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True to Your Roots

When I was growing up, my mom used to preach to my sister and I, always stay true to your roots. I knew what she meant, as we grew up solid as Lutherans in a little church in Poland, Ohio. 

Staying true to my roots is very important to me in my life and career and I hope it is for you as well. 

Sometimes you may feel very alone, staying true to your roots…because in our culture, being popular is, well, popular. But I believe it’s important to stay connected with your roots and not deny who you are or where you came from. 

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The same can be said for entrepreneurial roots. When you are focused and have laid out good plans, your business can thrive. When you invest in yourself, there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. Being an entrepreneur is not dabbling in every shiny object, but in putting down roots and nurturing what you have planted. 

I believe we are all creative beings. As a creative artist, I have met some other creative artists who seem to deny their roots, not really sure of how to express who they really are because they think it won’t be popular. Here’s some homework for you…make a list of 5 artists who were true to themselves in their musical sound or brand or 5 business leaders who marched to their own drum and who didn’t give up because they weren’t the trend. Then make a list for yourself of all that is unique and true about you as a creative, as an entrepreneur or both. 

Make time to study the market, understand how it works, study the competition, and remember that success leaves traces. Always be a student while staying grounded. 

I love this quote…“Focus on faith and grow your roots strong and deep, so no one can make you believe in something that is not good for your soul.”

Check out my podcast, Kirsticast and meet entrepreneurial leaders and creatives who are also my guests. On each show, I welcome a guest who is a creativity sparker and inspires me with their story. You can watch my podcast on my Kirsticast YouTube channel or stream it anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Hope you enjoyed this article, I would love to hear from you. 

Whatever you do, stay inspired!

Nashville-based hit songwriter Kirsti Manna’s 6-week #1 Billboard chart smash hit Austin” introduced Blake Shelton (NBCs The Voice”) to country radio. She is a creativity expert, keynote speaker/performer and publisher. The go-to person for inspirational information, her mantra Whatever You Do, Stay Inspired” empowers creatives everywhere to find their voice. 

To learn more about Kirsti, visit

Nashville-based hit songwriter Kirsti Manna's 6-week #1 Billboard chart smash hit "Austin" introduced Blake Shelton (NBC's "The Voice") to country radio. She is a creativity expert, keynote speaker/performer, and publisher. The go-to person for inspirational information, her mantra “Whatever You Do, Stay Inspired” empowers creatives everywhere to find their voice.

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