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How To Change The World & Live Your Purpose w/ Adam Braun

It all started in the club.

The music was thumping, the strobe lights were popping and this guy and I were pretty much shouting at each other.

While other tipsy clubgoers stumbled past us, I made him a promise. “One day we’re going to do something great together.”

Fast forward four years. We’re building three schools with that guy I met in the club — Adam Braun — and his incredible organization, Pencils of Promise.

Our school in Laos is complete and has 76 kids registered. The other two schools are still being constructed. And in four short years, my dear friend Adam Braun has launched a global revolution.

If you ever feel like you’re meant for more in this life but you doubt that one person can make a difference, you’re going to love today’s episode.

Listen in as my friend Adam and I talk about how to live your purpose and change the world — no matter who you are.

“For any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action.” @AdamBraun via @MarieForleo

Click here to buy Adam’s incredible new book right now.

In the comments below the video, Adam and I would love to hear from you. What’s your impossible dream? Can you take a step towards it right now?

Be as specific as possible.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the comments and choosing 10 folks to send a free copy of Adam’s brilliant new book, The Promise of a Pencil.

But please don’t let our giveaway stop you from buying the book now. This is one of those books where you’ll want multiple copies. One for yourself and others to give away to people you love who dream of using their life to make a difference.

I’ll give you time to take action and review the comments and will post the book winners by Thursday March 20th by 5pm EDT.

**Here are the 15 book recipients (we couldn’t just chose 10, you know me!). Congratulations and please send your full name and best complete mailing address to scholarships @ marieforleo.com. And for EVERYONE – please know that we read every comment and our hearts are so full with the wisdom and bravery you showed.
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Thank you, as always for reading, watching, sharing and being so darn cool in the comments. This community is incredible and I am so honored to have you here.

With all my love,

Marie Forleo

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Lisa | The High Priestess of the Woo

Hi Marie,

What a great interview with Adam! I’m going to go snag the book right now.

My passion is supporting others in living a conscious life and knowing that they have whatever they need to live their purpose within them right now.

Not tomorrow, not “some day” but NOW.

I have a lovely clear channel to Spirit Guides and when I bring through their wisdom for my clients, it’s a powerful moment for both of us.

We are all here to learn, grow, evolve and share our inner desires. However that shows up for us. I love being in a community of those who truly get it.

(Waves to everyone!)

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Lisa Robbin Young

“Not tomorrow, not ‘some day’ but NOW.”

That’s a powerful phrase, Lisa!

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Kristen the Freedom Expert

I need to post that phrase somewhere where I can see it every day!

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Lisa | High Priestess of the Woo

Thanks, Lisa. I feel so strongly about that. (And I’m one of the “just one more course and I’ll be ready!” kind of chicks. Had to learn this one myself.)

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Bella

Love it Lisa. Not tomorrow, not some day but how can we take courageous, loving action NOW.

Before watching this interview I wrote: Live with Courageous Love and tapped it up on my desk. To remind me to infuse the Love of Spirit with Courageous Action every day.

Definitely getting your book Adam! I started a “For Purpose Organization” :-) called The International Foundation for Human Potential … have about $350 so far and it is just the beginning. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Looking forward to reading your book! xo Hugs everyone

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Lana Baumgartner

Still crying! I am so moved! I’ve been to India, Thailand and a handful of third world countries. The underlying message and story of this episode resonated with me on a deep level.

I remember the first week I was in India. Blazing hot day and I was so uncomfortable and sticky with sweat and coughing, riding in an “auto-rickshaw” on my way to school. A little girl with a very worn and tattered dress approached me-she was holding a little baby girl. One of the little girl’s arms was deformed and it was clear that both of them were physically ill and malnourished. She stood next to me and looked into my eyes while she held out her hand. I had nothing to give her. My heart sank a million feet, as we maintained eye contact and the rickshaw sped away leaving her there with her hand still empty.
Everyday I encountered this in India. I wanted nothing more than to take then to offer them some sense of comfort-and ultimately offer them a life of comfort. I had no idea where to start and felt dis-empowered. I gave them food when I had it-which only added to the internal struggle as it just didn’t seem like enough.

These experiences remind me of being young, growing up in the US and witnessing homelessness. I felt the same way. I would ask my mother, “why is he sleeping on the street?” More importantly, “why doesn’t he have a home? Why can’t he come stay at our house so he isn’t cold?”

Mahatma Gandhi said “You can judge a society by how they treat their weakest members.”

There is abundance in the world. There is abundance right here in the U.S. and, in many cases it’s not being shared with the ones who need it most.

My dream is to eradicate homelessness.

I went to Expert’s Industry Academy last year and met this woman: Sylvia Anthony, the founder of Sylvia’s Haven. She gave me a deep sense of faith in the potential of this dream. Her shelter for women and children near Boston has helped transform over “1084 lives in the past 27 years.” Her dream is to have shelters across the U.S.

She’s fulfilling MY dream! I have connected with her and am seeking means to co-create turning this dream into reality!

Making a difference in the world is as simple as choosing to follow the footsteps of those before us. Sylvia has a model that works and moving forward is the only way to fulfill the dream!

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Amanda

Hello I just asked someone I love to sing and play guitar with me in a text. I have wanted this for so long and it was nice to put it out there! Thanks

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Ms. Pillowz

Spirit guides? Oh, wow! I am totally going to check out your website to read more! I’m intrigued!!

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Emelia

I agree, Lisa. The majority of us are waiting-waiting for the right people, waiting for the right opportunity, waiting for the right conditions, the right time. And as is often said, the only thing we have is right now. All the rest is imagined.

Powerful message of which we need to be repeatedly reminded.

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Reenie Vincent

“All we have is right now. All the rest is imagined.” I like that, Emelia, thanks:)

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Kristen the Freedom Expert

Agreed, Lisa! This is truly a community that “gets it!” Love connecting with other Marie fans :)

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Icadel Ryan

The Best Interview so far this year!

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Carmel

I completely agree, the best interview this year, tears rolling down my face, Adam is such an inspiration, as is Marie. Will definitely be getting that book. Thank you :)

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Lind

I absolutely agree! Almost from the first moment, I inexplicably felt my eyes swimming with tears looking at, and listening to, both Marie and Adam. I do share a common familial Auschwitz experience, and even have a daughter who went to Semester at Sea (not the same trip), but my emotions were in overdrive way before I knew this. I think it was just the raw organic beauty of Marie and Adam, individually and how they related to one another.

I felt like I discovered a rare gift a few years ago when I ‘found’ Marie on one of my Internet hunts to find the way to turn up the volume of my whispers (and mute my fears). It’s interesting when other people seem to so clearly see your purpose (and talents, skills, etc.) but you can only hear your own ‘nay says’. Today I feel like another great gift (maybe a sign!) has been dropped in my lap: Adam. He gave us all SO many boxes of pencils today!

Thank you, Marie and Adam, for such a beautiful and touching gift. As grateful as I am for you, Marie, I’ve only written once (part of the fear factor), which was to say that Tuesdays are my favorite day b/c of ‘Q and A’ day. They still are but this one has to be my Top Tuesday ever! Thank you so, so much!

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Gratitude Dancer

Yes Lind! Marie, you are a Gorgeous Gigantic Gem bringing so much needed fun and insight to the planet! Mahalo audacious, awesome Adam.

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Bettina

Yes, yes, yes, I agree. Its so beautiful, its the best to see pro-purpose entrepreneurs making a diffrence and I count Marie in, as my look on business shifted the moment I saw her videos. I found her while I was attending a “business seminar”(while studying philosophy), i hated the approach, because I was hoping for a way to live and work where I hadnt to “sell myself” in a way that wasnt authentic, and the content of that seminar just told me I cant! Thanks Marie and Adam for being out there, showing that it IS possible…When I now lay down my business plan I think pro-purpose and how I can change not only my life into a purposefull direction but the lifes of beings just like me, full of potential and creativity, but not as fortunate to have the tools (starting with a pencil) to express their gifts. This video just showed me that its something that has all the right to be already part of the plan and the whole vision even at the very beginning of a business…Loved it and will get the book just now…you are amazing!

Chas

This is by far the most compelling thing you have ever posted on your site, Marie, and deeply touched my heart. For anyone that this has struck a chord with, there is a new site that just launched March 11th, that helps to connect the dots and I hope everyone that feels inspired by this story becomes part of the community at http://www.idealist.org

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Gina

Chas,
I agree that was a truly fantastic interview. Your post inspired me to check out idealist.org. is that your idea? I absolutely love it. I am really hoping to break out of my comfort zone and figure out a way to bring yoga and meditation to people who would significantly benefit from it in their lives and who do not have easy or frequent access. I am thinking about at-risk children as well as people who are home-bound due to illness, injury or mental health challenges. I think I may be able to make some connections on http://www.idealist.org.

Thanks!

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Glenda Harris

My impossible dream is to become a motivational speaker. I have been battling depression and irresponsibility for as long as I can remember and finally decided to do something about both. I want to spread my message to others out there that it’s OK to feel down sometimes but it’s not OK to STAY down. I am a single mom of 3 kids and it’s been extremely tough and challenging but I’m determined to turn my life around and help as many people as possible by telling them my story and motivating them into truly helping themselves and living a better life.

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Daiana

Dear Glenda,

I am proud of you already! I am also on the journey to become an inspirational public speaker and coach. And from what you tell me, you might be an inpirational speaker as well. I say that because the motivational ones usually involve massive amounts of kinetic energy in their speeches, they maybe people move, dance, shout etc :) And the effect usually lasts 2-3 months. Well, just sharing a bit of the types of speakers there are our there, I am sure you will find plenty of resouces online.
Good luck, dear colleague of the “change-agent” team. May you be blessed with action to move forward. :)

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Astrid Boot

Hi Glenda,
Just read your dream which I wouldn’t call impossible. What about if you start to call it your Possible Dream from now on? I read about you battling depression and irresponsibility for a long time and your decision to do something about it. I’m a therapist, medium and healer and I’d love to offer you a free session to help you releasing depression and irresponsibility. I live in Australia but a session is possible via Skype or telephone. If you’re interested, please contact me via my website (www.astridboot.com.au). I hope I may become the help/the difference to make your dream possible and you’ll accept my offer. Warm greetings, Astrid

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Tiffany

I’m right there with you, Glenda! I too aim to be a motivational speaker. And I certainly talk about the importance of feeling your feelings, but not letting yourself dwell in the sadness. But here’s my challenge: I advocate for a kinder, gentler, loving approach to cancer, disease, and life’s challenges. As someone who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer last year, I have chosen not to “fight,” but to “accept” and to “love” my life and all that has been presented before me. I had a speaking engagement that recently got cancelled because I would not be able to speak about their chosen topic, “fighting back.” I have chosen to carve a path that is unorthodox and may not be accepted by many. It will be an uphill climb for sure, but I am up for it! And I would not feel like I was being true to myself otherwise. Like Adam Braun, when faced with a life threatening situation, my eyes were opened to my higher purpose. And I am running with it!

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Ed

Tiffany, I commend you for your awareness about what to be for or against, fight or love your way through, the choice is up to you (meaning each “you reading this”). What I have witnessed though, is that this is NOT common thinking, its a leading edge thought and it needs to be spoke about more often. Awareness is only made possible by the boldness of taking a stand like you did. BRAVO!!! When our attention, on a global basis, reaches critical mass on LOVE PEACE JOY HAPPINESS ABUNDANCE WELLBEING, we will witness it as common thought. It only takes a few very empowered people to allow this to happen, look what Jesus did…. One person at these higher levels brings everyone with them!!!!

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Felicity

Tiffany you are amazing…I am so inspired by your courage to accept and love rather than fight – I mentioned in response to Glenda’s dream that my son Malachi passed on a year ago. He was 16, and had aggressive brain tumours. In just over 12 months he had 5 craniotomies. From diagnosis to death it was less than two years…but he chose to live…he chose NOT to define himself as a cancer patient…we had the most amazing magical journey full of pure joy those two years…life and death are but one…we as souls are eternal…I am forever grateful.

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Ed

Glenda,
To say I understand the part about depression and irresponsibility would be an understatement to the tenth power. I would love to share with you a few things I have learned to help me through/out of the down times. I don’t believe in taking a pill (prescribed or otherwise) or a drink to make me feel better, I believe, and know, that in those moments we make our greatest movements towards who we really are. When things go great we learn very little about ourselves, it is when things are as dark as could be that we ultimately find our meaning, purpose, and power. Although I don’t like being in the darkness I have learned that resisting it gives it power and longevity, when I trust that it too will pass, the time spent there is greatly shortened. Also, I am grateful for the darkness, it has caused me to look deep within myself, if I had never experienced such pain I could never know such bliss.
I would also like to share with you a great resource for public speaking called “Toastmasters”, they are a global organization that began 9 decades ago. They are everywhere and if you Google the name you can find you local chapter/club. I would love to pen-pal with you also, I have recently had my first child and although he is a gift and makes me laugh all the time, I can relate to your challenges. Please feel free to email me at meister60@aol.com. One more thing I discovered, the tortured souls have a great deal to offer, do NOT allow your message, or your light to be hidden. Instead of motivating, you will INSPIRE with your message, you will empower people, which has a ripple effect of far greater value than that of motivation. When times are the hardest, I always look for something to be grateful for, I find one thing, the smallest thing and think about that, the thoughts and feelings grow and very soon I am back to higher vibrations. Many times its my son that gets me started…. I wish you the best my fellow tortured soul and I am only an email away……

Ed

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Felicity

Hi Glenda – I admire your authenticity…its about being real.
I too am a single Mum…my 16 year old’s earthly life ended a year ago..he (Malachi) has moved on…as a mother this is maybe our worst nightmare…its been so painful and I have also had such deep moments of despair…however I am with you sister…its our toughest experiences that become our greatest gifts…my sons passing has been my greatest gift…a gift he has given me…”live according to your dreams and passions now, life is short, make a difference to yourself and therefore others”…step out and live without fear…we are all divine…go for it Glenda

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Nancy Amar

I am so truly inspired and touched by people like Adam and yourself who give back to our communities and realize that we CAN change the world by sharing our gifts. I have a special place in my

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Maureen Witten

My dream is to be able to teach women, young & old, how to love and accept their body exactly as it is. As God, Spirit, their creator intended. I want to teach them how to love themselves as much as they love their children, husbands, and other family members. To quit saying awful, hurtful, terrible things about themselves because they were not born to look like a 6.0′ 110 lb. stick figure, but were born to have hips, thighs, and curvy figures that should be celebrated! I want to let these woman know that enjoying good food, love and happiness is available to everyone, and that depriving themselves of it will limit their life experience and stifle their true potential. It will make them better mothers, wives, sisters, daughters. I want to take my business from “Health Coaching” and “Weightloss” to “Body Image Coaching” and finding true authenticity. I can’t see how that would become a valid/lucrative business since everyone seems to be interested in one thing- “How do I lose this weight- now?!” I believe that body image coaching could result in weight loss (that’s what happened for me), but I don’t want that to be the ultimate goal. I think women put their life on hold until they “lose those last 20 lbs” but they need to be taught how to live their lives in their body, as they are, right now. I want to teach them that if they walk, talk, and act as though they have already lost those last 20 lbs., that they will have the life they desire. What would the world be like if every woman loved herself, exactly as she is, right now?

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Gemma Regalado

I love this idea, Maureen – I think now more than ever it needs to be brought to our attention. If we could all just love ourselves for what we are right now, imagine the possibilities of the things we could achieve? Like you say, women put their lives on hold waiting for ideals.

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Daiana

Love your idea, hon’! Don’t ask for permission, just go for your thing and do what your life mission is. Plus, you would be surprized at how many women descover, more and more, that dieting is not the key to perfect weight, nor health. I am one of them! And often, like you seem to say, there are other subconscious blockages that keep up from losing those lb, with or without dieting and excercise. There are other holistic approaches now to weight loss, so you are “in trend”.

Hugs and magic, good luck with all!

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Joana

Dear Maureen,
I love it!

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Courtney

You are onto something beautiful there, Maureen. Couldn’t agree more. Wishing you much success with unfolding that dream!

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Mel

Wow, you two, Wow!
My dream is to be “the” Yoga studio at a resort in Nuevo Vallarta. The business plan was completed ~last year~ and still moving ahead with baby steps and through guidance, patience, perseverance to the fruition. I began searching for additional help through LinkedIn, found a lady, fellow Canadian, who is a virtual assistant … and… we discovered our connection/coincidence is that we both follow Marie Forleo :) Together we are growing this thing and it will help many people. There’s more…because of people like yourself, Marie, who keep us going and staying in our essence, I am ready to promote my services outside of my local area – going National – reaching more people. A larger vision being that each person I get to work with and ‘help’, becomes stronger in their own sense of self, which in turn is radiated out to all they come into contact with and so on and so on. Each of us uplifting one another. Adam and Marie, you two sparked some great energetic interaction to enable so many more in this world. Truly Beautiful. Thank you both for being who you are. Namaste, Mel

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Carwita ZitaZoo

Thanks for todays video. It gave my new power to go on! /Carwita ZitaZoo

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Carwita ZitaZoo

I had to put it on the blog! Have A Nice day! Hug from Sweden is us /http://www.swedenis.us/power-go/

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Sarah Barrett

I love that mantra!!! Not Tomorrow, not “some day,” but NOW!

