JJ Virgin on Leaning Into Challenges

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While JJ Virgin was working on her New York Times best-seller The Virgin Diet, her 16-year-old son was struck by a hit-and-run driver and so critically injured that his odds of surviving were minuscule. Virgin has opened up about the traumatic time in her life in her recent book Miracle Mindset. SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak sits down with Virgin to learn how she found the energy, strength and courage to overcome a challenge that could have crippled her.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the April 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.


  • Tragedy can strike at any moment. Do you know how you’ll respond? Do you know how you’ll cope, heal and grow?
  • Hear Virgin’s realization that our support system is vital. When you feel like you need to be alone, that’s when you need people the most. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Big decisions—especially when emotions are high—are never easy. Learn why you need to lean into those challenges and trust your gut.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“You’re never better when you’re challenged. The people who are the most successful, they’ve gone through the biggest challenges, and every time they’re faced with a challenge, they have to have that courage. They have to step up, and each time they do, they get more confidence. And that confidence makes them more resilient so that they can take on the next big thing and get that courage up.”

—JJ Virgin

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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