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010 - Ashley Bradley of Purpose & Prosper

Ashley Bradley is a Co-Active Coach with a professional background in executive recruitment and consulting for high growth businesses. As a coach, she works with women who are ambitious, creative and introspective, helping them to connect with purpose, find their own unique sense of balance, and challenging them to show up even bigger as they connect with their larger goals in life and career.

Website: https://www.purposeandprosper.us/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purposeandprosper
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleynicholbradley
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/purposeandprosper
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCJE-SsUDDC5sDa_cFeZAw 

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Intro 0:02

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place, Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I AM CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 0:28

Hello, hello. hello, this is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast, and I have a very special guest on the show today. Ashley Bradley. And Ashley, it is super awesome to have you on the show today.

Ashley Bradley 0:38

Hi, Gresh. Thanks for having me.

Gresham Harkless 0:40

No problem, no problem. So what I wanted to do was just read a little bit more about Ashley so you can learn a little bit more about her and all the awesome things that she's doing. So Ashley is a co-active coach with a professional background in executive recruitment and consulting for high-growth businesses. As a coach, she works with women who are ambitious, creative, and introspective, helping them to connect with their purpose, find their own unique sense of balance, and challenge them to show up even bigger as they connect with their larger goals in life and career. Ashley, it is super awesome to have you on the show today. Are you excited to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Ashley Bradley 1:17

Yes, I'm stoked.

Gresham Harkless 1:19

Awesome, awesome. Even better, even better. So what I wanted to do was just kind of open everything up with the opportunity for you to kind of tell your CEO story. So could you tell us a little bit about your background? And what led you to start your business?

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Ashley Bradley 1:31

Yeah, so it is going on six years of working independently. And three years since I launched this business. But after I worked in executive recruiting for so many years, literally, I've talked to like 1000s of people. And I am very sensitive, like I can pick up on people's energies, the things that aren't being said, and I realized that there are a lot of people in the world, I'd say probably 90% of the 1000s that I've talked to that don't really like their job. So for me after just helping people find the next job that they're not gonna like so many times, I'm like, wow, I just want to connect people with like, what they do want to do, like gets them excited, what if it's their own business, if it's something else that honors, like, their bigger purpose in life, that's what I want to do. So that's what led me into doing the coaching. Because for me, I just feel like there's just something about like really partnering with, with someone one on one and helping them like design, what their career and their life is gonna look like, in a bigger way. I think it's just so much more freeing to like, work with someone in that way. So that's what led me here to do this business Purpose and Prosper.

Gresham Harkless 2:42

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Well, I guess could you tell us a little bit more about like, what do you do as a coach with Purpose and Prosper?

Ashley Bradley 2:48

Yeah, so with collective coaching, it actually honors like both sides of a person, like personality and how they're showing up in life in their business. So there's like the side that is the relationship, the energetic side, all of the things that go on like in your inner world that as we know, everything in our external world, it's just kind of a reflection of what's going on in here. And so there's also the second side, which is important, especially if you're a business owner, like getting into action, having some accountability, and actually taking all the things that you're learning about yourself and integrating it and making things happen. So I like to honor both sides and bring balance because typically, we tend to be like, stronger, on one side or the other. So with this type of business, people will bring, their topics to a session. I usually work with people over a longer term, like six months, and I will help them show up in whatever areas they want to grow in. Many times, people will come to sessions with like, there's this thing going on with my employee or this part of my business, but I want to hit this goal. But the way that I view it is that there's, there's the goal, and then there's all the growth and all the transformation that has to happen for you to actually like rise to the occasion of being that person, and changing and having that be a long-lasting change. So that's the way that I really love supporting people. And it's all about me helping them like find their answer and their clarity. I'm not an advice giver, I think, especially as business owners, we get enough advice. So I have these ways where I help people figure it out for themselves, which I think is pretty cool.

Gresham Harkless 4:27

No, that definitely sounds super awesome. Yeah, we're, you know, you kind of already have the answer, so to speak, and you kind of help guide people towards those answers. You do it in a way that is you know, helps people kind of be a little bit more introspective about what it is, who they are, and what kind of will help them to kind of bridge that gap of this is my goal. And how exactly do I get there?

