December 20, 2020

RCC 120: The Money Is Where Your Heart Is with Leah Badertscher

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Sometimes in life, it can feel like you do one thing to make money, but your passion, your heart, your real purpose lies in something else. For instance, you work at a bank but you love writing poetry. One pays the bills, the other fills your heart. And it can be painful when you feel like the thing you really love is never going to generate real money.

Well, don’t despair because on today’s episode, we’re going to unpack this situation and I’m going to invite you to look at things differently. I’m going to challenge your assumptions because my belief is that the real money is going to be made wherever your heart is. And I have the perfect guest to help you decide where that might be.

Leah Badertscher is a Master Certified life coach, artist, and host of The Art School Podcast. Leah is an absolute delight and, having made the shift from being an attorney to being an artist, she is the perfect example of going where your heart is.

Tune in this week to discover the ways that we fall for the belief that we can’t make good money doing what we love, and what you can do about making that dream a reality. Leah is sharing her own experience in this transformation, and why we are not alone on this journey.

2020 is coming to an end, which means it’s the perfect time for an end-of-year assessment. I just ran a free class on giving yourself a report card review of 2020 and planning 2021. I want to invite you all to watch it and download the worksheet that goes along with it. This is gold and I know it’s going to help you move beyond just focusing on how much money you made! 

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How we convince ourselves that we can’t make money doing what we love.
  • Why I believe you just have to go with the thing your heart is urging you to do.
  • What I suggest you do to start turning your passion into an incredible business.
  • How Leah is helping her clients unleash their inner genius and create a space where they can reclaim their power during a turbulent 2020.
  • Leah’s own experience of following her heart to find the money and passion that her life had to offer.
  • Where Leah sees women discounting their own brilliance, and how she suggests we work through that.
  • Why you are not a lone wolf on the journey of following your heart, and there is nothing to be gained from trying to do it on your own.

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Full Episode Transcript:

Welcome to the Rich Coach Club, the podcast that teaches you how to build your dream coaching practice and how to significantly increase your income. If you're a coach and you're determined to start making more money, this show is for you. I'm master certified life coach Susan Hyatt, and I'm psyched for you to join me on this journey.

Hi, coaches. Have I said thank you lately? Thank you for listening to this show, truly. There are more than 1.5 million podcasts in the world. Can you believe that? And out of all the podcasts on Earth, you decided to spend a little time listening to this one day. So, thank you for being here.

Today, I want to talk about your money and your heart. Sometimes in life, it can feel like you do one thing to make money but your passion, your heart, your real purpose is just another thing. And sometimes, it feels like the thing you really love is never going to generate much money.

For instance, you work at a bank but you love writing poetry. One pays the bills, the other fills your heart. And it can be painful when you feel like, “The thing I really love is never going to generate money.”

On today’s episode, we’re going to unpack this situation and I’m going to invite you to look at things differently. And I’m going to challenge your assumptions because my belief is that the real money is wherever your heart is. Alright, let’s get into this episode. Here we go.

Recently, I was on Skype with a client. And for confidentiality, I’m not going to mention her name or any specific details about her career or situation. As you might notice, I sometimes describe my clients and their stories on this show, but I only mention people’s names and their stories when I have explicit permission to do so.

So, anyway, I was coaching this client and it was a really emotional session. And she was explaining her business plan to me. And she walked me through her vision for 2021; her overall concept, her marketing plan, her pricing, all the details.

And then, there came a point when she burst into tears because she recognized that her business plan didn’t really match her heart plan. And the tears were flowing down and she explained to me, “Susan, there’s a particular kind of work that I do to make money. And I’m good at it. I’m successful. But it’s not really where my heart is.”

And she explained, “There’s this other thing that I really want to do, this other project that is calling to my heart. But I know it won’t generate any money immediately, or maybe not ever.”

And I challenged her on this and I said, “You say that you know it won’t make money. How do you know that for sure?” And this led to a deeper conversation about money and passion and choosing the obvious path versus going in the direction of your heart.

I’ve had numerous conversations similar to this one over the years. I mean, numerous is an understatement. Probably thousands of conversations like this with clients, with friends, even with my kids. And there’s a lot of different ways to look at this situation. But if you ask me, the bottom line is, you’ve just got to do it.

You’ve got to do the thing that your heart is urging you to do. You have to. If your heart is pulling you in a particular direction, pulling you so intensely that you burst into tears on Skype, then you cannot ignore that. You’ve got to go with it. And if you do, the money will come. Or another reward will come.

