Break the Shackles of Success to Find Total Fulfillment

What You Will Learn In This Episode 

Christy Rutherford tells her incredible story of being the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard to being a global leader. She shares why she walked away from her prestigious rank and her journey to finding herself and creating success that provides total fulfillment. In this incredible episode, she will share how to break the shackles of success to find complete fulfillment.

What I loved About This Interview 

I loved this conversation so much because although Christy is a world-recognized leader, she is also both approachable and hilarious! Her ability to share lessons as she weaves us through the thread of her story was captivating. I love that she points out that “we all have a little crazy” and makes it okay for us all to be sorting ourselves out as we venture through this journey of life. I really appreciated her perspective on what success really is and what we need to look within ourselves to ensure we are in integrity with who we are and the success we want in our lives.

Who is Christy? 

❋ Interviewed and featured in Forbes three times
❋  Harvard Business School Alumna – Program For Leadership Development
❋  Certified Executive Leadership Coach – Georgetown University
❋ 13th African-American Woman To Achieve The Rank of Commander (Lieutenant Colonel equivalent) in US Coast Guard’s 225 Year History Where Her Demographic Was .1%
❋  Published Five #1 Best-Selling Books on Amazon in Eight Months

Christy’s Generous Gift 

2 Free Videos – How To Get The Promotion & Raise You Desire & Deserve

Bonus Wisdom

These are questions that I asked Christy outside our interview. You are going to love her answers! 

What is 1 thing you believe every woman entrepreneur should know?

You’ll never have enough time, money, or support to live your dreams. Start where you are with what you have.

When is a time in your life when you went through a challenge or felt like giving up?

From 2013 – 2017 I surrendered my plans for a higher calling. It gave up EVERYTHING, money, cars, socializing to unbecome who life created to reveal who was there all along.

How did you overcome this?

Worked each day, sometimes 16 hours a day to get back up.

What did you learn from it?

We surrender our mental and physical health and our inner peace-seeking success and material possessions….only to learn that the most valuable things we have were given to us for free.

What is the one area of life or business you are an expert in?


What is one thing you want to share about this that will make all the difference for women?

Give yourself permission to LIVE

What is one thing that you wish someone told you that you had to learn the hard way?

You have to learn how to value yourself. No one else will do that for you. If you lose the ability to value yourself because you put it in the hands of your bosses to determine your value with your performance review – It’s over.

Please tell me about your family. 

I’m single and FREE

What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced with balancing work, family, and taking care of yourself?

When I learned how to prioritize ME, everything else fell into place.

What did you learn from this challenge?

I burned out by doing too much and making everyone else a priority.

What helps you balance these roles now?

I am my #1 priority

What is one resource that you love (a book, app, service)?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

If you have written books or have a blog, what are the titles and where can I find them?

This is the list of my books and the link to buy them on Amazon

  • Shackled To Success
  • Heal Your Brokenness
  • Philosophies of Iconic Leaders
  • Philosophies of Spiritual Leaders
  • Manifest Your Dreams
  • Champions Never Tell

If you have written several books, which one is most relevant to women intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs?

All of them – self-image applies to everyone.

If you have written a book, would you recommend self-publishing or traditional publishing & why?

It depends on the goal of the author. Why wait when you can self-publish? Why self publish and not make as much money with traditional?

How to Connect with Christy

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My Free Gift For You

Thank you for listening to My Fire Within Radio!

I am so grateful for the nutritional system that has changed my life by helping me turn things around with my food sensitivities. I used to be allergic to most food, and now I can eat food without getting sick! As a bonus, I dropped a dress size and my husband dropped over 50 pounds! 

I’m now on a mission to help other women to live their purpose, and have more prosperity and passion in their lives. To do that, I know we need to have optimal health. 

I am currently expanding my team and looking for other women who love helping others, are passionate about health, and are motivated, who I can link arms with to join me in this mission. I’m so committed to helping you succeed that I’m offering free coaching and access to my easy to use, proven business system. If you’d like to apply to join my team, message me on social media or reach out to the person who shared this episode with you. I would love to do this together! 

Until next time, let your fire light up the world!

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