Though Kanye West has convinced many that he suffers from narcissistic personality disorder, there are times when his outlandish statements have held nothing but truth. Some of his quotes have provided me with guidance when thinking about my career. If crafting a rewarding career is important to you, here are a few quotes from Dr. West to help you achieve just that:
“Fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on.”
Don’t chase the simple image of wealth. Find out what type of work will make you feel fulfilled and go after that instead.
“For me, first of all, dopeness is what I like the most. Dopeness. People who want to make things as dope as possible, and, by default, make money from it.”
Work hard to achieve something great and people will support it. People notice quality.
“I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, ‘What’s your boy got on?’ but there are warriors that have killed people in kilts in the past.”
Some people won’t understand the choices you make. But as long as you believe you are making the best decisions for yourself, heed not the haters.
“Just imagine it. Just imagine if I woke up one day and I was wack. What would I do then?"
Carpe diem and don’t settle. Learn what makes you unique and make those qualities and skills work for you.
"But what makes me happy is land, and we're on a boat now. This is Christopher Columbus. This is uncharted waters we're on."
Put yourself out there. The only way to grow and discover amazing things is by stepping outside your comfort zone.
"Sometimes I get emotional over fonts."
The devil is in the details. Don’t be sloppy, pay attention to the details in your work.
“I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I’m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis — you know, that liked nice things also.”
Don’t limit yourself to one career path. Put yourself through different experiences that will help you grow and learn more about yourself.