It might be a financial reward or it might be something equal or different or better. Challenge your beliefs on this. If you automatically assume that it’s not possible to make money as a poet or a songwriter or a life coach or whatever your passion may be, challenge that. How do you know it’s not possible? Do you have a crystal ball? Can you predict the future with 100% accuracy? No.

The reality is, it probably is possible. So, for you, perhaps the best move is to seek out the people who are succeeding in that field, the people who are making a great living and study their careers and ask yourself, what are they doing that perhaps I could emulate too? Who are the leading poets? Who are the songwriters at the top of the charts? Who are the life coaches who are making six and seven figures and writing bestselling books and trademarking their methods and changing lives?

What do those highly successful people believe and know and do? I teach this all the time in my masterminds; creating the belief of a woman who makes six and seven figures and the actions. What has contributed to their successes? Find out. Learn from them. And then, in your own unique way, find your own path to success.

Another point I want to mention, if you’re doing something but your heart just really isn’t in it, sooner or later, your income is going to reflect that and plummet. Sure, you might be able to hustle your way to six figures per year, or maybe even more than that. But eventually, you’re going to hit a wall.

I experienced this exact thing as a real estate agent way back in the day. I was a really smart, really hard working, really good realtor. I knew that business inside and out. I was a top seller. I was able to make pretty darn good money. But I was never able to bring my income above a certain point because, deep down, real estate just wasn’t my true calling.

I didn’t have the fire and desire and passion that I feel about my current profession, which is obviously life coaching. It is really hard to generate massive amounts of money when you just feel kind of meh about something. You can fake it for a while, but not forever.

Sooner or later, you run out of juice. If your heart isn’t in it then the money isn’t in it or worth it. The real money is where your heart is. This is why I’ve been able to build a multi-million-dollar company as a coach. Because coaching and personal development and empowering women and girls, that is my true passion.

So, if you’re feeling like my client, if you’re sitting there feeling torn between the work that generates money and the work you really want to do, I want to urge you to go where the love is. Move in that direction. Or at a bare minimum, find a way to do both in your life.

Create a transition plan. This I something I spend a lot of time doing with my clients. That’s what I did way back in the day, and I still do it when I’m transitioning certain streams of income out of my business and creating new ones.

And that’s the thing, life coaches. You may already be doing what you love but not in the way you want to do it. This could mean you work 25 hours a week at the bank and spend your free time writing poetry. It could mean you work as an executive coach in corporate settings to pay the bills, but you start a self-esteem program for girls on the side because that’s where your heart belongs.

You find a creative way to do both in your life; the pay the bills work and the heart work. And over time, shift the ratio so that you’re doing less pay the bills work and more heart work. And eventually you’re exclusively doing heart work.

You can take that kind of approach, like a gradual transition plan approach. Many people do that. Many of my clients have done that successfully. Or another option, you can say, “Fuck it. Time is precious. Life is shorter. It ain’t getting any longer. I don’t have time to waste. I want to throw myself completely into my heart work now and trust that the money will come.” That’s an option too. It depends on your tolerance for risk.

I can’t tell you what’s right for you, but I can tell you that the real money is wherever your heart is.

Now, I have such a treat for you. The interview today is one of my favorite people on the planet, favorite clients, Leah Badertscher. She is a master certified life coach. She is an artist. She is a podcast host. She is an absolute delight and she is the perfect example of someone who went from being an attorney to being a fulltime coach and artist.

She is the perfect example of this going where your heart is. She is so successful. I have watched her go from – we talk about this – sitting at my dining room table years ago thinking that she could not make a living as an artist, to being somebody who commissions work at thousands of dollars apiece. I mean, you’ve got to just listen. Here we go.


Susan: Welcome to the show, Leah. Welcome, welcome.

Leah: Thank you, Susan. I’m so excited to be here.

Susan: So, oh my god, I often reflect on the first time I met you and I believe it was at a Martha Beck Unleash Your Inner Genius workshop.

Leah: Correct.

Susan: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Leah: That’s right.

Susan: And you were there to write, weren’t you? You were writing something.

Leah: Writing and painting. Because there was also another retreat that you were, I think, doing a lot of the work for coordinating. And it was a writing retreat. But I think the first one where I met you was Unleash Your Inner Genius.

