Aww man, you sold your soul
Naww man, mad people was frontin'
Aww man, made something from nothing
I quoted the great Kanyeezy here, both for what he said and how he said it. In the rhyme, he repeats then responds to his detractors who claim he joined the illuminati and sold his soul in order to reach his incredible level of success.
You can hear in Kanye’s voice that, he is less upset with how the silly criticism from the conspiracy theorists reflects on him than he is concerned that, distracted by their weird religion, they are missing the profound point: that he’s made something from nothing. With just talent and hard work, Kanye went from nobody to somebody with a massive voice.
Similarly, after talking to lots of young CEOs who developed an abstract, irrational fear of hiring people with experience, I was less upset about their weird theories than with the fact that they were missing the point — experienced people sometimes come with super valuable knowledge. Interestingly, much of the folklore around old people being dangerous was around losing the soul of the company. “Awww man, you sold your soul.”
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