A Special Podcast Series

Episode 1

Why Being Real Matters in Life & Business

With Barbara Patterson + Melissa Palazzo-Hart

What if you could do what you love, have a fulfilling personal life, be successful and fully express the real you in life?

Join Barb and Melissa today as they discuss their journeys and transitions from their hustle and bustle lives, where ‘efforting’ was in fact not the magic formula. Instead, making space to go within and showing up in the present moment proved to be a far more accurate navigation system than leaning into the grind.

Want to deconstruct your limited ideas about what’s possible for you?

This episode will inspire you to shed the preconceived notions of who you should be, encourage you to simply show up as the real you, and give you reason to follow your own inner well of creativity to achieve your dreams and live your best life.



  • Melissa discusses how she used to put Barb on a pedestal, but how now she sees herself and Barb as beautifully human—and how that has made all the difference in launching this podcast together. [00:03:56]
  • Melissa talks about the recent innocent lie she was telling herself about having to get “there,” while recognizing that there is only ever ‘here.’ [00:05:39]
  • Barb discusses her exodus from the hustle and bustle career that she once thought was exactly what ambition had to look like, and that we can create a fulfilling life being who we are, and realizing and funding our dreams. [00:07:16]
  • Barb acknowledges Melissa for being an amazing and inspirational woman who has so much to offer the world. [00:09:55]
  • Melissa recalls a conversation where she thought Barb was the worst business coach ever, until she really took in what Barb was saying—and it’s one of the things that has made all the difference. [00:10:34]
  • Melissa points to where miracles come from. [00:11:38]
  • Barb discusses the first year of going back out on her own, and how she finally realized she no longer wanted to operate her life from the frenetic and exhausting energy she had previously been operating from. [00:12:05]
  • Barb shares that profound question of “What if I don't know everything about who I think I am and what my strengths are? What if there's more here that I just haven't ever been able to tap into?” [00:13:28]
  • Melissa recognizes that we are always guided when we show up in the moment. [00:14:29]
  • Barb reminds us where all our answers lie. [00:15:53]
  • Melissa uses a droplet of water as an analogy of what she hopes for this podcast. [00:16:52]



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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