Janet Jones was at her lowest ebb when a piece of junk mail changed her life.
Her beloved father had committed suicide, her marriage was unhappy and she was living in a strange town with three young children.
She felt her life was spiralling out of control and that she was heading for a breakdown.
“It was a very difficult time. I felt undervalued and almost unrecognised. It should have been the most precious time of my life - but it didn’t feel like it.”
One day in 2000, Janet came home after taking her children to school and found a piece of junk mail had been delivered.
“Normally I throw these things in the bin without reading them but there was something about this one that made me want to read it
“I opened the envelope and there was a letter telling me how to achieve the impossible and how to lead a fulfilling and extraordinary life. Looking back I can say that piece of junk mail saved my life,” said Janet.
The letter offered her a free 30-day trial using audio tapes that promoted the philosophy of Napoleon Hill, the American who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature.
“Being a northerner, the idea of a free trial appealed to me!” said Janet. “I sent away for those tapes and listened to them constantly, day after day. They really struck a chord with me and then I decided to sign up for an on-line course.”
Janet had long harboured a dream of having a career in photography and listening to the tapes gave her the confidence to pursue her ambition. She enrolled on a three-year degree course at Bradford College of Art and then set up her own photography business, a vital outlet for her creativity.
Now Janet is combining her love of photography and of using images with a new business venture which aims to inspire and motivate others.
Through her company Happiness Millionaire, the 49-year-old gives talks and seminars all over the UK - and she is bringing her expertise to Brighouse for the first time next month. Janet, of Holywell Green, is giving a one-day seminar at the Holiday Inn, Clifton, on Saturday, May 18.
“I was asked to contribute my story and the images for a book about Napoleon Hill’s principles and that made me think about the way I could use my interest in photography to develop my own company. It hasn’t always been an easy ride but I love what I do now.
“I love helping people and motivating people to get the best out of themselves and their lives,” said Janet.
She travels widely giving her seminars and has recently returned from a trip to Japan.
“People often think I am talking about positive thinking but I believe that what I do is so much more than that.” Janet has produced a pack of 12 cards of photographic images to illustrate different emotions and goals - including imagination, persistence, the subconscious mind, desire, specialised knowledge and sixth sense.
“We need to find a way of building up credit in our emotional bank account, a way of helping us through the difficult times. I believe my images do that - they act as a visual prompt to inspire and motivate people to greater success in their lives - whether that is in terms of relationships, confidence, income, health of happiness.”
l Janet’s seminar at the Holiday Inn is limited to 100 people. She is offering Echo readers the chance to win one place worth £67.
To be considered just say in 50 words why you would like to attend one of Janet’s seminars.
Email your answer by Thursday April 18 at 5pm to: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit happinessmillionaire.com/lookandgrowrich