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919 Live Your Passion, Use Your Voice, and Own Your Story with JoJo

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The School of Greatness
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You have the power to change your story. Have you ever felt like your life story was not your own?There's always the pressure to become someone who you aren't. Maybe you're comparing yourself to the people you see on social media. This is so easy to do. We often just post the best of ourselves
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You have the power to change your story. Have you ever felt like your life story was not your own?There's always the pressure to become someone who you aren't. Maybe you're comparing yourself to the people you see on social media. This is so easy to do. We often just post the best of ourselves on the internet, and then the illusion is that everyone is living these perfect lives.But we know that isn't true. You can't compare your real life to a filtered version of someone else's.Sometimes the pressure comes from within, and other times, it comes directly from the mouths of other people. It's easy to let the outside world dictate who you are supposed to be. People love to tell people what to do and who to become.But you have your own voice in this world. People can try to shout over it, but it's up to you to make a stand for who you are.On this episode of The School of Greatness, I had the pleasure of talking with JoJo, a pop-icon, who shares about battling comparison, asserting her voice, and writing her own story in the midst of extreme pressure.JoJo is a pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She released her first album, JoJo, in June 2004, and the album's first single, "Leave (Get Out)," was No.1 on the US Billboard Pop Chart. She was only 13 years old - the youngest solo artist in history to ever top the billboard charts. She’s also starred in movies like Aquamarine and RV (with Robin Williams) and in TV shows like Hawaii 5-0 and Lethal Weapon. In 2006, she released her second studio album, The High Road, which was also a great success, but her third album, Mad Love, was delayed due to record label disputes. She realized she didn't have power over her own voice, and this was non-negotiable. In 2008, JoJo founded her own record label, Clover Music, and re-released her previous albums. Her fourth studio album, good to know, will drop in spring 2020, and in April she will kick off an international tour.JoJo was offered her first record deal at six years old. From a young age, she has felt immense pressure from music industry to become who they want her to be, but JoJo made a stand for herself.Join me on Episode 919 with JoJo to learn how she owned her story and how you can too.Where do you think your life would be if you’d had social media early on in your career? (1:20)Did you dream of being a superstar when you were a kid? (7:40)When did fear come into your life as a creative? (9:15)How did you learn to create your own self-worth? (19:45)What challenges do you face being in an intimate relationship? (25:39)What were the most powerful moments you’ve experienced on stage? (34:57)What are some lyrics that define the decades of your life? (47:05)What it was like when JoJo didn’t own her own music (3:15)The lessons JoJo learned from her early success and from then til now (16:05)How to learn how to be happy by yourself (32:10)The value of facing your fears regularly (39:40)How to make yourself proud (44:40)Plus much more...If you enjoyed this episode, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/919 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
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really. Yeah. Yeah. I just didn't worse. Yeah. Every year I can't say it was every year. But there's so many ups and downs because I developed what I would call a situational depression. That has, you know that I've ridden the wave of when I filed my lawsuits for the first time against my record label so I could get the rights to my voice back and be able to continue on with my career since they weren't functioning label anymore. So give people context. We don't know what happened. How old were you and I was 18 when I sued them for the first time because they were in breach of contract. They, we weren't able to have delivered several versions of a third album to them and there was just no they didn't want or didn't wanna put it out, they didn't have the means to put it up, they didn't have distribution anymore. And it was just whole bummer of a situation. I really thought that we would just ride off into the sunset together because these were my father figures, they were my uncles and they were my mentors. So I never wanted to like who wants to be in a lawsuit? That's, it sucks. So um tried to work it out for a while, but I was tied up In a legal battle with them for about five years. So at 23 I think when I I took I took a lot on, I was like what could I have done differently or? But it really did. I don't want to be overdramatic about it, but it was a bit traumatic for me. It's very dramatic. I felt so out of control and nothing's really in our control, but it's just so disappointed and so hurt that we couldn't make things work and like do all these great things together because all I wanted to do since I was a little kid is work and perform and connect with people. And I felt like that was taken away from me. So I was very upset because you couldn't release your art to the world because of the contract, right? Right. And it wasn't just about creative control because I wasn't like putting a hard line of stand and being like, no, I want to make up, you know, right, I want to do some left stuff. It wasn't it wasn't that I was like, I was really down to try, at least from my perspective. So anyway, thankfully that is not going on any more. But it created a lot of like, agitation within me and upset. And and again, like I mentioned seeing people that had told me that I was the reason why they started singing and that they, you know, grew up learning how to sing through listening to my songs and stuff and then seeing them reached the heights of their career. Well, I'm I felt like this caged bird, So you saw young superstars become megastars, Yes, and say to you, you're the reason I started this. Yeah, and that's obviously like such an amazing thing to hear, inspiring, but you also want to see yourself correct, I want to talk to. Yeah, yeah, it was like, I really don't like being this thing that like this kid that can't play in the playground that I love. Yeah, yeah, and I was just not comfortable with being a afterthought, I feel like olympic gymnasts, I feel like have some of the hardest lives who are like olympic gold medalist in there 15, 16, very similar to your situation when you're on this global stage as a teenager and you reach the top, that's where do you go, where do you go to the next 80 years of your life? Right? It's like, oh, that's the hardest things to overcome. I'm not saying it's, I mean poor them for having a gold medal, but it's, it's a different type of adversity you have to face, right, right? And it's, it's not a, it's a first world problem. The immigrant winter bows that you face are extreme when you reach those levels. But I think that the payoff that can come if you are able to like change your perspective and have a new idea of what success is or just keeping your blinders on and saying, okay, so that's amazing. I've accomplished that. But what's next? Just not if I was going to pass so much. Yeah, it sucks.
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