Who Contributes to My Success? by Kristin Kaufman

Part of the Success Series, a series of Question/Answer pieces centred on John Maxwell’s The Value of Asking Questions


What is the greatest lesson you have learned?

Kristin: I have learned that all things happen for a reason. They happen to either teach us something, give us the opportunity to teach others and always to offer the opportunity to serve others with love.

What are you learning now?

Kristin: I am learning to let go and go with the flow. There are simply no accidents and when we relinquish the mirage of ‘control’, magical things can happen.

How has failure shaped you?

Kristin: Failure helps us to embrace the direction and/or areas in which we are gifted to contribute. Failure shines a light on our attempts to ‘fit’ in a position which is not in alignment with our gifts. Alignment (my definition) is loving what we do, being good at it, and most importantly, having it tied to something greater than ourselves. When that happens – we reach our highest and fullest potential.

Who do you know that I should know?

Kristin: We learn lessons when we are supposed to learn lessons. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And each of us learns what we are to learn – when we are ready.

What have you read that I should read?

Kristin: There are many books that have changed (and continue to change) my life – including all the spiritual teachings such as the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, and many others. Yet, one of my favourite books to recommend is: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.

What have you done that I should do?

Kristin: Everyone charts their own path. Yet, being a global traveller has benefited my perspective. I am open, curious and seamless thanks to these experiences.

How can others add value to you?

Kristin: Help to hold up a mirror so that I can learn and grow through how others perceive me and my behaviours.


Kristin KaufmanKristin Kaufman is the founder of Alignment, Inc. ® a unique consultancy formed to help individuals, corporations, board of directors and other similar groups find alignment within themselves and their organisations. She has brought this expertise to hundreds of people since establishing Alignment, Inc®. Kristin brings over 25 years of corporate experience to bear, including executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and United Health Group.  A prolific writer, Kristin’s Is This Seat Taken? book series continues to garner national acclaim and has been endorsed by Stephen Covey, Marshall Goldsmith and John Maxwell, among others.

This is one contribution, of many, to the Success Series, a series of Question/Answer pieces centred on John Maxwell’s The Value of Asking Questions. To read other contributions in this Series, please go to the original introduction of the piece, Who Contributes to Your Success

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