LIFE LESSONS FROM CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON – I’ve always been a fan of 50 Cent. Ever since his first major hit song “In The Club” became a mainstream sensation, his meteoric rise to success has not stopped. Nowadays, he steps well into his 40’s (45 now in 2020 to be exact). What made him a street smart hustler as a young kid dealing drugs and getting shot 9 times, has made him a hit also in the business world. Besides being an award winning rapper, he’s also an entrepreneur, actor and a producer coming from Queens, New York. He’s been recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time. This is with Grammy Award winning, record shattering debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”.
He’s the founder and CEO of G-Unit Records. Responsible for a number of multi-platinum hit artists. They include G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. producing a wide variety of content across different platforms and TV networks. He executive produces, directs and starts in the Stars # 1 show “Power”. He is a true entrepreneur. A real rags to riches success story with his brands covering a wide spectrum of businesses. These include footwear, clothing, fragrance, video games, publishing, headphones, liquor, healthy drinks. He also has ventured into supplements, home accessories and other merchandising businesses.
He’s one of the rappers that made it big outside of what made them famous and rich. This comes with the savvy moves he made. They include the lessons he learned from his many publicized failures that just made him even stronger. Here are 9 important lessons he has shared in his book “Hustle Hard, Hustle Smarter” which I loved reading. It was as if I could hear his voice talking to me while reading his book.
Let’s dive into all of the LIFE LESSONS FROM CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON:
1. BE FEARLESS – People tend to run away from what they’re afraid of. 50 Cent does the opposite, he runs towards it. It doesn’t make him bulletproof or that he’s unaware of the danger. He fears also just like any of us. But he teaches people one of the greatest mistakes they make, which is become “comfortable” with their fears. Whatever worries you, it needs to be addressed head-on and engage in it until you’re able to resolve it. Refusing to become comfortable with fear gives us an advantage in most situations. When we address our small problems early on, we’re able to avoid making it an even bigger problem. How? By simply ignoring them. Nip it in the bud early on, so it doesn’t become a problem or be a reason to be fearful.
2. CULTIVATE THE HEART OF A HUSTLER – The term hustlin’ is associated with selling drugs. It’s a character trait that is shared by successful people in different professions. People such as Steve Jobs was much of a hustler at Apple, much like when 50 Cent was hustling on the streets of Queens in New York. The important factor to building that trait in your own personality is accepting that you’re not hustling towards a particular goal. Hustlin’ is a MOTOR that’s got to be running in perpetual motion inside of you each and every single day that you’re breathing. It fuels your passion and you can keep that motor running towards anywhere you want to head on to in your life.
3. BUILD A STRONG CREW – You’re only as strong as your weakest link in your team. This is why you have to be careful in who you have around you. Getting betrayed is never going to be from afar, but more so where you’re closest to. Find a balance between establishing the discipline and trust in the the people you work with and giving them the freedom to be themselves. Establish an equilibrium so that you’ll be positioned to get the very best out of your team.
4. KNOW YOUR VALUE – The cornerstone of Curtis Jackson’s sustainability of success is that he didn’t rush into deals even if his his has been synonymous with the quote “GETTING PAID”, he’s never chased money. Instead he evaluates every new venture based on long term potential, not on what his first check will look like. He lets money chase him continuously instead. Develop supreme confidence in your own worth, value and abilities altogether. As long as you’re betting on yourself, you’re always going to be a winner. Bet on the skills of someone else always, and you won’t have control over the results.
5. EVOLVE OR DIE – Curtis Jackson would be dead right now or probably be in jail if he was unwilling or unable to evolve as an individual. A major key to his success is that every stage in his life, he was willing to assess any new situation he finds himself in to be able to make the needed adjustments. While he’s always drawn from the lessons, he has learned from the streets that he’s not limited to them. He looks for ways to absorb new information from as many sources as possible.
“I don’t care where you come from or what you look like – If you’ve created success, I want to learn from you.” GOLD.
6. SHAPE PERCEPTION – Whatever you share with the world, from your energy, what you wear, your actions and your words, tells a story. Your narrative always presents you as the person that you want to be seen as, EVEN IF your reality tells a slightly different story. Here’s why. One of the major secrets to getting what you want in life is to create the perception that you don’t need a thing. While I know it can be a difficult energy to project, most especially when you’re struggling, but by being committed to that perception will make you attractive in these 3 aspects: PROFESSIONALLY, PERSONALLY & ROMANTICALLY.
7. DON’T BE AFRAID TO COMPETE – People will try to portray 50 Cent as a troll or a bully, and it’s not even accurate to say the least. His first instinct is to always build a mutually beneficial relationship with people that is also positive. In any case that someone isn’t interested in being friends with him, he is more than comfortable being an enemy to them. Jackson believes that competition is healthy for all the parties involved. 50 Cent has experienced what he calls his greatest success when he’s met his rivals head-on and without any hesitation at all. Coincides with number 1: Be Fearless.
8. LEARN FROM YOUR L’S – Curtis Jackson has racked up many victories over the years. He has much more losses than his wins. With that being said, Jackson is not an exception from the successful people that we know of today, it just makes him THE RULE. It’s rare that you will see a rapper, mogul, executive, entrepreneur or athlete whose losses don’t far outweigh the wins they’ve racked up. What makes them separate from the pack is that instead of ranting and complaining about or hiding from their L’s, they actively look to learn from them. Don’t be afraid of your losing, as it’s only a loss if there isn’t a lesson behind it.
9. AVOID THE ENTITLEMENT TRAP – Whatever Curtis Jackson has in his life now, it was never just handed to him. He had to fight for everything he’s earned. The concept of entitlement has never entered into his mentality. But even so, Jackson has still seen a lot of people that are entitled from the streets to the boardrooms. We’ll never find lasting success until we take full responsibility from what happens in our life. You have to remember that NOBODY OWES YOU ANYTHING, just as you don’t owe anything to anybody else. Accept that fundamental truth and take control of that journey. It will open many doors that has seemed closed to you, open up right in front of you.
Which of the 9 lessons did you like the most from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
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