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"Redundancy Changed Everything": How Deirdre McGinn Redefined Success

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

How to redefine success to be truly personal to you

In Episode 6 of the "Recipes for Success Podcast," I had the pleasure of sitting down with the my career coach Deirdre McGinn to discuss her inspiring journey of rebounding from redundancy, which led her on an unexpected journey out of the corporate world, that ultimately ended in her living a more fulfilled life.

A picture of the guest Deirdre McGinn on a colourful purple background

How the unexpected can shape a new path:

Deirdre opened up about her experience of an unexpected redundancy and which hit her confidence hard, and took a big emotional toll. Redundancy, she explained, was a turning point that forced her to reevaluate her priorities. In the tech industry where she had worked for 25 years+ was awash with substantial financial rewards, making it easy to become entangled in the trappings of success which create a façade of achievement — lavish lifestyles, fancy handbags, titles, travel opportunities, and the allure of company shares. Deirdre's life, like many, was built around these external markers of success.

The Quest for Authentic Happiness

The conversation turned to the realization that while high salaries might provide financial comfort, they don't necessarily equate to happiness. I highlighted how many people in high-paying jobs find themselves spending a significant portion of their earnings in search of happiness—be it through luxury purchases, extravagant vacations, or material possessions. This cycle of chasing external validation often leads to profound unhappiness. We agreed that money alone was not going to put you on the path to a fulfilled life.

Rediscovering What Truly Matters

Deirdre's journey of self-discovery ramped up when she left the corporate world. She slowed down, allowing herself space for a period of introspection, healing, and personal growth. She explored new avenues, travelled, read books outside her usual interests, and connected with like-minded individuals who were also on their journeys of self-discovery.

When Deirdre unpacked untouched boxes of possessions that had been stored away for two years during COVID, she realized how little she truly needed. She found joy in simplicity and learned that her self-worth didn't depend on material possessions. Her journey to self-awareness revealed that genuine happiness comes from within, not from external validation or possessions.

A Dramatic Life Transformation

In the past three years, Deirdre's life has undergone a dramatic transformation. She emphasized that she still appreciates beautiful things and enjoys fashion, but her relationship with material possessions has shifted. Now, she surrounds herself with items that bring her joy and align with her authentic self.


Deirdre's story serves as a powerful reminder that success is a deeply personal journey. It's not defined by the size of your paycheck or the labels on your handbags. Instead, true success is found in self-awareness, genuine happiness, and a life lived with purpose.

Listening to Deirdre's journey and her perspective on success will undoubtedly inspire you to reconsider your own definition of success and reflect on what truly matters in your life. It's a conversation that challenges us to prioritize our well-being and find fulfillment from within, rather than in the external trappings of success.

Check out Deirdre's website for her career & confidence offerings, and follow her on social media.


Tune in and be inspired to create your own recipe for success.

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