Success Musings by Executive Leadership Coach Michelle McGlade

Are You Looking For Success in All the Wrong Places?

Literally 10 years ago – January 2009 – I was one semester from finishing my MBA program, living in Massachusetts, and still in Corporate living out my dream of success and this idea crept in to my mind…

I want to leave my job and START MY OWN BUSINESS.

That makes me giggle now.

I had not yet said this out loud to anyone. It was an idea. A crazy idea. An impossible idea.

Now, if you know of me at all, I’m pretty sure you are well aware I made it happen.

And what a ride it has been.

I had no idea 10 years ago to this day that I would…

  • Become a licensed acupuncturist
  • Startup, build and lead two clinics
  • Move back to Minnesota
  • Fall in love with and move to Vermont
  • Write a best-selling book
  • Startup, build and lead a coaching and consulting business

And the list goes on…

What have you done in the past 10 years that has surprised you?

I became a SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR. I was already a wanderlust. :O)

And really, I’m just getting started.

But as we kick off the New Year it feels appropriate to reflect on what I’ve learned in this adventure of becoming and I’m sharing my biggest lesson of all…

The SUCCESS YOU DESIRE is locked within you.

Now I use the word success loosely, because it’s different for everyone.

Maybe you desire to…

  • Get a new leadership role within your company
  • Startup a new business
  • Develop a closer relationship with your spouse or partner
  • Work beyond your potential in to your true zone of genius
  • Make multiple six or even seven figures this year
  • Find connection and fulfillment with the success you have already achieved

Do any of these resonate for you?

Yes? Good.

Actually GREAT. Because the success you desire is available to you.

Except it’s an inward game, not an outward game.

You work on that and you win. Every time.

>> Think about that <<

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I mean, have you ever looked wildly successful on the outside, and felt shamefully unsuccessful on the inside?

HELL YES!! That’s my answer to this question. Many. Times.

I’ve been addicted to success my entire life. The outward kind of success.

I used success to first get the attention from my parents I so desperately wanted so that ultimately I would get the love from them I so desperately needed. To be wanted. We can couch trip on that another time.

And somewhere along the way that coping mechanism turned in to a character flaw. A flaw that produced success in both my Corporate career and as an entrepreneur. So don’t get me wrong, it has served me well.

But on the other side of the coin…not so well.

I kept producing success but would stack up the accolades to the ceiling and then fall apart. Sabotaging myself in some way.  Typically by creating challenges with my health from overworking to achieve. Then I would get back up and do it all over again. Always hitting a ceiling, never breaking through.

Until I started to work on the inward game of success.

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And magically, or so it seemed at first, as I keep looking and working inward, the outward success just takes care of itself. And there is no ceiling. :O)

Now I did not need to leave my Corporate gig and start a business to figure this out. I can tell you though, that having started several businesses and logging 500+ hours coaching people to do the same has helped me to not only understand this for myself, but to help others uncover it for themselves.

Entrepreneurship is a mirror. And if you want to go the distance with no ceiling to your success, it’s a reflection you cannot ignore. So each day I challenge myself to work inward because all the success I desire is mine for the taking, and the key to achieve it is all locked inside. Thus my biggest lesson so far.

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The Last Goodbye
Michelle McGlade

Michelle McGlade

Making the Maven Episode 135: Welcome to the last episode of Making the Maven with Michelle McGlade.


Hello my beautiful Mavens! Today I, Michelle McGlade, am sharing with you the final and last episode of the podcast. After three years of podcasting and 205 episodes later, I can say from the bottom of my heart, thank you! On the podcast, I share with you some of the amazing things I’ve learned from you over the years and why having a rockstar mindset is so, so important to your success. Remember, you are great and you are enough! Now, go out there and serve your passion and help those who so, so desperately need you.

Key Insights & Aha Moments


*I have a huge, huge announcement for you!

*I started this podcast back in August of 2015 and 205 episodes later, here we are!

*Thank you for tuning in and being such a big supporter of the show!

*Let’s reflect on what I’ve learned in my three years of podcasting.

*First of all, podcasts are a lot of work!

*Why is this the final episode?

*It just feels right. It feels like it’s the right time to transform and grow.

*What have I learned from you, my dear and faithful listener?!

*Have a really, really strong mindset. This will prepare you for success.

*Get yourself out of your own way. Don’t let your self-doubt clog your success.

*Wherever you are at in your journey, you are enough!

*You’ve got to build the business of your dreams.

*What’s next for my business?

*I’m not disappearing! In fact, feel free to connect with me on Facebook/Twitter and send me a message to Michelle McGlade!

*AGAIN! Thank you for tuning in week after week.

Don’t Be Afraid to Look at Your Options!
Holly Bertone

Holly Bertone

Making the Maven Episode 134: There are a lot more options out there than you think.


