If you’re not working toward it, Kate Beever wants to inspire you to focus on your dream career path right now!
She’s worked as a therapist using music to help people regain speech and mobility for the past 20 years. She launched her own business, Maine Music and Health about a decade ago because conventional jobs limited her from doing the work she really wanted to do.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- Why she says she started a business out of necessity, not necessarily out of a desire to do so.
- What Kate believes it takes to be a “good business owner”.
- Why you can’t fail if you don’t quit.
- How cultivating curiosity makes you feel more positive.
- How she defines success day by day.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Embrace discomfort.
How Kate Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: Around 5:45 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Looking at her task lists, separated by category, to see what should get done each month. 2) Making new connections and telling her story. 3) Doing self-care to maintain her energy and excitement for telling her story.
- Ideal work environment: Close to the ocean and in a clean space.
- Definition of success: Finding joy in little things, being able to celebrate big things when they happen, and being a good community member and trying to give back.
- Regains focus by: Dancing in the kitchen, oftentimes lately to Underdog by Alicia Keys
- 90-day goal: Building up new connections in her new town and feeling good about starting over.
“You can’t fail if you don’t quit.”
“Curiosity allows you to be more positive.”
“I feel successful everyday in small ways.”
“Part of the skillset that I had to develop was the confidence and passion to stick with the thing that I know is gonna work.”
“You don’t know how long you’re here, it could be a long time, it could be a short time, but what are you gonna do with it?”
“Instead of talking about my business and trying to sell my product or service, I just talk about the effect it has on people and then that makes it a little more of a natural conversation.”
After living in big cities for 20 years and now moving to rural Massachusetts, Kate had this advice for Stephen about running a business in a rural area:
1) Even when you’re running an online business, sometimes you have to think about completely getting off the computer.
2) Doing things like printing off paper fliers and hanging them in town halls or community centers can help get a sense for who the community leaders or connectors are.
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