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 P Diddy and how he rose to the top of the hip-hop rich list.



Name: Sean John Combs

D.O.B: November, 4th, 1969

Net-Worth: $735 million USD

Initial Age Of Success: 25

Famous For: Music Industry


Early Life

  • Born in Harlem and grew up in Mount-Vernon New York
  • His father was killed when he was a child
  • The nickname Puff was given to him because he would huff and puff whenever he got angry as a child
  • Dropped out of Howard University in 1990 after 2 years as a business major
  • Landed a job as a talent director at Uptown records
  • While at Uptown, Diddy was sent to pick up a package a few blocks away. He arrived back with his tie over his shoulder and out of breath. When asked why, he replied than he ran there and back because it would save time. His bosses knew right there, that he was hungry for success
  • Got a reputation for throwing great parties even when he was young
  • Got fired in 1993 from Uptown Records. Within a year he founded Badboy Records in a joint control deal with Artista Records
  • BadBoy signed Notorious BIG, Craig Mack, Faith Evans and other big names



  • In 1997 he started his own career as an artist with the album nowayout
  • After the death of BIG in March 1997, P Diddy released the song “i’ll be missing you” which really put him on the map
  • Diddy received 5 Grammy nominations for his album nowayout and sold 7 million copies
  • In 1998 he started his clothing brand called Sean John, combined with his own fragrance
  • Suffered multiple charges in 1999-2000 and recieved tough criticism from the music industry
  • In 2001 Diddy took full control of Badboy records ending the joint ownership deal with Artista Records. This gave Diddy full control over the artists on the roster
  • Diddy began to diversify to movies and other projects outside of music including his own TV shows, such as Making the band and I want to work for Diddy
  • In 2004 Diddy performed at the super bowl half-time show
  • Diddy was voted number 12 on the 40 under 40 entrepreneurs list in 2002
  • Diddy acquired two restaurants, Enyce Clothing, a share of Revolt TV and 50% of Ciroc Vodka in order to increase his wealth from multiple streams of income
  • Diddy earned $45 million in 2012


Current Life

  • Manages Mainstream artists under the Badboy label
  • Focusing on family and moving away from the music
  • Helps with multiple charitable organizations and causes
  • Forbes listed Diddy as the richest man in hip-hop in 2015


Top Traits

  • Hunger for success
  • Unbelievable work rate
  • Passion for life
  • Willing to make sacrifices
  • High self-belief
  • Positive attitude
  • Visionary


Top Tips For Success

  • Dedication and hard work
  • Focus on developing yourself
  • Strive for perfection on everything
  • Work hard and then work harder
  • Never lose faith
  • Be smart
  • Be humble
  • Listen more than you speak
  • Don’t make the same mistake twice
  • Forget good enough, be the best
  • Don’t get comfortable
  • Step on some toes


Best Quote

If you want to fly, you have to give up the thing that’s weighing you down