Right now the west coast is in a serious state of mourning. On March, 31, 2019 the west coast lost Grammy nominated Nipsey Hussle to senseless gun violence. If you ask many of my peers they’d say our generation lost our present day Tupac.
The same way Tupac’s death affected not only the the rap culture but the world back in 1996, in loosing Nipsey Hussle (another young legend) we all felt that pain again. Even if you didn’t know him you at least had empathy about his untimely passing because he was legit a good dude who touched so many lives.
Nipsey’s celebration of life ceremony and 25 mile funeral procession was a testament of how much of a cultural influence he had.
Nipsey was a not just a young Black successful rapper but a leader, activist, family man, mentor, friend, father and entrepreneur who never forgot where he came from and always gave back. The fact that he came from nothing-it’s inspiring and let’s me know that you can have anything you want if you hustle and go get it.
It’s been a little over 1 month and I’m still in shock about the death of Nipsey Hussle aka Ermias Ashegadon. I can’t help but get angry because he was so selfless, and that’s rare. From his contributions to his community to how humble he was made news of his murder for me even more sad and unfortunate. He didn’t deserve to be killed like that.
Nip’s music resonated with so many of us out here grinding for a better life. I personally connected so much with his words because he kept me motivated while I was pursing my goals.
I’ve been enjoying his music since I was first introduced to “Fly Crippin” in 2011. Some of my favorite Nipsey songs are “Bigger Than Life”, “Between Us”, “Dedication”, “Real Big” and “Racks In The Middle”. I really could list so many more that was just me trying to narrow it down if I had to pick. The whole Victory Lap album in my opinion is fire.
If you haven’t yet experienced the Victory Lap album I highly suggest you make it a point to.
I was a fan before he died so his death has impacted me firsthand. I watched him evolve into a man and do as much good as he could. I saw him rise up & and educate and inspire his community. He even inspired me and his death made me put some things into perspective. What do I want in life? Am I doing enough? Do I want more? If so, what am I going to do about it?
His passing has since sparked a GO HARDER mentality in my own hustle. I feel more motivated as I think most of us who were affected by his life and his music do. Motivated to make something out of ourselves. I was always hungry but now I’m even more focused on investing in myself so I can be my best self and give back. The spirit of the marathon will definitely continue with me and that’s a promise.
With the game he gave me through his lyrics I can’t give up on my vision for the lifestyle I want to create for myself. I have to start taking lucrative steps to make it happen by investing in myself so my kids can reap the benefits.
I want to own. My own business, my brand, clothing, home, my car…whatever I touch I just want it to be all mines. I have this idea that I absolutely have to follow and see where it goes. I just can’t share it just yet.
I just need to boss up.
I’m so over making other people rich. Nip taught me the best sacrifice I can make is to believe in myself and push myself no matter what because chasing dreams is a marathon and not a sprint.
I no longer want to accept being reliable and loyal to companies that would have my job posted the minute I resigned. Also, the idea of someone having control over your life just makes me want to be in business for myself so I never have to be an at will employee again living off what someone says is all they are willing to give me for all my years of expertise, then when they’ve used me all up can kick me to the curb. I choose not to limit myself any longer and not to give anyone that type of power.
My price just went up and I’m charging tax.
I will make the transition from employee to entrepreneur. I know that I’m passionate about what I want to pass down to my children. I want to leave them a legacy. I don’t want to leave my kids wondering how they are going to survive without me or even worse how they are going to bury me.
I thought I was doing something by getting life insurance so I can leave my kids at least 50 thousand dollars each until I was talking about the future with one of my coworkers and she mentioned how our doctor that we work with said he was leaving his kids a minimum of 1 million dollars each. That’s when I had an aha moment. I realized I needed to think bigger.
What if I could leave my kids a million? My kids could cut out the middle man. They’d never have to fear rejection or go through anyone because they’d have the means to do it themselves. Man, that’s power.That’s something to aim for.
I like a challenge.
The entrepreneur life isn’t for everyone. Lord knows we’d be lost without the fire fighters, police officers, nurses and judges. They are important too. In the words of Nipsey, “Success or greatness comes with a roller coaster ride, anybody can apply the marathon concept to what they do.”
I’m just saying whatever your purpose is to do that. But for me and mine I want us to never worry about where our next meal is coming from, have to ride on E, borrow from one of those payday loan places, miss a payment, pay an insufficient funds charge or have to be on county assistance. Been there done that.
I owe my past hardships for me becoming a strong ambitious go getter. That and the fact that I’ve kinda always been an independent women and I’ve never put value in myself based upon a man taking care of me or seeing my worth so I’ve never needed a man’s validation. To me validation is for parking and a women who can stand on her own two feet will always win.
I’m the secure her own bag type.
I’ve spent 11 years and counting being a dental assistant and have had numerous side hustles. To be honest I actually like my job. The benefits are great, I get paid time off, and there’s room for growth but in understanding financial literacy it’s not enough to retire off. The goal is to have at least 3 forms of steady income. One for bills, one for savings and one for playing.
One day I’m gonna be old (I won’t be a young tender forever) and my ability to work efficiently at the speed I am now is gonna dwindle. I have to think about the then what. And if I’m thinking about that why not start now.
The only person I’m trying to push and impress is myself for myself. I’m ready to live life on my own terms. To stay down to come-up. You never know how much time we’re going to get so I’m going to use my time wisely.
We should all be doing what we love and be able to support ourselves off it, inspire others, and do good in our communities.
I have so much planned for this sisterhood. Y’all better get READY!
I’m just going to leave you with this gem right here before I sign off. “Am I gon make it? Am I going to fail? And if I don’t try, then how I’m gon tell?”-Nipsey Hussle