Kofi Thompson

Kofi Thompson works together with individuals and business owners to optimize their money and achieve financial freedom through proven strategies he learned, honed and developed as a Financial Advisor. In his early 20’s he taught himself mechanics and helped run non-profit mentoring kids and teaching them how to build bikes, and then got into powerlifting and took a swing at breaking the dead-lifting state record of 500lbs. Seeing first hand the effects of not properly tending finances can have, he pursued a career as a Financial Advisor. Tune in to hear Kofi’s incredible story on how he thrived through trauma and share how he found his life’s purpose.

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Kofi Thompson Shares His Underdog Journey of Perseverance, Faith & Finding Life Purpose

Pamela Bardhi
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the underdog show. Today I have an amazing guest here with me. Kofi Thompson. How are you, my friend?

Kofi Thompson
Oh, I am absolutely fantastic. And I’m so glad that I could join the Bardhi party. Jerome told me to say that by the way, but I am doing amazing. Awesome.

Pamela Bardhi
What an entrance. You mentioned the Bardhi party and I haven’t told anybody this but for my wedding. I’m putting my dog in a remote-controlled car, then the license plate literally says Barbie. So I haven’t taken any pictures or anything yet. But Jerome, I’m literally gonna take a picture. Oh, awesome. It is such an honor to have you here today. You are radiating, you’re shining and I can’t wait to get into your story. You’ve told me a little bit of the backstory. And today, I can’t wait to actually get into it and hear your story in full detail and what you’re up to in the world. Now, I always start off with the most loaded question, which is what inspired you on your journey to where you are today?

Kofi Thompson
I’d say many different things in my life inspired me growing up. I grew up in a household where both my parents suffer from mental illnesses. My dad had bipolar and my mom had schizophrenia. And I oftentimes was telling myself this narrative about what I’m going to do in my life and I didn’t really have many options. Growing up I thought like, I’m going to go to school. Do this, and that. I’m going to hopefully be able to be someone that my parents can be proud of. And a lot of it came down to me always trying to also please others as well. So I moved into my house when I was 18 and started this journey.

After both my parents really became sick. And I had to start working on my own and went down a path of going to school. Then I landed myself as a financial advisor. And one of the biggest things that motivated me to really pursue my success was really taking care of my father. When he passed away last year from cancer, I actually remember this moment when I had gone to his house and I knew he had a terminal illness. We both knew it was just a matter of time and I went over there. I was just so determined to just do something that can make them happy. Like he only had a couple months to live, I was so determined that I’ll do a thing.

I really didn’t have much money at the moment, but I was like, I will take you anywhere you want to go in the world. Like just tell me where I’ll buy plane tickets anywhere. And he told me all I want is for you and your brother to be successful and see that even at the end of his life. He just cared about me, my brother finding success.

And being happy was just so much to carry. But I just realized that I want to make something of myself. I want to change a narrative, I want to do these things. So my dad looking down on me can also be proud of the person that I’ve become. And then my future children can also be proud of that person as well. So that was really a huge driver and a lot of the things I’m doing today really is you know. From that moment when he told me that.

Pamela Bardhi
Wow, thank you so much for sharing that. I know it can get deeply personal. And what a beautiful, selfless, beautiful moment that he’s like, it’s not about me, it’s about you. Legacy.

Kofi Thompson
You know, I realized in so many different ways, as I’ve grown as an individual and grown in my business as well. One of the most fulfilling things is selflessness, being able to act and serve others. Like when I was doing these things at one point. I was doing it for myself and was like Okay, yeah, I want to be successful, I want to be able to have a nice life, a nice family, a nice car, all these things. But it really kind of you kind of run out of fuel or that’s what I thought I kind of ran out of fuel.

So I was like, Man, you is nice and stuff like that. But when I transitioned the narrative and found my why. I’m doing this now for him, doing this for my future family so I can provide for them. It just inspired a whole nother level of just energy that I had. And not thinking, about other people when I’m doing these things. I think it’s one of the most powerful things in the world. Being able to have a mission for someone else, someone else in mind.

