We had the good fortune of connecting with FELICIA KELLY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi FELICIA, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m originally from Port Arthur, Tx, which is located right on the gulf coast. I spent quite a bit of time there as well as Goldsboro, NC due to my parents serving in the military.
My upbringing played a major role in who I am today because I had the opportunity to see how differently people lived in different parts of the world and socioeconomic classes.
Those experiences allowed me to learn and understand different perspectives as well as taught me how to connect with others.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Cyrus & Co was never in my sights as an evolving professional. I originally had planned to go the traditional route- graduate at the top of my class, attend college, and then get a “good” professional job. But when I lost my job during the 2008 recession, I was forced to put school, which I paid for out of pocket, on the back burner.
I found myself taking a position as a sales associate at the local car dealership and began what would become a decade-long career in the auto industry. I’d settled into my six figure salary and began to focus on my next promotion when my husband suggested I launch a business since I’d helped so many customers improve their finances over the years.
After a few name changes, bad investments and multiple failed launches, Cyrus & Co made it’s first seven figures as a coaching and consulting company. We have since expanded our practice to global consulting, brand partnerships, and promoting wealth creation through entrepreneurship and real estate, but it definitely wasn’t easy!
There is so much noise online about how you should and shouldn’t grow your business. There are thousands of opinions on pricing, a million books on what products you should offer, and tons of advice on when you should hire. But what has helped me to overcome the challenges of entrepreneurship is learning to accept that there is no 100% right answer for any of these things. You have to make the best decisions for where you’re going with the knowledge you have at the time, while keeping your purpose and future in mind.
Waiting for the right time, being fearful, or perfecting your way into procrastination keeps you from succeeding. I believe that what sets us apart as a company is being open to new ideas and moving forward without the fear of being wrong. We move quickly, yet use a level of wisdom that allows us to systematically track our growth. I’m most proud of our ability to keep our faith and values first. I personally credit every success we have to God and that faith has carried us through the tough moments. As we near our five year anniversary, I’m most proud of our Rich Black Woman Movement and it’s focus to help people across the globe embrace The RICH Method For Living™.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite spots for beautiful photos and a breathtaking view is the Griffith Observatory! If I was spending a week long trip in LA, I’d make it a must-visit, along with sprinkles cupcakes! They have cupcake ATMs across the city and it’s a really cool experience on top of their cupcakes being YUMMY! If you’re feeling touristy, of course Rodeo Drive, Walk of Fame, and The Beverly Center go without question. But if you’re like me, and want a quiet even with a good meal, Mastro’s Steakhouse is the place to be.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this to all of the Wealth Catalysts in our community and everyone who supports the Rich Black Woman Movement
Photo Credits: Lindy Lin, Kelz Morgan, Jason McCoy, So Shauna