EP 140: Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Financial Freedom with Kathy Fettke and Anna Kelley

Learning to overcome adversity is crucial to long-term success. On today’s episode, we talk with Kathy Fettke and Anna Kelley, investors, businesswomen, and contributing authors of The Only Woman in the Room, where we talk about challenges faced and how to move through them.

Anna and Kathy have spent years as active real estate investors and entrepreneurs and have faced their fair share of challenges as they grow their portfolios and businesses. We delve into topics such as the needed mindset one needs to push through self-doubt and the effects of negative self-talk, how to move through adversity to propel you to financial freedom, and why it’s important to focus on the journey and not always the end goal. Kathy and Anna also share with us the exercises they use to when facing hard times which has gotten them to where they are today.

Kathy Fettke is Co-CEO of RealWealth and best-selling author of Retire Rich with Rentals. She is an active real estate investor, licensed real estate agent, and former mortgage broker, specializing in helping people build multi-million-dollar real estate portfolios that generate passive monthly cash flow for life.

With a passion for researching real estate market cycles, Kathy is a frequent guest expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. She was also named among the “Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs two years in a row.

Kathy hosts two podcasts, The Real Wealth Show and Real Estate News for Investors. Her company, RealWealth, offers free resources and cutting edge education for beginning and experienced real estate investors. Kathy is passionate about teaching others how to create “real wealth,” which she defines as having both the time and the money to live life on your terms.

Anna Kelley is the founding partner of Zenith Capital Group, Apex Multifamily and ReiMom, LLC. As a former Financial Relationship Manager for a private bank and having developed variable insurance products for high net worth individuals, Anna developed a keen understanding of both traditional and non-traditional investments. She discovered the power of real estate investing, and has since purchased, renovated and rented millions of dollars in rental real estate - all while working full-time and raising four children.

She has active ownership in and manages a rental portfolio valued over $60 Million and has invested in over 2000 units. Anna actively seeks out the best multi-family investment opportunities for her partners and investors. She is a sought-after speaker, and enjoys helping others to overcome fears, increase knowledge and minimize risks in real estate. She is also an Amazon #1 bestselling author.

On today’s episode, we discuss a ton with Kathy and Anna, including:

  • The importance of mindset to move through challenging times
  • Exercises to use when dealing with adversity
  • Positive self-talk that will get you to where you want to go
  • How understand your future self can help make positive changes in your life today


The Only Woman in the Room Compiled by Ashley Wilson

Retire Rich with Rentals by Kathy Fettke


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