Seeing Possibilities Starts With Self Improvement
See into your future by focusing on your Self Improvement.
About Corryn Kivett:
As a coach, I help business professionals uncover what is keeps them from the success they desire and deserve. Through working one on one, my clients and I get clarity on what keeps them from achieving results, create the structure to aim in the right direction, so they can take aligned action and create the success they dream of.
I am a firm believer that people are capable of achieving anything they set their minds to, as long as they have the vision, structure, and strategy to make it happen.
At the core of the Evolution Room is Impact, Empower, and Evolve.
On This Episode:
- Corryn shares how she was pushed to climb the corporate ladder, even though she found no personal satisfaction from it whatsoever.
- Ryan and Corryn discuss the beliefs that drives the entrepreneurial spirit.
- Learn how NLP can be life-changing.
- Don’t just say yes to what society says you’re supposed to do. Do what you know you NEED to do.
- Surround yourself with people who see your greatness so you can borrow their belief.
- Every person is making an impact. The question is, what kind of impact are you going to make?
- “Applied knowledge is power.” – Corryn Kivett
- “It takes courage to change and follow your dreams – courage that everyone has.” – Corryn Kivett
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To find out more information about the Home Based Business Podcast and host, Ryan Allen Bell, visit ryanallenbell.com.
Ryan: [00:00] You’re listening to episode 10
Corryn: [00:01] Hey, this is Corryn Kivett, Evolution Coach, and if you want to learn how to build a successful home–based business, you should be listening to The Home Based Business Podcast with my good friend, Ryan Allen Bell.
Intro: [00:14] You’ve seen the future, you know where your life is heading, but you know you haven’t taken the right steps to get you there. Welcome to The Home Based Business Podcast, where we believe the only way to future proof your income is to create a plan to build a successful home–based business. It’s time to create a life of freedom, security, and impact with your host Ryan Allen Bell.
Ryan: [00:35] Hey, welcome to the show. I’m your host Ryan Allen Bell. I believe the only way to achieve true freedom is to future proof your income by creating a plan to quit your job and start a home–based business. In this podcast, I’ll be diving deep into everything home–based business related and interviewing thought leaders in their space who are creating successful home–based businesses. So if you want to learn the new way of business, if you want to develop the mindset and skills to get you from where you are to where you want to go, then you’re in the right place because this is The Home Based Business Podcast. Today with my good friend Corryn Kivett. Corryn is a Corporate Financial Planner turned Evolution Coach.
Before launching her own business, Corryn achieved her goal of becoming a successful Certified Financial Planner professional while working in wealth management and partnering with one of the top advisors at Merrill Lynch in San Diego, California. While she achieved what looked like success, her strong entrepreneurial spirit led her to quit her corporate career to launch her own business. She took the leap, dove into the personal development industry, and became a certified trainer and Master Coach of Linguistic Programming. After personally transforming her life to learning NLP,Corryn professionally launched The Evolution Room to fulfill her vision to empower the world. The Evolution Room is designed to help people turn their dream life and business into reality through personal coaching and NLP training. Corryn flaunts a philosophy that takes courage to change and follow your dreams. Courage everyone has the power to tap into. Corryn is a dancer, world traveler and fitness connoisseur who loves to spend her free time with family and friends. Today, we’re going to dive deep into her story and being able to see possibilities not only in ourselves, but others as well.
[02:01] Yo, what’s up? Today I’m here with Corryn. What’s up, Corryn? How are you?
Corryn: [02:06] What is up? Thanks for having me.
Ryan: [02:08] Yeah, of course. Okay, so let’s get right into it. So let’s dive deep. I really want to go into your story and kind of figure out the mindset that you developed over the years that made you the person that you are today, that made you the entrepreneur that you are today. So I want to go all the way back to maybe elementary, middle, high school, so before you developedthis entrepreneur mindset. So what was your life like growing up?
Corryn: [02:36] What was my life like growing up? I was always the nice girl. I followed the rules. I was nice. I was agreeable. I yeah, pretty much just played by the rules, which definitely took a turn of events in future years.
Ryan: [02:55] Okay, cool. So when did the entrepreneur mindset start coming into play for you?
