Swizz Beatz sat down for a one on one to discuss music, art and mental health at Samsung Studios in New York.
He shared the importance of supporting, not discriminating against people who suffer from mental health issues.
Music and Art for people with mental health issues are a way for them to express themselves as an outlet. But where his conversation really focused was on the realization to be patient with ourselves. Remembering not to rush the process of our growth.
He reminded us that we all have a different journey we are on to get to a specific destination in our lives. As we grow, there are people we may have to release from our lives because either we may or they may be unable to grow in the same direction.
One of his main points, was early in his career he learned a particularly hard lesson. The people we surround ourselves with, we will either grow together or destroy each other. We will even be judged by others for the company we keep. So we have to understand that even if we are standing on solid ground, the person we are in the company of may still affect our progress professionally, even if they are not affecting us personally. This can be experienced for example when a company or a group of personal friends will not engage with you because of the behavior of that person(s) you are surrounding yourself with.
As he grew to amass his current success, there were people he had to release from his life, or his success would never have happened.
He further shared that there was a point where his music was doing quite well. “Commissioned” his art conference was doing great. But there was a place he could not ascend too, because he did not speak the same language as the other executives in the room. He remembers that day that he vowed to educate himself on the same level. He shared there is a language that certain levels of professional society engages in, that one mentally must understand to grow to that level, they have to look at what vehicles they will need to learn from in order to do so. This was when he made his choice to enter Harvard. From there he was now taking classes with other Executives, sharing his thoughts and receiving and education two ways; one from Harvard and one from CEOS attending this program as well.
Through this choice, he realized this was just the beginning. The mind can grasp levels we don’t even realize. And that’s where he knew, “THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT”. With this attitude, he has now provided opportunities to artists and startups all over the world, empowering them to sell their works without giving commission over to third parties, while financing the art conferences from major sponsors. He took his music creativity and adapted to other areas of his life and gifting that knowledge to others.