So good.

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Rachel Wotten

I’m currently doing B-School, behind on my modules then I listen to this whilst in heavy traffic driving to work and this ROCKED my world and gave me my IT moment! It all made sense, I now know the how of mixing what my soul wants and making a profit. Watch this space baby!!! It finally clicked thank you so much ever so grateful!!

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Cara Kirschner

It just hit me…I’d like to do something in orphanages that contributes to them having fun! Build a play area maybe…I always wanted to have a retreat center or kids camp but it seemed so far fetched. I wanted to bring underprivileged kids there to play and have an extraordinary experience! It would be impossible to bring all the kids to me…but I can definitely bring the fun to them!

My Dad used to do fun, creative things with us. Climb trees make swings from rope, ride in the back of the truck…etc. We didn’t have A lot of money so he thought if creative ways to make us smile…and he always let us invite friends!!! I ran into one of those friends recently. She asked about my Dad. She asked me to thank him for including her in the fun because if it wasn’t for him she wouldn’t have gotten to do those kind of things.

Recently I attended a retreat with Mastin Kipp and The Daily Love team and I walked away with an amazing purpose statement! This fits-in perfectly. Thanks for the guidance ❤️Xoxo

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Sid Kassidy

“Not tomorrow, not ‘some day’ but NOW.”
Just awesome. I have a place where I put important notes to check out often. I’m adding this right now. Thank you!

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Mikey From Vegas

OMG, I have been following B-School 3 weeks before it started. I new then this is a MUST do class. Marie save this little bit if info and add it to the video I am going to make on Who’s this guy Mikey From Vegas. I want it to be a series of videos beyond our 8 week class. BUT FOR NOW…..Marie you and Adam just became the magic I needed. I was a firemen for 23 yrs and I know that it takes heat,fuel and oxygen to start a fire. The flame is now under my ass (sorry) so I need to do at least 10 videos, like James Wedmore suggested. My message will be like NO other but yet for all. With that I LOVE you Marie& thank & Adam…..God Bless You All

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michelle southan

This video really moved and inspired me…what amazing people you both are!
It’s great to know there are other people out there that are like minded and believe there is more to life :o) AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!

There certainly is more than just me and this physical being we think we are…there’s more… i know it…
My ‘impossible dream’ would be to make a difference to many many lives, to be helpful, creative, inspiring and really make a difference …For many years I have said If i had enough money ect that i would build a big school and make it special for all, i would be the head teacher and all the children and staff would feel valued and appreciated…It would be inspirational…creative….beautiful..
No violence, no hate, no ignorance… Blisfull peace and happiness would exist everywhere….Children would be able to be themselves and be whatever they wanted and create whatever they wanted to!…as a pupil myself i loved to create and often felt restricted…I feel there are molds to be squished into! ‘a policeman, an accountant ect and we arn’t meant to fit into a mold! we should be able and believe we are able create our lives and often children these days don’t feel this way, they don’t see the bigger picture,,they don’t believe….they are not inspired or encouraged or supported enough….we all should help one another, dream , believe, create, LIVE! ….after working in so many schools on a supply basis i found that this was not the case! …. I have worked with children in schools on and off for over 7 years and I have also done many other jobs and worked for myself…..I enjoy the feeling that I help people ..I feel many people are too concerned about materialistic things in life and never find their ‘true purpose’ I had a car crash a few years back and over the past 10 years ive struggled with anxiety ect…to the point where last year i felt trapped and like there was no way out..the only thing that has now changed is my mind set! i still have ‘issues/problems’ in my life but i deal with them now…i feel the fear and do it anyway!’ i am no longer afraid. I know that you reap what ypu sow and u should always know u will be ok, you just need to believe! and make it happen! Karma works..help others, treat them well, it will all work out!

I would love a copy of the book and i shall certainly be sharing this inspirational video!

michelle :o)

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Pete McBride

I am fortunate to have had my “lightning bolt moment” and found “convergence” but this interview was my “sign” to fully commit. Thank you!

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Kathleen

Ummmmm, so lovely, authentic and powerful, Lisa! You really OWN it! Well put! Thanks for posting!

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Rosa Vasquez E

I am so grateful to have run into this video TODAY.
I have always been in constant struggle with myself about my own purpose in life, and it’s refreshing and so encouraging to listen to people who have this deep sense of service like I do since I have a memory. Thank you!

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Kristina

I LOVE THIS FABULOUS VIDEO! YOU BOTH ARE SO AMAZING!!! I don’t know what I gonna do but I am sure it will pop up in front of me and I will take notice and take action! Xox. Thank you for sharing your beautiful selves so I may have a richer life!

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Eden Scott Cross

I love that everyone is sharing ~ especially deeper aspects of their own journey. I too have been working to uncover more of my true soul self’s purpose in this lifetime I have chosen to live. Marie, you have helped me tremendously, first of all simply by “being here and sharing to assist everyone you can, with your own brand of bright and shiny, energetic pep-talk and deep seated faith. We, most of us humans, need this aspect of mutual sharing, in so many different ways, throughout our lifetimes. It’s the action being taken to share something helpful, something kind, something necessary or whatever it happens to be ~ when it’s needed by one and that one soul is then touched by another who has what the other needed and they “share” it, this is highly spiritual connection which often will have a synergistic effect and will raise the vibrations of those who are then connected for a higher good.

Anyway, (I could go on in this vane…), 3 yrs. ago I realized that if I didn’t “go public” with my gifts/abilities ~ that I’ve kept mostly to myself and only told “some people” by word of mouth, fearing rejection, animosity, and worse (I”m Jewish and never comfortable w/ antisemitism and any other form of prejudice… and saying out loud that I was born gifted as a psychic medium can open one up to loads of ridicule and worse… but, I said to myself that I was 3 years shy of turning 60 years old. That I finally needed to face my fears and deal with them, because time is running short and I really do need to begin to tune-in and turn on my purpose to assist animals and humans as the animal communicator that I’ve been for the past 20 years (educating people about better understanding the intelligence of animals and their specific pets – as well as how animals AND human beings are all sentient, telepathic beings who can and do communicate on many levels. It’s high time that we haman beings begin to (once again) take hold of our sixth sense abilities, and make ourselves better and more spiritual human beings and thus make our shared world on planet Earth, a far better place than it has come to currently. I do not know “how” I am going to go about getting all done that I feel I need to do, some of which is helping to bring about television shows to shift consciousness away from greed and more to ‘the-will-to-do-good-for-others, with no thought of our own selves. Oodles to “do”… and how to segue from my 35 year business of interior design where I (and husband partner) continue to earn our living, into being able to work full-time rather, on my ‘spirit work’. Many many blessings to you, Marie, for all you do to help us all, as you help yourself. Peace, Love & Sharing Illumination, Eden Cross

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Ethel Villanoy

I hope one day I can truly realize what my real purpose is and have the courage to follow the signs.

Please pray for me and other thousands of people like me.

Bes regards :)

Ethel

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Lisa Robbin Young

My Grandma was always my biggest supporter, so it’s a timely reminder to see this video. Since I was very small, I’ve always felt like I was supposed to have a global impact, but wasn’t really sure how.

Hearing that Adam’s book is both practical and inspirational opened my heart to the idea that it’s possible for me to do what I love (performing) and do it in a way that makes a positive global impact (by helping others move forward on their own hero’s journey), mixing how-to and inspiration.

Looking forward to learning more about Adam’s book!

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Ms. Pillowz

I have never considered my dream impossible, but I do feel like it is far away. My dream is to help teenage girls build confidence and high self esteem.

I am absolutely passionate about this, as someone who has experienced how low self esteem can change the trajectory and flow of your life. I’ve worked really hard on my self esteem issues to get to where I am now and it has taken me a long time. I want to help young girls start early on building themselves up, believing in themselves and their capabilities, and loving themselves enough to make the best possible decisions for them and not to appease others.

I think of this as being far away, because I want to help so many and I feel that I am not currently in a position to do so. I have this all or nothing thing going on that makes me feel that if I am not helping hundreds, then I’m not helping anyone. I know that this isn’t true and I am working to release that limiting mindset.

I can start small with just one, my God daughter, who I am so worried about. I already see her going down a questionable path with some loser who has her cutting class and her parents are so overwhelmed. One leads to a couple leads to a few leads to several and so on. Helping her means that she can take what she learns and help others too. Thank you again so much, Marie, and congratulations and continued blessings with the schools that you are starting. It is totally inspiring!

MP

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Lisa Robbin Young

I would have loved to have someone like you in my corner when I was a teen!

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Ms. Pillowz

Thank you, Lisa!!

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Lisa | The High Priestess of the Woo

Dearest Ms. Pillowz,

Starting small is still STARTING!

All-or-nothing (aka: perfectionism) just talks us out of our dream. And you have no idea how your help to just one can ripple out. Your goddaughter might just grow up to help millions and part of that will be because you cared and made a difference.

Just start with one and let the Universe help you sort it out.

With love,
Lisa

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Ms. Pillowz

You are absolutely right, Lisa! I love that! Starting small is still starting. I’m going to borrow that, and give you credit of course! :-)

I love your website too! I have to leave for work soon, otherwise I’d stay on it and explore. I’ll revisit it later and sign up for your newsletter. Have a great day and thanks for your words of encouragement!

Blessings,
MP

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Kat

Would love to follow you on social media & spread the word – what you do is very much needed!

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Ms. Pillowz

Thank you so much, Kat! I am completely guilty of not using social media in the best way, but I do have a Facebook page, which you can “like” from my blog, which can be found at http://Www.BigDivaHq.com. I look forward to seeing you there!

Blessings,
MP

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Denise

Thank you for sharing…I could feel the passion you have to help teenage girls. I too adore my Goddaughter and pray that she will continue to believe in herself.

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Ms. Pillowz

Thanks for your comment, Denise!

Blessings,
MP

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Elly Klein

I know what you mean – I mentor 4 underprivileged teenage girls. It’s been over 5 years now, so 2 of them won’t be teenagers anymore come June.

Anyway, can I make one suggestion?

I clicked on your site and it looks really nice except I feel as though people are more likely to read your thoughtfully crafted words if they weren’t all in CAPS. Just a gut feeling. Hope it helps.

Keep up the great work! :-)

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Ms. Pillowz

Oh wow, Elly! That is so awesome! I know it is rewarding experience for both you and the girls. :-)

Thank you so much for your suggestion! I’ve been thinking about the font recently, so I will take your advice and change it. I was trying to be fancy, but fancy fonts can be a distraction. I’ll be updating all of the posts within the next week, since I am out on assignment this week . I hope that you come back to check out my new posts. I update it every other Wednesday, so a new post will go up next week.

Thanks for stopping by and I will be sure to return the blog love!

Wishing you continued blessings,
MP

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Galen

This was really inspirational! It’s so easy to forget that all of those little actions we take add up to something bigger…

I often get discouraged when I think about where I want to be in my career and how far I am from that point. I needed this little reminder to take it one step at a time and keep pushing towards my goals.

Thanks for this :)

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Zélia

Hi Marie and Adam !

Well my dream is helping small handmade business owners being successful enough for breaking the system and make handmade products ( jewerly, clothing, art, food…) the new way of life.

Well, I contribue by helping them with their social media, but hey that’s a start, isn’it ?

Thanks for your video.

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Kristen the Freedom Expert

Wow, Adam is such an inspiration! What an amazing guy. I’ll definitely be checking out his book. Great interview, Marie!

I’m already taking strides toward living my impossible dream, although it’s definitely been a mix of exciting and terrifying! My dream is to become known as a Freedom Expert — to create a thriving coaching business to help my clients create a live that allows them to be themselves, make money, and feel free. I’m taking action every day to make it real!

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Gemma Regalado

What an utterly, utterly magical person Adam is – he just comes across as such a beautiful soul.

My Big, Impossible Dream? I have an image in my head about that I’m working with women, standing up and talking to them, and helping to grow their confidence with technology. Last year, I had a lightning strike moment where I just said, “I want to help 10,000 women feel proud of their websites in 2014″.

In my current business model, I’m working one-on-one with women building their websites so I’m not quite there yet, haha! But in the last couple of weeks, I’ve started to embrace making videos to help more people, because I think that there’s still a lot of elitism – a lot of it with a masculine energy – around creating websites, and around the technology. It makes me feel sad when I hear women say, “Oh, I’m not that technical”, but will do something that completely disproves that – I wish more intelligent women would feel comfortable embracing technology, starting with their own websites.

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Erin Rufledt

Gemma, I love your dream!! And I love the passion with which you articulate it. I haven’t even watched the video yet, hah – but your comment jumped out at me and I just wanted to say YES, you will get there! I’m with you. :)

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Gemma Regalado

Erin, thank you! What a lovely reply :)

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Courtney

Yes, Gemma. Wonderful vision and VERY needed. My best to you!

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Ann Mahony

Gemma,
This is SO essential for our future. I have an idea for you which you may have already pursued. AARP magazine has 2 million readers, starting with people 50+. Many are beginnings second careers, others are widowed and just beginning to learn the ins and outs of navigating technology. With the right video tutorials, I truly believe this could be one of your audiences, possibly even larger than a younger audience who feels comfortable with technology. Perhaps you could write a Top Ten Tips article to submit? I’ll bet they would want to interview you as well. Best of luck.

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julie witten-alnd

HI Gemma,
I appreciate your dream of making women feel confident with presenting their website to the public. I am one of those women who does not feel all that confident in my website, I made it myself. I am now getting a professional to re-do it, but I would love to get your opinion on my new site if I could? Is that at all possible? To get some professional feed back from you? I am an artist so I could trade your expertise for some art of mine if you like any : )
Thanks

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Lind

Gemma!

I just had to say something else here (I don’t know what the hell is wrong with me today; I’ve spoken more than I have in years!). I am one of those women who say, “Oh, I’m not that technical” but who constantly disproves it; the thing is, I never saw a computer in all my probably worthless degrees in school & prob never would worried about a computer until my husband insisted and convinced me by saying I could SHOP for the kids online (WTF-REALLY?! I didn’t have to DRIVE to get clothes, shoes, books, etc?! YIPPIE!!! I am f–g IN!!!)!

But here’s the thing: I, like all Baby Boomer Women, have been paid less, pinched and ogled more by big a@s, fat bosses and as you say, surrounded by elitism…the point is, YOU are a HUGE part of the solution!

I have seen your videos; you are FABULOUS! I have been able to productively contribute to my site and it is YOU that have MADE A DIFFERENCE.

THANK YOU! Really, Thank You!! You WILL be a force, Gemma! I think you are absolutely fanf-gtastic. You have every single thing it takes to hit 10,000 and more. I think your site is wonderful. Please keep just being you and doing what you do. You’re affecting more women (of ALL ages) than you know.

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Victoria Sharp

Gemma, what you said really resonates with me too! My field is video, motion graphics and 3D. When I completed my studies I was the only woman left in my class (though that was 10 years ago and I hope it is somewhat different now?). I want to help share my knowledge and understanding of these tools and help people utilize these mediums to their full advantage, now and in the future.

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Katya

I am writing this not just because I want the book (although that would be nice!) but because I know that by writing my dream down I am on the first step to achieving it. I have recently discovered through working on friends and family that I have a gift for healing. It’s the first time in my life that I’m doing something not just for money, but because it makes people feel good – physically and mentally. My dream is to do this full time, not just for family and friends, but for anyone in my community who needs it – people in care homes, people in pain, people who have given up hope. So thank you Marie for giving me the chance to put this down in words because – as we all know – once you’ve committed to something in writing, you’re committed to it for real. All best wishes and blessings to everyone out there with a little dream….

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Lisa | The High Priestess of the Woo

Katya,

YEY for you! Bring it out big and make your dream a reality! We need more people like you in this world.

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Natalie

Love this, my dear friend Duncan Ward has started something similar in Cambodia called Classroom of Hope – very very inspiring. Video link to the background here: http://www.infinitylist.com/video/classroom-of-hope/ (warning – extremely inspiring!!!!!)

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Vanessa Davies

Lost at the moment but connected to the story. Where is life there is hope. It is the reflection in the mirror that keeps me going to fulfil my destiny.

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elyse

Hi Marie,

I will have my son watch this when he gets home from school. All these things I tell him, but there is so much more power and beauty hearing it from Adam. Is his available to speak to schools in the city?
Thanks for such a meaningful episode.

All the Best,
Elyse

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Louise - Team Forleo

Elyse, it looks like the best email to write to discuss speaking engagements is adam@ipromise.org.

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Nicole Tate

Just LOVE….

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Michelle Henderson

Hi Marie!
My impossible dream is to help save/heal children from parental alienation syndrome or PAS. I bet you are like “what is that?” There is no help out there for these children and parents going through this. NONE. I know because I am a victim of it and the law has no “law” against it. If I could create a safe place or program in schools or even meet ups so that any child, mother, father going through this doesn’t have to go through it alone, that would b e my dream. I will never give up!!!
Thank you for a possible shot at this,
Michelle
mom of 5 boys/fitness instructor/Esthetician/Reiki practitioner

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Kelly Bennett

I am LIVING my dream, my values, my purpose. I believe each of us can be a conduit of good and so I started the only woman-owned green power marketing company in the US. By providing easy, practical, smart, fun access to renewable energy like wind and solar we’re enabling thousands of small acts of impact.

