Mostly A’s: Savvy Hustler, You Are Jay Z
From the Brooklyn streets to the C-suite, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter took the hustle straight to the top of the ranks in the music business. The lyricist, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur had a net worth of more than $45o million in 2011. Carter’s business portfolio stretches from entertainment to fashion: co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records; co-creator of Rocawear clothing; founder of Web community Roc Nation; co-owner of 40/40 clubs in New York and Atlantic City, N.J.; and part-owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.
A savvy hustler like Shawn Carter thrives in environments where they can be creative. They are constantly thinking of ways to monetize what they offer the world. They know how to align their brand with all that encompasses the audience or consumer they cater to. They have the gift of gab and know how to network and mingle with others who can help advance their careers, whether it’s the average Joe or billionaire Warren Buffet. They incorporate both street smarts and business skills either learned in work practice or higher education. They’re constantly on the move and on to the next enterprise.