DJ Khaled's Secret to Hustling His Way to Success

November 10, 2017

Record producer Khaled Mohamed Khaled, aka DJ Khaled, is known for his hits, his positivity, and his continuous dedication to success. But the celebrity DJ's struggles may be less known.

The award-winner had a “mogul talk” with Cheddar about what it takes to be successful and the obstacles that have made his journey an arduous one. And for Khaled, time has been the major issue.

“There’s not enough time in the day to accomplish what I need to do, ‘cuz I don’t stop,” Khaled said during the interview. “That’s the hardest part of hustling.”

Time management is a difficult skill for many to master, but Khaled says you have to commit and “do what you got to do.” That's how he faces this challenge.

Khaled, whose latest albums “Major Key” and “Grateful” have been certified gold and platinum, shared two of the reasons for his success. He says you have to make sacrifices and be self-made.

“It’s OK for you to work 9 to 5 to fund your vision,” Khaled said, acknowledging that for some, a traditional job is what they'd like. But for those who have a vision they want to bring to life, working a side gig is a necessary evil.

“I’m a mogul, so I envisioned all of these things I want to do,” he said, adding,“my family raised me to be self-made.”

To Khaled, being self-made is not about having money as many may think, but about “respecting yourself and your vision.”

Talking the talk and dreaming big is great, Khaled explained, but for success, it’s important to walk the walk and figure out how to accomplish the vision.

“There’s other people out there that talk, but don’t accomplish the goal,” he said.

“When I was a kid, I had to do certain things to fund my music business, my record company, my management company….”