Founder & Author Melissa Drake Didn’t Pursue Things That Brought Her Joy

Founder & Author Melissa Drake Didn’t Pursue Things That Brought Her Joy


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My guest for Episode #164 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Melissa Drake. As the founder of Uncorped Influence, Melissa helps like-minded businesses and individuals find creative solutions and go further than they thought possible.

Melissa is the author of three books:

She's also a TEDx Speaker with 25 years climbing the corporate ranks and a decade of entrepreneurial experience. Her TEDx Talk, “The Dance of Collaboration,” presents fresh insights on the benefits of collectively beneficial collaborations.  

In this episode, Melissa shares her “favorite mistake” story about the pattern of “not taking care of who I am as a person, not pursuing the things that bring me joy.” How did she come to see this pattern? Are mistakes like this just “part of the process” or are they to be avoided? How does she make sure she doesn't fall back into that trap?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • Were you sort of going through life in autopilot?
  • Finding the fix — looking within or to others?
  • How to make sure you don’t fall back into that trap? As easy as avoiding a corporate job?
  • When things aren’t going well — double down? – Or rest, take time?
  • Did you have any fear that your book title would be a mistake? 
  • Is it a book for women? No
  • New path started in 2015, laid off from insurance industry, “kick in the pants” she needed
  • Why was “the ability to truly be me” so important to you?
  • Freedom of expression is one of your most significant values
  • Correlation or causation? — finding “the link between achieving sexual satisfaction and attaining strong business results.”

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"I use that term loosely because a mistake is part of the process, right?"
"Sometimes, we don't make changes until we have absolutely have to."
"I'm responsible for this life. No one else is gonna save me. No one else is going to create this. No one else was going to create a path for me."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.