Rihanna's Next Chapter

Six things you should have learned from Rihanna's Next Chapter Interview: Follow your dreams & work hard!: " I'...

Six things you should have learned from Rihanna's Next Chapter Interview:
  1. Follow your dreams & work hard!:
    " I'm black & white when it comes to my business...so in my personal life I leave room for grey areas"
    As we all know Rihanna left home at 16 to follow her dream of being a singer, and over the past eight years she's recorded and released six albums; that's one album every year except in 2008 & 2012... To have success like that in the music industry today takes true hard work and a serious "it factor". Please believe Rihanna puts in that work, going from recording, to promoting to touring year after year... hard work = big rewards!
  2.  Live life on your own terms: Another thing that stood out to me was her fear of being a "role model" because of the reality that she's far from perfect, will never fit in a box and is continuously on a rode of self discovery. I love her honestly because we've seen where the pressure of being perfect can lead you (a la Brandy); and truthfully more young people can lot learn from a real Rihanna than  fake anyone. It's important to find your true self and become comfortable with yourself, once you accomplish that everything else will seem easy.
  3. Love hard: I was a bit shocked when she declared her love for Chris on the Oprah interview, only because she's been so hush hush about it in the past. I absolutely think she's brave to let the world know that she loves honestly and unconditionally, when it's real it never fades...

    read more after the jump!
  4. Forgiveness sets you free:
     " I can’t tell people how to feel about it. They are entitled to be angry but I have forgiven him... I have forgiven him. It took me a long time. I was angry for a long time. I felt like this is not my fault, this is not me doing this but still I had to worry.  I was resentful. I had a grudge. I was dark and it was coming out in my music and in my clothes, it was coming out in my attitude and I didn’t like that feeling. It was heavy." 
    Growing up I was always told to "Love my enemies" or to "kill them with kindness" because it's more important to release the anger in my heart than to hold on to it because..."it will kill you" in my Great Grandmothers words. It's true that the longer you hold on to anger you are allowing the person your angry with to have all the power for give them and you will be free from the burdens of sadness and anger.

    "All kinds of things started making sense. I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love that was tarnished. It was ugly, it was angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted and I realized that, I had to forgive him because I cared about him still. And the minute I did that, I started living again"
  5. Find the source:
    "[To get over it] I had to repair my relationship with my dad. I was so angry at him. I was angry about a lot of things from my childhood...[Once I realized there was a connection between the two [my relationship with my father and my relationship with Chris], I had to go to the source."
  • Be kind:  When Oprah went riding around the Parish with Rihanna she said this is how you know who someone really is...because of the way people at home treat them. Being kind seems to be something people forget how to do once they reach a certain level of success but it's something very valuable. No matter where you go in life remember "You can get more with honey than you can with vinegar" as my Mother would say.

  • Watch the whole video over at The YBF!

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