We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaylen Maduka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaylen, what matters most to you?
“Be with those who want to be with you.”
This is a value I’ve learned through self discovery and I’m working hard to instill this mindset in my children. It can be applied to so many different areas of life: Friendships, Family, Work, Sales – pretty much in any social setting. In the past, I have found myself putting so much effort and energy in to the idea of “winning someone over” by changing my thoughts/opinions, my appearance, how I speak, etc.. All of this for some kind of weird and gratifying internal reward.
It took years to realize while I was spending time trying to get the attention of someone who didn’t truly care, I was pushing aside those who were already drawn to my natural spirit.
I have found that giving my time and energy to those who show a mutual interest in me has been life changing. Nurturing relationships that go both ways, instead of focusing on improving the one way relationships, naturally decreases stress levels and brings a joy you never thought existed.
Bottom Line: You should never have to work for someones attention or approval. Be yourself and you will attract your people.
What should our readers know about your business?
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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Most of my best friends are from out of state, so I would start with taking them out for some good BBQ over at Rays Real Pit BBQ Shack then head over to the Marriott Marquis and grab a Day Pass to float the Texas-shaped lazy river. The next day we could book brunch and a full body scrub/massage/facial at Bergamos Spa Retreat in Friendswood. I would also pick a show to watch over on the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre, it’s always fun to pack wine, snacks and a blanket and just hang out.
Depending on the time of year, I would definitely look into local festivals and see what family events are going on.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my interview to my children. They’ve inspired me to be the best version of myself.
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