Popular American singer Beyonce graced YouTube's "Dear Class of 2020" and shared some words of advice with the graduates.
YouTube's “Dear Class of 2020" is a virtual commencement celebration bringing together inspirational leaders, celebrities, and YouTube creators to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities.
Beyonce was one of the speakers who gave a speech at the event and she shared five profound things about her career and life in general as a black female musician.
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1. On attending college
I did not get to experience college like some of you, or the campus parties that left you struggling the next day in class, although that could have been fun. But my parents did teach me the value of education, how to be authentic in my actions, and how to celebrate individuality and the importance of investing in myself.
2. On building her own company as a black woman
There was a pivotal turning point in my life when I chose to build my own company many years ago. I had to trust that I was ready and that my parents and mentors provided me with the tools I needed to be successful, but that was terrifying. The entertainment business is still very sexist; it's still male-dominated, and as a woman, I did not see enough female role models given the opportunity to do what I knew I had to do.
To run my label and management company, to direct my films and produce my tours, that meant ownership. Owning my masters, owning my art, owning my future, and writing my own story. Not enough Black women had a seat at the table, so I had to go and chop that wood and build my own table. Then, I had to invite the best there was to have a seat.
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3. On the purpose of her art
One of the main purposes of my art for many years has been dedicated to showing the beauty of Black people to the world: Our history, our profundity, and the value of Black lives. I've tried my best to pull down the veil of appeasement to those who may feel uncomfortable with our excellence.
4. On the secret to her success
I'm often asked, 'what's your secret to success?'. The shorter answer: Put in that work. There may be more failures than victories. Yes, I've been blessed to have 24 Grammys, but I've lost 46 times. That meant rejection 46 times. Please don't ever feel entitled to win; just keep working harder. Surrender to the cards you are dealt with. It's from that surrender that you get your power. Losing can be the best motivator to get your bigger wins, so don't ever compare yourself to anyone else. There will be wins and losses, there will be tears and laughter. You'll feel the shades of life deeply.
5. On how she found her true self
Now with success comes challenges. With your wins, you may notice people spending a lot of energy trying to tear you down. Try not to take it personally. Unfortunately, it's something that comes along with success. Whenever you feel like you're not in control, or the world is against you, let that vulnerability motivate you into greatness. That's how I found my true self. I remain a work in progress, and that's the beauty of growth. I've been happiest when I let go and allow life to show me the next move. When you bet on yourself, you're making an investment into your own future. When you choose to spend your valuable time thinking, speaking typing negative thoughts, you're investing in something that will give you absolutely no return on your investment.
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