“I Believe That to Create Joy In Our Lives We Need To Give back To Others”

Brian Bortnick

Words of Wisdom with Jane Diamond of Jane Diamond Wellness

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jane Diamond of Jane Diamond Wellness. Jane is a health and wellness innovator transforming the lives of 1000’s of people to achieve maximum well-being. When you listen to Jane’s story you immediately understand that if you follow her lead you can use perseverance, grit, hard work and passion to change yourself and your world.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I grew up with very humble beginnings — two older brothers and a caring and strong single mother who worked 3 jobs to support her family and help pay for her kid’s education. I learned at a young age that I had to work hard and to approach life with resiliency — there was really no other choice. Going to work at 12 was very hard; at times I was ashamed and embarrassed that I wasn’t like every other kid my age. My childhood, ballet lesson (I was pretty good — danced at Pennsylvania Ballet) disappeared.

I continued to work all through high school and got a waitressing job while in college. I thought this was great because I could pick the best hours to work and I always had cash! I had a great knack for telling people a little bit of my story and got even bigger tips and regular customers.

One day, when I was just going to start my career as a television producer in the local Philadelphia market, I was involved in a horrific car accident that nearly left me crippled. I spent 2 years in and out of the hospital — in and out of body casts, bedridden — experiencing one setback after another. I spent my days alone. I had an aide to stay with me during the day until my mother got home attending to my basic needs — like changing my bedpan. It was quite a humbling experience.

As I began my rehabilitation and was experiencing continued setbacks my emotional spirit was also suffering — Many days I felt defeated and invisible.

Flash Forward — When I finally got an ok from my surgeon that I could begin to exercise I joined a local health club. During a class, the instructor had an emergency and asked me to fill in for her and I loved every minute I taught! My career had begun. I became certified and took additional training programs and opened my first studio. I was so connected to the healing process through proper exercise and training but I also wanted the science and education that went along with resiliency, passion and perseverance. I continued my training for years with Wellcoaches and The Institute of Coaching, part of McLean Hospital at Harvard and The Newfield Network so I could provide my clients a pathway for purpose, action and goal accomplishment.

I am your walking poster girl for never giving up. There is a big difference between can and can’t. I have had 14 operations on my leg, the last surgery just 2 years ago. I will spend my life as a patient, which has led me to work with many people recovering from injury and illness. I tell those who I coach, ‘you are entitled to a bad day once in a while, but it can’t be every day.’ Happy challenged people make the world a better place. I guide my clients with science, their own narrative, a hard work ethic, resiliency and the importance and strength from building relationships. We leverage consequences, practice and repetition to achieve goals.

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Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company.

For me it has been the opportunity to work with so many interesting and amazing people, which has motivated and pushed me harder.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

I believe it is my ability to be empathetic to every individual. I listen and then, share some of my story and experience- to build a foundation of credibility and trust. I have spent a great deal of time learning about the body and how to drive people. I am always appreciative for the referrals I get from orthopedists and oncologists to help their patients.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

It took me a long time to deeply appreciate and understand the resiliency and grit that showed up in my mother everyday. Her tireless pursuit has been my greatest lesson.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I believe that to create joy in our lives we need to give back to others. When I had my training studios I opened them up to the community during scheduled times and charged $2 per person. I believe everyone has to invest in his or her personal well-being. My goal is to create self leaders and in turn, they have the skill, ability , desire and understanding to give back. We had packed groups and every participant received the same service and level of care as my existing clients.

Currently, my hope is to work on a project with a large Philadelphia based hospital group that will be bringing specific medical and wellness services into the undeserved community. When it comes to heart disease and diabetes, for example, up to 80 percent of it is related to lifestyle, and that is pretty astounding. We need to look at how we can help someone be more self-reliant and take charge. When they thrive, they can be the next role models for their community.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I launched my Start-Up” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Don’t think you can do everything yourself. When I opened my first studio — I did the designing, marketing, training, hiring, coaching, teaching…, . I was burning myself out working 7 days a week day and night and caring for 2 small children.

Do what you do best and hire others. Hire a mentor and understand you are not good at everything. There are so many people you can learn from that will propel you faster to attain your goals, with a lot less stress.

NETWORK and be the greatest steward of your network!

Know your message, your market and the problem you are solving. You can’t be everything to everyone!

Be authentic, credible, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I never say I can teach, guide lead, train or coach unless I am all of those things and more.

The Coaching 101 Rule — if you say you are going to do something for someone, even if it as simple as providing information, follow through.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

There are 4 people that pop into my head instantly — Tom and David Gardner, brothers and creators of Motley Fool Investments. There ability to analyze data, conduct in-depth research, celebrate their successes and learn from mistakes exemplifies their commitment and passion to share their knowledge and understanding of business and the markets.

Erik Larsen, one of the greatest writers of our time. He has the ability to take an event and weave a narrative that captures every essence and moment in time. He transports the reader to be fully present and takes us on a journey of history where we get to experience it as if it were happening now. I told my kids as they were growing up — Reading takes us places we can never go on our own. Great storytelling is a remarkable skill.

Sara Bareilles — a singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller whose talent is beyond words.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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