3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Taylor Swift at the 2014 Grammys
How swift was that? The 56th annual Grammys seemed to happen so fast, yet I couldn’t still forget how Taylor Swift rocked the night away. I’m not an avid fan neither a hater – but her music somehow inspires me personally. It was just personal until I read a lot of news about her manners during the event. I missed the whole show! So, knowing that the internet is the only possible way for me to watch it (or at least know the winners), I turned to my Twitter. And yes, there was Taylor Swift all over it, plus Madonna and the other showstoppers. Don’t get me wrong; it’s actually a positive thing – I realized that professionals can learn something from the news about Taylor Swift’s behavior at the Grammys. I was able to come up with three, read on:
1. Always be prepared for the worst.
Taylor Swift’s album ‘Red’ was nominated for the Album of the Year award and was competing against Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. When the presenter was about to announce the winner, which is Daft Punk’s album ‘Random Access Memories,’ cameras caught Taylor and her team’s reactions. Their surprised faces were priceless – they probably thought the presenter would say ‘Red’ (the winning album also started with an ‘R’), but that didn’t happen. Well, that’s okay. In our professional lives, the world isn’t always in our favor – we go up, we go down, we go in different directions. The best thing we can do is to be prepared, especially for the worst. And when that happens, let’s do our best to get over it – just like what Taylor also did at the Grammys.
2. Dance that shock away!
Taylor was nominated for 4 awards, but didn’t win any. That may seem to be a bit upsetting, but I didn’t see that on the news. I saw her dancing moments instead. If the same professional experience happens to you, what would you do? No, you don’t let yourself down – you should steal the show. Even though Taylor is already known for being that dancing girl on awards nights, I still think that at the 2014 Grammys, it was something she did to show everyone that she wasn’t affected at all.
3. Do what you love and do it at your best.
While doing so, you also have to prepare yourself of the consequences. Taylor Swift performed her latest single “All Too Well” at the 2014 Grammys and it formed mixed responses from a lot of online communities. Taylor did a few ‘heavy’ head bangs in her performance while singing and playing the piano. Some found it funny and inappropriate; others think it was just superb. Personally, I think it was a great performance – there were enough emotion and she really did justice to it. It just showed how passionate she is as a singer, meaning, she absolutely loves what she does and she does it at her best. As a professional, I think it should be an inspiration. Doing what you love will eventually pay off and become ‘all too well’ until you succeed. The consequences can make you even better. Knowing Taylor’s personality, I think she would also laugh about it and ignore what others have to say.
Professionals can continue learning lessons from remarkable companies out there, but we should still take into consideration how the successful individuals also do it. See the good, amazing things people do and bring it to your life – positivity at its best.