3 Lessons We Can Learn From Aaliyah’s Song: Try Again


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I mean, who doesn’t know the words to this song? “If at first, you don’t succeed, dust yourself up and try again, you can dust it off and try again, try again, try again”. Even if you can’t sing along to save your life, I’m pretty sure your dancing could… In Timbaland’s own words, you just can’t deny that this song has that ‘dope beat to step to’.

Released in early 2000, Aaliyah’s hit single ‘Try Again’ describes a scenario where the Princess of R&B questions the motive of a (potential) guy that has shown interest in her. As she decides on whether she should give the guy a chance, she’s, in particular, interested in knowing how far he’s willing to go… “If I say no, would you give up or try again?”. And that alone is a lesson in itself. These days people have all sorts of motives. You need to make sure you’re dealing with people who have the right motive concerning you.

Even though the song describes a relationship/love type of scenario, there are still a few general lessons we can all learn from the song:

1. Don’t stop after the first attempt

Life is such that if you fail at doing something, you have to keep trying to reach your desired results. If you throw in the towel at the first try, you’ll never really experience life’s victories. It is often said that experience is the best teacher. You don’t lose by trying you only learn. You can only reach your full potential when you take risks and step out of your comfort zone. So what’s stopping you from starting that new business idea? Are you ready for a career change? Don’t be afraid to fail, don’t be too hard on yourself, just take the first step.

2. Dust yourself off, change your strategy

“Only a fool keeps doing the same thing, expecting a different result, Albert Einstein” – Sometimes in order to succeed, you might need to change your strategy. Failure is a huge part of life. This doesn’t make your ideas or plans any less great. You might need to change your approach, renew your mind and shift your thinking. Shake the dust off, polish your idea and try again. You only win when you rise after the fall.

3. Good things don’t come easy

Truth be told, anything that’s worth having does not come easy. What we work the hardest for is often what we cherish the most. Flashes of the pain we had to endure, the hard ache we experienced and how we had to persevere while going through the process will always keep us in check. It’s human nature. Experience will teach you that you can’t afford to throw it all away. The hard work, the moments, the growth, the tears, the laughter, the pain and the joy.

Sometimes the journey is hard, but it’s worth it – So if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.

*Rest in Peace Babygirl*

Sarah Johnson

Sarah is Founder and Editor of IAMICareer. She currently holds a BA of Commerce and has a strong background in Marketing. Sarah is passionate about seeing millennials thrive in career and the workplace and is dedicated to helping millennial women bridge the gap between university and the corporate world.