We give back. Through our Watt-for-Watt program, we donate one kWh for every one purchased, as well as donate up to 50% of our proceeds to our non-profit partners. It’s all about tangible impact. Together, we can do so much more.

Don’t ever forget that one small step repeated a thousand times becomes a movement.

Believe. Do what’s possible. Live on purpose. Start now.

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allegra

That’s fantastic Kelly! Congratulations on your giving back and going green. I love that we get to know women like you that are trailblazers through this network. Great work, keep it up :)
Allegra

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Beth Orchard

My dream is to start an organization that will partner coaches like you, Mastin Kipp and others to mentor and coach survivors of trafficking and trauma. There are tens of millions of men and women in slavery and many of them need life, career, relationship and other skills once they have received immediate aftercare for their trauma and are ready for some next steps. There is so much beautiful promise and potential for them, I want to help them realize it by building an organization that partners amazing coaches with them.

I will be starting my own coach training through ICF in May and hope to get the ball rolling on this in the Summer and sign up for “B” School 2015. I am excited about the possibilities and am grateful for all the support you’ve offered through newsletters, videos and interviews to inspire me to get to this point with finding a way to help survivors of trafficking.

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Danielle Zack

Beth, I love your dream. I hold such a huge place in my heart for helping victims of trafficking. What an incredible organization it is going to be. You will be making a huge positive impact. Right now in my life I am witnessing the power and momentum that come from a few small actions. Like Marie always says, “Keep following your dream!” You’ve got a good one :)

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Emma Jane McGuire

The book ‘The Celestine Prophecy’ from James Redfield would touch on those ‘it moments’ in life, and articulate that phenonemon a bit more, if you haven’t read it already.

This was an inspiring interview with a humble pro-active person.

My impossible dream is having more (all) people question the chemicals and ingredients that they put into and onto their bodies, and to stop buying products and foods just because they are branded, celebrity endorsed and sold in an exclusive store. Ultimately I want all food and cosmetic producers to only produce food that is wholesome and natural and healthy.

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yvonne arnold

“celestine prophecies” is a fantastic book. Thank you for recommending it here to people. Perfect occasion!

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Gemma Regalado

Thanks for the book recommendation, Emma. I’ll have to check it out!

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Kristen the Bananerd

Just throwing this out there but I totally know the electric feeling you guys talked about. I haven’t read the Celestine Prophecy, but I know this feeling happens a lot when I pray with people, and in my experience that feeling is usually a) God speaking to you (‘it’ moments!) b) God healing you. But know those moments don’t have to be rare-there’s a lot more where that came from!

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Lysia

My dream is to fully blossom while still having time to be a good mom. I want to use photography to make childrens books that inspire our youth to revel in natural goodness…to see how magical life is as it is already. I want to draw kids back to the garden, back to movement, and while honoring their unique and wonderful selves.

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Danielle Zack

Hi Lysia!
I completely resonate with wanting to ‘fully blossom while still having time to be a good mom’. That has been a struggle and set back of mine. I’m finally at the point where I know that allowing myself to blossom is the only way that I am going to be a good mom. :)

I love your desire to draw kids back to the garden and movement. I know my children are at their best when they are moving, creating, and being themselves. I would LOVE to see one of your books! I know they will be ‘magical’, as you say!

Danielle

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Jennifer

Lysia,

What a beautiful dream! Anything to continually draw us, and children especially, back into much deeper awareness, in touch with our most pure essence, and the “Presence of Now” (Eckhart Tolle) is a truly wonderful dream. I am right there with you now as a mom of 2.5 year old twins, in a divorce situation which may potentially one day reverse itself if that is meant to be, wanting to be all I can be for my boys and aging mother, and yet feeling very passionately called to follow what only feels impossible at this point because of not being able to move things along at the pace I would like to see… But, in striving to stay present, it has more and more become clear that all is unfolding as it should… all those signs popping up along the way as Adam here has talked about…. I very much look forward to reading his book now!

If this is your goal, I have no doubt you will fully blossom in this “garden” you are striving to create for yourself and your family as I do not doubt the spiritual teachings out there which tells us that it is our fundamental, what I will call here “primary purpose,” in life to fully blossom, to raise our consciousness to be fully in tune with the universe. And then in this state having divine inspiration pour through us unobstructed, guiding each of our own unique “secondary purposes” that manifest in our daily lives (both in big and small ways), creating beautiful, magical synergy with others on similar paths.

My “secondary purpose” dream is very much related to yours… to help promote the advancement of the permaculture movement that started over in Australia in the 1970s by way of establish a local institute dedicated to permaculture studies and sustainable living practices. Earth Care, People Care first and foremost–> in the establishment of a permanent culture on the planet with regard to food production through the strategic use of key design principles involving humans, earthworks/land, buildings, plants, and animals, wise use of modern-day technology, and resulting in minimal waste and minimal maintenance once established– all of these elements working together to replicate natural processes rather than working against, which is most of what we see today in modern-day agriculture/land use practices. More can be learned by doing a google search on Permaculture Research Institute (Australia) or http://www.geofflawton.com for some very inspiring videos.

Research and education demonstration sites of this nature are not a particularly new concept for those who are currently involved in the movement, but permaculture is not yet mainstream. And so more of these sites are desperately needed to educate in the fundamental future health of our planet and can be geared to both urban and rural living environments.

As appears to be likely in many, many other places abroad where “permaculture” is for the most part not on the radar yet, I believe there is an incredible niche in our beautiful lakeshore cold-climate Midwestern town for the demonstration of passive solar home building design/renovation and modern-day rural/urban land-healing sustainable homesteading— a demonstration site which would in time set a solid foundation for a future educational outreach and local food supply/charitable food-aid enterprise (by way of an eco-business, non-profit, combination of both, partnering locally, as well as strongly promoting- through training/mentoring opportunities- a wide range of related niche-filling local business start-ups).

Our town has an incredible opportunity to re-invent itself here in the face of dying industry, mass job relocations, etc. etc. There is the macro view looking at the potential of turning our area in to THE Midwestern organic/permaculture/sustainable food production mecca and how this could potentially serve as one model (among others out there) to struggling cities and towns elsewhere.

Then there are a multitude of macro level elements…. such as working with city government, schools, churches, local businesses and private residences in re-designing their properties to develop beautiful, low-maintenance, food-forest landscapes on their properties; supplying local food pantries with desperately needed high quality, non-processed foods through volunteer/service projects as well as educational work/food share programs for food pantry recipients- (i.e. not just giving the fish, but teaching how to fish for self-empowerment); providing life-enriching curriculum in science, math, history and home economics with grade-school, high school and local tech schools “edible school yards- permaculture style;” providing outreach to all age groups including troubled youth with self esteem-building programs, as well as families dealing with the stress and anxieties (that I have also experienced myself) with learning more and more about how seriously our natural environment is in crisis, and the implications for that on both our and our children’s health– and to be a compassionate resource for those feeling helpless either economically and/or knowledge-wise in how to navigate to a more self-empowered existence with regard to some of our most fundamental needs (nutrient-dense foods, clean water, etc etc). And there is so much more… I can hardly contain myself with all the new ideas flooding into my mind every day…

Yes, that wonderful electrifying moment when you have finally felt all the past years of all your experiences in life and work- not sure where it has gotten you as you have now stepped into the realm of primarily stay-at-home-mom for the time being- now all fitting nicely into place in that big picture (studies in anthropology, sociology archeology; National Park Service resource management; a touch of not-for-profit executive directorship; small-currently inactive-LLC officially established for jewelry/crafting sales that is ripe for taking in this new direction, a passion to create in all forms- photography, hand-crafting, arts, graphic design, and writing; love of God, love of nature and wanting these things to play a fundamentally intimate role in my boys’ upbringing; and a deep calling in service to God, others and the planet…) ahhhh… permaculture!!!!! yes, it all makes sense now….

So although I cannot run as fast as I’d like right now, this truly has been valuable time since my boys have been born to think, and mull over, and read, and research, and thinks some more, and get other perspectives…. And then the signs keep coming- happening upon the link to the recent PaleoCon which then introduced me to Marie and B-School, but 2014 enrollment was just not feasible. A chance decision to click the link for this latest interview with Adam while cleaning the kitchen in the wee hours once again giving much needed inspiration to continue on baby steps in the “research” phase, and how great to hear the discussion on merging a service-focused endeavor with for-profit model… as I have been grappling lately with what type of model might work best… Not to mention a whole host of other signs that are too lengthy to mention here now.

So, my “go out and do something” now must be to continue to self-study, put out local feelers, and keep fingers crossed that it will be possible to fill one of the limited spaces in the upcoming online Permaculture Design Course coming out of Australia- with registration period to be opened on the 29th of this month. THEN looking at B-School for 2015.

All the best to you Lysia on your journey! How might we stay in touch? Perhaps your children’s books may one day grace the shelves of our research and education institute, ha! Blessings to you and yours! Thanks Marie and Adam for the much needed uplifting interview!! Cheers!

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Janine

LOVE that you had Adam on the show, Marie. I’m such a fan of Pencils of Promise! As a copywriter, I admire the “Our Story” part of the organization’s website so incredibly much that I actually use it as a teaching example for how storytelling can be so potent in writing for our businesses (because it tugs on our heartstrings and transports us instead of “selling” to us).

My big, impossible dream is to save all the horses that have become victims of neglect and abuse. Since I was about 6, I’ve ridden and trained horses. I can’t explain it. There’s just something about horses that are good for a girl’s soul…and the horses in my life have been some of my best teachers.

I bought a horse when I was 16 who was a victim of abuse and rehabilitated him to be an amazingly loving, big beautiful boy who became an elderly lady’s forever companion and mount when I went off to university. (The saddest goodbye I’ve ever had.)

I also volunteered my time at a breeding farm when I was younger to help train and rehabilitate some horses that were coming off the racetrack, with ruined legs/backs and a fear of people. SO rewarding to bring them back to a place of health, happiness and trust.

Now with the help of B-School, I’ve been able to build my business to a place where I feel like I’ll be able to help in bigger ways. There’s a local rehabilitation centre for abused and malnourished horses that a friend of my father’s runs, and she runs this organization without any support except from volunteers and donations. She is an angel–and truly inspires me.

My goal is to be able to “adopt” a few horses for her monthly and to help more horses recover, get healthy again, and find their forever homes with both financial support and by donating things that can help (hay, blankets, brushes, etc).

Eventually, I’d love for a portion of all my proceeds to go to this cause. I certainly want to help make other people’s lives better, and there are so many other causes like women’s literacy that I also want to contribute to, but I feel like we have SUCH a responsibility to the wildlife around us–and our planet. Especially in the case of domestic animals, they are so dependent on us, and if we aren’t going to help them…who will? In my opinion, they deserve the same respect, love and care that you or I do.

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Petra

Janine!
this is so much in my heart too….I’m in Canada, where is the farm?

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moya sharp

hi Marie I have only just watched the interview with Alan Braun, what a great guy. It has always been a passion of mine to help dogs. I donate to a local rescue group, I am this rescue groups rep in our town and am responsible for going to the pound to collect dogs who are about to be put to sleep. It is gut renching as I know I physically know I can’t save every dog. I know what will really stop this for being necessary is to campaign to make the sterilisation of companion animals compulsory
and make only registered and properly controlled breeders able to sell dog. I already have a notice on my web site that 10% of all donations to my site goes to Perrescue and I hope as my business grows this will be something substantial. I wantt o be able to set up a fund so that people who can’t afford to sterilise their pet can apply and have it done free of charge. Adams talk has made me realise that I need to take a step towards this ‘now’ and to open that bank account with $25.

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mira

i´m so touched. thank you soo much for that interview!!
my dream is to teach man and woman worldwide respecting and keeping the sexual borders of another, getting aware of the own sexual energie and to live it in an positiv way.

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Eury

Thanks,
A truly inspiring ‘trulity’ as I call them. Sharing your truth.
This inspired me to spend a few moments really imagining and the joy of my dream fulfilled, ‘imagining the end’ as it were. I am a passionate persons and have had lightening moments, which I have acted on and have created life changing results.
Now I feel it’s time to go bigger, so thanks for reminding me that my passion is a world purpose passion.
Imagining this fulfilled is my first step, my second is my continued faith in the end fulfilled, the third is my awareness of opportunities.
For more in depth techniques of using ones imagination consciously to fulfill ones desires read Neville Goddard ‘My faith is My Fortune’
: )

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Emily

So inspiring! My oh my how I love revolutionaries and world changers like Adam and yourself Marie! With such an incredible tribe of peeps – how can we not raise the vibe frequency of this planet & make some changes!!

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Eury

How true, here’s to change of the most beautiful and inspiring kind : )

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Mike Dilbeck

My impossible dream is to make my message of courageous leadership available for all middle school and high school students so that they are able to go beyond their fears and shame to stand up, step in and speak out for other in moments of need, like bullying. I saw Adam speak this past weekend and he has changed my life. I have already taken actions to start “The Foundation for Courageous Leadership” and it will officially launch on May 1.

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Cat

I was so moved by this video and it made me reflect on what big impossible dream I want to make happen. My dream is by doing even a small thing for someone, a chain of events occurs and causes people to do service to others. So I started my own ‘pay it forward’ project last year and have just launched number 2 during the lent period. Rather than giving something up, I want to pay something forward that is of service to others, no matter how big or small, to encourage a ‘want’ in people to do the same for others. Simples!

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Jodi

Cat, I love this, and may “steal” it! The pay it forward concept is such a good one. I’d be curious what your “project” was. It sounds like more than just doing a good deed for someone.

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Amy Fortney Parks

My impossible – possible – dream is to teach parents and families that small shifts to their actions…their language…their thoughts, can make profound changes in the lives of their children – and in the world. By connecting families, we could connect generations and strengthen our future. Our world is full of so much disconnection – I want to teach the power of connection.

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Gemma Regalado

Love this, Amy – your idea really jumped at me :)

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Hadeel Al Musallam

Hello Marie,,

I just to want to thank you deeply for everything you do… your commitment, your passion, your sacrifices, and your time.

You are such a unique personality, which I highly admire.

As for my passion, I am constantly looking for ways to grow, for myself and for my upcoming business.

I don’t really have a clear vision, as many may face that uncertainty. I know I will be a game changer.

However, looking back at my own turning point, I would say it was exactly a year ago. Where I heard you speak in a virtual conference, entitled “May Cause Miracles”.

Before that conference, I always thought/believed there is only one way to look at things. Which is why we sometimes get in the whole trap of caring about what other people say.

As for my turning point, which happened exactly after the conference, is that perceptions do exist. I just can’t believe how some people still neglect that very important aspect of life – specially when they are your direct influence-rs.

I am still in the phase where I am continuing my education with you every week, reading articles and books about self development.

But I still feel I need to take the word out…

For the time being, I am thinking of becoming a transformational coach / supercoach.

But my learning practice hasn’t stopped, in fact I am taking your advice of getting a bridge job – BJs.

Other than that, I can’t wait to show the world what I’m capable of accomplishing.

Thank you again Marie, I am forever grateful for all your hard work.

Yours,
Hadeel.

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Pat

Great, touching soul interview.
However, what a person should do if feels inside that there is a bigger purpose but hasn’t seen ‘the signs’ yet and living without this clear purpose is an agony?

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Laura Owen

Ponscio is a social network that inspires and equips women entrepreneurs, worldwide – through (1) education, (2) mentorships, and (3) partnerships (business partnership and access to capital). Adam’s story blew me away. I would love to meet him. His Grandmother must be so proud of him (I am and I haven’t even met him!). Hearing Adam’s story inspired me to take some steps for advancing Ponscio today, that I have been sitting on, due to some brick walls. No more brick walls. Thank you for sharing Adam with us, Marie!

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Sherry Truitt

“A drop in the bucket of change has a ripple effect” –It’s what we live by and have supported MFS(Doctors without Borders) from the first moment our company was born.

Kudos to you and Adam, Marie. Small business will change the world.

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Pia

Hi Marie

Thank yo for yet another AWESOME – and timely – ‘Marie TV’. Adam is totally amazing and it is an inspiration to hear him speak.
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My dream? Is to teach those who are suffering with mental illness, especially long-term, to use creativity to help build wellness.
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By being creative, via my myriad of craft projects, I have finally tamed the “Black Dog”. I have been open to medication and therapy, but because I continued to be creative throughout the process/es, I was able to build an inner strength that had previously not existed.
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I want to teach others how to use their creativity to curb their mental illness.

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Pia

Funny enough, I had actually instigated my first steps towards making my dream a reality TONIGHT – before I had watched Adam speak!!!
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I have started making changes on my FB page, wrote a blog post about Adam, AND altered my ‘purpose’ for my business – that I am building thanks to B-School which I am currently enrolled in and LOVING :D
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Love your work, Marie.
<3
Pia
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ps
Adam – love your ('for-purpose') work too

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Mimika Cooney

Your story of purpose and willing action is such an inspiration! Having that feeling that I’m meant to do something big in this world burns deep and it’s often hard to think past “how can one person make a difference?” Thank you for sharing how the signs the universe gives are the encouraging silent words I need to press forward. Thanks Adam and Marie!!!

