Today we are interviewing the incredible Dr. Jinneh H. Dyson. She is an Amazon bestseller for her book “Think your Way Up: 21 Mental Habits of High Performance People”. She is one extraordinary woman and if you look at her, she is nothing like her story as she has risen from her circumstances to the woman she is now, and she will share that with us today. Here are highlights from our conversation:
- At age 4, growing up in what she calls a “family of hurting”, she learned how to hate herself and she learned to dislike herself. She said she basically grew up as an unhappy child – she was very sad but she learned quickly how to mask that so that nobody would know that she was hurting and what helped her to pretend was that she had all these dreams inside and she used her dreams to propel her to excel because she didn’t want people to notice her.
- At age 14, her mom passed away and she was left depressed and feeling alone. She felt that God was punishing her and she felt that she was trying to do everything the right way, and here, God has taken everything from her. She was completely discouraged and disappointed and very down but she knew she had to keep going because she knew that if she didn’t, people would be in her business and she didn’t want them in her business because she didn’t want to seem weak. She knew she had to fight and she had to put on this survival mask and keep going.
- Her turning point came at age 21, where she was so down, clinically depressed that she lived in her closet for 3 months. And then, when all hope seemed lost, she hears THE voice that told her that she needs to “Get up and Think Up”. For 11 years she went on this journey of self-discovery, trying to figure out who she was and it wasn’t until this year, 11 years later, that the definition of Think Up came and that’s how the book surfaced.
- She thinks so many people have become defined by worldly standards. We think we should do, act and behave what the world says we should do, act and behave. Or we start journeys in business because we see people making the quick money but we don’t even want to do that – we don’t even have the purpose and passion in-line. We’re trapped into these standards of not where we are supposed to be. She always says that if she had planned this life, she would’ve missed this life. That means that everything that she has gone through has prepared her for this moment. And in order for her to serve and be able to give to women, she had to go through those things, which means that her purpose has been with her all along.
- She believes that you don’t have to find your purpose; it’s not lost, it’s not going anywhere. All you have to do is stand. You have everything you need already within you. You just have to believe that you have it and believe that you stand and be still, all things will work together.
- Her business started just last year, and what kept her momentum was the fact that she I positioned herself and eliminated all excuses. All she knows how to do is tell what has helped her. She worked with what she had. When she started this business, actually last year, she didn’t have a website, or business card or business plan. All she had was passion.
- Her book, Success Beyond Stress was the first thing she did when she started this business last year and Success Beyond Stress is really just a simple guide that shows you that even in the midst of your challenges, your layoffs, your problems, your kids going beyond control – that you can still have success. That you can still attract and achieve anything in your life if you only develop the mental habit that you need – because everything starts in your mind. Grab her free book at successbeyondstress.com.
- Think Your Way Up is all about creating the future you want in your mind. In her book, she talks about 3 phases: the Think Up phase, the Train up phase, and the Turn up phase. Some of the habits in the book really address people in all walks of life. One way is to think about the things you do over and over and over and those are your habits. With this book she talks specifically about habits. One habit she talks about is habit #8, which is exercise your mind. We all talk about physical exercise but there is also mental exercise, but there is also training your mind that you only allow positive thoughts to enter your mind as well as to exit it. There’s also a No-Complaining zone. It teaches you how to not complain about things, but catches you in the middle of that. Gratitude is the most powerful element you will have and it’s the number one thing that will take you from this level to the next level. Another habit is becoming Emotionally Wealthy. How does your emotional bank account look like?
Are you emotionally bankrupt? This is a book Jinneh personally didn’t want to write but it’s the book God told her people need to read. She stands in pure obedience to make sure that no woman, no man, no child suffer in silence.
You can find out more about Dr. Jinneh at http://jinnehdyson.com