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“Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be.”

Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC is a fitness, wellness and empowerment company. Jillian uses her experiences, knowledge, skills, training, and education to create powerful, inspirational, engaging, educational, and entertaining books, speeches, articles, screenplays, DVDs, and films to help people live empowered, passionate, successful, and healthy lives mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Jillian Bullock Enterprises BusinessInterviews.com: You end most of your speeches with the following quote – “Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be.” Can you elaborate on how these words help serve as the foundation for your company?

Jillian: As someone who endured tremendous obstacles in my life, including growing up with my white stepfather, who was in the Philadelphia Italian Mafia, dealing with rape, homelessness, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, criminal activity, and prostitution, the odds were that I would probably end up in prison or dead. Even when I got clean, went back to school, then on to college, and I started excelling in my career as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, many people, including family members, told me I wouldn’t succeed. Even worse, they told me my son, the one I had when I was 16, would end up a criminal. He would become a product of my past. That’s when I said, “Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be.” I set out to not only prove those people wrong, but I wanted to instill in my son a sense of greatness because I knew we both were going to achieve wonderful things in life. I clung to what I called ‘fighting spirit’ to get me through some tough times. I kept that quote in mind when I started my fitness, wellness and empowerment company, along with my other quote – “When life deals you hardships and challenges which threaten your happiness and success, you have a choice: Either lie down and quit or stand up and fight.” These two quotes are what my company is based on because so many people are stuck on what has happened in their past, so they give up, quit, are fearful, have low self-esteem, and continue to make self-defeating choices in life. They truly don’t believe they are worthy of success, greatness or to be happy. I teach people from all walks of life how to overcome that way of thinking.

BusinessInterviews.com: What did your turning point look like?

Jillian: When my son, Clinton, was born I knew I had to fight to stay clean from drugs and from the criminal mentality, which came from living on the streets and learning how to survive. Throughout the years, as I started my transformation, I often slipped up because I was all by myself, and I didn’t know how to stop the emotional pain I held within. So, my major turning point came when I realized I had to find a way to forgive myself for all the wrongs I had done to people. Most importantly, I had to learn how to forgive myself and stop beating myself up for my past. Surprisingly, those ‘emotional ghosts’ that were haunting me all my life only left a couple of years ago. It takes a lot of work to truly transform one’s life and become whole mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

BusinessInterviews.com: What’s one marketing strategy that’s worked really well for you?

Jillian: I make sure I put information and products out to people so they get a sense that I am like them in many ways. So many people are hurting inside. They may seem just fine on the outside, but they’re not. They want someone to understand what they’re going through and not judge them. Having been through so much in my life makes me relatable to people, and that’s how I market myself and my company. In 2014, I’m really ramping up my marketing efforts (more blogging, press releases, ads, media interviews, etc.) to get my fitness, empowerment and life transformation services out there.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you talk about the process behind developing a fitness program for self-defense program for girls and women?

Jillian: As someone who was raped at age 11, I dealt with a great deal of shame and anger for many years. I had a difficult time forming a good relationship with men, and I often gravitated toward men who were toxic. This happens often to females who were sexually assaulted. So, I started taking Tae Kwon Do, and later Wing Chun, to help build my confidence and lessen my anger. Eventually, I got my black belt in both styles of martial arts. However, without counseling it was still difficult to deal with the incident. What actually helped me heal was helping others. A few years ago, I decided to become an advocate of girls’ and women’s health and wellness. I created Fighting Spirit Warriors, a fitness for self-defense program for girls and women ages 10-65. Through workshops females learn why being physically fit is vital to help reduce their chances of becoming a victim or rape, sexual assault or domestic violence. Through seminars and lectures they also learn safety and preventive measures, how to spot a predator and the red flag warning signs of an abuser. I travel the country teaching my program, and my goal is to continue to build on this brand, so all females become “Warriors.”

BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to write your first fitness book, “Fitness Between the Sheets” and was the process easier or more challenging that you anticipated? Do you have any more books in the pipeline?

Jillian: I came up with this book in somewhat of a strange way. Many people, who purchased my memoir, HERE I STAND, which was published in 2012, actually contacted me to ask questions about fitness and sex. Considering my past life as a prostitute, and my current life as a fitness and wellness expert, they assumed I could help them in this area. I started giving people advice and eventually I said I should just write a book. “Fitness Between the Sheets,” which will be out in September 2014, isn’t a ‘sex book’ per say. It’s actually geared toward couples; those in loving, committed relationships who want to improve their sex lives. Many people think they’re good lovers, but they’re not for many reasons, and one of them is because they aren’t fit and healthy. Two, they have to concentrate on doing specific exercises for sexual positions, especially ones where endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength are involved. The book will definitely be fun and entertaining, and as well as educational and informative. It’s just another way for me to use my experiences to help others live a rich and full life.

BusinessInterviews.com: One of the main reasons you started your company was to empower and give people the tools and guidance to achieve success despite the obstacles, hardships or challenges against them. Can you share any success stories that you’ve witnessed due to the help of your work in the community and beyond?

Jillian: One man wrote me from prison. He shared with me why he was in prison, the mistake he made when he was a teenager – selling drugs. Now, some 10 years later, he was getting paroled. He wanted advice on how he could use his past experiences to become a role model to young men in his community, and the steps he needed to take to become a motivational speaker. He said he got his life in order, (earned his GED and college degree), while he was in prison. I could tell the man was sincere, so I wrote him a detailed letter and told him to contact me once he got out. I still keep in contact with the man, who is doing great work in his community. I’ve helped thousands of people, who have contacted me to say either they read my memoir, or they attended one of my seminars, workshops or lectures, or heard me on the radio, or saw me on TV, in a magazine or newspaper. From business people to rape survivors, I am proud to say my company is doing the work I intended it to do. In 2013, I got certified as a professional life coach. This is yet another way I can use my experience, skills, education, and knowledge to help empower people to be “Victors, Not Victims.”

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