Twas the night of April 14, 2018. Weekend one of Coachella was coming to a close, but the biggest festival of the year was not going to end without it’s biggest and most headline-worthy artist of the night. I was getting comfortable on my bed, with fluffy pillows propping me up, plenty of snacks and my laptop open and streaming the festival. Of course like me and most of social media, we were desperately waiting for the performer before to finish their set. Then finally, those very words that the announcer spoke.
“Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to Beyoncé’s Homecoming 2018.”
And from then on, I knew I was watching probably the best concert I’ve ever seen in my life. The wardrobe, the choreography, the HBCU theme, not to mention the Destiny’s Child reunion that made me scream at the top of my lungs. With everything that Beyoncé accomplished with her Coachella performance, which was later displayed on a groundbreaking Netflix documentary, I knew from then on that not only were we never going to have an icon like Beyoncé, but we were not going to have someone who’s on the same level as she is when it comes to taking full control of her destiny.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas. If you have been following her journey since her Destiny’s Child days, then onto the breakout solo single with “Crazy in Love”, and then millions of records sold and many awards later, then you can agree that Beyoncé is no doubt the most powerful woman in music. Sure she has a team behind her supporting her through the way, but Beyoncé didn’t secure her elite title with someone on the other side controlling her destiny for her. Throughout the years, we’ve witnessed Beyoncé take her career in her own hands. She’s even documented it in several specials such as Year of Four (2011), Life Is But a Dream (2013), and her newest Netflix doc Homecoming (2019). Beyoncé has worked her share of extra long hours to make sure stage lighting, LED lights, instruments, choreography, music videos, wardrobe & her team were all on the right track.
Hey, a net worth of $355 million (and over $1 billion when put together with husband Jay Z’s billion-dollar fortune) just didn’t come as a handout to her. Serious dedication and devotion to her career has led her to live a beautiful life. Many have referred to Beyoncé as a “perfectionist” and “involved in every aspect of her career“. I cannot find a single lie in those statements. She even went on to become the founder of Parkwood Entertainment, her own management and entertainment company that produces her music videos and films. This puts Beyoncé in total control of her vision. Even Solange finds her big sister’s work ethic “mind-boggling“.
Beyoncé has won a total of 478 awards throughout her career, both music and theatrical. All six of her solo studio albums has gone #1 in the U.S. and she has sold a whopping total of 17.2 million albums as a solo artist. She has received the Top Certified Artist recognition by The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and her self-titled and fifth studio album Beyoncé became the fastest selling album in iTunes history worldwide.
Now, I don’t know about you but, if Beyoncé’s work ethic and career isn’t goals then I don’t know what is exactly. As a fan of hers since the Dangerously in Love era, I’ve always followed her journey and devoted time into watching her documentaries. I was just so inspired to see how Beyoncé took everything into her own hands and wasn’t afraid to really be a leader or a boss. If something didn’t feel right about her stage setups, then you would really see her respectfully yet sternly, let her team know how she wants it done, or how she envisions it.
So what exactly can you take away from Beyoncé’s astounding and unmatched work ethic? Well, why not just incorporate it into your own career, business or company. Enter the famous tagline that you’ve probably seen on a t-shirt or mug (and someone’s actual published book title) WWBD, or “What Would Beyoncé Do?”. Whatever you spend hours fantasizing about, it doesn’t have to be a fantasy. You could actually spend those same hours putting in the work towards your dream company or life. It’s a lot easier said than done though. Beyoncé of course works more hours than the typical 9-5 job. That’s because she analyzes and focuses on every single detail of her projects.
“I respect things that take work. I respect things. I build from the ground up. I’m super specific about every detail. I personally selected each dancer. Every light. The material on the steps. The height of the pyramid. The shape of the pyramid. Every patch was hand sewn. Every tiny detail had an intention.”
What if you focused on every single detail on, let’s say, a business. That one business idea that’s been stuck to your brain for quite some time now. In order to make whatever your business or company idea is come to life, you have to let it consume a good chunk of your life. Of course I’m not trying to make a business sound like some scary horror movie monster (though sometimes it seems like it), but if you do indeed want it to be that monster, you’ve got to feed it around the clock so it can grow like one. To build a business or career around the clock takes sacrifice. In Homecoming, Beyoncé shares her ultimate sacrifices:
“In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms and just internally my body was not connected. My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children. What people don’t see is the sacrifice. I was dancing [and would] go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies. And the days I could I would bring the children.”
Not only did she sacrifice time being a mother, but she took away the foods that she normally loved to eat in order to build and strengthen herself back up. Seeing reports of Beyoncé’s (and Jay-Z’s) vegan diet challenge to fans and a partnership with her trainer Marco Borges and his 22 Days Nutrition program back in late 2018/early 2019 all makes sense now:
“It’s my first time back home on the stage after giving birth. I’m creating my own homecoming—and it’s hard. There were days that I thought, you know, I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically. My strength and endurance would never be the same…and that’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself.”
“In order for me to meet my goal, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol…”
Though the work ethic of Queen Bey is mighty intense yet inspiring, be sure to remember that your health (both mentally and physically) comes first. Drink plenty of water, use the bathroom, get regular check-ups, get enough sleep, make time for family and friends, exercise and eat healthy and organic. Oh, you don’t think Beyoncé does any of these? She may be filled with superior talent and determination, but she’s still human at the end of the day.
With that being said though, when it comes to business moves and work ethic, Beyoncé’ is my #1 go-to inspiration. Homecoming was not only a dream-come-true to watch and experience as it happened, but it can be seen as a wake up call for all creatives or entrepreneurs out there. If you want to see beautiful results don’t wait around for someone to do it for you. Take total control of every aspect of your career. Fight for it if you have to.