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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Aug 20, 2020


What is your success story? We all would tell our success story if given the chance I believe? But referring to a challenging parenting journey as your biggest success is a very unique story indeed.


Dr. Lynette Louise is an international award-winning speaker, entertainer, comedian, author, consultant, brain change expert, and mental health advocate. She is a mother who adopted six children with autism in her late twenties after having given birth to her own and raised them in a strong independent manner.


Lynette shares her story from an abusive childhood that made her determined to parent children with autism even when it meant doing comedy at night to support them. Listen in to learn the importance of having an open mind and without judgment to allow real change to happen with the world injustices.


Key Takeaways:

  • Why it takes many generations to let go of ideas and reeducate.
  • The importance of remaining truthful at all times.
  • Learning to listen to each other and improve from anger and injustices.
  • How to trust your instincts and accept changes.

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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:42] Intro
  • [4:36] She explains why she describes herself as a goofball and the brain broad.
  • [9:35] Why she always intended on parenting the kids she adopted before she even did it.
  • [13:48] How she keeps playful in and the things she does to overcome challenges.
  • [16:50] How she learned to tell the truth with her comedy.
  • [19:34] She shares the challenges she went through as a single mother to adopted autistic children.
  • [26:08] How to listen with an open mind for real change to happen in the world.
  • [33:25] Why she describes parenting as her passion and her biggest success to date.
  • [38:44] The evolving nature of what to do and why you need to trust yourself.
  • [43:14] She shares her future plans after retirement which she’s doing soon.


Standout Quotes:

  • “We need more understanding of autism and disabilities in general and how we can grow together despite our backgrounds.”- Cathleen Merkel [13:24]


  • “If you’re honest, the truth will be just as interesting as the lie and you won’t have any guilt and you will tell and teach actually usable things.”- Dr. Lynette Louise [17:28]


  • “The successes were these individual moments, these choices, the willingness to stop doing something that didn’t work.”- Dr. Lynette Louise [35:05]


  • “When your life is easier, you’re easier, you’re kinder when people are kinder to you, you’re kinder to them.”- Dr. Lynette Louise [42:22]


Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel


Find | Dr. Lynette Louise

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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 Dr. Lynette Louise – The Brain Broad


Dr. Lynette Louise is an internationally renowned Brain Change and Leadership expert who teaches a unique and effective approach to Leadership around the globe. An award-winning author, speaker, opinion writer, host, recognized humanitarian, and consultant Lynette (known as The Brain Broad) is universally applauded for her skilled use of science and stories when speaking to and teaching groups. Lynette leverages her understanding of how to harness the brain’s plasticity, lending leaders in all areas of business a leg up in their industry.  


Dr. Lynette Louise has a doctorate in bio science and has held two board certifications in Neurofeedback (BCIA, NTCB).