Pamela Bardhi
I completely resonate with you on that, because even for myself, right, everyone always asked me, Pam, what’s your motivating factor? Like, why do you push the way that you push it? I’m like, because of my parents. I want to make sure that they never have to worry about a bill their entire life. That’s what I want and just what you just said, the power in doing it for somebody else, I mean, of course, you do it for yourself. But that almost feels like it’s last. Firstly, it’s this and then it’s for your future family. And then it’s your other family, your friends, and then you kind of come last. Oh, yeah, there’s so much power in that.

There’s so much power in that. So I can totally resonate with you on that. Thank you, again, for sharing that very much. It’s beautiful. I felt it right. When you said, Oh, my gosh. And you can just feel that authenticity and just like the heart and so for you, well. What did you want to be when you grew up? As you mentioned, you had a bit of a tough childhood, but what did you want to be when you grow up?

Kofi Thompson
Yeah, so when I was younger, I always wanted to become a doctor. I didn’t know what type of doctor I wanted to be. But I knew that I wanted to be at the time in the medical profession. My parents were always a couple, the thing that they ingrained in me was education. You know, always educating yourself, especially being black, like having a strong base of education. And knowledge was something that they saw that provided a lot of pride and honor to them as people. So when I was younger, they used to give me anatomy books when I was in elementary school.

I was learning all the body systems and all these different kinds of high-level things. But I was like, eight, nine years old and it was like I became so fascinated with just knowledge. Because, when I read these books now, I learn about the body system. And just be so fascinated by the depth of knowledge that comes into just how our own bodies act. So I follow that path really until I want to say like four or five years ago. I was really just going down the path of becoming a doctor, I was actually right. About approaching and apply to pharmacy school at four, I found this position here as a financial advisor.

And a huge portion of that, as well as a huge motivator for me was also seeing my parents and their health decline. Especially mentally and seeing how, unfortunately, they were not given the best treatment. My personal opinion, I feel like the treatment of psychological disorders has come a long way. And it still has a long way to go and fortunately, they didn’t get any behavioral therapy, they’re just given drugs. Now they’re just like, hey, take these drugs, everything’s gonna be alright. So I had this huge motivator, like, I want to go into the medical industry and change how psychotherapy works. Change how we change or change how we treat psychiatric disorders and really take this holistic approach. So people don’t have to face the same results. Because in my opinion, nothing is really solved by, you know, pills.

Pamela Bardhi
Oh, 100% 100%. And then what blows my mind is in those pills, he says, oh, potentially a side effect of Hmm and then for depression pills, side effects of suicide. How does that work?

Kofi Thompson
Yeah, I think we’ve become so used to quick fixes. We’ve become so used to short-term gratification that we want to take the easy route. And I think this comes back to my own personality. Like a lot of things that I realized like, okay, there’s no easy route. Whenever you take an easy shortcut, there’s always something you’re losing out on. But that’d be of health, whether that be in business. Whether it be spiritually emotionally in relationships. You’re always going to be losing out on something if you try to take a shortcut. And especially when it comes down to your health.

I believe that, don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of situations where Western medicine is very important, like urgent care, but taking an Eastern approach with less side effects, work, lifestyle, habits, get enough sleep, let’s eat right and just those things have such an amazing impact. But it’s difficult.

Pamela Bardhi
Absolutely. I love that you had that mission. And how old were you? When did you want to do this? You’re like, I want to be a doctor.

Kofi Thompson
I was oh my gosh, I was like, maybe eight or nine when I really kind of made the decision. The final decision. Oh, what else is gonna be in life? About eight or nine years old? Yeah.

Pamela Bardhi
Wow. And he continued on that trajectory for a while up until five years ago. Your invention. So what inspired you down that path?

