(DOUG JESSOP’S UTAH SUCCESS STORIES – ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this episode of Doug Jessop’s Utah Success Stories I got the opportunity to interview a woman that has taken this expression to heart and condensed down to a two-minute news feature.
“You take a tragedy, and you take the scars from it and you build from it and you make something better.” Those are just some of the words from the powerful person I did an extended interviewed in a recent episode of Jessop’s Journal that you can see in its twenty-one-minute entirety by CLICKING HERE.
Jillian Marty found herself a single Mom of two young children after the unexpected death of her husband. She told me; “The very first Christmas after I started by business my little guy, he was six, he said ‘I guess you’re not going to be able to make it to my program.’ I said, you know, I can since Mommy started her business. When I walked into that gymnasium and saw him up there looking around and was able to connect with him. I was like, I’m doing the right thing. I have to fight for this. I don’t have an option. That was kind of my drive for having my own business so I could be more available for their lives.
I’m guessing Jillian may have seen a couple tattoos or even micro blades that didn’t quite go right. We talked about “the wonderful world of regrets.” She smiled and replied; “Yes, that’s the story of that business for sure. You never get a call that says, you know I really like this, but it’s got to go. Nine times out of ten, it’s regrets. It’s poor work. It’s old. I don’t know why I’d do this to myself. I thrive on the people that come in from prison and say; “I was in a bad place. Will you remove these teardrops?” Or if there are any kind of gang symbols or something like that, they want a fresh start.
What does Jillian like the most about what she does?
“I like to create better self-esteem and confidence in people or job opportunities that they might not be able to have if they are covered in tattoos and they need them gone. So it’s just building up another human and seeing that drastic before and after. The appreciation that I see in their face when it’s done. I’m okay this is why I do what I do. Or the people that cry after they get their new brows because they lost all of them during chemo. This is very gratifying to me to give back.”
She has advice for other entrepreneurs. “You have to believe in your heart of hearts that it is something that can thrive if it really is going to last. Beyond ‘great I met my financial goal now what?’ Then that kind of fizzles out. But once you meet that financial goal it only gives you the opportunity to keep building on your passion. It’s not about a dollar amount goal. It’s about a what you are trying to achieve with the people that you help.
Consider this your personal invitation to watch the entire episode of Jessop’s Journal with Jillian Marty and share it with someone that enjoys an uplifting story.
Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”
You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.
Jessop’s Journal is something special when it comes to broadcast news. I have the honor of being able to do longer in-depth interviews that you don’t normally see with people from all walks of life. A big shout out goes to my collaborator, Ed Wilets, who does a great job as my videographer/editor for all my stories. Your feedback is always welcome at DJessop@abc4.com
You can see more of my positive business profiles called “Utah Success Stories” every Sunday in the ABC4 News at 10 p.m. or online at www.ABC4.com/Success
With another entry into Utah Success Stories, I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.