An outsider’s perspective is important for us to realize our potential and areas of improvement. Kymone Hinds, speaker, author and life coach, helps entrepreneurs and organizations optimize their impact by offering a different point of view. He highlights the importance of an outsider’s perspective to constantly challenge personal and organizational growth and to broaden horizons.
Kymone also touches on the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship in teenagers. As father of three teenagers, he has supported all their entrepreneurial endeavors and also helps run a summer camp that empowers both parents and teenagers to do likewise.
Listen to find out how life coaching could benefit you and how to support entrepreneurship in your own home.
Show notes: Contact Kymone
:55- Kymone’s background
2:40- What is a life coach
4:32- Finding our blind spots
7:45- How can an organization improve
13:33- Create multiple streams of income
14:40- Teen startup business
16:15- Ideas to Income
19:00- Get your kids involved in entrepreneurship
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Ryan Dye (00:00):
From CoLab INC, it's There To Here, a show about entrepreneurs, innovators and investors and the impact they seek to make on the world. On today's episode, we talk with Kymone Hinds speaker, author, podcaster, and certified life coach who focuses on helping professionals maximize their potential. Kymone shares what inspired him to develop Ideas To Life and how he is encouraging entrepreneurs to discover their passion and take their business to the next level. I'm Ryan Dye, executive director of CoLab and on today's show, we're excited to talk with Kymone Hinds founder of Ideas To Life, a platform for helping individuals find the spark to move from idea to action Kymone and it's great to talk with you today.
Kymone Hinds (00:39):
It is great to be on here, Ryan. Thank you for allowing me to share my story on this podcast.
Ryan Dye (00:44):
For sure. Before we get to Ideas To Life, tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and what led you to move to a career that helps others achieve success in their lives.
Kymone Hinds (00:56):
Sure. So my background, actually, if you go way back. My undergraduate degrees in actuarial science. And so I started off in the business world but one year out of college felt compelled to pursue a path of theology and pastoral ministry. And I did that and I worked in that area for, I'll say 18 years. Through school and through working outside of school. My passion, my heart has always been to empower people, to help them with life decisions, help them with transitions that they were facing.
Kymone Hinds (01:36):
Somewhere in the middle of my pastoral journey, now did different things. I was pastoring a congregation, started a new congregation, led a youth ministry so that's camps and conventions and those things. But in the middle of that, I realized that what I was really passionate about is helping people to take their ideas and to develop them. Now I would add some of my own creativity and my own ideas to what was going on. But I really liked helping people take what they have and see it all the way to a full product, a full event, a full program. Along the way, just kind of said, I want to make a shift. So I'm still helping people, but I'm doing it now with helping them to start businesses and other ventures in the marketplace.
Ryan Dye (02:27):
Sure. Part of that is termed being a life coach. And if someone was asking, what is a life coach and why do I need one? How can people benefit from your services?
Kymone Hinds (02:40):
That's a great question. And it's one of those questions where before I was a life coach, I kind of wonder what is the life coach?, Right.
Ryan Dye (02:47):
Kymone Hinds (02:47):
Ryan Dye (02:47):
It sounds good.
Kymone Hinds (02:49):
Right, yeah. I think all of us need a life coach. I'm going to make a bold statement and say, everyone, at some point in life will need a life coach. That's simply someone who comes alongside you to be a guide on the side. Someone who helps you to maximize your potential, to see things in yourself that you didn't see and to help hold you to achieving your greatest goals and things that you set for yourself. I think we all need people at times to help us see those blind spots, cheer us on and then just hold us accountable for what we said we were going to do.
Ryan Dye (03:33):
Absolutely. I know that when I'm working on something or I'm struggling with something, often, I mean, I have the wonderful benefit of having a great wife who can give me some advice and often constructive criticism, which sometimes it's hard for us to hear. We don't like hearing criticism and certainly you can give criticism in a helpful way. The word sounds like it's all negative but being able to listen to what someone's telling you, and they're saying, "Maybe you want to look at something this way or face this challenge in a different approach, or maybe you want to interact with that person by doing this." A wise person will take that and listen to what someone might have to offer. I think that what you're saying, being a life coach is being able to help someone see things they're not always seeing and being able to respond in ways that can be constructive and helpful in their lives.
Kymone Hinds (04:29):
Absolutely. Probably the biggest blind spot we all have is about our own selves. Just what I have, my capabilities and even my own dreams that I have for myself. Sometimes life just takes over that. We don't even see those things and we need someone else to help us [crosstalk 00:04:49].
Ryan Dye (04:48):
Right, we get tunnel vision.
