Just when we thought Beyonce couldn't do anything more to secure her title as the reigning Queen of Pop and all things excellent, she went ahead and made a documentary.

"Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream," an autobiographical, self-produced film starring, you guessed it, Beyonce, premiered on February 16th on HBO.

Of course there were elements of the ridiculous: Bey pensively holding a hairdryer on a Paris balcony, random prolonged shots of trees, pretty much no one speaking but Beyonce and the revelation that the singer has had a videographer filming her 24/7 for years. Still, we couldn't help but enjoy the glimpse into the pop star's -- and her 1-year-old daughter Blue Ivy's -- life.

Here are eight lessons we took away from Queen Bey's documentary:

1. Know when it's time to set boundaries.
At the beginning of the film, Beyonce opens up about making the tough decision to break professional ties with her father, Matthew Knowles in 2011. "I needed a break, I needed my dad," she says. "I had to let go." Although the move ultimately caused tension between her and her father, it's important to recognize when you need space from another person -- whether or not that person is a parent -- and ask for it.

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2. Let other people see your vulnerabilities sometimes.
You might think, watching footage of then-pregnant Beyonce singing and dancing on stage in heels and sparkly, revealing leotard, that this woman has never had an insecure moment in her life. Not true, says Beyonce. At one point in the film, she reflects on coming to the realization that she needed to “stop pretending that I have it all together and if I’m scared, be scared." Letting those around you see your flaws and your doubts doesn't make you weak, it makes you human.

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3. There's no therapy like being heard and understood by another woman.
The woman who thinks girls run the world also sees the value in close female friendship. “I love my husband, but it is nothing like a conversation with a woman that understands you. I grow so much from those conversations," she says. We tend to agree.

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4. Women have a responsibility to look out for other women.
Because if we don't, who will? "It’s difficult being a woman. It’s so much pressure, and we need that support sometimes," Beyonce says. "We’re all going through our problems, but we all have the same insecurities and we all have the same abilities and we all need each other.” Somehow we doubt that we have the same abilities as Bey -- for example, we probably would not pull off a fringe crop top as well as she does -- but the sentiment remains true.

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5. Women need to play an equal role in shaping our culture.
There's a reason that Beyonce sings about "Single Ladies" and being "Independent Women." It's a message she believes women need to hear. In the documentary, Bey delivers a pretty awesome pro-lady monologue. She says:

Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.

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6. You really can learn a lot from your parents.
Beyonce says she's learned to appreciate the business chops she picked up from her father -- including the lesson that “business and being polite doesn’t mesh." She also says that her mother "taught me everything i know by example.”

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7. Pick a life partner you can be goofy around.
One of the sweetest moments of "Life Is But A Dream" is old footage of Beyonce and Jay-Z singing Coldplay's "Yellow." It's candid and adorable, and their love for each other is clear. “It’s every woman’s dream to feel this way about someone," says Bey, talking about her relationship with Mr. Carter. A cheesy collective "awwwww" was really the only possible response here.

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8. Don't be afraid to express your wants and needs.
One thing that came across strongly in the film was that Beyonce does not compromise when it comes to her career. If she has an opinion on how a show should be lit or staged, she won't hesitate to speak up. “I’m like most women -- very generous, and I’ll compromise," she says in the movie. "I used to be afraid of people thinking I was difficult or too critical, and you know, I dont really care about that anymore." Be your own advocate, no matter who thinks you're "difficult."

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  • September 1998 with her Destiny's Child bandmates

  • In March 1999, Destiny's Child's color-coordination was going strong

  • September 1999 at the 5th Annual Soul Train "Lady of Soul" Awards

  • Bey was so on-trend in 2000: waistband-less jeans and a bandana top

  • Hanging with Sisqo at the MTV Movie Awards in June, 2000

  • September 2000 at the 6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards

  • Sparkly and skimpy at the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in August, 2000

  • Beyonce back in the Destiny's Child Days at the 2002 Grammys

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  • B rocked a shimmery bustier dress to the Billboard Awards back in 2003

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  • Loving her lingerie a little too much at the 2003 Essence Awards

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  • Beyonce the barbarian at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards

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  • A strange print for a night on the red carpet back in 2003

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  • Beyonce looking like a hot, gold mess at the 2004 Grammys

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  • Pretty in pink at the 2004 NRJ Music Awards

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  • Beyonce's the ultimate glamour girl, especially in this metallic romper from 2004

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  • Not the right silhouette for this famously curvy star, 2005

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  • Beyonce does vixen velvet in this sultry black gown worn to the 2005 Oscars

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  • Matching with her Destiny's Child mates at the 2005 BET Awards

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  • Not so red carpet ready in this yellow frock from 2005

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  • Beyonce donned this intricate gown to the 2006 MTV VMAs

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  • A sexy, sophisticated white gown worn to the 2007 Academy Awards

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  • Effortlessly gorgeous at the U.K. premiere of "Dreamgirls" in 2007

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  • B wore this appropriately revealing ensemble to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue event back in 2007

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  • Beyonce's a stunner in this black, embellished dress from 2008

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  • And at the 2008 Grammy after party thrown by Sony/BMG

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  • Beyonce's ice blue gown from the 2008 Grammys

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  • At the Kennedy Center Honors, 2008

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  • Dazzling in diamonds, 2009

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  • Beyonce looked fierce and fabulous at the 2009 BET Awards

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  • B donned this nude-colored gown to the 2010 Grammys

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  • Bold and beautiful at a benefit last year

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  • At a Lorraine Schwartz event in 2010

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  • A vision in Pucci at The Met Gala this past May

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  • Beyonce performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival

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  • On GMA this past July

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  • Showing off her baby bump at the 2011 MTV VMAs

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  • Performing in a sequined jacket at the 2011 VMAs

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  • Stepping out in Paris in June 2012

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  • At a Laker's Game in February 2012

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  • Stepping Out In NYC in March 2012

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  • At 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' in May 2012

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  • Stepping Out In NYC in June 2012

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  • Stepping Out In NYC in June 2012

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  • At the 2012 BET Awards in July 2012

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  • At a Brooklyn Nets Game in November 2012

  • At a Brooklyn Nets Game in November 2012

  • At the Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Presentation in December 2012

  • In NYC in December 2012

  • At the Presidential Inauguration in January 2013

  • At the Super Bowl Halftime Press Conference in January 2013

  • At the Super Bowl in February 2013