What Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” Teaches Us About Money, Careers, and Life

It is a national, dare I say, global event when Queen B, aka Auntie Yoncé, aka Beyoncé, releases a new track. As with all music, where you stand at that moment in time will significantly affect how you hear it and what makes it resonate with you. Being the financially minded folks that we are, Beyoncé’s Break My Soul SCREAMED Great Resignation to us in more than a few lines.

Here are a few life lessons from Queen B’s “Break My Soul”:

There is more to life than work

And I just quit my job

I’m gonna find new drive

If there is one thing people have been learning to do since the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s leaving negative situations for greener pastures. Taking the time to learn new skills or sharpen those already acquired can put you in a position to increase your salary by almost 15% when quitting your job

Also, don’t overlook the chance to rediscover who you are and what you want from life while finding your new drive. It might not be as simple as finding another job in the same industry. You may find your new purpose in a completely different lane, but you owe it to yourself to find out.

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If work is ruining your quality of life, it might be time to reconsider it

Damn, they work me so damn hard

Work by nine

Then off past five

And they work my nerves

That’s why I cannot sleep at night

Let’s talk about it. How many times have you felt overworked and undervalued or shown up on time or early to be told to stay late? How many supervisors make the simplest tasks more complex than they need to be? All this and more linger on your mind at night, stressing you out and keeping you awake.

It’s important to have boundaries

Boundaries are oh so important in personal relationships, but just as much at work, if not more so. While the pressure to perform in a recession may be higher, don’t forget your limitations. Relentless long hours and poor working conditions are not sustainable for you or your employer. And unfortunately, your employer is not there to care for you and your mental and physical health. Only you can do that for yourself. Remember, you deserve to sleep at night. Although it’s pretty well known that stress lowers productivity, it would benefit everyone if there was better workplace balance.

Sometimes we have to start over

And I’m on that new vibration

I’m buildin’ my own foundation, yeah 

The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result. That means many of us, especially millennials, need to get on that new vibration to build our foundation. The traditional school → job → house etc., might not flow the same way these days. Recession, anyone?

So look at yourself and your relationship with money to see what isn’t working.

Since we all have different ideas of success and life goals, our finances and foundations should also be different.

Find your vibration and frequency, focus on values-based spending, and do things your way.

Mental health is wealth, and holding grudges can cost you

Release ya anger, release ya mind

Release ya job, release the time

Release ya trade, release the stress

Release the love, forget the rest

Do you ever find yourself still dwelling on that one thing your friend said to you two years ago? Or what about that time your boss gave you a less-than-stellar performance review? If so, then you’re not alone. It’s human nature to hold onto grudges.

But you may not realize that holding onto a grudge can cost you. Here’s how:

1. It takes up valuable mental space.

The first way that holding a grudge can cost you is by taking up valuable mental space. When you’re holding onto a grudge, it’s always on your mind. You might think about it when you’re trying to sleep at night or in the middle of a meeting at work. And the more you think about it, the more it takes over your life.

2. It makes you feel bad.

Another way holding a grudge can cost you is by making you feel bad. When you’re holding onto a grievance, you’re constantly reliving the event that made you mad in the first place. And that can lead to many negative emotions like anger, resentment, and even sadness.

3. It can damage your relationships.

A grudge makes it hard to let go of the anger and resentment you’re feeling, making it challenging to maintain healthy relationships with the people in your life.

4. It can impact your physical health.

Finally, holding a grudge can also cost you by impacting your physical health. Your body goes into fight-or-flight mode when you’re holding onto a grudge. This can lead to various physical health problems, like high blood pressure, headaches, and even stomach problems.

So if you’re holding onto a grudge, realize that it could be costing you. Beyoncé has a really, really valid point in “Break My Soul.”

Now on to the next point.

You have to start living your dreams to make them a reality.

If you don’t seek it, you won’t see it

That, we all know (Can’t break my soul)

If you don’t think it, you won’t be it

So many of us get uncomfortably comfortable in our jobs. Many of us do it simply because we believe there is no other option. We might think there is no better neighborhood for us, no better school for our kids, no better salary in the job market, or whatever else may be important to you. The thing is, if you don’t seek it, you won’t see it. In all things, you have to keep those eyes open. 

On that same note, how will you reach new heights if you don’t even let your mind consider other possibilities? If you let people around you tell you that you can’t do something just because THEY did it a different way or because it’s not what works for THEM, how will you find YOUR way? If you don’t think it, you won’t be it.

Some stress is normal, but it doesn’t have to break you.

You won’t break my soul

You won’t break my soul

You won’t break my soul

You won’t break my soul

At the end of the day, this is it. This is everything. Stress is inevitable even in a job you love, but it doesn’t, no, it SHOULDN’T break your soul. Nothing we do in this life is meant to cause us so much pain that we break. Our strength is not for that. Our power is to get up and find new opportunities, chase our dreams, and experience the greatness this life has for us.

Your financial journey will likely be difficult, but don’t let it break your soul. Your job might get tough, but don’t let it break your soul. Let the words of Beyoncé put the battery in your back and motivate you to find your salvation and build your foundation. And everyone in the house today, from the front to the back, say, AMEN! Yes, writing this gave me that kind of energy! (^///^)

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Kenneth Medford III

Writer, rhymer, gamer: the easiest way to define the man known as Kenneth Medford. I’m a simple man who loves to learn and loves to help and I wander the digital world trying to find ways to sate my hunger for both. Basically, I’m Galactus but helpful.

Check out my other work here or reach out to me on LinkedIn.

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