Ashley Bradley 4:46

Totally. Yeah, I like going deep with people. Like it's like there's the tip of the iceberg. And then there's all the stuff underneath like and that's the place I like to go.

Gresham Harkless 4:55

Yeah, dig deep. Exactly. That's where all the good stuff is right. So I guess could you tell us a little bit more about like what kind makes you unique and in your business.

Ashley Bradley 5:05

So I bring a lot of intuition as a coach. And I actually especially love helping people that have businesses that might be more traditional or straight-laced to actually start to pay attention to their intuition and the wisdom of their body. Because so much time we live like in our logical mind, and there's all these other parts of our body, mind, spirit, that are actually like, help us kind of show up in the biggest way. So I think it's really fun to like, get people into their bodies, and it gets them out of their comfort zone when you tell people to get out of their chair, and they think they're just going to sit there on the phone with you. I think it just really helps people to like, show up in a larger way, and to learn about themselves and all these different types of wisdom that they have. So for me, I think that's something that I bring that's really unique and often surprising to people.

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Gresham Harkless 5:57

Yeah, especially, I think that's the beauty because that's what kind of like we're outside of our comfort zone. And they always say this, that's where the magic happens. So whatever, if you are comfortable sitting in your chair, as I sit in my chair, you definitely getting up and doing something different than how you have done it before is a way to kind of get out of that comfort zone. So it's awesome that you kind of do that.

Ashley Bradley 6:15

Thank you. Thank you.

Gresham Harkless 6:16

No problem. So one of the awesome things that we get to do is I get to ask you for a CEO hack, which might be an app or a book, or just something that you do on a regular, everyday basis that you feel makes you more efficient and effective as a business owner. So do you have a CEO hack you can share with us?

Ashley Bradley 6:33

I would say, to like quick ones, a calendar or scheduling app, I use Calendly. But there's a lot of them out there. If you're like meeting or appointment driven. It's such a big time saver to avoid the back and forth and for it to confirm for you. And then, daily meditation as well has been something that's helped so that I can just sit down and get quiet and get out of this, like, you know, monkey brain thing where everything's spinning. And that's helped me to really like focus and then immediately after, take time for me to like ask myself, What is my business need for me today? So that I can be really focused, rather than just responding to like whatever's coming up through, through email or phone calls?

Gresham Harkless 7:14

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And I've always thought that was very important, especially in the beginning of the day to be able to do that, because you let the monkey mind you know, take control of the day. And then next thing the phone's ringing. And all of a sudden, you're kind of off on a path that you weren't planning to be on before.

Ashley Bradley 7:28

Yeah, exactly.

Gresham Harkless 7:31

Awesome. So the next thing that we usually ask for is that CEO nugget, which is kind of like a word of wisdom, or a piece of advice that you might have for other entrepreneurs and business owners. So could you provide one of those for us?

Ashley Bradley 7:41

Yeah, I would say find your purpose, I and in the six years that I had it, I did it without a purpose. And it was very exhausting and really challenging. And I felt like I was like, on the verge of burnout quite a bit. But once I got connected with my larger purpose, and, it doesn't have to be like changing what you do, it could be staying in your current business, but connecting with the parts of it that make you want to show up every day and the things that you know, people rely on you for the greater good that your business is bringing. But once you connect with that, I just feel like it brings something to you like so that when you do you totally fall flat on your face, or something's not working, it's like your compass, you know, it really helps you to know like, what's important, it helps to keep you going when you're having trouble, just like finding that inspiration in yourself that day. So I'd say figure that out. And it's gonna make your life so much easier and more fulfilling,

Gresham Harkless 8:38

Yeah, which is super important to do. And one of the awesome things that I get to do, again, is to ask like everyone that's on the show, whether you know, someone that works from home, or somebody that has, you know, 100 million 1000 employees, get to ask them specifically what a CEO means to them. So what I want to ask is, how would you define being a CEO?