Corryn: [03:03] So the entrepreneurial mindset came in when I decided to quit my career. The entrepreneurial spirit came in before that, way before that. To give you a little bit of context into what I’m referring to, my entire family, they all are entrepreneurs. So they’re all business owners and they know the ups and downs of owning your own business. And my mom was a single mom and her and my grandfather would always tell me, “Go do corporate, just get a job, go for the benefits, stability. That’s the path to go.” Going back to the agreeable, doing what I’m supposed to do, I decided, “Okay, I’ll go to school.” I ended up studying business because I’ve always loved business. And I figured if I wasn’t going to start my own business, I might as well learn about it and go into finance. So that’s what I ended up doing. I became a financial planner. And when I graduated, I always knew deep down, if I was really true to myself, I knew that I wanted to launch my own business, but I was scared. I had no idea how to do it and my entire family was telling me to climb the corporate ladder so that’s what I did.
[04:19] I ended up becoming a Certified Financial Planner within two years of being in the industry. Because I knew that in order for me to go to the next level, in order to get the pay raise, get the benefits, get the bigger office, the “success”, a certification would probably be the next route. So I did that, I ended up studying for the Certified Financial Planning certification within six months, which is almost unheard of. A lot of people do 12 to 18 months. And I went all in. I studied like crazy. I went into the exam, I ended up passing, and when the lady turned to me and told me that I passed the examI wasn’t even excited. I was like—
Ryan: [05:11] Wow.
Corryn: [05:12] Yeah, it was kind of another checking the box. And that’s when I got really real with myself of what am I doing? Where am I going?
Ryan: [05:24] Yeah.
Corryn: [05:25] And the universe presented me with an opportunity to start working at Merrill Lynch. So that vision that I had of the bigger office, the bigger pay,the all of that I said yes even though deep down, I knew that this wasn’t really what I wanted to do. I said yes and I ended up working at Merrill Lynch for a year. And during that entire time, this is where I go back to having the entrepreneurial spirit before I had the entrepreneurial mindset, I knew deep down that I wanted to launch my own business. I had no idea doing what, I just did not want to fulfill on somebody else’s dreams. I wanted to fulfill on my own dreams. And I ended up doing a personal development course where I woke up on Monday, and I was done putting my dreams off until tomorrow. I went in and I told my boss— Actually, I went in, this is a funny story, I went into the office, and when you’re about to do something scary, like really uncomfortable, and you’re working yourself up, you’re like, “I got this, I can do this,” and you’re playing over and over in your head what you’re going to say, you’re pumping yourself up. So as I’m walking over to his office, I’m doing that. “I got this. I know exactly what I’m going to say.” And I walk in, and he’s not there.
Ryan: [06:47] Dang.
Corryn: [06:48] He’s not even there. And I look over at his assistant, and I’m like, “Is he coming in today by any chance?” And she looks at me and she says, “No, he’s at another office at a different office.” So I turn around, and I walk back to my office, and I’m like, “What am I going to do?” And in my head, I’m thinking, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” And that was the first time that I had ever listened to myself, say to myself I will do it tomorrow. And I said, “Eff that, there is no tomorrow.” And I got his cell phone number, and I called him on his cell phone and quit my corporate career. And I didn’t anticipate, which looking back, I should have, but I didn’t anticipate that being in the financial services industry, when you’re telling them that you’re leaving, you leave that day. It’s not two weeks, you leave that day. So I literally packed up my stuff and did pretty much the first wrong thing that I had done in my entire life – quit my corporate career with zero plan. My mom always told me “Don’t quit a job unless you have another job, another backup”, and I just completely quit. So I had the entrepreneurial spirit, and I took the leap of faith. And then in the process, I built my entrepreneurial mindset and continue to build.
Ryan: [08:10] You sound like a true entrepreneur, just from hearing that story. I want to go back to a few things. A lot of things resonated with me. I actually went through something very similar, where I was stuck in corporate and then realized, “Hey, this isn’t for me at all.” I feel like a lot of people go through that if you have spirit. So I do want to go back to the mindset versus the spirit. Where do you think— Because I understand you grew up in a corporate environment, your parents were like, “Hey, study, go to school, do all this good stuff” but where do you think this spirit comes from because you said that started early on? Is that something that you think we’re born with or maybe it developed somehow? What do you think is that?
