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Janine Shepherd The Defiant Human Spirit Posted on May 31, 2018 in Hot Keynote Topics

Never tell me never!

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries. 

Doctors warned her parents that, even if she lived, Janine would never walk again. After major spinal surgery, and five months immobilized in a hospital bed, Janine came home to heal. She faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future. 

Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Seeing a small plane fly overhead one day, she declared, “That’s it! If I can’t walk, I’ll fly!” 

“Janine is a change agent.  She has an extraordinary ability to ignite people’s spirits and move them to find the real potential of their lives; her story inspires people around the world." Deepak Chopra 

Janine went on to succeed not only as a commercial pilot and flight instructor but also to attain her University degree, raise three children and author a best- selling book, “Never Tell Me Never.” Her memoir was subsequently made into a feature-length film of the same title.

Today, Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person” has garnered over 1.5 million views. She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and recognised with her country’s highest honour, The Order of Australia. “Janine is a dynamo!...honesty, integrity and communication skills far above the ordinary."


Janine's latest book Defiant chronicles her remarkable life. Janine Shepherd shares with candour and compassion the practical lessons she has learned throughout her continuing journey. Defiant offers hope and encouragement for anyone facing a life challenge, sharing the author’s hard-won wisdom and priceless advice for navigating one’s way from loss to healing.

“Unexpected tragedy brings the author face to face with death and the destruction of the only future she ever dreamed of. From there, we join her in a great adventure and an unforgettable spiritual ride that inspires and amazes.” —Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger

“Defiant asks the soulful question: ‘What are you going to do with your one precious human life?’ Janine beautifully answers by sharing her remarkable story of courage, spiritual intelligence, and determination. If despair dogs your every step, pick up this book. It will become your guide for living with openhearted possibility!” —Jono Fisher, founder,  

“This wonderful book is a great ride from under a truck to up into the skies. Janine shows us how to defy the voices that warn us about our limits, no matter how well-meaning, and to go for more than we ever dared hope for.” —David Richo, PhD, MFT, author of You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love (Shambhala, 2015) Purchase at Amazon

 If you would like to know more about Janine Shepherd and her amazing story, click here to submit your enquiry, or contact us directly on 1300 55 64 69.


To view Janine's speaking style, and a five minute clip of her life story.... click here.  The video has had almost 15 million views on facebook.

Janine’s miraculous recovery and subsequent achievements are a testament to the power of the human spirit, and one that will move and inspire all who hear it. Today, Janine Shepherd is a best-selling author and internationally renowned speaker who travels extensively in Australia and all over the world sharing her story with others. Read more