I love finding “non-traditional” mentors and applying their teachings to my own work, and sometimes, I find inspiration in the strangest places.
Thinking back to 9th grade — I have to be honest — my mom was right. I definitely shouldn’t have been listening to some of the music that I was.
In fact, when I listen to some of it now, I cringe and wonder what type of irreversible damage must happen to a 14-year old brain when it’s being completely assaulted by the sheer magnitude of profanity that’s in the typical rap album nowadays.
(God, I just re-read that. I sound old.)
Somehow, though, I turned out ok…
Back in high school, one of my favorite rappers was 50 Cent. I know an embarrassing percentage of the lyrics in his first 3 albums, and I’m Patiently Waiting to be asked 21 Questions about them.
(Pause. Wait for rap aficionados to recognize the double entendre.)
But this does bring up an interesting point: Despite the fact that 50 says some straight up crazy sh** in his music, the guy is a business mastermind. Legitimately.
50 talks business with the Wall Street Journal
After growing up a poor black kid in Jamaica Queens, NYC…then becoming a rap superstar…then leveraging that success and becoming a music mogul…and then using his connections and power to become serial entrepreneur who’s now worth over a quarter BILLION dollars…I’d have to say Mr. Cent is someone to admire.
No, not because at one time or another he ran a sophisticated drug ring (more details on that in his New York Times bestseller with Robert Greene, The 50th Law.)
And no, not because he got shot 9 times and lived. (How many times does he have to keep mentioning it??)
But because he knows how to turn a bad situation into an extremely profitable one.
Isn’t that a skill we could ALL use? I think so.
Don’t just look and leave — tell me who YOU would pick…
Enjoy this cool presentation, and leave me a comment telling me who YOUR most unconventional mentor is, and why.
Bonus points for people who pick really crazy people that I’d never expect. I’m looking forward to reading these, you weirdos!