Kanye West The Blueprint To Achieving Success
So this could be a long drawn out editorial but I’m going to try and keep this as short and sweet as possible. This is more of an observation honestly then an opinionated piece.
Throughout the week whenever I check my Instagram, I always see a positive post about how one should stay driven and ambitious to achieve success and all those other cliché positive motivation memes.
The other day I saw one that read as a quote from Jay Z saying, “The genius thing we did was that we didn’t give up”. Yeah, so what does have to do with Kanye? Well everything honestly.
Let’s not focus on his music success right now but rather his struggle for high fashion success. So Kanye has made about three attempts at trying to create a successful high fashion line (well one was more of a collaboration).
His main lines weren’t really successful or met with rave reviews from the fashion world. He didn’t create the next Mona Lisa of couture, if anything it was more of the Starry Night of fashion when Van Gogh was still alive making art. But each line showed a growth in understanding where he failed the time before.
From his losses in trying to make a staple name for himself in the fashion world, he learned a lot: what worked vs. what didn’t and the improvement he needed in certain areas. This led him to try and teach himself via tips from Style.com since he was too famous to take up classes at Central Saint Martins like he originally wanted. As Winston Churchill once said “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
His collaboration with A.P.C. this past February probably won’t change the fashion world’s views on his ultimate vision, but the fact that he chooses to persevere and stay so passionate shows that he really is a living blueprint for success.
Don’t understand it? Well the same thing happened with his music career….as “Last Call” goes:
Some say he arrogant. Can y’all blame him?
It was straight embarrassing how y’all played him
Last year shoppin my demo, I was tryin’ to shine
Every motherf*cker told me that I couldn’t rhyme
Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams
I use it as my gas, so they say that I’m gassed
But without it I’d be last, so I ought to laugh
So I don’t listen to the suits behind the desk no more
You niggaz wear suits ’cause you can’t dress no more
You can’t say sh*t to Kanye West no more
I rocked 20,000 people, I was just on tour, nigga
I’m Kan, the Louis Vuitton Don.
Point taken, Ye!! It’s safe to say he doesn’t want to be underestimated.