Career Talk

/ 4 years ago /

 Article by Natasha Okeke

8 fire careers lessons we can learn from Beyoncé

This post is written by a member of the Debut Student Publisher Network. Read on for Tasha’s thoughts on careers lessons we can learn from Beyoncé: 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. She’s an artist, a mogul, a boss-ass b**** and an all-round inspiration. Here are some things we can learn from one and only Queen Bey on how we can further ourselves in our careers. Stay gracious, peeps.

1. Always be resilient, don’t give up on your dreams

careers lessons we can learn from Beyonce

23 years ago, a pint-sized Beyoncé was part of girl group Girls Tyme and competed in Star Search, a popular TV talent show. Later on, she would say that this was a a  ‘defining moment’ in her childhood. Why? Because Girls Tyme lost.

She learnt that “you could work super hard and give everything you have and lose.”

So, accept that part of the journey sometimes involves not winning. You’ll face rejection, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough.It just means that this particular winning title wasn’t the one meant for you.

2. Don’t limit yourself

careers lessons we can learn from beyonce

Beyoncé doesn’t sleep on the success of her previous albums. Every record she’s released has seen her pushing harder, innovating and setting the bar higher each time.

It’s for that very reason it makes the world go nuts every time she drops a bomb track.

3. Assert yourself

careers lessons we can learn from beyonce

When Beyoncé said“I’m not bossy. I’m the boss,” she taught us to not be afraid of labels. Don’t be afraid to be a leader in the fear of other people’s judgement when you know you’re capable of getting the job done. Be fearless.

4. Don’t be afraid, be a diva

careers lessons we can learn from beyonce

In her hit Diva, Queen Bey proclaims  ‘a diva is a female version of a hustler’. Be prepared to hustle in order to get what you want out of your career.

5. Believe in yourself even if no one else does

careers lessons we can learn from beyonce

After the disbandment of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé had trouble convincing executives at Columbia Records to release her debut album.

“In 2003, I had my first solo album. But when I played it through for my record label, they told me I didn’t have one hit on my album,” she recalled. “I guess they were kinda right. I had five.”

Which just goes to show, never doubt in your abilities and keep believing in your work even if no one else does!

6. Have an alter ego to channel in those moments for when you don’t feel confident

careers lessons we can learn from beyonce

You may be having a sucky day but you have to give a presentation and you’re just not feeling 100%. Beyoncé created her own alter ego, Sasha Fierce as a way to feel fearless and confident on stage when performing.

So, create your own Sasha Fierce to channel for those moments and the confidence within yourself will surely follow afterwards.

7. Be prepared to make sacrifices for the dream, it’s all a part of the process


Beyoncé  works tirelessly in order to reach her dreams, dedicating her whole life to her singing career. Whether it was going on the road to perform to attending a performing arts school to performing in the church choir, the artist sacrificed a normal childhood for her ambition.

As Bey shows us, we have to be fully invested to be the best at what we do. No pain, no gain.

8. Make your health a priority

careers lessons we can learn from beyonce

Beyoncé’s protegé, Sophie Beem revealed that Beyoncé’s best kept secret behind her killer performances is to run and sing on the treadmill daily. This apparently  builds your stamina so you’re able to sing and dance at the same time.

Having a healthy regime is a surefire way to enable you to be able to perform your best flawlessly. We’re not telling you to channel her Ivy Park line, but it probably wouldn’t hurt.

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