Lady Gaga has a lot to teach us entrepreneurs. Sure, maybe it’s more conventional to turn to a business coach or the startup section of Barnes and Noble, but this pop culture icon shares many lessons beyond avoiding a bad romance. Here are the top 5 ways that Lady Gaga might just be our next entrepreneurial role model.
1. Be bold. Lady Gaga takes complete ownership of who she is. She doesn’t apologize for her out-of-the-box thinking, for the unconventional way she expresses herself, for the choices she makes. When I think Lady Gaga, I think CONFIDENCE. When it comes to being a successful entrepreneur, it is all about confident, believing in yourself, and what you have to offer.
2. Take risks. While many of us do anything we can to feel safe, comfortable and in control, the biggest opportunities for growth come from those moments that feel uncertain and insecure. Risk-taking is like any other skill and the more you exercise your muscle, the easier it becomes. Seek out opportunities that make you feel uncomfortable.
3. Make a statement. You want people to remember you and your business and in order for this to happen, you need to stand out and do something remarkable. What can you do in your business to separate yourself from the other people in your industry? I think anyone that has seen Lady Gaga in her Telephone video will remember her clad in yellow tape and nothing else. Sure, everyone might not be your fan, but that’s okay. Because lots of people still will be, and you’ll be sharing your gifts with the world.
4. Conformity isn’t cool. While playing by the rules may feel safe, it’s not going to get you very far. The people who succeed the most are the ones who break the rules, challenge the norm, and go off the beaten path.
5. Don’t let anything stop you. Lady Gaga started out like many musicians, playing at local bars and pubs, and simply trying to get her name out there. It was her persistence and unwavering faith in herself and her talents that transformed her from Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to the Lady Gaga she is today.
Jordana Jaffe created Embarkability to empower and teach women in their 20’s how to start their own successful businesses. Having launched her first business at 24 years old – without knowing the first thing about entrepreneurship – to being the founder of a succesful business featured on NBC, in Women’s Health, People StyleWatch and the New York Daily News, within only a few years, Jordana realized that success is YOURS for the taking, regardless of age or background. She believes in educating young women on the possibility of entrepreneurship and has since commited herself to helping young women create the businesses of their dreams before their 30th birthdays.