Mentoring Mamma by day. Creative life design by night. Kirsty Rowe is a one of a kind. She turns the everyday ‘Stay at Home’ to fulfilling ‘Thrive at Home’ purpose. Where many mothers and parents are treading water, Kirsty is kicking goals and empowering mothers to lead from home.
With a background as a registered primary school teacher, qualified and accomplished in both dance and piano, Kirsty has an artistic flare and creative mind which overflows into her passion for child development. Numeracy & Literacy foundations beyond the traditional classroom and an holistic approach to parenting with a strong foundation of character and values are at the heart of Kirsty’s leadership. This doesn’t just stop at parenting however, Kirsty is a respected mentor, teacher, and life coach, mentoring adults in their endeavours to maximise life.
Kirsty and her husband Jono Rowe are impacting families on a global scale. After retiring early in their 30s they now are devoting their life to a legacy of service to others by equipping and coaching the next generation to be more, do more, and achieve more in their life to build a legacy that matters. Kirsty brings a creative edge to life, lights a spark amongst those with a dream, and runs arm in arm in the fight for freedom to live a life of purpose.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
Our group of companies has grown over the years as a result of various ventures we have explored. Our values have always driven the names and purpose behind it all though. ‘Freedom’, ‘Legacy’, ‘Leadership’, all feature in our group of entities. At the end of the day, at the end of this life, it’s not the names that will last, it’s what they stood for that will make the difference.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Every day starts with prayer and breakfast with our four kids. Once they are all at school, mid-morning exercise, lunch, and reading, after-school activities with the kids, then zoom meetings in the evening.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Write them down. Visualise them. Get around someone that has fruit in that area or an area that will help bring that idea to fruition through tangible steps and goals.
What’s one trend that excites you?
“In the past jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, but in future they’ll be about the heart” – Minouche Shafik. It’s exciting that the future will be shaped by people and their hearts for change, innovation, and impact. It’s not education or schooling that will determine success in business or life, it is the heart.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Always remember the slight edge principle. Small, seemingly insignificant actions consistently add up to big results. Do something each day, even if it’s small, stretch yourself in the area you want to grow in.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t wait to be perfect before you start. Feel fear and act anyway. There is no perfect time to start that new project, the stars don’t need to be aligned for you to take that new opportunity. Avoid analysis paralysis and take action now. Don’t delay, start today.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Ok, interesting question. I think this is in the parenting space based on what I’ve seen in so many families and what my husband Jono Rowe and I have worked diligently to apply. Success with the early months and years of parenting is entirely dependent on the quality of the parenting. I’ve had many comments over the years like “Oh you’re just lucky your babies are good sleepers”, “I would have more kids if I was lucky like you”, “My child is so strong-willed they hardly ever listen to me”. Outside of serious health challenges or circumstances, of course, I believe that training a baby to sleep through the night, and teaching your child good behaviour and habits is a result of Mum and Dad’s ability to prepare well, establish a plan, and implement with discipline the key fundamentals of successful parenting. Jono Rowe and I have whole blog articles and podcasts on this topic since we are extremely passionate about equipping parents with the right mindset and strategies from the start.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Always start the day positively. Take a moment to pause and meditate before getting out of bed and starting your day. Leave your phone alone for at least the first 30 minutes of your day.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Having an infinite mindset and not just arriving and getting stagnant at a peak. Simon Sinek wrote a book called ‘The Infinite Game’ which highlights the strategic advantage of playing the infinite game versus the finite game. This is about playing and seeing beyond just the finite targets and goals of business but playing generations beyond yourself. Key decisions are made around culture, values, and purpose rather than competition, monthly targets, or recognition and popularity. These are the businesses that stand the test of time.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Making mistakes is critical for growth. Early in my business journey, I lacked the confidence to communicate my vision and value. I had multiple conversations I wasn’t prepared and equipped for. It was only from those experiences that I made the decision to get focused and apply myself to develop in this area. Then it was consistent action with constant adjustments and feedback from mentors I could trust which helped me grow into a strong and confident leader. My incredible husband Jono Rowe was instrumental in my personal growth as he was always willing to put himself in the pressure cooker and understood early on that he had to fail to succeed. Everyone must go through the learning process. There are no shortcuts to success.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Every successful company started with an idea, but that idea in many situations looked very different down the track once it was developed, shaped, and implemented. My point is that an idea is worthless unless you share it with someone who will help you act on it.
“The graveyard is the richest place on earth because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determine to carry out their dream” – Les Brown. Don’t be one of those people!
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
The best $100 I spend every day is on our housekeeper. Not so that I don’t have to do the cleaning, washing, and tidying every day, but so that my time is freed up and available to invest in the things that only I can do. Like being the mother to my four gorgeous children and being productive with my time so I can be fresh, sharp, and ready to mentor and lead others.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Google Calendar. My husband Jono Rowe and I work closely together in all aspects of life with having 4 children and running a global leadership organisation so regular planning and synchronising our schedules keeps everything running smoothly.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
‘The Infinite Game’ by Simon Sinek
What is your favorite quote?
“Success has no sympathy for the validity of your excuses” – Trevor Baker
“Pleasures before priorities is the fastest route to regret” – Jono Rowe
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.