Ashley Bradley 8:59

So for me, it's really about the freedom to live my life the way that I want to live it. But also like being able to fully express, who I am through the work that I do because I get to choose the clients that I work with and the things that I get to do on a day-to-day basis. And that just makes life so much more fun when you get to express who you are with your work, and with the work, you do with your clients. And I think what's interesting is that with the technology used to have to like have a bunch of employees to scale a business and that's how you did it. But with technology and all the different things that we can offer. It's pretty cool to see other CEOs and entrepreneurs out there. They're scaling their business that way. And so for me, it just opens up this whole new world, you know of how I can grow and it's, it feels like really like limitless when you think about it, you're like really at like in the driver's seat of how much success you can have. So that's my CEO definition.

Gresham Harkless 9:58

I love that definition. And again, it's different for different people just like you know, they just like you mentioned your purpose. You know, your purpose is what your purpose is. So you decide how to drive that car, so to speak, how you want to drive it. So that's awesome that you've been able to do that. So I actually, I'm super grateful that you were able to take some time out of your schedule, what I wanted to do was kind of pass you the mic, so to speak, to see if there is anything additional, you want to kind of tell our readers and our listeners.

Ashley Bradley 10:22

I feel like that feels pretty complete to me, but thanks for the opportunity. I really appreciate it. It was fun getting to chat with you today.

Gresham Harkless 10:30

No problem is great for me too. And then if somebody wants to reach out to you, what's the best way for them to do that?

Ashley Bradley 10:36

I would say they can find me on my website and which has all of my contact info and my social channels and it's www.purposeandprosper.us.

Gresham Harkless 10:47

Okay, awesome, awesome. Anyway, I'll definitely make sure to have that link in the show notes just in case anybody wants to click through. But Ashley, thank you so much for being so awesome and for taking some time out of your schedule to kind of give us some words of wisdom and pieces of advice.

Ashley Bradley 11:00

Thanks, Gresh. I appreciate it. Have a good rest of your day.

Gresham Harkless 11:03

You too.

Outro 11:05

Thank you for listening to the I AM CEO podcast powered by Blue16 Media. Tune in next time and visit us at iamceo.co I AM CEO is not just a phrase, it's a community. Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play and everywhere you listen to podcasts, SUBSCRIBE, and leave us a five-star rating, grab CEO gear at www.ceogear.co. This has been the I AM CEO podcast with Gresham Harkless. Thank you for listening.

Intro 0:02

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Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place, Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is I AM CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 0:28

Hello, hello. hello, this is Gresh from I AM CEO podcast, and I have a very special guest on the show today. Ashley Bradley. And Ashley, it is super awesome to have you on the show today.

Ashley Bradley 0:38

Hi, Gresh. Thanks for having me.

Gresham Harkless 0:40

No problem, no problem. So what I wanted to do was just read a little bit more about Ashley so you can learn a little bit more about her and all the awesome things that she's doing. So Ashley is a co active coach with a professional background in executive recruitment and consulting for high growth businesses. As a coach, she works with women who are ambitious, creative and introspective, helping them to connect with their purpose, find their own unique sense of balance, and challenging them to show up even bigger as they connect with their larger goals in life and career. Ashley, it is super awesome to have you on the show today. Are you excited to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Ashley Bradley 1:17

Yes, I'm stoked.

Gresham Harkless 1:19

Awesome, awesome. Even better, even better. So what I wanted to do was just kind of open everything up with the opportunity for you to kind of tell your CEO story. So could you tell us a little bit about your background? And what led you to start your business?

Ashley Bradley 1:31

Yeah, so it is going on six years working independently. And three years since I've launched this business. But after I worked in executive recruiting for so many years, literally, I've talked to like 1000s of people. And I am very sensitive, like I can pick up on people's energies, the things that aren't being said, and I realized that there are a lot of people in the world, I'd say probably 90% of the 1000s that I've talked to that don't really like their job. So for me after just helping people find their next job that they're not gonna like so many times, I'm like, wow, I just want to connect people with like, what they do want to do, like gets them excited, what if it's their own business, if it's something else that honors, like, their bigger purpose in life, that's what I want to do. So that's what led me into doing the coaching. Because for me, I just feel like there's just something about like really partnering with, with someone one on one and helping them like design, what their career and their life is gonna look like, in a bigger way. I think it's just so much more freeing to like, work with someone in that way. So that's what led me here to doing this business purpose and prosper.

