Michelle Loucadoux, MBA

Here’s a little bit about my background and my writing

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Hello! I am a full-time writer based in Burbank, California who loves business, self-improvement, and life hacking. And I’m a serial career hopper. I started out as a professional ballet dancer, then I moved to dancing on Broadway, then I became a television and film actress, then a university professor, then an academic dean, then a mom, and now a writer.

I have an undergraduate degree in English, a master’s degree in business, and a certification in personal training. I run marathons, I create companies, and I write.

I have a book that will be traditionally published by Rowman & Littlefield in December 2020 and two self-published books — one about dancing and one about self-improvement. I am a top writer in Productivity and Writing on Medium and my work has been featured…


Setting up a successful day . . . while snuggled under the covers

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Photo by Ali Pazani on Unsplash

There cannot be enough said about the importance of preparation. A prepared individual will have the upper hand in practically any circumstance. When it comes to morning routines, some people put their alarm clocks on the other side of the room, catapult themselves out of bed, and get their days started immediately. I’m not that person. Why? I want to be prepared for my day before it starts.

Now, I throw no shade toward those who need to sleep in their workout gear and zombie walk to the treadmill with one eye open. The morning routine below has simply worked for me and I share it in hopes that it might help you as well. …


Either be the expert or find someone who is

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Photo by Luca Upper on Unsplash

Some folks just have that touch. They capture our attention, establish an authoritative but conversational tone, and then tell us exactly what to do. And we then unquestioningly and gratefully accept and apply their advice to our lives. For these fantastically skilled people, this happens seamlessly. It’s a remarkable skill but unfortunately, not many people possess it.

Self-improvement is one of the topics bloggers discuss most frequently. On Medium alone, 300,000 articles are tagged with “self-improvement”. Readers seem to gobble up advice on productivity, entrepreneurship, health, and wellness. …


Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.” — Dalai Lama

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Photo by Jimmy Chang on Unsplash

Esat Artug created The Innovation in May of 2020 and the publication quickly grew to over 18,000 followers in six months. It has brought together writers from around the world, has inspired and educated hundreds of thousands of people, and has provided a platform for a diverse group of creators.

Because of the contributions of its many writers, in the past six months, The Innovation has published around fifty articles per day which have garnered almost one million minutes of reading time per month. And it is only up from here.

Moving forward, The Innovation is shifting toward a model that showcases and promotes high-quality writing while also providing a virtual library of resources, advice, and support for writers who are working to improve their craft. …


“Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.” — Dalai Lama

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Photo by Jimmy Chang on Unsplash

Esat Artug created The Innovation in May of 2020 and the publication quickly grew to over 18,000 followers in six months. It has brought together writers from around the world, has inspired and educated hundreds of thousands of people, and has provided a platform for a diverse group of creators.

Because of the contributions of its many writers, in the past six months, The Innovation has published around fifty articles per day which have garnered almost one million minutes of reading time per month. And it is only up from here.

Moving forward, The Innovation is shifting toward a model that showcases and promotes high-quality writing while also providing a virtual library of resources, advice, and support for writers who are working to improve their craft. …


It’s not all about you, but you can still get what you want

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Professionally-dressed people talking while sitting around a table.
Photo by Evangeline Shaw on Unsplash

Networking, marketing, creating a mailing list, promoting — these all have one thing in common: people. Sadly though, as a society, many people and companies have dehumanized the most human of almost all of these parts of business relations.

In trying to reach our “audience” of thousands of followers, we have forgotten about the individual.

If you don’t do it correctly, working to grow your network and/or promoting a product or service can even feel . . . icky. And guess what? If it does, you might not be approaching your business promotion in the most organic way.

How many of you have been approached by a person via social media that wants to sell you something? Arbonne, juice cleanses, Rodan and Fields, fitness supplements, Mary Kay — they’re all sold by individuals who depend on their network to generate revenue. …


I’m reading a weird book that is brainwashing me . . . in a good way

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It all started when I listened to a podcast featuring an interview with Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey said that there was one book and one book only that changed his life — The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. He said that he read the book every day for ten months and it changed the trajectory of his career.

I was in! I wanted to change my life forever! I ordered the book immediately from Amazon (interestingly enough, it was only $8) and a few days later, a TINY book arrived at my doorstep. Ten months, I thought? …


Productivity starts with matching your tasks to your personal data

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Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

Are you obsessed with being as productive as possible at all times? Well, the best way to be productive is to spend time tracking data . . . on your personal actions and your mood. And, I hate to say it, but unless you’re Deepak Chopra, self-reflection is something most humans royally suck at.

Here’s the secret: Personal data tracking is the secret key to all productivity.

Let’s look at an example. Let’s say you were a Mcdonald’s franchise. Would you try to improve your drive-through capacity without actually measuring how many people go through the drive-through first? Nope. Or would you try to improve the productivity of your employees without first observing what they do in a day? …


A metaphor for 2020

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Photo by Brendan O’Donnell on Unsplash

My backyard in Southern California is adjacent to the backyard of my neighbor one street away. The two properties are separated by a five-foot tall brick wall topped by Bougainvillea.

Every now and then I stand on my tiptoes and chat with the old woman that lives on the other side of the wall. I remind her that she’s welcome to pick oranges from our tree and we periodically shift as the sun slides down the sky to take advantage of the shade from her two very majestic Coulter pines.

This morning as I began to work, I heard a prolonged grinding rumble outside. At first, I thought it was a nearby leaf blower or our gardener Freddie, but after a while, I got up to look outside. My heart dropped as I watched an orange-clad man clinging to one of those beautiful pine trees and methodically dismantling its limbs with his roaring chainsaw. …


Inspiration for realists

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Sometimes, I’m just f**king done.

It’s either the child that won’t nap during my zoom, the fact that my husband has taken to feeding our praying mantises earthworms that can crawl through the holes of their cages which he has positioned on the kitchen counter, or it’s the simple fact that I ordered McDonald’s specifically for the barbecue sauce, dropped it, and splattered it all over the clean laundry before I could take a bite.

Whatever it is, there’s always a last straw. Clutch your f**king pearls all you want, lovely readers. Sally Positivity over here has some f**king bad days, too. I’m human. I am not immune to the proverbial last straw, camels smell like $h!t, …

About

Michelle Loucadoux, MBA

Published author and former Broadway performer with an MBA and an obsession with self improvement. Top writer-productivity and writing www.michelleloucadoux.com

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