I don’t ever disregard the fact that however hard you work, it doesn’t always guarantee it’s going to happen.
I would never, ever base my career on success or number ones or awards. It’s about being happy.
My mom and dad would never let me put posters on the wall because they were like “Be you, be inspired, but don’t become anyone else.”
– Jessie J
Evan: She’s an English singer-songwriter recognized for her unconventional musical style.
She’s the first British female artist to have six Top 10 singles from a single studio album.
She sold over 20 million singles and three million albums worldwide.
She’s Jessie J and here’s my take on her Top 10 rules of success.
Rule number two is my personal favorite and I’m curious to figure out which one you guys like the best.
And as always, guys, if you hear something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below. Put quotes around it as well so other people can be inspired.
Also, when you write it down, you’re much more likely to lock it in for yourself as well. Enjoy!
Rule #1. Focus On The Journey
I don’t ever disregard the fact that however hard you work, it doesn’t always guarantee it’s going to happen. And that’s the thing that you have to just believe. If you don’t believe in you, no one else will even bother to look at you and I shoved myself for any open mics, any gigs, the amount of stuff I’ve probably done, even up to now, 80, 90% of all my gigs for free. Surround yourself with people that you can trust. Surround yourself with people that let you be you.
Compromise, but don’t ever lose what makes you you. Right from the heart. Stay happy and always remember there’s always someone worse off than you. And there’s always someone that’s working harder than you as well.
“Compromise, but don’t ever lose what makes you you. ” – Jessie J
When you’re asleep, there’s someone graftin’ and that’s what you have to remember as well, that for every 10 CDs you send off, there’s someone sending off 100. Just get yourself out there as much as you can and film everything.
That’s one thing I’ve learned, I’m glad that I did footage from years ago that when people say to me, “Oh, you’ve copied so-and-so, “you’ve done this, you’ve done that,” I’m like, “Go on YouTube. “Five years ago, I’m singing the same songs “with the same haircut.”
But it’s just, you got to have fun as well. Write it down. Make sure you write it down and take pictures. Make sure it’s a journey and the journey is way more important than where you end up. That’s what you have to remember.
Rule #2. #Believe In Yourself
If you want to be a fireman, go and do it. If you want to be a ballet dancer, then go and be a ballet dancer. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will believe in you. It’s so important for me to people to understand that I want to be an inspiration.
I was bullied as kind of nine out of ten children are and I want to be a role model and I think now I’m in the kind of limelight to go, “It’s okay,” and it’s the special people that are bullied. They’re the ones that have something magical and it’s something that you can turn into a positive and not let it eat you away.
“If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will believe in you.” – Jessie J
There’ll always be someone that says, “You can’t do it.” There’ll always be someone that says, “I don’t believe in you.” There’ll always be someone that says, “I do believe in you,” and there’s always someone that says, “You can do it,” and that’s the people that you have to focus on. However much people try and put me down, which they do, and they say, “Every time I hear your song, I want to burn my ears,” I say, “Who’s laughing now?”
Rule #3. Don’t Try To Be Perfect
I will never surround myself with people that tell me I’m perfect because I’m not and I don’t want to be. I’m 23 and sometimes I sing out of tune and sometimes I lose weight and I want to gain weight and sometimes I say stuff that I shouldn’t and sometimes I’m going to make mistakes, but life would be boring if you lived it like it’s going to be written in the paper and you don’t want it to be. So I went and I said, “Yes, it was out of tune “and it was pitchy, “but I’ve never mind and I’m proud of that.”
“I will never surround myself with people that tell me I’m perfect because I’m not and I don’t want to be.” – Jessie J
Rule #4. Always Better Yourself
I like to read reviews. I don’t take them in as facts because one person’s opinion isn’t the epitome of life. It’s not the definity of my work, but I’m very, very interested to see what people think because they notice things that I may not have noticed. I’ve listened to this album 70 times in the last month so I’m not hearing things that other people may notice. So that’s always important for me to always try and better myself, but listen to the right people.
Rule #5. Dream Big
I have my dream list and I’ve ticked a few things off and I add things on every day. I think life’s about dreaming big and I think I’ve realized if you put your mind to it and a lot of people I think seem to think I’ve popped out of nowhere and I’ve been signed for seven years.
And there’ve been a lot of times that I was like, “This isn’t going to happen,” and it gets really tough and Who You Are, songs like that, made me carry on. I would never, ever base my career on success or number ones or awards. It’s about being happy and I just need to make sure I’m happy, which I am. So we’re all good in the ‘hood.
” I think life’s about dreaming big and I think I’ve realized if you put your mind to it and a lot of people I think seem to think I’ve popped out of nowhere and I’ve been signed for seven years.” – Jessie J
Rule #6. Learn How To Deal With Criticism
Okay, if you’re a teacher at school and there’s 30 teachers in the, what’s it called? The teacher’s room, what’s it called? Staff room.
Interviewer: Staff room, yeah.
The staff room, and there’s one teacher that hates you. That’s going to play on your mind. Any normal person wouldn’t just be able to go, “All these people like me, “but there’s that one person that’s giving me evils “that’s not giving me a biscuit.”
It’s a normal human thing to want to be liked by people that you don’t know why they don’t like you, but I’ve realized I can’t keep everybody happy and that if everyone was the same, then everyone would agree with the way I live my life, but they’re not and that’s something you have to accept.
And they’re successful so they should just enjoy the people that are supporting them always, yeah. Every body deals with criticism in their own way. I just have to remember that a lot more people have an opinion, but everyone feels the same.
