Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lira Kay, Founder of Lira Kay and School Of Inspired Life, located in Kailua, HI, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am an international artist, futurist, and celebrity guide. I've been called a secret weapon behind the sanity and phenomenal success of prominent social and creative enterprises and their CEOs.
For the past 30 years, I’ve led global public projects and mentored and trained the professional and spiritual elite around the globe while bringing up 5 daughters, traveling the world, and running my business.
My latest body of work addresses the post-pandemic corporate and social dynamics and offers radical solutions to uplift morale and increase performance and productivity fast.
Tell us about yourself
Before the pandemic, I had reached everything I had ever dreamed about. I proved myself. A huge part of my life’s purpose had been completed. I knew it in my heart. I had arrived.
After a brief high and a moment of celebration of how far I’d come and how much I’d accomplished, I felt lost. My whole life, I have been helping people, healing, teaching, and serving. I didn’t really know what do you do next.
My biggest revelation was about 'finding my second breath.' Coming back to my roots, my childhood dreams, and joys. I wanted to simply be, play, create, have the freedom to express myself, and move fast - tapping into my natural dynamic and rhythms.
I was tired of holding back. I set myself free. Free to create and free to nurture. These two forces, masculine and feminine, yin and yang, unified in a beautiful dance, and my new body of work started to emerge.
My last global project, 111 Healers Conference, where I showcased and promoted advanced therapists, holistic doctors, and alternative healers, came to an end… and a new futuristic visionary project, Meaningful Trends, began.
I am inspired by the future. It brings me hope. Motivates me to move forward. I first started a project to entertain myself. Connect, collaborate, and play. But very soon, I got feedback from all the participants and the public, how amazing it is to be in a flow, let ourselves dream, discuss, inspire and learn from each other.
Leaning into the future opens up a new flow, a second breath for all of us. And now we need it more than ever!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have been on my path as an artist, healer, and teacher for over 30 years now. I worked with thousands of people, led global public projects, and personally mentored and counseled celebrity leaders and creatives around the world.
With all that, I battled my natural calling as a missionary and an artist. I am an introvert who has been a public figure since the age of 17. I am a mother of five daughters and a woman entrepreneur. I had lost people in my life, tragically and irreversibly. I had built communities as I moved countries and continents. I had launched and trained countless wannabe influencers to the status of celebrity thought leaders and well-established and hugely prosperous global brands.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I’ve started again so many times… feels like from scratch, but, really, building from the top of the life lessons I learned, which sometimes blocked, and sometimes escalated my courage and drive.
I often struggled to accept all parts of myself, trying to navigate the world of art and business. I feel like my life has been a long journey to myself. And it’s not yet complete. There’s more to come.
My current work is about exploring life beyond success, service, and contribution. Life beyond the past wounds. Life inspired by the future.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be in it for the long run. Think bigger. Aim higher.
- Focus and edit out the ‘common’ mainstream hustle. Be innovative and creative in the ways you are presenting yourself, market, and sell your work.
- Keep developing your skillset. Learn from the best.
Where can people find you and your business?
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