Mara Glatzel: Why it’s Essential for High-Performers to Be “Needy”

“You’re so needy” – We say that like it’s an insult sometimes, but yes, yes you are needy. Because you’re human! And until we can learn to identify our needs, find the words to articulate them, and adjust our schedules and interactions on any given day to accommodate them, we are doomed to burn out and be more unproductive than we ever thought possible.

My guest today is Mara Glatzel, author of Needy: How to Advocate For Your Needs and Claim Your Sovereignty. 

Today we discuss how high-achievers can identify and honor our own needs and how it helps us show up in the workplace as more empathetic leaders and better able to respond and perform iin healthy, creative ways. And how you can identify, center, and advocate for your needs in a world or workplace that is not aligned with your values Mara shares one way to be kind and generous to ourselves every day and talks about moving your relationship with yourself from a place of self-abandonment to self-partnership. Finally, we tackle how to balance your needs while avoiding selfishness – which is kind of a trick question, as you’ll learn!


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Key Takeaways:

  • Many people do not have a vocabulary for their needs – this is starting to shift, but it is still a work in progress. 
  • We lead by example – we need to take care of ourselves to show our staff that it is okay to take care of themselves as well. Everyone will benefit as more people take care of themselves.
  • There is a multitude of directions our needs can take at any given time. With a little creativity, needs that feel out of reach, can be met within our current life restrictions.
  • When we start our day, we should check in with ourselves first, not check our calendar and decide who we are going to be based on those expectations. 


“You are the vessel for everything you do. All of your work comes through you. If you’re not in good working order, that automatically impacts the work that you’re doing.” —  Mara Glatzel


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About Mara Glatzel, Writer, Teacher + Podcast Host

Mara Glatzel, MSW (she/her) is an author, intuitive coach, and podcast host who helps humans stop abandoning themselves and start reclaiming their humanity through embracing their needs and honoring their natural energy rhythms. Her superpower is saying what you need to hear when you need to hear it and she is here to help you believe in yourself as much as she believes in you. Find out more at

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