Kathy Kalawec has always loved animals and she always wanted the dogs and horses that she worked with to be her true collaborative partners. After having great success in the world of sheep herding competitions, she started teaching her unique training methods on her farm and across the Midwest. However, bad weather, or months of ice and snow, led to financially devastating cancellations for weeks on end and left her wondering if her new career could be sustainable. When she first heard about the idea of online courses, she was skeptical, as her work is so touchy-feely. After some initial success with courses, she launched Brilliant Partners Academy. Now, she’s able to work with people and their animals all over the world, and the membership model gives them the time they need to make life-changing breakthroughs. Today, Kathy joins the podcast to talk about her journey from corporate America to human-to-dog translator, bringing people into alignment under new concepts, and how she finally broke the feast-or-famine cycle once and for all.

Key Takeaways

  • Why Kathy walked away from a long career to start offering dog training services — and how the existing model of teaching her courses in-person almost derailed her business.
  • How Kathy got over the initial hurdle that she thought would make doing her work online impossible — and why the membership model turned out to be perfect for what she does.
  • How Kathy’s initial disappointment with her launch opened a new door for her.
  • How to overcome self-doubt and the voice in your head telling you not to launch.

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Memorable Quote

“It’s sad to even think about what would’ve happened if I hadn’t pushed through the discomfort and the worry and the concern, like, ‘What if no one likes me? What if no one thinks I’m good enough? What if no one signs up?’ All that. None of them were true.” – Kathy Kalawec

Episode Resources

Enlightened By Dogs Podcast Enlightened By Dogs Dancing Hearts Facebook page Brilliant Partners Club


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Shelli Varela

When you reframe your inner story, you reframe what’s possible. This is the mantra of our host, Shelli Varela who achieved incredible success, blazing a trail to become a fire captain, author, TED speaker, and host of The Yes Effect on Entrepreneur's list of 48 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs. Today, she uses the same approach to show people how to magnetize their message to achieve their dreams, and discover how they can make a BIGGER impact.

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