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Lessons from Nipsey: How long should you stay dedicated to the grind?


How dedicated are you to the grind? Think about the work you’ve been putting in. Is your process propelling you toward success? Don’t answer these questions yet. Just know that the universe wants you to succeed.

Nipsey Hussle preaches over and over to stay prepared because you never know when the opportunity is going to come knocking at your doorstep. And when it does knock, you have to be ready to seize the moment. Like Nip says in the track “Dedication,”

“How long should I stay dedicated? How long until opportunity meets preparation?”

Against all odds, how are you going to make it out of the hole you’ve been cast in? We’ve all been dealt bad hands in life. It’s knowing how to work with the cards dealt that separates those who are successful and those who are not.

The struggle symbolizes your work ethic. The more that you overcome during your marathon is preparing you for what’s about to come.

Supreme patience is a virtue will take you far in this world. Let’s not forget that it took 32 years for Nipsey Hussle to put out his first studio album, which was well worth the wait. You have to trust in not only divine order but in divine timing. Control only what you can control and let the rest take care of itself.

Kings and queens, the struggle is temporary. Success doesn’t happen overnight. There is no need to get frustrated because you are not where you want to be in life yet. Keep hustling because what God and the universe has in store for you is beyond your wildest dreams.

“This ain’t entertainment, it’s for n****s in the slave ship / These songs is the spirituals I swam against them waves with….”

You can feel these bars Nip voiced to start off the last verse in “Dedication”. To be more specific, it puts into perspective how dedicated Black people in America are.

In 2018, African-Americans continue to overcome the generational struggles that were bestowed upon us centuries ago. As a society, we are still freeing ourselves from mental bondage — fighting within to become the best version of ourselves.

Eliminating doubt, and overcoming fear are the two biggest obstacles we face.

Nipsey Hussle is using himself as an example, making himself synonymous with the word dedication.

Hailing from South Central, Los Angeles, unapologetically being himself, while putting a positive stigma on what it means to be Fly Crippin’, Nip is dedicated.

With the success of Victory Lap, his resume speaks for itself. If you want to be successful, you have the dedication, hard work plus patience.

Believe in yourself and get started on your marathon.

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