Interview with Joe Wilner of Shake off the Grind


Today I’m delighted to share a recent interview I did with Joe Wilner, a top class life coach, whom I greatly admire. In the interview, Joe shares his experiences with coaching and blogging, gives advice on how we can improve our lives and explains how his new e-course called Unstoppable Confidence can help people. Read on to find out more:

1. Tell us a bit about your background and how you got into life coaching.

Hiten, first off thanks for having me and taking the time to do this interview.

Life-coaching was something that I stumbled upon by accident. I studied psychology in college and was on track to become a licensed therapist before I ever even knew that personal coaching existed as a profession. I always wanted to help people and do something meaningful to impact peoples’ lives, so I figured therapy was a great route to take.

Once I learned about coaching however, and how inspiring the coaching process can be, I knew I wanted to learn more and start working with people in this capacity. I started learning more and taking different trainings, some good, some not so good, and ultimately cultivated my own style and methodologies to help people deal with important life changes and start creating the life they desire. At this point I generally work with people going through life-transitions, such as career change or overall lifestyle shifts, and helping them navigate these changes and create new possibilities for their life.

2. You run a very popular personal development blog. How do you help people through your blog?

Shake off the Grind started as a site to help people with career success and to find work that is meaningful to them. Over the past few years it has transformed into an overall platform that helps people thrive when they’re up and survive when they’re down. More specifically, the site focuses on how to overcome challenges and obstacles people may be facing, so they can begin living with greater purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. This is done through weekly articles, as well as some products and services.

3. Please share 3 of your favourite ways to help people live more successfully.

This is a great question! I will break it down into three simple ideas – purpose, power, and presence.

Purpose – Uncovering what is most important to you. What are your values? What are you passionate about? What is it that gives you a sense of meaning and significance?

Power – Having a sense that you can do what needs to be done. This is all about taking action, feeling a sense of momentum and velocity in the direction you want your life to go.

Presence – Living today and experiencing life fully right now! You probably have goals and aspirations but you can still find contentment and joy in the moment. Just relax, live in the moment, and be grateful for what you do have as you embark on your life’s journey.

When people have a sense of purpose, feel personal power, and live with presence they are more able to reach toward their potential.

4. How did the idea for your Becoming Unstoppable Course come about?

I notice from my own experience and from many of the blog readers that failure and self-doubt is a common obstacle. We all will face adversity at one point or another, and our response to this adversity can be a major turning point in our life.

When things don’t go as we planned it can be a common response to give-up and throw away our dream – to hold back and settle for less because we don’t believe we are really capable. I got tired of giving-up and taking failure personally.

I want to help people develop a different relationship with failure, and learn that it is an inevitable and important part of reaching the success and significance we desire. This course was created to help people deal more effectively with these difficult times in life.

5. In what ways does your Become Unstoppable Course help people?

The course helps people develop and learn about how to become more mentally tough. In other words, it helps people learn skills and principles to live with more resilience, girt, and determination. If someone is facing doubt and discouragement right now, the course is created to be a support and training to build their mental muscles so they can handle rejection, adversity, and failure without getting derailed and thrown off course.

So, it is created for those people who are going through a difficult transition or struggling to reach their goals, and need some support to keep a positive attitude, stay enthusiastic, grow their confidence, and live with a more optimistic outlook.

Over to You:

• Did you enjoy this interview? If so, please share your valuable views, experiences and thoughts in the comments box below.
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About Joe Wilner:

Joe_WilnerJoe is a Life-transition coach and psychotherapist who works with people wanting to navigate change and begin living with greater purpose, power, and presence. He writes at where he helps people thrive when they’re up and survive when they’re down, and is the creator of the “Becoming Unstoppable” course, which is a twelve-week e-course to help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

  1. Hi Joe and Hiten,

    Nice to know more about Joe and the course you offer. I’d surely be visiting your blog to learn about it more. I like the three P’s you mentioned too.

