The moment I met Simone Knego, I was in awe of her. We were in an intensive public speaking class together earlier in 2021. One of our first assignments was to craft a ‘big idea’ for the speech we would be scripting early in the course. Simone is a walking example of her big idea:
We do not need to change who we are, we need to change the way we see ourselves.
I discovered that Simone is a best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and mother to six multicultural children. To add to the mix, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the Livestrong Foundation. Do you need to ask? Of course, she made it to the summit.
Simone began her professional career as a Certified Public Accountant. But she soon realized that her passion wasn’t numbers—it was helping people. She transitioned into teaching horseback riding lessons, as this was something she enjoyed as a kid while doing some bookkeeping on the side. This led her to return to school to get her teaching credentials in elementary and exceptional education and work with children. She loved teaching but eventually had to leave because her salary was barely enough to cover the babysitter she paid to care for her six children. A friend offered her a job in medical sales which would give her the income and flexibility she needed, so Simone did that for the next eight years. Somewhere in the mix she also got her real estate license and flipped a few houses. Needless to say, there is no grass growing under Simone Knego’s feet!
Today, Simone’s desire to help people has expanded into sharing her story and experiences to inspire and motivate others to make a difference in this world. Her book, The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You: Follow Your Own Path, Discover Your Own Journey is a fascinating read in which she shares her journey of adopting three of her six children in foreign countries, her climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise cancer awareness, and all of the funny, scary, and inspiring stories that happened along the way.
In this week’s Work From The Inside Out podcast, learn more about Simone’s personal and professional journey:
Simone instills in her audiences, the powerful lesson that what you do matters, and it's the little things we do each day that make the difference. She shared a story of a conversation she had with her daughter about body image which offered an important perspective on herself as a parent and as an adult.
Learn more and connect with Simone here: