Expert insights: Julie DeVito on confidence, leadership & goal realization


Name: Julie DeVito

Expertise: My expertise is in psychological health, personal transformation and goal realization.  My clients are people who are not currently content with their results in life, career, or relationships and who believe in their own potential for more–more purpose, more passion, and more productivity.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in political science, a Master’s degree in psychology, and I am currently completing a Doctorate in psychology.  I am a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Life Coach who blends a practical, result-driven mindset with an open communication style that allows me to establish a strong relationship with my clients.  This is the basis for helping someone to do what they haven’t done on their own.

What inspires you to teach/coach people?  I am inspired by the potential of people.  Helping others to reach self-defined goals and to fulfill their dreams is rewarding to me.  My passion is to inspire and help people to overcome personal challenges and to experience the freedom and happiness that comes through fully accepting themselves and expressing their talents in the world.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them?  One of my most influential mentors is Jack Canfield.  He is a life coach, author and internationally known motivational speaker.  The most important lesson I have learned from Jack is to take 100% responsibility for my life and the results I am getting.  If I am not happy with my life, my relationship, or my situation, then I must do something to change it.  Where I am is the result of decisions I have made and behaviors in which I have engaged.  Don’t blame others, circumstances or luck.  Take 100% responsibility for your life!

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field?  The advice I give to someone starting out in the field of coaching is to first hire a coach and go through the process of self awareness and personal transformation.  Your coaching will be more authentic and more powerful when you have been on the other side and have come to a place of clarity and consistency in your life.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick?  I would choose to spend an hour learning from Michael Neill.  He is a world renowned transformative coach, teacher and best-selling author.  I have read his books and have learned from him; however I have not yet met him.  He inspires me because he has touched millions of lives and helps people to transform themselves “from the inside out.”  You can check him out at:

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video?  The benefits of meeting clients over live video are that you can coach them from anywhere in the world and they can be coached right in their own home.  It affords people the privacy and comfort of sitting in a familiar and safe space.  Clients often have less anxiety and are able to relax and be open more quickly with me when they are sitting in their living room.  I like video coaching because I can still see my client’s face and pay attention to non-verbal communication, and likewise, they can receive my non-verbals.  This is powerful.  We are still able to share a space together.

Expert Insights: Design Thinking With Marc O’Brien

One of the awesome aspects of building popexpert is the interaction our team has with experts on the site. We feel lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with so many talented and wonderful people who are teaching/coaching on popexpert and want to share some of the stuff we’ve learned about them. So we’re going to post weekly interviews with some seriously inspiring and interesting experts – check out our first one with Marc O’Brien below!

Name: Marc O’Brien

Expertise: Creative facilitation, thinking wrong, design strategy, and building confidence within hell-bent individuals.

Marc Obrien Expert Insights

What inspires you to teach/coach people? I believe that everyone is creative if they dig deep within themselves and find that spark, that energy that allows them to see the world in a wider context, with more of a “growth mindset,” and to use this to express themselves.

I get excited when I see people’s eyes light up when they step back and see something they created themselves, in very little time and with very few resources. They realize that they do in fact have that creative spark in them, they just need a little push.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? I’ve known and worked closely with John Bielenberg, founder of Project M, for the last 5 years. He’s a huge proponent of “thinking wrong” in the creative process, encouraging people to break out of their biases and orthadoxes to generate a lot of unique solutions to a problem.

He taught me that the world around us was invented and, because of this, that we can invent new things—to not accept the status-quo, or how things have been from the past. He taught me to challenge existing systems, or better yet, invent new systems that will make the old system obsolete and will create a more positive future.

Working with and learning from him has opened my eyes on how I see and accept the world around me. Thinking wrong has not only changed my professional/creative life, but my personal life as well.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field? Just start. Don’t worry about the end goal. It’s ok if you don’t have all the details figured out. Have a vision and take those small steps towards that end goal… knowing that most likely, your path getting there will not be a straight one—and that’s ok. Stay focused, pay attention to what you learn while on that path, and consider how everything connects.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick? Elon Musk. Not because I want to learn how to make millions (I don’t care about that.) I would love to chat with him about how he views the world around him, the types of questions he asks himself, and learn ways I can incorporate his creative problem solving to my own.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? Your reach is beyond your physical boundaries. You have the ability to talk to, interact, and collaborate with more people outside of your city limits.

Plus, you can show up in your underwear at your desk and the people on the other end of that video feed won’t even know 😉