcher and business consultant in Washington D.C., New York City and London. You can reach him on Twitter @mcval or on IG @mcvaliant.

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  1. Eric Jefferson

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Great read… Very inspiring!

  2. Scott Jasper

    Jan 30, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Jay-Z has to be the smoothest person on the planet. Seriously, he never looks nervous or unsure.

  3. Addicted 2 The Grind

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Great Quotes, The one that stood out to me was“Do me a favor. Don’t do me no favors. I handle mine.” – Jay-Z.

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23 Anthony Bourdain Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

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Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge & experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show Parts Unknown where the shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president Barack Obama. However Bourdain continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 23 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

1. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain

3.  “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain

4. “I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it hurts and is really embarrassing.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetring in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

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23 Inspirational Michael B. Jordan Quotes

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Michael B. Jordan is quickly becoming an all-star actor. After appearing in major motion pictures such as Creed and most recently as the villain Killmonger in the blockbuster Black Panther. Hailing from Newark New Jersey, he grew up in one of the roughest places in the U.S. However, he overcame struggles, worked hard, and found success through being obsessed with his passion: acting. 

Here are some of Michael B. Jordans best & most powerful quotes:

1. “I’ve never been the guy to hype myself up. It’s just not my thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

2. “I think everyone starts in the mailroom at some point! It’s a rite of passage. Your boss has to throw something at you and order you around for at least two years.” – Michael B. Jordan

3. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

4. “Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets. Sometimes you just gotta indulge. But in the same breath, you gotta have restraint and self-control too.” – Michael B. Jordan

5. “Be collaborative. I’ve had some of my best experiences with directors who were able to sit down and have a conversation and ask me what I thought.” – Michael B. Jordan

6. “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” – Michael B. Jordan

7. “I think it’s just easier for people to put you in a box or a lane because you look similar. I think that’s unfair for anybody in any situation.” – Michael B. Jordan

8. “Taking a break, taking a moment, is super important.” – Michael B. Jordan

9. “You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door.” – Michael B. Jordan

10. “As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?” – Michael B. Jordan

11. “Sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.” – Michael B. Jordan

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12. “I think everybody wants to be their own person and be an individual.” – Michael B. Jordan

13. “Sometimes you gotta go with your first instinct. You gotta go with your gut. That’s kind of how I live my life you gotta go with your gut.” – Michael B. Jordan

14. “Equality means having the same rights and liberties and opportunities regardless of our differences.” – Michael B. Jordan

15. “Do as much homework as you can. Learn everybody’s job and don’t just settle.” – Michael B. Jordan

16. “That’s one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.” – Michael B. Jordan

17. “I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything.” – Michael B. Jordan

18. “Certain things I can’t even explain. There’s a thing about being lucky and…I feel like certain things are just, like, in your cards. I’m just walking the path that’s already set.” – Michael B. Jordan

19. “I’ve been living with that all my life. My name is Michael Jordan, so I’m always being compared to a person of greatness.” – Michael B. Jordan

20. “I think redemption is just about righting a wrong, and in that pursuit it’s about trying. You can stumble, you can make mistakes, but it’s about trying to do the right thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

21. “Just as people, we’re different around different people and in different environments.” – Michael B. Jordan

22. “Don’t pretend to know everything. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of veteran actors, and I soak up lessons from them like a sponge.” – Michael B. Jordan

23. “Sometimes you’ve gotta hide the medicine in the food. You can’t slap somebody in the face with facts all the time. It’s too harsh.” – Michael B. Jordan

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43 Lori Greiner Quotes on Succeeding in Life & Business

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Lori Greiner is one of the original sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. She is known as the ‘Queen of QVC’ and has over 120 patents in her name. As a prolific entrepreneur, inventor, and author; Lori has taken small amounts of money and turned it into wealth through good ideas and hard work. She brings years of wisdom and insight to any business she becomes a part of.

