So Beyonce dropped her latest album, Beyonce, out of nowhere with no promotion or warning last Friday and had the world and all social media outlets falling out on the floor in surprise, over stimulation and glee. Haters were going crazy, the Bey hive was going bananas and those indifferent to her remained indifferent. I used to be a Beyonce fan, not a die hard but a fan none the less. Crazy In Love, is still one of my all time favorite albums to date. She lost me after B Day because I just wasn't feelin any of her projects after it but I gave this album a listen and bought it. I really like it and the videos are an artistic adventure of masterpieces. I think this project was well thought out and well executed. There are two big things that I took away from this project. 1) Embrace your femininity and the fact that you are a sexual creature. 2) Hard work and the right team behind you pays off. This post is going to discuss take away number two and I will talk about the other in a separate post.
In order to create a nice body of work, in this case 14 songs and 17 videos, you have to work. You have to work hard and you have to work smart. Though I am not Beyonce crazed, I have always respected and been inspired by her grind. Before this album I wasn't sure how artistic she was but I always knew that what she lacked in creativity and artistic ability (not to be confused with her ability to sing very well), she made up for in cold, hard work. She's worked hard in that being in her field, she's kept her body and image to be what she's selling and she's always on tour all over the WORLD singing and performing her heart out. She's worked so hard, she had the honor of performing the half time for this year's Super Bowl. She's constantly involved in something and shared that she works too hard sometimes and doesn't know how to turn it off. She's worked smart in that she has an excellent team around her, what she may not know or isn't able to do, please believe someone else in her camp does. This is great inspiration for those following their dreams. You can't just rely on your talent alone, you need drive and savvy too and if you don't know something then you need to learn about it or meet people who do.
Outside of how you feel about her, find inspiration in the work ethic. She's living proof that if you work your butt off for what you truly want, dream about and have a passion for and you surround yourself with the right people, you can make it happen for yourself too. Even she had to start somewhere, she wasn't a star overnight. Be inspired by her, respect the process but don't covet her or try to copy her process. Her process was only successful because she DIDN'T do what everyone else was doing. She's done what worked for her and rather any of us like what's working for her, there's still a lesson in that. Do what works for you, have the passion and drive, do the work and it will come together. It's when you start trying to mimic someone else's plan that things get derailed because everyone's journey is different and what's for you and how you get to it is for you. Though it may not always seem like it, she is a human like everyone else, she just has an amazing team that can make her seem super human. She's an example that it's possible. I think it's comforting to know that if she didn't, she'd be an everyday person like all the rest of us. So if you have big dreams, work hard and smart and create your "dream team"; surround yourself with people who support what you're trying to do and stay true to your process/journey, don't copy- it rarely works. If you want to be the next fitness advocate on a global level, build your team! When you have passion, hunger and drive, the tools and people you need for your interpretation for success will show up but you have to have your mind right so that you can identify them.
As we close out this year, really take stock of it for a few minutes. Do you like how it went? Do you feel you accomplished the things that you wanted to? Contemplate your responses over these questions. If you didn't like how the year went, then it's time to evaluate things, hold yourself accountable where necessary and brainstorm steps to make 2014 a year that you are satisfied with. Start drafting up your "dream team". Maybe that team is a new club you join so you can further network and learn from people or maybe it's your family and friends. Beyonce has the same 24 hours that everyone else does, be inspired by how she's maximized hers and get to maximizing yours in a way that will work for you! Remember, you are only one person so if you can't do it all, enlist your dream team members for some support!
How do you like Beyonce's new album? Did you take anything away from it? Are you satisfied with how 2013 went for you? What will you do to maximize 2014?
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