“I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.”
Taylor Swift, in my opinion, gracefully accepted album of the year award for her 1989 album this past February at the Grammy Awards (Yes, I know the buzz over this topic is over but I still have all the feels for this). The controversy over what she stated in her speech, who that speech was really about, and why she even won that award in the first place took up majority of the headlines post-show.
However, if you ignore what she was wearing, her performance, who should or shouldn’t have gotten the ‘Album of the Year’ award, and actually listened to what she said you would realize that we should (whether you like her music or not) be listening to Taylor Swift’s advice, rather than figuring out who she was talking about.
“As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammy’s twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,”
“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going. You’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
An amazing closing to (in my opinion) a much deserved win, because let’s face it-she put in the work to make that album what it was. She created that music, the vision, the outcome.
Swift of course had her squad behind her for support, but she did not let anyone sidetrack her from becoming the success that she is today.
And, neither should you. Take Swift’s speech, and apply it in your own life. You’ll find that only magic can come of the following;
Advocate for yourself.
Did your boss, professor, colleagues, or whomever try to dismiss a really great idea? Maybe they completely took credit for your flawless presentation at work. Maybe they stole the show and told you someone else should have your job.
Well, now it’s time to stand up for yourself.
You deserve the spotlight every now and then for the hard work that you put into your work. Advocate for yourself, don’t let that spotlight shine on that one guy in the group project who did nothing but get’s the A.
Don’t let them get in your head.
Like T. Swift has obviously experienced, there will be sh*t talkers, probably a lot of them.
They will tell you what you should or should not be doing, that you’re not good enough, that your work is not up to their standards.
Take it with grace.
Then, go work your a** off some more, and prove it to yourself that you are better than the sh*t talkers who do just that-talk.
Stay true to yourself.
Through it all-whatever you are working hard for, don’t forget to stay true to what you believe in.
They’ll try to sway your opinion, tell you to do X instead of Z, criticize you-but don’t let that stop you from being you.
You have a goal or a dream that you wish to accomplish, so do it. Go for it. It may not be as large scale as winning album of the year, but that doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that you do it, no matter how many people try to push you off course. Stay true to your goals, and you will succeed.
The one’s who support you, they’ll understand the blood, sweat, and tears that you’ve put into your work. And, just like Tay says-that’s what matters.
Those are the people that will matter, and will be there cheering for you at the end. So, remember who you are through it all, remember who stuck by you even if your ideas sounded insane, and forget about the one’s who tried to derail you from your success.
Take Taylor Swift’s advice. Change career roles, dye your hair flaming red, eat that chocolate cake-but don’t let anyone step in your way while doing it.
Own your experiences, own your choices, and own your success.
Because ultimately, they are yours to keep.