Billie Eilish is a teen who has become an iconic star in the pop music industry. Her songs have inspired a lot of people and her heartfelt lyrics have shown such great depth of feeling and wisdom that she has been recognized for her amazing writing talent. Her words pack a tremendous impact on a lot of social issues but they can also apply to the business world. Here are the 20 best Billie Eilish quotes that apply to business for your consideration.
20. "You're italic, I'm in bold"
This is a quote that is really powerful when you stop to consider its implications. Both italic and bold are fonts that set words apart from the crowd in business. They denote importance but in very different ways. When you apply this quote to business you could take it to mean that we're all very special and unique in our own way, and this is probably a very good thing. Each of us brings our diverse talents to the fore and when it comes to problem-solving, it offers more points of view for finding better solutions.
19. "Call me friend but keep me closer"
Eilish meant this in a romantic way, but this statement does have implications in business. Taken out of the romantic context, colleagues who work together form a team and team members who remain close can accomplish much more than those who attempt to do everything independently.
18. "There are still people who are afraid of successful women, and that's so lame."
This statement is entirely true and it stands just as it is. There are some people who are afraid of women in business who are successful. It's an outdated mode of thought that is biased, but it is still a problem in the workforce and there are a lot of women who endure this bias against females in the business world. There are a lot of women who still get passed over for promotions that they are well qualified for by virtue of their gender.
17. "Sometimes it's flattering when people copy you, but sometimes it gets to a breaking point."
In business, there are a lot of young entrepreneurs who emulate a famous businessperson who has achieved remarkable success. While it's a great idea to learn what you can from them, it's not good to try to be just like anyone else. You are unique and your ideas, even if outside the box, could end up making you very successful. It's important to know who you are inside and to be that person instead of trying to become just like someone else. A little originality can go a long way.
16. "There are always going to be bad things. But you can write it down and make a song out of it."
We can't stop all bad things from happening in business, but we can make the best of bad circumstances. Eilish is recognizing the fact that not everything goes according to plan, or the way that we think it should. Instead of letting it cause us to give up, we can adopt a positive attitude and acknowledge the loss then move on to better things instead of dwelling on the negative.
15. "I find a lot of inspiration through visuals"
Visual inspiration is an important concept in almost any business setting. Since there are a lot of people who are visual learners, it pays to know how to use them to train others, to educate, to advertise goods and services, and more. Visuals include advertisements, training tools, the stationary we use in our business correspondence, our brochures, business cards, and almost everything else pertaining to business that you can see with your eyes.
14. "I'm really a particular person, I want it my way."
Ther are a lot of people in the business world who feel this way. If it's the owner of a company or a lead executive, it's great when their way makes everyone else feel important and fairly treated. When it goes the other way this becomes a huge problem. Sometimes we need to learn to let up and not always insist on having things our own way. Collaboration can make a workplace a much more pleasant and productive place to be.
13. "If I'm in a bad mood, or if I'm uncomfortable, it's probably what I'm wearing that's making me feel that way."
Most of us have heard the expression "Clothes make the man(or woman)." When you're at the office and you discover that you're underdressed it can affect the way you feel about yourself and also the way that you interact with others. This is why many companies have dress codes that are enforced. To feel your best on the job, it's always important to look sharp, professional, and to truly look your best.
12. "You can write a song about being in love with someone, but you don't have to be in love with anyone."
What this means when applied to business, is that you can write about something, or talk about something without having experienced it. If you have the knowledge and education along with verified facts, you can take about something without having gone through it yourself. You can be honest about this without insinuating that you've done something that you haven't. You don't have to cut your hand off to become an expert on amputation processes. If you're a surgeon, you can talk about your knowledge on the subject and even teach others effectively and with authority.
11. "When I write, I try to become different characters."
There are times in the business world when we adopt a persona that is not our own. This is not to be mistaken with being phony, it is simply a business persona. For example, when you're the boss at work, you need to act like an authority figure, but when you go home to your spouse, that doesn't really work in the home environment. If you have to step in to fill in for a marketer, you adopt the persona of a salesperson, even though you might really be in accounting. There are a lot of times when we need to take on a different persona to get the job done.
10. "Time is kind of an amazing thing because you can do so much with it. I think people underestimate time... I don't want to just sit on my phone for hours."
This is an amazing admonition not to waste time. Those who spend a lot of time talking on the phone, to gossiping in a corner lose valuable time that they could be getting projects done in the workplace. We all need to value our time and use in wisely in a business setting.
9. "I have so many designs and video ideas and lyrics in my head, so I always try to be productive."
Billie Eilish has the right idea when it comes to taking your great ideas and turning them into something positive. It's good to be productive in business. If every member of a company had this attitude, a lot more would get done in some settings.
8. "If you write in the same way over and over again, like, in the same place with the same techniques and with the same people, you're sort of writing the same song over and over again."
This is Billie's way of saying that it's not good to get stuck in a rut. It's better to try new things and to let your imagination take you in different directions. Creativity should be fostered instead of doing the same thing over and over again. You're only going to get the same results.
7. "Words are more powerful than some noises."
Although this statement is about music, it also applies to business. Words are very powerful when you're interacting with people. This includes the people you work with, your superiors, your customers, your family, and the stranger down the road. Words can help to earn respect or they can make a person not trust you. We are more often judged by the things that we say so it's important to choose our words carefully so we get across our intended meaning.
6. I don't really get nervous that much, or if I do, only I know. It's all inside me. I am good at hiding everything.
Sometimes we need to be really good at hiding how we really feel in the business world. This is especially true when dealing with someone that intimidates you or makes you nervous. For example, if you have to try to sell an idea to the board, you will be more effective if you are positive. If you're nervous, and you let it show, you could appear to not be confident in support of your ideas and it may sabotage your presentation. We all get nervous from time to time but there are magic moments when we need to conceal these emotions and move forward boldly.
5. " It's really fun to put yourself into a character - into shoes you wouldn't normally be in."
In the business world, there are times when it's fun and even therapeutic to change things up a little. It's also good to stretch your wings so you can sharpen weak skills. Sometimes it's beneficial to volunteer for an assignment that you wouldn't ordinarily have accepted, just to broaden your perspective and take on a new challenge. You might find that you're really good at it and it could even signal a future career path.
4. "I had a period in my life where I decided that I would never be bored again and that, if I had any free time at all, I would make plans, and I would always be doing things. It actually was great for a year or so, but then I lost all of my friends."
Not everyone will follow you when you take chances in business. If you know that it's time to move on to pursue other interests and opportunities, you might lose a few friends in the process. This is just a part of life in the business world and moving on can be tough, but when you're bored at your current job, that's a good sign that it's time for a fresh new adventure.
3. "Wait a minute, let me finish"
Interruptions are rude and annoying. Most of us have had to deal with people who constantly interrupt us in the business world. There are times when you just have to take the floor back, when it's your turn to speak and tell them "Wait a minute, let me finish."
2. "Standing there, killing time, can't commit to anything but a crime"
Killing time instead of committing whole-heartedly to a project slows productivity and it can derail a team. There are some workers who can't seem to stay focused on a job. They're always distracted and if there isn't a distraction going on at the time, they'll create one. These are unproductive workers and the issue needs to be addressed swiftly because it's an evil that can spread to others quickly. Every business is affected by workers who are not committed and prefer to spend their time doing meaningless things on the job.
1. "Make the same mistakes, blame circumstance"
We've all worked with someone who keeps making the same mistakes, but they're never the ones to blame in their own minds. They blame circumstances or other people for failing. It's better to own up to mistakes in business, learn from them, and change the way that you're going about it so you can start getting different results.
Written by Dana Hanson
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