Gresham Harkless 2:42

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Well, I guess could you tell us a little bit more about like, what do you do as a coach with purpose and prosper?

Ashley Bradley 2:48

Yeah, so with collective coaching, it actually honors like both sides of a person, like personality and how they're showing up in life in their business. So there's like the side that is the relationship, the energetic side, all of the things that go on like in your inner world that as we know, everything in our external world, it's just kind of a reflection of what's going on in here. And so there's also the the second side, which is important, especially if you're a business owner, like getting into action, having some accountability, and actually taking all the things that you're learning about yourself and integrating it and making things happen. So I like to honor both sides and bring balance because typically, we tend to be like, stronger, like on one side or the other. So with this type of business, people will bring their, their topics to a session. I usually work with people over a longer term, like six months, and I will help them show up in whatever areas they want to grow in. Many times, people will come to sessions with like, there's this thing going on with my employee or this part of my business, but I want to hit this goal. But the way that I view it, is that there's, there's the goal, and then there's all the growth and all the transformation that has to happen for you to actually like rise to the occasion of being that person, and changing and having that be a long lasting change. So that's the way that I really love supporting people. And it's all about me helping them like find their answer and their clarity. I'm not an advice giver, I think, especially as business owners, we get enough advice. So I have these ways where I help people figure it out for themselves, which I think is pretty cool.

Gresham Harkless 4:27

No, that definitely sounds like super awesome. Yeah, we're, you know, you kind of already have the answer, so to speak, and you kind of help guide people towards those answers. You do it in a way that is you know, helps people kind of be a little bit more introspective about what it is, who they are, and what kind of will help them to kind of bridge that gap of this is my goal. And how exactly do I get there?

Ashley Bradley 4:46

Totally. Yeah, I like going deep with people. Like it's like there's the tip of the iceberg. And then there's all the stuff underneath like and that's the place I like to go.

Gresham Harkless 4:55

Yeah, dig deep. Exactly. That's where all the good stuff is right. So I guess could you tell us a little bit more about like what kind of makes you unique and in your business.

Ashley Bradley 5:05

So I bring a lot of intuition as a coach. And I actually especially love helping people that have businesses that might be more traditional or straight-laced to actually start to pay attention to their intuition and the wisdom of their body. Because so much time we live like in our logical mind, and there's all these other parts of us body, mind, spirit, that are actually like, help us kind of show up in the biggest way. So I think it's really fun to like, get people into their bodies, and it gets them out of their comfort zone, when you tell people to get out of their chair, and they think they're just going to sit there on the phone with you. I think it just really helps people to like, show up in a larger way and to learn about themselves and all these different types of wisdom that they have. So for me, I think that's something that I bring that's really unique and often surprising to people.

Gresham Harkless 5:57

Yeah, especially, I think that's the the beauty because that's what kind of like we're outside of your comfort zone. And they always say is, that's where the magic happens. So whatever, if you are comfortable sitting in your chair, as I sit in my chair, you definitely getting up and doing something different than how you have done it before is a way to kind of get out of that comfort zone. So it's awesome that you kind of do that.

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Ashley Bradley 6:15

Thank you. Thank you.

Gresham Harkless 6:16

No problem. So one of the awesome things that we get to do is I get to ask you for a CEO hack, which might be an app or a book, or just something that you do on a regular, everyday basis that you feel like makes you more efficient and effective as a business owner. So do you have a CEO hack you can share with us.

Ashley Bradley 6:33

I would say, to like quick ones, a calendar of scheduling app, I use Calendly. But there's a lot of them out there. If you're like meeting or appointment driven. It's like such a big time saver to avoid like the back and forth and for it to confirm for you. And then, daily meditation as well, has been something that's helped so that I can just sit down and get quiet and get out of this, like, you know, monkey brain thing where everything's spinning. And that's helped me to really like focus in and then immediately after, take time for me to like ask myself, What is my business need for me today? So that I can be really focused, rather than just responding to like whatever's coming up through, through email or phone calls?

