Jay-Z Quotes: Motivation, Business & Life Lessons From a Hip Hop Icon.

These quotes from Jay-Z will make you think beyond your challenges to reach your dreams.

Jay-Z, known worldwide, didn’t always have success.

He began at the bottom, in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, NY, but he believed in himself.

Despite facing obstacles, like his uncle’s disapproval and rejection from record labels, Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, persevered.

He released his first mix tape and self-published his debut album.

He’s one of the richest and most influential musicians of the past 15 years.

Through his music and storytelling, Jay-Z has inspired people worldwide to work hard and pursue their dreams.

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The Greatest Motivational Jay-Z Quotes  And Songs

1. “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay-Z

2. “I believe that the energy you put out in the world, you get back.” – Jay-Z

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3. “Only thing that’s on my mind, is who’s gonna run this town tonight.” – Jay-Z

4. “Some said ‘How’d you fly?’ I said from not being afraid of trying to fly” – Jay-Z

5. “Only two things can get you through this: that’s patience and persistence.” – Jay-Z

6. “Always be inspired.” – Jay-Z

7. “By far for me the most important thing is inspiration.” – Jay-Z

8. “Whenever inspiration won’t find you, you have to find it.” – Jay-Z

9. “Everyone needs a chance to evolve.” – Jay-Z

10. “Told me don’t wait on nobody, go get your own, so it’s me, myself, and my Microphone.” – Jay-Z

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11. “I’m feeling like the world against me Lord, call me crazy, cuz strangely I love the odds – they gunning for me, they want to see me fall, they know my story, I have been through it all, nights I felt like dying, but I ain’t crying, what didn’t kill me, made me strong as I am. I am. I am.” – Jay-Z

12. “There are 2 possibilities: 1 is that there’s more to life than the physical life, that our souls ‘will find an even higher place to dwell’ when this life is over. If that’s true, there’s no reason to fear failure or death. The other possibility is that this life is all there is. And if that’s true, then we have to live it- we have to take it for everything it has and ‘die enormous’ instead of ‘living dormant’, as I said way back on ‘can I live’. Either way, fear is a waste of time.” – Jay-Z

13. “I try to work with brands with some partnerships there. I don’t do one-off deals, but try to work on partnerships as opposed to one-off endorsement deals.” – Jay-Z

14. “A wise man once told me luck isn’t some mystical energy that dances around the universe randomly bestowing people with satisfaction and joy, you create your luck.” – Jay-Z, Law Of Attraction

15. “The truth about talent is first, that it’s G-d Given. When you want to unleash that talent, your mind lets it go. Because it’s there. You have to have that belief that when you draw from that well of talent it’s going to be there.” – Jay-Z

16. “Every day hit every wave like I’m Hawaiian. I don’t surf the net, no I’ve never been on MySpace, too busy letting my voice vibrate, carving out my space in this world.” – Jay-Z

17. “The record company would be my bridge to those people I could connect with, but they didn’t give me that bridge, so it was a very important part of my career that we didn’t give up right there. That belief in myself, and belief that I had something to offer, so we built our bridge, and I started my own record company.” – Jay-Z

18. “Next time you see the homie and his rims spinnin’, just know my mind is working just like them…the rims that is.” – Jay-Z

19. “They say you put the right artist with the right track in the studio, leave the door cracked, and let G-d in.” – Jay-Z

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20. “You have to find your genius-level talent, and then apply it in a way that supports that genius-level talent.” – Jay-Z

21. “A wise man once told me don’t argue with fools, because from a distance you can’t tell who is who.” – Jay-Z

22. “I’ve never looked at myself and said that I need to be a certain way to be around certain people. I’ve always wanted to stay true to myself, and I’ve managed to do that. People have to accept that. I collect art, and I drink wine… Things that I like that I had never been exposed to. But I never said ‘I’m going to buy art to impress this crowd’. That’s just ridiculous to me. I don’t like my life like that, because how could you be happy with yourself?” – Jay-Z

23. “We all have the same fear, the fear of failure. We all have the fear of failure…as someone successful the weight of all that you’ve done is on you.” – Jay-Z, No Hustling Backwards

24. “The responsibility is to keep pushing it forward, and not relying on the same old gimmicks. You have to push it forward.” – Jay-Z

25. “I couldn’t even think about wanting to be something else: I wouldn’t let myself visualize another life. But I wrote because I couldn’t stop. It was a release, a mental exercise, a way of keeping sane.” – Jay-Z

26. “Do things that are true to you. Most things that I’m involved with are being creative and things that I like. Get involved with things that you love and be sure to have a standard and integrity with what you’re doing.” – Jay-Z

