Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Beyoncé is a force of nature. Who else but Queen Bey could show up, unannounced, on Lip Sync Battle, for all of 10 seconds and set the internet ablaze? Come to think of it, I had a feeling Beyoncé had something up her sleeve when she turned up on Lip Sync Battle. And she did. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you know that she dropped a new song, Formation, on February 6th, the day before her Super Bowl 50 halftime appearance, and then announced her 2016 tour during the Super Bowl, one of the most watched events world wide. Nobody does it quite like Bey. Now, I’m not a member of the Beyhive (what Beyoncé’s legions of most devout, loyal fans call themselves), but I do believe Beyoncé is a smart business woman, dropping gems a lot of us could learn. Here are 5 things we can learn from Beyoncé:
1. Stay Ready So You Don’t Have To Get Ready:
As I said before, Beyoncé dropped her new single just before Super Bowl 50 and capitalized on her Super Bowl appearance to announce her 2016 tour. Now, when the Super Bowl halftime show was first announced, Queen Bey wasn’t on the roster. She was added later. For most artists, the Super Bowl would’ve been just a great opportunity. For Bey, it was all business. Had she not had all her ducks in a row (new music, complete with video plus tour dates) before the Super Bowl, that performance would’ve been it. But because Beyoncé was ready, she maximized on her opportunity, bringing attention to her new music and announcing her new tour to the millions watching world wide. Genius.
Lesson Learned: When opportunity presents itself, if you’re already prepared, you’ll be able to capitalize on and make the most of that opportunity.
2. Use Your Platform for A Cause Greater Than You:
It’s no secret that race relations in the US aren’t the best. In her video Formation, Beyoncé uses her celebrity platform to bring attention to this important issue.
Lesson Learned: We may not be Beyoncé, but each of us has a voice and a platform. Don’t be afraid to use it to bring about positive change to a cause greater than yourself.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Your Mind:
As stated above, Beyoncé chose to use her video to address race issues. And talking about race tends to be unpopular because it usually makes people uncomfortable. But clearly, Beyoncé didn’t care. She spoke her mind about how she felt about this issue because it’s important to her.
Lesson Learned: Don’t be afraid to speak your mind about issues and things that are important to you, even if they’re not popular. You owe it to yourself to be true to yourself.
4. The Key To Longevity Is Excellence:
Whether you like Beyoncé or not, one thing you can’t deny is her excellence. Really. She’s flawless (no pun intended). From her appearance, to her performing, she is always at the top of her game. Always. Even her 10 second appearance on Lip Sync Battle was perfection. And even though she’s been in the music game since she was 16, she’s still at the top of her game with no signs of slowing down. Her commitment to being excellent has everything to do with her longevity.
Lesson Learned: When you strive for excellence in what you do, you tend to rise to the top and stay there.
5. Celebrate Yourself:
Beyoncé’s newest song, Formation, is an unapologetic celebration of who she is: a black woman with Alabama and Creole roots. And she’s damn proud about it, too.
Lesson Learned: Love yourself. Celebrate yourself. Be proud of who you are and own it. Fiercely.