Famous Entrepreneur Quotes
Snoop Dogg’s Quotes
“Once you find peace within yourself the energy that you get usually is reflected.”
“You got to find out who you are and be the best at that.”
Snoop Dogg’ss Top 10 Rules For Entrepreneurship, Business and Success
Today we’re going to learn from rapper, producer, and executive, Snoop Dogg, and my take on his Top 10 Rules for Success.
Rule #1: #Believe In Yourself
I just go back to that time when I was young and I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life and once I finally grabbed a hold to what I wanted to do which was this music thing. And I loved every minute of it, despite me not being able to make money or have a career, I had to believe in myself, and I want to say that to the youngsters out there that’s watching, you know.
“Believe in anything that you believe in but have the most believing in yourself whether it’s being a doctor or a lawyer or a chemist or whatever it is, you have to believe yourself.” – Snoop Dogg
Believe in anything that you believe in but have the most believing in yourself whether it’s being a doctor or a lawyer or a chemist or whatever it is, you have to believe yourself. And once you believe, the dream will come true and the people will believe in you. That’s what dreams are made of, you have to believe in it and then a dream can come to life.
Rule #2: Be Original
The advice that I would give all of the rappers in the game is to be original. That’s one thing about when I came out, originality was a must. You had to sound like you, you had to be you you had to have your own everything.
And I just feel that there’s a lot of, you know, mimicking going on because it’s a fad and everybody feels like what’s hot, we’re going to do what’s hot we’re going to rap the same way, we’re going to rap over the same beats as opposed to being different and dynamic the way it was supposed to be and that’s what we’re doing right now with the Bush project, we’re putting something different out there. It’s not the bounce, it’s a groove line.
“Be original.” – Snoop Dogg
We got a groove line with this record right here, it’s a groove that only if you grown you can find it real quick. But if you’re young it’ll take you a second to catch up to it.
Rule #3: Push Forward
When that opportunity knocks, and you can become something successful in life you got to push forward. Like even with myself, I had to make a decision when I was a drug-dealing gang-banger. Am I going to become a rapper, and leave this behind when I’m getting this money? And this ghetto superstardom?
Or do I really want to become a real star and let that go, and push it to the limit and say, “I’m not finna eat, I’m not finna get no money, I’m not finna do nothing but put my faith in this.” And I did and twenty-some years later, I can say “alright, this was a great decision.”
Rule #4: Always Be Positive
My message would just be to find peace within yourself. Because once you find peace within yourself the energy that you get usually is reflected. And people get their energy off of you that’s what I’ve been able to find, from being on the negative energy side as a young artist to a grown man that projects positive and peaceful music.
But it still has the energy of the young spirit, so it’s all within the same realm but it’s just finding yourself and being able to be within yourself and have peace, so that way you can project peace.
Especially on the internet, you can get pulled into a whole lot of negative energy. I’ve done things where I put pictures up and read comments and I say something back and I end up arguing with somebody on the internet that I don’t even know.
“Once you find peace within yourself the energy that you get usually is reflected.” – Snoop Dogg
I’m like, you pulled me all the way out of my skin. So it’s just a point of knowing your limitations as far as where you’re going and let people take you out of your frame of who you are. I don’t ever allow nobody to take me out of the mindstate that I’m supposed to be in, know what I’m saying? Never let them see me sweat, never let them see me deal with adversity as if I can’t deal with it.
Rule #5: Keep Going
But as you grow, you lose certain homies. Because it’s called, closing the gap. This is the gap, when we start. This is the gap as you grow. Notice how you grow, and they don’t? So how do you close the gap? You got to come back down. When you come back down, you lose.
So you got to keep going up. That’s why closing the gap got to be them, catching up to you. And if they don’t catch up, you got to leave them behind! Because you get to the point now where you got to start cutting out, know what I’m saying? It’s like, you can’t look back when you cut them out. Because if they’re meant to be there, they going to be there–
Yeah! ‘Cause I had to cut out family members before, me and my cousin dads fell out before. When me and him fell out it was like, how do you fall out? I taught you everything you know! I put you in the game! And you go against me?
But that’s what the laws of the game do, it puts you in a position where sometimes you have to have these types of situations to see who really supposed to be there.
“You can’t take your energy and put it into somebody and make them what you are.” – Snoop Dogg
This — ain’t made for everybody, you know what I’m saying? It’s like, everybody ain’t going to be a — star, everybody ain’t going to be the —. Everybody ain’t going to be what you are. It was 60 niggas that you was rappin’ with and out of them 60, you the — one. And you can go back and try to help all 60 of them, but guess what?
