A Special Podcast Series

Episode 10

Freedom to Fail?

With Barbara Patterson + Melissa Palazzo-Hart

Failure—we all dread it. But what if it's a sign that we're getting closer to succeeding?

In today's episode, Barb and Melissa discuss the misconception and made-up construct of failure and help us recognize that historically, the best-of-the-best have failed countless times before everything fell into place. 

Failure. What if we simply have to shift our perception slightly to realize what a gift it truly is.


  • Melissa sings an Acapella verse of a popular Disney show tune to set the tone of today’s episode. [00:01:30]
  • Barb plants the seed about our internal relationship to failure and “getting things wrong.” [00:06:15]
  • Barb and Melissa get schooled about how to pronounce a business name they mention every week in their Outro. [00:06:00]
  • Barb sheds light on how we sometimes judge being a beginner or learning something new in business versus how detached we can be in taking up a new hobby. [00:06:17]
  • Melissa shares a story about how a seeming failure in her past turned out to be an unimagined success for her and the others who were part of the “failure.” [00:07:33]
  • Barb points out the perplexing notion that we see the ending of relationships or jobs as “losing” or “failure,” as if our only measure of success is “forever.” [00:09:33]
  • Melissa shares how she has discovered that feelings don’t come through as evidence. They are simply part of working through things— and she further shares that she often gains clarity of mind once she allows the feelings to come forth. [00:11:14]
  • Barb reminds us that she and Melissa hope that these conversations help to loosen or wake something up in listeners; we place our confidence in knowing we have a place inside us where our more profound truth and potential lie. She also reminds us that the thing that helps her most is knowing at her core that we are all handled—no matter what. [00:14:09]
  • Melissa shares a thought about humans having an operating system and that we are always plugged into a source that doesn’t fail us. [00:15:12]



Meet Your Hosts

Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential.

You can follow Barb on Linkedin ,Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at

Melissa Palazzo-Hart has 25 years’ experience leading marketing, strategy, finance, operations, and talent for some of the most prestigious agencies and brands including Disney, Activision and Omnicom. Throughout her career, she has built campaigns for some of the biggest names in entertainment and media which have been awarded Emmy Awards, Cannes Lion Awards, Effies, Telly Awards, Game Marketing Awards, Broadcast Design Association Gold Awards, and Clio Awards. Melissa is building a movement of paradigm shifters to unlock the potential of their minds to affect change in our world through seeing and living beyond perceived limits. She guides leaders and organizations at the highest levels how to make a meaningful impact through the power of heart work, instead of hard work.

You can follow Melissa on Linkedin and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at


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