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At 40, This Women Was Overweight And Broke. But Pursing Fitness Goal Has Made Her Millions

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At 40, This Women Was Overweight And Broke. But Pursing Fitness Goal Has Made Her Millions

It might not be easy to lose those extra pounds but it is not impossible. The excuses we give ourselves of busy schedule and not-that-fat rant are never ending. However, what if you lose everything else and just have yourself left to work on?

Natalie Jill, an entrepreneur who lost her marriage, house, and retirement at 40, had nothing left for herself. She was overweight and a mother of a new baby. She even had some serious debts to pay. She decided to not quit and lose her mind but instead she began to get back her life and has inspired many since then.

Who is Natalie Jill now?

She is now a popular online personality, fitness goal trainer, a licensed master sports nutritionist, and USA Today bestselling author. She owns Natalie Jill Fitness and helps others like her.

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Jill told Entrepreneur Network, “I can’t control anything else, but I can control my body. If I can just move every day, if I could just start eating better foods, I can control that — and everything else has to start getting better.”

She is an inspiration and motivation to many in the most simple and truest sense. The life lessons that can be learned from Jill will get your feet moving to make your life wonderful.

1. Be yourself.

Jill’s journey had not been easy. She learned her lessons the hard way. She got to work on her dreams when she almost lost everything. She decided to not lose herself in the process. She gained over 50 lbs while she was pregnant, and is now 60 lbs lighter. She did it by not starving herself or going on strict diet regimes but simply by listening to her body and requirements. Natalie Jill’s motto is straightforward: “Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Fit.”

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2. Face reality.

Natalie Jill’s world came crashing down after her divorce. She did not anymore have fancy big house and nice salary cheques to hide behind. She faced the bitter truth and started to fix things. She made a clear vision to get the negativity out of her life. Jill made sure to not try anything intense or fad. She provided herself time to work out things.

“I made this vision board and thought to myself, If I could just stare at this vision board a few times, maybe I can start to believe that this is who I can be and work toward it.”

3. Always learn.

The fitness trainer describes her rock-bottom phase as ultimatum time. She took up the challenge but kept a clear mind in learning things from scratch. Natalie Jill suffers from autoimmune disease that does not allow her to consume gluten so she made gluten-free diets. She also has back pains at times so her exercises and workout plans are designed to prevent them.

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Apart from learning from herself, she advises entrepreneurs to keep learning from everyone. She believes that by learning, you will know your strengths and something new that you can try out.

“Every entrepreneur out there — we leave trails of stuff. You can see what we did. We have products. We have blogs. We have videos. We leave all that information out there. Be a student!”

4. Share your story.

In hard times, we all think that we are the only one who is suffering such turmoil in life. When Jill started to work out and exercise to look her better self, she started to share her journey and diet plans over social media. Soon, she had a following and that is how Natalie Jill Fitness was born.

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She shared her story and efforts without adding anything fancy to it. Turned out that her fitness lessons and weight loss strategy does wonder to not only her but many others.

5. Don’t get offended.

There will be many instances when someone or the else will try to pull you down. Do not let your life and success be offended by those who just wish to play the blame game.

“Walking on eggshells and trying not to offend people does NOT work because those people who are constantly ‘offended’ are not ready to be their best selves…yet. They are still in the blame-game mentality and they feel it necessary to place blame outwardly onto others, instead of being real and looking at themselves.”

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Last Updated on November 18, 2021

10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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