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Shane Michael Hatton



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Maria Thattil on breaking free from assumptions and living a truly unbounded life

• 36 min

We’re having a conversation about assumptions. As humans, we often make assumptions about people from a distance, and these assumptions can be far from reality. However, when you find yourself in a position of leadership or in the public spotlight, where many assumptions are made about you, how do you ensure that you don't start believing everything that's said? How do you break free from self-limiting beliefs and live a truly unbounded life? My guest is Maria Thattil, author of 'Unbounded' whose story can show us what it means to shake off assumptions, live true to who you are and make the world a better place through your influence and platform. Maria is a multi-talented personality in Australia. She is Miss Universe Australia 2020, a published author, TV presenter, actor, speaker, activist, and creator. Maria's writing has been featured in various outlets such as 9Honey, Stellar Magazine, Buzzfeed, Body+Soul, Mamamia, and Women's Agenda. She has also worked with top brands such as Olay, Alfa Romeo, Clinique, Piper Heidsieck, and L'Oréal Paris. Her book, Unbounded, guides readers on self-mastery by exploring the complexities of race, sexuality, gender, and identity. She has made waves internationally after coming out as bisexual on-air during her appearance on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2022. Maria is a campaigner for diversity, inclusion, LGBTQIA+ rights, mental health, and gender equality. She is a guest Host on Channel 10's The Project and a current panelist on Channel 9's Today Extra and Talking Honey. In 2023, she is set to release her own show and make her acting debut. But beyond all of that, Maria is thoughtful with her words, generous with her time and a delight to be in conversation with. Connect With Maria Get Maria’s book Unbounded: Manifesting a life without limits from her website here: Connect with Maria on LinkedIn at Follow along on TikTok: or Instagram: Connect With Shane Connect with me on LinkedIn at Learn more about what I do and sign up for my newsletter at Follow me on Instagram at Follow me on Twitter at Reach out and email me at

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