FOX.com – Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in for the January 7 season premiere of FOX Television’s newest prime-time guilty pleasure, Empire. The series, co-created by film director Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, exploits all the standard characteristics of the dog-eat-dog music industry. Taraji P. Henson stars as Cookie Lyon, the faithful and long-suffering ex-wife of drug kingpin-turned-music mogul of Empire Enterprises, Luscious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard). Luscious spearheaded building the family business with Cookie’s drug money during her 17-year penitentiary vacation.
Every Wednesday night, Cookie rewards faithful viewers by delivering stinging remarks from that reckless mouth, all while being fashion-week-meets-national-geographic chic. The rabid fan base lights up Twitter via their breathless, blow-by-blow hashtagged commentary. Although season one is winding down to its remaining three episodes, following, are seven bombastic ways to keep your inner-Cookie under wraps to get ahead when building your own empire.
Watch the remaining three episodes of Empire on FOX Wednesdays – 9:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. CST – to pick out your own tips and tricks to get ahead.
1. Bide your time.
Nothing good comes easy. Even Aubrey Graham “started from the bottom”, if you believe Drake’s account on the matter. When setting goals, we all have to start somewhere, so, without ending up on the wrong side of the law; take your baby steps in stride. Even the Holy Bible dictates not to despise small beginnings.
2. Get Intel from key contacts.
No better way to keep on top of things by talking to people, more so, by listening to them. Find a good mentor and watch your professional development increase exponentially. Building relationships will be key, no matter the phase of your life. Whether it’s the office assistant / sage, receptionist, or mailroom employee, earn trust and be a good chum. Just make sure the other party is the one being chummy.
3. Have a keen fashion sense.
Corporate America dictates its employees dress for the position they want, so your manner of dress should be upwardly mobile. Build capital to dress the part, but mind your environment. A splash of color is always nice, but when all else fails, take the “when in Rome” route.
4. Assert yourself when necessary.
Sometimes, you have to give antagonists a taste of what they’re looking for. You know the ones: they trained you when you started, so now you’re treated like an indentured servant of sorts. Politely – and preferably in an empty conference room – let them know you are not the ‘one.’ Remind them you work with them, not for them.
Refrain from pulling your earrings out or heels off. Throw in a “Capisce?” for good measure.
5. Scratch backs, if necessary.
In all seriousness, please, when building up any good will, ensure any favors performed are legitimate and that you’re fully-dressed. No brainer, you say? Well, here’s hoping.
6. Keep your eyes on the prize.
Even as you advance past baby steps and successfully begin your walk towards independent wealth, never forget who you’re in this for. There will always be someone depending on you. No inspirational Bob Proctor quote – nor any vision board – can spark your desire for a better life more than a loved one.
7. Show your hand. (Or ass.)
It’s go-time! Not only have you mastered how the game is played, but added some rules of your own. You’ve built up more than enough capital to weather several rainy days and played nice with the other kids to the best of your ability. You’ve made key allies for possible future joint ventures and your reputation now precedes you. It’s time to blow this banana stand. You’re ready to be the shot-caller.