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Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo on How to Reinvent Yourself, Daily Routines, and His First Paycheck


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Jason Derulo is a singer, songwriter, actor and author and is one of the most talented people I've ever had on my show.  He has sold more than 250 million singles worldwide, and joins Taylor Swift, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Maroon Five, and Christina Aguilera as the only artists in history to have a number one single on US Pop Radio in three different decades.  Jason is also one of the top 20 most followed people in the world on social media – he has more than 300 million followers across all platforms.  He is also a successful entrepreneur, investor, and author of the awesome book, Sing Your Name Out Loud: 15 Rules for Living Your Dream: The Inspiring Story of Jason Derulo.   He also has some of the best advice I have ever heard on the show for people starting their careers and are struggling finding traction.

Here are Jason's 15 Rules for Living Your Dream:

  1. Take risks. Failure is good.
  2. Unlock closed doors. But go through the open ones first.
  3. You are only as good as your routine. Train repetitively for your success.
  4. Success is for rent. You’ll never pay it off.
  5. Stop showing off. Invite your audience to the party.
  6. Obstacles are opportunities. Grab creative blessings in disguise.
  7. Decide what is important to you. Then connect it to how you spend your time.
  8. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, become critics.
  9. Respect the hive. Your copilots are as important as the destination.
  10. Trust the data. Creativity and analytics go hand in hand.
  11. Collaborate, period. Choose people you can teach and learn from.
  12. Reveal yourself in your best light. Ignore what works for everyone else.
  13. Talent is overrated. Desire is the gift.
  14. Work hardest at what comes easiest. Go from good to great.
  15. Choose your competition. And keep pushing that bar higher.


12:32 - Jason's First Song and First Crush (Crush on You)
15:08 - Jason's Mentor and His Love of Basketball
20:05 - Writing Placements, Making Connections, and 'Whatcha Say'
23:36 - Timing on Song Releases, Tiger Woods, and David Letterman
29:01 - Getting Discovered on MySpace
31:31 - Jason's First Paycheck and Buying a Car (Betting on Himself and Forcing Financial Constraints to Make It)
34:32 - Jason's Philosophy on Money
39:44 - Sometimes Reality Isn't the Dream, Value the Process
44:45 - Jason's College Experience (Hard Work, Ramen, and Living on $1 a Day)
49:28 - Breaking His Neck and Reinventing Himself with a Daily Routine



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