Kelsey Humphreys knows how to motivate people. In just two minutes and 45 seconds of video time, her Quick Pep Talks on Facebook are like shots of virtual adrenaline into cyberspace.
Based in Oklahoma City, this entrepreneur, motivational speaker and host of success talk show, The Pursuit, is also the author of Go Solo, a #1 Entrepreneurship book on Amazon endorsed by Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran. “I worked my way up to my dream job, Associate Creative Director at an awesome agency in downtown Oklahoma City,” she says. “I was then able to quit my dream job for my dream of starting my own consulting business.”
But how? Her methods came naturally. She took notes and blogged along the way, she says. “I noticed there were many young would-be go-getters who wanted to do something more with their life, but needed help. I wrote out answers to questions about how I achieved career success, how I started my own business, how I found my passion, etc. These notes eventually birthed my book.”
When I stumbled upon one of Kelsey Humphreys’ many hilarious and motivating Quick Pep Talk video gems, I decided to join her tribe and share her with my corner of the world. Her premise is simple and extremely relevant. We’ve all had or still have something holding us back. It’s part of the human experience.
In one video, she says, “I’ve achieved a significant amount of success in a small amount of time. People love the win and the triumph, but I can’t really be authentic about how I’ve achieved everything I have without sharing another big fat part of this.”
Before you find out what was holding her back, consider what happened after she faced it. It was August when she got help for the trap she felt she was in.
“About a month later, Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank endorsed my book. The next month I got my Entreprenuer.com writing gig,” she says. “Then I started booking speaking gigs.”
In January, she decided to take a stab at her idea for a talk show, which is now The Pursuit. “Then I got a Success.com gig and then I was interviewing the Property Brothers in New York City in June. But this is not about me. Once you make the decision, where are you going to be in three months, six months, nine months? I know it’s messy and a lot of work, but it’s so much better when you get on the other side of it.”
Once accused of never having any hurdles to jump over, and therefore no basis for her motivational pep talks, she decided to admit she’d struggled with alcohol addiction.
Before I knew Kelsey was no stranger to addiction, I told her about my blogs on Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. She took it as a nudge to come clean about her journey to greatness and shoot this video, which ended up being a little bit longer than the average Quick Pep Talk: https://www.facebook.com/KelseyHumphreys/videos/vl.163630487335362/761405223959348/?type=1&theater “Whatever dream or goal you have in your life, you’re not going to achieve it if you don’t let go of whatever’s weighing you down,” she says. “I’m talking about deep, gritty stuff. For me, that was alcohol. I’m proud to tell you today that I’m 16 months sober.”
But it doesn’t matter what your issue is, she says, whether you’re having an affair or have a food addiction or an eating disorder or drug problem or are in an abusive relationship, you can’t reach maximum potential if you continue on the same path.
“That was me for years,” she says. “I want to tell you it can be done. You have to be honest with yourself and get real by finding support. I want people to know what can happen in your life after you make the commitment to change. It’s mind-blowing.”
While we can’t expect that letting go means instant simplification, Kelsey assures us the effort is worthwhile.
“I’m passionate about this because I’m living proof that everything can change,” she says. “You cannot do the world-changing work you’re supposed to do if you don’t let it go. Look at what someone can do, someone like me---a drunk! Some days we feel like we've got plenty of tomorrows left to make a difference, other days we feel like we're running out of time for our dreams. The truth is somewhere in between, so let's focus on making today count!”