Kofi Thompson
Yeah. So it was a couple of different events. I’d say. The first event was when I was working in a hospital. And I remember I started working there and again, I’m a type of person, I love education. I love constantly improving and growing and whenever I do something. I’m going to push myself, I’m not going to get to this place from complacent, I’m going to push myself. I remember when I started working in this hospital, I was told I was going to progress as a pharmacy technician. And get trained in all these different areas. On the last area being like, you know, trade and sterility and like IVs and I just thought that was so cool. Like I’m preparing IVs.

And I learned all these different areas and then when it came down to the learning portion. Which is like a big thing, sterility training and things like that. My superior told me that oh, we can’t fit you in right now there’s a lot going on and you have classes and all these different things. And I just keep getting these excuses. Like he was either in my class schedule where someone else got hired. That was before me and all these other things and I was supposed to get trained after a year and three years. No training whatsoever. So I realized that I don’t ever want to be in a position where I’m held back by someone else. Or someone else is telling me what I can be capable of. Someone else tells me what I can be doing.

And I saw that it was like the biggest. I really don’t get offended very easily. Like, if you were like placing me in this box. That is when I’m like, ah, I just have so much. Because I feel, I want to continue to grow and I don’t want to ever be placing. I’m not gonna pace myself in a box, I don’t want someone else to play sandbox. And that was one, I guess, big factor. Another big factor is that I read Rich Dad Poor Dad and it was the first book. Introducing personal finance, really just changed my perspective as to one. I feel like oftentimes people are told this narrative of love. How to be successful, how to build up, financial capital, and various other things in there.

Like, given this formula, do this, go to school, get this degree, be in this career and you’ll be alright, pretty much. But I found that with my own parents and many other people, that’s not always the case. There needs to be financial knowledge, there needs to be understanding of personal finances. And understanding how the small things we do, over time have a big impact on the road. Whether it be building a business, investing in my personal opinion. Success isn’t always defined by just finances. But I want to have enough financial freedom to care for my family, to be able to make a difference in the community. So reading that book and become enlightened to this area, I was like. Wow, maybe I’m more destined to start a business because again, I’m not complacent.

I’m someone that wants to be continuously stressed, some that want to push myself out of my comfort zone. And be self-accountable for my success as well. That was a huge, huge factor. Another thing for me was also like the challenge, I found that working in most, not all places are like this, working more and more. So like kind of typical nine to five job, I’ve realized this concept of being promoted to competency. Then people will actually continue to climb the ladder and continue to get better. And then at some point, they reach this position. Where they’d like at the top of the top. They’re just doing the same thing daily and I saw that, and I realized I was like. I don’t ever want to go down that route.

I’m always really observant of people. And I’ve always kind of thought, Okay, do I want to go down this path? Do I want this path? Am I going to be happy if I go down this path? And I kind of with prude and saw that if I went down this route, at some point, I’ll just reach frustration. Because I would just be doing the same thing constantly. So I’m like, I want to do something harder. I want to challenge myself. Which isn’t always the best trade advice. Sometimes I get a job. But I was like, I want to do something that is difficult. That will constantly challenge me in a position where I can constantly learn, constantly grow. So that is what it really was. It’s all right. Got it, take the jump, I just got to do it.

Pamela Bardhi
That’s amazing. And so how the past five years? I’m sure you’ve learned a lot in the finance world is always in the planning world is always new things to learn as much. So that’s amazing, so now all as well,

Kofi Thompson
Yeah, I absolutely love it. It’s like starting any business, It’s difficult. I’m not going to sugarcoat everything, it’s difficult. I was really challenged a lot to look at myself and see where I fell short. To the places that I really have the awareness to be like, okay, I’ll be honest. And at first organization, not my strong suit, I need to definitely get better at this, I have to make sure that I am also listening. Really hear someone out when I’m talking to them. And especially because finances, is a very emotional topic. It is probably one of the most emotional topics. I actually heard this a while ago, but I think this kind of really explains it. But people would be more courageous to let someone wash their child and to let someone watch, $500,000 it’s crazy.