Susan: Right, so I’ve had the privilege of watching you really grow into the force that is you. And as a coach, as a profitable working artist, and now you’re helping other artists unleash their creative inner genius. And so, it’s really come full circle. So, prior to starting the interview, I have given the listeners all your accolades. But what are you most proud of this year?

Leah: Creating a space, an incredible nurturing space where during this time of adversity, during 2020, the pandemic, everything else, this election cycle, racism, I am so proud that I have created a space where people can come and center themselves and reclaim their power.

Because with everything we can’t control in the world, I think sometimes the first thing to go is any goals or dreams, you know, anything that if before it was in the back of your mind that this goal, this dream, this creativity is actually not necessary or it’s selfish, then the pressure cooker that this year has been maybe brought that to the surface and made it really acute. So, I’m most proud of the community, this space, the container that I’ve created and a place where people can come and feel empowered, and then go back into their lives and create from a space of deep clarity and peace and conviction. Because then that ripples out to everyone in their environment. And that’s in the Art School.

Susan: Yeah, so your Art School is that space, I know. And I’ve heard so many clients that we share in common just rave about the space that you create. I love the way that you mentioned that typically our deepest goals and desires are sort of the first thing to get thrown to the wayside when stuff hits the fan. It’s like, as humans, we’re like, “Who am I to focus on that right now?”

It’s sort of this attitude in our culture that, especially as women, our deepest desires, our art is a footnote or a luxury. And I think often also about – I’ve just had the benefit of working with you in so many different ways. And I remember, one of my favorite stories is how I became the owner of one of your originals, one of your oil paintings. And I didn’t know until my husband brought it home to me.

The whole thing was so synchronous. You said to me, “Susan, I started painting that when I was pregnant and at your house.” Do you want to tell that story?

Leah: Yes, so I had, for my birthday, given myself the gift of a weekend VIP retreat with you in your hometown down in Evansville. And I lived in South Bend, Indiana at that time. So, I made that four-hour-some road trip down, and I was pregnant with my youngest, my daughter Blaise. Very pregnant. I had to sit myself back from your dining room table.

And it was, again, like I had experienced the magic that is Susan Hyatt at the Martha Beck retreats and I think – how old would I have been? 36 at that time. And I was like, “You know what? I am going to give myself this gift for my birthday and recharge myself and my creativity.” And it was such an empowering weekend. And I am somebody that is an energetic learner.

And so, I felt like I’d get a lot just from being in your presence. And not to mention the kick-ass coaching and advice…

Susan: Wait, we have to stop for a second. So, explain what an energetic learner is.

Leah: You know, it’s something that I think I knew intuitively growing up, I just didn’t create a language for it. And it wasn’t until really I was in law school and I realized that I am smart, right? I can read things. I can listen. I can learn. I can problem-solve. I have a strong analytical mind.

And then I would notice, my biggest growth would be around just being around people with a kind of energy, a kind of presence that were doing things in the world in a similar way that I wanted to emulate or learn from and make my own. And again, I find there’s something you can learn by obviously reading and the typical methods of teaching. And then I just feel like there is something in me that shifts when I am in proximity to people.

It’s like sensing a way of being and it actually is one of the core philosophies in my Art School is that cultivating this way of being, like an entire energetic state but that issues from your mindset, your mental state, your belief systems, your thoughts, from your emotional mastery, from your body and how you are in your body, and from your spirituality. And it’s that way of being in mind, body, and spirit that is both the goal and the process. And if you’re there, it makes the results that you want inevitable.

So, I feel like Susan is a very creative and powerful way of being. And just being around you, I learn so much that’s non-verbal, I think, where you don’t have to go through the typical – I didn’t need you to download your brain into mine.

Susan: I love the way you articulated that because I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about it that way. But I’ve heard people say – and I have said – I just need to be in the room with that person. And I think that’s what they’re saying. So, you were like, “In my dining room, pushed back so your belly could fit…” and I interrupted you. And then…

Leah: So, I’m so grateful for and I really admire this. You have a vast container to hold really big dreams. And it’s a safe container too. So, I could share what my biggest dreams were, even if I wasn’t there yet. And without batting an eye, you’re like, “Totally.”

Susan: 100%. I remember sitting across from you. I’m like, “Do that. Go paint. Get your ass home and go paint.”

Leah: Yeah, it was in the beginning stages more still of my art career and also my creative coaching career. And so, it’s that stage where you’re hustling. And I also have two littles at home and I’m pregnant and you don’t quite have the evidence yet. And you’ve been working.

