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Kurt Faustin: Living in Your Gift

By Karla Amador

Sought-after public speaker and entrepreneur Kurt Faustin shares his message to empower young minds to step into their gifts. “I’m loud and committed to consistently speak the truth at a top-notch level,” Faustin explains. “My goal is to help people who are afraid of becoming, or transitioning into, the best versions of themselves. They may not know how too, and that’s where TriUmph comes in, to open new doors for leveling up onto pathways of success.”

Kurt was a contributor to the Huffington Post and collaborated with Strong Women Strong Girls, Boston Public Schools, and Boston Pre-Release Prison. In 2015, Faustin founded professional development organization TriUmph to provide workshops, training, and inspiration for up-and-coming creatives and entrepreneurs from historically disenfranchised groups.

When Faustin begins the conversation about growth and personal struggles, he reminds his audience that “our brains want to keep us comfortable. It becomes conditioned by certain habits and circumstances and wants to stay the same. That’s why stepping into your becoming can be so hard. Much of my practice is about changing that mindset. I help people build a deeper understanding of what’s meaningful to them, their learning styles, and create a course of action for leveling up.”

As a public speaker, he emphasizes the importance of having a plan and being self-aware. “When I’m on stage, I stick to my plan so I won’t falter,” he says. “If you don’t have a plan [and a backup plan], that shock of becoming will have you revert back in your shadow self instead of progressing forward because that’s what the brain is used to.

Kurt’s motivation as a public speaker also draws from wanting to helping young professionals of color overcome stigma and live in their gifts. “I encourage the people I coach to give 110% in everything they do. To ask themselves: am I where I need to be? Am I where I want to be? Don’t stop until you arrive. Nothing in life just stops, there’s always movement. It’s either progression or regression.”

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