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No Excuses: Behind the Curtain With Marie Forleo

It’s so easy to assume away their success.

Ever look at someone who seems to be fearless, on top of the world, massively successful, relentlessly confident and focused…and wonder how they got that way?

It’s so easy to assume away their success. Oh, well THEY never had to struggle the way I do. THEY were born into luxury, money, influence. THEY never had to deal with heartbreak, having no clue what they wanted to do with their lives, paying the rent, feeling good. THEY were born lucky!

Except, with rare exception…THEY WEREN’T!

Assuming THEY’VE got something you don’t is almost always an excuse for inaction. For not wanting to experience the uncertainty and risk of judgment and failure that comes from stepping into a new adventure that matters so much it’d hurt a lot to fail.

Take my friend, Marie Forleo. Right now, she sits atop a rapidly-growing multimillion business, on a mission to inspire and educate women to take control of their lives and, more specifically, build businesses and careers that matter. To them and to others. She produces and stars in an award-winning web-show, Marie TV, that’s watched by a ginormous audience every week.

Looking at her on camera and on stage, she so confident, playful and at-ease in her own skin, you’d figure she just HAS to be one of THOSE people. But, again, you’d be wrong.

Yes, she’s smart. Very smart. But Marie didn’t come from money, or advantage. She wasn’t hyper-connected and for a solid chunk of her life, she had no real clue what she wanted to do.

She’s gotten where she’s gotten, because she’s insanely curious, open to intuition and willing to change course, occasionally blowing up entire career paths, when her gut tells her she needs to.

In this week’s episode of Good Life Project,™ we’re taking you behind the curtain with Marie Forleo.

You’ll see a side to her that’s rarely revealed on her weekly show. A lower-key, more serious, deeply introspective and spiritual side. You’ll learn about her journey to get where she is, her struggles, moments of awakening, challenging relationship to money and it’s deeper associations.

We’ll explore her path from middle-class New Jersey kid to working on the floor of the famed New York Stock Exchange, then breaking down and quitting. We’ll follow her into the rough and tumble world of NYC magazine publishing, then learn about the magazine project that shook her out of her career malaise and literally sent her intuition screaming in another direction.

We’ll see how, even then, Marie struggled to figure out how to manifest what she’s was being called to do, even blowing up her initial idea and tending bar to pay her bills while she figured it out. You’ll discover what’s really driving Marie to build a body of work that matters. What’s put her on the rader of Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons and Anthony Robbins. And where she’s going from here.

With gratitude,

Jonathan

Jonathan Fields is an attorney turned lifestyle-entrepreneur, speaker, and author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance.

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