Kymone Hinds (04:50):
Ryan Dye (04:50):
Mm-hmm (affirmative). Absolutely. What are some examples of folks that you've helped? And you don't just work with individuals, you also help organizations as well. Maybe you can kind of touch on both of those approaches.
Kymone Hinds (05:04):
Sure. In terms of working with individuals, I guess what I've really enjoyed doing is seeing people who have these really specific talents that they didn't see as being valuable. I'll give you one for instance, one gentlemen that I'm coaching has been a pastor and speaking in his congregation for almost 20 years. And he's wondering, okay, how do I take this skill of speaking, telling stories, giving illustration, and have it be any sort of meaningful outside of these walls. As we work together, he realized I'm good at helping people to communicate in an easy manner, whether it's telling stories, whether it's writing, whether it's speaking. And so now he's working with businesses and entrepreneurs to help them to communicate better and seeing where something that he had pigeonholed, something that he had probably devalued. Now, he is able to monetize that and it's helping people.
Kymone Hinds (06:08):
I think that's also the other part of that. Where what I have, if I am not seeing the benefit of it, how we can help, how we can move out into the world. Not only am I robbing myself but I'm really not helping the world in the way that I can. That's one story of just an individual I've helped. I'm sure later on, we'll probably talk about my daughters a little bit and teens and I'm working with, so I'll kind of save that. In terms of organizations, I've worked with CoLab as well, when we were working on the project, the LaunchU concepts. And I really enjoy that because it married my love of working with youth, younger generation and entrepreneurship. And just thinking, how can we brand this? How can we portray this in a way that will engage them, that will speak to them and that will meet the markers that we had for what we wanted to do.
Ryan Dye (07:03):
For sure. It's like the Biblical description of not hiding your talents under a bushel.
Kymone Hinds (07:10):
Ryan Dye (07:10):
And I think that there are times when we could be doing more, but we don't see it. Therefore, like you say, you're helping someone who already has a certain skillset capitalize on that in other areas and monetize it, which I think is also can be really cool too. Because there's a lot of opportunity we miss sometimes when we don't realize how we can branch out and take our skills in new directions. I think that's really helpful. Working with organizations, what are some ways you can help, maybe the structural ethos of an organization to improve?
Kymone Hinds (07:43):
I think for organizations, I think many times we need someone from the outside, just come help us to talk and to see, okay, we've been doing it this way, what are some new ways we can consider? Without saying, let's start with what we have already. Let's think about, what are some dreams we have and what are some things we want to do? And they all let's think possibility. Let's think, how can we make it happen? That's one of the roles I have. I have the ability and the opportunity to meet the person that says let's dream. Let's try to color outside the lines a little bit so that we can create something that we did not have before, do something we haven't done before but it's still in alignment with our overall goals and our overall mission.
Ryan Dye (08:30):
Absolutely. Really, I would look at that then as a not a life coach, but a business consultant.
Kymone Hinds (08:36):
Ryan Dye (08:37):
And I've been in that role a few times with different organizations, actually with churches. And I find that there's some folks that look at it like, hiring a consultant that's a waste of money. We can figure this out, we don't need an outside person. It's like, but again, you get group think, you get institutional think, you get in a rut and you don't even know it. And being able to have someone from the outside, come in and say, "Well, I have experience in this area. Let's look at ways that you could make a bigger impact." Or like you say, what's your five year plan? What's your 10 year plan? What's your dreams? What's your goals as an organization?
Ryan Dye (09:11):
And sometimes in being able to get people to think in that way, without outside help, they go, oh you know, we could do this, we could do that. And then you help them to broaden their horizons so much more. And I've been able to see the cause and effect of that. Again, working with some churches where they were able to invest in their facility or in a great staff or whatever it may be. And to see how that has helped their church grow two, three, four years down the road. It was like, oh yeah, having that outside help was what we needed to get to this point. And so that's the neat thing to see as that consultant role. It's exciting, they got [crosstalk 00:09:57].
Kymone Hinds (09:53):
I've been on the other side of that too. So I've seen in a benefit of having someone else, where I know where things I would have missed if we did not have someone else to challenge us just a little bit more and just a little bit more.
Ryan Dye (10:07):
Right. And just to add to that, I think it's also the side of not knowing the questions that you need to ask at times. That's where I think missed opportunity can happen. So if you can be able to have someone help you with that, it can be really impactful. As part of your platform you've been doing Ideas To Life podcast for some time. And I've really enjoyed listening to a lot of the great interviews that you've been doing with dynamic, inspiring entrepreneurs. Many of whom are in the African American community, which is just totally awesome. I highly recommend our listeners go to your podcast because they will gain some valuable advice and insight and inspiration from what I see is rockstar personality. Maybe you could highlight a handful of interviews you've done that have really stood out to you.
