Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal and business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kristen Miller, CEO of Flaming Silver, located in Greenville, SC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm a multi-dimensional mentor, business strategist, and personal power alchemist. In short, I help people feel better and (finally!) free themselves from themselves. My ideal clients are men over 45. They are already earning over $800kpa, so they seem "successful" as providers and breadwinners... but they're hurting or unhappy deep within. They work with me in our Elite Evolution Mentorship Experience @ $160kpa (or $40kpQ) because they know something is missing in their lives, but they can't quite put their finger on it.
Commonly, they feel unfulfilled, misaligned, and misfiring. It's not a mere "mid-life crisis," as the outdated paradigms would have us believe; it's more than that. They seek deeper connection and want to feel as if they are truly valued and valuable in life, over and above the "breadwinner label". They know there's more to life... they just don't quite know how to go about recalibrating, transmuting, or transforming old traumas or societal conditioning from childhood. They FEEL something is amiss, and they want strong shoulders and an experienced guide to lean on as they move through what's making them feel off-kilter.
Once we work through the Trust, Energy & Leadership from Within phase (Phase 1), then we get to play with their business ambitions. What areas need more nourishment? What can we take out entirely? Phase 2 is all about business made fun and fulfilling again while radically increasing profits, productivity, and performance across the board. From there, we move back into significance over success and find a deeper spiritual connection with the greater cosmos that is our Life Force. Then we connect all the dots and help create a whole new family dynamic and Legend Legacy, often breaking old ancestral patterns and paradigms.
Tell us about yourself
I became self-employed in 2010 because it had always been a dream of mine to run my own business. However, like most people, I was "shuffled" into leaving school to find a job and "find security." Every day now, I get to fulfill my purpose... my very dharma on this earth. When explaining it to 5-year-olds, it's all about making people feel better about themselves (self-leadership, self-actualization, sovereignty), and it's also about taking all that innate wealth and transferring it into business assets that create legacies for generations to come. There is no more rewarding feeling than witnessing the light bulb moments or sparks of renewed fire in someone else's eyes when they remember how precious they actually ARE in the world... and how they don't need to DO anything to be worthy or valuable. We're all about LESS doing and more BEING.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being able to retire my parents in October 2012 and take care of them for the rest of their adult lives was huge for me - we grew up poor, and my dad practically broke his back to keep the lights on. The 2nd highlight was being internationally recognized alongside Oprah, Jim Kwik, Marisa Peer, and Ed Mylett in 2021 as a Global 500 company for our creativity, agility, resilience, and work in mental health.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I think it's to overcome our own inner insecurities, self-doubts, and inner criticism. I think we're all our own worst critics. It's easy to feel successful when things are going well, but what about when the chips are down? Moving through cash flow crunches while maintaining your sense of value in an ever-changing, fast-paced world is tough. I think most entrepreneurs hit phases when they start doubting themselves, like "Am I really good enough for this?" or "What if I'm totally on the wrong path here"? etc.
For me, it was a case of learning to stand up again and again (and again!) after every failure in business. Because let's face it: we will ALL fail at something, and the more we try new things..., the more we will fail. So to me, there is NO success without failure. And I had to learn to start loving failures and accepting them as a requirement on the path to success; however, we define "success" for ourselves.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Know what you want... what you REALLY really want for your life. Ignore other people's expectations or projections on what makes someone "successful", and truly follow your heart - whatever it is that brings you the most joy IS the way.
- Get very comfortable being UNcomfortable! There is no growth without being and doing new things... Things you've never done before. Every time you want to achieve a higher level at whatever you do, you will be required to implement new thought patterns and filter them down into new behaviors. No action = no results.
- Stay the course. Life will keep doing life. Sh*t is going to happen. Stuff will go wrong, launches will fail, and your family & friends will likely be the first to judge you for stepping up and out into whom you've always wanted to be.
- GO DO IT ANYWAY! So long as you have a clear vision of where it is you want to go, nothing can stop you if you stay the course. Keep your dreams and goals firmly in mind, especially when you may have to course-correct with new strategies to get you there. Keep that flame alight and burning in your belly, and you'll find your way. Promise.
Where can people find you and your business?
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