“The only thing you can control is yourself and your attitude. Perspective is the key to happiness. Decide to do and be more than just the circumstances around you. Even flowers grow through concrete.”Kenneth Burke
Henry Ford once said, “if everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself.” Here at Imperium Elite, we value that idea more than anything. We work day in and day out to not only ensure that our clients are well taken care of, but that our team is continuously moving forward together, a well-oiled machine made of moving parts.
One of those moving parts comes in the form of a 29-year-old business leader, Kenneth Burke. Since the start, Burke has been with the Imperium Elite team, just passing his two-year mark in the business industry. Born and raised in upstate New York, Burke was outgoing and social from the start. “From a young age, I knew I had the gift of gab,” says Burke, “I knew I wanted to help others but didn’t expect it to happen this way.”
Burke’s journey to the business industry was a winding one; along the way, he attended four different universities searching for the right fit. “I was trying to figure out what I wanted from my life,” says Burke, “Initially, I went to school for Electronic Media Communications to try and be a broadcaster or something of that nature. When I decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do, I went to three other colleges pursuing a Business degree to keep my options open. Doing that, I grew up and realized I couldn’t just slack off and hope for something to come my way; I had to start taking control of my life and the decisions I made.”
Competitive from the start, it comes as no surprise that Kenneth Burke has achieved what he has. “I am what they call a competitor,” says Burke, “I love to compete, whether it’s a backyard game of basketball or making sales; I love the competition. I played football and basketball in high school, and I even went on to play semi-professional football. That teamwork and the love of the game makes the work easy and fun.” Some may struggle to draw comparisons between professional athletics and sales, but the common thread of competitive drive and determination.
Burke spent years searching for that perfect fit through college and beyond, and luckily for all of us, he has found it here at Imperium Elite. “I finally found somewhere I can contribute and utilize my skills to live my best life,” says Burke, “I have gone from having no business skills to being able to interview and train and manage a team of people. The knowledge and skills I’ve learned here could translate to any business. The most challenging part of this career is being able to be mentally tough enough to manage yourself. The business itself is all about learning as much from the newest team member as you do from the most experienced.”
Of course, business comes with its obstacles and struggles, mostly as we work through an unprecedented global pandemic. However, Kenneth Burke and the entire Imperium Elite team have worked tirelessly to grow through this obstacle and become stronger. “When COVID-19 hit us, we had the opportunity to take a step back and get better at the business overall. We were working our butts off to make sure that we were prepared and came out on the other side better for it. We made adjustments, and we have gotten better and are applying the changes we wanted to make. For the rest of 2020, I’m looking forward to football season (hopefully) and helping enough people reach their goals, which in turn will help me reach my goals!”
Relentless- that is the best word to describe Kenneth Burke’s business drive. Never short on motivation, Burke keeps his eye on the prize. “What motivates me is my long-term goal of retiring my parents,” says Burke, “I also want to donate time and money to charities for kids and provide an opportunity to those who want better and are willing to work for it.” So how does a leader like this inspire those around him? Simply put, Burke is not afraid to extend a helping hand. “To others, I would say never to give up,” says Burke, “Ask questions over and over again and apply what’s being taught. Every time I’ve endured a struggle in this business, I set up meetings with everyone who was doing the right things and asked them a million questions. I was probably the most annoying in the office, but that mentality has gotten me to where I am today.”