Have you ever felt like your life story was not your own? Learn how to write your own story with JoJo.
There’s always the pressure to become someone who you aren’t. Social media is an obvious example. It’s a great resource for connecting and networking, but it can turn into a game of comparison.
how to write your own story
Usually, people just post the best of themselves on the internet, and so the illusion is that everyone is living these perfect lives. So-and-so’s going to Stanford University. So-and-so’s got the perfect boyfriend. And so-and-so’s body is way healthier than mine.
This is so easy to do. But no one is perfect. You can’t compare your real life to a filtered version of someone else’s. Just live your passion, use your own voice and learn how to write your own story.
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, what job you’re supposed to pursue, or what person you’re supposed to date. People love to tell people what to do and who to become.
But you have your own voice in this world and you should learn how to write your own story. People can try to shout over it, but it’s up to you to make a stand for who you are.
“You can change your story, you can change your narrative whenever you want. You can be a victor. You can have victory over your circumstances, and you don’t have to be a product of your family of origin or whatever cards were dealt to you. You can create whatever type of life you want, and it can be amazing.” – JoJo
Who is JoJo?
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, navigating relationships, 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.
In addition to being a music artist, JoJo has 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. The record label company no longer had the money to produce her music, and she realized she didn’t have power over her own voice. This was non-negotiable. When she was 18 years old, she sued the company due to their breach of contract. That legal battle lasted five years.
JoJo said she used to feel like a “caged bird.” She doesn’t feel that way anymore.
In 2008, JoJo founded her own record label, Clover Music, and re-released her previous albums. She is now in full control of her music. Her fourth studio album, good to know, is slated to drop in May 2020, and in April she will kick off an international tour, stopping at more than 35 cities.
JoJo was offered her first record deal at 6 years old. From a young age, she felt immense pressure from the music industry to become who they wanted her to be. She hit success at such a young age, and the fear that she couldn’t sustain that success haunted her for a long time. But JoJo made a stand for herself, and she wants to help other artists do the same.