What’s your Three 6 Mafia moment?

3sixOscars_vv-738669 “If Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar…” This is the rallying cry of a friend of mine. One day she’ll have an award winning screenplay. How does she know this? Well, if Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar…

Whenever she sounds the rallying cry, our little sistah’s group laughs. Hard. And then we all nod in understanding and get back to work.

It’s been a while since I’ve asked the question, but if you’re one of those women trying to accomplish the seemingly impossible, every now and then you need to be reminded that if Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, you can do anything.

For those of you not in the know,Three 6 Mafia is the rap group behind the 2005 song, “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp“, which won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards. I am not a fan, nor could I identify the group’s members in a crowd, but millions of people worldwide can. And they have an Oscar to prove it.

I wonder if way back when Three-6 Mafia was merely a couple of guys in an unorganized gang, they ever thought to themselves, “one day, we will have an Oscar.”  I mean, I’m sure they thought Grammy, but Oscar?!? Not so much. I imagine that even after receiving the nomination, when fellow nominees were proclaiming “It’s just an honor to be nominated,” Three 6 Mafia was more like “word?,” “for real?”  “seriously?”  But maybe not. Maybe they knew all along. Maybe they trusted their talent and knew that others would too – even if the word pimp was in the song’s title.  They were obviously on to something, because now Three 6 Mafia will forever be mentioned in the same circles as Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro. Maybe it’s not that hard out there for a pimp.

I never thought I’d be saying this, but maybe we can learn a lesson or two from Three 6 Mafia. Maybe if we trusted our talents more, and doubted ourselves less… Maybe if we spent more time being authentic, being who we really are, and less time conforming to what other people think we should be, or should be doing and maybe if we write our books, start our businesses, work diligently on our blogs and pen our screenplays, even when no one is watching, maybe we’ll be saying “seriously?” one day as we’re presented with an honor we never imagined receiving.

For some of you, your Three 6 Mafia moment might be in writing that screenplay or novel you’ve talked about for years.  For others it’s finally getting that degree. 40 is the year to make it happen – there’s no time but the present. We’re defining 40 on our own terms and creating an environment where we support each others’ dreams.  So, if Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, what can you do? Tell us in the comment section or submit your stories to contribute@womenatforty.com.

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