Jay-Z: Advice on Business, Happiness, Success, Creativity and More | Success Series Podcast

Today we have advice from the wise and very wealthy American businessman, Shawn Carter; otherwise known as one of world’s most famous rappers and best selling musicians of all time; otherwise known as the one and only Jay-Z.

In the early 90’s, after being refused deal after deal by most of the major record labels of that era, he found himself selling homemade CD’s out the boot of his car. Getting nowhere, frustrated and undeterred, he decided to start his own independent record label; together with his friends, he cofounded Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995. Fast forward to today, he he’s sold more than 100million records, and has received 21 Grammy Awards; he also holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200, with 14.

That’s his music career; he is also a well-respected businessman, whose affairs include being the the co-creator of the Rocawear clothing line, and the owner of the New York 40/40 sports bar. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation. He founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. In his spare time: he sits on the board of Budweiser Select as a co-brand director, buys gold-standard champagne brands, launches cigar and cologne ranges, and invests in tech companies—as you do.

According to Forbes, he has an approximate net worth of $810 dollars—sorry, million dollars, 810 million dollars. He’s also married to the beautiful and equally successful Giselle Knowles-Carter, otherwise known as Sasha Fierce, otherwise known as Beyonce. Without further ado, here are seven lessons from Jay-Z.

First up is the orthogonality of happiness and success as most people define it. As trite as it sounds, life, really is, about balance.


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This show is all about the lessons, secrets, top-tips and philosophies of some of the world’s most famous people. Each episode is dedicated to one well-known name—be them musicians, movie stars, famous entrepreneurs, writers, painters, investors, philosophers, scientists, you name it—and the practical wisdom they think will be helpful to you.

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