Interview: How to Follow Your Passion in Life
I'm so excited to share this week's feature with you! Jill Wagner is a health and fitness coach who I met through social media early this year. I was immediately blown away by her kindness, positive message and determined attitude. She is never without a smile and makes it her job to help others realize their own passion. Let's learn more about Jill's journey!
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Tell me a little about yourself and background
I'm a Nebraska born and raised gal who finally decided to chase her dreams at age 28. I moved to the east coast (specifically South Carolina) in February 2016 and have traveled throughout the Carolina's, Georgia, and Florida for the past year. I come from a large, loving family and miss them all dearly every day. I'm 29 and unmarried with no kids BUT I have the most precious nieces and nephews back home.
They are my main motivation, and I hope to be an amazing role model for them in life. I have a Business degree but it wasn't until after I went to school that I learned I didn't need a degree at all to pursue my passion in life. I've worked several jobs ranging from retail clerk, nanny, and nursing home housekeeper to a paralegal/administrative assistant for a local attorney.
It wasn't until July 2013 that I found my true calling in health and fitness coaching. I help and teach hard-working individuals how to improve their lives, break free from anxiety and temporary fixes, and transform from a hot mess to mega success.
What inspired you to start this journey?
My inspiration to start came from a lifelong passion for fitness and health. I've been an athlete my entire life so coming across an opportunity to help others through my passion helped me find my ultimate purpose in life. When passion and purpose align, it's a beautiful thing. I feel such an immense amount of gratitude daily that God guided me toward this opportunity. The ability to make my own schedule, be my own boss, and help as many people as possible is more freedom than I could have ever imagined.
What motivates you?
My family, especially the littles in my life, truly motivate me. I have pictures of each little (my nieces & nephews) hanging on the wall above my office desk. Seeing their smiling faces pushes me to work harder and dig deeper on the days when I lack motivation. I want to be an example for them that portrays every single possible thing this world has to offer.
Freedom to travel on a whim is also a huge motivation for me. Since I can work from anywhere, I can up and go when needed (or desired) without worrying about taking time off or scheduling this or that. My "work" simply comes with me.
Helping pay it forward by changing others' lives gives me purpose. The incredible people I get to "virtually" meet day in and day out don't realize they are giving me purpose.
What's been the hardest part of your journey?
The hardest part of my journey has been patience and belief. I used to base my belief in myself on the belief others had in me, and it took me moving half way across the country to truly let that go. It now makes no difference to me if the people in my life don't support or believe in me; what matters is that I believe in me. Also, like I said above, the people I help on a daily basis believe in me and count on me, and because I can help change their lives, that gives me all the belief and purpose I need.
As far as patience goes, I've struggled all my life with that, in all areas. I'm an over-achiever AND perfectionist, so I work HARD at anything I do. I thank my father for instilling a hard work ethic in me. So because I work so hard, I forget to have patience but I'm getting there. I'm always a work in progress; we all are. That's what makes life beautiful; seeing change and growth.
WHAT are your goals for the rest of 2017?
My goals for this year are to grow my coaching team more and help others reach the same freedom I have. I'm going to improve my leadership skills and become the best leader I can be. I will gain ground on reaching financial freedom too by paying off student loans and credit card debt. I will also continue to learn more about myself and grown overall as an individual. Consistency and hard work come naturally to me, but leadership and teaching duplication are a struggle, so I choose to improve on those skills with as much training as I can. We must all always be teachable/coachable, and we can never stop learning.
Name three strategies or tools that have made you successful.
Three strategies or tools that have made me successful include attending live events, investing in my own growth and personal development, and learning balance in my work and personal life. I was blessed with the opportunity to have monthly, live phone calls with John Maxwell, the #1 leadership expert in the world, and those calls were phenomenal. I listen to podcasts and books on Audible every single day and don't begin helping others until I have filled my own cup with personal development.
What books are you currently reading?
Currently, my Audible list has a variety, and I listen to a chapter a day from the following books:
- "Crush It!: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion" by Gary Vaynerchuk
- "The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months" by Brian P. Moran & Michael Lennington
- "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" by Jon Gordon
- "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Jay Papasan & Gary Keller
- "The Go-Giver" by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Also, I have read almost EVERYTHING by John Maxwell, and LOVE all his content. He has a new book coming out too! Yay! "Failing Forward' by John Maxwell is phenomenal.
Any advice to the readers?
My best advice to readers is to always be teachable and take massive action toward your goals. We can all have access to any kind of learning, trainings, coaching, etc. BUT if we don't incorporate what we learn, what was it all for? Talent, alone, will not gain you success. You must take massive action and give immense energy & effort to your goals and dreams. Hustle, and hustle hard. Align your priorities with your goals & passions, and you will go far. As one of my favorite mentors, Gary V, would say, "Fix your well, not your sink." Gary V is the man!!! Alot can be learned from him, always.
For more motivation, please be sure to check out Jill Wagner on Instagram @jilly2187! I promise you won't regret it! Thanks again, Jill!