Lessons I learned from Taylor Swift, work hard and achieve your dreams

Lessons I learned from Taylor Swift, work hard and achieve your dreams

When I was four years old, I distinctly remember riding in the back seat of my babysitter’s car listening to Taylor Swift’s third album, “Speak Now”. It was summer and the car was overwhelmingly warm and yet, we were listening to a song titled “Back to December.” My babysitter was in the driver’s seat having the time of her life: hand out the window, wind in her hair—a total movie moment, so to speak.

Back then, Taylor Swift was less controversial. She was the girl next door to me. She was a constant in the car. But as I grew up, so did the rumors and lore about Swift’s life. Some people these days do not think she deserves the success she has. Some have issues with her personality. Despite this, as many people have noted before me, there is a magnetic force behind Taylor Swift.

What fifteen-year-old decides that she is going to write and record an album and make that her entire life? And then succeed? At sixteen she released her debut album. Eighteen years later, she is on top of the world.

Put aside personal opinions, I think Swift’s work ethic is undeniable. In her song “Karma,” she sings “Ask me what I learned from all those years / Ask me what I earned from all those tears / Ask me why so many fade, but I’m still here.”

She’s released 10 albums and 4 re-records. She’s written about love, death, and all the stages of life in between. She’s stretched her creativity from country, to pop, to what seems like her very own genre. Listen to her songs (and not just the singles) and you will find the writings of a prolific songwriter. Her discography has taught me many lessons, but it’s her ambition that inspires me. She manages to work and enjoy the process, never getting stuck on one path.

At the end of the day, she’s a hard worker. And isn’t that what we all need to be to achieve our dreams?


Elisabeth Dellit is an 11th Grader at Jesuit High School. She enjoys reading, writing creative stories, baking/cooking and participating in her school’s drama program.