EPISODE 124 | AUGUST 9, 2023

Healing the Success Wound with Brooke Taylor, Founder, Transformational Coach, and Speaker

Brooke, a former marketing lead at Google, has personally navigated the challenging terrain of Silicon Valley's competitive landscape, where the pressure to perform and succeed often becomes synonymous with one's self-worth. 

Brooke shared her inspiring journey, a story marked by courage, determination, and transformation, which led her to heal her own “success wound” – the harmful notion that our value is intrinsically tied to our achievements. 

Brooke's story begins in Silicon Valley, a place where the ticket to entry was hard work and intellect. Here, she learned from a young age that her worthiness was largely dependent on her productivity and achievements. The pressure to excel and the desire for validation led her down a path where she was constantly seeking external validation, even at the expense of her emotional wellness. 

The term “success wound” refers to the deep-seated shame that can often consume those who feel they're not living up to societal success standards. This wound, if left unattended, can have a profound impact on our emotional well-being, leading to anxiety, burnout, and a myriad of other issues. Brooke's path to healing her success wound was not a simple one. It required her to leave her prestigious job at Google, relocate to Australia, and repair her relationship with her father.

During our conversation, we delved into the five common ways the success wound manifests in ambitious corporate women. Brooke emphasized the importance of recognizing this wound, creating an internally driven vision of success, and taking decisive steps toward healing and actualizing this vision. 

We also explored the transformative power of meditation as a tool to quiet external pressures and connect with our true selves. Brooke shared stories of individuals who had used these strategies to successfully change careers, find love, heal from burnout and anxiety, and much more. 

In essence, the healing process begins with acknowledging the success wound, understanding its origins, and actively working towards healing it. This journey may look different for everyone, but it is an essential one for those who seek fulfillment and a healthier relationship with success and self-worth. 

Brooke Taylor's story serves as a powerful reminder that our worth is not defined by our achievements but by the inherent goodness of who we are. Through her transformative coaching, she inspires and empowers individuals to redefine their vision of success, heal their success wounds, and pursue a path of fulfillment and well-being. 

The healing process might not be easy, but it is undoubtedly worth it. Brooke's journey and the lessons she shares provide a roadmap for those ready to confront their success wounds, redefine their self-worth, and embark on a journey toward genuine success and fulfillment. 

As we continue to navigate our paths, let's remember that our worth is not tied to our productivity or achievements. Instead, it's inherently within us. Brooke Taylor's wisdom offers a beacon of hope for all those battling their success wounds, providing them with the tools they need to heal and redefine their vision of success.

This episode is full of wisdom, courage, and inspiration, empowering listeners to face and heal their own success wounds. Tune in to redefine your vision of success and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

3 Key Takeaways:

  1. Understand the difference between confidence and self-worth and how these aspects intertwine with our perceptions of success.
  2. Learn about the “success wound,” the concept that our value is tied to our achievements, and the steps to heal this wound.
  3. Discover the five common ways the success wound manifests in ambitious corporate women and the ways to navigate these challenges.

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About Brook Taylor:
Brooke Taylor is a Transformational Career Coach for women and a former Marketing Lead at Google. She was named a “Top Career Coach to Watch” by LA Weekly and Australian Business Journal and has been featured in Women’s Health, Forbes, Business Insider, and more. Her clients are top female executives at Goldman Sachs, Google, Uber, Coinbase, Meta, and more. Her transformational group coaching programs and workshops at companies like Google, Uber, the BBC, and McKinsey have changed the lives of over 5,000 women globally.

Brooke is the global expert in a phenomenon she coined “the Success Wound”, which is the pain high-achievers experience when they mistake their success for their self-worth. She has developed a powerful methodology that has helped thousands of high-achievers to heal their Success Wound and finally have a career that feels both fulfilling and successful.

Previously, she was a Marketing Lead at Google and she was the Head of Operations at a global DEI consultancy, The Dream Collective. She has lived in 5 countries before settling in her home state of California with her husband.

Thank you, Brooke, for sharing your story with us and for giving so many valuable ways we can take action.  Special thanks to our alliance partner Claire Wasserman, Founder of Ladies Get Paid for introducing us.

This podcast is sponsored by HerCsuite™ Personalized Development Programs. Wherever you are in your career, we help you navigate your path. Schedule a call and let’s talk about how you can gain clarity.

Host Natalie Benamou, helps individuals and organizations gain visibility, clarity, and achieve measurable results through blue ocean strategies. Natalie is a speaker and impact entrepreneur making a difference with HER Health Equity Council and HerCsuite™ Women’s Growth Network. 

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