Q and A with Karen, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
“We all have so much knowledge, wisdom, and our own personal story, so why wouldn’t you want to use your learning to change the lives of others?”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I’m passionate about business and books. I started out in business in 2006 and haven’t looked back. It’s been a rollercoaster ride and I found my passion in 2014 when I started supporting business owners to write their bestselling and business building books. I wrote my first book in 2009 and have just published my ninth (currently available as a digital book only–paperback to follow)! It was my success that drove others to seek my support in this area. And I love it when a client says to me “this is what I wrote!” when they have their book in their hands for the first time. And it’s great to see all the success that can come off the back of having a book when you do it well. You can find out more about my new book at www.the7shifts.com.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: I was a shy child, introverted and–probably not surprisingly, looking back–I loved books. I had a pretty normal childhood, an only child with two loving parents, and my life has been impacted more by my adult years. My dad died nine years ago and, around the same time, I decided to embrace every opportunity in life, which led me to becoming a firewalk instructor, doing a parachute jump and taking up skiing in my late thirties.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: I initially trained to be a coach in 2006 and then did my NLP qualifications to master practitioner level. Naively, I wanted to change the world but soon realised I could only do this one person at a time. Now as The Book Mentor, I can change the world of thousands of people by supporting my authors to get their books out of their head and into the hands of those who need to read them. We all have so much knowledge, wisdom and our own personal story, so why wouldn’t you want to use your learning to change the lives of others? Especially when you can help them to avoid pain or give them short cuts to success.
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: I’m not a feminist and I love working with all my clients—men and women. However, more often or not, the people who get in their own way are the ladies I work with. So, it’s wonderful when they realise the power of what they know and they are propelled to step up and make a bigger difference.
MORE ABOUT KAREN: I’m from Portsmouth in the UK, although I work with coaches, business experts, and thought leaders all around the world. I love to travel with my husband, value new experiences, and appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with others. Check out my website at www.librotas.com.
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