Kendrick Shope: It Takes A Child To Light The Way

Life’s funny.

One of the biggest pushes I had into the entrepreneurial world was my father’s experience with corporate downsizing. As I watched him live through stressful situations year after year, I knew I couldn’t go down that same path. And while he didn’t live long enough to see me make my business successful, I like to think he would have been very proud of all that I’ve achieved.

Once I had my own daughter, my perspective changed.  I remember transferring all of those thoughts I had from my father’s experiences, and turning them around on how I could make my life better and more impactful for helping my daughter grow and be all she could be. I remember sitting with her in the middle of the night, rocking her for hours as I looked down upon her sleeping face, filled with a sensation that in order to give her the best, I had to show her what I considered to be the best. That defining moment is what has driven me to do all I have in the years since.

That’s what touched me about Kendrick’s story. Even though she had what society defined as a successful life, it all came down to a moment in a rocking chair, looking down upon her daughter and thinking, “I have to do more.”

Kendrick’s Story:

Kendrick Shope

I worked in corporate over a decade for 3 Fortune 500 companies, including Glaxo Smith Kline and Eli Lilly as a top performing pharmaceutical sales rep.

Nearly three years ago I walked away from it all, security, money, and peace of mind. Much to my families dismay I went in search of my passion, true calling, and my dream.

Today, my family would agree, walking away is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I founded Authentic Selling and work with customers all over the globe, have a YouTube TV show that goes to subscribers in five continents, created an online sales school, have been featured in numerous online and print publications, and speak all over the country.Kendrick Shope 1

The thing that made me leave corporate was one of those hit you in the face moments. I was rocking my daughter to sleep one night telling her she could be anything she wanted to as long as she believed in her dreams. It hit me that she was going to grow up one day and realize I gave up on my dream and worked a job for a paycheck. No dream. No passion. Just security. I walked into my bedroom and told my husband I was living a lie and it was ending that night.

From that point, I hired a career coach, went through Martha Beck Life Coach training and eventually created a sales process called Authentic Selling. Over the past two years, Authentic Selling has grown beyond my expectations, allowing me to speak across the country and work with aspiring business owners to grow their businesses using Authentic Selling strategies

Takeaways For You To Follow:

My biggest a-ha moment is now when I look back and see the nights I wondered if I had lost my mind to chase a dream and realize that those are the moments that define the success of your business and your dream. Having the passion and the drive to keep going when it’s hard, or everyone around you thinks you’ve gone nuts is the thing that makes it all come together and eventually succeed.

I would tell other women considering doing the same thing that it can be hard. You will question if it’s worth it. But never ever ever give up. Living your dream, creating a successful business from an idea is totally possible. I am living proof. You CAN do this.


If You Want An Exceptional Life, You Have To Have An Exceptional Vision

Exceptional Life Exceptional Vision

The Oscar nominations came out a few days ago. And while I’m not a person who throws big Oscar parties and dresses up for the big event, I do print out the list of Best Picture nominations and make sure I see them all in the weeks leading up to the Oscars.
While I was clicking […]

Continue reading...

Lori Cheek: What Do You Do When Shark Tank Turns You Away?

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 1.01.16 PM

This is part of the It’s My Turn series … read more or submit your own story!
I love the show Shark Tank. Where else can you watch a reality show that is actually full of great ideas and helpful advice too?
Well, most of the time anyway. While I’ll admit Shark Tank has gotten a little […]

Continue reading...

Perfecting Your Pitch: How You Talk About Your Big Idea and Why It Matters

Perfecting Your Pitch: How You Talk About Your Big Idea and Why It Matters

Years ago, I had no idea what a pitch was. To make it “perfect” wasn’t in my line of thinking.
A “pitch” can mean a variety of things to different people, but in the world of being an entrepreneur, a pitch is the way you present your idea to those you meet. It could be a […]

Continue reading...

Caitlin Pyle: Sometimes Reinvention Is Necessary When The Corporate World Proves To Be Brutal

Its My Turn

This is part of the It’s My Turn series … read more or submit your own story!
Have you ever heard a story that literally took your breath away?
When I first heard Caitlin’s story, I hardly believed it. Could the corporate world really be that bad?
Of course it can, but I still had to read it […]

Continue reading...

How To Be An Entrepreneur When You’ve Never Done It Before

How To Be An Entrepreneur When You’ve Never Done It Before

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” -Wayne Dyer
I remember the first time I actually thought about operating my own business; it was a very scary thought.
I didn’t have role models in my family to ask for guidance. None of my friends owned a business. Yet there we […]

Continue reading...

Julie Busha: A Leap Of Faith When You Know Your Dream Job Isn’t YOUR Dream

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 12.58.14 PM

This is part of the It’s My Turn series … read more or submit your own story!
How many times do we start out down a path in life, only to discover it isn’t the true path we wanted in the first place?
I’ve done that a number of times. I went to college and got a […]

Continue reading...

Why A Gap Year Sometimes Means Reinventing Yourself As A Family


Today I was featured in an associated press article that is going wild online.
When kids head off to college, some parents go with them
(you can also see it here: US Parents Following Kids To College For Gap Year and Parents Are Moving To The Same Towns Where Their Kids Go To College )
Its explains in […]

Continue reading...

Suzanne Casamento: Losing It All Can Help You Find Your Way

Fantasy Dating on Its My Turn

This is part of the It’s My Turn series … read more or submit your own story!
Sometimes life happens in a big way. You lose a job. You lose your home. Depression sets it. Or maybe it’s a combination of all three.
When you’re down, there’s no place to go but up.
If you read biographies as […]

Continue reading...

What If It All Goes Away: How To Change Your Life For The Better

What If It All Goes Away- How To Change Your Life For The Better

What if everything you have right now went away, and was no longer in your life one year from today? What would that do to who you are as a person?
What if your company went a new direction and handed you a pink slip effective immediately?
What if your house suddenly burned to the ground, taking […]

Continue reading...