3 Ways to Apply ‘Thank U, Next’ to Your Career
Ok, by now we’ve all heard “Thank U Next” by Ariana Grande. If not, it’s in the embed above. Don’t worry; we’ll wait. It’s a great song, and honestly, you should hear it (because this blog is entirely about it.)
So, as you might have guessed, we love this song, and not just because it’s catchy. Ariana is promoting a great, healthy attitude towards her life that we feel can help you in your career as well. Don’t believe us? Read on and find out how.
It’s About Gratitude
🎶 So, look what I got
Look what you taught me🎶
At its core, “Thank U Next” is about thanking people for the role that they have played in your life even if they’re no longer in it. Think about how many people have played an instrumental part in getting you where you are today—if you really start to break it down, you’re going to see that a lot of people who have come in (and out) of your life have had an impact on it. Maybe it’s a teacher/professor who encouraged you to look at the world in a different light, a boss from a previous job that encouraged you to take on more responsibility, or even a colleague who helped you out on a project when they didn’t have to. The point is, in your life, there have been many people who have helped you in big and small ways that you may not have realized at the time but played a part in getting you on your path in life.
Progression and Acceptance
🎶I've learned from the pain
I turned out amazing) 🎶
It’s all in the title— “Thank U, Next.” The “Next” part acknowledges that your life is in progress and moving forward. If you like where you are now, you have to be grateful for the people from your past that shaped you into the person you are now.
You may have had a bad manager or a job that you wish you hadn’t taken in your past, but the point is that these kinds of bad experiences shape you too. You learn from them because they teach you what you don’t want, and here’s the key: you accept these experiences as having had a hand in making you who you are today. If you have lingering resentment towards people in your professional life or choices you’ve made, we encourage you to find a way to let them go. They shaped who you are today, and that’s a pretty great person if we do say so ourselves.
Optimism for the Future
🎶Thank you, next🎶
It’s all there in the title: “Next.” Your future is so bright, you need to wear shades. “Next” is a great word, it shows that you’re ready for something new to come into your life—whether that’s a new Advisor, professional opportunity, or even a new job—it demonstrates that you’re open to experiences and changes. Dwelling on the past, and choices you made or opportunities you didn’t seize will keep you from moving forward. Focusing on the future, what you want, and the people who can help you get there is a much healthier outlook to have, and it keeps you focused on the next opportunity to come along on your path.
What we love about “Thank U Next” and the idea behind it is that it acknowledges that not everything is going to be great that happens in your life, but that you can learn from it anyway and come out wiser and stronger. You’re going to get great opportunities (and probably a few setbacks) on your path. You’re going to meet people that help you in big ways and small, and you’re going to learn from absolutely all of it. They are going to shape you into the person you’re going to become, just like they have until now—it never stops. As long as you’re open to learning from them, you never stop growing from your experiences, and it will help you in life and in your career to say: “Thank U, Next.”