Your six-week, online training and group coaching program to help you discover your strengths, cultivate rock solid confidence and put the joy back into your job.



Just for a moment be really honest with yourself. Lately have you found yourself…

  • Hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock repeatedly… because you’re struggling to find the energy to drag yourself into work?
  • Worrying that if you don’t keep working ridiculous hours people will finally discover that you’re not “good enough”, “smart enough”, or “talented enough”?
  • Lacking the confidence to ask for the opportunities or the flexibility that would allow you to start doing the kind of work you truly want?
  • Feeling stuck in a job you no longer enjoy but can’t afford to leave because you need the money?
  • Sensing that your work isn’t quite what you hoped it would be, but not really sure why or what to do about it?


I get it. Almost ten years ago this was my life.


About-MichelleMy name is Michelle McQuaid and these days I’m a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator.

I help people find the confidence, energy and happiness to consistently thrive.

But my life wasn’t always like this. Back in 2007, despite living in New York with my beautiful family, having a good job that paid me more money than I could spend, and being in good health… each day it was becoming harder and harder to find the energy to drag myself into work.

The constant stress to prove myself in a job that had no real sense of purpose was slowly but surely draining away my confidence, my energy and my happiness. Despite the creeping sense of greyness blanketing my life, I couldn’t just quit. I needed the money to support my family and jobs at my level were hard to find.

I felt stuck and helpless.

So, as I lay there in bed one morning wondering if perhaps this was just how life is, I couldn’t help but wonder: “If I started truly showing up and shining at what mattered most to me what might my life and the world around me actually look like?”

A year later this question led me to a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, with the field’s founder Professor Martin Seligman, to discover what science was uncovering about the secrets of human flourishing. What I learned finally made it possible to create the kind of personal and professional success that was beyond my wildest dreams.


One of the secrets to increasing your confidence, energy and happiness at work – no matter what your job description says – is developing your strengths.
Your strengths are the things you’re good at and actually enjoy doing. They represent the ways your brain is wired to perform at its best. As a result, more than a decade of research has found that developing your strengths is the key to unlocking your greatest success and experiencing enormous growth in your career. Download the business case here.

Unfortunately, most of us have no idea what our strengths actually are.

You see, our brains are wired with a natural “negativity bias” that makes us exceptional at spotting our weaknesses. As a result we spend most of our time trying “fix” ourselves instead of focusing on developing what we’re good at.
And even when we finally figure out what our strengths are, very few of us seem able to figure out how to consistently use them in our jobs. While we might manage to act differently for a couple of days or even a week, eventually we go back to the way we’re used to doing things.


It takes deliberate effort and the right strategy to really make developing your strengths work.


After being trained by the world’s leading strengths researchers, I’ve worked with more than ten thousand people around the world – employees, managers, HR leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches – to create an evidence-based blueprint for developing your strengths and creating lasting success on your own terms.
My work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Live Happy and more. I’ve also been asked by the VIA Institute – the makers of the leading strengths survey in the world – to help guide them on the use of strengths in workplaces.
While I’m incredibly grateful that organizations now pay me thousands of dollars to teach my Strengths Blueprint to their staff, it’s my dream to help as many people as I can to easily and affordably access these tested, practical steps to do more of what they do best.
So it’s my great pleasure to be able to offer you everything I’ve created for the world’s leading organizations – at a fraction of the price – through my six-week online training program, Show Up, Shine & Succeed.

Designed specifically for busy people who don’t have time for “one more thing”, you’ll have everything you need to discover your strengths, put them to work and finally create the career and life you want.

