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When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Nicki comes to me…
Aside from spitting some of the best lyrics in the game, Nicki Minaj has also made some quotable statements. Whether she’s encouraging women to speak their mind, stay in school, or seize the day, Nicki is never ashamed to dispense advice to her fans. I could probably write a book on the inspiration gleaned from Nicki Minaj quotes, but I’ll let her do the talking.
Nicki Minaj Quotes on Being a Boss
Lesson #1: Anyone can be a boss, no matter what they do for a living. Carry yourself with confidence and independence…
“My advice to women in general: even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want, and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge.”
Lesson #2: Just remember that bosses have responsibilities too.
“Being a boss doesn’t mean you do whatever you want all the time.”
Lesson #3: It’s hard out there for a woman, especially when she’s in a male-dominated playing field. Don’t let precedence stop you from growing.
“I want to build my empire. In my field, I have always seen men do it, from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay Z. now it’s a woman’s turn.”
Lesson #4: You shouldn’t ride on a man’s coattails (or anything else, for that matter) to earn success.
“When I started being around Young Money, Wayne thought I was shy, but it wasn’t that I was shy. I just didn’t want anybody to think I was easy. No matter what my lyrics were saying, when I got around these guys, I was like—I was a prude because I didn’t want anyone in this game to ever be able to say ‘I had sex with her’ or ‘when she needed a deal, she had to…’ No. And to this day, not a single man in this industry, not one, can say that. And I pride myself on that.”
Lesson #5: When it comes to your life, you are your own boss. Step up, set your own goals and meet them.
“I always feel it’s important for me to show females that they can be in charge of their own situation…I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career.”
Nicki Minaj Quotes on “Feeling Yourself”
Lesson #6: Screw the double-standard between men and women.
“If a woman is picky, people only see it as bitchy. But no, I see it as genius, I see it as grace and power. “
Lesson #7: Speak up, and speak loud enough for folks to hear you in the back.
“I just want women to always feel in control because we’re capable. We’re so capable. “
Lesson #8: There’s nothing wrong with knowing what you want, having standards, and possessing opinions.
“For all of the women here, stop feeling like you shouldn’t speak your mind because somebody’s going to call you a bitch. Speak your motherf***in’ mind.”
Lesson #9: Know your worth.
“When I’m assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He bossed up. No negative connotation behind ‘bossed up.’ But lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch.”
Lesson #10: Don’t give into societal pressure to be the “perfect woman.” There’s no such thing.
“When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do, but you have to be super sweet and you have to be sexy and you have to be this and you have to be that and you have to be nice…I can’t be all of those things at once. I’m a human being.”
Nicki Minaj Quotes on Education (Stay in school, Barbz.)
Lesson #11: Love yourself by respecting your body and pursuing an education.
“I stand for girls wanting to be sexy and dance, but also having a strong sense of themselves. If you got a big ol’ butt, shake it! Who cares? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be graduating from college.”
Lesson #12: But just because you respect your body doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time!
“I need you to always put your best foot forward, I want you to know you’re amazing, know you’re smart, stay in school, always be independent. Don’t depend on anyone for anything, make your own mark in this world.”
Lesson #13: With a keen mind, you can do anything–and you can do it on your own.
“Stay in school, respect your body, don’t go giving it away, don’t depend on a man.”