Minaj is a singer who has done quite well
for herself in the last 6 years and her performing career is still gaining
momentum. You can read about her recent accomplishments
Things weren't always so great for
Nicki Minaj, however. She will be the first to
tell you that life was not easy before she got her first break in the
music industry. She had many part-time, low paying jobs, and worked for
people who she says made her life a living hell.
Nicki often thought of work as "torture" and nearly quit her jobs many times
while she was actively looking for a recording contract. However, her
pride, and the fact she had no safety net, kept her from quitting. She
also was more afraid of facing her mother and asking for help.
In the end Nicki
Minaj did get the contract she was
looking for after lots of hard work and self-promotion. Her newest album
Pink Friday spent time in top spots on the music charts in the United
States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Do you have a dream job you are working toward?
Minaj's story is not unlike so many other
successful people's story. You just have to be persistent, focused, and
determined. Most importantly you have to work on building a foundation
within your life upon which success can rest.
You may not like the job you are currently in, or you may not be working
at all. However, if you give in to the grind of that work or the stresses
of daily life and stop doing the things that need done now to ensure your
future success, your dream will never be fulfilled.
Minaj said, “I remember thinking, ‘I
don’t know if this is ever going (to) work but I’m going to give it one
final try.’”. She's living her dream because she didn't give up and did
the hard work needed to prepare herself for the day it was her turn
The Flywheel Lesson
Good To Great author Jim Collins
uses the analogy of a flywheel: "The additive effect of many small
initiatives; they act on each other like compound interest." A flywheel
takes great effort to get it to move from a standstill and to completing
one full spin. However, when it spins around one time you don't stop
pushing. You keep pushing at it with everything you've got. Now, you have
the benefit of the momentum you built with that first spin in addition to
your continued pushing. Sure, the momentum from the first spin is small,
but now what if you gained a little bit more momentum with each spin?
Soon, your flywheel will be buzzing around at lightning speed!
The same principle is true with your own life or career development.
Small, positive actions you take every day build momentum. While each
action by itself may even seem insignificant, their cumulative effect is
what will allow your dream career to come to fruition. What can you do
today to bring you one step closer to your dream?
5 Interesting Facts About Nicki Minaj
1. Nicki Minaj isn't very good at customer service.
When she was 19 years old Nicki Minaj worked as a waitress at Red Lobster.
Unfortunately, she was fired after chasing a customer out of the
restaurant in order to give her "the middle finger" after she left the
restaurant with Nicki's pen. Nicki has also stated she was fired about 15
more times from other jobs for similar behavior.
2. Nicki Minaj was an "A" student in junior high school.
Nicki Minaj may project a bad girl look, but she says she hit the books
hard in junior high school. “Junior high school I was down with the
3. Nicki Minaj says God and her mother are her heroes.
Nicki had a troubled childhood primarily due to her father's violent
behavior and addiction to drugs. When her father went through
rehabilitation started attending church he was able to turn his life
around. Nicki attributes her dad's recovery to the church and his belief
4. Nicki Minaj has a Chinese tattoo.
Nicki has a tattoo of Chinese symbols on her left arm. The English
translation means "God be with you".
5. Nicki Minaj has been involved with professional wrestling.
While Nicki has never actually wrestled professionally, she was part of a
group that was hired in 2003 to record the entrance song "Don't Mess With"
for WWE professional female wrestler Victoria. The group that recorded the
song was Brooklyn based Full Force.