And so, I was feeling so nourished by that weekend and also, like, “Please, just give me a sign. I just want to know I’m not alone in this. And a lot of my painting process is just very intuitive, just slip out of that analytical place and into a feeling, knowing place, non-verbal.

So, I was just painting away. And at one point, I stood up and I kind of noticed what I was doing. And I had been over and over in mind, like, just show me that I’m not alone.” And I stepped back and I saw that there were like – I had done it. I just hadn’t known what I’d done. There were nine figures in the painting. Nine figures. And it gave me – I’m getting the chills now – such electricity. And then also the second moment, it just scared the crap out of me.

So, I ran upstairs to my bedroom where my husband was sleeping, pulled the covers over my head and was like, “Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit…”

Susan: “I tapped into something…”

Leah: I know. But then, in the morning I went back down and I’m like, they’re there and they seem nice. And so, I kept painting over the layers though and just painting what wanted to come in. And not all of the figures remained, but they’re in the history of the painting. And I ended up calling the painting You Are Not Alone.

Susan: Yeah, and so Leah posted a photo on Facebook with just the title and the story of You Are Not Alone. And I remember being like, “I don’t care how much that is. I need that painting.” And so, I messaged Leah. I purchased it. And just as a, quote unquote coincidence, my husband, who never travels, never for work happened to be like 10 minutes from her house. You were quoting me, like FedEx and I was like, “Wait a minute, where do you live again?”

And I texted Scott and I said, “Where are you right now?” And he told me he was literally 10 minutes away. He went over. He picked it up. He brought it home to me. And then you told me, “That’s the painting I started when I left your house years ago.” I couldn’t believe it.

Leah: I know.

Susan: So amazing. And let me tell you something. Everybody who comes into this house says something about that painting. Everyone who comes into my home. And you saw it, we had it reframed. It looks so beautiful in my foyer. It’s so good. So, since that time, you’ve covered quite a bit of ground. Now, how old is Blaise now?

Leah: She just turned seven this summer.

Susan: Right, so this was years ago. So, in seven years, lucky seven, you’ve created an amazing coaching practice, the Art School, you have an Art School Podcast. What would you say in terms of the safe container that you’ve created, what do you get the most excited to witness with your clients?

Leah: I am obsessed with creativity. And I’ve often thought, like, why? And then in my coaching practice too, I’ve ended up doing a lot of money work, which I think is sacred work. And I’m like, this is an interesting intersection. I can see why pragmatically I want to contribute to building a paradigm of thriving artists and creatives and not struggling or tortured.

I want to write a new mythology for creatives, and especially women artists, with this vision and philosophy, but then also with the individual stories. And so, I think it’s like witnessing that story. It is like the hero’s journey where it’s like we have amnesia. And then I think too, we have this conditioning to avoid or deny or decline our power. And that’s one of the reasons I really love that intersection of doing creativity coaching and money work. Because really, it’s about power. And it’s a really powerful intersection for artists to step into and women to step into and women artists.

So, once they get a taste of, “Hey, not only can I create what I want, but I can also do it on my own terms. I don’t have to grind. I don’t have to force. It doesn’t have to look like some other model that I fit myself into.” And just to witness how amazing that feels for somebody to trust themselves again, to trust their creativity.

Just this week, one of my clients did a reading of her one-woman play that she’d written 25 years ago, had performed it off-Broadway and she was just feeling the need this month to revisit it. So, she thought first she’d do it in our mastermind. I’m like, I think that would be wonderful, but it seemed like it deserved and was asking for a broader audience.

So, we did open it up to all of Art School and anybody who wanted to attend could. And it was powerful to watch her read her own work, which was a great piece of art, an amazing piece of art. And then also to witness her acting. Because everybody else in the Art School and the mastermind was like, “Wait, you didn’t tell us you were an actor.”

And she’s like, “Well, that’s kind of where I started,” and just blown away by another woman in her brilliance. And I think that’s one of the most gratifying things to me is to witness another woman completely owning her brilliance and living from there. And it’s also so rewarding to experience it in a group of women. Because everybody has that shared experience of, “Oh, did you see her? She just clicked into herself right there.”

And everybody is empowered by that and if gifted by that. And it’s not a zero-sum game or her shining and being powerful takes away. It’s a completely different paradigm of power. And I think it’s a feminine orientation and very Creative with a capital C orientation where it sinks into the cells of your being, “Oh, one woman rising and being powerful doesn’t take anything away from me, and in fact evokes something from me and makes it easier and makes it more enticing for me to step into my own.”

