5 Career Lessons from Drake’s More Life
Drake has reached the pinnacle of success, it doesn’t really get any bigger than him in terms of commercial rap, battle rap, slow jam rap – any which way you wrap it up – Drake owns it. From a young actor in Toronto he started from the bottom, now he’s here but what has he learned along the way? We share 5 Career Lessons from Drake’s More Life:
- ”Like Martin Luther, man, I had a dream”
We all know Drake stepped on to the scene as Jimmy from Degrassi, but clearly he had bigger dreams. Drake has gone on to turn his biggest passion into a paycheck which by any standard is ultimate goals – to get paid for doing what you love. Martin Luther King is someone who has successfully gone before him, had a dream and achieved it. The lesson here is to relentlessly go after your dream and master your craft, similarly to Drake try and find yourself a career blueprint, someone who has been there and done that. Read their interviews, watch their key moves, learn from their mistakes and if their accessible put some time in with them for a coffee or go the extra step and ask for some mentoring.
- “I switch flow like I switch time zone”
According to Billboard ‘Drake bemoans success not for the effect it’s had on his world, his art or his soul, but rather for how it’s robbed his career of engaging storylines’. What happens when you’ve run out of creative steam? You seek inspiration and that’s exactly what Drake has done on More Life including collaborations with an eclectic range of artists including Skepta (British), Black Coffee (South African), 4 Ya’ll Entertainment (Canadian), the list goes on. So what’s the lesson? Go out and explore the world – travel and embrace different cultures! You never know what you could learn, be inspired by or new people and friends you could meet. Every experience has the power to change how you see things, even in your work.
- “I got fake people showin’ fake love to me”
If anyone knows how to ignore people who don’t believe in them, then it’s Drizzy – he’s told us in every album. Not everyone will see or understand your vision, and that is perfectly okay. As Drake says in his track Over “What am I doing? Oh yeah that’s right, I’m doing me”. Drake pays no mind to his critics, haters, naysayers and continues to do what he does best, regardless of what anyone says you should too!
- “It’s a marathon, not a sprint, but I still gotta win the race”
Being consistent and having patience is my favourite lesson that Drake teaches a generation of millennials accustomed to instant gratification. We want everything and we want it NOW but IRL (in real life) life doesn’t quite work like that, you have to put in the work and the years. Since 2009 Drake has consistently released albums, mixtapes and now playlists, providing quality content each and every time. This showcases how consistency of quality work will always triumphs, don’t give up if it doesn’t work out the first time around, or get lazy after a half decent project that mindset only multiplies complacency. Remember you’re only as good as your last win.
- “Flippin’ the script like a read-through”
Drake isn’t the first person to rap and sing, nor is he the first to have emotions, but he’s the first to express it in his own unique style that the world has grown to love. As an artist Drake continues to flip the script, deviating from what is expected from him as a rapper, he continues to innovate and doesn’t shy away from trying new things. It’s safe to say these are the keys to his success.
Have you heard Drake’s latest project More Life? What are your thoughts?
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