So when you are talking to people about their finances, you really have to be in tune with yourself. And be self-aware and also be focused on that other person. Because at the end of the day, it’s their plan. It’s their goal. It is not about me, it is about them. So, I had many different reflections and realizations over the last couple of years. And yeah, I can say that I love it so much. Because that constant challenge is always pushed to when I’m working in a different market. To learn more about how I can treat this person better? How can I learn more things and gain more knowledge, so then I can be more valuable to them.

What are different things that I needed to work on being extremely consistent with my other habits as well. Because I realized like near business, you realize everything has an impact on your health. Your habits like getting enough sleep, exercising, doing spirituality, your emotional awareness. All these different things, like, I’ve realized, helped me become my best self. So I can be the best person in front of the person I’m working with, so yeah, I love it so far. And regarding the financial aspect, as well, like I’ve had extreme success there and it’s something that I had to get used to. It’s weird.

Like, I remember, when I was around 20, 21 years old and I was broke. I did not have a single name to my single pane to my name, like, I was working like three or four different jobs at the moment, I remember I would actually, I was so broke, I would go into the grocery store. And they had a Vossen return policy. So I’d get a frozen pizza, like two $3, and now eat half of it and then go and return the rest. Just because I knew they would take the pizza and I really didn’t have enough just to afford like two $3 frozen pizzas.

And that was really life for me, constantly just saving money everywhere I could, skipping meals. Just because I didn’t have enough to provide for myself and I was strong, I was like, Oh, I can do this. But I was really living in a scarcity mindset. I was like, there’s just not enough and that’s just this narrative, that I’ve just had for so many different years. And this business made from waste has really ingrained in me an abundance mindset like there is enough there.

There’s so much out there. And it really just comes down to us as individuals, just like, what are we going to tell ourselves? Are we going to tell ourselves a narrative that is going to allow us. To see all the things that are out there? Are you going to tell us a narrative that is going to be very narrow and scary? So a very long answer to your question.

Pamela Bardhi
I love that because I was gonna say this that, you know, there’s epigenetics and there’s biogenetics and there’s all that. So your environment actually affects your DNA and your mentality and everything which then manifests into your reality. And you were talking about your childhood and how it wasn’t the greatest setting. There’s all these things and breaking free from those chains are not an easy thing.

And because now you are in an abundance mindset and I can tell that and what amazes me is just your journey in general. So how did you break free from that? How did you change from the scarcity mindset that was so deeply ingrained? Because it takes, I mean, that’s like your inner programming. That takes a lot to shift. So what was that like for you? And what advice would you give to somebody who may be going through this very same thing?

Kofi Thompson
Yeah, absolutely. So it took years for me. I think that many habits are especially like mindsets that we can develop, you know. It is often something that’s been ingrained for, like 10 15 20 25 30 years. And that shift doesn’t happen overnight, It didn’t happen in one experience for me. I think that it’s also important for us to be patient with our speed. To give ourselves patience, to know that it is not going to happen overnight. It really takes like a constant experience constantly kind of nailing down and being like, Okay, how can I think differently. Things that I would say were integral for me, were a couple of different things. So when I was younger, I started kind of delving into quantum physics, because I’m a huge nerd.

When I learned quantum physics, you start learning all these things that are just like, absolutely mind-blowing. You learn that little small changes in something have an absolutely massive effect. And there’s always the possibility for something to happen. No matter how small, like, there’s a possibility for the table that is right in front of me to turn to a tree. It is completely wild and you have to delve into it to really grasp it. But that for me, helped me realize what I want in life down the road, there’s always a possibility of that happening.

