In success stories we take a look at some of the most successful people in history and breakdown their lives and tips to success. Today we’re looking at the man of the moment…Drake.


 

Profile

Name: Aubrey Drake Graham

DOB: October 24, 1986

Net-worth: $100m

Initial Age Of Success: 22

Famous for: Music and acting


 

Early Life

  • Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • His Mom and Dad divorced when he was 5, which meant living with his Mom in what Drake calls half a house. There were people living on the upper floor, Drake’s Mom lived on the first floor and Drake lived in the basement
  • Drake dropped out of high school as a kid, (but later returned in 2012 to finally graduate)
  • Drakes father was in prison for a large part of his youth, a total of 5 years, spent through a 2 year sentence and a 3 year sentence
  • First found minor fame on the TV show Degrassi-next generation as Jimmy Brooks
  • Began rapping full-time after his role in TV releasing multiple mix-tapes
  • Eventually people started taking notice of Drake, with many offers from labels to sign him. Drake decided to sign with Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment
  • In 2009 Drake released his first album So Far Gone, which featured the song Best I Ever Had. This song had a huge impact in the charts, making Drake a household name
  • Drake backed up this new found fame with his second album Thank Me Later in 2010. This album debut at number one and featured the popular song Find Your Love

 

Growth

  • Drake truly established himself in 2011 with the release of his album Take Care. This album featured songs such as; Headlines, Motto, Make Me Proud and Take Care where he featured with short-term girlfriend Rihanna
  • Drake started a worldwide trend from the song Motto with the acronym YOLO. Standing for, you only live once
  • Drakes Club Paradise Tour in 2012 was the highest earning hip-hop tour that year, bringing in $42m
  • He later claimed the title of biggest star in the hip-hop industry with his release of Nothing Was The Same. An album that seemed as though it was bought by everyone in 2013
  • Drake became a Toronto Raptors executive in 2013 as a way of increasing the Raptors marketing potential and overall awareness

 

Current Life

  • Drake has been in and out of the headlines for multiple reasons in the last few months. Feuds with Tyga, P-Diddy, an on-going war with Chris Brown and a fresh battle with fellow rapper Meek Mill which brought about the viral track Back To Back
  • Drake has made headlines for his transformation from a boy to a man. For everyone at MSi College this is known as the male advantage. The period of a man’s life where he peaks. To everyone else, Drake suddenly upgraded
  • He recently released the mix-tape What A Time To Be Alive with fellow artist Future. This mix-tape was extremely successful, yet featured little to no advertising. Drake made headlines by releasing this mix-tape unexpectedly, which turned out to be a genius marketing strategy
  • Drake has his OVO brand, which mainly deals with clothing
  • He’s currently working on his next album Views From The Six, which is likely to be released in January 2016

 

Top Traits

  • Great work ethic
  • Perfectionist
  • Calm under pressure
  • Intelligent
  • Business savvy
  • Marketing genius
  • Opportunistic
  • Constant learner
  • High self-belief
  • Risk taker
  • Loyalty
  • Humility
  • Passion

 

Top Tips For Success

  • Work when they’re partying
  • Always want more
  • Make sacrifices
  • Know when to relax
  • Set your standards high
  • Believe success is right around the corner
  • Have faith in the end result

 

What We Can Learn From Drake

  • Work hard even when you’ve made it
  • Success is never secure, you’re only ever as good as your last product or service
  • Do you and do you well. Eventually people will come around to liking you or what you do, it just takes persistence
  • Never forget those who helped you when you had nothing
  • Always learn new things, your success is made sustainable when you constantly advance yourself

 

Best Quote

I live for the nights I can’t remember, with the people that I won’t forget