Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kyla Cofer, Founder of Kyla Cofer Coaching & Consulting, located in Nashville, TN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I help leaders transform their lives so they can leap forward in their leadership roles without exhaustion or burnout. I do this through workshops, 1:1 coaching, keynote speaking, and my podcast, Leadership School.
Tell us about yourself
I have a long history of anxiety, depression, and low self-worth. After experiencing burnout twice and being fed up with the negative reel playing in my mind, I decided to change my life. I used my background in human services and psychology, alongside my nature as a healer, and change my life. Now I teach other leaders how to do the same. My superpower is that people open up to me without realizing they're doing so, and in doing that, they have transformational experiences. My dream is to never have another conversation with someone who doesn't believe in themselves or their own worth because coaching has completely transformed culture to a point where low self-worth doesn't even show up.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My podcast, Leadership School. I've interviewed dozens of people from around the world and am so proud of the messages we're sharing of leading with intention, purpose, and balance.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Rejection! I've been rejected thousands of times. While it's gotten easier, I don't enjoy being told, "we've gone another route." It's always a little bit of a letdown, but with practice, it no longer interferes with my dreams to keep going and send my message into the world.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
You have to just start. You'll never have everything in place or every problem solved before day 1; you just have to start moving. Don't give up. Your success might be just around the corner. So many people give up when really, they're just one step behind their goal. Lastly, no one else knows what they're doing, either. Don't let your mind trick you into believing that everyone else "has it all together" or has some other benefit that you don't have. Every other business owner has had to figure out what they were doing, just like you will. And one day, you'll be sharing your story with someone else who needs to hear it. You've got this.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
The purpose of life is to live it! You were made for this, so don't doubt that for a second. If you let doubt creep in, you'll be fighting it every step of the way. Believe in yourself as much as I believe in you. But don't discount the benefit of having support. No one gets where they want to go on their own. Find support from people who have been where you are, and learn everything you can from them. People want to support you - let them.
Where can people find you and your business?
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