Susan: I so resonate and believe in that. It’s one of the reasons why I love groups, because like you said, everyone can witness this together and celebrate together and it’s – the way that you also said women will decline their own power, is there an example of even lately when you’ve noticed you declined your own power, and what you did about it?

Leah: That’s a good question. One of those times where sometimes, you know when you’re coaching and all of a sudden, you’re talking to your people and you’re like, “I am also talking to myself. I need to revisit my own advice.” How we do this thing where we discount. And I think discounting is a way of declining.

And literally discount means you’re not counting something. There’s something there and you’re like, “No, that doesn’t count.” I found for myself – and this has been what I teach – is that women and women artists have this tendency to, if they’ve done something, it’s behind them and it doesn’t exist anymore. And we are always like, we start every day, when you’re in this mindset you start every day like starting from scratch or probably behind the eight-ball, always playing catch up. It’s because you’re living into that mindset of never good enough, always reaching, never get there.

And then too, it’s like you forget everything that you’ve been building. And so, I teach and coach on, “Okay, turn around and reap what you’ve sown.” And it’s not just this perfunctory counting of your blessings. But it has to be this profound, deep, embodied realization of, “Oh my god, look what I have done. Look at the strength that I have exhibited through all of this adversity.”

And you’ve got to, like, go there and embody it and move yourself with blowing yourself away. Not with what you’re going to do, but what you’ve already done. And then be like, “If I have done that, of course I’m unstoppable. I’ve handled everything to this point.”

So, I was recently talking about that because this is like autumn here, harvest season, gratitude season. It seemed like a great time to talk about this. And then I was like, I think I was doing that, right? You get in the creative mode where you are, like, excited about what’s coming. And then before you know it, like I was feeling a little off, like, “I’m leaning out ahead of myself too much and I don’t have my solid ground, that solid, sacred ground feeling beneath me. This is what I haven’t done. I haven’t stopped to be like, look what you have done, not only in the past year, but the past three years, past seven years. What are you worried about? What do you think you’re not going to do? You’ve done everything that you’ve said you were going to do.”

Susan: Yes, I think that’s so powerful. And the way that you said it, “Look at what you’ve done.” I keep saying – and while we’re recording this, I’m preparing for tomorrow to teach a class on basically like a 2020 report card where you assess the year and then you turn to plan ahead.

I mean, my whole sermon is going to be like, “Look at y’all, still showing up despite the pandemic, despite the election, despite civil unrest.” We have, as women, I so agree with you, we don’t give ourselves enough credit at all. And I love that, yeah, a way of declining your power is by buying into that not enoughness, that grind, so like, “Oh I’m already behind,” kind of thing. When it’s like, we are so far ahead. We are so far ahead.

Leah: Yeah, I think there was a moment too the year that I got to be in your mastermind and we were at the retreat in Ashville. And I was building up towards some big projects and feeling shaky. Like, what is this shakiness about?

And I said, “I don’t know if I can do it.” And you were like, “What?” And it was like, you are doing it. And I was like, “Oh right, duh. I am. I am doing it.” And then you were like, “Is there any way you’re not going to do it?” And I’m like, that’s one of my favorite things to tell myself, “Well there’s no way I’m not doing this, so just settle down.” You can do it with the drama or you can do it without the drama. But either way, you know you’re going to do it. I always do. Sometimes it takes me longer, sometimes not. But I always do.

Susan: You always do. I’ve watched you. I have watched you go from struggling to teach yoga classes and fit your art in, to, like, look at you. Look at what you’ve done, Leah.

Leah: Well, I appreciate those moments of clarity and a kick in the pants of, “What are you talking about? You are doing it.” I was totally declining my power in that moment. So, thank you for telling me.

Susan: What do you think, for women listening, what do you think in terms of owning their power through their creativity, what’s the number one thing you want to encourage them to do or think about?

Leah: Not doing it on their own.

Susan: Such a great point. Why not?

Leah: Because I think you get in a loop that you try to fix with your own brain. And there is something about being in a group where I think it interrupts your patterns, where when you’re by yourself and you’re thinking you’re a lone wolf and you’re thinking it’s all on you, those are already patterns that put you behind the eight-ball and you’re already – that is also, by the way, declining your power because when I say claim your power, I don’t mean do it all on your own. I mean, like, be strategic, be resourceful. And part of that is communal beings.

