You stay stuck in the way that you’ve been moving, you going to keep getting what you’ve been getting out of life and that’s not the way life is meant to be lived.
It’s so many things that you go through in this game, man. So many ebbs and flows, so many ups and downs, but it’s the people that truly keep going that make it.
You got to create the kind of energy that you want in your life. If you constantly keep creating positive energy around you and more positive things will come.
Evan: He’s an American radio presenter and TV personality.
He’s a co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club.
He currently stars in and hosts MTV2’s show Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne the God.
He’s Charlamagne the God and here’s my take on his top ten rules for success.
Also guys, as you’re watching, if you hear something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it, so other people can be inspired.
Also, when you write it down, it’s much more likely to lock in for yourself as well. Enjoy.
-= CHARLAMAGNE’S RULES =-
2. Be yourself
3. Strive to be better
4. Keep going
5. Write down your goals
6. Live your truth
7. Get yourself to the next level
8. Be focused on one thing
9. Be consistent
10. Create positive energy
-= BONUS =-
* Embrace the process
* Be Authentically YOU
Charlamagne Tha God’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Rule #1: Evolve
Interviewer: So, after you’ve been through the good, the bad, the ugly, what do you know for sure about life?
That it moves on.
Interviewer: Everybody says that.
It’s the truth.
Interviewer: That’s everybody’s answer.
It’s the truth, that it moves on and it keeps going and guess what? It’s going to move on and keep going with or without you.
So, you better adjust to the changes ’cause if you don’t adjust to the changes and you stay stuck in the way that you’ve been moving, you going to keep getting what you’ve been getting out of life and that’s not the way life is meant to be lived.
Life is meant to be lived you got to constantly evolve. Change is the basis of growth and growth is the basis of life. If you’re not constantly changing, you’re not growing.
If you’re not growing, then what are you doing? You’re dying. You’re not doing nothing. So, that’s why, when you look at certain people, man, you see them and they’re 40-something years old, they washed up. ‘Cause they still trying to live the way they were when they were in their 20s and their 30s.
You don’t got nobody to blame for that, but yourself.
Nothing about them has grown, nothing about them has evolved. Their mindset hasn’t grown, their mindset hasn’t evolved.
They’re still hanging around the same people they was hanging around when they were in their 20s doing nothing. So guess what, if you’re hanging around the same people that you were hanging around in your 20s doing nothing, guess what you’re going to be doing in your 30s.
“Life is meant to be lived you got to constantly evolve. Change is the basis of growth and growth is the basis of life. If you’re not constantly changing, you’re not growing.” – Charlamagne Tha God
Nothing. So guess what you’re going to be doing in your 40s. Nothing. So, you got to understand, life moves on. Father Time don’t wait for nobody, man and when it’s over, it’s over.
When you’re 40-something years old and you look back and you like, “Damn. I wasted all that time doing nothing. Life moved on and I didn’t move with it”. Now you just a washed individual. You don’t got nobody to blame for that, but yourself.
Rule #2: Be Yourself
Be yourself. Be yourself at all times because when you’re truly yourself, whatever you get out of life, you will appreciate it more.
When you’re truly being yourself, you also will never be a victim and the reason you’ll never be a victim, or you’ll never practice victimology, and the reason you’ll never practice victimology is because you know that whatever you got, you got ’cause you were yourself.
“Be yourself at all times because when you’re truly yourself, whatever you get out of life, you will appreciate it more.” – Charlamagne Tha God
Rule #3: Strive To Be Better
Interviewer: How do you feel about things that happened to you in the past? For example, you going to jail, you getting fired from a couple of stations. You think that might have been the stuff you were putting out there that came back to you? You were making some dumb decisions-
Yeah, absolutely. When I was getting locked up, I didn’t know no better. I think when you know better, you do better.
That’s why I say, when I wanted to change my life, I changed my lifestyle. So, I started knowing better, so I started doing better. As far as me getting fired, that’s just the way things are sometimes.
Rule #4: Keep Going
Interviewer: How’d you come up in radio? How’d you start with radio?
I started off as an intern in 1998 when I was 18 years old. I’m 32 now. I’ve been doing radio for- this’ll be my 15th year in radio. I started off as an intern when I was 18.
So, I’ve worked in every aspect of radio. I’ve worked in the promotions department. I worked in programming. I was an intern for a year and a half. This is the 7th radio station I’ve worked at. I’ve been fired four times.
