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"...How you get so fly? From not being afraid to fall out the sky..."
from Beach Chair, Kingdom Come

Insight: The only way to overcome fear is to face it.
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"...I'm not a businessman. I'm a business...maaaannn..."
from Diamonds Are Forever Remix

Insight: Like businesses, individuals need visions, strategies, partnerships, positioning, constant evaluation and accountability, etc. See The C.E.O. of You.
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"...Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself..."
from A Dream, Blueprint 2

Insight: We are fully responsible for our being. We are co-creators (with God) of our lives and can be whoever we choose to be.
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"...I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid of not trying..."
from Beach Chair, Kingdom Come

Insight: Failure is underrated. To not try is worse than failing.
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"...I'm far from God, but I work god damn hard..."
from Breath Easy, The Blueprint

Insight: To create like the Creator takes hard work.
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"...I spring train in the winter, around early December..."
from Breath Easy, The Blueprint

Insight: He who practices the most is most prepared to win.
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If I don't show the world growth, how are we going to grow?
December 2007 XXL Interview

Insight: Things that stagnate don't last long.
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I love that because that's what I'm supposed to be doing - whether it's accepted b everybody or not. I'm supposed to be pushing that envelope and trying new things. And people are supposed to say, "Hov, you might have went too far".
December 2007 XXL Interview

Insight: If people aren't looking at you funny, then you're not pushing the envelope.
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I love what I'm doing. I love the artist I'm developing. I love the whole thing about it. Once again, I have to really look at it for the next three years and say, "Am I doing it for the right reasons?" 'Cause all I want to do is make history at this point. They got to pay me to make history of course. But that's my goal. I want to sit there with people really into making history. I mean everybody. I don't mean just artists. The interns -if everybody's not committed to making history every time I go into a meeting, and if I can't look into their eyes and I don't see the fire, then I gotta move on. ' Cause, you know, I don't have time. I don't have the luxury of time to just blow off three years. I do, but I don't. But I'm not looking to have a job. That's not hot!
December 2007 XXL Interview

Insight: It's about making history. Music is just to the tool.
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"I'm a person that works off of music. I let the music dictate the direction."

Insight: Let the creative energy guide you. Don't dictate too much.

HipHopDX Interview
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If you know of other worthwhile Jay-Z quotes for personal growth, please comment below.

Here's what my readers added:

"Treat my first like my last and the last like my first and my thirst is the same as- when I came."
from My 1st Song, The Black Album
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"I will not lose for even in defeat, there's a valuable lesson learned so it evens up for me."
from Blueprint 2, The Blueprint 2
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"what tomorrow has in store we could never be sure so all we can do is pray"
from Pray, American Gangster

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38 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. "difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week." - Diamonds remix

     
  3. Ananda Says:
  4. Hey, just wanted to point out a correction ...."how you get so fly? From not being afraid to fall out the sky".... is from "Beach Chair" not "A Dream".... and the quote you have up there.... "nobody built like you, you design yourself"... is from "A Dream" on Blueprint 2, not Beach Chair. You need to switch em up.

     
  5. hazysin Says:
  6. I WILL NOT LOSE....to me that is one of Jay-Z most inspirational quotes....it speaks for itself

     
  7. hazysin Says:
  8. oh i can't forget:

    i got demons in my past, so i got daughters on the way and if the prophecy is correct then the child shall had to pay for the sins of the father so i borrowed my tomorrows against my yesterdays

     
  9. LyricalGuy Says:
  10. And a drought can define a man when the well drys up you learn the worth of water without work you thirst til you die yep.

    from December 4th "Black Album"

     
  11. sam Says:
  12. "If you can't respect that your whole perspective is whack, maybe you'll love me when I fade to black..."

     
  13. Anonymous Says:
  14. "I want money like Cosby who wouldn't"
    from Dead Presidents,

     
  15. Anonymous Says:
  16. ... And my mind is moving just like them, the rims that is.
    Moment of Clarity, Black Album

     
  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. "I dont follow any guidelines, cause too many niggas ride mines, so i change styles every two rhymes... Ooooooooo.. thats twenty two too's for ya'll motha fuckas know what i mean?"

     
  19. Anonymous Says:
  20. I a am far being God, but I work God dam hard

     
  21. Anonymous Says:
  22. "I'd rather die enormous than live dormant..."

    from "Can I Live", Reasonable Doubt

     
  23. Anonymous Says:
  24. gotta tell you niggas what time it is like movado, my motto stack rocks like colorado!

     
  25. Simόn Says:
  26. "Nobody will fall, everyone will be each other's crutches" --from Feelin' It, Reasonable Doubt

     
  27. Ronnie Says:
  28. I get my "by any means" on whenever there's a drought. Get your umbrellas out cuz that's when I brainstorm

     
  29. Anonymous Says:
  30. I ain't talkin to nobody in particular my flow is just vehicular homicide when I'm kickin up dust. Anyone in my path its a car crash waitin to happen, nigga what?

