DJ 327

Pay the Price

Pay the Price — The Four Owls

I’m bringing in the Owls once again because, to reiterate, they’ve become one of my favorite hip-hop acts out right now. The messages they bring to light, especially in their album Natural Order, are just what I need to hear in my life right now. That’s one of those albums that you can start from the beginning, play to the end and every song will be on point.

With that, I’ve been listening to the album a lot recently and the song that’s been on my mind the most, besides “The Four Elements,” is “Pay the Price.” That phrase has been on my mind lately and I’m sure at this point it’s because of them. Today I decided to reread some inspiring articles I had printed out and this happened to be one of them.

Life couldn’t have made the message for today more obvious because I also heard/saw variations of related quote multiple times:

Nothing in life is free.

There’s a price for everything, and I mean everything. As Verb T mentioned in his verse and Benjamin P. Hardy wrote throughout the article, there’s a price to pay for pursuing big ambitions.

There’s a price to pay for becoming a professional athlete in the NBA or NFL.

→ working day in and day out on your game.

There’s a price to pay for excelling in academic endeavors.

→ getting in the library everyday to handle business.

There’s a price to pay for becoming a great artist, in any medium.

→ working day in and day out on your craft, constantly creating.

…And on the flip side…

There’s a price to pay for procrastinating.

There’s a price to pay for not keeping it 1000 with yourself.

There’s a price to pay for not being disciplined.


Life’s simple. It took me 24 years to realize that but it is. Being an avid collector of quotes, I’d say this one in particular sums it up seamlessly.

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
— Jim Rohn