4 valuable career lessons we can learn from Bohemian Rhapsody

‘4 valuable career lessons we can learn from Bohemian Rhapsody’

The recent blockbuster hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a biographical account of the legendary band ‘Queen’ and tells the awe-inspiring story of how the band rose to fame, with their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.  And, although this movie is centered around the music industry, what makes it so engaging is the fact that the valuable take-away career and life lessons are so relatable. They transcend across all industries and sectors.

So what are the four main lessons we should all take away?

You’re going to experience rejection, perseverance is the key

As in the film, negative reviews, rejection and critics are part of the journey. Don’t let this get in the way of your success, or bring you down. Whether you applied for a role and you didn’t make the shortlist; attended an interview but didn’t get the role or were gunning for a promotion and it went to someone else… Don’t give up.  The most successful people were painfully rejected before making it in their careers, including; JK Rowling legendary author of the Harry Potter series, Oprah Winfrey, who before hosting her own show and becoming an international power-house was fired by her previous employer; Stephen King whose now world-renowned first book Carrie was rejected over thirty times, and the legendary Steve Jobs who was fired by his own company, Apple.

Believe in yourself, confidence is magnetic 

During the film, one thing that really stands out is Freddie Mercury’s confidence.  It’s absolutely captivating, and this often rings true for individual’s with successful careers across all industries. The more you believe in yourself and your abilities and the more you are able to express your confidence, the more trust and belief other’s will place in you.

Innovation will see you accomplish great things

In the film, we are exposed to a scene where Freddie Mercury is trying to bring to life the now world-renowned hit song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He had an innovative vision.  And although unconventional (completely out-of-the-box approach for its time, due to its long ‘run-time’ and an operatic theme) the song soon became an international masterpiece. What we can all take away as a career lesson, is that innovative thinking and a continuous improvement approach will assist in the ability to stand-out and accomplish amazing milestones.

Always be open to learning from others

One of the most reflective scenes in the film is when we see Freddie Mercury discuss his time away from the other band members and how he explains that without their passion, opinions and push-back he didn’t feel he was able to achieve the same level of greatness. He felt that his best work could only be achieved in working with and learning from others.  In our careers whether working in an individual contributor role or a people leadership position, being open to learning from others is key to career success.


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