Along with some inspiring Jay Z inspiration and quotes, I hope to share with you a way of understanding the Drive of the man by examining some of the things he says. Do not live dormant, die enormous.


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


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On his very first project, Jay Z announced his motivation and intention, with one line, “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.” When you take the biggest risk in your life, forgoing the well-trodden path for one that you forge out of uncertainty, insecurity, and your idea, you need to internalize his very notion. You are a legacy in waiting. You have a contribution to make, but it will take your best fight.


You are not pursuing your dream in vain. You did it because it is better to live fully as who you are than to go on slugging through life pretending to be happy with new cell phones and reality television shows. Believe it or not, your purpose, your mission is where you find happiness. Go for enormous. Your lasting satisfaction will never be in the things you buy. You are not made to be dormant. Dream, plan and become who you truly are.

2. “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” – Jay Z


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The audacity! Love it. I have to admit that I share this grandiose view, but I don’t apologize for the choice in perspective. As Will Smith once said, “the easiest road to a life of mediocrity is being realistic.” How do you land on a cloud if you never aim for a star? And even then, I believe you will reach your star if you decide that going halfway is not enough.


At the very least, be your empire, do not be a fringe of your existence.

3. “Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes a week.” – Jay Z


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Hip Hop is not an art form that allows you to be bashful and popular at the same time. In this Quotes Jay Z seems to be a bit full of himself, but here his explanation for this manner of thinking and you just might want to be rapping these lyrics to give yourself a boost.


On Bill Maher’s HBO show, Jay Z encourages people to believe that they are the very best. He says that the world wants you to feel down, it intends to shackle you with humility. And he sees a problem with this, as he challenges, “you need to think you are the greatest. Visualize it. Because that is how you become great, by envisioning it first.”


If the man says difficult takes a day, believe him. He has made millions of dollars from songs that he put together in less than 24 hours. And when he says impossible to take a week, believe him too because he went from the projects of Brooklyn, NY to becoming a pop Icon, made of sweat and sacrifice.


How great are you going to start believing you are?

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


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This was said so well, all I can do to elaborate on the quote is to reinforce it with another from Jay Z,“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.”

5. “I can move in a room full of vultures”- Jay Z


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Theodore Roosevelt said, “the most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Jay Z clearly has embraced this, the way he enters a room and leaving his mark. A huge part of star power is knowing how to carry yourself, but a greater aspect of human power is understanding the people around you, who you can trust, what you can say, and where to draw the line.


Success is not only a factor of your work. It will always depend on how you manage relationships. Best advice, always is true to yourself, never compromise and resolve to be good to everyone you meet. Success will follow you because you act successfully.




6. “Either love me or leave me alone.” – Jay Z


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This comes off as a demand, but I see it as much needed personal advice. Surround yourself with people who have your best at heart and disregard the rest. I can’t imagine doing any of this without my mother and Kristina. If they are the last two people in the world I ever get to speak to, they would be plenty.


Love drives us all, and the support of others is incredibly helpful to the pursuit of a dream. You do yourself a disservice if you confuse the fears and insecurities of your “friends” with good advice. Leave them alone. If you truly believe in something, then the best around you will believe in you. Do not ever stall a dream because you let the wrong person get too close.

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


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There Is something romantic about saying, “I am following my heart.” people instantly think you have become some hippie, choosing a laid-back life, carrying on with the flow of things. Following your heart is anything but a smooth ride. In fact, if you stop to think about it, you may begin to feel that your heart has it out for you.


Your dream will drag you through hell, but that is because it is the only way for you to get to your desires. The pain makes you appreciate your achievement. Everything you learn prevents you from becoming complacent. And eventually, you realize that heaven and hell are the same places, changed only my perspective. Keep grinding even when you get to the top because it is the hustle that fulfils you, not the intended destination.

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


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I tell everyone that chasing a dream is a person’s greatest life challenge, to want something so badly that it becomes you because it was always you. To risk rejection, disappointment, and constant failure, it will feel like every element of the world is against you. But think of that moment when you overcome.

Jay Z accepted that being poor, knowing very little about the music business was not enough reason not to fear. He accepted his obstacles and faced them, as you should.

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


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Perfectly said.

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


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Failures are lessons, one more way you understand one thing that does not get things done. This is just as valuable as success. Yet we fail and complain instead of getting up to fail some more.


The truth about great success is that it is unpredictable. But one thing you can bet on, success always arrives just on time, the moment you have failed enough, learned enough and become the person worthy of your dream.


Be patient and always be willing to learn. You will get there.And you will do it better than Jay Z did.



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