“I’ve realized I can’t keep everybody happy and that if everyone was the same, then everyone would agree with the way I live my life, but they’re not and that’s something you have to accept.” – Jessie J
Like if somebody came up to you in the street and was like, “Ugh, look what you’re wearing. “I hate you.” You wouldn’t go, “Thanks, lovely to meet you.” Your instinct would be like, “Wait.” But you have to remember that there’s no point in wasting your energy on that and one of the reasons I honestly wrote It’s My Party was to almost verbally try and give those people a hug ’cause the people that need that criticism all the time that’s constantly pushing the hate on everyone else are the people that need a hug.
Rule #7. Be Passionate
People won’t know what I went through between the second and third album, of the fear that was impermented in me, even though I knew I was talented, I have to be confident in what I do and that song was one of the first songs that I recorded for the album and I was actually going to call the album Masterpiece and I just thought it doesn’t make sense. If people hear it on its own, it just sounds like I’m being an absolute asshole, but for me, I’ve never made it.
“I’m passionate. When people can’t deal with how passionate you are, they attack you and that’s the same within anyone.” – Jessie J
I’ve never finished my painting. Until the day that my eyes close and I don’t wake up, I feel like I’m still putting towards my masterpiece and I want to work hard and I’m okay to say, “Hey, I’ve messed up.”
I do things, I say things, I wear things, I date people I shouldn’t, but I’m human and we’re all building on something that we hope can leave a standing of the test of time. And I think that that’s what that song means to me and I’ve really, really put it towards other people that’ve gone, “You can’t do this,” or lied about me and said I’m difficult or this and that and called me a diva, when I’m not. I’m passionate. When people can’t deal with how passionate you are, they attack you and that’s the same within anyone.
Rule #8. Surround Yourself With Great Friends
Just make sure that you surround yourself with people that you see in your future, that were in your past, and are still making an effort to be in your present. That make sense?
Interviewer: That’s good advice, yeah.
I think it’s really important. I think don’t ever base your friendships on the past. Don’t ever think people should just stay in your life because you went to school together. Everyone changes and you grow up and just make sure you surround yourself with people that are making the effort to love you for who you are today and who you are tomorrow.
Rule #9. Be Yourself
“Be yourself. Just always be yourself. Always. Whatever people say about you, whatever people believe that is true, that isn’t about you, trust me. Life is not worth living feeling sad and down and lonely. Just always be true to who you are.” – Jessie J
Don’t become like a cult, like don’t just like me. Be a fan of everyone. You can like Rihanna’s music and mine and Gaga’s. It’s okay. You don’t have to be like, “I’m a Jessie J fan and that’s it.” And my mom and dad would never let me put posters on the wall because they were like “Be you, be inspired, but don’t become anyone else.”
Interviewer: Yeah, yeah.
Which is why I think as an artist I was very, very… The one thing that I was very proud of was when I first came out, no one compared me to anyone. I think you can tell when someone’s idolized somebody sometimes and I think it’s good to be inspired, but don’t become somebody. Be yourself. Just always be yourself. Always. Whatever people say about you, whatever people believe that is true, that isn’t about you, trust me. Life is not worth living feeling sad and down and lonely. Just always be true to who you are.
Rule #10. Have Fun
I’m about to give myself heatstroke and make myself look like a complete donut in public, but it’s all for a good cause. Everyone’s got their cameras out. Oh, yeah! All right, let’s do dis. Hello. Okay, so this is, I can’t even say. This is my gorilla gig, in my gorilla outfit, and I’m going to sing a song that I wrote called Stand Up. Ready? ♫ If you surround yourself with negative people ♫ You’ll never feel settled in or become an equal, no ♫ They’ll suppress you of your spirit and ♫ Rinse you dry of smiles ♫ So reach deep and release your inner child ♫ Yeah ♫ So stand up for the love, love, love ♫ So stand up for the love, love, love ♫ So stand up for the love, love, love, yeah Ha! It’s so hot.
Evan: Thank you, guys, so much for watching. I made this video because Shorouk A asked me to, so if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I will see what I can do.
I’d also love to know what did Jessie J say that had the biggest impact on you, what lesson are you going to take from this video and immediately apply it to you life or business somehow. Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally, I want to give a quick shout-out to Charli Funk. Charli, thank you so much for picking up one of my t-shirts, actually two of my t-shirts and posting that picture on Twitter. I hope you’re enjoying the shirts. It looked great on you and thank you again for your order.
So thank you, guys, again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love. I’ll see you soon.
Don’t Chase Money
Price Tag’s more about remember that when you don’t have money, you don’t need to go to a five star hotel and be in a Jean-Paul Gaultier dress and all this to feel amazing. Just have a little picnic in your front room and just remember that your morals, your beliefs, and the people that are around you are more important than how much money you’ve got in your pocket.
DJ: So there was a time when you were like, “I don’t know if this is ever going to happen.”
Yeah, I feel like every time I took a step forward, like my foot broke or this happened or duh duh duh, I had a stroke when I was 18, just as I got signed, and like it’s always kind of there’s been moments when I’m like, “Argh” but nothing that’s ever kind of stopped me but I felt like, obviously my second album didn’t get released in the U.S. and that was a big knock back for me ’cause it just didn’t feel right here, which is fair and it wasn’t my choice, but, again, it’s frustrating because you want all the fans to grow with you, even if it’s not what you feel they might love. But I just feel like where I’m at right now, I’m very appreciative, even what’s happened today, I never, ever thought I would see my name at the top of the iTunes chart in the U.S. ever, like so I’m feeling pretty…
DJ: You’re feeling yourself today.
No, I feel really like 1% of artists get to release a third album, you know, like only one person can sit at the top, like for that moment, and so when you have it, you just have to enjoy it and have to appreciate it.
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