Corryn: [08:53] You know, that’s a really good question. For me, it’s always been about bringing some idea to fruition. It’s like your baby, right? Having that and being able to bring it to fruition and building the courage to do that really.
Ryan: [09:12] Wow. So it sounds like it’s just something that’s super deep–seated just in our own being that’s just something that’s just there. And for what it sounds like it’s just one day, it just needed to take you to have this to go in the opposite direction for you to have this breakthrough. It’s like, “Yo, this isn’t what I’m designed to do.”
Corryn: [09:31] Yeah, for so long I had said yes to doing what I was supposed to do. And it was almost like, “No, just no. I’m taking the leap.”
Ryan: [09:39] Oh, my gosh. Okay, so you go through this whole entire experience, you actually achieve success on this first path of your life, and then you quit, not having any plans, which sounds like the natural entrepreneur thing to do. That’s what they do. So what happens next? So what do you do next?
Corryn: [10:00] So I feel like I need to pre–frame this a little bit. I definitely thought that I was going to leave the office and I was going to walk out, and I don’t know, I thought that the heavens were going to part and God was going to be like, “You made the right decision.” There were going to be doves flying, and it was going to be like, “Oh, I have this huge enlightenment.” And I pretty much sat in my car and was like, “What did I just do?”
Ryan: [10:22] Wow.
Corryn: [10:24] Yeah. So that’s the reality of it. And I knew you just figure it out really. In life, you just figure it out. So after that, I was all over the place. I was definitely “What am I going to do?” All I knew was that I wanted to. I had been getting in my way for two years. I had business plans, I had ideas, I had tons of stuff in my head, I just wasn’t taking any action for two years. So I had a plethora of ideas on what I wanted to do, I just didn’t really know how to implement. And I wanted to know – I’ve always been into personal development. I’ve been listening to Earl Nightingale since I was 12 years old – wanted to know why was I getting in my own way? And how can I overcome that? Because I’m seeing people literally start a business from nothing and have this massive business and making this global impact. So if someone else can do it, it’s not some secret formula that they have. It’s just I need to figure out how to get out of my own way. And I think out of sheer curiosity, that’s where I ended up studying NLP and learning NLP and going through my own transformation.
Ryan: [11:42] Wow, and we actually have a great connection with NLP. That’s how we met, which is incredible, life–changing, and it really just changes the way you perceive yourself and life and other people in general.
Corryn: [11:55] Oh yeah.
Ryan: [11:55] So, man, insane, okay. So you were getting in your way, and you’re like, “Okay, I need to figure this out. How do I fix myself pretty much?” And so it sounds like NLP just presented itself and that’s where you figured out how to get out of your way.
Corryn: [12:12] So I went into NLP, which for those of you that don’t know, that are listening, it’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I went in because I wanted to learn more about me and wanted to discover more about me and understand how I saw the world and how I was getting in my own way. And as I went through this transformational journey of, what, 10 months, that’s when I came out on the other side, realizing I’ve always been able to see greatness and other people and now I can really understand how to extract that and help them implement and create whatever it is that they want to create in the world. So I went in for myself to learn more, and I came out like, “I have some serious tools to help other people get out of their own way, and create, bring their dreams into reality to create that vision.”
Ryan: [13:03] Wow. It’s something entirely special when we have our own problems, and once we figure out how to fix our own problems, then we have this gift to be able to help other people with that same problem.
Corryn: [13:18] It’s so empowering. And I think all of us have our own experiences, right? We all go through different situations, different experiences, we all have our own story. I am also a firm believer that one person goes through,the other person can have compassion for and understand and relate to. So when you’re able to really get clear on your problems and figure out for yourself how to get out of your own way, you can help so many other people. And it’s just a ripple effect. It really is.
Ryan: [13:48] This is exactly the kind of topic that we’re constantly talking about in our Facebook community, The Home Based Business Community. It can be really hard to find a community of like–minded people who are working towards similar goals. If you want to join the conversation there, it’s absolutely free. So head over to ryanallenbell.com/community and click the “Join” button.