Gresham Harkless 7:14

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And I've always thought that was very important, especially in the beginning of the day to be able to do that, because you let the monkey mind you know, take control of the day. And then next thing the phone's ringing. And all of a sudden, you're kind of off on a path that you weren't planning to be on before.

Ashley Bradley 7:28

Yeah, exactly.

Gresham Harkless 7:31

Awesome. So the next thing that we usually ask for is that CEO nugget, which is kind of like a word of wisdom, or a piece of advice that you might have for other entrepreneurs and business owners. So could you provide one of those for us?

Ashley Bradley 7:41

Yeah, I would say find your purpose, I and the six years that I had it, I did it without a purpose. And it was very exhausting, and really challenging. And I felt like I was like, at the verge of burnout quite a bit. But once I got connected with my larger purpose, and I, it doesn't have to be like changing what you do, it could be staying in your current business, but connecting with the parts of it that make you want to show up every day and the things that you know, people rely on you for the greater good that your business is bringing. But once you connect with that, I just feel like it brings something to you like so that when you do you totally fall flat on your face, or something's not working, it's like your compass, you know, it really helps you to know like, what's important, it helps to keep you going when you're having trouble, just like finding that inspiration in yourself that day. So I'd say figure that out. And it's gonna make your life so much easier and more fulfilling,

Gresham Harkless 8:38

Yeah, which is super important to do. And one of the awesome things that I get to do, again, is to ask like everyone that's on the show, whether you know, someone that works from home, or somebody that has, you know, 100 million 1000 employees, get to ask them specifically what a CEO means to them. So what I want to ask you is like, how would you define like being a CEO.

Ashley Bradley 8:59

So for me, it's really about freedom to live my life the way that I want to live it. But also like being able to fully express, like who I am through the work that I do, because I get to choose the clients that I work with and the things that I get to do on a day to day basis. And that just makes life so much more fun when you get to express who you are with your work, and with the work you do with your clients. And I think what's interesting is that with technology used to have to like have a bunch of employees to scale a business and that's how you did it. But with technology and all the different things that we can offer. It's pretty cool to see other CEOs and entrepreneurs out there. They're scaling their business that way. And so for me, it just opens up this whole new world, you know of how I can grow and it's, it feels like really like limitless when you think about it, you're like really at like in the driver's seat of how much success you can have. So that's my CEO definition.

Gresham Harkless 9:58

I love that definition. And again, it's different for different people just like you know, they just like you mentioned your purpose. You know, your purpose is what your purpose is. So you decide how to drive that car, so to speak, how you want to drive it. So that's awesome that you've been able to do that. So I actually, I'm super grateful that you were able to take some time out of your schedule, what I wanted to do was kind of pass you the mic, so to speak, to see if there is anything additional, you want to kind of tell our readers and our listeners.

Ashley Bradley 10:22

I feel like that feels pretty complete to me, but thanks for the opportunity. I really appreciate it. It was fun getting to chat with you today.

Gresham Harkless 10:30

No problem is great for me too. And then if somebody wants to reach out to you, what's the best way for them to do that?

Ashley Bradley 10:36

I would say they can find me on my website and it has all of my contact info and my social channels and it's www.purposeandprosper.us.

Gresham Harkless 10:47

Okay, awesome, awesome. Anyway, I'll definitely make sure to have that link in the show notes just in case anybody wants to click through. But Ashley, thank you so much for being so awesome and for taking some time out of your schedule to kind of give us some words of wisdom and pieces of advice.

Ashley Bradley 11:00

Thanks, Gresh. I appreciate it. Have a good rest of your day.

Gresham Harkless 11:03

You too.

Outro 11:05

Thank you for listening to the I AM CEO podcast powered by Blue16 Media. Tune in next time and visit us at iamceo.co. I AM CEO is not just a phrase, it's a community. Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play and everywhere you listen to podcasts, SUBSCRIBE, and leave us a five star rating, grab CEO gear at www.ceogear.co. This has been the I AM CEO podcast with Gresham Harkless. Thank you for listening.

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