Kymone Hinds (10:56):
Yeah, I know. That's a hard question whenever you ask the podcaster to like, "Tell me the one you enjoyed the most?"
Ryan Dye (11:01):
Which of your children is your favorite?
Kymone Hinds (11:05):
I think I can tell you some of them that have gotten some feedback and people have specifically reached out and said, okay, this one here. I'll mention one by Ebony Green, it's called Too Dope To Be This Broke. And Ebony is female entrepreneur, black female entrepreneur talks about her journey of starting a business, going through some challenges. And then having the realization that I have too many skills to play small, to hold back and just kind of that realization and how she put some action steps in place to grow her business. I've had people who say, that inspired me to push forward. I was going to quit, but I'm just too dope to be this broke.
Ryan Dye (11:49):
That's an awesome title for that.
Kymone Hinds (11:51):
I've talked to her about that, you got to put that on a T-shirt. That's trademark, anyone listening to that's trademark.
Ryan Dye (11:57):
Yeah, don't copy that.
Kymone Hinds (11:58):
Another one is by Kevin Jennings. Kevin did marketing work for Tony Robbins, for Oprah. Did some marketing work for a guy named Carey Nieuwhof and some of those guys. Kevin just talked about how he got into the industry of marketing and some of the lessons he learned, and he's a DJ on the side. One of the lessons he says for marketing, if a business is you got to give the people what they want. Just that lesson for any person in business. He said, some DJs will play the songs that they want to hear. And that's also some business people or entrepreneurs, you put out what you want to consume or what you like, but the key is to know what the people want and then to give them what they want.
Ryan Dye (12:50):
That's good advice for sure. You've also talked with Ruben Harris who has Career Karma, that's a great platform as well. Women business owners and entrepreneurs. And again, we've been doing a podcast here now for a few months and you've done several years worth of podcasts, but being able to find some incredible personalities who can share insights and thoughts and part of their experience. I think is really helpful for people to hear.
Ryan Dye (13:16):
One of my takeaways in talking with some entrepreneurs is, don't be afraid to have a few different irons in the fire. I think an entrepreneur that's willing to look at various revenue streams and I mean, it's a lot of work and it's really challenging but that to me is important. Because I think when you're just focused on one thing, again, you can get tunnel vision and miss opportunities. Don't be afraid to maybe extend your reach a little bit and look for ways that you can generate various revenue streams. Would you agree with that approach?
Kymone Hinds (13:49):
Absolutely. And I think, in my journey over these last couple of years. One of the things that I've learned is having different streams of revenue and also being willing to pivot. If you see opportunities in a different area opening up, not to box yourself in and say, "Well, I only do this" but it's saying, "Okay, what are people asking from me? Where are opportunities? And where can I make sure I'm having more than one thing happening? So in case one thing goes down, I'm not totally left without anything."
Ryan Dye (14:21):
Absolutely, especially in this challenging time. I think that this is advice we should all take is don't put all your eggs in one basket because you never know a life can throw some pretty big challenges at us. You do a really cool show with your daughter on YouTube, called All Up In The Business. Tell us a little bit about that.
Kymone Hinds (14:41):
I am the proud parent of three teenagers. Two of whom have their own businesses that are up and running. My son is just launching his, he does video editing work. But my daughters run press-on nail business and beauty business and my other daughter runs a African American history, educational apparel business.
Kymone Hinds (15:02):
Well, my younger daughter, the one I mentioned with the nails. She started her business first. And we have been doing a show on YouTube talking to parents and teens who started businesses. We talked to them and their parents and we provide support for them. We provide just some of the behind the scenes things that you would want to know as a parent, if you're a teen is in business. And so it's been fun. I think of all the things I've done since I've started working in business, working with teens to start businesses and to empower their parents has been the most rewarding.
Ryan Dye (15:36):
Yeah, for sure. Well, I think to be able to encourage the entrepreneur spirit in younger people is really exciting because gaining that experience at a young age can really take you far. Even when you're in your early twenties and getting your career going, having that business mindset can be extremely beneficial even before your college years and all that. I think it's exciting to see the young entrepreneurs out there pursuing that, which leads me to the next question. You're doing a really cool online event. I believe starting next week called the Ideas To Income Teen Business Camp. Share a little bit about that, that sounds exciting.
Kymone Hinds (16:15):
Sure. So back a year ago, I've run summer camps in my old job as a youth director. I run summer camps, probably 10 summers, I mean different ways. It felt like I want to do a summer camp and I was going to do one on podcasting. And my teens said, "No, let's do something on how to start a business." So I did it last summer. One of my students was my own daughter. She started months after her sister started. When the pandemic hit and schools were close down and spring break was extended. We ran another week of camp. And then this summer, again, not just myself, both of my daughters are together now teaching a camp for teens on how they can get started.
