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The Bubble Gum Queen Taylor Swift's 5 Rules For Success

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Taylor Swift has been called a lot of things in her lifetime. Some people think she is a white Barbie doll, talent-less hack and Kanye West was right to interrupt her speech at the MTV VMAs, because she is only in the spotlight for her pale skin and model like appearance. Other people thing she is the goddess of singing and songwriting and wants to worship at her feet. One thing is for sure, Taylor Swift is above our opinions because in 2017, she had an estimated net-worth of 280 Million Dollars. When you have that much money other's people's opinions really don't matter.

Success can be defined as owning two Dassault private jets and Taylor Swift has them, so here are 5 Tips we can learn from the pop-country princess, Taylor Swift.

1. Move to Chase Your Dreams!

How many times do we hear about people moving to New York or LA in pursuit of fame and fortune? The reason for this is you can't fish where there is no fish. If you have a goal or a dream you have to go to where your dream can become reality. If you want to become a pilot you don't go to cooking school.  In order to achieve your dream you have to go to where the conditions are right. Phoenix, AZ is not the right place to be if you want to be a surf boarder. Knowing a flower needs the right conditions to bloom, Taylor Swift moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

"Being fearless isn't being 100 percent not fearful; it's being terrified but you jump anyway." -Taylor Swift

2. Become Famous Young!

There is nothing worse than pursuing your dreams your whole life and having them not come true. Honestly, this can't really happen. If you are pursuing your dreams they are bound to happen, but what often happens is people have a dream, but they take no action towards accomplishing those goals.  Taylor Swift was not someone who struggled for success. She was someone that just took her rightful place and that can be admired. She signed with the label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Taylor Swift was earning renown as a country music singer by the age of 16. Early hits like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" appealed to country and pop fans alike and helped fuel the multi-platinum success of her albums, including the Grammy-winning "Fearless" (2008).

A lot of people ask me, 'How did you have the courage to walk up to record labels when you were 12 or 13 and jump right into the music industry?' It's because I knew I could never feel the kind of rejection that I felt in middle school. Because in the music industry, if they're gonna say no to you, at least they're gonna be polite about it.” –Taylor Swift

3. Shake It Off!

Everyone in life has hatters. It doesn't matter if you are a celebrity, a teacher or just working in a factory, you have a few people talking junk about you behind your back. People gossip and spread rumors about everyone, which is why we should just shrug our shoulders. The bigger you are the bigger your hatters. Taylor Swift has had Katy Perry feuding with her. When "Bad Blood," the music video slamming Perry, was nominated for a 2015 VMA award, Minaj was upset that her video, "Anaconda “wasn’t, nor was "Feeling Myself," which she made with Beyoncé. Later, Minaj Tweeted,  "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."

"I never read one hateful thing said about me by some 12-year-old. So I got to live an actual life. And I've kept that mentality. Just because there's a hurricane going on around you doesn't mean you have to open the window and look at it." –Taylor Swift

4. Write Your Ideas Down!

Taylor Swift writes her own songs. She isn’t just some Disney Princess with no talent turning out something a record company wants. Most of her song ideas come from her dating life. Great writers say write what you know. Apart of being in the spotlight is having something to say and show once you are in that spotlight, which is why you need to be productive and documents your experiences, pain, joy and sorry, even when it seems like it might be unproductive to document such things. If you do not always carry pen and paper with you, you will lose some of your best lines for a song. With smart phones always in our pockets we have no excuse not to jot down the song lyrics we came up with on public transportation.

"Your feelings are important to write down, to capture, and to remember because today you're heartbroken, but tomorrow you'll be in love again.”- Taylor Swift

5. Be Kind!

Taylor Swift is easily one of the most likable and humble celebrities in Hollywood. She is rich, she is famous, she has classic high fashion model looks, and she is still sweet. Taylor Swift has been able to manage her music career with grace and class. When other celebrities have embarrassed her in front of millions of fans, she was able to handle those moments with a refined dignity. She even visits her fans in the hospital and has been known to perform private concerts for children with cancer.

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”-  Taylor Swift