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When you’re a whitewater river guide, severe back problems don’t fit in with the program. That’s the predicament podcast guest Ken Streater found himself in when he was in his early thirties. He spent a lot of time in bed and lost himself in a deep depression. He recently had a great discussion with Rebeccah Silence, host of the Tougher Together, Breakthrough podcast, and shared some insight to help us all get through the tough times.
Ken defines breakthrough as getting to a different plane of awareness through peeling the layers back. One way to reach this higher awareness is to “unconditionally listen,” according to Ken. This means quieting the noise in your head to keep it from interfering with your listening opportunities. If you can’t quiet the noise… go to Plan B, which is to keep your mouth shut!
Once he got back on track, he decided to increase his earnings by investing in real estate. This was in 2006, and the market crashed in 2008, leaving Ken with major debt pressure and mortgages he was unable to meet. He found himself in the abyss of depression once more, with sleepless nights and the fear of losing everything.
When he evaluated his career choices, he decided that rather than go back to the traditional definition of “success,” he would create a real estate brokerage that celebrates community. He began operating from a mindset of passion instead of profits, and it made all the difference.
These days, Ken takes walks. This time helps him to consider what’s important to him. He’s learned to quiet the noise and lean into the pain. He observes that it’s essential to have moments in your day doing something you really want to do.
As an internationally renowned author, Ken writes books about community and hosts a podcast about Good Change. Breakthrough hurts, says Ken… but don’t be afraid of the pain. The reward is such an epiphany, a moment of joy.
If you’d like to learn more about Ken Streater, visit his website. Ken’s podcast can provide additional listening. We’re always Tougher Together! Please tune in to other episodes of our podcast and explore the human connection between us.
Rebeccah Silence, is a speaker, coach and international media personality, who survived cancer while pregnant and has impacted hundreds of thousands of listeners through her radio programs and appearances. She is the Creator of the HEALING IS POSSIBLE movement and courses and is committed to helping others heal their traumas. As a certified world-class Emotional Healing Coach, Rebeccah is uniquely qualified to facilitate breakthroughs to wellness and transformation while she inspires hope and possibility in even the most challenging times. She is best known for healing heartbreak, and her clients frequently tell her that she brought them “back to life”!