Throughout their career of 8 years, in addition to pumping out chart-topping hits, BTS has taught us many invaluable life lessons through their music. Not only are they positive role models, but their journey to success serves as a source of inspiration to all of their fans. Read on as we share the life lessons we learned from BTS!
1) Hard work is the key
BTS, through their journey, has shown us that hard work, dedication to your craft and authenticity are the essential ingredients to success. They debuted from a small, unknown company that, at one point, was on the verge of bankruptcy. Back when BTS debuted, it was unheard of groups that did not debut from the 'Big 3' (YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment) to reach success. Not only this, they were mistreated, cut out from broadcasts, and made fun of countless times, but the members continued to work tirelessly. Despite all the setbacks, with their hard work, they overcame all odds and emerged as one of the most successful musical acts in South Korea's history!
2) Music transcends language
Music is a universal language that can touch people's hearts no matter where they are from; it transcends boundaries to unite people. BTS being South Koreans, mainly create music in their native tongue, Korean, but that hasn't stopped them from winning the hearts of millions of non-Korean people. The main reason is that their music resonates with people; it provides them with a source of comfort and a way to express their unspoken emotions. In an interview with TIME magazine, RM said, Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day.' Another time, Suga said,
Even if there is a language barrier, people react pretty much the same wherever we go. It feels like music really brings us together
3) Don't be afraid to go against the system
We live in a world where we are told to follow whatever we are told to do, but BTS emerged as the voices who are not afraid to speak up on behalf of the underdogs and the oppressed. Ever since their rookie days, the boys have been writing lyrics with controversial themes such as mental health and the constant pressure to succeed put on young people. The band provided a refreshing change from the rigid K-Pop machine that stuck to an apolitical formula by writing critical lyrics about topics no one dared to touch. The following are lyrics from BTS' song 'Am I wrong?':
The world's goin' crazy. How about you, how bout ya? Do you think it is okay? I don't think it's that okay. Have ears but don't listen, have eyes but don't see. Fish live in all our hearts, its name is selfish, selfish.
4) Never give up
BTS were underdogs in an industry that had all the odds set against them. Succeding in a saturated market combined with other hardships along the way, such as being falsely accused of plagiarism or rigging awards, was not an easy task. At a concert, RM said,
Accusation came before the cheers were over. 'We just had to work hard; we couldn't do anything. Dream, enthusiasm, and effort seemed to have no power
Despite all this, they were focused on their goal. They have taught us to stay determined, never give up, and not stop running towards our dream!
'If you can't fly, then run Today we will survive.
If you can't run, then walk – Today we will survive.
If you can't walk, then crawl – even if you have to crawl, gear up – Aim your gun! Ready! Fire!'- Not Today, BTS
5) Love yourself
The most important life lesson we have learned from BTS is that self-love is the key to happiness. We cannot love other people if we cannot provide it to ourselves first. The three albums in their Love Yourself series follow the progression of a relationship from the joyful beginnings to the heartwrenching ending, followed with a revelation with the song 'Epiphany' that all relationships have no future if we can't love ourselves with all of our imperfections. Jin sings in Epiphany,
I'm the one I should love, in this world – shining me, the precious soul of mine. I finally realized, so I love me. Not so perfect, but so beautiful, I'm the one I should love
In collaboration with UNICEF, BTS started their Love Yourself campaign. The campaign's core message was to encourage facing your faults, weaknesses and having the courage to forgive yourself. In 2018, RM addressed the UN with the following words:
Maybe I made a mistake yesterday, but yesterday's me is still me. I am who I am today, with all my faults. Tomorrow I might be a tiny bit wiser, and that's me, too. These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life. I have come to love myself for who I was, who I am, and who I hope to become
What life lessons have you learned from BTS? Let us know in the comments below!