Quotables - What More Can I Say?


Quotables - What More Can I Say?

By: ERIN N. SIMON

Inspired, In- Spirit Publishing 2015

They don’t paint pictures, they just trace me…

-Jay Z "What More Can I Say?"

Jay Z alludes to a common problem in the world of art. When I say art, I mean, any type of creative process. There is confusion between emulation and lack of talent. There is, however, also an easy fix for that. As there are a plethora of original artists on any given site, I'd like to say this. Take time to think over the vision you have for yourself. Develop that vision. It's easy to jump on the band wagon of a trend that seems to be popular, but it is way more profitable to be original. Not like the others!

Jay Z, like his wife, is considered one of the most consistent artists. He had an album out every single year. During the course of his career, you noticed his style evolved. He began to develop the vision he had for himself, until he was able to run with what he was comfortable with. This goes for other lyricists, writers, poets, etc. Despite people biting his style or taking bars without crediting him, he continued to push out music and eventually pushed out the artists who lacked their own originality.

How do you develop your vision? Meditate on what you would like to see yourself doing. This takes time. Also, try not to envision someone else. Envision yourself! No two people have the same fingerprints! So, why trace someone else when you can paint your own picture? Use those you admire, to point you in the right direction.

Next, Consistency and Self Discipline. These two go hand in hand. Every single day, chip away at that vision you have for yourself. Develop simple goals and stick to them. Revisit them, revise them, repeat!

Jerry Seinfeld is the most celebrated comic in the world. I read an article the other day, where he was quoted saying there was one thing he attributed his wealth and success to. Every single day, he wrote one joke. He was consistent. The joke didn’t have to be funny either. His daily goal, one joke.

Grab a paper, pen, and jot down answers to these questions:

  1. What is the vision you have for yourself?

  2. What are your goals?

  3. What is your daily goal?

  4. How can you better develop your goal?

  5. What are the factors that keep you from meeting your goals or daily goals?

  6. How can you remove those factors that prevent you from meeting your goals?

  7. Jot down a date to revisit these questions

  8. Revise information

  9. Repeat

It is often said, "TO THINE OWNSELF BE TRUE". Having a vision for yourself and working daily to develop that vision, will establish you to be a trailblazer and give you longevity. Tracing someone else isn't as profitable or lasting as being your OWN unique you!

As Always,

Be Blessed & Bless Others

ERIN N. SIMON

ERIN N. SIMON is a writer, blogger, and visionary in raising the conscious level within the African American Community. One of her passions is to create a Black Media that truly matters, is promotable, and shared with as many people as possible. In 2013, She and her husband started Inspired, In-Spirit Ministries where they have a real estate arm in Detroit Michigan. They have recently started a Publishing Company called Inspired, In-Spirit Publishing which have three published books on their shelves; Interruption: Shae's Search, Interruption: Interlude & The Series Finale Interruption: Alter Ego. Her husband has a company known as GS Investments in which financial freedom is gained one investment at a time. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and three handsome sons...

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