And we thrive in community and I think there is some bad mythology too about the lone artist and the lone wolf. And really, when women are in a pack together, their individual creativity soars through the roof in a constructive, generative group. And so, I think this idea that we need to do it on our own really cuts us off from our own power.

Susan: So well said. I couldn’t agree with you more. I think when women come together in community, that’s when real magic and miracles happen. Most of what I’ve created has been in community. You know, because you’re right. And I used to really pride myself on being a lone wolf.

Leah: Me too.

Susan: And when I got rid of that, that’s when things really started to happen for me.

Leah: You can accelerate. You can deepen. You can broaden. And you can have so much more fun. And you also get this amazing feeling of knowing that you are already immediately having an impact. That’s something that will feed you and feed that creative fire.

Susan: What feeds you, other than communities and creating communities, what feeds you the most, do you think lately?

Leah: Tapping into what geeks me out about creativity. Like, thinking about music, thinking about what is the mystery behind art forms that seems to strike a chord within humans. And it’s not that we all like similar things. But I feel like we take it for granted that that happens. And so, like this summer, I bought a baby grand piano, which I’ve wanted since I was seven years old. And I bought it with profit from painting. So that felt like, yes, like double fist-pump.

And that, diving into that art form again, again, feeds me. So yeah, I love to just contemplate big questions. Like, what is genius? What is actually still possible for us and what are the limitations? What are the barriers in place? What do we know that we don’t allow ourselves to know?

Susan: I love that question. What do we know that we don’t allow ourselves to know? Holy smokes. I want y’all to be chatting this up in comments wherever this podcast is posted.

Leah: I love those things. I also love my family time and being in nature. I love being outside.

Susan: I love all your pictures from the farm. And I have seen pictures of your beautiful new home and that baby grand. And I’m going to require a photoshoot of you on that piano. I’m going to require that. My selfish request. So, let me ask you this. I ask all my guests this question, if I remember to. What’s something that’s free or almost free that makes you feel rich?

I love it when you ask this question. I love listening to everyone’s answers and I’ve loved thinking about this. And it really is something that both of my parents taught me in different ways. And I think it’s an everyday alchemy. It’s very simple but available to all of us. They both had the ability to make something amazing out of nothing, ordinarily nothing.

And it was like with the energy that they brought to it. I remember my dad – my mom wet back to college when I was fourth or fifth grade, the oldest of four. And I didn’t realize it at that time, but that was like, my dad needed to learn how to cook. Which was essentially like he boiled rice, like boiled rice. And he’d go, “Tonight, children, we have a very special affair. Tonight is your dad’s world famous rice soup night.” And we would cheer and cheer. And we were like, “Yes, rice soup. Yes, with cinnamon and sugar.”

And we just really thought that is was the most amazing night and treat in the world. And then he’s made this big affair of, “And then we’re going to clean the kitchen so that when your mother comes home from studying, she’ll be like, wow I don’t have to do a thing.” And so, he would get us to do the dishes. He would whip us up into this frenzy. This was like an elegant night in with his rice.

Susan: What a marketing and promotional genius. We need to hire your dad, ASAP.

Leah: Don’t ask him, yeah, because the man can make magic literally out of boiling water and rice. And my mom, not so effusively, but she would just make things that you might dismiss or discount beautiful, everyday things beautiful, special family occasions just imbued with this meaning. She also – my brother’s He Man got his legs cut off by the lawnmower and he was devastated. So, she just picked it up, got a coat hanger, walked into my dad’s shop, and welded He Man, got the welder out and welded He Man some new legs with a coat hanger. And I was just like, “Yeah, of course.” It didn’t phase me that my mom knew how to – but that was extraordinary until I grew up. It was like, “Holy smokes, mom. The energy that you pour into whatever’s in front of you has all chemical ability. You can change base material substances into gold by mixing in your own magic and your own energy.”

Susan: Oh my gosh. I’m going to be thinking about this for days. Before we started recording, I had to threaten Scott Hyatt because he likes to come home earlier and earlier. And I’m like, “Do you work? Why are you here? I’m still doing things.” And I texted him, I’m like, “I am interviewing Leah. Do not come home, whatever.”

Now, when he comes home, I’m going to be like, “Guess what she said.” Scott’s kind of that person in our family, Leah, that you describe. He’s a great salesman of everyday things and also very handy in that way. Like, I can totally see him doing that with He Man in his garage.

