Succeeding On Your Own Terms and ‘How To’ Avoid Being Kanye’d

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Acceptance speeches. Generally as long as the bible and with enough people thanked and mentioned to fill a palace. Credit where credit is due, these speeches are extremely heart felt, genuine and allow those behind the scenes of others public success stories to be acknowledged and applauded. Acceptance speeches from those who are in the public eye can also be used as a platform for free speech and are an amazing opportunity to influence the millions listening in a way they feel is both positive and important.

Last week the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held to recognise and congratulate the best in the biz, the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligible year. Safe to say there were a few eyebrow raising moments, furrowed brows at unexpected voting outcomes and questionable outfit choices however one moment in particular has resonated with me and is something I believe that we can all learn and take some shining positives from. I’m talking about the knock out acceptance speech from Miss Taylor Swift who upon accepting her award for Album of the Year, stood her ground fiercely in response to a rather uncomfortable situation conceived by a fellow recording artist.

”As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys 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 side track you, someday, when you get to where you are going you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.’’

If you missed the media melt down which began this not so happy series of events, Swifts Grammy speech was seen as a direct response to the lyrics within a freshly released Kanye West track in which he suggested that they both would one day have sex and also claimed he was the reason behind her successful career, I quote ‘I feel like me an Taylor might still have sex, why? I made that bitch famous, god damn, I made that bitch famous’…erm…yea…awkward.

Swifts statement was powerful, inspiring and thought provoking and is something I think we can all learn from.

As an Executive Assistant looking back on my beginner days, I have had many experiences where others have attempted to take credit for the journey I have been on in my career, the progression I have made in becoming the best I can possibly be and for the skills I have acquired. I have before been made to feel that it was someone else who put me where I was at that point in time and that without them I would not have made it that far. Wrong!

Contrary to popular belief among those who have not had direct dealings with a Personal or Executive Assistant or even anyone within an administration role, our job is not a walk in the park and to achieve a milestone within our careers is as much of a celebratory event as anyone else. The one rule for success…believe in yourself! Work your socks off, set your goals no matter how high they are and do not let anyone side track you from those goals. It is you alone who can ace that impossible interview, it is you alone that can expand your knowledge and skill set and it is you alone who can get to where you want to be. Don’t get me wrong, colleagues who are supportive will be your professional rock when you need them but to be successful, only you can make that happen.

Lot’s of love,

Jess x