One thing that I frequently think about these days is what direction I am eventually going to commit to. Am I going to be a career guy or would life be better copping benefits and moving to the suburbs (respectfully). Will I be able to commit to a corporate job that comes wth monetary benefits, or jump out the window and follow my interests and passions? Hey, I don’t know yet but hopefully I’ll figure it out whilst writing this post.
Motivation and insight comes in all types of manners, so I thought I would guide you through my psyche via the wonderful world of my influences. Let’s go.
Sister Mary Clarence dropping some knowledge in Sister Act 2 – Passion
First off, let me just say that Sister Act 2 might be my favourite movie ever, although that’s a subject for a different day. In this classic scene, Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldbreg) is trying help out Rita (a young Lauryn Hill) by trying to persuade her into followimg her passion. Rita loves to sing her ass off however her single hard working mother believes it is an endeavour that will get her nowhere and that she should focus on her studies. Mary Clarence uses the inspirational words of the writer Rainer Maria Rilke by telling her that if she wakes up in the morning and cannot think of anything but singing, then she should become a singer. It’s a simple but powerful message. I mean if you wake up in the morning, and cannot think of anything but watching cartoons, then you should take this message with a pinch of salt. In a perfect world, following your passion is all the motivation you need.
Stay hungry, stay foolish – Passion and Motivation
Steve Jobs doesn’t really need an introduction and is a man of great inspiration to others. In this highlighted clip, he drops a series of gems. The gems that stuck out the most to me was:
You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in you future. You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference.
This is a great point for me as I think in life, you often get given a set of moves you are supposed to do with well known outcomes. Following your gut sometimes steers you away from this norm, and you have got to have faith that it will work out. Of course confidence in yourself is important in seeing this through.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
“Man if I get rocked, this shit for my kids n***a, it’s that real shit” – Motivation
You have got to love the transition from Steve Jobs to the rapper Freeway, also known as the ‘Black Santa’. ‘What We Do’ is his most well known song and something I bump frequently. The first verse in particular is classic as Freeway vocalises the reasons behind how he lives his life. This is all for the betterment of his family.
But without this drug shit your kids ain’t got no way to eat, huh
We still try to keep Mom…smilin’
Cuz when the teeth stop showin’ and the stomach start growlin’
Then the heat start flowin’
If you from the hood I know you feel me (Jay-Z: Keep goin’…)
You may be reading this as a person with or without a prominent ‘sKreet’ background (do not instigate yourself). But I’m sure everyone can understand the pressures of providing for a family. This serves as motivation for a whole load of people out there. Maybe in the coming years, it will be mine too.
Freeway does have have hope that through his passion of music, he can provide for his family whilst also being a law abiding citizen. And I commend him.
We gotta raise our kids while we livin’
Make a million off-a record bail my niggas outta prison
Fuck a Bentley or a Lexus just my boys in the squadder
By ‘squadder’, he means a cop car just in case you’re not familiar with the urban Philadelphia culture.
I’m hoping this post has shone a light in your life and I guess it just fits into the whole ethos of Imperious Entertainment. That is to push ourselves and not conform to social constructs. Having a ‘good’ job and dreaming of 2.4 children is not enough right now. Support us and let’s grow together.
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