10 Times Rihanna Gave Great Advice About Success and Money

From TIME - February 20, 2018

Rihannas 30 today and is celebrating her birthday as one of musics biggest moguls.

Aside from winning nine Grammy Awards and four platinum albums, she has her own makeup line, her own clothing line, and her own fragrance. Her charity efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims, those living with HIV/AIDS, and for programs in her home country of Barbados even earned her the Humanitarian of the Year award from Harvard University.

Her path to success wasnt an easy one. Over the years shes detailed how she grew up shy from a small town in Barbados, overcame obstacles as a black woman, and found her own identity in the music industry. Here are her 10 best quotes about success and money.

On how she gained her confidence

I was very shy at one point. I knew what I was about and what I stood for, but I was not very vocal. In the Barbadian culture theres this thing we say: Speak when youre spoken to. Its polite not to blabber. It took me a couple of years to come out of my shell, Rihanna told InStyle.

On who keeps her grounded

For me, its my mama, Rihanna responded when asked who keeps it real with her after all her success.

On how she copes with career setbacks

I pray a lot. A lot. And I try to just look at every situation like theres some reason behind it, Rihanna told The Cut. Even if I cant feel it in that moment, I just thank God anyway, because I know that theres something better coming, and hes doing it for my good.

On dealing with racism

You know, when I started to experience the differenceor even have my race be highlightedit was mostly when I would do business deals, Rihanna told The New York Times. And, you know, that never ends, by the way. Its still a thing. And its the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what theyre expecting and I cant wait to show them that Im here to exceed those expectations.

On the idea behind her hit, Bitch Better Have My Money

On how streaming music helps her bottom line

On her sleeping patterns

On her 14-foot-high wine shelves all carrying $2 Trader Joes Cabernet

On what the crazy success of her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, means for her

On how she finally found fun making music


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