It is hard to ignore the overwhelming presence of Taylor Swift this year. She made a name for herself in a new music genre, she overcame huge obstacles in her career, and she did it all while maintaining a positive image and attitude. She made changes in her career that we should adapt for ourselves in the workplace. And no, it is not about wearing sparkles and posting Instagram photos of your cat.
Be fearless: Did you ever have a great idea, but you were too nervous to pitch it in your weekly meeting? Take a chance. The worst that can happen is that you will get constructive criticism that will help you grow in the long run. Taylor decided to stand up to Apple Music this year because she believed that they were harming smaller artists with their new steaming option. Although this could have backfired on her, it ended up bringing up an important talk about how streaming music has changed the industry. Now she is working closely with Apple Music and created a strong professional relationship.
She was brave enough to voice her honest thoughts, and I think that is something we should all bring to the workplace. If you have something important to say, or an idea that can benefit others, don’t be afraid to make a change. Being fearless will help you stand out and take you further in your career.
Shake it off: Having a bad day? Did you get some disappointing feedback from your boss? Don’t dwell on it. Instead, take what you heard and turn it into a learning opportunity. It can be easy to feel down after a rough day, but it is important to remember that tomorrow is another day full of potential.
Taylor was criticized for completely transforming into a pop singer instead of sticking with her country roots. Instead of letting that affect her, she came out with one of the largest and well-known concert tours of the year. It is possible to shake off the bad feedback and bounce back even stronger.
Be yourself: This may not seem like an important part of your work life, but it will make all the difference in your happiness at work. If you are coming across as a different person than you actually are, people will treat you differently. I believe that once you show who you really are through your work and with your coworkers, it makes all the difference.
Taylor, as I am as well, is a cat loving, grandma at heart that loves to have fun with her friends. She showed the world who she really was, and that has brought her more success in her career than anything else in the past. Don’t be afraid to show your coworkers who you really are, and from there you will find yourself more comfortable in your own skin. Confidence is important in any industry, and as Taylor says, “Just be yourself, there is no one better.”