Ain’t none of them going to ever be you. And I done it many times where I tried to make niggas stars, and rapped on they —, took ’em on tour, and damn near gave niggas my shoes, my clothes, my everything! You can have all- I can’t make you a star. Stars are born, they’re not made. Hear what I’m saying? So it’s like if you ain’t born one, you can’t make one.
You can’t take your energy and put it into somebody and make them what you are. I had to cut a lot of niggas out there I really felt like, “man, I wonder how he doin’“. You know what, I can’t worry about how he doing because if I worry about how he doing, than I might miss a beat, and I might miss my lines onstage and they may not want to pay me like they’ve been paying me.
I got to get this money.
Rule #6: Lead By Example
How would you describe your body of work prior to this transformation?
Now people will laugh at that, but it really isn’t all that funny, is it?
No it’s not because it was more or less the betrayal of what I lived, and the life I lived and the community that I came from. I came from selling drugs, being involved in a gang. So most of my music was representative of that, but then once I became successful, I strayed away from that and became a business and became who I am now, so that’s why the music is more representative of who I am today.
Now let me ask you a question: Let’s say that this music, that represents more of who you are today is not as successful as the music that represented how you were years ago?
It doesn’t bother me. I’m not doing it for financial reasons or successful gain. It’s more about where I’m speaking to facts and issues for example the gun issue. I have a song called “No Guns Allowed” that speaks directly to the issues of gun violence because I feel like that’s real.
I think it would be nice if that took hold across the popular culture, really.
Yeah and it starts with you. You got to be the man in the mirror to say, “You know what? I’m going to start with myself.” Through example, I believe that people will follow. I believe that the right thing will be done, because I’m one who used to lead people in the wrong direction. Now I’m leading them in the right direction.
Rule #7: Diversify Your Portfolio
But I respect the youngsters, I respect the movement because it’s a young man’s game and I’ve always been like that. That’s why they call me “Uncle Snoop” because I never disrespected them, I’ve always treated them as my nephews.
Even if I didn’t like they I never told them, “I don’t like it”, I’ll tell them, look, maybe you should try to be a little bit more original and not follow the fad. Because the fad is only a fad.
“The originals got to understand, when you’re original you got to find ways to diversify your portfolio.” – Snoop Dogg
That rap style is going to play out in a minute. But if it’s yours, it’s going to live on forever. Just like when T-Pain came out. T-Pain was the And everybody took his auto-tune,
And went with it.
Now where’s T-Pain?
Where’s his hair at? He cut his off too!
Because that’s what the game do, the game suck you dry. It takes from you, you know what I’m saying? It’s like the originals got to understand, when you’re original you got to find ways to diversify your portfolio. In other words, meaning that, how I always come back with some different (censored), I’m Snoop Dogg at all times but I’m able to do this, that, that, that and that to where it finally comes back to the point to where I started in 1992, it’s 2015 and I’m still on the radio talking to you, about an album I got coming out that’s relevant.
Rule #8: Make Some Noise
The best advice I can give you is go make some noise, you know? These MC’s right here was doing they thing before I got with them, that’s what made it easy for me to get down with them. I didn’t have to teach them how to be who they are.
You got to find out who you are and be the best at that. And once you master at who you are and being great at that, eventually somebody like myself will come across you and be able to give you that opportunity. Or you may just make it on your own!
“You got to find out who you are and be the best at that.” – Snoop Dogg
Some stars are born, you know, you don’t need people like me to make you when you’re a born star, so I just want to inspire those out there that are watching what we’re doing, seeing what we’re doing, just look at the positivity of what we’re doing.
Rule #9: Practice
You have to practice over the years. I wasn’t great at the beginning, I was aight. And then I got cool, and then I got good. Then I got better. Then I got great. Those are steps to becoming great. And a lot of people ain’t willing to take those steps.
It takes ten years at something continuously to become great at it. And I stuck with it for ten years straight, before I had a record deal, before I had money before I had lights and camera before I had, you know, people wanting to sit down and interview me.
“It takes ten years at something continuously to become great at it.” – Snoop Dogg
Rule #10: Have Fun
So, Snoop, are you ready to play with us now?
I’m ready to get this money!
You know, you get one question and if you get it correctly, you get 50,000. If you happen not to answer it you’ll get 25,000 anyway.
Oh, so it’s a win-win!
It’s a win-win, you got that right! You play trivia much?
