Kesha Marie was burnt out when she decided to quit her job and launch her company, My Life Investments. Now, she spends her days pumping people up.
Kesha is a graduate of the spring 2023 Entrepreneur Rising Academy cohort. We recently caught up with her to learn more about her story.
Introduce yourself — who are you and what is your company?
I’m Kesha Marie, CEO and Founder of My Life Investments. I am a Dayton native, communication major, creative director, motivational speaker, financial advisor, mother of 5 — a motivated and confident self healing entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to stand up for myself. We have to save ourselves first. Through my motivational speeches, self-empowering events/workshops, and self-help guides, I been able to assist individuals and groups navigate life choices with self acceptance and discover their purpose.
How did your company start?
My company started from my love of talking. Anytime someone asked me what I wanted to do in life, it has always been talking to people. I didn’t even know what that meant until I realized my purpose is to serve and help the community with my gift of discernment and actively breaking down the communication barrier with “Self” to help understand their true potential.
Why this idea?
I was an overworked and undervalued mother who never had time for myself. I’d experience burnout after about 3 to 5 years on a job. Finding myself seemed like an impossible task until I didn’t have any other choice. The idea also stemmed from facing a lack of community support. It takes a village, and I wanted to reignite that village.
Did you always want to be an entrepreneur?
Absolutely NOT! I was kind of forced into my entrepreneurial role. My job before I became self employed was giving me a hard time about my pregnancy with my son. I was high risk the first 5 months. Once I realized my life, nor my child’s life, was more important than reaching my numbers for the month, it was time to separate. I planned to be a social worker and rehabilitate teen moms. That’s still a passion of mine! I’m currently working to curate something along those lines.
The Launch Dayton community values are: 1. Be Bold 2. All Are Welcome 3. People First 4. Give First 5. Remove Barriers. How do you embody one or more of these values?
I embody all of these values. I encourage those around me to be the best versions of themselves. Removing the mask of what everyone says you have to be is the boldest thing anyone can do. I strive to be inclusive and ask for everyone to be considerate of those around them. I always challenge people to face their fear and do it anyway. Healthy habits are formed by doing a single action everyday until it becomes a system.
What identities or life experiences do you bring to entrepreneurship that helped prepare you for this lifestyle?
I’ve always been the perceived underdog because I was a teen mom. Everybody loves a good underdog story! It also helped me discover that out-of-the-box thinking was necessary in order to achieve greatness. Furthermore, being a teen mom helped me love myself in order to teach others to do the same.
What is the biggest barrier you’ve faced on your entrepreneur journey?
Being OK with the failures in order for me to be successful.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because it allows me to share my story while helping someone else understand theirs. I love doing events and creating experiences for other people to enjoy.
What advice would you offer fellow or aspiring entrepreneurs?
Do what you love. Write down the steps and master them one by one.
How can the Launch Dayton community support you?
I need a mentor to teach me how to be more appealing when I’m putting my events and workshops together. I’d love to also learn about sponsorships.
How was your Entrepreneur Rising Academy experience?
It helped me discover what my true passion looked like. I initially did success coaching, but I pivoted to the motivational speaking and creative directing. It also provided me with many resources to help within my business. Having homework made it a little overwhelming because as entrepreneurs and adults we’re already pretty busy. Thankfully we went over everything. I’d definitely recommend the program to other entrepreneurs and business owners.
How did you get connected to the Launch Dayton community?
I signed up for the newsletter. I thought it would be a great way to connect with the community and gain access to resources I may not know about, and I wanted the connections to collaborate in the community.