20 years after his death, Tupac’s biopic All Eyez On Me is released on his birthday to give the world a look at the man behind the music.This movie allows Tupac fans to know the story behind one of the most influential artists/creators ever. After watching the biopic, I saw just how compelling Tupac story was and how much he had to teach the world.
Here are a few things that creatives can learn from Tupac to incorporate into their everyday lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, actress or an entrepreneur, live by these rules.
1. Stand up for what you believe in
It is no secret that Tupac didn’t have a problem saying whatever was on his mind no matter if he thought it would piss someone off or not. Whether it was telling the media his thoughts on police brutality or telling Interscope executives why he would not scrap “Brenda’s Having A Baby” from his album he stayed true to himself and the people that he represents.
2. Know your worth
Tupac began his career as a backup dancer for digital underground. When he knew he wanted more and know he was worth more, he demanding he’d be given it and the rest is history.
[Tweet “When you know your worth, you won’t give anyone discounts”]
3. Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done
A lot of people think that being creative isn’t work but it more work than “those people” could ever imagine. Unfortunately, we don’t get to clock in and out of creativity. Sometimes you have to just keep pushing through to create your respective body of work rather than holding off until after a full night of rest.
4. Use your platform to make change
Yes, Tupac didn’t always use his platform to promote positive things, but his message about social injustices and things going on in “the hood” was present throughout his whole career.
There are so many people out there that use their platform to promote negativity. Be the change that you believe in and promote change amongst the world. Speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves
[Tweet “Speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves”]
Tupac could have given up some many times in his life.; when he was robbed and shot 5 times or even when he was accused of being a rapist. Sh*t happens but don’t let it take you fully off course.
[Tweet “Keep your head up”- Tupac”]
6. You don’t have to fight every fight
Tupac often felt like he had to be a warrior for everyone but it often put him in pretty bad situations (jail, hurt or in the middle of a rap beef). Learn how to choose your battles wisely.
7. Watch what kind of people you surround yourself with
Don’t surround yourself with people that are loyal to you only to extent of what and how much you can do for them. These people are dangerous, a bad asset to your creativity/ brand and ultimately will end up being your demise.
8. Life is short
Tupac, and many other young peoples, untimely death make you think so much about how short life is. Tomorrow is not promised today. While you’re still breathing on this Earth do all that you can do, whether it’s creating or bringing positive change to the world.
9. Live life like it isn’t promised and leave something behind for the world to remember you by
Tupac has Million of records sold worldwide, 11 platinum albums (7 of which went platinum after his passing) and has touched the hearts of countless people who listened to his music and his message. Though he died at age 25, he put in the work while is body was still on this earth. That is why his legacy will forever live on.
Whether you love Tupac or not you can learn so much about life by watching his.