Interview with Mike Keen (@the_keen)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Throughout my life, I have tried many career paths starting in customer service, the hospitality industry, sales, the Air Force, and attending pilot training.

The freedom and flexibility which comes with owning your own business are unrivaled – Granted it’s not for everyone with the hours and work required but the rewards far outweigh.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Working for my self has extended the luxuries that some are fortunate to receive. I’ve traveled the world, changed my network of friends and associates but most importantly changed my mental mindset. I’d say the most interesting thing to happen to me during the last few years would be training to be a pilot – I moved 5,000 miles to a Floridan flight school to complete my childhood dream!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Always remember, in the END – Effort Never Dies and NO means Next Opportunity. 9 out of 10 businesses fail, so build again, keep building, the rewards are there for those who want it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My best friend who I grew up with from the age of 16, we met during our first jobs in a call centre where we worked for £7 per hour back in 2004. His family moved to the U.S.A, however, our lives have mirrored, he joined the US Marines – I joined the Royal Air Force, he set-up an IT business – I started working for myself. Even being on separate continents we managed to drive each other to where we are today.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I’d like to think I never judge a book by its cover – people who message me for inspiration or post questions for help I will always respond to. I’m working on a new motivational page and giveaway so check back soon to see the good work!

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow.

This quote has motivated me and inspired me for a decade. Nothing is out of reach if you can dream it, but that also comes with the sacrifice of trying to achieve it today.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram: @the_keen

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