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Challenge Yourself!

Good morning World. Welcome to another edition of Mindset Monday, live from California. Today's episode is all about challenging yourself and pushing past your limits.

Dealing with Unexpected Changes

We all face unexpected changes in life. In fact, while setting up for this episode, we had to pivot and adjust to the strong winds outside. No matter how prepared you are, you always have to be ready to pivot and adjust. It's essential to remain flexible and adaptable when things don't go as planned. However, this is where true growth can occur, as it forces you to think creatively and adapt to new situations.

Introducing Jennifer Brown

Today's guest is Jennifer Brown, my personal favorite guest ever. She is my wife and owns Hair by Jennifer Black. We will be talking about her personal and professional growth. Jennifer has been a hairstylist for about 9 years now. It was a mid-life career change after her office job had eliminated 60 physicians in one day. Being a single mom at the time, she sent out thousands of emails and resumes, but nothing came through. Her dad encouraged her to sign up for hair school, and now she can't imagine doing anything else. But her story doesn't just end there, as she has faced many challenges and overcame them to become the successful hairstylist she is today.

Family and Background

Jennifer has two adult children, Austin and Ryan, a bonus kid named Courtney, and a cool kid named Brody. They also have two fur babies, who are the cutest, cuddliest dogs ever, but also create a muddy mess all the time. Her family has been a great support system for her, especially during tough times.

Professional Challenges

Jennifer shares how challenging it was to switch from a structured office job to making her own hours as a hairstylist. She had to adapt to the new work environment and learn how to manage her time better. But the transition was worth it, and she has grown both professionally and personally. She has also faced several other professional challenges, such as dealing with difficult clients and managing her own business, but she has learned to be resilient and persistent in the face of adversity.

Physical Challenges

Jennifer also finds ways to challenge herself physically and mentally, such as going to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, climbing down mountains using just chains and willpower, and climbing the Manitou Incline in Colorado a few weeks after having COVID. These challenges push her beyond her limits and help her develop resilience and determination. These experiences have been transformative for her, and have taught her the value of hard work and determination.

Overcoming Challenges

Jennifer admits that it's not easy to push herself through the hardest moments, but her mind is always determined to finish what she started. She believes that the key to overcoming challenges is to stay focused on the end goal and keep moving forward. And the feeling of accomplishment after crossing the finish line is what keeps her going. She also emphasizes the importance of having a strong support system, whether it's family, friends, or colleagues.


Challenging yourself is not just about physical challenges, but also about embracing changes and pushing past your limits. It's about developing resilience, determination, and focus. Keep pushing forward and challenging yourself to achieve more. Remember that with every challenge comes an opportunity for growth and self-improvement. So take that leap of faith and challenge yourself today!


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