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Africa Archield - Joy Strategist

Excellent interview, Marie! Adam has an incredible story that highlights how an everyday person steps into greatness.

I am working toward my pie-in-the-sky vision daily! I want to help people truly love themselves so they can love others in a deeper and fuller way exemplified by “love your neighbor as you love yourself,” and thus usher in a more stable loving world.

My starting point is inspiring women to love themselves fully by tapping into God, and letting that wellspring of love ripple out to form a peaceful, joyous, and loving world.

It may seem impossible, but I know if I do my part, others will do their part, and together the world as we know it will be recreated.

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Precious Jason

Hi Marie,
What an amazing interview. Thank you for sharing your hearts and encouraging me to keep at it one day at a time. I am a 35 year old cancer survivor. I had to give up my skincare business to undergo a bone marrow transplant and heal. I worried if things would ever be the same again. My dream is to start it all over again this time using my personal experiences to support people just like me. I want to make people feel good and empowered and continue to raise money for my local hospital in the Uk.
My second dream was to attend b school . Sadly I missed the scholarship closing date as I was in hospital and can not afford the fees just yet. I will not give up though. One day I know things will click.

Sending you all the very best today and always x

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meegan

The dream… to contribute to kids and schools in some way.
My action = Take the next step and work towards becoming a family day care provider (> teacher> quality education supporter). Called them up they’re sending out the info as we ‘speak’. Scary for me because I have a very well paying part time job in a totally different profession and a very young family to help support. But I’d rather teach my kids to dare greatly (brene brown style) than learn to push the grind stone.

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Jules

Talk about signs arriving at the right time. As I go through some personal & business shifts, it has left me wondering many things, including…do I carry on or change direction?

There are some many things in this interview that have changed how I feel right now.

Remembering that what I am experiencing is ‘my little bubble of experience’ it’s not the whole picture.
“I (too) prefer to live in a world where I feel guided.”

This is one of the most profound interviews yet Marie and team, thank you. And of course thank you Adam.
Feeling blessed and grateful
Jules
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Lindsey Hardy

Marie,

Wow!!! I was headed to the gym and this completely stopped me and I soaked in everything that Adam said. His story is so genuine and compelling. I love how God will use everything in your life to point you in the direction of where he wants to use you and make a HUGE difference in individual lives all over the world!

I’m a first year B School student and absolutely loving it! (Sat up last night until 2 b/c I couldn’t STOP listening to the modules. You are like a good book that you can’t put down!!)
I am definitely going to get Paul’s book and share it with everyone else! I love people who pursue and promote what they are called to do. Just this week I was talking with a friend about my desire to give to an organization and have been praying about how to continue to build upon my experiences and struggles to impact more lives.

So thank you so much for this interview! Thank you for encouraging people to be themselves and not be copycats of everyone else. I’ve definitely made some fun videos this week my followers loved and decided to just be myself. I look forward to reading Paul’s book! It really made me want to serve more, give more and use my business purpose to make a difference!

Lindsey xo

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Lea

LOVE! LOVE! I have taught as a public school educator for 8 years and although I love teaching, I am certain we are missing the mark on education in this country. THESE are the kind of concepts we need to be teaching our youth! I would love to hear Adam’s ideas for education transformation right here in our own country (notice I DID NOT say reform – the entire system needs to be transformed, not reformed). It is my belief that today young people in our country are beginning to outsmart the current “educational process” and connecting with the idea of passion, purpose and profit. “Common core standards” sounds just that….common and standard. We can do better! We have to do better! Thank you Adam for sharing your story! I would absolutely love to see your impact right here in the United States. I am happy to report that I am now a first year B-School student with a dream to bring my passion for education and youth empowerment to the world :) Much love!

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Danielle Zack

Hi Lea!

Thank you for your passion for education! Being a parent with two kids in grade school, your words are so refreshing! In addition to school, I work with my children at home as much as I can, but I feel stuck in the system. My kids are doing very well, but I still feel like there’s a better way. A way for them to receive more value. So, YES! Please bring your passion for education and youth empowerment to the world! We NEED you! :)

<3 Danielle

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Rebecca

Wow, I am so inspired by Adam’s story and I can’t wait to start reading his book! My impossible dream is to learn new languages and travel with my 2 boys and show them how different life is in other places of the world. Like Adam said, it really wasn’t until he visited these places that he actually realized the bubble he had been living in growing up here. I see this in myself and even more so in my kids. I want to give them that perspective so that in turn, I can help them to manifest and create their own impossible dream and find inspiration to change the world for the better in their own ways.

Wonderful interview Marie! Adam, thank you for all you do! xoxo

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Shannon

Marie!

Thank you so much for having Adam on. You two are amazing and you really just helped me clear up a lot of the confusion about what my next steps are in this journey called life!

I am in BSchool and I have been too focused on how I am going to make money, not how I am going to make a difference.

Today, you and Adam just set me straight!

Thanks so much for ALL that you do.

Shannon

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Monique

So many people are discouraged and need someone to take an interest in them to show them their true potential. I am a work in progress in this area but try very hard in my life to help and encourage those around me. I am inspired every day by Martin Luther King’s quote, ” Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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Christina Schlecht

What an amazing story! This has inspired me to really define my true purpose in life and to go for it. I work for a government agency in Canada and it takes all my effort to go into work everyday. I started B-School this year because I want to take my true purpose in life and do it up the Marie Forleo way :) I am wanting to bring medical grade essential oils to the world, to move past pharmaceuticals that are harming people and the environment and to take what nature has provided us and heal. This was the “medicine” that has been used for centuries and truly is a gift from God. This story has inspired me to utilize b-school tools and it’s amazing network to power up my true purpose in life…. To make a huge shift in the consciousness of the world, one drop at a time. Truly thank you!

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Deborah

Hi Marie – great show, as usual, and Adam… what can I say? So inspirational!

My world changed when I divorced four years ago, leaving my husband and business partner of 28 years. Didn’t have a clue what to do, but I had always enjoyed writing. Fast forward to a registered company (with a dear friend) that did not go forward, but I loved the name of it. Today, only a few short months later, I have a content company http://www.TuluCreativeContent and have recently established an associated company called TULU Publishing. My first book of children’s poetry & haiku is launching this coming March 30th in Boca Raton, Florida. If you would have asked me a year ago, “Where will you be in 12 months, Deborah?” I would have told you, “I have no idea. I’m worried and don’t know what to do.” I followed my entrepreneurial spirit, and love of children. This is my legacy (or at least a part of it) for my 21 year old son.

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Heather Laughter

My impossible dream? To offer unlimited hope and happy to the multitudes of women who have allowed their childhood abuse to stain their current paths.

I spoke at an event years ago and was impressed (not part of the plan) to ask how many would like to be acknowledged as having been abused and letting it cloud their “happy”. The show of hands about knocked me over. I expected maybe 25% – but it was closer to 95% of the room.

Did I ignore my lightning moment? I allowed my perceived need for income to alter my path and have done so since. I’m a great biz and life coach, but my purpose? My purpose is more. It’s deeper. “It’s not the kind that makes money”. “Maybe I’m too old now”. At least these are the thoughts that I have let derail me in the past.

I feel energized after watching the video! My steps today? 1. Create the beginnings of an outline for my book. 2. Put $25 in a savings account. I don’t know why, but doing it anyway. 3. Ordering Adam’s book. 4. Posting this (eeek!)

Not in that order.

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Sarah

My dream is infiltrating the Public School System with subtle yet powerful positive lessons through the use of PowerPoint games and resources. I want to plant seeds of uplifting messages in the minds of kids, more specifically Jr. High kids. I have yet to get all of the details figured out but I feel so strongly about this mission/dream/goal.

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Danielle Zack

I LOVE this Sarah! Jr. High is the perfect age. It will have such a positive impact on the youth of the world! :)

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Rowena Hackfeld

I sooo agree. Have been trying to figure out how to incorporate participation in my website with my grands and great grands.

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Shenaye Thomas

My BIG dream is to teach and help people to make life more simple. The one thing we constantly complain about is how difficult life is and how we never have the time to do what we love. When we simplify our life all of this changes. You no longer have to stress about all of those little things. Better yet, you actually have the time to do what you want and follow your purpose. So, in a nutshell, I’m teaching others how to create time to do what they want :)

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Ruth

I have a business that helps professional women to reignite their careers for more happiness and success. We have a dream to empower women in this way around the globe and have recently committed to partnering with a wonderful charity to get girls in developing countries through school as our “for purpose” business arm. This video has taken my thinking about how we could make an impact to an entirely different level. Thank you so much Marie and Adam!

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Jennifer

At work, so engaged with the conversation you and Adam are sharing, and I tear up! Oops, step back girlfriend, not the best place to cry!!! Watching created a double whammy experience for me, as I’m a B-School attendee who entered that arena on a hope and a prayer, rather than with a clear cut direction.

Convergence of core desired feelings, my “non-profit” volunteer work with a grassroots organization in IN, USA created to build a library/resource center in the Ontulili community of Meru, Kenya, and your shared conversation and I am furiously taking “Start the Right Business” steps to map out the possibilities for viability, the Module One exercises and oh, my goodness, wanting to connect with someone to share this ‘lightning’ moment with!

So I write here, and stop to scribble some more, and come back to sharing here and know I have taken an actionable step you asked for! It is a good day, with an incredible 27 minutes of lasting and powerful meaning that will remain close to my heart as I continue to engage in the process.

Thank you for igniting this experience Marie, and Adam, continued success and for-purpose meaningful connection.

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Stephany

That was probably one of the most inspiring interviews you have done that has touched my soul. I haven’t figured out what my purpose means, however, I know that I cherish providing happiness to the people around me.

Thank you again for sharing that video, it meant the world to me this morning. XOXO

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Colleen Darby

Wow! That was so inspiring :) I can completely relate with Adam’s story, mine began after being diagnosed with cancer when I was four months pregnant…my path has zigged and zagged but the divine forces were always there guiding me along the path, helping me to be mindful of the signs along the way. I create inspirational art and products that promote inner peace.
My impossible dream is transform medical environments from sterile, cold spaces to warm, peaceful places, that include art, music, nature and warmth. Spreading awareness to treat a patient as a person, nurturing their mind, body and soul is my mission.

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Denise

Beautiful! Stay strong your story is so powerful. I just finished asking a doctor for an acupuncture referral yesterday and it was like I asked for a trip to Mars! LOL… I love your vision for healing

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Sylvia Steininger

Dear Marie and Adam,
Thank you for sharing your amazing story…. I can’t stop crying…. You are a beautiful soul and the world needs more people like you. No need to gift me the book, I’ll buy it. Keep dreaming….

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Denise

I agree! :)

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Diane Lockman

Marie and Adam…thank you so much for this amazing, authentic, inspiring conversation!

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Renee

Hi, Marie, and thank you so much for your interview with Adam!

My ‘impossible dream’ is to become a spiritual inspiration for high-end professionals with my fine art prints that include inspirational quotes.

The step that I’m taking towards it was actually started just an hour before watching this weeks episode. With inspiration from previous episodes and my own collective wisdom, I believed in myself enough to quit a part-time job that was just sucking away my confidence and sanity. so that now I have more time to focus on another part-time job that I just got yesterday!! that is more purposeful, higher-paying, and conducive to my schedule and energy needed to starting my biz.

thank you, marie. faith, right now, is being spiritually connected and inspired, while walking into the unknown.

xoxo,
renee

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Vennessa Fuhs

My “impossible dream” is to create an online community where everyone can “make a difference” every day. I embarked on this journey years ago and day by day, slowly but surely, it’s becoming a reality. Thank You Marie and Adam for this awesome and inspiring message today, it’s exactly what I needed.

P.S. I LOVE B-School!!!

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Winterberry Girl

What most of us are waiting for (and don’t even realize it) is a big pink PERMISSION SLIP to live our lives the way our hearts are leading. Your words and resources are just that. I ask myself, “Why don’t I just give the permission slip to myself?” Now there is a question that deserves some soul searching.

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Ann Mahony

Not only is your permission slip idea memorable, a perfect book title, it’s the cornerstone for an all encompassing brand identity. It’s freakin’ brilliant. You can have a series of videos that are permission slips, etc. Please pursue this.

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Dawn

My impossible dream is to sell my work at galleries and at fine art shows around the country. I have been working with glass for 8 years now and I sell well at local shows. I even teach my craft at local art centers…..

I have golden handcuffs at my corporate job and simply cannot give up the steady paycheck. I have been miserable in corporate America and am too afraid to make the leap.

I am in an incredible rut and not sure how to change my fate……
Dawn

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Meredith

Marie, I need to read this book! I’d be honored to win a copy… xxoo

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Alicia

omg, the two of you together this morning was almost too much! I wish I could clone you two and spread you all around – the world needs more of you all! :)

My “impossible dream” is to re-craft the way that people think about what they consider to be trash. I already re-value junkmail and magazines to make jewelry and accessories — people are always surprised to learn what my raw materials are. I also teach origami to kids a couple times a month and we use magazine and catalog pages for folding. (It’s lovely to get that message in early with them.) I really want people to consider more carefully what can be reused, recycled,remade, composted and what is left is really trash.

There is a real beauty in revaluing something that no one took notice of. It is a real art to take the scraps, see the potential and make something that is lovely to look at as well as useful.

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laramealor.com

WOW this was such an inspiring video! thank you so much for sharing. I can not wait to purchase Adam’s book.
http://www.laramealor.com/new-balance-real-world/

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Peaceofhealth

As I write this, I am in tears…tears of joy, gratitude, and inspiration! I am the only family member of my biological tribe left on plant earth in body form. The last card my mother gifted to me before she transitioned, states…”The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” She signed it, “You are in my thoughts and dreams, Love Mom.” Ever since then (two years) I have been following the signs and committed to finding my passion to change my life and add value to the world. Currently, I am an educator in a public school system. I love my Kindergarten Students with Autism, however, it does not serve my spirit to work within toxic systems. I have thought of building schools, but HAVE to do it in a way that serve children, families, and makes a difference in the communities were they live. Adam, if you are reading this, I would love to connect with you and brainstorm. My passion are children who don’t have a voice and need someone to advocate for them. Health, wellness, and longevity (I have owned and operated a health and fitness consulting firm for over 18 years). I don’t know where the road will take me and I’ve never been more filed with hope, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Love & Peace,
Sue

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paula camila

I always – since I was a little girl – dreamed about world peace. As I grew up, I started to understand more about peace… being at peace with yourself, with others, with the Universe. So I understood it is all about LOVE. Loving yourself, loving the other, loving the tree that shades us on hot days, our pets that always greet us with such joy. And it is connected to know who you are and at all moments making choices that takes you further, that contributes to a better you, a better world. So… my impossible dream would be to live in a world of peace, love and joy. Where we could all have the opportunity to make something out of ourselves, receive the necessary education, not live for making profit to others. I used to think it was impossible… but now, seeing you, seeing Adam, it does not sound so crazy and for sure… does not sound impossible.

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Sandrine Daubord

Yes Paula I have the same vision than you .I am a dreamer and always has been and I know that dreams come truth. I love children , they are our teachers , they are our future . I always works with them since I was young ….yes ecad start with self, peace start with self . If each one of us will be in peace one day at a time , there will be only peace in this word . And this is my mission and I do know NOTHING is impossible ! Thank you so much Adam for following your heart and your guidance , thank you Marie for this powerful video . Those kids needs us !

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Grace

I want to say thank you for this interview. I found Pencils of Promise a year ago and fell in love with it. I’m a science educator, so the draw was unbelievably powerful. It became one of my adopted charities that I wanted to donate to. Thus, I began to make small things with left over yarn and sell them for all the profits to go to Pencils of Promise.

Hearing the full story brought tears to my eyes, pride to my heart, and a sense of hope that these kids will have a brighter future. I’m so happy to know the full story finally.

The gushing finished (for now), I should answer your question. My impossible dream is my company, Insanitek R&D, which is designed to those working poor individuals that struggle to make ends meet, but have a dream of inventing and crafting a life and business of their design.

The small step I’m taking today is that I am one of those 8,300,000 working poor that is struggling to get by. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/10/29/29-uncomfortable-myths-about-soaring-poverty-in-america/) I’m struggling every day to keep a roof over my head, food in the cupboard, and hope in my heart. I’m walking the walk so I can be the voice of experience for those that I’m going to help. (Not hope to help, but going to help.)

Every day I make small, barely tangible progress to what I should be doing with my life. Every day I remember that two years ago I was hanging by a tread and homeless. Every day I think, “I can do this. And if I can do this from what I have, so can anyone else.”

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Jen

Throughout my life I always had the belief that I was too small to make a difference, that others were bigger, and better than me. Through the past year I have gone through a spiritual transformation and begun to believe that I can make a difference, that I have choices, and to touch one persons/animals life is worth everything! I can make a difference! Listening to my heart is my number one priority.

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Nicole Notario-Risk

Thanks for this beautiful and inspiring interview. Minutes after I finished watching, I walked upstairs to change my guest room sheets. I opened a drawer that is always empty and a pencil rolled from the back into view. I have no idea how it got there but it was a beautiful sign and representation to keep following my dream to build a business that helps save the lives of more homeless pets. Awesome goosebump moment.

