Queen Latifah recently sat down with Parade magazine and shared what she wants to achieve in the future.
She told the mag that in 10 years, she hopes to be “on cruise control, with a couple of kids under my belt.” Is she making a move in that direction? “It’s in the Lord’s hands,” she says.
Meanwhile, her overarching goal right now “is just to enjoy life more. I work a lot. I want to make sure I’m living life to the fullest and checking in with me.”
She also shared some insights about some of the lessons life has already taught her:
FAMILY VALUES HUSTLE = SUCCESS
Latifah took her early cues as a businesswoman from her family.
“My grandfather owned a hardware store in Newark,” she says. “Just seeing him become successful and how it became a family business was always interesting to me. And if my brother and I wanted money in our pockets, we had to get jobs–my first was at 15, at Burger King. We had to come up with ways to create an income.”
She avoided the routes that some neighborhood kids took.
“Unfortunately, some of the brightest minds use that hustler spirit and apply it to becoming drug dealers,” she says. “I didn’t want to be that person. It wasn’t a positive way to make money, and we all knew that it led to death or jail.”