“It’s so many things that you go through in this game. So many ebbs and flows, so many ups and downs, but it’s the people that truly keep going that make it.” – Charlamagne Tha God
So it’s like…That’s why, when I saw William, I go, “William came back out there to perform”. For everybody who wasn’t at the show, William was a rapper who got booed, but he forced them to let him perform again. I just like the determination.
The never say “quit” attitude ’cause that’s what you have to have. Like I said, I’ve been fired four times, I could have quit a long time ago, but I don’t have no backup plan.
I didn’t go to college, I don’t have a degree. I don’t have anything else to do, but radio. I used to want to rap, until I realized that rap was just a pipe dream. It’s so many things that you go through in this game. So many ebbs and flows, so many ups and downs, but it’s the people that truly keep going that make it.
Rule #5: Write Down Your Goals
Interviewer: What’s your vision board look like? So, you have- I’m sorry go ahead, tell me what your vision board looks like and can you share some of the things that are on there?
I used to have a traditional vision board, where you would take things that you want and put them up on poster board and that’s cool.
I did that when I did The Secret, but, to me, the best vision boards are when you write down your long-term and short-term goals. Write down everything that you want to accomplish and keep those things in your mind because your mind is what makes them manifest into reality.
Your thoughts really do become things. I don’t have a college degree, or anything like that. All I have is, back in 1998, I said, “I want to be a Super Jock”. I said, “I want to be one of the biggest radio personalities on the planet”.
I claimed it
I said, “I want to be in that Wendy Williams, Tom Joyner, Doug Banks, Howard Stern, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh. I want to be in that number”. When they think of Charlamagne, I want them to think of me like that. I want to be my generation’s that.
“Write down everything that you want to accomplish and keep those things in your mind because your mind is what makes them manifest into reality.” – Charlamagne Tha God
Because all of those guys, it’s the natural cause of thing that power eventually fades and weakens. All of them, it’s just like the NBA or music. It was the Magic Johnson, Larry Bird era.
Then it was the Michael Jordan era, now it’s the LeBron James era. That’s just the way things are in the game and I knew that, eventually, it would be my time if I wanted that. So, I claimed it. So, my vision board is a really, just a notebook, with everything that I want in my life.
Rule #6: Live Your Truth
“So, when you give out positive energy, you get back positive energy. You get back positive things. So, that’s why I always tell people, “Let your foundation be a foundation of honesty”. Just always live your truth.” – Charlamagne Tha God
Live your truth, man. Live your truth. When you live your truth, nobody can use your truth against you and the world opens up for an honest person.
You get back what you put out, so if you’re always consistently being honest, you’ll get honest things that’ll come back to you. With honesty comes positivity.
So, when you give out positive energy, you get back positive energy. You get back positive things. So, that’s why I always tell people, “Let your foundation be a foundation of honesty”. Just always live your truth.
Rule #7: Get Yourself To The Next Level
Yeah, and even when you look on Instagram, look at someone like Cardi B, who is very famous on Instagram. I feel like she was just honing a craft. That’s why, when you see her in front of the camera, on Love & Hip Hop, she pops.
She already got a natural personality, but she knows how to operate in front of that camera.
So, I think it helps, I just don’t think it should be your only hustle.
Interviewer: It can’t be, right.
I think it should be something to cultivate your craft and get you to a point, but then there’s always another level. I look at a rapper, like Young M.A.
She got ten million views on YouTube. Everybody loves her, but now, you got to get to that next level. You got to get a record deal, if you want one.
You don’t really need one of those nowadays, but if you want one, you get a record deal, or, You just got to figure out how to really be a star.
You got to look at the goals. You want to be on the VMAs, you want to perform at the BET awards, you want to win Grammys.
Rule #8: Be Focused On One Thing
But the reason I made it is because I knew exactly what I wanted to do. See, that’s the thing I see with a lot of people nowadays. They be confused.
They don’t really have a clear-cut, concise goal in mind. They don’t have that one thing that they feel that they’re good at, so they don’t try to master it.
“You got to find that one thing to put in that time with and everything else will sprout from it.” – Charlamagne Tha God
I’m reading a book right now called The Mastery by Robert Greene. It’s basically taking that whole 10,000 hour theory. You’re not a master at something until you’ve put in 10,000 hours.
Interviewer: You’ve practiced for 10,000 hours.