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Noémie

First of all, thank you so much for this beautiful interview. It spoke right to my heart ; you guys are both generous and intuitive people. Here’s a little back story about my dream. I’ve worked in NGOs all my life and I’ve studied the impact of violence on people and I believe that physical activity is a great way to regain the control of our body after a physical trauma. Recently, I started to understand that we can make money and do business in a heart-centered way (thanks Marie TV)☺

My project is to make surf trips in a village ( I adore!) in Mexico with people from Canada (where we live). My partner and I have already made contact with business partners in both countries. My step today was to e-mail the partner in Mexico with the news of what happened with the partner in Canada. It’s really out of my comfort zone… but I’m doing it with the aim that one day this business will be sustainable and that it would be linked with a « for purpose » project about kids and physical activity.
Thank you so much to both of you for being positive leaders and role models !

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Caroline Frenette Intuitive Leadership Coach

Congratulations on your school in Laos! What an amazing & inspiring project.

My “impossible” dream would be to ban the sale of animals in ALL pet shops and to shut down ALL puppy mills. It breaks my heart to see animals mistreated, homeless and abandoned because of ignorant human beings.

If we banned the sale of animals (especially cats and dogs) in pet stores, shelters would be EMPTY. And that, would be a good thing.

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Sandra Mora

I’ve haven’t stopped crying. This is one of those “signs” Adam talks about. Thank you! Too bad I cannot frame the interview to hang it in a wall, but I can certainly buy the book.
I’ve always thought that there’s a greater reason for everything that happens to us, and that is only with time and moving forward that you can start to connect the dots. I’m still connecting them, but I can feel I’m almost there and this interview gives me chicken pumps because of the sinchronicity. It is not a coincidence, I feel it!
I’m right now in the process of letting my fears go and getting clarity on how am I supposed to fulfill my pourpose and be able to provide my family (I have 4 boys) at the same time. The “for pourpose” definition is awesome and opens so many possibilities! I want to learn more!
I had an “epiphany”, felt the lightning and a name came to me… I still don’t know how to bring it to life, but I’ve already got the URL!
I trust that B-School and all of this messages that I’m receiving will help me finally structure what has been going around my mind for so long! I can’t wait to start making a difference and making this world a better place!
I cannot say THANK YOU enough!
I feel so connected!
Let’s keep moving forward.

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JW

I am JW from Korea.
Yesterday I read the book The Alchemist. I usually read books on my kindle. Since one of my favorite books has been the alchemist I like 2 years ago I bought English version one. But I couldn’t read that cuz it was too difficult for me. I had read that in korean version like twice. I was kinda into the story but I actually didn’t get inspired by it.

Yesterday i just felt the urge that I wanted to test out how much my english had improved. That day I was off work. I had nothing to do and I think one thing I could do was just sitting around home doing nothing. I just said to myself “OK this is my goal of today just finish this book until midnight.”
To my surprise I felt so comfortable reading it without looking up words that i don’t know usually. I just read as if i was reading a korean book. I started feeling that way kind of giving myself a big pat on my shoulder. I was so into it so for the first time I had finished one book in one day. While doing I felt so many things in my heart I did meditate on some ideas. I was so sentimentally inspired and at the end of it I thought to myself ‘I was put on the earth for some reason and to die tomorrow is no different from dying 50 or more years from now if I follow my heart or go for my dream. Even if doing so is tough every minute of the process will be an encounter with God.

And this video has been uploaded telling the same thing as The Alchemist.
I feel like now I really should find my true purpose.
So beautiful story and interview loved it.

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Helen Rowland

Good for you, JW. That book “The Alchemist” was one I listened to after I had had open-heart surgery and was flat on my back. I just let the words uplift me and take my mind off the physical challenge my body was going through, and I truly believe that by listening to that and other works, my body was allowed to heal because my mind was on a different plane, and actually I cannot remember having experienced any pain in those days of recovery.
Just keep reading in English. I assure you, the important message and the spirit of the book will come through in spite of you not understanding every word.
I wish you all the best.

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Bertrand

Inspiring conversation! The spark of creativity unleashed via a pencil… something we forget and take for granted… I can feel the power of the creativity of the child and becoming an inspiration for a full community.

Sometimes, our gifts are real and we take them for granted and we know that we make a difference in people’s lives, and yet, we do not see the impact of a word, an advice, a question, a smile or our presence. So Shine! and know that all you are is the gift, is the pencil for somebody’s live!

PS: I love a man who is a family man, being a single dad, I know what it means and the value we bring to our family!

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Kindrid

Hi Marie,

My name is Kindrid and I am inspired by everything you do. Your boldness and your spirit is what I admire the most. I dream of doing exactly what you and Adam are doing. My impossible dream is to travel the world embracing all cultures and building schools and communities so that all people can embrace their true selves. I, like Adam, am working a job(after graduating college last year) that I just don’t feel fulfilled in. I am so blessed to be working this job and I am very humbled, however, I know that this is not my purpose. I know my purpose is to be heard, to be bold, and embrace and love everyone through the gift that God has blessed me to have. I feel like all of my time is tied up doing something that does not serve me. I want to embrace all of me so that I can give someone else the experience of embracing all of themselves. I don’t know where to start but your establishment gives me inspiration!! Thank you Marie and Adam for being so amazing and I love you guys and everyone that is a part of this beautiful program you have established!!

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Evgenia

Dear Marie! Thank you for a very inspiring video! Adam is an amazing human being:) My dream is that every child’s potential could be realized with the help of education – my gift to the world is an ability to create educational environments for small children where they thrive. I am living this dream running a Montessori community for children under 3 years old. Some day I hope to be able to go out into the world and offer gifts of early education to more children:)

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Shai Ford

My ‘impossible dream’ has been to work in the field of peace activism and, at the same time, make enough of a living to support my family while helping make the world a better place. Through a lot of perseverance and taking chances, I now work for an NGO as a social media marketing manager, and get to spend my days working towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons (which is, in reality, my ultimate ‘impossible dream’). My position didn’t even exist before I marketed myself to this organization and let them know how and why they needed me and, since then, we’ve launched an entire social media campaign around the movement and have been quite successful – we even raised $6K in 48 hours several weeks ago. Now that I’m in B-School, I’m working on building an organization that *teaches* peace leaders and organizations how to ‘market’ their causes to gain more ground and support in the modern, social-media focused world. It’s better to teach a man to fish, right?

I’ve always felt called towards peace activism, and being able to do it, as a single mom, and still put a nice roof over my children’s head is an absolute dream come true.

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Michelle Austen

Maria and Adam
Thank you for sharing this amazingly inspiring story.
My dream is to run an art school that supports creative people to pursue their artistic dreams in whatever capacity that is. But…More than that it provides youth and adults with faith that they can do what they love and be supported by something so much bigger than what we can see.
I know this dream is not impossible, and I am encouraged to PAY ATTENTION to signs that lead me down the right path.
I am ordering this book NOW because it touch me and thinking of the children’s faces when they experience GOODNESS – made me cry too!

With gratitude,
Michelle

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Robyn

How is that for timing – I was just writing you an email asking you to do an episode with Adam. :)

For me education is the ultimate source of power. That is why I am dedicating myself to helping students in our country, South Africa reach their full potential within their studies. Its a matter of changing the world tomorrow by dedicating myself today.

My goal is to help educate men and women by giving them financial support to do an university degree in the area of Psychology and Social Work. So our communities can get the mental and emotional support that they need to cope with our social ills. If I can help one person then I know that I have arrived.

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Tresa Faino

This was the best episode I have seen…cried like a baby.
I may never be as big as Adam but I have a passion for helping young girls to not have any confidence or mother issues. Having never had self esteem or a mother who gave any positive encouragement…(just negative comments all the time) I spent a lot of time cowering in the corner and resenting even the sound of my others voice. I came to realize that my creative side of myself was where I built my own confidence. I now teach mother/daughter sewing classes. I have discovered that these young girls are fortunate to have someone who has taken the time to show them a skill (after all they are little sponges)..and that they also are getting the opportunity to bond with their mothers in a positive way….I know these young girls walk away proud of their accomplishment and will some day understand how important the class was. Check out my page on FB “The Pillow Lady”

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Danielle Zack

Tresa,
What you are doing is beautiful! The mother daughter connection is so powerful and important.

Danielle

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Leah

This really hits the inspiration spot as I’m struggling through BSchool in my attempt to ‘start before you’re ready’ and I KNOW I can and must do/be something more but have not figured out what that is. Or more accurately and positively – I am searching, sifting and working through and I know this is figureoutable!
Thank you for sharing Adam and his experience and for always sharing your positivity. And much gratitude for all the comments and dreams – such great passion here!

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Heather

Hi Marie,

I had a lot to say so I sent you an email. I hope you get it.

Thank you so much to both you and Adam!

Both wonderful people!

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Jacci

“Change your words, change your worth”. Very powerful. I’m on the board of a “non-profit” that I’m very passionate about. We are in the process of changing our name and rebranding. We are going to also go from non-profit to “For-Purpose”. Love it!

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Tim Tialdo

Marie, you never cease to inspire with your stories and perseverance. In regards to the dream, I’ve been in broadcasting for 10 years and have a dream in my heart to start a ministry, and much like you and Adam, change the world one person at a time. I appreciate your platform and what you do for so many people, you’re a true blessing Marie :)

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Nora

Great interview!

As a writer literature is one of the most important things in my life. It’s the same as a reader. My dream project is to find a way to make people read more. Not only for educational purposes but for their imagination. Reading ignites imagination, imagination makes people think and dream big, people who think and dream big take actions to make those dreams a reality. That’s why I’d like to find a way to bring fiction closer to people, especially from a young age when being on social media takes up most of the kids’ time.

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Pure Ella

I loved this interview! Adam you are a gift to this world and I thank you for this so much.

How I would like to contribute to the world and help people is by encouraging them to connect their health to their happiness. I have healed myself from a rare devastating illness that medically has no cure with food and I want to spread that message that all we really need
are the basics of good nutrition to always be healthy and happy.

So my “Possible Dream” is to reach out to people all over the world with my recipes and inspirations of living a pure life to help them live their life in great health and happiness from the inside out!

♥ Ella
http://pureella.com/

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Amy

Great interview. Loved hearing Adam’s story. Marie, I was crying right along with you! My impossible dream is to buy old homes, rehab them in a “green” way and re-sell them.

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Angela

My impossible dream is to setup an organization for the Sickle Cell Foundation of GA. Many organizations such as Susan G Komen and National Multiple Sclerosis Society raises millions of dollars for their organizations and I want to do this for the Sickle Cell Foundation. I want the organization to be just as popular and become a household name as other organizations that advocate for those stricken with disease. It affects mostly African-Americans in great numbers but yet is not as well known or talked about as its counter-parts.

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Carmen

Adam said something previously about how living life with a sense of purpose is how you create fulfillment. Not only is this something I believe in with my whole heart, not only is it a mindset that we can use to help other people, but it’s a mindset that we can use to help ourselves. Living with a sense of purpose and feeling fulfilled enough to keep pushing forward is something I wish for every human being, young or old, rich or poor, all walks of life. My dream is for humanity to realize the simplicity of that message and to embrace it. Love you both. Keep pushing forward.

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Karyn

simply awesome!

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Tammy Holland

Hi Marie,

Fantastic interview and inspiring young man (you both are!) I took you up on your challenge to take one step towards my (im)Possible dream and secured the domain names for my inspired dream: “the Soulful Woman’s Kick-ass Life Academy.” Thanks for listening Universe – I promise to pay attention to the signs along the way and enjoy every moment.

Thank you for the nudge,

Tammy

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Judi

My dream is to teach people how to build “work optional wealth” so they have the financial freedom to pursue their purpose!

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Ellen Treanor

Great interview with Adam! I have two non-profit ideas that I KNOW it is my destiny to create. One is Youth Enjoy Success which is an extra curricular academic enrichment program for 11th graders. The other is Imagine 8 which is an opt in elimination of 8th grade as we know it and replacing it with a year of imagination. I have no idea how I am going to get these off the ground, but I will figure it out! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Nick

Hi Marie and Adam.
Seeing this interview gives one hope. No dream is impossible. My problem in the past is that I always get overwhelmed too soon and drop the ball. Not any more. I am on the way right now to becoming an accomplished author of fiction books and poetry inspired storybooks. As a natural health activist, I find the books I write are inspiring, and make people just feel good,who read them. They are like chocolate for the brain. The brain needs nutrition of words and stories that inspire when it is troubled.
Now I will tunnel vision on a plan I made, and will not stop till my work is
helping many people to feel good with reading these mind healing books..
Just start, and the ripples in the lake will lead you to victory over your own fears and doubts. Never quit till you get positive results for your effort.
The skeletal bones in the desert of life belong to the procrastinators who died waiting for their ship to come in.
Love the pencil concept. When the American astronauts needed a pen to write upside down, it took a patent, and a12 million dollar project to produce it. The Russians astronauts uses a pencil.
Adam, you are awesome, and a great inspiration. God bless both of you for helping all the people you do.

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Lara-Rose

What a beautiful interview to start the day. I am truly moved and lit up by this very real human interaction between Marie and Adam. What you both shared with me today is deeply inspiring and invigorating. A call to action indeed! I believe that everyone deserves an abundant life through health and wellness. Health is the foundation that we build our temple of dreams upon. There are far too many people out there that are malnourished even here in our “first world” countries. I want to inspire people to dive in to fuel their bodies with real food here but, more importantly, find a way to bring real food to those in need anywhere in the world. I am still weepy from taking in that interview. Between the mantras and the stories and just seeing someone live out their purpose, I am ready to be an ordinary woman taking steps towards changing the world in the way that I can and love. Thank you so much!

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Heather

In some ways, I feel I have been waiting a long time for this interview. The words, the message – the emotions are like a perfect storm. My perfect storm. For the longest time, I’ve been coasting along, running my design business – working with clients who have a lot of money (and some, not a lot of grace, it would seem…), and I’ve been dying inside. I love what I do: the process where I listen to my client, understanding who they are, what they want, without them necessarily having the design dialogue to tell me. I even love devoting large chunks of my life, to creating homes that will inspire them to live a more effective life, but it’s not enough. Something is missing. I know that I am an effective designer; that what I do impacts positively on people’s lives, it’s just that I can’t remember the last time I turned the lights off in the studio, and locked up another day, and felt good about my life. I’ve spend the last 5 months feeling emotionally frozen. I haven’t put my new website up because I don’t want to be seen. It seems like there is this huge deficit between what I spend my life doing, and how I feel about my life. How I feel and what I do, are in two different time zones. And my life is floating inbetween. This needs to change.

And so, here we are: you, me, Marie and Adam Braun and I feel a surge of emotion rising. It’s not anger, but it’s powerful. I need to find away of serving more people, in an organised and forward thinking manner. I’m not yet sure how this will pan out, but I know there’s a need for organised living and I know I can be of service. It’s not an impossible dream because it has just begun. I know this, because serving people, is how I shine.

Thank you.

p.s. I’ve just pre ordered this book, today – it doesn’t come out in the UK until the 1st April.

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Molly

Hi Marie (& Adam!). I do not have an impossible dream to share – simply want to say thank you for your commitment to making our world a better place. What an inspiring video – makes me that much more motivated to change my corner of the world in any way I can. Blessings to you both!

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Lynn

This was such a beautiful and inspiring interview.
I only recently understood the depth of my passion to help people live more healthfully, more fully within their bodies. In just a few months, I’ve gone from calling myself a yoga teacher, to recognizing my worth as a yoga therapist and healer. And signs keep showing up that I’m on the right path.

I also believe in signs and outer guidance. Recently you asked us to finish the statement “wouldn’t it be great if …” and one of my responses was to have a space outside of my house where I could see clients in a more professional setting that was conducive to the work. Two days later, a student offered me space to rent in her offices. We’re meeting today to hash out the business details of this arrangement.

Once I am successful in this path, and I know that I will be, I look forward to finding ways to help girls understand their worth. It took me 48 years to stand up and claim my space in the world. It shouldn’t be so hard for girls and young women to create their dreams. I have yet to see how this will unfold, but it is most assuredly where another passion lies.

Thank you for continuing to bring such wonderful people into my life. I had never heard of Pencils for Promise or Adam Braun. And this has started my Tuesday off with newfound optimism and hope.

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Sonia Di Maulo

This video is a “Lightening Moment” for me.
It has confirmed and aligned all that I have been working towards for the past 6 years. Beautiful story.

Thank you Marie and Adam!

Yours in growth,
Sonia

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Christine

My dream, has been not the business I’ve built out of practicality to pay the bills. But, to write and to paint and to create. I’m an artist and I want to live authentically through the power of what I create.

And honestly, I don’t know where to start

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Jamie Lund

Thank you SO much Adam & Marie for sharing this video. Adam, your story has definitely sparked so many things that I don’t want to wait to start. A few quotes that stuck out to me are “just have faith & keep moving forward, convergence will happen” and “the world needs that special gift that only you have”. I can’t wait to start reading your book!! So inspirational & gives me hope that I CAN accomplish what I set out to do & change peoples lives. Thank you Marie for your weekly emails :) they really brighten my day.

