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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and motivation to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Sep 30, 2018

Women Who Went for It Podcast Guest: Mary Anne Radmacher

In this episode, Sara talks with Mary Anne Em Radmacher about her rise from working whatever minimum wage jobs she could get to being a successful and well-known artist and writer. Mary Anne shares about how hard it was to pursue art after receiving a painful message from a former teacher, how she "takes the leap" when she's standing on the precipice of a big change, and her views on the belief that artists need to heavily self-promote to be successful. Today, Mary Anne is included in the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations and is best known for a portion of a poem, "Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
Sara and Mary Anne discuss:
  • Getting connected through Sharon Roemmel from Episode 18
  • Mary Anne's lifelong love for mail and greeting cards
  • In childhood, redesigning greeting cards with her own message
  • Not fitting in in school
  • Getting painful feedback from a teacher and feeling heartbroken
  • Pouring herself into writing
  • Longing to be an artist
  • Parenting herself
  • Marrying a good friend and learning a lot
  • Supporting her husband as he went to school
  • Taking care of her father during his health decline
  • Taking whatever minimum wage jobs she could get
  • Friends gifting her with her very first art show
  • How her original plan vs. reality
  • Selling all of her art in her first show
  • Sending off greeting card samples to sales reps and getting orders very quickly
  • Not knowing how to be in business for herself, but looking for her transferable skills
  • Growing to nearly a $1M business
  • Going against others' advice
  • Hiring based on talent and personality
  • The life-changing message she received from a publisher
  • Releasing her first book: Lean Forward Into Your Life
  • Taking a three-year writing sabbatical
  • Licensing her lifetime body of work to Dr. Deanna Davis of Applied Insight
  • Becoming a coach
  • Second-guessing herself
  • The problem with trying to wait until you know everything to start something
  • Letting go of the idea that she was never going to go back to working for someone else
  • Realizing that everything she's ever experienced has led her to this moment
  • Making choices without regret
  • How she gets in touch with her intuition
  • Mary Anne's mentors
  • The importance of applying for jobs you're passionate about, even when you don't feel qualified
  • Mary Anne's advice for artists who are convinced they cannot make a living creating art
  • Elizabeth Gilbert's "Your Elusive Creative Genius" TED Talk
  • The pushback Mary Anne received along the way
  • The advice she'd give herself if she had to do it all over again
  • Where to connect with her:
  • Famous quotes from Mary Anne
  • ...and more!
Mary Anne's full bio:
Mary Anne Em Radmacher inspires herself and others to remember and do what matters through her books, inspired products, keynote speeches, courses and coaching. She’s been contributing beautiful products through the gift industry for thirty years. Her work is featured in broadcast and print media throughout the world, in ceremonies and in speeches. Her works can be found in board rooms, bedrooms and school rooms. She is included in the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations and is perhaps best known for a portion of a poem, "Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
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