Today in 1993, the “Janet” album by Janet Jackson became the number one album in the U.S. I remember so well when it came out and how it was deemed a true turning point in her career. Considered as the album that truly set her apart her from older brother Michael, “Janet” was highly praised for showing significant growth from the previous releases.
.‘Janet’ album cover: 1993
I was also amazed how her redefined music and style were so different from what everyone expected of her. The “Janet” album quickly became one of my favorites, and the direction that I noticed she was taking with her career and image taught me the truth about comparisons and expectations.
During the early stages of her career, it was presumed that Janet Jackson would be nothing more than an shadow of her chart-topping King of Pop brother MJ–Just another artist forever striving to be just like him in every way. No one ever believed that success was possible for her otherwise.
But she proved everyone wrong.
Janet rose to be one of the world’s top entertainers in her own right. And she did not achieve that status by emulating her brother or constantly measuring her singing, dance moves, and professional accolades to his. Janet Jackson became a megastar by doing one thing and one thing only: steering clear from everyone’s comparisons and expectations. In her mind, she knew that was the only way to reach the success that she desired.
Here is the reflection that I shared today on my Facebook page about the video clip above – check it out!
Never compare yourself to others — be yourself.
Many people can relate to this video clip. In the interview, Janet Jackson is continuously asked questions about comparisons to her brothers and wanting to be like them, and with each response she stresses her uniqueness and her comfort with her own talents and achievements–even to the point of slight frustration.
You may find in your own journey that people may not even take the time to try to see your hard work, your distinct abilities, qualities, or even your own personality–they keep comparing you to others who may be at a higher level than you, in hopes to make you feel small…
Don’t let that happen!! Fully love and embrace the YOU that you are — own it!!
Be content with your own path. Remember: just like Janet, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone–keep doing your best and being the best YOU that you can be, and the rest of the world will discover how uniquely and wonderfully talented you are in time — just like with Janet.♥
Just think: had she spent her entire career emulating Michael and measuring herself and her efforts to his success, she never would have achieved all of this:
So remember, you do a huge disservice to yourself when you constantly compare yourself to others. Never allow anyone to stress you about how, what, or where you should be in life—and DO NOT put that stress on yourself!! Simply live your truth of who you are and what you want to do, and keep giving your all to it no matter what. Before you know it, you will be a ‘star’ in your own right, too! 🙂
In celebration all of the songs released during the “Janet” era — enjoy this mega mix!
Ever had to deal with the pressure of other people’s expectations? Do you sometimes get stressed because you find that you’re comparing yourself to others? How do you handle it? Share with me below or drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo source: JanetJackson.com