[14:05] After NLP, you fixed yourself and you move even further where you realize you could fix other people, help them get out of their own way. So what’s the next step from that point forward? What happens with your life?
Corryn: [14:19] From that point forward? So I do have to pre–frame by saying I can still get in my own way. It’s just knowing how to overcome it.
Ryan: [14:28] Yeah.
Corryn: [14:29] So I definitely got in my own way a little bit because I stalled a little bit in one, launching my business, The Evolution Room, and then deciding to move forward with NLP training. So I really leaned into becoming the Master Coach and Master Trainer that I was certified in, and that’s when I launched my business, The Evolution Room, and started doing one on one coaching and then also in the process of bringing NLP trainings, co–training with the woman who trained us and really launching my own NLP training company.
Ryan: [15:02] Amazing. Okay, so I want to dive deep into The Evolution Room and why you started that and where you see that going. So what is The Evolution Room?
Corryn: [15:13] So The Evolution Room, it’s really a space for people to reveal who they truly are, to get clear on the old programs, the old stories, the shoulds, the coulds, the supposed tos that are really dimming their greatness, so that way they can overcome that and step into their greatness and really have the courage to live their dreams and to bring those dreams into fruition.
Ryan: [15:44] Wow. It sounds like most of it has to do with our own mindset and helping people just work through their own mindset so they could get to the other side of what they actually want with their life period.
Corryn: [15:56] Exactly. Yeah, overcoming those blocks, those roadblocks.
Ryan: [16:01] So when it comes to The Evolution Room, this is your business that you’re currently building, right?
Corryn: [16:08] Yes.
Ryan: [16:08] And what’s your future vision for The Evolution Room? Where do you see it going? How do you see yourself impacting people with it?
Corryn: [16:17] Where I see it going is I really want to help people who were in my situation because telling my story here, it could sound like it went really quickly. It’s been a two–year journey of me quitting my career, and now designing the business and life that I ultimately dreamt of. So what I see The Evolution Room being is a bridge for people to go from the nine to five into building and creating, growing and scaling a business that is authentic to who they are, and the life that they envision for themselves.
Ryan: [16:59] Wow. That is super deep. All right, so I don’t think a lot of people realize this but a lot of successful entrepreneurs that we see out in the marketplace, what we don’t hear as much is their struggle journey. We see all the glam, we see all the success, but we don’t see the struggle journey. And that’s what you just mentioned is hey, you went two years figuring yourself out, figuring out what to do in this life, and now that’s your purpose. Hey, my business, this is a bridge for people so they don’t have to struggle as much as you did. That’s kind of what it sounds like to me.
Corryn: [17:43] That’s exactly what I’m passionate about, making a difference for people.
Ryan: [17:48] Man, incredible. Okay, so I want to dive deep into one of your strengths, which is the topic for this week, which is about being able to see possibility. And, man, I could just tell you love it because your face just lit up. For the listeners, you guys can’t see I’m sorry, but her face just lit up. So seeing possibility, and just by hearing your story up until this point, it’s all about seeing possibility in yourself and your future and other people. Share with me how important is seeing possibility, and what is the impact this has had on your life.
Corryn: [18:21] I think that seeing possibility, it’s really the glue to it all, it’s the heart. When things are down or things are low, it’s like holding on to that to get you through it, to figure it out. It’s the entrepreneurial spirit that I had. That was my possibility, the possibility in that vision that you hold on to, and that you’re committed to. It’s your why, it’s your purpose, it’s your heart, and overcoming anything that’s going to keep you from that.
Ryan: [18:54] Wow. So you have such a strong connection with just believing in yourself and helping other people believe in [themselves]. That’s what I’m seeing here. Because for me, seeing possibility, I was like, “How does that resonate with me?” And as you were just sharing this, I was like, “Wow, that’s literally faith. That’s belief, that’s commitment to oneself. That’s vision like what you said.” This is so insane. I love that that’s one of your main strengths because that goes back to having the entrepreneur spirit, which what we found out earlier, that’s something that is always within. And now it’s like it’s been within and now you’re expressing that to the world, which is incredible. Oh my gosh, I have chills right now talking about this.
