10 Things We Can Learn from Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
There’s not a more financially prosperous hip-hop artist than Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Jay-Z, whose name will go down in hip-hop history as a consensus all-time great, has managed to eclipse his achievements in music with his successes in the boardroom. With an estimated self-worth of almost $500 million, Jay-Z has successfully transitioned from underground emcee to multi-million dollar mogul. By listening to his music and studying his professional career path, there are certain aspects from Jay-Z that we should use as a blueprint. (click “Next” above or below for more…)
You can rise from humble beginnings.
Shawn Carter was raised in Marcy Projects, located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, N.Y. He grew up in a single parent household and was a high school drop-out. For a brief stint, he peddled drugs in the streets to earn money. In regards to his past, he states, “The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t have the things
you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed everyday of your life and you’d do anything to lift that burden.
Take the entrepreneurial route.
Jay-Z didn’t get his start with the backing of a major record company. He first sold CDs out of his car and eventually became a co-founder of the independent label, Roc-A-Fella Records. Carter adds, “I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be a businessman. When I was trying to get a record deal on my own, it was either, give up or create my own company.” Shawn later became founder of his current music label, Roc Nation.