     
  31. Anonymous Says:
  32. If ya'll haven't heard, I'm Michael, Magic and Bird all rolled in one, cuz none got more flows than Young, plus got more flows to come. And if I'm not better than BIG, I'm the closest one.

     
  33. Anonymous Says:
  34. 9 to 5 is how u survive. I aint trying to survive im tryna live it to the limit and love it a lot.

     
  35. Anonymous Says:
  36. "Had to get off the boat so i can walk on water"

     
  37. Yemu Says:
  38. Im not a busines man, am a BUSINESS!, man!, let me handle my business damn....

     
  39. Shahab Says:
  40. I Sell, Ice In Winter, Fire In Hell, Im A Hustler Baby, Il Sell Water To A Well

     
  41. Samisab Says:
  42. "what tomorrow has in store we could never be sure so all we can do is pray"
    Pray-Jay-Z

     
  43. Anonymous Says:
  44. My moms crying cause her insides are dying
    her son trying her patience, keep her heart racing
    A million beats a minute, I know I push you to your limit
    but it's this game love, I'm caught up all in it
    They make it so you can't prevent it, never give it
    you gotta take it, can't fake it I keep it authentic

     
  45. Do you know why the call the"Projects" the projects?cause it's project,an expirement and we're in it only as objects.:do you wanna ride?-Kingdome come

     
  46. in my former business,motherfuckers would spray ya... and in the music business mutherfuckes just say stuff

     
  47. they used say rappin' at 38 was ill,
    last year alone I grossed 38 mil

     
  48. police in the background
    screamin' put that thing down
    that was how hard I was tryin' to my thing down

     
  49. Anonymous Says:
  50. Hustle cane , hustle clothes, or hustle music, but hustle hard in any hustle that you pick. - no hook , american gangster

     
  51. Anonymous Says:
  52. half a mill for bail cuz i'm African... All becuz dis fool was harassin em.. tryna play the boy like he Saccaharin!!

     
  53. Sangoulé Says:
  54. "on the rise to the top many drop, don't forget it in order to survive got to learn to live with regrets " regrets - reasonable doubt

     
  55. Anonymous Says:
  56. Magazine says I'm shallow I'll never learn to swim. Still they puttin me on there cover cuz I earn for them. Soon as I sell too much watch em turn on him. . . Life and times of Sean Carter.

     
  57. Sangoulé Says:
  58. "somebody's pulling me close to the ground !! i ain't panicked , i was there before " intro - in my lifetime vol 1

     
  59. jimi Says:
  60. THeSE 3 PPL(BARACK OBAMA, JAY Z & NELSON MANDELA)NOT ONLY R MY HEROS BUT THEY R ALSO MY GUIDANCE AND MY EVERYTHING ESPECIALLY NELSON MANDELA. My name is Jimmy Nishimwe and my e-mail is jimiakayoung_g3@hotmail.com

     
  61. Revilo Says:
  62. "Errybody wanna kno my networth niggaz wake up on my d#$k eat some breakfast first, I'm a legend and I ain't even left this earth" Bump Bump Bump freestyle

     
  63. sade Says:
  64. I GUESS ITS JUS DA PENALTY OF LEADERSHIP..I GUESS I'M WUT N99AS WANNA B AND SHIT OR N99AS JUS BORED WANNA BE IN SHIT B4 DEY GET 2 RAPPIN START BELIEVEING IT THINK DET ALI AND SHIT I ROLL WIT DA PUNCHES SO I SURVIVE I BOB AND WEAVE MOVE MA FEET 4RM SIDE 2 SIDE I'M BAKK STRONGER DEN EVER SUPRISE SUPRISE DEY TRY 2 TAKE ME OUT DA GAME BUT I'M ALIVE!!!

     
  65. Anonymous Says:
  66. But really the fact is, we not in the same bracket
    Not in the same league, don’t shoot at the same baskets
    Don’t pay the same taxes, hang with the same b-tches
    So how am I in the way, what is it I'm missing?
    N-gga I been missing, n-gga I been gone
    The shit that you just witnessed is the shit that I bin on
    And as for the critics, tell me I don’t get it
    Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it

     
  67. Sage Says:
  68. A wise man told me don't argue with fools,
    Cuz people from a distance can't tell who is who

    Takeover, Blueprint

     
  69. Sage Says:
  70. The irony of selling drugs is sorta like abusing
    Guess there's two sides to what substance abuse is

    Fallin', American Gangster

    Million miles from the puddles, the rainy days the tussles,
    Reign in ways to hustle- so we won't get caught

     
  71. Anonymous Says:
  72. "And i cant help the poor if am one of them
    So i got rich and gave back to me that's a win-win"
    Moment of Clarity, Album Noir

     

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