Leah: I can see that in Scott for sure. And I know, having been in your groups and communities, you absolutely, like, practice the movie scene practice, right, in your mind.

Susan: Yeah, I need to play some new movie scenes in my mind. And that does make me feel rich. Well, of course, we have all the deets in the show notes, but if people want to know more about you, be in your magical space, how can they do that?

Leah: Well, I have a podcast, The Art School Podcast. It’s everywhere you listen to podcasts. My website is and that has all the information on coaching and where to find out more about the Art School, the Art School Mastermind. And I’m on Instagram, which I love for a social media platform, @leahcb1 on Instagram.

Susan: CB1, alright, thank you so much, Leah.

Leah: Thank you, Susan, this was wonderful.


Oh hey, do you love the Rich Coach Club podcast? I’m doing something different. I have been accused of being a little #extra and I decided that y’all are a lot like me. And so, I’m bribing you with actual crowns that I send in the mail if you go leave me a review on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher, wherever you listen to podcasts. You want to make sure we know about it so you can email in the evidence of your review to You can tag me on social media. Let me know you did it and I’m going to mail you a crown; a blingy, beautiful crown. Because you’re a queen.

We take every single review that gets posted and we really appreciate each one. It seriously makes my day. So, here’s a review I love. And this person’s handle is CWP121.

And right around Thanksgiving she says, “This is it. I love how Susan is fun and makes things easier without trying. She has a joy for life that’s infectious and she shows us making money doesn’t have to be hard.”

Oh my gosh, listen, I do have a joy for life. And 2020 has been a challenge, hasn’t it? And I’m doing everything I can to create more joy. So, thank you for that. Listen, I love giving shoutouts to everybody. So, please, please, please go leave a review and get a crown. Thanks for the love. I love you right back.

Okay, one more little couple of tiny things for today. I want to recommend some books to you. We’re in the midst of the holiday season. You might be taking some time off work, maybe have a little extra snuggle time with a good book. So, here’s a few good ones about following your heart and doing what you really want to do, instead of doing work that depletes your spirit.

There’s one that I used to recommend a lot. I haven’t mentioned it lately. It’s amazing. It’s called The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna. Everybody I send this book to, or who buys it because I recommend it, sends me a thank you.

It’s a powerful little book about that moment in life when you’re at a crossroads and you have to decide, “Am I going to choose the path that society has dictated for me? Or my own path? What I feel like I should do, or what my heart’s telling me I must do?” Go get that one.

And then also, Choose Wonder Over Worry by Amber Rae. I mean, even the title of this book changes your attitude, doesn’t it? Imagine if every time you felt worried or anxious you chose to feel wonder and awe instead. I wonder what is possible. I wonder how successful I can be. I wonder how good this can get.

There’s another one called Your Next Level Life by Karen Arrington. Karen is an activist and philanthropist and founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Fund. And she has personally mentored over 1000 young women.

She wrote a book about how to decide what leveling up means for you and how to go for it and hit your next level. And I love how she encourages you to claim your superpowers and lean into your natural gifts, the things that just come so easily to you, you don’t even realize it’s a talent.

Okay, again, those books are The Crossroads of Should and Must, Choose Wonder Over Worry, and Your Next Level Life. I will put those links to those three books in the show notes and you can go check those out. Happy reading.

I hope this episode has given you some good things to think about. Your heart is pointing you to the big money. And pointing you towards many other rewards and riches too, if you’re brave enough to walk down that path. And I hope you will. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next time.

Oh, one last thing. It’s the end of 2020, which means it’s a great time to take stock of your year and do some assessments. So, recently, I did a free presentation about your business report card, and it was so fun. I gave everyone a blank report card to fill out at home and then we walked through each category together. Things like leadership, marketing, finances, and then you give yourself a score in each category and fill out your report card.

So, the goal here is to identify the areas where you’re excelling in your life and business and areas that just need your attention. And I was actually surprised that my lowest score as in the joy category this year. That is eye-opening for me.

And I just read this beautiful review from somebody who says they love how joyous I am. But I gave myself a C, maybe even a C-minus in the joy department this year. But I am determined to bring more joy into my life. So, if you missed the report card presentation, no worries. We’ve got a recording for you.

So, to watch it, just go to the show notes and click on that link. Go check it out. Catch you next time.

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