Do you? Well you’ve got one expert to help you, his name is Ken Jennings, he’s the top trivia guy of all time. And you’ve got on the lifelines as well. So if you’re all ready, Snoop, we going to go for it, right now?
I stay ready so I ain’t got to get ready.
Okay fine! Let’s play Billionaire, with Snoop Dogg! Okay, Snoop, here it is:
Man I seen that movie too and I feel asleep on it.
Don’t tell me that, Snoop! You fell asleep, you got $50,000 riding on this!
Anybody wearing a mask that you remember?
I remember him wearing a mask, I remember a little- things–
I don’t remember his name. Can I ask the audience?
You want to ask the audience? Positively. Go for it. Audience, come on! Snoop needs your help! Audience! On your keypads, vote now.
I think I know what it is. They going to help me confirm the answer, I think I know what it is. I was asleep, I don’t remember the name!
90 percent said “Rorshach” and before the audience had a chance to answer. While the voting was going on, you said to me, you think you know who it is.
I thought it was him because when I was asleep I kept hearing that name
Must have been a very exciting movie, huh?
So you think it’s “Rorshach”, the audience thinks it’s “Rorshach”, we’re going to make it a final answer, what are you going to say, Snoop?
My final answer would be “D: Rorshach”.
Yes, Snoop! $50,000 dollars! Put it there, man! Snoopy! Snoopy! Put it there!
I knew it! 50,000 baby, yeah!
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because John Micheal Musaazi asked me to. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
And I would also love to know, what did you learn today from Snoop Dogg that really resonated with you? What was the most important lesson that you’re going to take from this? Please leave it in the comments. I’m curious to find out.
Finally I want to give a quick shout out to @BestYouPRO. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book and tweeting out that awesome picture as well. I really, really, really, really appreciate it.
So thank you guys again 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.
My key to success would be doing to others as you would have them do unto you. Be respectful, make good music, stay true to who you are. Be different. Be cunning. Be original. I believe those things right there will give you longevity, it will give you a long time to do what you doing because that creates a lane of peace, prosperity, respect and love. And that will be honored by time and your legacy will be evaluated in due time.
Tell Great Stories
Interviewer: I got to ask you. Did you ever meet and spend any time with Michael Jackson?
Snoop: Yeah, me and Mike got a song together. I don’t know if it ever came out.
Interviewer: I’m telling you right now it did not, because I would’ve already known if it did. When did that happen?
Snoop: It was some sort of project he was doing and what was crazy was he called me, so to hear his voice on the phone, he was like, “Hey, it’s Michael!” I’m like, “What’s happenin’, cuz?” He was like, “Well first of all, my mom says you look like someone in my family, we could be related.” I’m like, “Serious, cuz? What you need me to do, Mike?” “I have this particular track and I want you to sing on it and just do whatever you want to do.” I’m like, “Aight, cuz, I’m going to handle that. I’ll get back at you, cuz.” And that was a conversation with Snoop Dogg and Michael Jackson! (group laughs)
Hosts: That was it!
Snoop: I went to work. You know I wasn’t about all that talking, come on, Rosenberg! I was infatuated, when I hung up I was like, “Nigga you know who I was just on the phone with, nigga?! (group laughs) Nigga that was Michael Jackson, nigga! Not Jermaine, nigga! Not Joe!”
Man: Not Tito!
Snoop: “Nah that was Michael!”
Interviewer: Did you ever see him in person?
Yeah! There was a dude named Christian Audigier. He had that clothing line, I forgot–
Lady: Ed Hardy.
L.A. Talk! Here comes more
Say that! Say that!
Yeah yeah, it’s a big thing–
Snoop: He was a boss! He would spend like, three or four hundred thousand dollars to have you come perform like, three songs. It would be me, Michael Jackson, whoever else, whoever else. And Michael Jackson’s trailer was right next to mine. And we was blowin’ like a broke stove. And Mike opened the curtain and looked on and said, “Hi Snoop!” I said “You want to hit somethin’, Mike?” “No thank you!”
That really happened?
Interviewer: Alrighty so what we going to do right now, Vic One, let’s bless him with a instrumental of his own! So we can go ahead and get something live from Snoop Dogg up in here. You remember this one here, Dogg?
You want something new or something old on this?
Man, I want “Gin & Juice”!
