Hey there! Kathy here.
Today we are shining our VIP Spotlight on Kim Steadman. Kim is the living embodiment of how consistency can transform your life and business.
She started her journey with a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve: more organization, fewer hours worked, and more money earned – sound familiar? Through dedication and unwavering consistency, Kim turned her goals into reality.
Let's dive into the interview!
What are you currently doing as an entrepreneur and how long have you been involved with this particular endeavor and what inspired you to pursue it?
As a coach for Christian authors, I help them write, self-publish, and market their books. My journey started in 2014 when I left the corporate world, pursued my dream to write a book, and found an author coach. My corporate brainstorming skills proved useful in aiding fellow authors. In 2018, my mother-in-law's regret about not documenting her life stories ignited a passion within me to assist others in writing their books.
Describe your typical daily routine, including your morning and evening habits? Are there any specific habits and/or routines that particularly contribute to your business success and your peace of mind within your busy schedule?
My mornings include a 30-minute reading practice, reviewing writing goals, and 15 minutes of writing. As a coach and caregiver, my best productivity is in the quiet mornings. I've learned to adapt a flexible schedule and block off tasks rather than working by the hour, ensuring minimal anxiety from deviations. I record podcasts when things are calm, and have shifted to Voxer, email, and private Facebook group coaching for adaptability. Each night I unplug from my laptop to avoid unnecessary work; exceptions are rare and scheduled. I also practice a monthly digital detox, dedicating a weekend to non-electronic activities.
What are the top three sources that inspire you in your business journey, whether individuals, experiences, locations, etc?
Nature inspires my business insights, where animal behavior signals business strategies. God's universe mirrors a natural rhythm applicable to our work. Additionally, the writings of veteran bookseller Steve Laube highly influence my quest in mentoring writers. Being deeply inspired by Madeleine L'Engle's book “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art”, has also shaped my writing and coaching approach.
Are there any business tools or resources that you rely on to facilitate your day-to-today operations?
Google Drive. Google Calendar. Voxer. Mailer-Lite. My laptop. Canva. If any of those go away, I'll be a cooked goose!
Throughout your journey as an entrepreneur, what are key lessons you have learned that have steered you to your current success?
There isn't a quick buck to be made. Building your business takes time, trial, and error. But, having a coach who's gone before you in your niche is key to shaving time off the trial and error aspect. Also, be authentic to yourself. The only person who can do you, is YOU. So, be proud of who you are, and the journey you've taken to be where you are. It's your story, and it will resonate with your customers. Don't hide behind obscurity.
On challenging days, weeks, or months, have you ever contemplated giving up? If so, how do you gather your strength and remain resilient to continue to pursue your entrepreneurial journey?
Oh my yes! Goodness, even a couple of weeks ago I was ready to just call it quits. But, a friend in a mastermind could sense the tone in my voice and she had encouraging words for me. That's the importance of gathering like-minded individuals around you. They are your support network. Even the biggest of introverts (me) has found solace, encouragement, and inspiration within the community of other entrepreneurs.
To round off, let's bring in a few personal aspects. What's your definition of success? Do you have a personal mantra that you live by? Can you also share a recent or favorite book you read that provided you with new insights or perspectives?
My success is defined by creating a ripple effect, aiding authors to gain clarity, focus, and flourish in their writing careers, thus indirectly impacting many. My mantras, “Write More, Write Now” and “Focus, Balance, Productive, and Flourish,” keep me grounded. Madeleine L'Engle's book “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art,” resonates with my perspective on an author's life, focusing on heart and soul over business, which ultimately brings harmony in one's external actions.
Where can others connect with you online? Please provide links to the social media platforms you are most active on and a link to your website, if you have one.
KimSteadman.com is my home base.
Beyond The Boundaries Of Solopreneurship
Every solopreneur's success story is a symphony of hard work, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of organization in the midst of chaos. By sharing these interviews, I aim to not only honor these exceptional individuals but also to impart actionable insights to fellow solopreneurs who aspire to optimize their businesses and create more time for what truly matters.
I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the pearls of wisdom our VIP Solopreneur, Kim Steadman, has generously shared. Her journey is a reminder that success is often a result of aligning passion with strategy, and that with the right tools and mindset, one can achieve the delicate balance of working efficiently while reaping the rewards of her hard work. So, whether you're just starting on your solopreneurial expedition or are a seasoned traveler on this path, remember that the key lies not only in your destination but also in the brilliance of your journey.
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