11 invaluable life lessons from Cardi B

11 invaluable life lessons from Cardi B

Listen closely and Cardi B will teach you all of the life lessons you need. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Is there anyone slaying the game harder than Cardi B right now?

When Cardi’s forever bop ‘Bodak Yellow’ came out in 2017, it was quickly adopted as an anthem for unapologetically celebrating yourself and fully enjoying the rewards of your hard work. The song was the first sign of Cardi’s ‘fairy-tale come-up,’ as The Ringer called it, and through her lyrics, Cardi taught us that it’s okay to embrace your success, stunt on the haters, and tell everyone that tried to hold you back: ‘LOOK AT ME NOW.’

But that’s not the only lesson that Cardi has taught us.

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In addition to her music, Cardi B is known for her larger-than-life personality and unfiltered social media presence, where she will say anything and everything. Watch closely enough, and you’ll see that throughout her interviews, Instagram videos, and Twitter posts, Cardi B has dropped enough knowledge to become a veritable life coach. (Seriously, Cardi, if you want to be my life coach, I would be eternally grateful.)

But don’t worry if you’ve missed some of rapper’s signature wisdom. We got you covered.

Here are 11 life lessons we’ve learned from Cardi B.

When Cardi taught us the importance of family
In an chat with Beats1 radio, Cardi talked about everything from Bodak Yellow to what she wants to discuss in her new album. But more than anything, Cardi said family is important above all else.

‘Family is my peace of mind. I love my family. If I were to have a camera with me, people would see that I speak to my dad every single day. My dad is my best friend … My family. I love them.’

When Cardi taught us the magic of staying on a budget
Cardi’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ may be an anthem about flexin’ on everyone, but despite her red bottom Louboutins, Cardi says the real key to success is budgeting.

‘You wanna know how rich people like me stay rich? By staying on a budget.’

Good to know that a platinum-selling artist is mindful of spending too.

No, really, Cardi wants you to budget
Budgeting is a theme that Cardi has come to again and again. Like the time she bragged about her $20 romper.

‘Shoes? $1200. These glasses? $400. But bitch, my outfit? $20 dollars bitch. Get yourself together bitch. Learn how to budget hoe.’

When Cardi told us to stay focused
In a video posted to her Facebook page, Cardi B dropped a quick word of advice to her fans who are in college: Stay focused.

‘I just want to tell you college kids that I know sometimes it gets discouraging because you see people around your age making money on Instagram … Don’t get discouraged, just see it as as my wealth and my richness is on layaway.’

When Cardi taught us that feminism is for everyone

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Cardi won’t be ignored as a feminist. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

In an interview with Vice’s i-D, Cardi clapped back at people who say that she can’t be a feminist. ‘Being a feminist is such a great thing and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that. They think feminism is great and only a woman that can speak properly, that has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson … they think only Michelle Obama can be a feminist.’

But then she dropped her definition of what it means to be a feminist:

‘But being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. Anything a man can do, I can do. I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.’

When Cardi taught us to stay humble but remain hungry
The end of the year is a time for reflection, and shortly before the end of 2017, Cardi B posted a quick video thanking her fans. ‘I have a great support system and THAT’S YOU GUYS’ she wrote.

But before listing off everything that she was thankful for, Cardi began her video with some career guidance, ‘remain humble but stay hungry.’

If that’s Cardi B’s recipe for success, sign me up.

When Cardi taught us to not brag about being humble
Later, in 2018, Cardi B followed up her advice about being humble with an amendment: don’t brag about it.

‘If you say that you’re humble, you’re not humble. You gotta wait until somebody tells you that you’re humble.’


When Cardi taught us to only surround ourselves with genuine people
If there is one rule to assembling an all star squad, it’s pick your friends carefully. That’s what Cardi did. ‘The people that I work with and my friends, I’ve been around them for years. And you wanna know why? Because I know how to pick people. I know how to read people and their vibe. So when it comes to the industry, when people reach out to me and when they talk to me, I feel when they’re being genuine. And when they being fake, I feel the same shit too.’

And ultimately, Cardi advises, don’t waste your time with fake friends.

‘So here’s what I’m saying: save your time. Don’t reach out to me, don’t talk to me, don’t like my shit, don’t follow me, because I know when you’re being fake.’

Preach, Cardi. Preach.

How to take a good thirst trap
Listen, sometimes when you tryna get a boo, you resort to a time honored courting tradition: posting a thirst trap. But not all thirst traps are made equal. Fortunately, Cardi is here to help you.

In a video for New York Magazine’s The Cut, Cardi B drops some advice for how to take a good thirst trap. One of her tips: Don’t post to often.

‘Do much, but don’t do too much,’ she advises. Cardi’s recommended thirst trap posting schedule: ‘Every two weeks or once a week.’

When Cardi told us that you gotta switch it up sometimes:
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Really, this applies to literally anything and everything.

When Cardi taught us that she’s got our backs
Women all over the world have been cheering on Cardi and Cardi wants everyone to know, she is cheering on women too.

‘I’m going to encourage any type of woman. You don’t have to be a woman like me for me to encourage and support you and tell you, ‘yes bitch, keep on going.”

Then she gets angry and calls out some of her haters, but still! Cardi’s got your back!

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