Nicki Minaj says lots of hard work has to come before success

Nicki 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 here.

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 to succeed.

The Flywheel Lesson
In 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. Source

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 A[grade] students!” Source

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 in God. Source

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". Source

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. Source

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