Monday, August 1, 2016

Upgrade U: 4 Quick Life Lessons from Beyoncé's Fast Company profile

It's no secret that I love Beyoncé. The "Formation" singer is just goals af. She's talented, beautiful and from what I hear - super humble about her massive success, what's not to love?

The July/August issue of Fast Company was such a pleasure to read.

The magazine dove deep into Mrs. Carter's glo'up game and there was much I learned from reading the article.

Okay ladies now let's get in formation and check out the 4 nuggets I found interesting from the piece:

Own your narrative

Who could forget the infamous elevator incident from two years ago? Where Solange was seen on video kicking and punching her brother-in-law Jay Z? Yikes!

 Fast forward to today and  Beyoncé turned lemons into sweet lemonade by turning that PR nightmare into material for latest album. While we are still trying to figure out who Becky with the Good Hair is Bey is laughing all the way to the bank. Fast Company notes "the effect has been to reclaim all that bad press and retroactively use it as part of the album's narrative." Our failures and mistakes don't define us, it's how we bounce back that really matters.

Take risks with discipline

Tennis rock star Serena Williams once said "daring is taking a chance but not doing it blindly. A very calculated chance. Think of amazing women like Sheryl Sandberg and Oprah Winfrey- they're daring but they're not jumping off a bridge without building a parachute, you know? You have to be smart about it." Dope advice. Even though Beyoncé has a vested interest in Tidal - she took the risk of releasing it only as an exclusive and but shortly thereafter it was viable on iTunes and Amazon. Genius. The author of the piece J.J writes "you don't have to disrupt everything to be disruptive." Noted.

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Planning is key
Major key - "taking big leaps isn't just about guts: it also requires careful planning". JJ hit the nail on the head with that quote. To get massive success a la Beyoncé and them, you have to be in it for the long haul and plan everything meticulously from the very start.

Make sure to read the full article here, there's so many more gems in there. I promise you will learn a thing or two from the piece!

What lesson resonates with you the most?

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