In this Episode, you’ll Discover the power of the ASK, dealing with crisis and adversity, and more with Genius Network member JJ Virgin.
JJ Virgin is a Celebrity Nutritionist, Fitness Expert, Author of NY Times Bestsellers The Virgin Diet the Sugar Impact Diet and more. She is committed to empower you to reach your healthiest and happiest life.
Recorded Live from the Genius Network Annual Event.
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Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn from JJ Virgin in this episode:
- How doing the one thing she feared most changed her life.
- What you can do when it seems like there’s nothing you can do.
- The difference between being real and being vulnerable.
- The impact that sharing your personal struggles can have on your business relationships.
- How asking for help can actually be the most empowering thing that happens to you.
- Why giving of yourself really helps other people.
- How sharing from a place of total vulnerability can actually be the most empowering thing you ever do.
- The most miraculous thing that came from asking the hardest question of her life.
- “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt. 1:45
- JJ talks about doing something that terrified her because it’s been the most impactful thing to happen to her.
- 11 months ago she was on top of the world. “Looking back I had no idea how powerful this was all going to be – and really because of a question.” (2:40)
- She’s a New York Times bestselling author who hates writing! (2:55)
- While her professional life seemed perfect, reality was that she was needing to reconnect with her teenage sons. (3:29)
- “It’s amazing how an instant decision can just change everything.” (4:23)
- On an ordinary evening with her family, her son Grant left home and was hit by a car.(4:53)
- At the hospital she was told nothing could be done, to let him go, but she couldn’t. (5:11)
- Alone in the ICU, in a very dark place, completely powerless, out of control, she had to do something. (5:30)
- She let go of her perfect public tv persona, previously she kept her personal life completely out of the spotlight. (6:05)
- She wrote a letter and sent it everywhere… to all her friends, family, mailing lists, social media saying: “I don’t want your sympathy – here’s what happened – but I need your support.”(6:50)
- We all talk about getting real and being authentic in our marketing. “There’s getting real and then there’s getting vulnerable.” (7:00)
- “When you take that chance to be vulnerable, it is unbelievable what happens.” (7:05)
- Within minutes JJ experienced an incredible outpouring of support and medical advice from all areas of her life, even people she hadn’t met. (7:15)
- She realized she could not do what she had planned to promote her book and care for her son, and that it wouldn’t be enough. She sent out an S.O.S. to business affiliates and partners and they stepped up to help her. (08:00)
- The book debuts at #3, on the list for 23 weeks, $6 million so far. (08:50)
- This story is really a story about getting totally vulnerable. (9:05)
- “What does it do for you when you hear someone share this piece of them? It makes them approachable, it makes them relatable. You start to identify with them. You want to be a part of it. “(9:15)
- Now people ask her about Grant, and then they share what has happened to them, because of her work. (9:34)
- “It’s really incredible – It’s also incredibly scary. But the more you start do it, the more your comfort zone expands, and it becomes just the way that you live and you get so much more from doing it.” (9:50)
- “When you give like this, it’s incredible what it does for other people.” (10:15)
- We all have something we can share that people can relate to. “It’s not enough to just be real or authentic, it is a matter of sharing the struggle, sharing the pain.” (10:33)
- Looking back, It’s all how you frame it: “This past 11 months have been the most amazing time of my entire life. It’s been the best for my family – we’re connected again.”(11:00)
- It’s so incredible to see what can come from a place of total vulnerability, of asking that question, asking for help. You find out that it’s actually the most empowering thing that can happen to you. (11:12)
- Here’s the most amazing thing that came from JJ asking for help: Grant is alive and well through the help of brain researchers who reached out to her. (11:30)
- Last week she was kayaking in Key West with BOTH sons. Grant is a miracle!(11:39)