Aug 17, 2020
How to Find Joy and Peace in Difficult
When Kelly Blackmon was a child,
his parents were drug addicts and he grew up in one of the worst
neighborhoods on the west side of Chicago. His family moved from
there to the projects. After a fall when he was three years old,
his parents were told that if he lived he’d have severe brain
damage. In addition, Kelly is Black man in America and he has every
reason to believe in his failure. However, this year has been the
best year of his life. Even with COVID. Even with all the racism.
And it's due to his faith. Not faith like we think of it. Like
"Blind faith". Kelly says faith is like watching the pattern and
being able to see 2, 4, 6, 8 and knowing that if he’s asked what's
next, he can say 10 with certainty. That's where Kelly lives.
Consequently, it's brought him a great deal of joy and peace and
comfort in times that are any but.
Kelly is the Owner of B.E.
Consulting, a Chicago based consulting firm specializing in life
and career coaching. Kelly specializes in helping people find their
"why" through understanding themselves and letting themselves off
the hook for their old perceptions.
In a small way, this is his
version of saving the world. Furthermore, Kelly comes at every
situation; every interaction, from a place of love. His belief is
that it will help to make each person just a little bit better. And
voila, the world starts to slowly shift from the butterfly effect.
Hence, his company’s name, where B.E. Consulting.
- First, Emily introduces Kelly and they talk
about the power of networking
Kelly explains how he came up with the name for his
explains his approach to life - love.
mastery is important to Kelly. No one can take his joy
comfortable with yourself is key to finding joy.
talks about his childhood and growing up as a Black man in
turning point in Kelly’s life was when he was in his 20’s and
wanted to commit suicide. He didn’t feel valuable.
morning Kelly was going to rob a McDonalds, his friend backed out
and Kelly decided to back out too.
Kelly describes his journey of self discovery and self
- Furthermore, Kelly helps others find their
value and purpose.
of Kelly’s parents were addicted to drugs when he was growing
has a lot of reasons he could give up - it would totally
- However, Kelly chooses to be
a decision to let go of victimhood.
the power of choice is huge - it changes
asks Kelly how he helps people let go of victimhood.
Emily and Kelly talk about the challenges of being an
- Entrepreneurs need to know how to pivot and
your inner compassion can tell you if you’re headed in the wrong
Emily asks Kelly to talk about a time when he failed.
that, Emily and Kelly talk about how these failures contributed to
talks about authenticity and the importance of sharing our failures
and times when we’re afraid.
Emily asks Kelly about one of his insane wackiest
did Kelly start coaching others?
- Finally, Kelly is Your favorite coaches