There’s no 0% chance for anything, there’s always a possibility, there’s a possibility for me to completely change my narrative. And to get to build wealth for my family, build wealth for myself and deliver value to the world, there’s always possibility. So that for me kind of was like, I learned that when I was young south of me. I always knew that anything was possible in that regard. The other thing that was really impactful for me is this quote by Einstein and he says, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting a different result. And I found that there were a lot of things that I was frustrated with.

I saw how my behavior was and I started seeing all right. I’m actually read this book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey that also really eliminated these ideas. But I saw that if I want to have a different result, the struggles my parents faced. Going down a path that would lead to ill satisfaction of your life. If you have where you’re just not really meant for not learning your true self. Like I was gonna face all the same things I saw, but I had to try something different. So I really didn’t know a lot of times before, like what I was doing.

I was just thinking, alright, what I’m doing is I’m working, I got to try something different. I’m clearly not building much right now, I gotta try something different. So it’s really out of just open-mindedness being open to the fact that there could be another way. And the only way for me to really understand and know, is like, try that out. Then if it doesn’t work, let me go back and then each try out reading. Try out being healthy, try out, like expanding your mindset and learning things from other people. You start realizing, wow, these things kind of do work and then you can’t go back.

Kofis’ Best Piece Of Advice

Pamela Bardhi
You like, I just learned magic. I’m not taking it back. Now. That’s it. This is my life, this is my reality. I totally hear you on that and I resonate a lot with that. Because you know, I read the secret law of attraction and all these different things and it’s really all science. It’s amazing stuff. This is science, like it’s proven, it exists. Kids say that it’s wrong and here it is right in front of us. And it’s just so amazing, like neuroscience and I mean, there’s so much to get into with that. But that’s absolutely incredible and that sounds like knowledge has always been the base for you. Which is incredible.

And that’s what’s elevated you to where you are today. Which I absolutely love and getting into pretty much owning your own business, because I still think about financial planning. I mean, you’re basically you build your own book of business, you build all of that. Now, in your career, how have you built your book of business? Like what advice would you give to an entrepreneur? That’s like starting out for the very first time whether it’s financial planning, whether any business, any service-based business like this. Where it’s oversaturated, right, and you try out, you’re trying to stand out and build your business? What’s your best piece of advice there?

Kofi Thompson
Yes, absolutely. So I have a couple. I’ll start off the first one. One is that for me, I had You really take off all the pride that I had. All the successes that I had previously, I had to, you know, step into a new area. And I had to kind of take off my pride and be open to learning and being coachable. Because I can be very prideful and when you’ve done a lot of things, you can step into new and be like. Alright, let’s just do another thing I’m gonna do. And I know, for me, I had never run a business. I’ve been successful, but I need to be coachable to also understand. These are the habits you need to build. You need to understand the numbers, you need to be constantly learning, you need to do these various things.

And I’ve started looking at successful people and saying, Alright, what are the things that they did. So being coachable and really being humble, to learning and also open to taking criticism and realizing. That when you take risks or when someone gives you criticism. It’s very good to be able to filter good criticism and bad criticism. When someone gives you criticism, take that and own it and use it to improve yourself. Because I feel like criticism and take it personally, or like, Oh, you think I’m a bad person? No, it’s just the thing you’re doing and you can easily change that thing. And then now can be good, so it’s not just you, it’s that thing. So being open in prisons, one huge factor there.

Another thing I’d say is being another serving, really thinking when we start a business, we can often think about it. Like what we need to do and especially in the first couple months, years, we’re just like. Alright, I need to get this thing going. So I can be there 10-15 years from now. And that can inspire some selfishness. However, what I realized is that I do a lot better when I’m actually just thinking about others. I’m thinking about, what is the best thing for this person I’m talking to, how can I best serve them? And if I can’t serve them, I tell them that let me connect you with someone that can serve you. Because I don’t have the necessary competence, I can answer a question and get a better answer.