Jamie

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Tiffany

Videos like this give me the hope there are like-minded people out there–people who get teared up over possibilities, fight the status quo, and truly, deeply mean that there is more purpose to life. My impossible dream? I want to touch and educate large numbers of people on love of food and the health of food for I truly believe there is so much confusion around nutrition and people are literally and figuratively dying because of it. Love of food and the health of food can and must connect for long-lasting health and happiness. To bring that to the world–that’s my dream.

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Kyah

for purpose — love it!

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Elissa Nesheim

This was so incredibly inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story here Adam! Your book is definitely on my to read list. Great interview Marie…you are such a genuine person- I really appreciate seeing that in all that you do. I am always amazed at how people can affect you even through video when they are really seated in who they are and deliver genuine messages by sharing their personal experiences. Just beautiful.

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Rachel Medhurst

My impossible dream is to become a best selling author writing fiction for young adults. The fiction I write is gritty, but inspiring. It helps young adults to see that they do have a choice and give them hope.

When I was a teenager, I stayed alive by reading books that gave me hope. My work answers existential questions, but in a realist way so that young adults can relate easier.

I have the front cover designed and want to learn to self publish so that I can get the word out there.

Could also do with more time to dedicate to writing more novels. xx

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Ashton Lynne

Great video. Lots of great insight and advice. We need more positive messages in the world like this! Keep up the AWESOME work and I will do so as well : D

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Stacey

My son (16) and I are both entrepreneurs at our core. Together we conceived of a dream business & life that we will someday love. A messy divorce holds me back as my fledgeling company must remain without monetary value until said divorce is done. We have already used our business to donate funds to the Kortney Rose Foundation, for children’s brain cancer research. Being inspired while riding the brakes is tough. For now, we can make & donate more puppets, wait for B-School’s next run, & continue to search for the all the pieces of the puzzle that will later go into place.

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Mel Houghton

Marie,

love the message Adam shared, what I loved the most was finally seeing where your heart is at and what you care about, in your moment of vulnerability, I warmed to you on a level I hadn’t before, and it was the first time, i have connected to you, AKA that was cool, don’t be afraid to show more of that side of you.

vulnerability is true strength.

stay awesome xo

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Steve

Thanks Marie and Adam, I believe you have changed my life with this great interview. I’m off to get the book. Namaste

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Carly Shankman

This was my favorite MarieTV video yet – thank you!! Listening to the signs and hearing the messages spoke deeply to me. For about a year now, I’ve had the calling to leave my job and go full-time into my health coaching business. I LOVE supporting, guiding, and helping individuals eat the foods that make them feel strong, sexy and confident and TODAY (yes today!) is the day I put in my notice at my job. Come June 1st I will be building and developing my dream fulll-time – an ordinary individual creating extraordinary change. Thank you for this! xo

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Emelia

Just watched Adam’s interview with Jonathan Fields, yesterday. What else is there to say but how powerful the concept of alignment is? When we’re misaligned with purpose, there’s that gnawing in the back of our minds that won’t go away. Many of us will ignore it, but thankfully, Adam was willing to heed that call. It really speaks to his level of commitment to listen to that inner voice.

I love the mantra of “embrace lightning moments.” I call these Divine downloads or soulgasms. (lol) When that sensation comes along, it’s impossible to ignore. We should all experience those moments of awakening.

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Lisa Robbin Young

My friends have started rolling their eyes when they hear me talk about how “divine alignment makes things go REALLY fast”.

But I still think it’s true. When we get into alignment, people show up, opportunities show up. It’s really amazing. I like “soulgasms” that’s kinda what it feels like. :-)

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Emelia

My “impossible dream” is to radically shift the mindset of the average person to consider how soul impacts every aspect of their being. I want the message to resonate with not just the seekers but those who are seemingly unaware. I firmly believe that all global ills disappear when we address what plagues us individually.

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Regina

Hi All,
First time commenter/B-Schooler here :)
Emelia, I love what you said, as my ‘impossible dream’ aligns with yours. My dream is to educate everyone on how illness can be eradicated via spiritual practices, i.e. gratitude, kindness and living out our purpose.
I enjoyed Mr. Braun’s mantra ‘change your words, change your worth’, which has lead to a profound change in my life in recent years. Very interesting man and cause, thanks for sharing.
Back to B-School I go… x

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Emelia

Hey Regina,

I liked that mantra, too. Our words definitely shape our outlook and results. :)

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jen

Talk about signs and reaffirmations!
I finally cracked open Jonathan Fields’ book “Uncertainty” last night and felt such a profound sense of ‘Yes, this is REALLY why I’m here, People Helping Pets is the ONE thing I MUST do in my life.’
Like DEEP. Solid.
So right after I call the new Dog Rescue I’m building an adoptables show for, I am going to search out this video of the 2 men, who in the last 9 hours, have driven the SIGN, yet again, firmly into my soul and into ACTION!
THANK YOU Marie!
(Still wishing I was in B-School but it’s all working out perfectly, eh?! )

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Emelia

Hey Jen,

Go to goodlifeproject.com. Enjoy

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Danna

Wow what an amazing, inspirational interview. My purpose is to teach women and mothers how to take care of themselves and their children through nutrition, happiness, spirituality, and showing them how they can become a first rate version of themselves. Imagining the impact on the world if every child and mother knew that they CAN have, do, and be what they want in life. I guess support is what I want to provide. I’m starting by looking up charities and for-purpose organizations to contribute too. I am also starting by empowering mothers and showing them how it can be done on my website thewellnessjunkie.com

I have new purpose today. I wish I could just get up right now, quit this job and follow my purpose. Maybe tomorrow ;)

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Maggie Henry

What an incredible young man! As an aging hippie, a wilting flower child, I have always fought against injustices, social, political, agricultural… whatever. Today the injustice has arrived at my personal backyard and I am fighting worlds’ largest corporations for my very life. Every penny we have ever had is tied up in our 4th generation family farm, not to mention more blood, sweat, and tears than most people could imagine. Fracking is about to ruin my business and my life, so that is the new fight. I was kind of low when I watched this, we are being run over by the legal teams of the wealthiest corporations on earth. Now I will continue, even if it is over my dead body, I will stop at nothing to preserve the world my grand kids inherit. My promise to all the grand kids everywhere is to educate people to stop the hydrocarbon ruination of this beautiful planet.

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connie curtis

I have many passions. I am in B School to start a business around food allergies specifically a training my husband and I created because of what we saw when we ate out. Fracking. I am a huge stand against this and took action meeting the sierra club where I am out participating against this. Also around preventing using single use plastic and plastic because of the ocean. I love Adams story and I am moving forward this inspires me to keep looking for signs and oppts around my passions and creating my business too.

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Nancy Amar

Nancy Amar
I am so truly inspired and touched by people like Adam and yourself who give back to our communities and realize that we CAN change the world by sharing our gifts. I have a special place in my heart for causes that benefit children. As a pediatric occupational therapist I know that my work touches the lives of the children and families I serve but I would love to share my gift globally. Should you or Adam need any OT advice to help you build a curriculum that incorporates therapeutic/ developmental goals, I’m your girl! Don’t hesitate, it would be an honor. Blessings to you both…you rock!! This is so inspirational, it makes my heart smile!

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Nancy Hassel

Marie,
Awesome, awesome awesome interview! Going out now to get Adam’s book. Completely inspired!
Thank you, you rock!
Nancy

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Debbie Gruber

My dream is for homeless people to feel noticed and valued. 3 months ago, I went to NYC with my 15 year old daughter. It was the coldest, windiest, rainy night and everyone was running fast on the street to get into their restaurants as fast as possible. It was a Saturday night. There was a lady sitting in a puddle with her head down and a brown cardboard sign that said something like “please help me” with a bowl with nothing in it. I walked by her then turned around. I forced myself to look at her (hard to do) and give her a few dollars. What did she say? Not “god bless you” or “Thank You”. She said something I will never forget and that changed me forever. I am crying now just thinking about it. She said “thanks for noticing me”. wow. Isn’t that what we all want? Not to feel invisible in this life and to feel recognized and valued no matter who and where we are? So, how does this translate? Well, I am a musician and music teacher but another one of my passions is baking. I would like to bring cookies to homeless people on the street with a card that says – “You are noticed”. I would like to do this with my teenagers even though they will be scared and my husband won’t like it too much.

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Brooke Underwood

I support you, Debbie! I think that is an amazing message and I believe in you!

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Heather

Debbie,

I loved this post. What a beautiful way of seeing, you have. In all the hundreds of comments, I quickly scanned through, I rested on yours.

You are noticed. And I support you.

Heather

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Eric G Reid

Powerful
A simple action can change the world .. that child with a “pencil” may someday write a great novel,a letter of peace a letter of gratitude or a check to build a new school.
I will never think an action I can is to small to make a change I will take action that the promise of greatness follows a passion.

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Amber

Seriously the BEST episode of MarieTV ever. A beautiful illustration of how inspiration, dedication, ambition, and earnestness can combine to create a perfect storm of progress. Thank you.

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Mark

My impossible dream is to travel the world and inspire people to wake up to the true potential within themselves. I believe an adventure mindset is key to this. And I am already starting the process with my spiritual and yogic life coaching practice.

Thank you for the wonderful video,
Mark

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Laura

WOW. Feeling so inspired.
Love the idea of for purpose + for profit.
My dream is to build a company in Puerto Rico that will create lots of well-paid jobs and also give away all of its profits (hopefully there will be a lot of profit) by donating to local “for purpose” organizations while also creating programs relating to teenage pregnancy, environmental awareness/litter prevention and drug abuse. Big dreams from a little woman living in NYC!

Just had this idea last week while I was sitting at a trade show (of all places) and a friend and I were talking about chips! Taking a step right now and writing a to do list…

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Teresa

My first step was to buy the book. I am so inspired and this came at a time when I am ready to take the next step and figure out what the dream is! If I win a book, I have plenty of folks to share it with. Thank you, Marie for continually providing resources that get me closer to living a life with purpose!

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Umang Goel

What an absolutely amazing conversation to share with everyone! Thank you! I related to everything that Adam shared.

My such moment of revelation that transformed me as a person and my life happened on Jan 1, 2007. After a traumatic year, I sat contemplating life as I sat on a chair in solitude. I saw a huge light bulb with flashing light in front of me. I sat up straighter. I felt hand on my head (the warmth and the weight of my hand is felt even in this moment as I am writing) and then I heard a voice,”Where are you going Umang? are you going up or are you going down?” I felt s though 2 huge boulders had collided, my consciousness had shifted and I was never the same again! Yes that was my moment of Self Revelation and I took it to realize and create magic after magic ever since…I help working women who take care of everything and everyone but themselves. I wrote my book, “A Journey of Self Revelation” under my pen name, “Joy”.

What I had learned was, “Things my be improbable but not impossible and when I put my mind to anything it can become a reality.” I have developed an absolute faith and fulfilling my dreams of helping one soul at a time through my platform that I call “Wellness Haven.” : http://www.wellnesshven.com

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Umang Goel

Here is a quote from my coach that I keep close to my heart, “Someday is not day of the week. It is an excuse for the weak.” That has been instrumental in giving me the momentum I have needed to progress…

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Heather

Umang, that is a lovely post. What you have shared resonates with me. Oh, the ripple effect of women supporting women who give/do too much. That would be really something.

I love this, will be writing it up, in front of my screen….“Someday is not day of the week. It is an excuse for the weak.”

Heather

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Dinah Snow - Money, Marketing & Soul Coach

Awesome, awesome show today, Marie and Adam. I was moved to tears and more importantly, reignited to stay the course and go for my dreams. Thank you!

Dinah Snow

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Penelope Thompson

Simply an inspiration. I love it when I see signs that I know were meant just for me! (Sometimes, they are your video arriving to my email on Tuesday). My ultimate dream of helping people understand the power of healing ourselves through proper nutrition. With the use whole, and living foods (+ herbs) we can heal anything. There is no such dis-ease that is incurable if we learn the basis. I am inspired to vertical herb growing techniques on a commercial scale to incorporate into medicinal formulas for treatments (for profit). As a FOR PURPOSE, to serve the same nutrition education and medicinal treatment programs to underserved US communities. Healthy children that can grow and think more clearly will see more opportunity. Thanx Marie! Bless you:)

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Scarlett Magda

Dear Marie and Adam,

Thank you for sharing this. Both of you are such profoundly inspiring people in your own ways. Currently enrolled in B-school listening to you daily Marie has been very motivational. Now watching you partner with Adam, hits even closer to home for me. Like Adam, my parents fled Hungary and risked their lives for me to have the life I have today. This has motivated me to start a non-profit to enhance the health of humans, animals and the environment globally through sound veterinary expertise. Given that 75% of new diseases have come from animals (SARS, Avian flu, Hanta virus, West Nile for example), and we all rely on animals for one reason or another, there is a great need for the veterinarian to maintain healthy communities. This organization is called Veterinarians International and I am just starting it now. I am looking forward to reading your book Adam. And thank you for you!

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Tracy

Marie – how did you know, AGAIN, that this is exactly what I needed to hear? Adam’s story is truly inspirational and what a great role model for all of us. I love the example of ordinary (which I disagree with :) can lead to extraordinary change. I cannot wait to read his story and share it with others.

I want to help people and make a difference and have been overwhelmed with how and what I am supposed to exactly do – I am trying to be patient and will be more keen to keep an eye out for my signs!!

Thank you SO much for all that you do and for leading by example, it is so powerful!

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Daria

The most amazing interview I have heard in years. Thank you. Both.
You’ve sent electrical lightening through my body with what you do.

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CanCan (@MomMostTraveled)

AMAZING! I actually discovered YOU (Marie Forleo) when I was LIVING in Laos for 9 years!
I am cuckoo for Laos! I speak Lao and miss it every day! Lets go out to the new Lao restaurant in manhattan, eat Lao beef jerky and talk about Laos!
Not only that, I worked at the international school in Vientiane and was part of the pencil collecting initiatives in 2009-2011.

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Katelyn Cross

Hi Marie,

What a compelling and inspiring video. I am a young woman currently based in New York City. I am honored to be able to work with a variety of benefit dinners [Dinners at the Farm] in Connecticut each summer, which are dinners hosted in the middle of small scale farms in Connecticut’s. A portion of the proceeds are donated to help support and maintain the small farmers of Connecticut. I have also been honored in being asked to host a farm to table dinner in the middle of central park this summer.

Now, I am SO proud that I can take part of these initiatives but I feel the dinners come and go and over the cooler months, it’s easy forget about our farmers who work hard and long hours year round. My dream is to use my creativity skills [I am an artist], to create a sustainable for purpose business selling a variety of elegant handmade home goods to support the small farmers in and around the NYC metropolitan area [and perhaps beyond] year round. I’m currently enrolled in B School and learning so much everyday about how to give back to my community and would be honored to receive Braun’s book, a man whose vision and compassion I wholeheartedly support.
Thanks for your uplifting presence Marie!

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Elise

Remarkable interview, thanks so much Marie and Adam. Heart-felt and my eyes are a bit more wide open to notice the signs …

Much love,
Elise

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Salima

Thank you for this soul touching interview Marie! And thank you Adam for being who you are! :-)
As a woman, I really believe that we all are role models for our little girls who look up to us and I want to show them that we can all achieve our dreams if we set our minds to it. I want to make a difference in my children’s lives first, by showing them that everything is possible! That’s what I did when joining B-School, to work my way to the life I should be living, and I hope that’s what I do everyday by opening their eyes to the world.

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Stephenie Zamora

LOVE THIS VIDEO. Awesome, thank you so much for sharing it. My “impossible dream” is to teach the world the power of personal responsibility… a passion that was sparked during our time together in mastermind. :) My first step is throwing up a landing page for my nonprofit, Own Up! which will have a for profit side that funds the for purpose side.

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Kara Sorensen

Stephenie,

After taking your class, I know what you’re saying. That sounds like great vision to me, and I love the name too :-)

Best,

Kara

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terry

amazing story! I love what both of you are bringing to the world!

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Ruzica

I would like to help people to actually see the human being, the personality in itself, to whom they are actually talking, living, working and all other -ings with.

I’ve experienced that so many personalities could not see their own sparkling because there were some people who believed they see someone which is actually not in front of them. The “little” hint that one should look beyond the appearance could have helped some personalities to flower out their sparkle (and some projects to be achieved successfully a.s.o)

So I would like to help and show the ones who are not able to see whats beyond the person they are talking to. It is going to be hard as usually the not seen personalities are looking for help and education, but I hope I will find my way. The first step is to take a training on systematic consulting after I finish my PhD, build a network with my wonderful “bridge job”, and then start with my university, the profs I know there, the students, the big company I perform my “bridge job” and so on.

And actually, Marie, the idea for that came while I was reading “Make every man want you”. Thank you soooo much. I’m in the beginning of the beginning, but I feel it deep inside and I’m curiuos about it.

I love you and thanks for the wonderful and inspiring video.

