Don’t be so worried about not knowing what your exact path is. Just keep following the next right thing, and all will be revealed.

 

Kim Anami is a world renowned relationship expert who started and built a thriving business as a globe-trotting coach and national media commentator and luxury retreat curator with a book in the works.

Kim has been featured on a variety of publications as a life and relationship expert including Elle, Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Allure, Glamour, Women’s Health, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Self, Flare, The Sunday Times (UK), The Daily Mirror (UK), The Daily Mail (UK), The Daily Express (UK), The Independent (UK), GQ, FHM, Maxim, Metro, In Touch, People, Closer, Grazia, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post Live, Salon, Yahoo, BuzzFeed, Mashable, national talk shows from E! Network and CNN to NPR and various international radio and television programs around the globe.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

Anami is a Sanskrit word I chose as my surname. It translates into the idea that there is always another level to go in life, business and growth in general. I wanted to help people be their best so I started a business focused on being a life and relationship coach.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I prioritize my self-care in the morning. I get up, shower, meditate, do my Wim Hof breathing exercises, eat a healthy breakfast, lift weights or surf, connect with my partner. THEN I’m ready for the day! I apply that idea of making your tasks list the night before, for the following day. That keeps me focused on what’s essential and I can hop right to it.

How do you bring ideas to life?

I nurture them. I pay attention to them every day. I let my imagination go wild. When I get to the place of laughing out loud at the outrageousness of it, and feeling passionate and turned on by its brilliance, then I know I’ve hit a winner.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Holistic feminine wellness. I’m glad to see more and more women turning toward renegade healing and self-love practices, like natural pelvic floor strengthening, and overall become more aware that they have the power to create their own lives and heal their own bodies.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Prioritizing my intimate relationship. Having a thriving connection with your partner infuses vitality, passion, creativity and confidence into everything you do. Most people—especially entrepreneurs—let this drift to the bottom of their list of priorities and give it less and less attention over time. One of my most productive secrets is that I place intimate connecting at the top of the list. When you have that powerful connection, everything else in your life flows smoothly!

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t be so worried about not knowing what your exact path is. Just keep following the next right thing, and all will be revealed.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Self-responsibility. We’re living in a time when it’s very trendy and considered socially commendable to point fingers at others for “shaming” and “blaming” when they are simply sharing their victories or talking about the importance of acknowledging that our choices create our life circumstances. I’m a big fan of radical self-responsibility. The faster you can own something, face it and deal with it, the faster you can change it.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Dare to be original. The success of my brand is built on me coming up with unique and innovative ways of presenting information. All of my marketing is infused with my own reverent/irreverent voice. To be original means standing out from the crowd. If you do something that hasn’t been done before, you can’t get prior approval for it. Yet, this is where grand success lies.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Having courage to take a stand, voice my truth and stick to my guns. My opinions on many things stray outside the dominant paradigm, but this is precisely how we effect change—by daring to challenge it.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Not firing certain people faster. I wouldn’t say it’s a failure exactly, but I kept certain people around for longer, even when I knew their time had come to be turfed. I dreaded the whole re-training process, and so prolonged the inevitable. In retrospect, it’s best to act when you know. You ultimately just speed up the process and clear out dead weight in your company.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

“Husband” for the weekend. Man comes over and helps single moms out with around-the-house tasks, handyman stuff, etc.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

On Uber Select (the higher end cars), instead of Uber X. Having a comfortable and luxurious car to ride in for an hour, while I sit back, chill and get some work done, is the best.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

Basecamp, which is an online scheduling and productivity tool. It really is basecamp for my company—it helps us organize my team’s tasks and keeps everyone in touch with each other on steps and deadlines.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Born to Run by Chris McDougall. This book is fiercely empowering to me. It shows us that we all have the innate power to do whatever we want. What obscures our inner flow and wisdom is often modern interventions—like running shoes. This is one of my favourite books—and ideas—in the world.

What is your favorite quote?

“If you’re not scared s#*tless, you’re not aiming high enough.”
~ Kim Anami

Key Learnings:

  • Creativity thrives with space. Make time for things that allow your ideas to bubble to the surface. That may be during a run, or yoga, or family time—anything that relaxes you and brings you joy. Give your left brain a rest to turn on your right brain.
  • Intimacy nourishes us deeply. Whether with a friend or partner, being seen and having a sanctuary to refuel gives us energy in our lives to go out and achieve.
  • Self-care comes first. Fill the well and you have much more to give.

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