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Following Childhood Dreams

When I was a little girl, I watched The Carol Burnett Show. With every skit, I wished with all of my heart that I could do what those hilarious, amazing, delightful creatures could do. In fact, at a very early age I would do impressions to make my family bust out in laughter. Comedy was in my DNA.

But I was also a Brainiac. I relegated my love of comedy to the back burner, instead opting to feed the bad@ss businesswoman within. (I also deeply resonated with Tess McGill of Working Girl!) I climbed the corporate ladder, became a sought-after management consultant, and eventually migrated into professional keynote speaking.

Last month I decided to take the plunge and dive head-first into stand-up comedy. From the very first moment onstage, I KNEW I had found my home-away-from-home. It was thrilling, electrifying, and utterly addicting.

I have no plans to ditch my day job as a keynote speaker, but I do plan on incorporating even more humor into my programs and do regular stand-up in my hometown of Minneapolis. When you find something you are naturally gifted at and lights up your soul, you follow it. It’s not a choice. It’s a passion.

What is your passion? Where is your happy place? What gifts can you offer the world?


Theresa Rose is a business motivational speaker, award-winning author and expert on mindful productivity who helps organizations and their teams make more time, get more done, earn more money and have more fun. Her mission is to inspire and energize as many people as humanly possible to make more mindful choices so that they may improve their lives, their businesses, and their world. For more information, visit

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