Holly Bertone has an amazing and beautiful story to share. First of all, she is both a breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor. She is Founder of Pink Fortitude and the Author of Thriving in the Workforce with Autoimmune Disease, which is also an Amazon Bestseller. Holly has been through so much and had to drastically shift the way she works because of her illnesses. As someone with an autoimmune disease, she is all too familiar with what it was like dealing with coworkers and bosses who simply did not believe you’re sick. Find out more about Holly Bertone and her journey on today’s episode.

Key Insights & Aha Moments


*People with autoimmune disease, especially in the workplace, are silently suffering from this.

*Holly started her blog as a side hobby while she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

*How did Holly Bertone first get started along this path?

*Holly was 39 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and then she was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.

*Holly really could not do it all. She had to take a step back from her job in order to recover properly.

*The universe gives you signs.

*What is Holly up to now?

*Holly transitioned to a different job and they were not supportive at all over her Hashimoto’s ‘flare ups.’

*Holly felt like a failure. She had to give up on her life’s work and she felt like she let herself and her family down.

*When Holly was going through this, she found out there were very few resources for people who have autoimmune disease in the workplace.

*How many people are silently suffering everyday just because people don’t believe their illness is real?

*What has the response been like as the result of the work, and the book, Holly has done?

*If you’re having health challenges, put a financial/career/life plan together. Really think hard to come up with a game plan and work with what you got.

*Don’t be afraid to look at your options. There’s a lot more out there than you think.

*What advice does Holly have for those just starting out?

*Holly had to completely shift how she worked on a daily basis after she was diagnosed with cancer. She couldn’t ‘charge’ at the problems anymore with the energy that she had.

Everything Looked Good… on Paper
Kate Swoboda


Making the Maven Episode 133: Fear is a habit, but the good news is, you can change it so that you live your most authentic self.


Kate Swoboda is the Author of The Courage Habit and she is an expert on habit-formation and building psychological courage. Fear-based behaviors can become habitual, but this means that you can also develop courageous-based behaviors too! Fear will always come up in your life, whether you’re launching a new product, book, or service, fear will be there. The good news is, you can change the way you feel about fear so that it benefits you. Find out more from the very wise Kate Swoboda on this week’s episode!

Key Insights & Aha Moments


*Everybody struggles with fear… and that’s okay! Kate dives into why you have to face your fears today.

*How did Kate get started?

*You will never be able to fully get rid of fear but what you can do is get present and not let the fear control you.

*If fear-based behaviors can become habitual, then that means courageous-based behaviors can too.

*At least half of our behavior every day is habitual. We are very predictable and that’s not always a bad thing. However, it’s bad when we let habits go on autopilot.

*The good news is you can break the habit!

*What is your fear routine?

*What finally got Kate to face her fears and create change in her life?

*Kate thought she was making all the right decisions. How was it that she wasn’t happy when she made them so consciously and deliberately?

*What was Kate’s biggest struggle when she first got started working for herself?

*Making six figures in six weeks is a lottery ticket. For most entrepreneurs, it’s a grind and it takes time to see success.

*Don’t compare other people’s success to where you are. Everybody starts at a different point in their entrepreneurial journey.

Don’t Let Your Dream Practice Make You Lose Your Way
Amy Lasseter

Amy Lasseter

Making the Maven Episode 132: It can be easy to focus on your end-goal, but don’t ignore the red flags as you’re working towards it.


Amy Lasseter has over 11 years of experience in the professional field of mental health and seven years of experience working in her own business. She built a successful group practice while juggling a growing family and then burned it all down when it was no longer serving her! Amy Lasseter discusses her experiences and why she felt so isolated and frustrated with her brick-and-mortar business. Through professional consulting and coaching, Amy now understands how easy it is to build your dream business while still maintaining the level of freedom you desire.

Key Insights & Aha Moments


*I’m excited to share Amy’s story with you! She is a client of mine and has seen so much success.

*How did Amy Lasseter first get started in her practice?

*Was it difficult for Amy to become her own boss for the very first time?

*It took Amy about 4 months to make her first $600 dollars.

*What did Amy’s husband think about all of this? Getting the spouse on board is almost half the battle.

*There were a lot of things weighing against Amy as she was starting her business. How did she overcome all these different roadblocks?

*How did Amy’s group practice begin?

*Why did Amy decide to close her practice down after three years?

*Amy discusses some of the red flags that flew by her and that she completely missed. Hindsight is 20/20.

*By the time Amy connected with me, she was so frustrated and struggling underneath the weight of the business.

*Amy felt like she was half-assing it and she was not okay with that. Something had to change and that became very a painful transition for her to do.

*Sometimes you can’t even hear your own voice when you’re so outward focused and set on pleasing everyone else around you.

*Get a coach. It’s so, so lonely at the top. Amy felt so isolated throughout her group practice journey.

*What is Amy up to now? You can find her in the Facebook group, BreakThrough to Your Growth & Success.