Janine Shepherd Doesn't Let Anything Hold Her Back, Learn How This Wonderful Women Has Achieved So Much

Mar 31, 2020

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Janine Shepherd Doesn't Let Anything Hold Her Back, Learn How This Wonderful Women Has Achieved So Much
By Lauren Fowkes

Welcome back to the “Perfect Pitch Show” where Brandon Burns, Head of Community – Runway Virtual, has interviews small business founders / entrepreneurs about secret sauce to their successful start-up journey. 

Today we are privileged to introduce you to Janine Shepherd, a fantastic entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker and much more! She began a professional career as an athlete with dreams of reaching the Olympics before she had a tragic accident, but she has never let that stop her. We talk to her about her book, her movie and her experiences as an entrepreneur, even though it's still only dawning on her that she is one! Janine is a global motivational speaker and author who has an amazing story to tell and understands that life is tough for everyone and we all have our own challenges to face. Her goal is to help everyone achieve their dreams and to find the motivation to do so! She is the CEO of the School for Resilience, a 6-week course she designed to help businesses and individuals thrive in the face of adversity and hardship.

As an Australian herself, Janine’s story is one of true inspiration and perseverance. We hope that our regional and remote entrepreneur readers will find her journey motivating and rousing enough to reach out.


Early Career and The Accident

Janine has always had a successful future ahead of her, though entrepreneurism isn’t where she thought her path would lead. Holding a degree in Sports Science, Janine was training to become an Olympic level athlete in skiing, however during a training accident she was hit by a utility truck that left her unconscious for ten days. Janine had done a lot of damage to her body, but she wasn’t broken by any means. When she woke, Janine was told she wouldn’t walk again and while this news was devastating, she was dedicated at proving them wrong. After the accident, Janine knew she would need a new trajectory since she would no longer be able to reach her Olympic dreams and thus started her journey into entrepreneurship.

Re-learning to walk was a challenge, and it was one that Janine coupled with learning to fly. She went on to become not only a qualified commercial pilot, but an aerobatics flying instructor as well. Amongst this she obtained her university Degree, raised three children as a single Mum and was awarded the Order of Australia. Janine also wrote a number of books, is a best-selling author and even has a movie showcasing her brilliant triumphs. Now, Janine has a vast number of achievements on her belt including having her own TED talk and starting her own online course for resilience, but this barely scratches the surface on the many accomplishments she has.


Additional Hardships and the School For Resilience

The accident wasn’t the only hardship Janine would face before things would start looking up for her. Life isn’t easy, everyone has their own struggles, their own adversities and challenges. In 2012, thanks to the Global Financial Crisis, Janine lost her home. As a single mother of three children, this was a daunting and scary time for her, but she kept looking up. Janine decided she was going to move to the United States of America, despite not having a job, any speaking gigs or even a book deal ready to go over there. Still, despite the warnings from those around her she knew that was where she wanted to be. She was guided by kind words she had received from an Indian male who had seen her recent TED talk in America, telling her that he had had an ailment for over 19 years and was considering suicide, but her talk had changed his mind. This led her to believe that her purpose was to help others overcome their own challenges. Janine faces adversity with optimism, and she was positive that she would prosper once she made it abroad, and she was right! Trusting that she had a deeper purpose to fulfil, Janine listened to her heart and took the risks she needed to get to where she is today.

When studying counselling, Janine had a study buddy whom helped her come up with the idea for the School for Resilience. They were discussing ‘having an itch’ and thus the idea for the School for Resilience was born. Janine knew she wanted to help people, and it was a light bulb moment for her when she realised that she could help others become more resilient. She had more than enough life experience undergoing vast changes and adjusting to the curve balls life throws at us, so that’s what she decided to do. At first, Janine penned the name ‘School of Resilience’ but this URL had already been taken by what she believes to be a Firefighting agency. Thus, she decided to swap ‘of’ to ‘for’ and upon finding that this domain was available, ultimately, she liked this name better as it suited her purpose more effectively.

The School for Resilience outlines what Janine calls the “Five Pillars of Resilience” within twelve key steps that are designed to help you develop an “unshakable core”. These five pillars are:

  1. We are never alone, and always connected
  2. The Universe always says YES
  3. You are the Producer, Director and Actor in the story of your life
  4. Choice is the most powerful tool you have
  5. This, too, shall pass

And the twelve key steps of resilience are as follows:           

  1. Acceptance
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Compassion
  4. Optimism
  5. Values
  6. Strengths
  7. Hope
  8. Meaning & Purpose
  9. Laughter/Humour
  10. Connection/Spirituality
  11. Mindfulness: Mind, Body, Spirit
  12. Gratitude


The course goes for a total of six weeks and is completely online, video sessions and workbook exercises are included and so is the accompanying e-book all for just $99 or 3 payments of $40 each if you sign up before April 1st 2020! After April 1st this course will be priced at $149. Upon enrolling you will have access to all of the above as well as Facebook groups and other fun activities Janine and the School is putting on!


Janine’s Mistakes and Advice

Janine says that “life is hard, it’s really tough and full of hills, but once you accept that life has hills then the hills don’t matter anymore”. She is passionate about helping others through their hardships and allowing them to flourish. Her success has come from tackling her challenges head on and not letting them hold her back, she is constantly looking at the next thing she can do and who she can help. On the topic of mistakes, Janine admits she doesn’t believe in mistakes and sees them as lessons more than anything. She lost a lot when she lost her house in 2012, and she could look back and see that as a mistake, but if she hadn’t lost her house and everything with it then she wouldn’t have made the decision to move to America. She says it’s important to stay focussed and positive as an entrepreneur, removing as much negativity as you can.

On the topic of staying focussed, Janine says it is okay to ask for help don’t be afraid to do it. You will find someone out there who is willing and able to give you a hand, you just might need to ask around a bit first. There is no shame in that. Janine practises meditation and is very spiritual, she believes you need to pay attention to your life or else you might miss some of the opportunities it throws your way. She trusts that the universe is benevolent and that everything happens for a reason, so take the time to pause and absorb your surroundings. One of Janine’s favourite phrases is ‘festina lente’ which is Latin for ‘hasten slowly’, entrepreneurism is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t rush ahead and burn out too quickly, or else you won’t have the energy to keep going and keep putting in the work you need to make your business thrive.

Finally, Janine says you need to take risks and get outside your comfort zone. She says, “if you’re not living on the edge your taking up too much space”. Be open, have an open and accepting heart, and even though you will make mistakes keep trying and keep putting yourself out there as long as you stay optimistic.


The Ask

As we always do, we asked Janine what the key Ask for her is, how we can help her out. She would love for all of our readers and listeners to check out her website and the School for Resilience. She is passionate about coaching and guiding others on their journey to reach their potential by being resilient. She encourages for you to jump online and check out the resilience quiz that is linked to the site, this will tell you where you are at currently and give you an understanding of whether she could help you or not! Being in self-isolation there is no better time to start building your abilities at being robust and unshakeable!


You can contact Janine using these links!

Runway Virtual
Janine Shepherd
School for Resilience


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