It was no surprise that her newest album, 1989, won “Album of the Year” at the 2016 Grammy’s earlier this month. At only 26 years old, Taylor Swift has skyrocketed to success. With this year’s three wins, Taylor now has 10 Grammy’s.
Taylor is a truly talented artist who strives to be real with herself and her fans. The effects of stardom can be crippling, but Taylor has been able to remain a respectable individual, even in the wake of pressing celebrity standards.
How has she done this? Taylor exhibits many character qualities that are hard to find in stardom circles. Here are the top 5 reasons why I believe Taylor has been able to retain her integrity and become an incredible artist:
- She is real.
Taylor’s music depicts real life for the average person. She sings with genuine heart and feeling about things that everyone can relate with.
- She works hard.
This is no question. She has not gotten this far with out a whole lot of hard work.
- She is engaging.
Taylor is not afraid to talk to her fans. She is down-to-earth in the sense that she does not puff herself up to be better than everyone else.
- She is kind.
We rarely hear about Taylor getting into fights or arguments. She also publicly shows that she appreciates her fans at every concert.
- She is approachable.
Taylor has a ginormous fan base, but through her social media outlets she makes herself available to all her fans in a personal way.
These are all qualities that make someone great—whether you have 3 fans or 70 million. I often get stuck thinking that my success is determined by my career. But just think—if Taylor had none of these qualities, would be as big of a star? Don’t ever exchange a kind heart for a larger paycheck. It is often the small character qualities that start in the heart that make someone truly great.