Hate him or love him – Kanye West is the definition of Marmite. Whether he’s on stage wrestling Taylor Swift for awards, telling everyone he’s the greatest thing since Walt Disney and Steve Jobs or when he decides to use twitter as a blog. You’ve got to hand it to Mr West he sure believes in himself.
I’m a huge fan of Kanye not just for his perfectly produced music but his “cray cray” speeches, which always seem to make quite a lot of sense when you start to (slowly) dissect what has just come out of his mouth. Honestly, try it. You’ll find yourself agreeing with him even if you don’t think it’s a good idea if he runs for president!
So I’ve decided to pick out some of Kanye’s best quotes over the years and explain why his attitude is something that we should all adopt.
‘DON’T ASK ME WHAT I THINK THE BEST SONG OF LAST YEAR WAS, BECAUSE MY OPINION IS THE SAME AS MOST OF AMERICA’S. IT WAS ‘GOLD DIGGER’. – Rolling Stone, 2006
We all have the ability to produce great work, yet a lot of us have a phobia of bragging about our success. Take a leap out of Kanye’s book. If you get a promotion – bloody celebrate it! If you create a beautiful piece of art – put that on all of your social media platforms to show it off! Never be afraid to big up your work. If you’re proud of it, that’s all that matters.
‘COME ON NOW! HOW COULD YOU BE ME AND WANT TO BE SOMEONE ELSE?’ – Guardian, 2005.
Love yourself. Because if you don’t – no one else will!
‘WHEN I THINK OF COMPETITION IT’S LIKE I TRY TO CREATE AGAINST THE PAST. I THINK ABOUT MICHELANGELO AND PICASSO. YOU KNOW, THE PYRAMIDS’ – Slate, 2010
Umm, Ok….basically you can only be ambitious when you’re driven. Whatever drives you; use that to your advantage. Whether that’s money, creating something better than the pyramids (Oh Kanye!) or putting food on the table – always have a goal.
‘I AM SO CREDIBLE AND SO INFLUENTIAL AND SO RELEVANT THAT I WILL CHANGE THINGS’ – New York Times, 2003
The next time you’re at a job interview, make sure you tell them exactly what you’re about and how you can help your employer. It’s all very good stating what skills you have, but lay out your goals and explain how you can achieve them.
WHEN SOMEONE COMES UP AND SAYS SOMETHING LIKE, ‘I AM A GOD,’ EVERYBODY SAYS ‘WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?’ I JUST TOLD YOU WHO I THOUGHT I WAS. A GOD. I JUST TOLD YOU. THAT’S WHO I THINK I AM. – BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, 2013
No matter what, Kanye does not let anyone get in his way. There is no such thing as ‘haters’ in Kanye’s eyes because he ignores negativity left-right and centre!
YOU CAN’T LOOK AT A GLASS HALF FULL OR EMPTY IF IT’S OVERFLOWING. – Kanye, Twitter
Kanye has no ability or time to be negative himself. Everything is beyond optimistic and that’s because he truly believes in himself. So next time you’re questioning life maybe picture how good it really is rather than what’s missing from it!
Don’t you just love him!?