Love him or hate him, it is hard to ignore the impact that Kanye West has made over the past decade and beyond in the creative world. He has left his fingerprints all over the industry whether it's as a recording artist, songwriter, fashion designer, or an entrepreneur. He has slivered his way into a category that he has actually created; it is hard to define or even completely understand his genre. And that's why it can be very inspiring to listen to him explain what goes on in his mind when the lights are dim and his guard is down. As a creative with your opinions of him aside, this two minute monologue makes you think.
Some people will close this article right away because they dislike Kanye, and that's okay, but it's healthy to listen to people you may not agree with, especially a successful creative like Kanye West. Because let's face it, he's a brilliant artist; it just so happens he knows it and doesn't shy away from it.
Money Is Not His Definition of Success
Inspiring people is the definition of success. He quotes Buddy from the movie "Elf" saying that he's the toy-maker; he makes the toys so others can enjoy them. He wants to change the status quo.
100 Years From Now, Everyone on This Earth Will Be Dead
What did you do while you were here? What difference did you make as a creative?
The Main Point
The main point driven home from this video and this article is why do you create? Do you create to make money? Do you create to inspire others? Do you create to make a difference in the world? We naturally all became creatives not to make money or be famous, but instead, we started because we were inspired by something or someone. It's important to remember the essence of our own creativity.