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“Some said, how’d you fly?” I said, from not being afraid of trying to fly.” Jay-Z

Wow, our life is moving right along. How can we slow it down? We can’t, but we have just as many hours in our day as those people who accomplish what we wish we could accomplish. How do they do it? One of the biggest things in life is perseverance; nothing can take the place of doing the next thing and not giving up.

Jay-Z says he knew the record company would be my bridge to those people I could connect with, but they didn’t give me that bridge, so it was a very important part of my career that we didn’t give up right there. That belief in myself, and belief that I had something to offer, so we built our own bridge, and I started my own record company. Jay-Z

There are enough Jay-Z quotes that my whole post could just be one great Jay-Z quote after another. He says most of the people who became successful where he was from never went back. So, there was no mentoring program, no going back to teach someone what they knew.

There are so many people we can learn lessons from. Somehow we have to find our own way, use our own gifts, and be moved by what inspires us. Even if someone doesn’t mentor us they can be an inspiration from afar. If they can do it, maybe we can too?

When we realize we don’t fit in, it may be the biggest gift we receive. “You don’t see things how other people do, there’s something wrong with your thinking,” we may be told. That’s just another way of being told: “You don’t think inside the box.” Don’t we want to think outside the box?  Isn’t that where the magic is?

If we want to be originals then we won’t fit into a group. By definition, an original is on the outside. Sometimes originals end up with a following. Sometimes they just end up going their own way, thinking their own thoughts, creating their own life. When we learn to embrace ourselves, idiosyncrasies and all and embrace all of ourselves we can make the best of what we have to give to the world.

The truth about talent is first, that it’s God-Given. When you want to unleash that talent, your mind lets it go. Because it’s there. You have to have that belief that when you draw from that well of talent that it’s going to be there. Jay-Z

One of the joys in life is surprising ourselves with our creativity. We didn’t know what we would write, how the painting would look, or how the garden would bloom and look in each season. What we had was an idea but sometimes the reality becomes so much more than the idea. We are surprised by what something has become.

Making room for creativity in our lives allows what is in us to be expressed. We never quite know what that will look like. Some people make their living with their expression of song, art, dance, or other creative endeavors. Many of us don’t, but allowing creative expression feeds our soul if not our family. Everything worth doing is not only worth doing if it brings in money.

Money is great, we need it, we use it, but creativity and self-expression are important and just as creative if no one sees it but our self. Some people’s gift to the world is their self expression, for others this is their gift to themselves. No matter what we do in life, we should find a way to allow creativity and self-expression to be part of our life.

Is there something in us calling out to be expressed? What is the medium our self-expression can best be expressed through?

“There are 2 possibilites: 1 is that there’s more to life than the physical life, that our souls ‘will find an even higher place to dwell’ when this life is over. If that’s true, there’s no reason to fear failure or death. The other possibility is that this life is all there is. And if that’s true, then we have to really live it – we have to take it for everything it has and ‘die enormous’ instead of ‘living dormant’, as I said way back on ‘can I live’. Either way, fear is a waste of time.” Jay-Z

The motivation for me, was them telling me what I could not be. Jay-Z

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