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Transitioning From Corporate Career To Entrepreneurship with Kelli Thompson

Episode Summary –

Transitioning from a corporate career to entrepreneurship can be a scary and challenging experience. However, getting clear about what you want, planning, and deciding where you want to go and how you want to get there will help make the transition easier. It will also increase your confidence, boost your energy, and keep you motivated to achieve.

Clarity is a vital component of success for any entrepreneur. Recognizing what you want and what you are good at, getting it out of your head, and taking action will bring you freedom. Stop procrastinating! Believe in yourself, make that leap, and put your idea out into the world. No one starts at the top, so don’t discount yourself. You’re enough. You just need to step out of your comfort zone. It won’t be easy, but you will feel much more relieved and energized as soon as you hit that start button!

Success does not come from analyzing it, overthinking about it, or sitting around and waiting for the perfect moment. Success comes from planning, taking action, and consistently following through on your plans.

The bottom line is, taking a small step each day will get you closer to your goal.

In this episode, Kelli Thompson, a women’s leadership coach, speaker, and Stevie Awards winner, shares her journey and experience climbing the traditional corporate ladder and her transition to entrepreneurship. Moving from “I’ll never be an entrepreneur” to becoming a successful entrepreneur has been Kelli's journey.

Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:53] Kelli's journey and how she got to where she is now ‘helping other women build confidence and leadership programs.’
[07:38] Women supporting other women without feeling intimidated or threatened. Kelli’s experience in the space following her transition to entrepreneurship.
[09:48] Three practical tips from Kelli on transitioning from the corporate world to entrepreneurship.
[16:17] The garage sale analogy, why Kelli came up with it, and how it revamped her business during the pandemic.
[19:36] Kelli’s two superpowers that make her unique and how they play out in her business.
[23:49] What is Kelli’s most outstanding accomplishment that is super meaningful to her? Kellie’s greatest challenge and how she worked through it.
[30:49] What does working from your happy place mean to Kelli, and a bit about her energetic capacity plan.
[32:54] Kelli’s recommendation for anyone who wants to start their entrepreneurial journey.
[34:06] Kelli’s advice to women who want to be in leadership, be more visible, or to put their ideas out to the world.


About Kelli Thompson –

Kelli Thompson is a women’s leadership coach and speaker who helps women advance to the rooms where decisions are made. She has coached and trained hundreds of women to trust themselves, lead with more confidence, and create a career they love. She is the founder of the Clarity & Confidence Women's Leadership Program and a Stevie Award winner for Women in Business—Coach of the Year. She is the author of Closing The Confidence Gap: Boost Your Peace, Your Potential & Your Paycheck.

Kelli holds an MBA, has served as an adjunct management professor and has more than ten years of senior leadership experience in financial services and technology organizations. Her thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, MarketWatch, Parents Magazine, HuffPost, and Working Mother. Kelli is from Omaha, Nebraska, and her favorite roles are wife to Jason and mom to Hailey.

Resources Mentioned:
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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.

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