But don’t just take my word for it…



“Without ever making me feel stupid, Michelle’s training challenged my beliefs, showed me what I was capable of and helped me to make significant changes in my life. As a result, I got the promotion I longed for, lost weight and became a better colleague, wife and step-mother. I’m so happy Michelle came into my life.”
"I’d completed the strengths surveys and wasn’t sure what to do with the results. It was when I joined Michelle’s program that I learned how to practically use my strengths to improve my work. The lessons and tools were really helpful, but it was the coaching calls with Michelle that made all the difference. I learned how to tailor my strengths to my world. Now, especially when I’ve got something I don’t want to do, I’ll look for ways to use my strengths and it makes all the difference.”
“It was a very pivotal moment in my career. I was plagued with the constant belief that I wasn’t good enough. But instead of trying to fix what was broken (e.g. my weaknesses), I learned to put my time, my energy and my efforts into things that I’m actually good at. Since that time, I have changed what I’m doing at my work so my role is more in line with strengths. I’m so much happier. I’m more optimistic. And I have a very different level of confidence than before.”



Know what you like to do and how you like to work when you’re performing at your best.


What Are Strengths

  • See how to access the natural “strength highways” in your brain to rapidly accelerate your growth and success.
  • Discover your character strengths – those things you’ll do whether anybody pays or recognizes you for doing them because they are aligned to the values you hold in your life.
  • Figure out how much time you should spend fixing your weaknesses versus building strengths (the answer will surprise you).


How You Work At Your Best

  • Make sense of your free VIA Survey results and how you can use a strength like “Love” at work without getting fired for it.
  • See how your character strengths cluster together and what this means for shaping your success.
  • Uncover the “shadow side” of using your strengths (warning… side effects include exhaustion and burn out). And how to avoid this trap.


What You Do Best

  • Uncover your talents – those things you most want to be paid and recognized for at work.
  • Make sense of your free Gallup StrengthsFinder results and how you can use a talent like “Woo” at work to create the kind of success you’ve been dreaming of.
  • Map your talents and your character strengths to find your zone of greatness in any job.



Silence the doubts that you’re “not good enough” and step into the strengths-fueled future you’ve been dreaming of.


Make Your Work Flow

  • Discover the simple formula for using your strengths to feel more confident, energized and happy in your work.
  • Uncover the opportunities you have right now to develop your strengths – no matter what your job description says.
  • Remove the obstacles that are holding you back from doing more of what you do best.


Create A Strengths-Fueled Future

  • Get clear on what success looks like when it comes to creating the freedom, meaning and success you’re craving.
  • Explore the different career opportunities that are available to you when you start doing more of what you do best.
  • Meet your best possible future self and start feeling truly excited about waking up each morning to life.


Turning Your Hopes Into Reality

  • Design a simple, evidence-based plan to make your strengths-fueled future a reality.
  • Ask the simple question you can use to overcome limiting beliefs about yourself (and silence doubts about whether you’re “good enough”).
  • Ignite your hope and use your strengths to move from where you are today to the outcomes you’ve only dared whisper to yourself.


Turn your hopes into reality and cultivate the grit and support you need to consistently flourish.


The Busy-Proof Way To Lasting Change

  • Discover the busy-proof secret to developing your strengths in just 11 minutes each day.
  • Understand how to work with your brain – rather than against it – to create lasting changes in just three simple steps.
  • Avoid the biggest mistake most people make when it comes to making the changes we crave in our lives.


Cultivating Grit For Long Term Success

  • Learn the scientific evidence for what successful people do differently and how you can use this strategy to help people achieve the career goals they’ve set.
  • How to recover from setbacks and failures (and even use them to learn and grow stronger) on the way to your strengths-fueled future.
  • The easy way to maintain your passion and perseverance to create the life you want – and how you’re already on your way to making this happen.


The Most Overlooked Factor For Success

  • Why other people matter when it comes to achieving lasting success.
  • How you can bring out the best in anyone you’re working with – yes, even your most challenging clients and colleagues.
  • Discover the most overlooked opportunity in most workplaces to make consistently achieving your goals easier and more rewarding.


