HI I’M Marianne 


Hello there!

If we don’t know each other yet, an extra big hello.

I’m so glad you stopped by.

I know this is an ‘about’ page… but before we talk about me – I’d like to talk about you:

Because if you’re here, odds are we have a few things in common. For one thing, I’ll bet you don’t quite fit into the box that other people sometimes assume you do – right? I’m with you on that – as you might guess from the photos around this site, I’m more than one thing too…. and multifaceted humans like us are my people. So welcome :).

If you ever secretly feel that pieces of you don’t fully fit into the work you do (or how you feel you have to show up in the world) you’re in the right place.

Read on to find out a bit about me, and why that is:

    01. A few years ago I wrote a book on finding your really-right direction, quitting your job + growing your own thing (that fits the life you want *and* your unique personality… so you don’t have to secretly leave a piece of yourself at the door to get paid).

    It turned into a bit of a bestseller, and has been translated into over half a dozen languages.

    (The new extended edition was released in 2019! Check it out here).

    For the last 10 years I’ve run an online business, creating courses (and global online events) for thousands of people around this topic.

    (Incidentally this work is fully online and has let me travel around the world with my little laptop… hence the photos of weird and wonderful locations).


    02. A few years ago I stepped onto the TED stage to give a TEDx Talk called The Hidden Power of Not (Always) Fitting In.

    It’s for those of us who don’t feel like we’re just ‘one thing’ – who are good at looking like we fit in the various worlds we move in… but secretly, on the inside, a little piece of us never feels we 100% fit into any of them.

    The talk gives that trait a name (“liminal”) and explains why it is not something to hide, and why the difference you might be trying to hide might be more powerful than you think.

    I wasn’t sure how it would be received but the idea seemed to hit home: it was listed by Entrepreneur as a top 10 TEDx Talk to watch and has been viewed nearly half a million times, as people see themselves in it and share it… so if you’ve ever felt that way, you are definitely not alone! 

    03. Much like you, I’m someone who cares (I very much identify as a “highly sensitive person”, or HSP.)

    And the increasingly soundbite-filled, loud nature of the online world I found myself in a few years ago didn’t feel right anymore…

    So I took some time out from that scene – to deepen my speaking/writing and more… and came back with a few things including:

    04. In 2021 I created the Superpowers Academy!

    (To find and use your superpowers for more happiness, impact and EASE in what you’re doing – or to use as a compass to steer toward your right idea!)

    We just ran the founding round 💥 and will be opening up again soon (put your name down on my Friday Love Letter list to be sure to hear about it!)

    Random skimmable facts if you’re curious 😉

    I grew up in Australia, lived in London (UK) for most of my adult life, and now live between London + sunny California… and in non-pandemic times am often found in my favourite spots around the globe (my work is fits in a laptop!).

    In the last few years I’ve travelled to / worked from Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, the USA, Mexico, Colombia, UK, the Philippines and Australia.

    While I do love travel, I’m also a ‘nester’ who is more than a bit design obsessed. In fact a few years back bought and re-designed my own ‘tiny home’ in London from scratch.

    (I call it the ‘treehouse’: it’s on my favourite cafe-street, by the canals I love to wander down when I’m back in town).

    I’m a speed reader… I read everything and I read it fast!

    Some favourite authors: Steven Pressfield, Yuval Noah Harari, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Jay Griffiths. For fiction, I’m all over David Sedaris and Douglas Adams.

    I love personality profiles (if you do any of my courses you’ll see why the way we use profiles here means they don’t put you in a box, they instead free you up to be more you).

    If you’re curious: I’m a classic ENFP (Myers Briggs), Questioner (4 Tendencies) and ‘Star’ profile (in Wealth Dynamics)

    One thing people rarely guess about me is that I live with on and off anxiety (and have had bouts of depression): those things have shaped every business + life decision I’ve made over the last few years.

    People usually don’t see that because I am so smiling and happy most of the time… but that happiness was hard won: I make sure to see the beauty in everything around me these days because I remember the days when I couldn’t see it.

    (On the off chance you are having those days now… hang in there my love: it gets better).


    I believe that words are more powerful than we give them credit for: the words we use unconsciously shape what we end up thinking is possible for us.

    Which is why I love giving words to the things we’ve always half-thought, but never had a name for (see “liminal” in my TED talk for one example!)…

    …and giving words to those things we always thought were ‘just us’ and so never talk about. Until someone, somewhere, works out how to….

    And a whole new world might just open up.

    05. Recently my thinking has been featured in Business Insider, Inc.com, BBC World (television), The Telegraph among other places.

    I was interviewed on about 30 podcasts last year (you can see 10 of my favourite podcast interviews here!) and I‘m looking forward to more!

    The most popular conversation topic is always “why your weirdness is your edge” (why the thing about you you are MOST tempted to hide at work or in business might really be your secret superpower).

    Which seems to be a theme, because:

    05. My most shared quote is “weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment”…

    And I firmly believe that. 

    Everything we do here starts from the point of who you are (not some one size fits all formula). There is a home for every personality and strength – it’s just a question of finding that home or creating it to fit you.

    It’s a simple idea, but in a world that can often tell us we need to be more like other people in order to be good enough, it’s an idea that we often leave out of the picture day to day… so I figured it was worth including it here ;).

    Lots of love,


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    You don’t need to be a wildly confident super-human.

    You don’t need to pretend you’re someone you’re not.

    You do need to think different and take that next step.

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