Here are some of her best quotes:

1. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

2. “I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground. The experience you get is priceless.” – Lori Greiner

3. “There are always things that are needed. There are always ways to do things better. It’s all about offering solutions.” – Lori Greiner

4. “I prefer to like the people I invest in, but it’s not an absolute necessity, as long as they have a good mind and I know they’ll do whatever it takes to be successful.” – Lori Greiner

5. “For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.” – Lori Greiner

6. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

7. “Sometimes people don’t get anywhere because they sit on something, so afraid to reveal it. And yet, in the reverse, sometimes if you expose something too widely, you can risk losing it.” – Lori Greiner

8. “It’s a fine line, but if you don’t jump out to do something you’ll never get there.” – Lori Greiner

9. “I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.” – Lori Greiner

10. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

11. “A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.” – Lori Greiner

12. “The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I’m a person in business.” – Lori Greiner

13. “People trust I know what I’m doing. I have lots of credibility. I’ve had years of learning. I know and understand my business.” – Lori Greiner

14. “You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.” – Lori Greiner

15. “Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.” – Lori Greiner

16. “I had an idea, I was passionate about it and I had to work hard to turn that into a big success and more products.” – Lori Greiner

17. “I think people don’t like it when you’re not confident about what you’re pitching, and they don’t want to invest in you or get behind you.” – Lori Greiner

18. “I’ve always believed you hire character and train skill.” – Lori Greiner

19. “When it’s yours, you don’t mind doing whatever ti takes. As it keeps growing and growing, it’s a lot more work, but you also become better at everything.” – Lori Greiner

20. “The smaller the market, the harder it is to sell.” – Lori Greiner

21. “Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.” – Lori Greiner

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22. “Don’t live your fears, life your dreams.” – Lori Greiner

23. “Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

24. “Entrepreneurs tend to be very driven, risk takers, confident, and tenacious. They don’t give up and will find another way to keep driving ahead.” – Lori Greiner

25. “Knowledge is power, especially when starting your own company. Educate yourself in what you’ll need to know.” – Lori Greiner

26. “The biggest accomplishment in life isn’t what you’re paid, it’s who you become.” – Lori Greiner

27. “I’ve achieved a certain amount of success, and now I’m thinking about the good things I can do.” – Lori Greiner

28. “There is nobody who will drive your business life you.” – Lori Greiner

29. “When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future.” – Lori Greiner

30. “Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff). Always know in the hard times that you have the power to make things work out.” – Lori Greiner

31. “I’m very much a believer that there are no ’no’s.’ Just ‘how can I?’s.” – Lori Greiner

32. “You need to pave your own way in the world.” – Lori Greiner

33. “I was fearless, I knew I would make it work, and that’s the difference between successful entrepreneurs and people that don’t get somewhere – it’s that tenacity and drive.” – Lori Greiner

34. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner

35. “There’s something the same about success and defeat. Both should make you want to work harder.” – Lori Greiner

36. “I think if you just look around and think about what in your life you would like to be better, you can come up with an idea.” – Lori Greiner

37. “Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you too.” – Lori Greiner

38. “Hire prudently, go slow and don’t go overboard.” – Lori Greiner

39. “In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities.” – Lori Greiner

40. “As many times as somebody may hit big paydirt, somebody may also fall in the mud. There’s never a guarantee.” – Lori Greiner

41. “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives in a tough economy.” – Lori Greiner

42. “You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience.” – Lori Greiner

43. “I have the attitude that anything is doable, that I can make anything happen.” – Lori Greiner

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52 Enriching Kendrick Lamar Quotes

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Born and raised in Compton CA, Kendrick comes from a neighborhood where rap legends such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube started. After growing an online following, Kendrick launched his first major album in 2012 launching himself into mainstream music and the public eye. From there, his career has exploded leading to several Grammy wins and huge critical claim. However, he maintains a humble attitude focusing on mastering his craft & becoming a better person.

