Life Lessons:
Kelly Hager


*Are you happy at the moment?

You better believe it!

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Everything is a choice – make better ones, and instead of talking badly to yourself, build yourself up by focusing on the good.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Time is the biggest resource. Focus on doing positive things in your life instead of wasting time on things that don’t make you a better person. Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because time waits for no one.

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I want to build belief and hope in women. Speaking in front of 25,000 women and encouraging them to ask the question, “Why not me?” is my biggest goal.. We can accomplish anything we put our minds to. Five years ago, I was in a coma for many weeks due to an unexpected illness. After recovering, it has been my mission to inspire women by letting them know that things will get better.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Travel with fun people, and do it often. Life isn’t about being serious all the time – everyone needs a break from work. Balancing work and life is vital to my happiness.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

I structure my days to make time for my “tribe,” which includes my work team, family and friends. Quality time with those you care about and who care about you will keep you humble.

*What’s your biggest regret?

Regretting things means you’re reflecting on the negative. I’m a positive, forward thinker. I rarely apologize; instead, I move on and I learn from my mistakes.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

Last week, my son walked down from his bedroom wearing a button down and a bowtie and told me he wasn’t going to camp that day because he wanted to be an entrepreneur. “Let’s go to work,” he said. My heart melted. I loved his thoughtful drive.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Not indulging as much.

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

Five years ago, I was going through extensive physical therapy recovering from a coma. I’m proud of myself for overcoming the challenge, redeveloping my role as a CEO and being where I am today. I’m living a more balanced life and I now run two corporations while managing a third international brand..

*When were you happiest?

I’m the happiest right now. We’re making progress business-wise, my child is in an amazing place and I’ve met more inspirational people in the last six months than I had in 10 years. I’m traveling around the world speaking to entrepreneurs and women and building my business and love every minute of it.

*What ten words best describe you?

Mom, entrepreneur, driven, authentic, loyal, efficient, straight-forward, speaker, team-builder, trustworthy


Kelly Hager is a licensed REALTOR® who is designated as one of “St. Louis’ Top One Percent” of real estate agents. She is the CEO and Owner of Kelly Hager Group Real Estate Services, celebrating its tenth year in 2015. Kelly recently launched her international brand, Live Team Life, which promotes her international professional speaking career and the release of her book, “Building a Dream Team: Battling from one foot in the grave to building a collaborative, innovative company.”