330: Before you can make a change, you need to create the environment for change with guest expert Courtney Kenney

Courtney Kenney, author of Creating Space to Thrive: Get Unstuck, Reboot Your Creativity and Change Your Life

Bill Ringle and Courtney Kenney discuss ways to make pursuing those relationships and activities at work and beyond that lead to the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment in life, with a focus on small business leaders and managers.

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com  for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth. My Quest for the Best is a top-rated small business podcast with over 300 episodes of thought-provoking and insightful interviews with today’s top thought leaders and business experts. Host Bill Ringle’s mission with this show is to provide the strategies, insights, and resources that will unlock the growth potential of your business through these powerful conversations.

Interview Insights

Top 3 Takeaways from this Interview

  • We have a culture of being busy but we must give ourselves space to pursue creativity or other things we value.
  • Leaders should help employees save their time by working on what is really important and what is really adding value.
  • We cannot avoid sacrifices, big or small, in the process of making our dreams come true. However, we should still give ourselves the incentive of having quality time doing what we want, with the people that matter, and taking care of our wellbeing.

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

  • Courtney’s mother Linda inspired Courtney in her early years (and still today). [01:12]
  • Her experience working for Motorola and how while working for them was a pleasant experience, she eventually felt burnt out. [04:16]
  • How burnout made her think of a different career path.  [05:33]
  • What she learned as she immersed herself in the world of writing and self-publishing. [06:35]
  • While sacrifices are unavoidable to succeed, Courtney explains why we still need to create space for our well-being. [08:36]
  • Courtney’s stepfather Mike was involved in a big wake-up call to her to start working on something that will give her fulfillment. [10:58]
  • CASE: Ken, dreams of becoming a writer but is held back because he thought he was already too old. [14:18]
  • Discard limiting beliefs and pursue growth. [15:40]
  • My Quest for the Best Lightning Round begins [20:44]

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Expert Bio

Courtney Kenney is the author of Creating Space to Thrive about using the habit of creativity to harness powerful change in your life.

As a Book Launch Strategist, she helps authors launch bestselling non-fiction books. She holds Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation from the Project Management Institute and worked as a Project Manager at global companies, Workday and Motorola.

She has managed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling book launches. Clients call her their “secret weapon” and a “ninja Project Manager.”

Courtney has written books on creativity, publishing & book marketing, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan. Her love of space and all things tech has inspired her to write 11 science fiction novels under a pen name.

Contact Info and Social Media for Courtney Kenney

Resources Mentioned During the Interview

Below are key people, places, books, quotes, websites, and other resources that we discussed so you can explore further.

  • Bronnie Ware – An Australian author, songwriter, and motivational speaker best known for her writings about the top deathbed regrets she heard during her time as a palliative carer described in her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
  • Motorola – was an American multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States. 
  • NASA – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.
  • Carol Dweck – an American psychologist best known for her work on mindset.

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