    Congratulations Hiten on your first interview I think on your blog – great going indeed. Always good to know about inspirational people and a coach at this young an age – wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead, both of you 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Many thanks for your words of congratulations on the interview. It really was great to be able to interview a highly respected specialist such as Joe. I really enjoyed your recent interview with Neil Patel!

      Indeed, like you, I loved Joe’s three P’s!

      Thanks very much for commenting, Harleena. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! 🙂

  2. Great interview, Hiten (and Congrats, even if this is not your first interview…we have to cherish and celebrate each one of them, right? :D).

    I think the problem I am facing right now is not focusing…..slacking off here and there. I know I have to do it, but sometimes, I am not focused.

    I am working on a solution, though 😀 Trying to remind myself about my goals are….and what happens if I slack off 😀 (Plus, listening to inspiring music….especially the soundtracks of recent superhero movies, they are really motivating).

    Thank you for introducing Joe to us, Hiten!

    1. Hi Jeevan,

      Indeed, we certainly do nees to celebrate the interviews we do!

      The approach you’re using to get back on track really does make a lot of sense. Reminding ourselves of our goals and also of what it will mean for our lives when we achieve them, can really motivate us back into action. Absolutely, movie soundtracks can be a great source of inspiration, too.

      Thanks for leaving your wonderful comment, my friend.

  3. Great interview Hiten! It seems to me I’ve heard of the Shake off the Grind blog but I’ve never visited it so I’ve really learned something here today and look forward to visiting Joe’s site. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Marty,

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the interview with Joe! Joe is a true professional and a really kind guy. I’m sure you’ll find his site useful and interesting.

      Many thanks for commenting, Marty. I appreciate your support! 🙂

  4. I’ve been reading Shake off the Grind, on and off for almost 2 years now. Joe has a great philosophy on failure – never taking it personally and accepting that it is necessary to move forward. Wise words.

    1. Hi Jamie,

      Indeed, Joe really does have a wonderful approach to life. He’s a true expert and a gentleman, too.

      Thanks for commenting. Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

  5. Nice to meet Joe Wilner. I like the three simple ideas that help people, it really makes a lot of sense. Thanks for introducing him to us.

    1. Hi Shalu,

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the interview with Joe. Thanks very much for commenting!

  6. Hi Hiten,

    I especially love the advice about finding your purpose and passion and making life meaningful. That happens to be the topic of my latest blog post. I am definitely on a quest to find those things in my life and I hope many others are, too.


    1. Hi CJ,

      I’m really glad you found Joe’s advice about finding purpose and passion useful. Indeed, doing so really does have the potential to transform our daily lives.

      Thanks very much for commenting, CJ!

  7. Great interview here!!! Helping people find their purpose and passions brings so much value to them. We should all strive to help others move toward their dreams!

  8. Nice initiative on the interview, Hiten!

    I hadn’t heard about Joe. Thanks for bringing this up on my radar.

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Thanks for the interview, Hiten.

    I like his 3 P’s and it’s a good summary of the three most important thing everyone should focus on when it comes to personal development.

  10. Hi Hiten
    Thanks for an enlightening interview which is also inspiring at the same time.
    Im personally impressed with number of e books you have authored.

  11. Hello Hiten,

    Many congratulations on your first interview. Its a great interview. You have asked really good and professional questions. Also tell me about your second interview?

    Keep it up..


  12. Well, It was no doubt a great interview to get to know a persona who have similar interests as that of me. So, firstly thanks Hiten for conducting such a beautiful interview. Secondly, while I was reading the 3 favourite ways I found that he has included Power, Purpose and Presence. So, I agree with the same but still I would like to know from you (Hiten) as well as Joe that “BELIEF” is also a must required, isn’t it? I mean I am a great follower of “THE SECRET” and so I dived into this question.
    Waiting for your response.

  13. Great interview, Hiten. I’ve been interviewing coaches on my site too, and my focus is on how they built their business so other coaches can learn from it.

    What Joe says about stumbling upon it by accident seems to be a running theme with coaches ! That, coupled with a desire to help people seems to take them down this route. Can you say fate?!

  14. Thanks for your words. I liked 3rd paragraph the most… Keep posting such articles..

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