Dec 28, 2016 10:49 AM EST

The 5 Life And Career Lessons We Can Learn From Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is one of the most successful artists in the music industry, and her influence can be felt all over the world. While some people may have laughed about her relationship problems, it’s undeniable that her song writing skills, her attitude, and her ability to connect with her audience have all contributed to her success, and many people can learn a thing a two on how to succeed in life and work from the “Shake It Off” hitmaker.

Here are the five life and career lessons that we can learn from Taylor Swift.

Start early

Taylor Swift started her career at an early age. Fans know how she learned to play the guitar from a man who came to her house to fix her computer. She started writing songs and released her first single at the age of 17, and a year later, she earned her first number one single.

Many young people have been inspired because of Taylor Swift’s success, but even older people can take a few cues from her. No matter what age you are, don’t be afraid to learn a new skill. There’s no such thing as being too old to learn—one only needs to ask for help and be open to learning.

Don’t be afraid to make the switch

Taylor Swift was first known as the princess of country music, but the singer completely switched to pop music with the release of her 2014 album, “1989.” The risk definitely paid off as it won the Grammy Award for Album of The Year and received positive reviews from critics and fans alike.

Sometimes, a change of pace may be needed to put the life back into one’s career. Find out what needs to be done, do some research, and make the switch. You might be surprised at what happens right after.

Be nice

Nice girls don’t always finish last, as proven by Taylor Swift. The singer is known to be genuinely nice to her fans and her followers, and as a result, her millions of Swifties around the world are fiercely loyal to the 27-year-old.

If you’re a leader or a supervisor, remember that nothing will be gained by being unpleasant to your team. Treating your team and co-workers well, and being respectful and pleasant to be around with will always benefit a lot of people, including yourself, in the workplace.

Go the extra mile

Taylor Swift makes it a point to interact with her fans on social media, but the singer is also known to go the extra mile to connect with her fans. Recently, the singer surprised her oldest fan, 96-year-old WWII veteran Cyrus Porter, for Christmas by showing up at his home and performing “Shake It Off” for him and his relatives. Such acts are not uncommon for the singer, as she has surprised many fans by showing up at their weddings, birthdays, and even on ordinary days just to make them happy.

Career people can be successful if they go the extra mile at work. Taking some time to make a presentation better, or thinking of ways to contribute more to the team are just some ways that one can make that extra step towards success.

Speak up

Taylor Swift may be America’s Sweetheart, but she certainly is not afraid to speak up when she needs to do so. From her last year’s criticism of Apple’s policy for not paying royalties on trials of its new streaming service to the whole drama involving Kanye West and Kim Kardashian this year, the singer makes her voice heard when it matters.

In life or at work, it is important to speak up when the need arises. Don’t be a bystander when you see that something wrong is being done, and never let someone walk all over you as ou have every right to be heard.

For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s list of life and career lessons that we can all learn from “Suits.”

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