“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.”
My hip-hop fascination aside, for me, this is one of the most powerful and empowering proclamations, demonstrating that success in business involves building your brand and constantly fighting complacency. Having business acumen doesn’t mean that you need to be a finance graduate, or have years of experience running a Fortune 500 company. Case in point, Jay-Z has mastered the tricky balance of being musically innovative and commercially viable, whilst being respected by the hip-hop community.
Jay Z has found success by creating his own opportunities.
To me this is what it means to be a to be a successful professional in a time of enormous upheaval – where everything can seemingly be “appified.” As a business graduate myself, I was terrified of committing to a single company, designation, or role that would box me into a specific niche. Work consumes at least one-third of your life; it can and should be more than a means to an end. The conflict between choosing a well-worn path to a job, or spending time developing yourself and fundamentally figuring out what you care about is a conflict that doesn’t resolve itself overnight. But it is a conflict worth examining; after all, doubt is evidence of an examined life. I am endlessly fascinated by the moments in time when individuals make the decisions that impact their career trajectory.
On this note, it is with pleasure that as Business Editor I will have the opportunity to work with writers – such as yourself – who want to further explore topics including entrepreneurship, start-ups, the hustle, and who may be curious as to what their role will be once they enter the “real world.” This fall, the Business section hopes to explore diverse stories ranging from Women in STEM, to Edmonton’s growing start-up scene, to experiences of young professionals and more.
If you share a love for Business and have a story, opinion, or insight to share, email our Business Editor Neha Kumari at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit your article ideas through our Submissions Page.
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