In addition to the three core learning modules, you’ll also receive free access to advanced training that can take your strengths-based approach to a whole new level at work. They include…

Bonus 1: The Business Case for Using Strengths
Everything you need to get the people around you (your team members, your boss, and your peers) on board with using their strengths.
Bonus 2: Building Strengths Based Teams
Learn how to use strengths for recruiting, job descriptions, and performance evaluations. This alone is worth thousands of dollars in consulting fees I charge my corporate clients.
Bonus 3: Become A More Positive Leader
Whether you’re a formal or informal leader for others, expand your positive psychology toolkit with these tested, practical approaches based on Professor Martin Seligman’s theory for flourishing at work.


Want to feel more confident, energized and happy at work?



If you’ve never taken an online course or been part of a virtual group coaching call, we understand it can be hard to imagine just how such a program could possibly work. We felt exactly the same when we started out.

What we discovered was that when online courses are well designed, they are an incredibly effective, easy, enjoyable and affordable way to access great teachers. So we’ve carefully structured Show Up, Shine & Succeed to do just that – and if it doesn’t we’ll gladly refund your enrollment.

Here’s how it works:


Each module is broken into three bite-sized 15-minute videos that you can slot into your schedule whenever it’s convenient for you (on your commute, during your lunch break, or in spare moments here and there throughout the day).


For those who prefer listening or reading, downloadable audio files and PDF transcripts are also available. Just download them to your computer, smart phone or tablet and you’re set to go.


To help you immediately apply what you’re learning, we provide play sheets with simple exercises and practical tips to make it easy to integrate these approaches into even the busiest – or most challenging – life.


You’re supported through every step with group coaching calls – with me – to answers any questions you have, fine-tune your approaches and celebrate your success.


A new module is released every two weeks so you never feel overwhelmed or struggling to keep up. Best of all you have lifetime access, so you never have to worry about “falling behind”. Once the materials have been released you can set your own pace and revisit ideas, as you need to.


“It sounds dramatic to say Michelle’s sessions on strengths have changed my life, but they really have. After first reading about Michelle, I feared her scientific approach would be way over my head, but she has a way of making it so simple, logical, warm and engaging that after experiencing her work for myself, I knew I had to make it available for my whole team. Since Michelle’s training there has even been a tangible uplift in performance over the last month.”
“What I have always liked the most about Michelle – she is who she says she is, and she tries to practice what she preaches. Since working with her I’ve learnt a huge amount about my strengths, what I’m passionate about, what the world has to look like for me to be in a good place, and how to go about building a senior leadership career actually getting these things. I’d recommend working with Michelle to anyone looking to find a way to make professional career work as part of a life, and hold onto some of your sanity in the process!”
“Without diluting the science, Michelle made it easy who our whole team – sales, marketing and operations – to start seeing what their strengths are and how they can be applied at work. Since her session we’ve all started using the same language for our strengths and pointing out when we see others in the team using them. She gave us fresh motivation and I believe that if we can embed this into our company our staff retention rate will continue to climb.”




When it comes to putting your strengths to work more effectively, you could do what I did and get a Masters’ Degree in Positive Psychology, but it would take you at least one year and cost you upwards of $25,000. You could pay me for one-on-one coaching but I charge almost $2,000 to teach you the same skills you can learn in this program. You could take a course with one of the online strengths survey providers who’ll teach you how to use their particular tool, but not how to integrate it with others – and surely you want to know “what” you do best (your talents) and “how” you do it (your character strengths) when it comes to your work.


Or, you can enrol in Show Up, Shine & Succeed for just $897 Australian dollars. This is the last time I will be offering this course at such an incredibly affordable price – don’t miss out.


Not sure how Australian dollars convert? Click here to check the price in your local currency – our dollar is so bad you’ll be pleasantly surprised!



Yes. You can test drive two Show Up, Shine & Succeed modules, 100% risk free.

It’s our heartfelt hope to help you bring out the best in yourself. If you don’t feel the content or delivery style is working for you than we’ll happily refund 100% of your money.

Just complete the first two modules… go through the training, do the work, and join the coaching calls. If you’re not seeing a real difference in your work from developing your strengths then let us know, send us what you’ve tried and we’ll immediately refund your money. No questions asked.