Here are some of Kendrick Lamar’s best quotes:

1. “Forgiving is easy. Trusting again, not so much.” – Kendrick Lamar

2. “When you give up it means you never wanted it.” – Kendrick Lamar

3. “Don’t you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing.” – Kendrick Lamar

4. “I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.” – Kendrick Lamar

5. “I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that’s going on. I feel like I’m in my own bubble.” – Kendrick Lamar

6. “Love is not just a verb. It’s you looking in the mirror.” – Kendrick Lamar

7. “Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where they stand.” – Kendrick Lamar

8. “Maybe because I’m a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death.” – Kendrick Lamar

9. “Look inside my soul and you can find gold maybe get rich. Look inside of your should and you can find out it never exists.” – Kendrick Lamar

10. “You can’t have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.” – Kendrick Lamar

11. “I can’t change the world until I change myself first.” – Kendrick Lamar

12. “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

13. “I ain’t a drinker I’m a thinker, call it what you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

14. “People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can’t knock it.” – Kendrick Lamar

15. “I’m tryna learn something new. I’m tryna surround myself with people that inspire me or at least inquire similar desires.” – Kendrick Lamar

16. “Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do.” – Kendrick Lamar

17. “Don’t say one thing then do another.” – Kendrick Lamar

18. “Temptation is just the feeling that you’re the most independent person on planet earth. That you know everything. That’s something that we all go through as a kid. Now, this lifestyle that I’m in, the same thing exists! But it’s 10 times worse, because everything is at my disposal. When you’re in the limelight, you can get anything you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

19. “The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know you’re making a mistake but let it go on with it, that’s when it ruins your mind state as an artist.” – Kendrick Lamar

20. “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.” – Kendrick Lamar

21. “I was a black sheep, but now I’m just a goat.” – Kendrick Lamar

22. “We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?” – Kendrick Lamar

23. “Since day one, since they first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.” – Kendrick Lamar

24. “Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” – Kendrick Lamar

25. “The best way to describe myself would be…unpredictable.” – Kendrick Lamar

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26. “So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.” – Kendrick Lamar

27. “We’re all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learning from them is key.” – Kendrick Lamar

28. “If I speak the good into existence, that instant my dreams will unlock, money flow like water, I’ll just wait at the dock.” – Kendrick Lamar

29. “I’d rather not live like there isn’t a god, then die and find out there really is. Think about it.” – Kendrick Lamar

30. “Ya’ll don’t want me to win. I’m tryna follow dreams, you want me to follow trends.” – Kendrick Lamar

31. “Everyday I try to escape the realities of this world.” – Kendrick Lamar

32. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” – Kendrick Lamar

33. “My moms always told me, ‘How long you gonna play the victim?’ I can say I’m mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.” – Kendrick Lamar

34. “I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.” – Kendrick Lamar

35. “I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.” – Kendrick Lamar

36. “I don’t want to be something that just comes and goes.” – Kendrick Lamar

37. “I live this life at a pace that anyone can go, know your place and dedicate your role, to the faith that you’ll die alone.” – Kendrick Lamar

38. “Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.” – Kendrick Lamar

39. “Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.” – Kendrick Lamar

40. “I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.” – Kendrick Lamar

41. “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing we call hip-hop.” – Kendrick Lamar

42. “Talk about it. Make em talk about it. Life to me is currency, prosperity I got it.” – Kendrick Lamar

43. “The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It’s scary.” – Kendrick Lamar

44. “It’s easy to forget who you are.” – Kendrick Lamar

45. “Take advantage. Do your best, don’t stress. You was granted everything inside this planet, anything you imagine, you possess.” – Kendrick Lamar

46. “Being able to tell one from start to finish, and making that puzzle come together at the end. That’s the art for me.” – Kendrick Lamar

47. “I walk alone with a cross and a diamond stone. I’m a diamond inside the rough, that’s too mighty for maricons.” – Kendrick Lamar

48. “It’s a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve” – Kendrick Lamar

49. “The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it’s always a war between the two.” – Kendrick Lamar

50. “But what love go to do with it when you don’t love yourself?” – Kendrick Lamar

51. “Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” – Kendrick Lamar

52. “Don’t wait until it’s too late, you might not get another chance.” – Kendrick Lamar

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