Diagnosed with a Case of Adversity with Dr. James Kelley – Ep #144

By August 15, 2018Podcasts

Overview: In this episode, we interview Dr. James Kelley on the Think Bold, Be Bold Show! Dr. James Kelley, author of The Crucible’s Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity, brings a fresh perspective to leadership coaching and keynotes. His journey from a humble home in Portland, Oregon to earning his PhD and living near Dubai with his wife and four children has been full of adversity. James also has a keen interest in the adversity that shapes great leaders around the world.

Whether it’s on his podcast, Executives After Hours, or giving a keynote speech at a conference, James loves to dive deep and share stories of how and why leaders need crucible moments to be a better version of themselves. James believes that his unique journey filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and a driving curiosity, equips him to bring great value to the world of executive leadership. Tune in for a fun and informal conversation with your hosts and Dr. James Kelley!

5 Golden Nuggets Shared:

  1. In life, it’s important to be authentic. A true leader is authentic, relatable, and guides others based on the adversities they have overcome.  
  2. Make sure to look at the positives of adversity and also learn to live with the sorrows of adversity. Both are key in truly overcoming an adversity and growing from it!  
  3. Listen with intent. Don’t think about how you can interject your own wisdom, but rather listen to what they are really saying.  
  4. Without a learning mindset, you won’t grow or develop.  
  5. Acknowledge that fear is a valid emotion, but don’t let it control you. Push through the fear and see how much you grow from it.

3 Bold and Kick-Ass Quotes:

  1. “Who you are defines what you do.” – James Kelley
  2. “As competitive people, sometimes we get so caught up in trying to be right that we forget the moments of doing right instead.” – James Kelley
  3. “Don’t let fear conquer you, conquer your fear.” – James Kelley

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A Copywriter and Marketing Consultant, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Board Member at Guardian Scholars Foundation, Production Manager for Think Bold Be Bold Ventures, and Project Coordinator for Startup Syndicate, Nicole Zeien-Cox is a millennial entrepreneur who thrives in an accelerated environment, on a mission to positively impact the world. She strives to inspire everyone to find their purpose and live a fulfilled life, regardless of their past or current situation. This passion for empowering others was sparked after prevailing through a string of adversities in her own journey from foster care to a self-employed businesswoman. In just 30 days she wrote her first book, "Foster to Fosters," becoming a best-seller within a short 24 hours of publishing. This book started her platform as a Foster Care Influencer and led to sharing relatable life lessons through keynote speaking that benefits entrepreneurs, child welfare professionals, parents, and teens. Nicole is passionate about the art of storytelling and creating the slight edge necessary to bring increased awareness to the foster community. Nicole enjoys educating, advocating, and inspiring others with her knowledge and personal journey through the foster care system. Nicole has contributed to a second book, “Obsessed with Parenting,” a playbook for parents. She has been featured or seen on 93.5 The Mix, Accelerant Media Group, Mavericks Entrepreneur Magazine, Copy That Pops Podcast, Live to Grind Podcast, The Young Entrepreneur Convention, Coach on Fire Radio Network, and the CASA program. Her next adventures include an upcoming independent documentary about her life story, followed by her “Fostering 50 Podcast Tour” in which she will travel to all 50 states and interview individuals impacted by foster care.

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