Yeah, so you got to find that one thing to put in that time with and everything else will sprout from it. Radio was my thing and then I’m-
Interviewer: So I was going to say, you always knew then radio?
Rule #9: Be Consistent
People move on. They go. 50 actually put out some great records earlier this year. The joint he had with Kendrick Lamar, then he had another record.
The joint with Too Short, I thought was dope, but when people are off you, they are off you. He got his pocket of fans that’ll still support him, but you’ll never see 50 Cent selling ten million records again.
Hell, you’ll never 50 Cent selling a million records again. Not on one album, he might do it as a single and that’s not a diss to him, that’s just-
Interviewer: That’s the way hip-hop is.
That’s the way hip-hop is, nobody cares no more. A thug changes, love changes and best friends become strangers. It happens all the time, it happens in cycles.
Everybody can’t be Jay-Z. The reason Jay-Z is Jay-Z, but Jay-Z has been consistent. Jay-Z dropped an album every year since 1996.
Rule #10: Create Positive Energy
My father was into construction, so I used to help him out, as far as building houses and stuff like that, but I didn’t really start working until I got out of jail for the first time.
When I got out of jail for the first time, I did a year in jail for assault and battery with intent to kill and the only reason I did a year, ’cause my father was trying to teach me a lesson ’cause I was such a bad kid.
So, he was trying to teach me a lesson, so instead of posting my bail, he let me sit in jail and I’m like, I don’t know, 16, 17 at the time in ’97. ’96, ’97? Yeah.
“You got to create the kind of energy that you want in your life” – Charlamagne Tha God
So, when I got out of jail is when I started saying, “Yo, in order to change my life, I got to change my lifestyle”. So, I didn’t want to hustle no more and I never was no big time drug dealer. I was a quarter spoon dude. Quarter spoons, where I’m from, is seven grams.
Positive things will come
You paid $250 for it, you flip it, you make 500, but the first jobs I started working, I remember I got a job at this warehouse called IAC, Industrial Acoustics Company.
I worked there and I worked at a flower garden and I worked at Taco Bell, I worked at Demo in the mall. I worked at a telemarketing place called Pragna Solutions and the reason I was doing all that, ’cause I always say, “You got to create the kind of energy that you want in your life”.
If you constantly keep creating positive energy around you, then more positive things will come. So, I would be landing all these jobs.
I never was one that let my record stop me, my criminal record and that’s what eventually led me to get an internship at the radio station ’cause I was just working.
Working towards those goals.
I was working two or three jobs at one time. At one point, I worked at Demo in the mall, Paragon Solutions, the telemarketing agency and interned at the radio station.
It’s like a psychic telling you, “Yo, you going to be rich one day”. So, you just sit around and wait to be rich. It don’t work like that.
When you’re constantly thinking about doing positive things, you got to actually go out there and be working towards those goals.
That’s why I told you earlier about just going out and working at Taco Bell, or working at a warehouse, just trying to create that positive energy and production into my life.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Ian Knowles asked me to. So, if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know, what did Charlamagne say that had the biggest impact on you? What clip resonated the most with you and what are going to take as an immediate action after watching today’s video? Leave it down in the comments below. I’m super curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Anthony Morgan. Anthony, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word. I really, really, really appreciate the support and I hope you’re enjoying the read.
So, thank you guys so much for watching. I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon.
Embrace the process
I don’t have all the answers. I just have my experiences. I’m not an expert of nothing, I only know what I’ve been through and what I’ve lived and things that I’ve adapted to my life that have caused me to prosper, so I’m trying to give that to people. I don’t believe in good or bad. I just believe in the process.
I don’t believe that there’s ever been anything necessarily good that’s happened to me, I don’t believe there’s anything that’s been necessarily bad that’s happened to me, it’s just all part of the process.
Be Authentically YOU
It’s this thing called The Rule of Ten. The Rule of Ten is three people are going to like it, three people are not going to like it and four people are just going to be on the fence about it. They’re just going to remain neutral and just wait to see what happens.
I used that whenever I say anything in life, or however I approach anything, like a TV show, or the radio show for that day, or a statement I might make.
There’s three people who are going to agree with it, three people are not and four people are just going to be on the fence about it.
So, you just have to take all of that into consideration and that goes into something my father told me a long time ago.
My father said, “You’re never as good as they say you are and you’re never as bad as they say you are”. Personally, I just don’t care either way. The only thing I can do is be authentically me.