But like, if I know something, I can serve them better, directing them to that and really just being transparent and authentic. I think it’s so important, especially financial advising. There’s so many preconceived notions, there’s biggest names slipping my mind right now. Bernie Madoff, just that example right there. Like there’s a lot of preconceived notions about the industry. So when you can come from a place of serving and helping other people out of whatever business you do. I personally believe that you can be wildly successful. And then another aspect would also be realizing that you can’t do it all yourself. So I gain this kind of narrative and notion that like, okay. Things aren’t done right unless I do it myself, I gotta kind of feel for most people that have gone in the entrepreneurial route.

Like they’re gotten really used to, at some point in life and just relying on themselves. They’re like, I have to learn how to rely on myself, I can’t rely on other people. I have to just do this thing and like, I do full control. And that’s one of extreme accountability. That’s one of the things that can really help you get there. But I also realize that Letting Go Control is also just as important.

And saying that, okay, if my time is better spent doing this thing. I need to hire somebody and I need to let go of control and create a system. So they can know and they can. They can do those things, like how you’ve planned them out, but then let go of control there. And now keep focusing on the things that you are specialized to do and then also realizing that nothing can be done on your own.

It just comes back to self-serving. I realized that even in the beginning stages, I was going out of my way to help someone else achieve something. Even if I’m not going to see compensation for you, I’m not going to. It’s going to be good for my business immediately and has a huge impact. Because even in these small moments, you’re still building a reputation. You’re still building your own identity as a business owner. And there was a portion where I started like, Okay, I’m gonna help out this person. When I’m there when I’m good. Like, that’s when I’m going to go help out people or that’s when I’m going to go. Take some more time to go above and beyond and do things like that.

But I realized that doing those things now leaves a huge impact. Because people can really see that if you help them with something that you’re not necessarily getting compensated for. People see that and they’re like, wow, this person is truly there to benefit me. They’re truly to help, they’re not just there to make money, they’re there to really help improve and add value to my life. And that, like being focused on building a relationship is so powerful.

Because that attributes a huge amount of success. That I’ve had the relationships I’ve built, you know. When people talk about their experiences, they advise me. And then they tell their friends and they really trust you after the experience that I’ve had a few. You got to work with this guy, all these different things. And I’m like that for me, you know. Truly just validates the fact that really being altruistic. If your mindset and focusing on what is going to be greater for the greater good, not just me, is so powerful in business.

Pamela Bardhi
Amen to that. I love your trajectory, both personally and professionally. I think it’s absolutely phenomenal. And my question for you is, what would your older self tell your younger self, based on what you know now? It can be business, it can be fashionable, it can be personal, it could be whatever. Whatever in your heart, that you feel.

Kofi Thompson
I think the one thing that I really struggled with a lot growing up. And this is only something that I’ve recently realized is I am enough as I am. I think that in my childhood, I was unfortunate. Because my parents both did have mental illnesses. They, unfortunately, were very absent emotionally. So I never had the experience of having a girlfriend and coming back to my mom or dad and telling them. About the experience of breaking up with a girlfriend. Or really celebrating with them and really feeling that connection that a lot of people will search for of their parents, I never really had that. And because they weren’t very well, I was often always thinking about what their needs are, I need to help them out.

I need to serve them. I’m going to compartmentalize all my feelings and all my emotions and I’m going to focus on them. That really wasn’t great for my self-confidence. Because there are a lot of things that I ended up not doing for myself thinking. That at the end of day it doesn’t matter what I need. It doesn’t matter what you know who I am, it just matters that this person is okay. That can actually be destructive because you can’t pour from an empty cup. You know, self-preservation is so important and I only realized that you know, I am enough for great things in life, I am enough to have to find something. That’s going to be amazing and get married to them.

I have enough to build a family, I have enough to become a successful financial advisor. Like, I can do these things and really not do it for other people. That’s why I found myself a lot, just because of the childhood experiences that I had, I was often doing it for someone else’s validation. I am just doing it for external validation, I want this person to think I’m good. I’m awesome, so I’m going to do all these things for them, though I can do the stuff I need to do. I was like. Alright, backburner, not that important.

