We all know what an AMAZING, talented, beautiful and creative entertainer, powerhouse and overall #boss Beyonce is (and if you don't know, now you do). But, beyond admiring her music and cheering her on for every accomplishment, you probably have never given much thought into how her career path can give some serious insight into your own! Over the past 20 years, Beyonce has managed to create her own signature style of music, eliminate any and all competition, keep her audience on their toes, set marketing and fashion trends and maintain a level of authenticity and class throughout everything she does.
While it may be tempting to think that there's nothing to learn from Beyonce if your goal isn't to be the baddest chick in the music game, I challenge you to read on. Whether you're a die hard Bey-hive member or not (if you're not, I won't hold it against you), here are 4 things we can all learn from Queen Bey:
Focus on we. While it is very important to make sure you are excelling in your career and letting our boss know just how awesome you are every step of the way, it is equally important to build a team around you that supports your career and whose career you support as well. The road to career success is paved with meaningful relationships. The more you build others up, the more you grow.
Give it your all. No matter how many Beyonce concerts I've been to (4 and counting), I am always amazed at how big of a production each one of them is. When you buy your ticket, you know that you're going to get a great show, but once you're on the inside and the show is in full swing, you see a woman who gives 110% for each and every song - all while wearing a fabulous ensemble complete with high heels and a waist length lace-front. This should be the goal for your career! No, I'm not telling you to wear a sequined body suit to work tomorrow, but give it your all ALL DAY, EVERYDAY! No half stepping when you get to work.
Be consistent. Concert after concert. Tour after tour. Album after album. We have all come to expect a certain level of content from Beyonce. This should be the approach you take to your own career. Everything that has your name on it or that you are part of should be taken extremely seriously no matter how small or large it is. Your goal should be to produce a top notch deliverable every chance you get.
OBLITERATE the competition (and naysayers). The biggest lesson I've learned from Beyonce is that THERE IS NO COMPETITION. There have been many girl groups and solo acts that have come and gone over the years, but what continues to make Beyonce a standout is that she has recognized her unique place in the world, plays to her strengths and remains true to herself - no matter what any one else has to say about it. The moment you are clear on your career goals and what strengths you bring to the table, you will see how much you will stand out at work. As you focus on what you have to offer in your own unique way, you will realize there is actually no competition.