1. Episode 35 - Adam Kemper - And We Started a Journey Through What Was Hell Drew Deraney 31:11

This episode: And We Started a Journey Through What Was Hell.

Old Belief System (The One Given To Me) My dad worked for the same company his entire career, he actually worked for the same company his father worked for his entire career. There was a loyalty I grew up expecting and looking for. I went to start my career with this idea of you go to a company, you start at the bottom, and you do your loyalty thing and you just work hard you work your way up the corporate ladder of America. It was the 1950s through 70s model that I grew up thinking still existed. And that was a very straight line.

Caving In (The Defining Moment) My wife was pregnant with our second child. When my son was born, he had a lot of medical trouble. At 15 months my son was diagnosed with cancer. And we started a journey through what was hell. Within three months of his diagnosis, my wife and I found out she was pregnant. My health care benefits have never been more important to me. Then I was laid off from my Wall Street job. I realize my son doesn’t have chemo treatment covered by insurance. My wife doesn’t have a prenatal appointment covered by insurance. I went to work for another investment company. At which point I was told that I was given an option to be relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, or taking the check that was sitting in the envelope on the table.

Coping (Managing Expectations) And then about six months I started going to job fairs. And this guy leaned over the barrier. And he started just talking. He says come in and meet with me. We have this meeting that ends up taking me to lunch and we probably spent two hours just talking about who I was. As a father. What my son had gone through. He’s a dad, he has kids and one of his kids has some challenges too. 

Crushing It (The Turnaround) To learn how Adam found his value and worth, stood his ground and navigated this circuitous journey we call life, you’ll need to listen to the entire episode.


To learn more about Adam, go to LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-kemper-marketing-directmail/ or you can go to Adam’s website at https://www.plumbmarketing.com.


Adam Kemper Bio: From a soul crushing job on wall street to being a successful collaborative sales professional, I have seen the bottom and I have seen the top.  I have learned many life lessons and gained a better sense of empathy for others, especially those who feel stuck in a dead-end job.  I learned how to find my value and to know my worth and now I want to help inspire others to do the same. When you know what you are worth, you will never accept less again! 

Drew Deraney Mindset Mastery Coach (Life Coach with a Twist)

Drew Deraney now travels the world both to Live and Virtual Events showing mostly men the steps needed to strengthen self-identity and self-worth, to overcome self-limiting beliefs, and to build confidence while being authentic, maintaining boundaries and to transcend people pleasing skills to become the person they are destined to be. Drew challenges them to reach deep inside and make a lasting impact.

In a 9-month span, Drew experienced a grueling divorce, job loss, his son’s suicidal ideations, and his father’s death which devastated Drew emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. It is a commonality for men to consider any challenge as a weakness as well as to show emotion and ask for help. While writing his book, Drew realized he was not the only man suffering in silence. With more clarity of purpose than ever, he began asking for help. Drew Deraney’s mission is to help especially men, release their inner greatness by showing vulnerability, keeping in integrity of their power, and making a great impact on the people in their lives both personally and professionally.

Drew Deraney was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ where he still lives to this day caring for his elderly mom and his 3 adult children Matthew, Nicholas, and Emma. Drew earned his B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Applied Psychology, and two psychology research publications while at Fairfield University; a scholarship from the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and his M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Baruch College / Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY. His hospital career spanned 24 years where he was co-chair of the Leadership Institute, spoke at JD Power, was one of three leaders interviewed by The Commonwealth Fund, received his Communicating with Empathy Trainer certification and is a Certified Patient Experience Professional. Four years ago, Drew founded Profit Compassion LLC, an entity to coach and empower mostly men to create resiliency and authenticity as Chief Resilience Officer. Drew is the podcast host of ‘From Caving in to Crushing It’ and recently became a best-selling author with his book ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ - Memoir of a reformed People Pleaser.