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27. “It was drive: we toured the whole eastern seaboard…we would just drive ourselves and do a show with just 20 people in the show.” – Full Video Jay-Z on Law of Attraction part 2 of 2

28. “You have to realize what’s behind it (criticism) because I don’t know these guys (critics), but I know it’s more of a competitive thing, and it just comes with the job.” – Jay-Z

29. “It’s the discipline to not get caught up in the moment (fads), people tend to get caught up in emotions and jump on the next hot thing. So for me just to have the discipline and the confidence in who I am, and if I go into a studio and I find my truth for the moment, several people can relate to what I’m saying, and what I’m doing. Not because it’s the new thing, but because it’s my genuine emotion, and how I articulate the world.” – Jay-Z

30. “I’m inspired by life and all sorts of things. You could say something right now and it would inspire me to write a song.” – Jay-Z

31. “I have a lot of happiness, but that doesn’t mean that the two (money and happiness) equate to each other…they’re not tied to each other…”- Jay-Z

32. “Life is about balance, you have to have time for work and time for play. If you don’t allow these two things to co-exist you have an imbalance.” – Jay-Z

33. “Either love me or leave me alone.” – Jay-Z

34. “The genius thing that we did, was we didn’t give up, we didn’t say ‘Because these guys…’ we used that ‘What do they know’ approach, and didn’t give up.” – Jay-Z

35. “Instincts are really important in business. I didn’t go to any business school 101 or anything like that, I pretty much just followed my instincts.” – Jay-Z

36. “Do me a favor. Don’t do me any favors. I handle mine.” – Jay-Z

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Further Stunning Jay-Z Quotes

37. “I’d rather live enormous than live dormant.” – Jay-Z

38. “I see I said, jealousy I said, got the whole world mad at me, I said to my one-of-a-kind self.” – Jay-Z

39. “You can pay for school but you can’t buy class.” – Jay-Z

40. “I believe you can speak things into existence.” – Jay-Z

41. “There are a lot of things that I lived in the street that helped me in the music business… I knew what characters not to have around me.” – Jay-Z

42. “All my businesses are part of the culture, so I have to stay true to whatever I’m feeling at the time, whatever direction I’m heading in, and hopefully, everyone follows.” – Jay-Z

43. “What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something.” – Jay-Z

44. “Then ask: ‘Why is life worth livin’?’ Is it to gun for the sh*t that you want? To receive is great, but I lust givin’” – Jay-Z

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45. “Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.” – Jay-Z

46. “I love what I do, and when you love what you do, you want to be the best at it.” – Jay-Z.

47. “We change people through conversation, not through censorship.” – Jay-Z

48. “Those who are successful overcome their fears and take action. Those who don’t submit to their fears and live with regrets.” – Jay-Z

49. “I come from a place where you had to keep your word, where people would stick with you no matter what…I just tried to be a man of my word.” – Jay-Z

50. “Jealousy is a weak emotion.” – Jay-Z

51. “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.” – Jay-Z

52. “Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great.” – Jay-Z

Jay-Z Quotes That Can Inspire You To Pursue Your Goals

53. “I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.” – Jay-Z

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54. “People look at you strangely, say you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same.” – Jay-Z

55. “Money and power don’t change you; they just further expose your true self.” – Jay-Z

56. “Leave a mark they can’t erase, neither space nor time.” – Jay-Z

57. “A wise man told me not to argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who.” – Jay-Z

58. “If people don’t hate you, you’re probably not doing very big things.” – Jay-Z

59. “You learn more in failure than you ever do in success.” – Jay-Z

60. “I’m like a dog. I never speak, but I understand.” – Jay-Z

61. “I’m a hustler baby; I sell water to a well.” – Jay-Z

62. “Don’t tell me what was said about me… Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.” – Jay-Z

63. “Rap has been a path between cultures in the best tradition of popular music.” – Jay-Z

64. “In the end, you can’t censor the truth, especially when it comes packaged in hot music.” – Jay-Z

65. “Only God can judge me so I’m gone, either love me or leave me alone.” – Jay-Z

66. “Poet’s mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.” – Jay-Z

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67. “Life is for living, not living uptight, see ya somewhere up in the sky.” – Jay-Z

68. “If it’s you and me against the world, then so be it.” – Jay-Z

Did you like those Jay-Z quotes?

Despite facing tough challenges, like almost going to jail, Jay-Z discovered his talent and knew he had to share it with the world.

What makes you wake up?

What special talent do you have that the world needs to see?

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