JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
JoVan Roseboro, author of The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me
The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me is a self-help memoir set to offer advice with any aspect of life. Within the pages of this book, you’ll learn you’re dealing with a special young man who is truly gifted at motivating others.
JoVan is a modern day social powerhouse. He is cut from the same cloth as many of the great men of the past. The changes he has made in his life and the ability to motivate people, who many look past, gives him a quality comparable to Malcolm X. His faith in God and compassion for other has glimpses of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
JoVan reached out even farther into the lives of many by showing his personal resolve by walking over 400 miles in twenty-five days to prove there is more people could be doing for others.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me?
JoVan Roseboro: I had a friend who was struggling with some personal issues at work. I was working at a car dealership in Lumberton, NC, at the time, and he asked me for a ride home one day. I decided to stop by the book store before I took him home.
I told him about a few self help books that I had read and suggested that he take a look at them. He wasn’t a big reader, so I suggested that he listen to the audio versions. The book store didn’t have the books that I wanted him to check out, and it hit me.
There weren’t many self help books that appealed to young people like ourselves. There were a lot of self help books available there, but none that really catered to the needs of the young people of today. That’s the night I started writing.
JP: What sets The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me apart from other books in its genre?
JR: Self-help is a genre that caters to a lot of different types of people. A lot of self-help books can be a little complicated and even boring. The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me offers readers an opportunity to enjoy a simple methodology of improving their lives.
It explains in simple terms, a very effective way of thinking that can help you improve your situation, no matter what that situation may be. You don’t have to have a doctorate degree or be an astute business mind to grasp the information. It’s a great tool for anyone who picks it up. It doesn’t matter what your background is; you will surely enjoy the effective information within its pages.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me getting out to the public?
JR: I’m a 29 year old ex-drug dealer and high school drop out. I feel like my passion for helping people and my drive pushes my book. I’ve sold thousands of copies of the audio version out of the trunk of my car and have grown along this journey.
My book is another tool that I use to help people, but it’s just a branch of the spirit of me. I pursue helping others on a daily basis. From feeding the homeless to performing selfless acts like a 400-mile journey on foot from Fayetteville, NC, to the White House to inspire people to help others in their own communities to filming a documentary on the streets of Skid Row L.A. in order to create awareness about the homeless community across America.
I do what I can to promote serious change. It’s a lifestyle, not an occupation. I pray that my passion, ambition and determination continue to spread a timeless message of love that we need right now. I’ll continue to spread love until the day I die. Its a calling.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me?
JR: The writing process was difficult, yet beautiful. I saw that there was a need for a self-help piece in the community. I focused on the needs that most needed to be met. I focused on issues that most people like myself face – issues that even myself struggled with from time to time.
It became easier as I realized that if I spoke to my own heart, it would reach the hearts of people in my community like me. That message is a powerful message for everyone. It took a couple weeks to write the first portion and another couple months to write the details of my walk from Fayetteville, NC, to the White House. The entire process was beautiful.
JP: What’s next for JoVan Roseboro?
JR: Right now, I’m working on completing a documentary. I’m filming to create awareness about the homeless community in America; I’m filming on Skid Row (Downtown Los Angeles). I have a curriculum focused on at-risk youth that I created and developed with a child psychologist in Atlanta that has been placed in the North Carolina School System.
It’s currently being used in the 21st Century program in Columbus County, NC. I’m working hard to place the curriculum in different programs that work with youth across the country. I am also in the process of creating and developing a curriculum for The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me with my publisher K.L Belvin that will be released in the month of August.
Developing and marketing these products is a full-time job. The speaking circuit is also a full-time marketing venture. The future holds a lot. I’m dedicated and hard-working, and I am on a mission to touch the lives of people across international lines.
Wherever God leads me, I will go. I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon. A Nobel Peace Prize would mean a lot to a a lot of people; I am striving to make an impact in this world.