J Cole, Kanye West, Charlamagne Tha God, and Sean “Diddy” Combs have all been incredibly inspirational to me. In no particular order, these 4 guys have influenced me to work harder, make no excuses, be my self, and be reminded that I can do anything in this world that I wish. The characterism and personalities that these four men possess are undoubtedly inspiring; from Kanye’s ability to overcome any challenges and become successful at what people or corporations deem him unable to succeed in, to J Cole’s tendency to remain extremely true to who he is. Here is why these four celebrities are the only famous individuals to inspire me in an impactful way.
Charlamagne Tha God, is probably over looked by a lot of people as a dominant figure in our culture. This guy has made his way to The Breakfast Club, and didn’t even stop there. He became the most popular personality on his morning show, signed multiple contracts with MTV, and received respectable sponsors from companies such as: Bevel, Fan Duel, Square Space, and more. If you’ve listened to his “Brilliant Idiots” podcast, then you’ve heard him say that he came from Moncks Corner, South Carolina with nothing but criminal charges. However, he’s moved his way up to the top of radio and television, after being fired along the way for his sometimes outrageous personalty. He is truly the definition of a hustler.
Sean “Diddy” Combs or Puff Daddy, has influenced me to be an Entrepreneur and fun while doing it. The producer, performer, and businessman has just been successful in all of his ventures and he doesn’t seem to be able to fail. At a net-worth of 735 million dollars, Combs tops Dr.Dre as the richest Hip-Hop figure in 2015 (Forbes). I simply can’t think of this guy, and be lazy. He owns a TV network, dropped an album, owns a load of Real Estate, and lets not forget about Ciroc. Diddy is just the man.
Kanye West. Where do I even start with this living legend. They told him he shouldn’t rap, and that he should stick to production and he shut that craziness down. Nike told him to get the hell out, so he went to Adidas and now has a pair of sneakers that are of higher value than ‘most’ Jordans. You can say he’s arrogant, he’s an as*hole, or whatever you want; but you can’t say that he isn’t passionate, persistent, and a visionary.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, also known as J Cole, inspires me to stay true to what and who I am. I’ve paid close attention to his most recent tour – Forest Hills Drive Tour, and it’s amazing to see someone not care about anything else other than his art. He wore a basic black tee and sweat shorts almost every single night, and he performed his entire album from start to finish while not caring about performing “hits”. His current documentary with HBO (which you can watch here) demonstrates exactly how humble he is, and it is truly inspiring.