Corryn: [19:39] Yeah, so when that first personal development course that I mentioned before I’d quit my job, some people may have heard of it was Landmark,and in that course, I decided that I was the possibility of love, passion, and self-expression. So the self–expression part being able to build and create the life and business of your dreams, like really.
Ryan: [20:01] Yep. And you probably attract a lot of people who are just like you, I’m sure.
Corryn: [20:05] Oh, yeah.
Ryan: [20:08] Yeah, that tends to happen. Yeah.
Corryn: [20:10] It definitely tends to happen. I feel like there’s a lot of mirrors going on. I did want to mention, there are definitely times— I feel like we can talk about possibility and talk about believing in yourself, and I also like to be super transparent that there are times where I doubt myself, right? There are times where I don’t see possibility and I do everything that I can to hold on to that. And surrounding yourself with people – and this really is like The Evolution Room community – surrounding yourself with people who see your greatness, that when you need to lean on them to borrow that belief, they have your back. Because from that space, you’ll learn to have your own back.
Ryan: [20:52] Yep, that’s the law of association in action, which we’ve heard this over and over, it’s cliche, but this is the truth to success. If you hang out with four broke people, you’ll become the fifth. And if you hang out with four wealthy people, you’ll become the fifth. That’s exactly how life works, and I see that and so many people. That’s amazing. Okay, so for the listeners, let’s say someone here maybe is going through a hard time in their life, and they can’t really see their future or they don’t really know themselves or they don’t really know what to do. What is some advice you would give them for being able to see possibility? What’s a good starting point for them?
Corryn: [21:37] That’s a really good question. I’d say surrounding yourself with people who do see possibility, just in general associating yourself with them. In regards to maybe if you’re unclear on who you are, and what you want, start to ask yourself stuff. Start to ask yourself questions of what do you like? What don’t you like? What do you want more of in your life? What do you want less of in your life? Get really curious about you. If you’re into vision boards, start to create a vision board of what you do want. And even if,because I’ve been in this space, even if you’re creating a vision board, and you’re like, “I don’t know if that’s actually going to come to fruition”, just start doing it because as you start to build the belief in yourself, you’ll start to trust yourself to actually bring that vision into fruition. Yeah, I think that those are probably the biggest things that I can advise.
[22:34] And also, I wish that someone would have told me this, don’t be so hard on yourself. Look back and really look at your life and see the things that you’ve accomplished. And that might be hard to do, but if you can’t see your future, there’s some sort of programming there that’s stuck into the negative. So let’s reframe that and let’s start to look at what have you done in your life. You have a choice to what you focus on. So start focusing on what you have accomplished, what you are good at, and start building that belief.
Ryan: [23:06] A hundred percent. Yeah, at the end of the day, each and every one of us has something that we’ve done that is positive in our life. And we just have to become aware of “Hey, did you wake up this morning? Did you make your bed?” Or “Did you go out into the world? And did you try to learn?”Like even being on this podcast listening, it’s like you’re taking a step in the right direction to improve your life. But now just become aware that hey, you are working on improving your life.
Corryn: [23:35] Exactly. And those baby steps. And one thing that just as you were saying that occurred to me is, I am a firm believer that every single person is making an impact regardless of if you think you are or not. You are making an impact. And the question is, what impact are you choosing to make? Because people are watching you that you don’t even know. They’re looking at you that you don’t even know. They look up to you. And what is the impact that you’re setting for someone else that you’re going to make in the world?
Ryan: [24:06] Yep, the ripple effect is like something you do today change either your life or someone else’s life, like a year, two years, five years from now. Incredible. Okay, so I want to ask a very important question for you so my audience could get their own perception of having a home–based business. So I believe that I have is that the only way to achieve true freedom is to figure out how to future proof our income by creating a plan to quit our job and starting a home–based business. So I want to ask you the same thing so we could get your perspective. So do you believe that the only way to achieve true freedom is to future proof your income by creating a plan to quit your job and start in a home–based business and why?
Corryn: [24:53] I think that is a great question, and there’s a part of me that wants to say yes and a part of me that says maybe.
Ryan: [25:03] Cool.
