YOUR HOST KAROLINE ROSE
When I was seventeen,
I started experiencing severe health problems from extreme stomach pain to loss of motor skills and other stroke-like symptoms. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) on my 18th birthday and began to accept that my life wasn’t going to look the way I’d always envisioned.
By the time I graduated college, I had experienced 32 strokes. My definition of success evolved dramatically through this journey. I knew a 9 to 5 job wasn’t realistic for me. What would I do if I had more sick days than a company allows and I needed to go to another doctor’s appointment? What would I do if my blood thickness levels were off and I needed to rest or adjust to new medications? Instead of giving up, I started dreaming differently.
The idea of starting my own business sparked
and once I graduated college, I created KRose Cattle Company to promote cattle ranchers’ production sales. A year later, KRose Marketing and Consulting was born to fill a marketing need I saw in businesses of all types.
Today, I am writing a book and I have grown an audience I love who support this vision. The KRose Company — and its divisions — was created to inspire others to live life the way they’ve always wanted. No obstacle can stop us from reaching the stars we’re shooting for.
We can all be successful
when we discover what that actually means to us. It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game in today’s social media age. “If only I was as successful as that person…” Sometimes we end up comparing our beginning to someone else’s middle. I can’t compare myself to someone who has been in business for ten years because I haven’t put in the same time. When we compare, we aren’t looking at all the years of work, all the ups and downs and in-betweens.
My goal in life is to positively impact others.
I define success in this arena in various ways. Whether it’s a conversation with a friend over coffee or giving a speech to hundreds at a convention, I want to spread positivity and hope. Living with an autoimmune disease is tough! But I truly believe I was given this obstacle to become stronger and to spread a comforting and true message.