What are Kanye West’s strategic thinking skills?
As you know, Kanye is one of the most successful artists of all time.
Just the other day I came across one of his interviews.
His philosophy sounded familiar.
The entire video is full of priceless gems. Be sure to watch the whole thing.
We’re about to go over the most important takeaways. When you finish reading, you’ll have a clear understanding of Kanye’s strategic thinking skills.
After all, it’s essential to study the winning mindset.
Kanye on identity:
People are controlled by the perception of themselves. Many are slowed down by it. They think you’re crazy when you work beyond their frame of reference. If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.
The average person is programmed to settle for less.
This reflects itself in their identity. If you think of yourself as a loser, you act like a loser. When you view yourself as a winner, you act like a winner.
At the end of the day, you can’t out-earn your self-image.
So how can you achieve more?
By reprogramming your mind to set effective, repeatable systems.
As you’ve realized, success is a function of structure.
Let’s look at what it takes to maintain these systems.
Kanye on the price of ambition:
You could be a slave to a lot of things. At this point obviously I’m a slave to my passion. I’m a slave to my mission. You’re driving a Maybach past a homeless person, you ask “who’s more free?” You could be trapped to your possessions. “You’ve gotta do this next deal because you’ve gotta do this with your house!”
As you know, every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction.
To gain something means you must sacrifice other things (experiences, lifestyles, indulgences, etc).
At the same time, it’s important to be aware of second-order consequences. A “great deal” can turn out to be more expensive later on.
The real key is to keep a long-term perspective while guarding priceless assets (freedom). A large income means nothing when you’ve sold your soul to get it.
As Mike Cernovich said,
Life is finding what you’re good at/want to do + overlap with what others want.
What’s the point of having “fuck-you money” if you never say “fuck you”?
It’s amazing how little money can buy when you don’t have the right mindset. A winning hand means nothing if you don’t know how to play it.
But that’s not all.
Kanye on vulnerability:
People are enslaved to what could possibly happen. There’s glass ceilings. There’s glass fences. There’s invisible walls.
Imagine your world as a 3D projection of your mental map.
Your form spills into certain passageways (environments and actions).
This “map” reflects your rhythm. To break “invisible barriers” requires effort and discipline. The “limits” of form reveal their underlying design.
Only a select few develop themselves into catalysts (Steve Jobs, Picasso, Tesla, etc).
Want to become a catalyst to something greater as well?
Make yourself vulnerable to failure via (calculated) risk.
Let me drive this attitude home with another example.
Kanye on multiple streams of income:
When you have other outlets, you can give everything else breathing room.
This quote reminded me of Gene Simmons’ philosophy in “Me, Inc“. He says, “never put all your eggs in one basket.”
The basic idea is to monetize your hobbies, keep a regular base income, and maintain passive investments.
While this is the opposite approach of Warren Buffet’s “watch ONE basket closely” philosophy, the goal is to avoid spreading yourself thin.
What offers the most leverage?
Luckily for you, the e-commerce business covers all the bases.
STOP. Read that last sentence again.
You can sell what you have experience with, make regular money, and have it running 24/7. There’s no better way to maximize your income. With a risk-free trial, you have nothing to lose.
Talk about a grand slam!
Now you have a clear understanding of Kanye’s strategic thinking skills.
These skills are an effective way to elevate your life.
You see, thoughts creates blueprints of reality.
When you create triumphant blueprints, you create a triumphant life.
There’s nothing more awesome, awesome, awesome than that!
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