Kymone Hinds (16:55):
Some of the things my daughters have learned on social media, on media marketing, on finding your target audience, packaging, what you have into products and services, pitching to individuals and to organizations, using marketplaces and just finding ways for people to know, like and trust you. All of those things, we're teaching them in a two hour, a day, five day camp. Things are all recorded online. We have different guests come on. But at the end of the week, we want these teens to have a business that they've started, that they can grow after the week is over.
Ryan Dye (17:33):
How can people get connected with that and find out more information?
Kymone Hinds (17:37):
Sure. The website, you can go to, to get information and to register is ideastolife.me/teencamp. You'll find all the information, you'll find features of the camp, the times, cost and all of that stuff on there.
Ryan Dye (17:56):
There's some just ... made me think there's some young folks out there. I have two kids that are under the age of 13 and they are so well versed in some of these personalities on YouTube who have monetized their YouTube experience, unbelievably. What's the kid, Ryan, he's a little kid who like opens toys and stuff. I think he's one of the top YouTube personalities. And it's just, he makes a ridiculous amount of money doing that. I just think, my son tells me, "Dad, I want to be a YouTuber." And part of me goes, that's ridiculous. And then the other product goes, well maybe it's not so ridiculous. More power to you, young kids out there and how you can utilize social media. Maybe you can help your parents retire early, I guess. Well, are there thoughts or anything you'd like to share that I wasn't thinking to ask.
Kymone Hinds (18:53):
I think and this end on this part, which is what we just started on. I think for those listening to this, if you're in entrepreneurship, I think you realize just how one, how we're awarding this experiences, but also how challenging it is. Because while you are working and taking risk and moving out there and exploring things, you still have to generate income. And some of us are doing it through our jobs. Some of it is through the business. We are flying the plane while building it at the same time. I think if you are a parent one, I think it would be great to allow your teens, your children to get started on that journey early. Not to push them into it, but to like nurture it, encourage it. Because what I see now is my teens, they take risks and they don't have to worry about, am I going to pay the rent this month?
Kymone Hinds (19:43):
Am I going to be able to pay for groceries or whatever, they can just do it. And it doesn't work out, it's a lesson learned and that's all it is. And I think at a certain point there comes a point where, I'm moving up, I'm climbing, I know what I'm doing with this. And even if they don't go into business full time, there are some lessons that I've seen my teens and other teens learned that I know is going to pay them for the rest of your life. Just anyone out there, if you are in business and you're a parent, if you have any influence with children. I would say, encourage their creativity in ways that would help them to explore and get the benefits of entrepreneurship without some of the challenges that we face as adults.
Ryan Dye (20:30):
That's great advice because when you have a young person who doesn't have all the risk at a certain stage in their life. Like you say, they're not paying the mortgage, they're not doing these things. We're living with mom and dad. It's a great opportunity to try some things and some ideas without being overwhelmed by some of the minutia that can drag a business down quickly. I think that's excellent advice. We should encourage our kids at a younger age, I think, to be a go-getter and see where that goes, so excellent.
Ryan Dye (21:04):
Well, thank you so much Kymone for taking the time to talk with us today and sharing more about Ideas To Life. How can folks connect with you further down the road and maybe they're looking for a life coach?
Kymone Hinds (21:15):
Sure. The easy way to connect with me and even that link I mentioned earlier for the camp. If you go to this one website, you can find this information there. It's Kymonehinds.com. That's my name, K-Y-M-O-N-E Hinds. It's spelled H-I-N as in Nancy, D as in David, S as in Sam. Kymonehinds.com go to my website. You can connect with me there. You can see all offerings I have. And if you want to connect with me on social media, same thing, just my name, Kymone Hinds. That's one of the benefits of having a unique name, like mine you can get it on every platform.
Ryan Dye (21:52):
We should all be so lucky. I think you had shared, it wasn't my favorite name when I was a kid, but now you realize, well, it's easy for me to buy all the platforms that I needed with my name. I think that's awesome.
Ryan Dye (22:05):
Thanks for listening to There To Here. We invite you to check us out on all the various social media platforms and visit our website Colabinc.org to sign up for more information on our mini upcoming events and the various ways we help promote the spirit of entrepreneurship. If you have comments on today's episode and know someone who would be a great guest on our show, send your suggestions to Ryan@colabinc.org. We'd love to hear from you. Special thanks to producer Michael Webberley, editing by Tanya Musgrave and all the CoLab staff. Until next time be well and God bless.