|Posted by Kristen Geil on October 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM|
For those of you who aren't Twitter-savvy yet, listen up, because this is one of my favorite aspects of The Twitter thus far in our relationship. Every morning, Jay Bilas lovingly selects an inspiring rap lyric and tweets it to the world, followed by the catchphrase, "I gotta go to work." With that simple press of a touch-screen, my morning is jumpstarted and I am ready to attack the day myself; often, I too tweet an IGGTW message in hopes of having the same impact on some of my followers. In this blog feature, I thoughtfully analyze Jay Bilas's IGGTW tweet and how you, the everyday reader, can apply it to YOUR dreary mornings before work. Let's get it on.
@JayBilas: Stay on your grind, gotta a low tolerance for ignorance. You're thinking pleasure, I'm thinking business. I gotta go to work.
"Don't Get Caught." With that title, Young Jeezy sums up the first rule of the trapstar game. The song begins with an exchange between Jeezy and a police officer who pulls him over. That mini-drama sets the stage for the rest of the song, which tells players that they can do whatever they want, as long as they stay under the radar of the law enforcement officials: "You can do your thang shawty, it's okay to floss, but it's still one rule: player, don't get caught. Cause everything you gain, dog, and everything you lost, but it's still one rule, pimping- don't get caught" (floss means to flaunt expensive merchandise, readers). However much you want to push the limits of the game is up to you- but at any moment, it could all go up in flames.
Jay's lyrics specifically advise listeners to hustle hard all day, every day. Pay no attention to the haters and the nonsense that they throw at you to try and get you off your game. Stay true to yourself and your strategies for grinding. Don't get distracted by the accoutrements of the game, such as attractive women, hard drugs, or bling- these are only temporary rewards that can disappear in an instant if you allow yourself to get sidetracked. Remember, while you're sleeping off a hangover from sippin purple sizzurp until the wee hours of the morning, someone else is on your corner, selling to your customers and rendering you a relic of the past.
In short, keep the eye of the tiger.
Ladies and gentlemen, Jay Bilas has gone to work.
Remember, if you tweet an "I gotta go to work" message in the mornings and tag Ally or me in it, we may choose it to be featured on the blog! Start inspiring us, tweeters!