Monday Motivation: Jay Z
These days I need a lift.
I find myself staggering between complete mental fatigue and an overdose of adrenaline. It’s a cycle that leaves me constantly burned out for days, no matter what I’ve been getting up to – and it’s so hard sometimes when I just want to get up too.
Music helps. A lot.
And I ‘met’ the man up there through his music – but I’ve become a fan of the man himself. There are so many lessons I’ve learned from him, so many thoughts on love, life, death, war, money, power, relationships, God – I could go on for a while.
There’s a line from one of his many songs where he says;
‘Hustle ’caine/hustle clothes/or hustle music/
Just hustle hard in any hustle/that you pick’
That line echoes in my head whenever I get tired or want to start something new and I’m unsure about it. And one thing – completely unrelated to the lyric, and yet which I learned from it is working hard is entirely different from working smart.
It’s one thing to be busy; it’s another thing entirely to be productive. I’ve had to learn to check myself, calm a lot of reckless impulse and instead, think things through before I lift a single finger.
I also know enough to know enough people who just sit all day planning and planning – and never do anything. The trick to navigate life, as I know for now, is to find balance. Between head and heart. Between hard work and smarts. Between flying and staying grounded.
And there are a lot of ways I find my way around this world – this almost meaningless existence. Education. Books, Conversation. Faith. Focus. Discipline. The Bible. The Quran. Prayer. God. Friends.
And sometimes, some Jay Z music helps.
How do you do yours?