This Week on The Uplifters
Time is our most precious resource. Most of us feel like we don’t have enough of it, don’t use it to its highest impact, and feel like if we only had more, we could do and be more.
But, what sets apart those people who seem to have more time than the rest of us? What are they doing (and not doing) that expands their capacity?
Kymme Williams is one of those people. She is the founder of Bushwick Grind Cafe, a massively successful cafe and catering business in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to running a complex and growing business, she simultaneously held a senior leadership role in a large global organization for 8 years.
But, how did she have the time for her 9-5 and her cafe and her family and herself? In one word: Purpose!
She fell in love with the science of coffee. She visited coffee roasters and learned about the economics of coffee and the effect that coffee farming has on the local populations, particularly education, women’s health, and the availability of drinking water.
She fell in love with the community and the connections she made as she watched people fall in love, find purpose, and build their lives over cups of coffee.
She leveraged the symbiotic relationship between her day job and her side hustle, and let each role strengthen the other.
She partnered with her husband to expand time by each taking ownership of the tasks that leveraged their individual strengths.
Finally, she didn’t let fear or well-meaning business advice keep her from going ahead with her plans. After all, no business plan in the world would account for Covid. The most important thing is to have a purpose.
In this episode you’ll learn:
What it takes to lead with “yes.”
How to measure success in a way that is authentic to you.
How to get started even if you don’t feel it’s a perfect time, or you don’t have all of the answers.
Learn more about Bushwick Grind and Kymme Williams here.
Discovering a New Path (1:00 - 4:00)
Kymme talks about her journey from a traditional nine-to-five job to pursuing her dreams.
Early Ambitions (4:00 - 5:00)
Kymme recalls her early job experiences and how she always had a hustler's mindset.
The discussion touches on the balance between our need for financial stability and pursuing our passion.
Transition to Entrepreneurship (5:00 - 8:00)
Kymme shares the pivotal moment when she decided to pursue her coffee shop dream alongside her full-time career.
Aransas reflects on Kymme's journey and the courage it takes to follow one's passion.
Finding Passion in Coffee (8:00 - 10:00)
Kymme discusses her deep connection to the coffee industry, her visits to coffee producers, and the social impact of coffee farming.
The conversation explores the significance of supporting coffee communities in black and brown countries.
Embracing the Journey (10:00 - 12:00)
Kymme talks about her husband and their decision to move to Brooklyn, which led to the birth of Bushwick Grind.
Time as a Currency (12:00 - 14:00)
The importance of time and how it can be a barrier to pursuing dreams.
We discuss the mindset of time scarcity and the need to trust in your capacity.
Balancing Multiple Roles (14:00 - 17:00)
Kymme talks about the symbiotic relationship between her different roles and learning to make the most of her time.
The Fear of Not Having Enough Time (17:00 - 19:00)
The discussion focuses on how fear often holds people back from pursuing their dreams due to perceived time constraints.
We encourage listeners to consider what they might regret not doing.
The Art of Adaptation (19:00 - 21:00)
Kymme shares her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the challenges and opportunities it presented.
Trust and Truth (21:00 - 24:00)
Aransas describes Kymme's approach as centered on trust and truth, emphasizing the importance of integrity and belief in oneself.
Kymme discusses the value of maintaining honesty and integrity in all aspects of life.
Unpredictable Success (24:00 - 27:00)
Kymme reflects on the unpredictability of success and how she navigated unforeseen challenges like COVID-19.
Aransas encourages listeners to embrace uncertainty and trust the unfolding journey.
Measuring Success (27:00 - 30:00)
Kymme shares her view on success and the benchmarks she has yet to reach.
Aransas challenges the idea of measuring success solely against the original vision.
The Community Fridge (30:00 - 33:00)
Kymme passionately talks about the community fridge initiative and the impact it has had on her community.
Self-Nourishment (33:00 - 35:00)
Kymme reveals her devotion to her faith and prayer as a means of self-nourishment.