Kc Rossi is a Mindset & Leadership Coach who helps female leaders increase their vitality, impact, and wholistic wealth. She is the host of the Women Developing Brilliance® – The Spirit of Business podcast where you can catch a spark of inspiration on a weekly basis.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Upstate, New York. As a child of a tumultuous divorce, I learned independence. This helped shape my life as an entrepreneur, beginning my first corporation at age 19.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I wish I realized that cultivating confidence and self-trust has the power to dramatically improve your life. Knowing this earlier would’ve softened some suffering.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I hear some mindset coaches advocate a “fake it until you make it” approach. The true change stems from the feeling state which is stimulated by the intensity of our beliefs. Only authentic beliefs, fueled with passion and conviction, will bring transformation.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

One of my business deals went south after the other party breached multiple contracts leaving me with significant debt and a building that eventually foreclosed. I was able to come out the other side but drawing on my faith and inner spiritual practice. The biggest lesson that I learned was to obtain independent legal counsel and have a preparation plan in place prior to any major acquisition.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Harnessing the power of perseverance has been the biggest contributor to my success. My business partner and I created 9 different businesses in a four-year period. It was our 10th venture that took the gourmet foods market by storm, grossing over 7 figures annually.

What is your morning routine?

I naturally wake up before 6 am. The first thing I do is meditate. After that, I start the day with positive affirmations, ayurvedic rituals of tongue scraping and dry brushing, a dance class, and a warm shower. This routine energizes my mind and body.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

I’ve been meditating since 1990. It is a daily habit that keeps me balanced and connected, and one of my few non-negotiables.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

I’m a fan of simplicity. Practicing digital minimalism helps me stay focused as well as do my most important work. Building in deep work blocks, where I monotask, is enormously helpful to increase productivity and reduce distractions.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Years ago, Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule book helped me to break out of my resistance and procrastination to live video. Since then, I’ve been able to embrace the things that scare me by sidestepping my mind with her technique.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything Is Accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“Work is love made visible.” – Khalil Gibran