Whether you’re…

  • A middle manager looking to expand your capabilities by gaining access to the latest science of performance and build tangible skills so you’re ready to step up…
  • An entrepreneur looking to bring more joy into the “less exciting” aspects of your business…
  • Just wanting to figure out how to make the next decade of your career joyfully challenging, meaningful and rewarding beyond just your title or salary…

If you’re willing to learn new ideas and take action, then you’ll benefit from this program.
However, if you’re not willing to play, experiment, and implement new ideas and habits then this program probably isn’t right for you. I’ll give you all the tips and strategies you need, but they’ll mean nothing if you don’t apply them. You must be willing to do the work to get the most out from the knowledge, tools and support we’ll give you.



Phew! That’s a lot to take in. So just for a moment imagine what might be possible if …

  • You felt confident enough to show up and do more of the things that mattered most to you in your work.
  • You finally felt “good enough” to let your strengths shine so that others could see and value your true potential.
  • You truly had enough energy to joyfully live your life.

I truly believe that the future of the world relies on each of us doing just a little bit more of what we do best each day. It’s my heartfelt hope that you’ll join me and enrol now.
Warmest Wishes,



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What if I'm not working a full time job at a company? +

If you’re self employed or run your own business, then you have a lot to gain from learning how to effectively use your strengths.

Now, it’s quite likely that you’re already passionate about your work. You love the product or service that you’re providing.

But the thing about being an entrepreneur is that you can’t just do the tasks you’re “passionate” about (or at least not when you’re starting out). There’s all those other “details” that you have to take care of.

For example, imagine if your primary work is creatively focused (such as writing or designing). There are still other “non-creative” tasks to take care of… managing your financial accounts… doing marketing and sales… and more.

What if you could love those tasks… just as much as you love your main work?

That’s what Show Up, Shine & Succeed will help you with. It’s designed to help you bring your strengths into EVERYTHING you do.

Where do I access the course content? +

Using a private members’ portal, you’ll get lifetime access to all the lessons, playbooks, and bonuses.

You can watch the videos right there in your web browser just as you would with most other online videos (like YouTube or Netflix).

Or you can download them as video, audio, or transcripts that you can take with you anywhere on your phone, tablet, or laptop.

(Note, you’ll get all the login details to the members’ portal shortly after you join.)

What if I have questions about the material? +

First, it’s fantastic if you have questions. For that means you’re really thinking critically about how to apply the training to your own life.

I’ve seen from my years of experience teaching the material that the ones who engage and experiment with the material have the most success.

Second, we’ve included group coaching calls for you to ask questions!

So as you’re going through the training, just make a note of your question and bring it to the call. I’m there to provide personal and direct coaching to ensure you have the confidence and clarity to start using your strengths (and succeeding with them).

How much time do I need to dedicate to this program? +

The program is designed specifically for busy people who don’t have time for “one more thing”.

The modules are broken into bite-sized 15 minute videos that you can slot into your schedule whenever it’s convenient for you (on your commute, during your lunch break, or in spare moments here and there throughout the day).

For those who prefer listening or reading, downloadable audio files and PDF transcriptions are also available.

Can I just take the VIA Survey or Gallup Strengths Test to find out about my strengths? +

Both of these two tests are solid. They’re backed by decades of scientific research. And they will give you a helpful picture of your unique strengths and talents.

In fact, Show Up, Shine & Succeed uses both of these tests in the training material.

However, here’s the thing that I’ve noticed in teaching tens of thousands of people how to use their strengths…

Besides knowing your strengths… you also need to be able to apply them in your life. And, you need to be able to do that in a way that sticks.

For example, one VIA strength is love. And one from the Gallup Strength Finder is woo.

So if you’re going to use woo and love at work, you want to make sure that you’re doing it in the right way, or they’re the kind of strengths you could be fired for.

That’s where Show Up, Shine & Succeed comes in. It includes strategies and exercises that help you practically take your test results and make them a part of your day to day life.

What if I still have questions? +

I most likely have answers. Don’t hesitate to reach out and send me an email at chelle [at] michellemcquaid [dot] com.


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