Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay Z, is one of the most successfull rappers alive right now. His story is incredibly inspirational as he went from growing up in poverty to an estimated net worth of $520 Million in 2014 according to Forbes.

From to the streets of Brooklyn to founding his own record label, entertainment company and clothing line. Jay Z is a prime example that you can become successful no matter where you start in life. Here are some quotes from Jay Z to learn from and inspire you to become successful too.

1. “Jealousy’s a weak emotion.”

Jealousy will slow you down, make you feel insecure and invade your spirit with self-doubt. Everyone goes through life on their own pace so don’t worry about others. Keep your focus, stay dedicated and don’t get discouraged.

2. “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!”

Most people don’t realize this but you are your own business, so treat yourself like one. Your name is your brand, your reputation is your marketing and your skills are your product. Build your brand!

3. I’m far from being god, but I work god damn hard.

Everything Jay Z accomplished in his life didn’t just fall into his lap.
He got to where he is today by working hard and constantly learning. The secret of success is hard work, the secret is; most are unwilling.

4. “I’m a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!”

There’s 2 parts to this quote, hustling and confidence. Confidence is everything everything in life. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you too. People can see doubt from miles away.

Confidence alone will not get you success so hustle your way to the top. Fight for what you want end never take no for an answer.

5. “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.”

Don’t be afraid to take risks in life because what’s the worst that can happen? It is much easier to look back on certain situations and say ‘at least I tried’ than wonder what could’ve happened for the rest of your life. Failure is the first step to success.

To learn more about the success of Jay-Z you can get his book on Amazon: Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office