Sometimes getting the motivation you need to be as successful as possible can come from unexpected sources. Whether you love them or hate them, celebrities are often some of the best examples of finding success in this world and working hard to achieve that success. When it comes to success in the rap world, very few performers can top the achievements of Grammy award-winning performer Drake.
All three of Drak’s studio albums have reached platinum status almost immediately and while the performer got his start acting in the teen series Degrassi, his career so far has proven that there are no limits to his ability to entertain. Tours, albums, collaborations, acting gigs and a bevy of endorsements have all made Drake one of the most successful and recognizable names in hip hop today. Talk to anyone who has worked with the artist before and they will tell you he is also one of the hardest working men in show business today.
This is why so many people from all over the globe look to Drake as a source of inspiration. Throughout his career he has taken this status as a role model seriously and not only continued his path of success but delivered some really inspirational quotes in the process. Take a look at some of his most inspirational quotes on success to hear first-hand what the rapper’s approach is and how he works hard to have the career that he has now.
How Much is Drake Worth?
As one of the most successful modern rappers of our time, it should come as no surprise that the Canadian-born actor has a tremendous amount of money to his name. As of 2016, it is estimated that Drake is worth around $78 million. This empire has been building since 2006, when Drake released his first album Room for Improvement. Drake went on to release his second album Comeback Season, and his song “Replacement Girl” earned him the title of being the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his video featured on BET.
In 2008, Drake became part of the Young Money crew with Lil Wayne, but did not go on to get signed until 2009 when he signed a $2 million record deal. This record deal would go on to produce two Billboard Hot 100 songs for the artist that year. In 2010, Drake was honored by Forbes for being the highest earning newcomer of the year, a title he earned for raking in more than $10 million that year.
In 2012, Drake’s “Club paradise” tour became the most successful tour venture of 2012, raking in an estimated $42 million. In 2013, Drake earned an estimated $10.5 million while in 2014 he earned an estimated $33 million that year alone.
In 2015, Drake made headlines when he out-earned Dr. Dre by bringing in $39.5 million and landed at the third spot on the Hip-Hop Cash Kinds list of rappers, behind only Diddy and Jay Z.
Today that fortune only continues to grow as he tours around the globe and continues to release chart-topping hits.
“I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.”
While externally, Drake may seem like a mischievous individual he is quick to point out that even the seemingly mischievous things he does has some calculated thinking behind it. He calculates his every move to make sure that he is always thinking about what he does and how it will impact his career. If you really want to find success, you need to be able to think in this manner and not let your personal activities outside the office derail your professional ones.
“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”
This is something that virtually any person who has found success in the past can vouch for. Many times it is not about the actual goal you have, whether it is getting a promotion or making a certain amount of money, it is really about the journey it takes you to get there. You can learn a lot more about yourself and about your career by focusing on the journey and the work it takes to reach a goal, than just the goal itself. You will have struggles to overcome along that journey but these can only continue to teach you more about yourself.
“I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.”
This quote from the rapper speaks not just of a tough attitude, but a strength and resiliency that he has. Sometimes you need to have this type of strength in order to beat your competition and find success in your field. You should never try to be a confrontational person in the professional world, but fighting for yourself, your team or your company may sometimes be necessary when others challenge or confront you. This fighting attitude is sometimes needed to weather certain storms and find the success that you are looking for.
“I try to really capitalize off of what other rappers really can’t do. There are opportunities that rappers I love simply can’t get, because… you know… I don’t have the tattoos; I have a different image”
The philosophy that Drake has on taking advantage of certain opportunities is a mindset that many people today need to have in order to be successful in business. There may be certain opportunities that your competition can take advantage of that you cannot for whatever reason. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find your own opportunities to take advantage of. Drake has done this in the rap world, thanks to the image he has crafted for himself. The image that you and your brand have may also be perfect for certain opportunities that others cannot take advantage of.
Keep these success quotes in mind whenever you need a little extra motivation. Drake’s quotes on success can be applied to virtually any situation, whether you are looking to find success in the arts, like he did, or in your everyday professional ventures inside the office.
Drake’s Business Ventures
There is no denying that Drake has earned a great deal of money with his career as a recording artist. However, in the past few years, the performer has proven he is more than just a rapper by coming out with a number of new business ventures. These ventures have not only helped Drake build his fortune, but they have also helped Drake become one of the most successful brands in entertainment today.
One of the most surprising venture that Drake has made lately was investing in a new tech startup app, Omni. In addition to being an investor, Drake is also reported to have creative input as well for the app that lets you organize and retrieve items from storage, without having to visit a storage facility.
The rapper is also in charge of the annual music festival known as OVO Fest, held in Toronto. The two-day concert event is one of the biggest in the country and features huge artists from all over the globe. The rapper also has a lucrative endorsement deal with Sprite. Drake also works with Nike, and has his own custom design for the brand’s Air Jordan line and works with Canadian clothing company Roots.
In 2016, Drake announced his latest business venture, Virginia Black Whiskey, a venture that the rapper hopes will put him on the map in the liquor business.
With so many successful business ventures to his name, on top of his impressive list of career accomplishments, it is easy to see why so many fans today look up to Drake and why his quotes and words of inspiration mean so much to millions around the globe. This is why some of our favorite inspirational quotes of all time come from this multi-faceted entertainer who has proven time and time again that nothing can hold him back when he sets his mind to something.