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Conversations with the Inspiring Kari Keating

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kari Keating.

Kari, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a business and growth coach, host of the Work Hard Mom Hard Podcast, speaker, and mom to three boys. I had a 17-year career in corporate America where I cultivated skills in the areas of business strategy, sales and storytelling working for companies such as Nike, Quiksilver, Lululemon, and other major retailers. It was right after I had my second baby in two years when I became an accidental entrepreneur. I had started using health and wellness products that transformed me and began sharing them through the vehicle of network marking and launched myself into the industry.

While managing my growing network marketing business and motherhood, I found myself struggling to find clarity in the chaos and hired my first business coach. It was in that interaction that I realized that all of the business acumens I had developed over the years could be used to help other entrepreneurs, just like my coach was helping me, launch, grow and scale their businesses.

I, then, launched my coaching business and have worked with clients ranging from network marketers, coaches, photographers, recording artists, bloggers and many more. I am MOST passionate about working with entrepreneurs who have heart-centered businesses and a mission to help people. I’m incredibly passionate about helping women step into their purpose, ignite their passion and truly expand into the women they are called to be.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have been so many walls kicking moments. The thing about being an entrepreneur is that everything is up to you. You decide how big you want to grow and have to have the energy and drive to take consistent action to make it happen. Most people know what to do to be successful, they just won’t do it and if you want to make it you need to be the one who will do it.

And the only way you are going to grow your business is if you grow yourself. You need to be learning new skills, getting outside your comfort zone and doing things that may scare the crap out of you. But the person you become along the way is SO worth it.

I have so much advice, but my best nuggets are this: get really clear on why you are in business. People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it. And while it’s great to be in business for money because money is important, identifying what I call your brand ethos/why is going to be what keeps you going when stuff gets really hard.

My second piece of advice is to seek out the people who are where you want to be and either hire them to help coach you or follow them closely and model what they do. Success leaves clues and I cannot tell you how valuable aligning myself with other people who are a few steps ahead of me has done for my business and my growth.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a business coach. I see opportunities where people do not because those are the skills I cultivated and trained myself in when I was in corporate America. I seek out the risks and analyze the rewards and create an action plan that aligns with the ethos of the brand. I can help take ideas and turn them into a business plan and help my clients start making revenue rather quickly.

But my favorite part about all of the work I do is the mindset portion. Strategy comes easy to me and it’s really fun, but what I love most is helping entrepreneurs break patterns and shed limiting beliefs about themselves. It’s one thing to have a plan and cognitively know what to do, but it’s a whole other thing to implement the plan and notice how fear shows up and work through it. Or notice what patterns show up and re-wire them. I like to help make my clients mentally stronger and certain in their path because the only thing that creates true and lasting momentum in anything in life is a certainty. If I can help build that muscle in my client’s brains, then they can easily create ecosystems in their internal and external life to support them in their success.

So, my work is equal parts strategy and mindset work to help you become the version of yourself that truly does have it all.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Oh, yes. I grew up in a really amazing family. I was one of four kids that my Mom had in five years. Our house was loud and chaotic all the time and if I wanted to be heard I had to be loud so I found my voice at a very young age.

And around the age of four, my father left a high paying sales job to follow his passion for serving others and become a minister. I grew up in the church and watched my father use his words, his belief and his conviction to ignite hope and change in peoples lives. I was always captivated by the exchange of energy on Sunday mornings and at four years old, I knew that that was my calling too.

I didn’t know what that really meant at the time except that I was really attracted to leadership at a very young age. Every sport I played, I strived to be captain. Every club I was in, I strived to be the leader. I was obsessed with Jon Wooden and loved my coaches and hung on their every word.

Being from a big family and living off a ministers salary in Encinitas we didn’t really have a ton of money for the extra stuff and so at `13 years old, I went to work to start earning money so I could buy the stuff that my friends had. It was then that I started my obsession with business. I loved making money and I loved leadership and being that I had two older brothers that I always wanted to be better than, I became obsessed with the idea of being a woman running a company and so that became my dream.

I worked really hard for the next 17 years in all of my jobs to be a leader and work my way up. I had a really amazing career and looking back now, it all makes perfect sense that this was my path.

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Katherine Elaine, Courtney Jade, Girl Squad, Inc.

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