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The Night I Spent With Taylor Swift!

Jordana Jaffe portrait 052112A few weeks ago, I went to a a Taylor Swift concert for my birthday. Actually, I really went because I thought it was an Ed Sheeran concert, but it just so happened that he was opening for the Taylor Swift Red Tour. The concert was wild – it was at the MetLife Stadium in Jersey and packed with 55,000 people, 50,000 of them probably girls between 8-13 years old.

Before I knew that Taylor Swift was headlining, my expectation was that it would be a relaxing summer night, with soothing music, outside under the stars. Even once I found out that Taylor was the main show, I really had no idea what I was in for.

Well apparently this girl is chock full of some serious life and business lessons. I legitimately was taking notes in my phone during the concert (pinky swear – first thought was – I must write about this in an upcoming blog post).

Here’s what the 23-year-old Ms. Taylor Swift (with a net worth of over $100 million) taught me that breezy midsummer night. Listen up loves – this girl is one smart cookie.

  1. Be real with people. One of the first things she said when she got on stage was that she never thought that she would be performing in front of 55K people. She shared that not so long ago, this was the farthest thing from her reality. This was so refreshing to hear, as it would have been so “easy” for her to just come out and either (a) not say anything or (b) acted as though performing in front of a whole stadium of people is completely “normal.”
  2. Publicly thank those who help you. During the concert, Taylor didn’t only give a shout out to the singers who opened for her tour and for her band mates, but also for all of her dancers. She very much acknowledged that the success of the concert was a serious team effort.
  3. Love those who love you. Taylor profusely thanked her fans – especially the ones who sat way up top. It was actually amazing – she said to them, you may think that I don’t see you, but I really do. Everybody wants to feel seen – and Taylor really made everyone feel seen and special that night.
  4. It’s more fun to succeed with friends. There were THREE opening acts before Taylor came out – and she even performed with Ed Sheeran for one of her songs. Taylor could have made the concert all about her, but she brought along friends with her, which I totally loved. And she gave them all shout outs at the end too.
  5. Give your peeps what they want. Taylor went through the crowd and high fived so many of her fans. These 13-year-old girls were going wild. Being able to touch Taylor Swift’s hand is all some of these teeny bopper groupies want in life – and even though she had to have all of this security with her and even though she had to push through the crowd, she still did it – because she knew it would make them so happy.

Another major thing I learned that night is that big lessons can come from the most unexpected people and places. So be sure to keep you eyes open. Who ever thought I would be extracting business lessons from a 20-something pop star? :)

Heart-ing you,

Jordana

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Jordana Jaffe is the founder of Embarkability, a company that teaches women how to start and grow their own service-based businesses. You can receive Jordana’s free weekly newsletter here. To learn more about Jordana, visit her website, on Facebook, or Twitter. You can connect with her directly here.

  • Ashley Vegan-YogaGeek

    cool! ill get into some Taylor Swift :) i adore humility <3
    thanks for sharing
    xo

    • Jordana Jaffe

      Of course! xo

  • Pamela

    My two daughters, my friend and her daughter drove 6 hours to see Taylor Swift in Kansas City. It was well worth the drive. I too felt her words where so humbling, gracefull and empowering. I love the way this lady walks her life she truly is a great example of do waht you love and appreciate everything and everyone around you. She was fantastic :)

  • JoAnne

    I am a middle age woman, and I know that I would have enjoyed the message that she shared with everyone. Her humility shows her appreciation with everyone around her. Kind and endearing words always touch the soul no matter what age, and it is so refreshing to hear that……

  • Maria Elena Baez

    A leader for our young generation and us oldies:)

  • http://www.styledbypaige.com/ Paige Brown

    Taylor Swift is a great person, despite what the media tries to imply about her.

  • mary rogers

    Went to a taylor swift concert recently and loved it. It was quite an experience. I am 68 today and I am a fan too. She is a lovely person and I am glad I went to see her. Took a 11 year old with us and she really loved it too. She has so many adoring fans and I understand why. I would go see her again.