Keala Kanae is an award-winning Hawaiian entrepreneur. He has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, ABC News, to name a few. In addition, he has received over 7 awards from Clickfunnels including their coveted Centurion Award for doing more than $50M in sales, on his way to $100M. This inspiring advertiser leads by example and uses the two-pronged approach when mentoring his followers. Kanae focuses on both skillset marketing and mindset.
For many years, he has been taking risks, such as quitting his job to become a freelance marketer, buying out his partner’s portion of his company, and starting a new brand from the ground up. This self-made millionaire has been through a ‘business war’ and come out the other end as a true warrior. Kanae excels both as an entrepreneur and a life coach, furthermore, he advises other entrepreneurs at the start of their career by sharing some of his principles as 5 fundamental tips:
1. Surrender to the Struggle.
Building a business is hard. There will be periods of self-doubt, uncertainty, fear, criticism, loneliness, disbelief, and a whole host of other things that make most people cower. But leaders do not have that luxury. Find peace in the struggle.
2. Learn to see the hidden order in the apparent chaos.
For those with big ambitions come great challenges. These challenges forge us with the character and mind required to achieve our big ambitions. No matter how much you plan, life will have a different plan. Know that it is ultimately serving you. When the rug feels like it is being pulled out from under you, that’s the road rising to meet you.
3. Learn to interpret and appreciate the data.
Too often visionary leaders want to make decisions based on feelings and gut. Instead, learn to interpret your company’s data, analytics, and statistics to derive meaningful decisions with measurable outcomes.
4. Get comfortable doing nothing.
The theme of 2020 was “pivot” and while a few businesses benefited, most only served to exacerbate their losses. When it is unclear what to do, be okay doing nothing.
5. Prepare for war.
Navy seals do not prepare for war when it has commenced. They prepare for war during peace. If the war in your business has not found you yet, it is coming! There is no time for being comfortable. Keep your teams growing, improving their processes, increasing their efficiency, mitigating losses. Complacency is the enemy. Invest in your people. One day it will be their turn to invest in you.
Furthermore, Kanae expresses that one indispensable quality that entrepreneurs should have is: Poise. He adds, “Great leaders are those who can stay calm amid the storm: remain poised, not poisoned, and convey confidence in the adversity.”For entrepreneurs, and business leaders in general, their future is uncertain and their livelihood is constantly threatened by economic factors, competitors, technology changes, internal power struggles, market conditions, and more. Kanae’s philosophy brings awareness to this reality and shines a light on how to continue to succeed while confronting everyday business challenges.