So really, being able to tell myself that I love you. Sounds weird, but like being able to tell myself like I love who I am today. You know, I’m proud of the person I am. And I deserve to have a great life. Being able to tell myself that and say it and mean it. Not just say it but really be able to show myself affection and realize that Yeah. I can do these things in life and not doing it for other people but doing it for myself.

Pamela Bardhi
Amen. Setting those boundaries. So important, Kofi. You’re amazing. Thank you so much for sharing that. What are you up to in the world like the next six to 12 months? What’s up in Kofi’s world?

Kofi Thompson
Yes. Oh, always, always a lot, so right now I’m a competitive powerlifter. I hurt my back about a month and a half ago. So I’m recovering from that but I’m feeling great now. But I’m trying to break a state record right now for deadlifting. Actually, some are 148 pounds. My personal record so far is 505 pounds on deadlift and the state record is 507. So I’m really right there, so I do have to recover a bit from my injury. But I’m planning on knocking out that record and putting my name on the board there. Very soon, I’m also going to be releasing a podcast pretty soon on my own. I absolutely love to have you on as a guest. It’s called driving through trauma.

So that really is something for me that really hits home. Because I’ve experienced a lot of trauma in my story. And a lot of those experiences really held me back from becoming who I am today. I feel like it’s an area that just really isn’t touched on. It’s not really talked about the concept of vulnerability like it is. I feel like, as we grow older, as we progress through life. Like people just become more and more sheltered and build up all these walls and being vulnerable. Just not something you do, I know, as a black male, it is like the exact opposite. You don’t show our emotions. And I think it’s so important to be, this is a part of us.

Let’s not ignore it, let’s honor our own aspects of vulnerability and trauma that we’ve experienced. And also shed light on the fact that I feel this is something I really realize more and more. But when I was younger, I’ve never been super ever really starstruck, but when I was younger. I always see great people, like, wow, they just are amazing. They just have this, they’ve been blessed, they have this amazing thing. And they’re just awesome. I wish I could be like that and I feel like a lot of people, feel that way. But what I continue to realize is for very, like the majority of people that have been self-made. As they have experienced some form of trauma. Something very great that they had to overcome their selves.

And I think illuminating and shedding light on the fact that these are ordinary people, they’ve just persevered. They’ve had strength, they’ve had courage, to challenge themselves to do great things. I think it’s needed, I think that we need to shed more light on these. The fact that it is true and shows people like you can do this too. And also a platform that creates strategies with your own strategies and different things. That people can take from and be like, Hey, I’m going through my own trauma. What is something that I can learn and pick up to help me go through this as well.

And then as always putting in 50 60 70 hours on the business growing my practice that is like the constant theme of life. So I spend many hours working throughout the week. Really just learning more and more every single day and learning different ways. That I can help people where I can better serve. And I think that is a constant thing for me. So we’re in the business and growing myself as well so I can help out more people.

Pamela Bardhi
You’re amazing. Kofi I can’t wait to listen to your podcast. That’d be awesome. Now you got to let everyone know where to find you. Where can everybody find you, my friend?

Kofi Thompson
Yes. So I can be found on Facebook, typing Kofi Thompson to be found on their Instagram @kofi_builds. I used to build bikes actually, so that’s where I got that from. And then on LinkedIn as well, Kofi Thompson on LinkedIn. So check me out on those three platforms, she got a connection more than happy to connect and I always love making new connections and form relationships.

Pamela Bardhi
You’re amazing Kofi. Thank you so much for sharing your story today. And just I can’t wait to see what you do with your podcast and what you continue to do in the world. So just keep shining, my friend. Thank you.

Tune in to the episode to hear the rest of my incredible interview with the amazing Kofi Thompson.