Reknowned Psychologist, Author and Life Coach Pennie Murray Shares Secrets to Getting to "The Emotional Side of Success"

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Having lost it all, twice, psychologist and author Dr. Pennie Murray reflects, “I incessantly experienced meager successes, false starts, and great professional failure before I realized that if I truly wanted to be successful, I had to have more than the technical knowledge of being successful (business plan, marketing strategy, taxes, operations, etc.).” Murray says, “I had to also address the feelings and emotions that made me so apprehensive and doubtful about my efforts toward success. And then I had to give myself permission to succeed, which was much harder than I ever imagined.” Dr. Murray will host her popular Clarity Workshop: “Discovering and Framing Your Life Purpose” | Aug. 26-28 in Plano, TX

“The emotional side of success is the “other side” of success that doesn’t get talked about—but hinders us the most.”

A highly-regarded industrial psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of, Dr. Pennie Murray is an expert on defining, achieving and retaining success. She’s studied it and she’s lived it! And her passion is empowering and inspiring individuals to move beyond their learned inhibitions, and fruitfully manage “The Emotional Side of Success.” She is dedicated to guiding individuals through a process of identifying and understanding the “whys” that thwart their attempts to attain and sustain lasting success. She comments, “The emotional side of success is the “other side” of success that doesn’t get talked about—but hinders us the most.”

Frequently taking her show on the road, Murray will stop at home long enough to host her intensive interactive 2½-day Clarity Workshop August 26-28, 2011 at NYLO Plano at Legacy Hotel (8201 Preston Road, Plano, TX). Murray restricts the number of participants per session to ten because she dedicates significant time to one-on-one guidance and coaching of professionals, entrepreneurs, and others who wish to ascend to the top in their respective professional fields or life passions, and stay there. The cost to take this journey to self-discovery and life improvement is $355 before August 10, 2011; $395 thereafter.

Murray recognizes that for many individuals who have acquired the logistical and technical skills necessary to be successful in the significant areas of life, there still remains—ever so subtle—a constant tug of “something” holding them back, causing them to sabotage their respective efforts, or remain doubtful about that next move.

Individuals who have a high need for achievement, fear failure, value success, advancement, self-image and a greater quality of life are more prone to experiencing this apprehensiveness and other feelings that frustrate and discourage their efforts towards success. The only way to manage these feelings, or as Murray calls it—“The Emotional Side of Success”—is to identify the real cause behind this self-sabotaging behavior, clarify your vision, and then give yourself permission to succeed in the significant areas of your life.

For over 13 years, Murray trained and consulted with numerous corporate professionals and entrepreneurs on the various logistical and technical skills necessary to be successful. But she often found that many of these very competent and capable individuals were hesitant and doubtful about achieving a deeply desired goal, or they would sabotage their own efforts. Pennie was no stranger to this behavior because she, too, had engaged in her own brand of self-sabotage and doubt. Curious about this phenomenon, she sought out answers, especially as it related to the success of Black Americans. What she found could be summed up in the African proverb, “When you understand the “whys” of life, you can endure any “how.” The answers she found also led Dr. Murray to develop the philosophy of giving one’s self permission, and a series of workshops to help individuals learn to recognize what that “something” is in their own lives, and how it keeps them from experiencing their desired success.

Pennie Murray is an industrial psychologist, speaker, life coach and author who is certified in conflict mediation. She’s a professional seminar trainer for over 13 years with several national seminar companies is a strong advocate of personal success. A former law enforcement officer, owner of a retail clothing store, and radio talk show host, Murray has earned recognition as a niche entrepreneur, minority business owner and mentor of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Currently, Murray is working on her second piece of authored work, an upcoming book “GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION: Allowing One’s Self to Let Go of the Dumb Stuff that Limits Your Life.” Her first published work was “Asking for Richer Ground” (audio CD). Both pieces of work are a testament of what it means to have a well-defined vision that enables you to reach beyond your limited circumstances.

Holding a Ph.D. (ABD) in industrial/organizational psychology, Murray graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of the International Honor Society in Social Science (Pi Gamma Mu) and Psi Chi National Honor Society. She has spent the last decade researching, studying and writing about learned helplessness, the fear of success, perceived discrimination, social rejection and emotional inhibitions (what some call generational curses), and is dedicated to helping others live above these challenges. Murray offers keynotes, virtual sessions and workshops throughout the country. To learn more about Dr. Murray, the “Emotional Side of Success,” and her popular Clarity Sessions, please visit


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