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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Dec 3, 2020


How do you turn hurt and pain into an opportunity to start over again?


How do you pick yourself up from bad choices and emotional brokenness, focus on your original vision, and actually make it?


It is not easy to turn your life completely around after getting knocked down a few times but it’s not impossible either. That is the story of Britt Bolnick. She spent most of her teenage years in the streets of rough New York as a drug addict and a rebel who witnessed many individuals like her die. The father of Britt’s daughter then left when she was still a toddler, leaving Britt emotionally broken and struggling financially. She narrates how she picked herself up from the left pieces and saw an opportunity to follow through with her dreams.


Britt shares how her coaching business was born and how it has evolved over the years mainly focusing on helping women entrepreneurs manage time and find visibility.


Listen in to learn how culturally implanted hurdles are stopping you as a businesswoman to thrive your business. You will also learn the importance of finding a coach that resonates with you and you with them. 



Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of having and sticking to your self-vision and not giving up on yourself even when you come close to destroying it.
  • The difference between coaching and mentorship.
  • The fear, beliefs and blocks that hinder women from getting their businesses off the ground and up and running.
  • Learning how to be honest with yourself by clearing your heart on what you want and accepting your fears so they’re not in the shadows anymore.
  • The power of delegation in managing time to be able to work effectively and live your life.



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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:42] Intro
  • [7:01] Britt narrates the story of how the father of her daughter left shortly after her birth which led to major emotional brokenness.
  • [9:24] How Britt picked herself up by making choices and taking the opportunity that her daughter’s father leaving provided.
  • [13:49] The many life lessons Britt learned after spending most of her teenage years in the rough 1980s New York streets as a rebel and drug addict.
  • [17:40] She explains how motherhood has changed her for the better.
  • [19:38] The history of her coaching business name ‘In Arms Coaching’ and why she has kept it even after her business morphing many times.
  • [21:04] The type of women that Britt coaches and the positive contagious energy they bring.
  • [23:04] Britt shares the two major challenges of time and visibility that women face in their business and how she helps them overcome them.
  • [27:45] The importance of checking how invested you are in what you want not happening before looking for external tools and strategies.
  • [35:50] The groups and VIP coaching programs that Britt does to help women.
  • [37:25] Britt explains the time management systems she has put in place to enable her to run her businesses effectively and live her life fully.
  • [40:12] A major tip on how to look for your best-suited coach.



Standout Quotes:

  • “People seek our support when they resonate with us.”- Cathleen Merkel [22:36]


  • “We have fears and blocks and beliefs that are culturally implanted in our brains and it doesn’t matter where in the world you grew up, if you grew up in a woman’s body, you have these fears, beliefs, and blocks.”- Britt Bolnick [25:43]


  • “Delegation has been a huge part of me being able to work less than a 40-hour workweek consistently and yet keep adding things.”- Britt Bolnick [37:57]


  • “If what you want isn’t happening, before you start to look at all the external strategies and tools, look at how you’re invested in it not happening.”- Britt Bolnick [31:22]


  • “The chemistry with your coach needs to be right, you want to feel safe with this person, you need to open up, to be able to talk about your inner fears and challenges. So make sure that they resonate with you and you with them.”- Cathleen Merkel [41:09]



Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel




Find | Britt Bolnick


On LinkedIn:

On Instagram: brittbolnick

On Facebook:



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About Cathleen: 


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  

At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!




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About Britt Bolnick


Britt Bolnick is a successful biz owner and magic maker living a life she loves in Maine. She has travelled a path from financial scarcity to financial independence, building a 6-figure business she loves, as a single mama working less than full-time. 

Britt mentors women who are 100% committed to building thriving businesses that create visibility and wealth without compromising personal life OR sanity- teaching women to use authentic connections to build success, vs. high ad spend and common marketing hype. 

Fun fact:  She's used her tried and true magic time-management tool to start a non-profit pit bull rescue while also running her business, having three days off a week, and being an avid book-reader and beach-walker.