Motivational Jay-Z Quotes about Success

Jay-Z is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered one of the best rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world’s most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades.

In 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth as $78.5 million. The highest earning hip-hop artist. He is married to Beyonce.

Here are 25 motivational Jay-Z quotes:

1. “I’m far from being god, but I work god damn hard.”   Jay-Z

2. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.”   Jay-Z

3. “I believe you can speak things into existence.”   Jay-Z

4. “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip, you can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.”   Jay-Z

5. “Those who are successful overcome their fears and take action. Those who aren’t submit to their fears and live with regrets.”   Jay-Z

6. “People look at you strange, say you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same.”   Jay-Z

7. “All I got is dreams. Nobody else believes. Nobody else can see, nobody else but me.”   Jay-Z

8. “If people don’t hate you, you’re probably not doing very big things.”   Jay-Z

9. “Remind yourself, nobody’s built like you. You design yourself.”   Jay-Z

10. “People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people are drawn to you.”   Jay-Z

11. “I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about.”   Jay-Z

12. “Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all.”   Jay-Z

13. “Whenever inspiration won’t find you, you have to find it.”   Jay-Z


14. “Leave a mark they can’t erase, neither space nor time.”    Jay-Z

15.  “I believe that the energy you put out in the world, you get back.”  Jay-Z

16. “Only two things can get you through this: that’s patience and persistence.”   Jay-Z

17.  “Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great.”   Jay-Z

18. “I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying.”   Jay-Z

19. “ A wise man told me don’t argue with fools. Because people from a distance can’t tell who is who.”   Jay-Z

20. “They talk. We live. Who cares what they say?”   Jay-Z

21. “It just got to a point where it was, like, “Make this decision, because this is something you really love and you love to do. It’s time to really focus on and then get serious about it, give it your all.” And once I did that, it was no looking back from there.”   Jay-Z

22. “I believe everybody in the world is born with genius-level talent. Apply yourself to whatever you’re genius at and you can do anything in the world.”   Jay-Z

23. “Either love me, or leave me alone.”   Jay-Z

24. “I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.”   Jay-Z

25. “Life is all there is. And if that’s true, then we have to really live it — we have to take it for everything it has and “die enormous” instead of “living dormant.”   Jay-Z




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