Fact: Beyonce is most definitely the Queen Bee (Bey).
If you don’t agree then just leave this post now.
Well, not really.
Even if you’re not her biggest fan or a fan at all, you have to agree that she’s earned some respect.
This lady plays by her own rules. She does what she wants and nothing else. She stands for positivity, helping others, feminism, among other things. And MILLIONS of people all over the world love her.
Besides that though, I’ve learned three key things that can be applied not only to your life but your business as well.
1. Stop doing what everyone else is doing
When Beyonce dropped her self-titled album in 2013, she didn’t even tell anybody. There was no release date, no pre-orders, no marketing campaigns, there wasn’t even an album cover! Not only that but she included a music video for every single song on it for free. Who the hell does that? Beyonce. And nowadays, more and more people are doing the “surprise album release” (Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, and Drake now among them).
It’s not about following conventional methods anymore. It’s about staying ahead of the curve, being unique, and surprising your fans along the way.
2. Stand up for what you believe in and share it with the world
I have a Beyonce shirt that just says “Flawless” on the front of it. Anyone that sees that shirt and doesn’t know about Beyonce (*gasp*) probably thinks I’m just conceited. The song “Flawless” is about feminism. She even samples part of a TEDtalk given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about feminism.
Beyonce has been vocal about her views on equality and empowerment for women. It’s been a theme since day 1 (“Independent Women” anyone??). It’s not only empowering but inspiring and she has become a true leader of the modern-day generation of women. Things like this make you feel good and keep coming back for more.
3. To be the best you have to work harder than everyone else
Beyonce is a powerhouse of a person. She was the highest paid woman in music in 2014. And she works hard. Like all the time. She is constantly working and reworking her acts. She watches every performance she does and still looks for improvement. And it’s showing. I missed out on the chance to see her show on her “On The Run” tour and I regret it everyday. I watched her Paris taping from that tour on HBO and it did not disappoint. I probably would’ve cried had I seen the live show.
She strives everyday to give her fans the best experience possible and works endlessly to perfect her craft. And it’s not just an occasional thing. It’s a consistent, day in and day out practice.
Remember, you have the same 24 hours as Beyonce.
P.S. One of my current favorite up-and-comers right now is a lady named Kehlani. She embodies these same exact ideals and is only 20-years-old. She is an R&B singer and is currently on tour. I had the opportunity to see her Portland show last weekend and it didn't disappoint. Check her out and give her a listen. :)