Ruzica

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Helaine

Wow!!!! An incredible interview – just love that Adam took hold of his future and is living such a purposeful life at such a young age. When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, my answer always was “change the world.” I’ve helped so many nonprofits and individuals (many cancer survivors) create programs and organizations they love – but I’m still struggling to find my own purpose. I’m in B-School now – and as Marie stated in the video, I am one who is trying so hard to have faith and keep moving and trust that the convergence will happen. I see the signs everywhere – just haven’t figured out how to bring it all together. I know it will happen – I have amazing ideas and help others do great work. I just haven’t translated everything yet into my own purpose. One thing I know – I will start working on the ‘for-purpose’ language. I ABSOLUTELY love that!!! Thank you for this interview.

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Julie Laughlin

What an incredible interview about survival leading to an impossible dream.
The mantra that resonated for me the most is ‘change your words, change your worth’. I am starting a healing business, working with young adults and adults called ‘I Am Worthy’ (iamworthy.biz) which i bought the domain to on March 6. During the immersion program I attended for 3 years at an energy medicine school in Massachusetts I worked through the ‘vows’ we take in each of our chakras and the vow I took in my 3rd chakra, starting at a very young age was ‘I am not worthy’. I want to empower people who still cling to that vow to release it and create a freedom statement to live their life purpose. Thank you for reaffirming that I am living my life purpose and the convergence is happening. xo Julie

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Elaina Mortali

Hi Marie!

That was so amazing in fact I actually watched the whole thing which is rare when my toddlers love to interrupt me when I am watching something especially as important as your videos! Very inspired by his story. I traveled to India and remember the children everywhere without homes, without food. And I too met a boy in India, and he wanted money but instead I gave him a meal, and coca-cola, which made him smile so big. In that moment, I wish I could have fed all those children. As mother to 3 children now, I still think about all those little souls I met and how I could have made a difference and what I could do now. I honestly do not know. I would love to involve my own children in the process. I am a passionate mom and photographer and know there is something more I can do with all I do now while integrating service to others. Thank you Marie for all your teachings. I am so inspired by you and Adam!

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Doroteja

Hi Marie and Team! You guys rock! I love these videos and appreciate moving interviews like this so much. Not to mention the ideas and inspiration I get from them. This book is def going on my list of books to read.

My “impossible” dream is to become a published author and life “coach” (don’t really like that word, but don’t yet have a better one). I want SO much to make a difference. I know I’ve gone through everything life has given me for a reason. I’ve come out on the other side stronger, wiser, smarter, more confident, and all of it has guided me on my spiritual journey. Now my life is amazing, like I never thought it could be and I am working toward getting into a position where I can give back. I want to be “in service to others” as Adam said (love those words). It is so important that I heard this message today; we don’t have to wait to be ready to give back when we have that money or that business, or that job, but RIGHT NOW.

What I am going to do right now (my “small act”) is to donate to Adam’s org at: https://www.pencilsofpromise.org/join-the-movement/donate just to show the Universe that I AM willing and ready to give back.

My one step toward my “impossible” dream is to start a blog and YouTube channel in order to put myself out there, take risks, and invest in myself and my passion.

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Heidi

I´m full of tears … of joy, of sadness, of love, of humility … this young man is INSPIRING and ENCOURAGING and I feel that we take too much for granted and I take these interview als a remenber … electrificant in my heart, Thanks dear Marie and Adam <3

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Michelle austen

One more thing…

Thinking the pencils could become pencil crayons!

Wouldn’t that be awesome!

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Erin

Hi Marie,

Thank you for this fabulous interview! I absolutely love Adam’s stories, “survivor’s gratitude” and courage to take the road less traveled. I definitely will read his book.

Being near death has definitely instigated my personal and spiritual growth.

Since you asked, here are my WIGS: http://erinwaterwoman.com/2014/03/14/new-wigs/

Blessings to you and Adam.

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Sara

I cannot begin to speak of how important the timing of this video is in my life right now. I hung on to every single word. You were speaking directly to me. I have a passion to empower and educate individuals (through what medium I am not sure of now). I’ve known this since I was little and recently the fire has only burned brighter to an almost uncontrolable level.

I’m so honoured to hear of your stories, Marie and Adam, and I hope the light you bring will enrich, rescue and empower many individuals for our lifetime and for generations to come.

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Jen

Last night, I was ready to quit. I’m down to $25 bucks and everything was looking pretty bleak. I watched this video, and cried and am inspired to try again today. I have no idea how I’m going to make my dream happen, but I’ll keep moving forward, and keep an eye out for those signs! I too like to live in a world where I feel like I’m getting guidance!
Whoa! Thanks Marie, this came at the perfect time. xxoo Jen

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Heather

Hang in there darling, you are not alone. So many wonderful, bright and inspiring people have been where you are – it’s not the abyss it feels, rather it’s one hell of a launchpad.

Just think of what an inspiring story you’re about to live, for future tales – to others facing your predicament. You will get through this.

Heather

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Heidi Henneman

Marie,
Thanks for this one. I’ve been tuning in weekly, but this one really spoke to me. In 2010, I also started a “for purpose” organization — Jenga Jumuiya — which is the Swahili phrase for Building Community. We build schools, renovate classrooms, and sponsor students in rural Tanzania.

It all started in 2007 during a cultural excursion to a Maasai village, and by my asking a young Maasai girl where she went to school. After a very rough 5 mile walk, we ended up at a dilapidated school with over 1100 kids in 7 classrooms. Since then, through the donations and support of friends and family, we’ve built 2 classrooms and teacher’s office for the school and we are intending to renovate the existing classrooms and build another classroom at the school later this year. In addition, the organization has now taken on a much larger project — building a secondary school for a separate Maasai community in Tanzania. It’s all very exciting, but somewhat overwhelming at the same time.

I’ve left my corporate job in NYC twice now to focus on this endeavor, the most recent time in November — and I do feel it is for good (in both senses of the word). I believe very strongly that education is the key to overcoming poverty in the developing world, and I somehow feel it is my job to support education — especially primary and secondary, and extra especially for girls — in not only Tanzania but other developing countries as well.

It’s so wonderful to hear Adam’s story, and I would actually very much like to meet him and hear more about his organization. I will be getting his book as soon as I am back in the States (next week). Any insights on fundraising, PR, grant securing, etc. would certainly be most welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks for sharing this great story…very inspired and reminded that I am on the right path.

Heidi Henneman
Founder
Jenga Jumuiya — Building Community Through School Building
HeidiH@JengaJumuiya.org
http://www.JengaJumuiya.org

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Sara Regan

My impossible dream is to learn how to program and contribute to open source projects, and get to the point where I can teach others … As we speak I am completing this tutorial
http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html
It’s a basic blog application, so I can start building a portfolio of work…. An example of the sort opportunities that open source gives people like me who are newcomers.

As an international relations and diplomacy grad, I found it so difficult to get into the non-profit (for-purpose ;)) world, and make the difference I so felt I am meant to make in this world. It all seemed so bound by protocol, and bureaucracy, and I never had the level education or experience to get into the organisations I idolised!

I feel that learning to code is the way I can bring change to the world, and turn my generic ‘arts’ based skill set into the technical tools that modern non-profits need (wink wink, Adam I’m looking at you with those developer positions you have on the PoP site at the moment). As I teach myself to program, I volunteer with Rails Girls Summer of Code. We pay women and men to work on open source projects for the summer; no degree or age limit. This is how I am working towards my ‘impossible dream'; working to help others change the trajectory of their live, with the skills I already have, and in the process learning the skills I need to change the trajectory of mine.

Adam, I’m going to share those positions on PoP with my developer friends in New York, and hope you get some great applicants. As I’m based in Germany, unless I work remotely, I can’t contribute, but would love to intern for PoP

xo
Liebe Grüße aus Berlin,
Sara

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Lauren

Literally in tears after watching this interview. This is one of my favorites to date by far! Adam is so humbling and many aspects of his story resonated with me.

When I was a child whenever, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always replied that I wanted to help people. As I grew into an adult, I expected that to develop into something more tangible, but still find myself feeling like I haven’t found “that thing.” I’m a massage therapist and health coach so I AM helping people, but still have this nagging feeling there’s something else and/or more that I’m meant to be doing. I feel I spend a lot of energy seeking out that “thing” and worrying that I’m not going to find it and that a lot ends up getting put on the “fantasy/impossible” shelf. I feel that I have so much passion to put toward something, I’m just impatient about finding that something and also lacking the confidence in finding it.

As I mentioned Adam’s story resonated with me – the feeling that my purpose is to be of service to others. I think the action steps I can take right now are to continue moving forward and following my heart like Marie said, and to be patient and have faith that I’ll find my thing and hopefully, not put it on the “fantasy/impossible” shelf.

Thanks for the inspirational post per usual, Marie.

x, Lauren

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Ann Marie Canaday

Im a newbie in B School! I have been blessed with so many signs and am leaving corporate world to take action. While Im still growing through the signs and in week 2 of the course which I know will help me towards making progress……I am certain that I will live on purpose with intent, clarity and confidence to make a difference in those I am honored to serve. I am moved to use my talents and finances as they come to start an “On-Purpose” (LOVE THAT :)) company to help woman with children maneuver through the complex and often corrupt family court system and to change the Guardian Ad Litem guidelines so that children are indeed put first. Not sure how I will do it but was personally counselled along with my son by a United Way Agency that was FREE and the best help (besides my faith in God) and I want to give back and make help facilitate change and a difference. Great interview and soooooooo inspiring! I was writing down all kinds of key words that inspire me as I determine my new business name. Thanks so much! Ann Marie Canaday

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Yvonne Radley

How funny, I just emailed PoP this week about sponsoring them after listening to Seth Godin on Skillshare. Small world. Adam is an inspiration.

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Judith Thomas

Great interview. “Follow the Signs” – I am going to add this to my mantra board. Small Businesses in rural areas, like where I live, find it hard to compete with businesses in nearby urban centers.

We help them with their promotions, many do not use social media, and programs such as Loyalty and Reward Programs, that get their messages out and encourage residents to Shop Local. Lots of work and lots of miles later, we are still wondering what is next!

“Follow the Signs” – Navigation on both a Spiritual and Geographic level. Thanks again.

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yesandgirl

That was an *amazing* interview. So many powerful moments and lessons. Adam just shines from within..such quiet, gentle power!

I am an expat living in Germany.
I generally describe myself as a professional muse. Creatives and brilliant folks always describe themselves as needing a muse. I think they have it backwards. I have always felt in my bones that my mission in life is to BE a muse. A muse for society, a muse for change, a provocateur to push(in ways big & small) the global consciousness(or status quo).
I always have 2-3 projects going at once but my obsession-project these days is around the issue of helping people over the hump of “YES-BUT..”
This knot of self sabotage is evil! That evil inner editor holding us hostage! So my dream, my continuing mission, is to share my hacks and theories which can bust through our nature/nurture/cultural norms and enrich our lives on the most fundamental level. Then we can build magic things.
My favorite mantra: If your goals don’t scare you, you are not aiming high enough. Go forth, be magnificent! Allez!

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Brenda Tolentino

Hi Marie,
First of all, I love B-School and what an incredibly inspiring man Adam Braun is! I was balling while listening to his story.

Coming from the Philippines, I grew up with poverty equally as bad as in India. It was so ordinary for us to see children begging and suffering in the streets. I am one of the blessed because my fearless mother brought 4 of her children out of that environment and into the USA. I have always felt “helpless” in the plight of these children, as Adam pointed out, thinking “I am one person, how can I change the world?”

My long term dream is to marry my passions: food and travel and one day to build a modest resort/hostel/B&B somewhere in the world that can use tourism to generate jobs for people in that small town.

I don’t know where to start. I am 44 and have built a career in fashion for 20 years, recently have been laid off, am a complete internet novice but taking B-School for the first time! What I do know is that God planned all this for me, like Adam I feel it in my body and soul that I am meant to take B-School and figure it out!

My short term goal is to blog about food and travel on my website, which is currently blank, hopefully after module 2, I will be able to start soon. I am praying that my writing about my experiences will guide me to my super stretch goal, someday.

ONWARD MODULE 2!

Thank you!

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Natalia

“I prefer to live in a world which I feel like I’m getting guidance” – JUST LOVE IT!!

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Sharona

Amazing story! when I do service or give to others is when I feel truly alive…there’s no better feeling for me…for many years I volunteered in an old age home in the art department and it was a great experience. But then I love, love to make jewelry!!. So one day it hit me: I can do both!! So I started to design and hand-craft jewelry and twice a year I choose different to donate a big portion of my profits. My challenge now is to take B-school in order to be able to grow my business and be able to give, give, give!!

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Sharona

Amazing story! when I do service or give to others is when I feel truly alive…there’s no better feeling for me…for many years I volunteered in an old age home in the art department and it was a great experience. But then I love, love to make jewelry!!. So one day it hit me: I can do both!! So I started to design and hand-craft jewelry and twice a year I choose different organizations to donate a big portion of my profits. My challenge now is to take B-school in order to be able to grow my business and be able to give, give, give!!

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Sharon

I am now living my dream – after experiencing severe anxiety back in 2011 and asking the universe for direction. I was completely shocked when I actually received an answer that I wasn’t expecting! I suddenly realised within a single moment that I should create a website that would help others effected by anxiety. It has taken me two years to create the site but I have stayed inspired and motivated by people like Marie and Adam.

I like what Adam says about the terminology that we choose to use – that is why at my site Anxious about Anxiety I choose not to use the term “Suffering from anxiety – but rather “those who are effected by anxiety” Suffering is only a state of mind. AAA encourages people to take an active role with their recovery.

If you know anyone effected by anxiety let them know about
http://anxiousaboutanxiety.com

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Rose, England

Hi Sharon
You are a God-sent! I never knew about anxiety till four years ago I was in your words effected by it. I am better than before but will really really like to nip it in the butt. I will definitely be checking your website.

Adam’s story is timely. Thanks Marie

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Kim Yuhl

Hello Marie,

I was so moved by this interview that you weren’t the only one with tears. When you posed your challenge, what is your impossible dream? I felt those words were a bit out of character for you, especially since Adam just got through talking about word choice. I hope you don’t mind but instead, I will be sharing my possible dream.

My possible dream is to help girls and women to take control of their lives and their destiny. I want to bring entrepreneurial learning and mindset development to girls and women so they can reach their potential.

The other part of that challenge was to do something today. So I did a few things. 1. I pledged my birthday to charity:water. Clean water leads to the health, education and earning potential. 2. I bought a midwife kit to deliver a baby from Unicef’s Inspired Gifts.

Next, I really need to let my possible dream simmer and take shape. I believe peace in the world is through the education and support of women. Finding out how I can best support that is the next step.

Thank you for touching my heart and inspiring me. You have given me a great gift and I will be forever grateful.

Sending my very best,
Kim

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Jennifer

My dream is to be a singer, to create beautiful uplifting music that raises my own energetic vibration or frequency, and also uplifts others. I want to be a fountain of joy, a joy spreader!!! and i am going to write a song right now!!! (Lisa i may ask my spirit guides for help with inspiration)
Thanks to both Marie and Adam for sharing your lives and vibes and for the positive influence and direction you bring to so many!!! :D

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Naomi

My dream is to build my creative business to the point where I can not only support myself but also hire a small team, thus providing other women with their dream jobs as well. I’d love to inspire other young women and show them that you can achieve your dreams. Right now Sweet Violet Bride is in beginning stages and I took out a personal loan to get the first issue of the magazine printed. Barnes & Noble said they’d like to sell it (yay!), but now I’m trying to sell enough ads to make it all happen and actually print the second issue. I have to say it is hard to keep positive everyday when I receive so many “no thanks maybe next issue” responses. There won’t be a next issue if we don’t get advertisers now. I realize this is a hard market to break into but believe I have a unique publication (nature inspired weddings). I’m trying not to lose hope. My other dream (which I’ve had for years) is to be a full-time Etsy seller. I have 3 “part-time” Etsy shops and designing and making jewelry and accessories is as necessary to me as breathing. I struggle between which I’m most passionate about though… publishing/magazines/blogging…and making pretty things in my studio. The maker vs. the curator. Right now I’m doing it all but barely profiting. Your interview with Adam in today’s video was so inspiring and gives me hope that I’ll have a lightning moment about what I’m supposed to spend most of my time on.

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Stacy

Marie!

Thank you so much for this video today and to Adam for teaching me the amazing power of storytelling. I am in my first year of B-School right now and this interview coupled with our lessons from week one is priceless. In just a few short sentences, Adam is able to really deliver a story that creates a powerful impact and literally brings tears. I am moved in so many ways. And hope to be able to share my story with such precision and openness someday.