Corryn: [25:03] And the reason why I say that is because obviously I’m a firm believer of entrepreneurism and building a home–based business and living your lifestyle and having true freedom. And that is 100% capable with a home–based business. I do know that there are a lot of people who are very satisfied with working for someone. Now, the caveat to that is, if all of your eggs are in that basket, I would not align with saying that you have true freedom. So having a home–based business on the side, or having a home–based business that’s your full–time, and then maybe you have a part–time that’s working for someone because you love it, however that’s designed for you. But ultimately, having a home–based business one way or another is access to true freedom.
Ryan: [25:53] Wow. I asked this question because it’s a type of question where we have to make a decision and you pick a side. It’s a very unique question. And I agree with you 100%. When I first started my home–based business, I was working 12–hour shifts as an EMT working the 911 system. But in all my free time, I was dedicating to learning how to build a home–based business. So I was learning how to supplement and replace my income and it was just a matter of time before I was able to replace it completely.
Corryn: [26:26] There’s this true time freedom, money freedom in general when building a home–based business, and being able to tap into that and to really understand and feel what that feels like, I feel like you could never go back. You really can’t.
Ryan: [26:43] You can’t. Yeah, once we experience true freedom, it’s so liberating. And it’s such a unique feeling where it’s really hard to even explain it to other people. When I think about it it’s like, I haven’t had a job in over four years. I wake up when I want to wake up, I go to bed when I want to go to bed, I work with who I want to work with, I do the work that I want to do. Everything is on my terms. And I’m just like, “This is such a blessing.” Andit’s really hard to help others see that. They truly have to just experience it themselves.
Corryn: [27:20] Definitely.
Ryan: [27:21] Amazing. Okay, my audience, they really want to learn how to build a successful home–based business. And they might not even have a home–based business right now or they might be currently working on a home–based business. What is the best advice that you could give someone who is just starting out, to help them get on the right foot so they could have the best chances of success in the future for themselves?
Corryn: [27:47] Continuously seek learning and implement that learning. Knowledge is great. Applied knowledge is power.
Ryan: [27:58] Boom, drop the mic. That is the truth right there for sure. Applied knowledge you guys, man. Okay. Yeah, I feel like that advice right there will take you so far in life. So, the way I want to end this is with a quotebecause I feel like quotes can truly change someone, depending on what’s going on with their life. Because, in my personal opinion, a quote hits deep down in our heart and our soul and the right quote could last for a lifetime for us. So Corryn, what is your favorite quote, a quote that has made an impact on your life and something that you want to share with the audience today?
Corryn: [28:42] A quote that speaks to me the most now and that I think your audience would get a lot from is, “It takes courage to change and follow your dreams. Courage that everyone has.”
Ryan: [28:58] Man, I can’t even say anything else about that. That was perfect. Cool.All right, Corryn, you’re amazing. I just loved hearing your whole entire story and your perspective about the mindset and possibilities because a lot of people, I feel like they just go through the motions in life. They don’t realize what they’re doing, what they’re not doing. And hearing your perspective just really inspires me to say like, “Our mindset matters. This life matters.” It’s like why settle when our whole future is in the grasp of our hands? We just have to, like you said, have courage to go after it. And I just want to say thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom with us today.
Corryn: [29:41] Thank you so much for having me and thanks for saying that my words are wise. Continuously learning and continuously growing,
Ryan: [29:48] For sure, for sure. Before I let you go, what is the best way that everyone could get in touch with you if they want to reach out to you?
Corryn: [29:56] The best way to get in touch with me would be through social platforms, so Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, they’re all under Corryn Kivett. So it’s C-O-R-R-Y-N and then K–I-V-E-T-T. You can also look up The Evolution Room.
Ryan: [30:11] Perfect. All right, Corryn. Thank you so much.
Corryn: [30:13] Thank you so much. Bye guys.
Ryan: [30:15] That’s all for this episode of The Home Based Business Podcast. Now it’s time to set your personal plan in motion. To set up a discovery call with Ryan himself, join our Facebook community filled with others just like you who have seen what it takes to make their home–based business dream a reality. Join the conversation at ryanallenbell.com/community and we’ll catch you next time right here on The Home Based Business Podcast.
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