Dr. Kim Brown is a TEDx Speaker and Author who understands the importance of the holistic approach to life, business, health, relationships and finances.
She has been through the pain and shame of running a not-so profitable business, and was able to recognise that it was her beliefs, behaviours and habits that were blocking her from financial freedom, and the impact she could create with clients. With a Master in Health Science, Dr Kim is knowledgeable in the emotional link to physical and financial pain.
Through Dr Kim’s work with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), she has transformed her own life and is recognised as the Top 1% Mindset Coach and Top 4 Female Australian Coaches for her work with others.
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Thank you for accepting my interview invitation! I’d love to know how you ended up becoming an entrepreneur? Tell me your story.
Kim Brown: Originally I started 2 Osteopathy clinics in Melbourne. One from home because it suited my lifestyle with young children, and the other I took over the commercial premises from my Osteo mentor. This evolved into my NLP Coaching Training business as I discovered the needs of my patients / clients were so much more than just physical. So I moved into private consulting / coaching within my Osteo clinics and then it transformed into an online Training company, serving more people and making a greater impact globally.
It’s the stress of financial struggle that drives me to show others there is a better way. No one should be going to bed at night worrying about how they are going to make ends meet tomorrow. The difference between a successful business and one that goes under is not the intelligence of the person, but the beliefs system and behaviours. I knew that I could teach people how to transform their beliefs, clear out their traumas and show people how they can live the ultimate life of success, balance and abundance. A 1% shift in that belief system can completely transform relationships with others, relationships with money, relationships with themselves.
Tell our readers what your company does differently than your peers and why that difference is so important to your audience?
Kim Brown: I care. I want results for myself and my students and clients. I give my students the blueprint (literally) for success that worked for me. I keep tweaking that blueprint as I learn more. I would also consider us a boutique company where we know each student’s story personally. They are not lost in a crowd. I have an incredible co-coach that contributes immensely to the entire experience. Like yin and yang we work together seamlessly, and this is reflected in our student’s results and testimonials.
Running a business, your’s or on behalf of someone requires great leadership skills. What are some of the biggest challenges you faced as you took on a leader’s role and what did you learn?
Kim Brown: Original challenges were self belief. Can I do it? Who would believe me? How can I help? Etc. The work we do within the NLP / Time Line Therapy® transformed my belief systems from a neurological and unconscious level so I fully believe in myself and the system / program I teach. I also now have the evidence from working with hundreds of clients / patients that this stuff works, which ultimately gives me the evidence needed to overcome the challenges. And now that I train others to do the same, I get multiple levels of feedback, reinforcing that I am on the right track. Our brain needs evidence of success, so we need to overcome the challenges in small manageable steps to teach the brain to look for success, not just focus on the challenges.
Success is not an accident. What are some routines and habits you learned to master that contributed to your current success?
Kim Brown: Setting goals. And being super clear on my “why”. Without my clear “why”, there is limited internal motivation / inspiration and therefore a regular push needed rather than just the innate internal drive to succeed and help others to succeed.
I also clear my plate of the small distractions. Get rid of the parts of life that don’t lead to anything useful. Give up the blame game that it is someone else’s fault for my lack of success. Stop blaming the environment, the financial market etc. Just get on with what I can control. Control the controllable and be accountable to those.
I have a very strong mission to succeed and help others do the same, so focus is fairly easy now that the distractions are out the way. We all have the same amount of time in a day. It’s how we use it that counts.
Can you share with us defining moments in your journey, please give us details and stories to illustrate?
Kim Brown: The GFC showed me the need for diversifying our income streams and not having all our eggs in one basket. Then Covid really cemented that ideal. My “safe” Healthcare businesses with my Osteo clinics seemed like a great avenue for success, yet it has shown me that those type of businesses can be abruptly changed at any given moment. My NLP work is really far more valuable and more transferable. Covid has shown me how adaptable and flexible we need to be to be successful.
In NLP world we call this the Law of Requisite Variety meaning that the person with the most behavioural flexibility will ultimately control the system. What a gift behavioural flexibility and adaptability has been over the last 2 years, and this will certainly bring me strength and confidence moving forward to know how to adapt to ever changing circumstances.
Since Covid enabled my NLP training company to be an online success, it has helped me to show others Globally how to thrive in the changing environment and to find the positives in the situations. Be flexible and be adaptable to win.
What are the five things you wish someone had told you before you became an entrepreneur?
Kim Brown: It is sometimes a (seemingly) lonely business. There will be lots of challenges which in turn become your greatest gift. Be prepared to be hated and feared. Even when your intentions are the best, someone will always find a way to try and pull you down. Use this as fuel to be even better!
The pathway to success is a curvy one, never a straight line and never a dull moment. Treat every day as a learning opportunity and a treasure hunt. There is a reward in every situation.
Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose. Do not wait to start to know what your purpose is. That part will come when you least expect. Just get started doing what brings you joy. Then monetise it.
As soon as you can finance it, outsource the crappy tasks so you can spend more time in your passion projects. Hire a mentor / coach so there is no wasting time, money or energy.
Oftentimes we hear: “Your network is your net worth”, please share your thoughts on that adage and illustrate your experience.
Kim Brown: Your network can certainly contribute to your net worth, however I don’t believe your network IS your net worth. Often your network changes and evolves as you do. You don’t need to BE your network, you can evolve, you can change, you can grow.
Proximity certainly is power. If you choose to spend time with people that are on the same page as you, growth and improvement may be slow. If you choose to spend time with people more successful and more advanced than you, you will grow quickly. Be careful who you spend your time with. Invest in community that helps you to grow. Hire mentors / coaches that bring you that community and network so you can grow fast.
Hang around people that want more from life. Never desire to be the smartest person in the room. Whilst it might fluff your ego at the time, there is little opportunity to learn if you are the smartest. Always surround yourself with more advanced, more experienced and smarter people so you can learn, be a sponge and absorb the beliefs, behaviours and habits of the successful people.
Keep increasing your network so you keep learning. In turn, your net worth will grow as your knowledge and wisdom grows.
What are some professional or even personal goals you plan on tackling during the 2022 year? Share the battles you expect to face.
Kim Brown: Scaling my NLP training business to more than double the amount of impact I currently have. More people need to know that they can have what they want, they just need to change their beliefs and habits to empowering thoughts that create action and results. It’s my mission to empower a million people globally to thrive emotionally, physically and financially through NLP.
With all the social media platforms available, it’s increasingly difficult to be present everywhere. Which ones do you favor for your company and why?
Kim Brown: I am active on Facebook first, Instagram second and LinkedIn third, because that is where my community connects and communicates.
Jerome Knyzweski, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Kim Brown for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Kim Brown or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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We’re grateful for all that you have shared so far! We would also love to know if there was one thing that you could improve about your company’s culture, what would it be?
Kyra Kyles: We’re always looking for more ways to connect and collaborate. Technology can make that easier, but sometimes it can also be a barrier so we continue to innovate ways to ensure we are leveraging our collective brainpower to keep up our progress and deepen our impact.