Life Lessons from Taylor Swift

Posted November 5, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

The Huffington Post, in honor of her album dropping last week, published “10 Life Lessons from Taylor Swift.” Objectively, Ms. Swift has the life experience of an 8th grader, and the emotional intelligence to go with it. But every now and again, she hits the nail on the head. That’s why her songs are so popular. Because we all know what it’s like to think we’re “never, ever, ever getting back together.” And we all hope that we have a guy in our life who makes us feel like “you’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess.”

But one of Huffington Posts’s “Life Lessons” stood out in general, and it’s one of the reasons I admire the young Ms. Swift.

If A Relationship Isn’t Working, End It
“I’ve learned when to get out. I’ve never wasted too much time with the wrong person and that’s one thing I’m proud of,” she told Cosmopolitan.
The thing I love about this is that it’s both a “Life Lesson” and one of the things she’s most criticized for. Taylor is often criticized for moving from man to man. But instead, let’s applaud her for that. She’s checking them off the list. She’s realizing what doesn’t work for her, an important step to getting to what (and who) does work.
So let’s all take a few life lessons from Ms. Swift, this one being the most important. Whether it be an employer relationship, a friendship, a romantic relationship, or something else entirely. If it isn’t working, end it.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."