Episode 020: Raising Your Standards with Jermaine Tolbert
"There’s nothing too strenuous that you cannot evolve out of. There’s nothing too difficult for you to handle."
Some Questions I Ask:
[4:58] Was performing for Mario your first “big” performance?
[14:16] How did your large family play into your journey and how did family impact your journey of music and being diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression?
[19:33] Can you paint the picture of making the decision to walk away from signing a record deal with Pharrell Williams, right in front of you, to take a step back and care for yourself?
[23:10] What happened after you stepped away from music to focus on your healing from schizophrenia and depression?
[30:55] What were some of the most impactful realizations you had throughout your healing process?
[32:35] What was your relationship with sacrifice and gratitude before, during, and after this healing process?
[35:50] How long did you leave behind everything to focus on yourself?
[37:45] Did you have a support system throughout this 5 year span of solitude?
[40:02] What are people not doing enough of or are doing too much of in regards to life and technology?
[45:17] Are you still struggling with your schizophrenia and depression since coming back? If so, what are those things you are struggling with?
[46:17] What advice would you give to individuals that are currently struggling with their mental health and similar situations?
[48:40] What are some steps that people around the individual who is struggling with these issues can do to help in the best way possible?
[50:12] How have your relationships changed since coming back from your 5 years of solitude?
[52:15] What’s the biggest thing you’ve seen change in the world after coming back from your 5 years of solitude?
Some Things You'll Learn:
[3:14] Jermaine’s upbringing and the start of his musical journey
[4:30] Jermaine and his friends perform in front of Mario and his manager at a McDonalds
[7:45] Jermaine finding his own path through music
[9:00] How Jermaine Tolbert became a solo artist known as, Nate Calloway
[11:10] The start of the group, 3D, and Jermaine’s introduction to marijuana
[12:00] The negative impact marijuana had on Jermaine’s life
[12:25] Jermaine enters a psychiatric hospital 10 days before signing a record deal with Pharrell Williams
[15:40] The unorthodox way Jermaine’s family showed “love”
[20:24] WHY Jermaine walked away from signing a record deal with Pharrell Williams
[24:45] The absolute power of knowledge
[31:20] Raising your standards
[33:14] The power of writing down what you are grateful for
[36:00] Jermaine disappears for 5 years
[40:40] Choose to collaborate with others
[41:30] The appropriate way to use technology to achieve success
[46:30] Being as self-aware as possible and not lying to yourself
[49:12] Just love others
[52:40] The world truly growing and knocking down doors in regards to open-mindedness
[57:40] You can do anything