A Special Podcast Series

Episode 5

Is Comparing Ourselves to Others Ever A Good Idea?

With Barbara Patterson + Melissa Palazzo-Hart

Join us today as Barb and Melissa discuss the pitfalls of comparing ourselves to others, while also acknowledging that being real and authentic is in fact most women's (and most people's) true desire.

What things challenge you in your quest to be who you truly are—unmasked, with no filters?

Melissa and Barb remind us that we find our authenticity and our unique expression within.


  • Melissa talks about the ways social media can be great, but also conveys the “slippery slope” we can head down when our minds get into comparison mode on the social channels. [00:01:26]
  • Barb conveys a cautionary nod to “ending up comparing our real lives with others’ curated social media lives”. [00:05:01]
  • Melissa initiates the #realwomenreallives movement to post authentic content, rather than perfection posts. [00:08:08]
  • Melissa reminds us that a ‘busy mind’ is a breeding ground for the temptation to compare ourselves with others. [00:11:47]
  • Barb shares her experience of self-preservation of taking a break from the blogging/posting experiences of others from time-to-time. [00:12:50]
  • Melissa shares her ‘some people can be in the sun without burning’ analogy. [00:14:31]
  • Barb reminds us that all of us truly want to show up as our real, authentic selves. [00:16:07]



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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