All In Podcast


What happens when you’re a graduate of Harvard Law School with a great career ahead of you and it turns out … you don’t enjoy being an attorney? For Maria Brito, a highly successful independent art curator and advisor, the answer was clear: Time to reorient. On this episode of All-In she shares with Dan her journey to building the life she was meant to have – rather than the one society and her family programmed her to pursue. Author of the forthcoming book “How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas Into Gold,” Maria is full of encouragement and permission-giving validation for anyone who is ready to take the leap. She explains what it takes and mindsets that create unnecessary barriers. Going “All-In” isn’t for the faint of heart, says Maria. There will be failures and setbacks, but those stumbling blocks are part of opening up to new ideas, innovation and the fulfillment of lifelong dreams. Many people are coming out of pandemic craving more from life, observes Maria. Step One going forward from here? Daring to imagine the life you want!

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  • Maria shares her backstory, growing up in Venezuela prior to attending Harvard Law School and going into practice – which she didn’t like! Deciding to cast aside conditioning from her parents as to what constitutes “success,” she pursued an authentic path to becoming an art advisor and curator.
  • About Maria’s upcoming new book “How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas Into Gold.” Based on scientific and qualitative data, it’s a guide for people who are feeling stuck and ready to break through to a next level of innovation in their lives.
  • A few of the factors Maria believes hold people back from pursuing their dreams:
    • Complacency – Our brain’s biological imperative to resist change or risk.
    • Scarcity – People are often afraid of the inevitable income dip that initially occurs when we step back to go in another direction.
    • Risk-taking – Some people are less wired for pushing limits than others.
  • You’re never too old and Maria has the examples to prove it!
  • Maria shares candid memories of her uphill battle to transition to running her own venture within an industry she knew little about. The upside? There were no rules. She was completely open to blazing her own trail and innovating without preconceived limitations.
  • When we enter a new professional space, our eyes are open to receive everything and our minds are completely fresh (therefore at their most creative).
  • The fallout: How Maria’s family took the news when she made her drastic career change. They were initially shocked and even a bit skeptical, but there was no turning back. Maria was going for it – and living for herself her own best life!


  • “It’s been the most fulfilling and happiest 13 years of my life (since) I took the 180-degree turn and literally went ‘all-in’ with what I’m doing.”
  • “Nothing is written in stone and there are no rights or wrongs if you want to make a transition. But you do have to believe that you have the skill set to succeed with a lot of challenges along way. It’s not going to be a smooth ride. Nothing is easy.”
  • “You cannot really disrupt an industry from within because you already know too much and have already accepted preconceived notions of what and when and how.”
  • “You have to understand what gets you going, gets you excited. There are opportunities and possibilities that people are sometimes not even aware of because they aren’t in a position to think.”
  • “Each one of us has a specific set of talents that gets to shine if you are in touch with your creativity.”

About Maria:

Maria is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of more than a decade working in the fine arts industry, developing more than one hundred private and corporate art collections. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she is the author of two books, curator of contemporary art shows nationally and internationally, a creative designer and curator of art-centric experiences. 

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About the All In Podcast Show:

The All-In Podcast Show presents top Entrepreneurs, Innovators and World Changers willing to share their breakthrough moments and how they are changing the world. Focused on being “All-In” on the four areas of life: faith, family, finances, and health, host Daniel Giordano invites mentors who exemplify balance and a commitment to building a bold life of excellence.

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