Ski Like a Girl

Special Guest:
Kathleen Burns Kingsbury

Ski Like a Girl

With a background in wealth psychology, it’s no surprise Kathleen Burns Kingsbury has amazing career insight to share with us on this week’s episode of Women Rocking Wall Street. Kathleen is the founder of KBK Wealth Connection, which empowers financial advisors and teaches them to communicate effectively with clients. On this episode, Kathleen will chat with us about the relationship she’s noticed between sports—specifically, skiing—and her career, and how understanding this link can help you (even if you don’t ski!) Kathleen has learned many lessons from this male-dominated sport that translate to her job. She’s proud to “ski like a girl”—as the saying goes—by embracing her femininity while competing with men and having fun. Here, she tells us about how she used her experience on the trail to excel as an entrepreneur, from tackling fear to accepting falls.

When skiing a steep trail, it may feel uncomfortable to lean forward, but leaning back will actually cause you to crash. Likewise, resist the instinct to take a back seat in your career—pushing forward, even when it feels scary and uncomfortable, is the best tool for success. And if you fall, oh well! Erring too much on the side of caution may cause you to miss a chance that can change your career. As Kathleen’s skiing buddies tell her, “If you don’t fall at least once, you aren’t pushing yourself.” Men are conditioned to fall, get bruised and pick themselves back up. Why shouldn’t women embrace the same kind of fearlessness?

For more of Kathleen’s insights and to connect with her, visit her website, Twitter, and LinkedIn. And for more information about financial therapy and events related to it, check out financialtherapyassociation.org.

Join us next week when I speak with Pat Roque. Talk soon!

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