Feet to the Fire
Finding My Soul in Success
About the Book
The year was 1983, and a fateful trip to the hardware store changed the course of author Kathy Gardarian’s life, not to mention the shape of her soul. Because of a faulty nozzle, a woman who barely owned a hammer became CEO of a prosperous, worldwide distribution-and-supply company, whose main client, Home Depot, became a successful mecca of the tool-belt crowd. In Feet to the Fire, Gardarian narrates her story. This memoir tells a transformational tale about a woman who learned to find her soul while climbing the ladder of success. Gardarian shares her lifelong business challenge: to be a capable woman who proved her personal drive could create a highly successful company using openhearted love as her motivational tool. She sought to defy the traditional male business influences who informed her she couldn’t succeed without a man. Feet to the Fire tells how she learned to be brave, how to hold her feet to the fire, and how to invite deep change while tolerating acute discomfort. She had to keep her dreams and ambition alive in a world where strong women were often viewed with suspicion. She had to practice patience. Most of all, she had to maintain faith, and trust in the process, until she reached a place not only of professional success, but of spiritual abundance. Using the tools of humility, humor, and wisdom, Gardarian offers an alternate path to prosperity using feminine principals.
About the Author
Kathleen M. Gardarian Kathy Gardarian is the Founder and CEO of Qualis International Inc., a multi-million dollar sales and distribution company. She has served as a director on many boards, both corporate and non-profit, including Van’s Inc., The World Business Academy, Chapman University, The Gorbachov State of the World Forum, and the Woman’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s JFK School. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Woman Business Owners, and has been one of the top forty woman-owned businesses in Orange County in Southern California. She lives in Newport Coast, California. Kathy is available to speak to groups concerning this subject. Tinker Lindsay A member of Writers Guild of America (WGA), Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), Women in Film (WIF), and Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Tinker Lindsay has been a passionate collaborator and dedicated transformational storyteller for over three decades. She is co-author, along with best-selling author Gay Hendricks, of the popular Rule of Ten series, featuring ex-monk, ex-cop, Los Angeles-based Private Investigator Tenzing Norbu, and published by Hay House Visions. She wrote Milton’s Secret, a YA novelization of the film based on the children’s book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Freidman, and has worked with transformational authors including Peter Russell, Arjuna Ardagh, John C. Robinson, Anne Bertolet Rice, and Dara Marks. Tinker Lindsay has written screenplays for major studios, collaborating with award-winning film director and primary screen-writing partner, Peter Chelsom. Recent film projects include Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. She co-wrote the spiritual epic Buddha: The Inner Warrior with acclaimed Indian director Pan Nalin (Samsara, Faith Connections, Angry Indian Goddesses), and Annie Cook with Cameron Keys. Lindsay graduated with high honors from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature. She has four grown children and five beautiful grandchildren. She can usually be found writing in her home office, situated directly under the Hollywood sign.