♫ “With so much drama in the LBC ♫ It’s kind of hard being Snoop D-o-double-G, but I ♫ Somehow, some way ♫ Keep coming up with funky, funky, funk-funky, funky ♫ With so much drama in the LBC ♫ It’s kind of hard being Snoop D-o-double-g, but I ♫ Somehow someway, keep coming up with ♫ Funky-Ass hits like every single day ♫ May, I ♫ Kick a little somethin’ for the G’s ♫ And, make a few ends as I breeze, through ♫ It’s 2 in the morning and the party’s still jumpin ♫ ’cause my Mama ain’t home ♫ I got some chickens in the– ♫ Gettin’ it on and they ain’t leavin’ ’til ♫ Six in the morning ♫ So what you want to do? Ungh. ♫ I got a pocket full of ’em and Big Boy he got some too ♫ We don’t love them- ♫ So we gon’ blow an ♫ G’s up, freeze up for a second now bounce to this.” I even put the Radio Version on for ya.
That fine and heavy!
It really is.
Yes sir. ♫ We just rollin’ down the street, smokin’ smokin’ smokin’ ♫ Sippin’ on gin & juice ♫ Laid back ♫ With my mind on my money and ♫ Now, that, I got me some Seagram gin ♫ Everybody got they cups but they ain’t chipped in ♫ Now this types of hit ♫ Happens all the time ♫ You got to get yours, big, I got to get mine ♫ Everything is fine, when you’re listening to ♫ 92.3, not point but the real for me ♫ Snoopy D-o-double-g I come off the dome ♫ Get you, crackin’ and rappin’ and all alone ♫ Sit back, relax, let me show you how it’s ♫ Supposed to be ♫ I do it to you everyday, 92 threezy ♫ I’m the realest, you feel this ♫ You can’t push punch ’cause ♫ Snoopy D-o-double-g I’m the top of the bunch ♫ And Captain Crunch, what I eat for breakfast ♫ And I get my mind right, jump in my Lexus ♫ And I head on a trip, just to get my grip” And say what up to Big Boy What up, Crip?!
Hellooooooo! (group exclaims) Alright, man, we got to go with the shizz right now, man.
Oh for that one?
We got to go with the shizz right now.
Alright, here we go! Awwwwww
Let me visualize this one right here.
Go ahead now, Dogg, go ahead boy.
This was the one that said, (singing)
That’s how we do it.
Turn me up a little bit ♫ “Popping, stopping, hopping like a rabbit ♫ When I take the Nina Ross ya know I gots to have it ♫ I stay back in the cut retain myself ♫ Think about the hit, and I’m thinking wealth ♫ Now how can I make my grip ♫ And how can I make this sucka straight slip ♫ Set trip, I got to get him for his grip ♫ As I dip around the corner ♫ Now I’m on another mission, wishin, upon a star ♫ Snoop Doggy Dogg with the caviar ♫ In the back of the limo no demo, this is the real ♫ I’m breakin’ you all down like Evander Holyfield, chill ♫ To the next episode ♫ I make money, and I really don’t love- ♫ Give you the truth, I swoop in the Coupe ♫ I used to sell loot, I used to shoot hoops ♫ But now I make, hits, every single day ♫ With, my homie, the diggy Dr. Dre ♫ So lay back in the cut, ♫ Young buster, ‘fore you get shot ♫ It’s 187 on you all and the Cops.” (singing) Big Boy, you on point! ♫ “It’s getting hot, yes indeed it is ♫ Big Boy is on the mic he ‘about to go for his ♫ S n double o and to the P that’s me ♫ Break it down for you do it so viciously ♫ I can’t spit that rap, I got to get this rap ♫ I got to hit that trap, I got hit that lick ♫ I got to get that grip, I got sip that drank. ♫ I got to make that move, I got to roll that dank ♫ I got to lay low and show ’em how the West Coast go. ♫ Big Boy back on the radio ♫ Snoop Dogg came through, I heard a beat and quick ♫ I said, you better let me get a verse on it ♫ He said, cool, he said, pause ♫ He said, Dogg, you the best and you break laws ♫ And you come through and you come hard ♫ And you come raw ♫ Snoop Dogg’s the coldest MC ♫ you ever saw
And this is the real, 92-3 L.A.’s Hiphop and R&B.
Alright man, the one and only Snoop Dogg!
It is what it is! (group cheers)
Snoop Dogg’s Rules
- #Believe In Yourself
- Be Original
- Push Forward
- Always Be Positive
- Keep Going
- Lead By Example
- Diversify Your Portfolio
- Make Some Sense
- Have Fun
I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure to check my Snoop Dogg’s video on his Top 10 Rules For Success as well.