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Catherine Bosley

I can’t thank you enough for this interview. I sat glued to my computer through out this show. This is something I have been wrestling with for the past year – knowing I was meant to do more, but trying to figure out the what, and the how. When he said “I felt so disconnected to the part of myself that felt truest” – I felt like he had read my most sincere thoughts that I had never been able to articulate. I still don’t know exactly what it is that I am supposed to do. I have a feeling it has something to do with children – either in impoverished countries, or here is our inner-cities – because my heart is always with children who haven’t had the opportunities I have.
Thank you a thousand times over for sharing this today. One short blog post I read a while back had a very powerful line in it that I wanted to share with you all. “In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn’t been good versus evil. It’s hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing.” – Deirdre Sullivan The post can be found at: http://www.npr.org/2005/08/08/4785079/always-go-to-the-funeral
Thank you again,
Catherine

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Noa

Hi Marie,
This interview with Adam is so inspiring. His story is amazing!
Well this is my BIG dream:
I want to help educate children about finance from a young age.
I want to help children around the world to build their confidence in creating their own sources of income and to encourage them to become entrepreneurs.
I believe the future of our income depends on people who take initiative and move things forward.
I want to help built that state of mind in children – to stay creative, think and act outside of the box and look for new ways to fulfill their dreams and ideas.
My first step – writing a children’s book, as I believe a good story can deliver a clear and memorable idea.
I have a few ideas for the concept of the book and my next step is looking for a person who specializes in children education to consult with,on how to develop this concept into a coherent story for children.
I have never done ANYTHING like this before and sometimes it’s terrifying, so I just try to take it one step at a time.
Your show give me a weekly boost of energy and enthusiasm, so thank you for everything that you do!
xo,
Noa

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Daniel

I would love to read the book D:

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Pat Tallman

Hi Marie!
I am an actress in LA and have been working with kids in the foster care system as a volunteer for over 20 years, for an organization called Penny Lane. Penny Lane gets the kids who have been so abused sexually, physically and emotionally they cannot be placed in regular foster care. I could write pages on how incredible this organization is and how they change kids lives, but the quick story is I saw that these kids were getting the care and guidance they needed but they didn’t have much of a holiday. When December rolled around, the sadness really set in. Penny Lane just didn’t have the resources to do too much. I created the Be A Santa campaign to make a holiday happen for the kids, ages 12-18, a very tough age. I wanted them to know there are good people out there who care. I was an abused kid too and I knew what they were feeling but I didn’t know how to help. Every fall I start asking my friends and family to donate. I need to take Be A Santa to another level. But it’s just me making Christmas happen for 120 kids. I’m tired and stressed. I’m a single mom making a sketchy living as an actress. ( I’m in B School now! I have an idea to change my life a bit.) This story has helped me to feel like I can figure out what to do with BAS and reach out further for help to make it even better. Thank you Adam and Marie for this story. Thank you for helping our most precious treasures, the children. Love you both,
Pat Tallman

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Sarah

Pat, this is wonderful! email me I would love to hear more about where your at and how I could offer some ideas or resources!!

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Sarah
Daniel

Hi Marie!

That interview made me cry and gave me some serious endorphin explosion at the same time!
I am really touched in a constructive way and i feel more than inspired.

Thank you so much for sharing this extraordinary story and introducing me to Adam and his great service to all the people around the world who are not ( not yet ) able to live a life they love so easily.

Ive never expressed my gratitude to your precious work before but you are a gift to us all and i am very thankful for the difference you make in my life and all the other persons who feel inspired.

Greetings from Germany

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Brooke

What an inspired impossible dream! Years ago I travelled to Tibet and Nepal, regions of the world deeply spiritual and simultaneously poverty stricken. I fell in love while also having my heart broken again and again and was moved to do something to connect and contribute. I came home and worked fr the context of the establishment and formed a non-profit. I poured my own money into it, sold framed photos from moments I captured while traveling, and more to gather funds for these developing countries. At the same time the market took a giant dump and my non profit was no longer sustainable and I had to let it go.
It is still my dream to begin again, and make it to the point in my career where I can give BIG. Like you Maria I am looking forward to that moment where I can team up to contribute and make change. Having joined B-School this year I anticipate I’ll be making that leap sooner than I might have previously imagined!

Thanks to team Forleo and Adam Braun for the morning dose of inspiration!

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Meagan

Wow wow wow. Did I say wow?! What a phenomenal person and message. Fantastic interview! I plan to watch again tonight with my husband. Bravo Marie and Adam!

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Jeanny

My “impossible dream” is to change corporations from within one-step at a time by demonstrating, training and educating future managers on-the-job in ways of putting people back at the center of our design, development and marketing process. It might have taken me longer than others to work my way up the corporate ladder, because in a male-dominated, numbers-driven, power-hungry culture, I held on to my values and always opted to serve with compassion rather than to win for fame. Now, I’m in a position where I get to seek out, nurture and define how managers (and future leaders) design businesses (products and services) and lead teams. I get to craft a culture based on collaboration, transparency and servitude. It’s not an easy task, especially when you are in an environment that views you more as a threat than a blessing. While I sometimes wish I could’ve taken an easier path. Yet, it’s just so damn fulfilling to see how people’s mind, ways of seeing the world and interactions with others change when they start to think about their business (aka projects) as way to serve.

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Pat Tallman

P.S. I am also a volunteer for Marianne Williamson’s campaign and had a house party for her in January. As Marianne says, our first priority is the children! Thank you for doing the fundraiser in NYC.
xo
Pat

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Aly Tadros

Hey Marie!

Loved this video and love Marie.tv. So thanks for delivering massive value to my (and many others’) lives.

I am a full-time musician, part time babysitter in New York City. Five years ago I started volunteering regularly playing music at an in-patient Hospice in Austin, TX – and it completely changed my life. When I started touring nationally, I booked “bedside” performances in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. It was an amazing experience – but incredibly time consuming; I typically brought on two interns to find and coordinate with hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes each tour.

What I do is modeled after Musicians on Call – an organization that brings musicians into hospitals to do bedside performances, but only in very select cities.

My impossible dream is to build an online network of volunteer opportunities for musicians across the United States. Namely: hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

My theory is this: being an independent musician can be hard. When first getting started, it’s possible you’ll play shows to literally no one but the bartender, and leave a gig or city feeling dejected and discouraged. By taking an afternoon or off-day out to contribute, it’s a constant reminder of the power of music and art. It’s kept me going for years – but it was a battle just to do it.

I want to make giving back as easy and accessible for other musicians as possible!

Either way, thanks for helping me get in touch with that part of myself again! Cheers, Aly.

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Lana

Dear Marie,

This interview made me bawling in tears! and I was just in the first 3 minutes! It does give me a bigger perspective of the many sacrifices my mother and grandmother made and how I should be making the most of my life to honor them. Thank you for such an inspiring interview!
What would I be aiming for? Like Adam I want to start a school here in the Netherlands. Even though it is considered to be one of the best performing countries, I find the state of the early childhood education here lagging behind in terms of understanding of child development and teaching methodologies. I have realized that I am here to do something with being “here” so I would like to focus my energy in making things happen here in the Netherlands but at the same time continue with networking with colleagues in the Philippines to also help them re-shape the state of early childhood education there.

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Michelle H

Love Love Love this story! Thank you so much for sharing! I am inspired to take action – and get a copy of the book! Thanks again! :)

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Amanda Young

My lightening bolt hit last Thursday. I am going to revolutionize our concept of motherhood and the working mom. The long range view is that we shift our societal focus to support and empower mothers to have more widely accepted options to combine their desire to work and contribute to society while raising strong families. In the short term, I’m connecting with change agents and business leaders to put together a vision for the movement. I am following the signs and this video was clearly one of them. Thank you Adam and Marie! xo ay

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Sarah

THat sounds AMAZING!!! good luck to you!!!

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Julie

I also have had an “IT” moment. I know that my purpose is to build the SkylarBrook Foundation. A great take away from this interview is the mantra “Change Your Words, Change Your Worth”. I absolutely love this! I, too, have been struggling with verbalizing my intention to “not make a profit”. :) I am happy to adopt the term “for-purpose organization”.

THANK YOU! I am excited to read the book! In fact, I think I’ll make it mandatory reading for my Board of Directors. Here is an overview of SkylarBrook Foundation (website in development):

SkylarBrook Foundation Ltd. is a 501c3 (pending) for-purpose organization that includes a Camp for Kids and Therapeutic Animal Sanctuary in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Camp SkylarBrook is dedicated to the intellectual and emotional growth of under-served youth by extending affordable access and full scholarships to attend a variety of camp programs, providing families with ongoing educational resources and offering scholarships toward higher education.

Our camps focus on the following topics:
• Exploring STEM Education – Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
• Fostering Values & Ideals – Personal Development & Character Building
• Nurturing Emotional Needs – Learning Responsibility & Compassion (with therapy animals)
• Discovering Creative Expression – Music, Art and Theatrics
• Living Green – Responsible Environmental Stewardship

(Follow SkylarBrook Haven, the Therapeutic Animal Sanctuary @SkyBrookHaven – full website coming soon!)

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Kat

Julie, I know someone that has property in Colorado . He has a similar mission. Maybe you can join up and do this together. He has held 1 week camps for 2 summers for some local foster kids. I think you could meld these 2 together perfectly. You can email me at kpschlesinger@yahoo.com and I could connect you 2.

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Susan

This was very moving. At the beginning of the school year, in August, I was struck by the new shiny backpacks, new personalized notebooks and I thought to myself, there are kids that don’t have a backpack today, on the first day of school. Or a notebook, or book, or pencil. In our affluent neighborhood, we take it for granted and even think it’s normal to run all around town for the perfect $100 backpack (for elementary school!). I wondered that day, how could we gather up enough materials to change the first day of school for those kids across town that don’t have anything to bring with them. It could be a good old fashioned fundraiser, I don’t know. But this brought me back to that day and made me wonder…how?

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Sarah

OMG! OMG! Marie! This was exactly what I needed to hear! It hit home for me 100% and also made me cry! I have felt since I was a child that Im supposed to do something huge with my life.
I started a “for purpose” org. as well and I helped young Latina girls find their worth and inspiration through use of the Arts. I ended up closing that organization, moved into teaching and made a larger impact in the community I grew up in. It was magical!
Now I moved to Florida and I want to take the essence of what I have done on a larger scale by influencing youth through the Arts but, fear, doubt and the uncertainty of how it can happen paralyzes me. To start, my dream would be to have a center focusing on entertainment and the arts for children, youth and adults. A hub of creativity that provides real career opportunities in the industry and helps the community continue to create and express themselves! I would want this to change communities and empower youth. Then I would want to create more centers and programs to empower women and youth all over! Ugh, I get so emotional every time I think of it! Im buying this book to help me remember the gifts I have been given to share with the world!!
Marie, I would be soooo lost without you!!! Thank you!!!! XO

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Liz Johnsen

Thank you for this interview – Hearing Adam explain the power of describing our businesses in terms of what they can do completely resonated with my purpose in life.
Five years ago I was blessed with a daughter who has cerebral palsy. On this journey with her I have only described her to doctors, therapists etc. in terms of what she CAN do not in what her limits are.
I refuse to believe that some humans were brought here with no purpose. Despite our different abilities we all have an opportunity to contribute and bring our gifts to this world – we all all here FOR PURPOSE.
This past year I have been sinking my mama-lion energy into building a farm where any differently-abled child can learn life skills and discover their unique gifts so that stye may one day support themselves.
My dream for this world is that all of our children have a choice in the path they choose no matter what physical and mental hurdles they live with – period. My next step is applying for 501c3 status, then I go through the steps to meet all regulations for working with and employing the “disabled”.
This video renewed the wind in my sails – thank you from my soul.

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Tina Marie Rowden

Marie, as usual u have delivered incredible inspiration thru your program. Adam Braun’s story & work hit a cord in me. Like you, I am a Multi gifted person with entrepreneurial spirit. I am very purposeful but seem to keep leaving pieces of my dreams unfinished.
I want to help people connect. I know that we have enough resources in the world to help all people live a happier & healthier fulfilled life. I am a Christian who inspires action. Yet, I have seen the fruits of my efforts thwarted by obstacles.
I appreciate Adam’s acknowledgement that just because we get a vision of what our purpose is, it doesn’t always translate immediately. But,a seed was planted.
Love to hear more of his work so more people can participate. Locking arms around cause & bring people of multiple economic backgrounds to get her for a common purpose. Thanks for sharing his story with me.

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Alisa

Miss Marie,
What an amazing interview. 2 incredible people sharing their hearts. I was truly inspired.
My impossible dream is to apire and empower families to be able to become healthy and live the life of their dreams disease free. I have partnered with doTerra essential oils to live my dream out. I continue to change my words, and change my worth, change my goals and dreams and impact others to do the same. I have learned and am still learning that service and love are the greatest advertisers for my business. I continue to enjoy learning from you Marie. Thank you for all you do. Best wishes to you and Mr. Braun. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

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Mike DiLeone

The words that had a profound impact on me are that some of us, myself included, tend to feel that can’t change someone’s life if we are not in a position of power, or have an abundance on money. Yes, we can start with one small act to a single person…and change a life. I took those words to heart and more importantly, will take action to do that today. And every day hereafter. Thank you, Adam and Marie, for sharing this most incredible story. Indeed, you have changed a life today.

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Nick Hulme

Wow what an inspirational interview.

When I joined B-school this month I thought I was doing so to kick start a business selling quality violins, that I am just so passionate about. And I have a vision and purpose for this. But then as I started the first module last week something else started niggling away at me, that it wasn’t quite it and a vision started forming on what my while life has been about and leading to, and I can trace the path back quite clearly. Through a near lifelong health challenge labelled an eating disorder I got drawn into a spiritual quest, a quest for freedom and learning a whole ton of self-help, self development, self-healing and all the rest of it techniques – I’m trained in nearly all of them. But what I came to realize most clearly was that your thoughts and beliefs determine your world – the eating disorder really brought that into stark relief but it took many years of work and collision of coincidences before I could see that – and it nearly killed me in the process (in one night of metabolic imbalance induced hallucination I thought I had died, not once but twice), that’s how powerful my thoughts and beliefs were. For all this I have never regretted my years of mental health problems and many months, that add up to years, as an in-patient in clinics. I always knew that it was for a reason and that I would use what I had learned from it and am still learning to help others.
Last week a name for it came to me –
Everyday Enlightenment.
Changing the world one thought at a time.
Change your thoughts, change your world, change The World…one person, one thought at a time.
Teaching self- awareness, mindfulness, and then how to challenge the thoughts and beliefs that are limiting your life.
This is the first time that I have written about this and put it out there in the world…and I am shaking, tingling…its electric.
Change the life of one person and the world will never be the same again…it is that powerful.

Reading through the comments above something suddenly struck me. There are so many powerful dreams there. Many of them overlap, have common themes and compliment each other. Independently each can make a huge difference. But wow, how powerful would it be if they could all actively work together, adding each others talents together, multiplying their effect. Now that’s a dream.

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Nick Hulme

I just wanted to add that I call it Everyday Enlightment because it is in our everyday lives that we discover the thoughts and beliefs that are holding us back, causing us stress, making us unhappy, unfulfilled and preventing us from living as beautiful and enlightened beings. It is Here, Now for all of us if we stop and look.

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B

I often feel like I am meant to do something “more.” It has nothing to do with not loving the life that I currently live or the people I am living it with, it is just something that pulls at me.

My first dream is to successfully teach my children how to live healthy lives, both emotionally and physically/nutritionally. This is an every day process, and has no end. Years from now I hope to see the fruits of my labor in the form of happy men.

My second dream is to have books in the hands of all children (it shocks me that even in the U.S. this is a challenge!). Every year at Christmas time, I request that donations be made to First Book in my name. I hope to some day step into and work toward a more active roll toward this dream. These donations are my first step.

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Ashley Collins

Oh dear Lord…I cannot WAIT to read this book! Such an inspiring story. I literally feel like I can touch the stars right now.

My (what I once thought was) impossible dream is to build an eco-plaza. Using the ever-so-popular “Strip-mall” formula, I want to create a building in a 100% sustainable and eco-friendly way and have it house only health/social/eco conscious businesses. I got so excited about this idea while reading the “Start the Right Business” doc, and then let it slip away because I know nothing about real estate, nothing about architecture or construction, have ZERO money and don’t know how to get an investor (or if I would even want one)!

But – I am passionate about this idea and still think about it even though I’ve already told myself its never going to happen. After watching this interview with Adam Braun, I feel that little tingle again….like, it might just be attainable after all :)

Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I am SO excited to read it :)

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Julie Moss

I loved this interview. It really speaks about listening and following your heart. So many of us don’t listen to our inner voice and are in denial that we have an inner voice.
Thanks for the inspiration to go forth.
I have a t shirt memory quilt business and I hope to build it up to a profitable company so I can find the time and funds to create quilts that I can donate to children and adults that have just been through a stressful situation like losing a home to fire, or witness to a shooting etc. There is so much drama in this world that I feel the comfort of a blanket or quilt wrapped around you can some sense of hope or security to people that are hurting.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this book to read. Thanks Marie and Adam for giving us inspiration and hope that we can DO what we dream!

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Sarah G

Marie, thanks so much for this interview. Two things really stuck with me about Adam and his journey. First, he mentioned two words that have multiple meanings: purpose and dedicate, and I think that speaks to us as humans as well. Each of us, depending on our environment and what or who we are surrounded by can be seen as either the solid, stoic and linear or the ethereal, connected and full of possibility. Second, that he was aware of a choice he was making, and that not everyone sees things that way: choosing to live in a world where I get guidance.
This really spoke to me, so I did my part and opened a business dedicated bank account as well! There is no better feeling than the freedom of possibility.

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Michelle Spalding

“Celebrate what you are, not what you’re not”

LOVE IT, LOVE IT – ordered the book, looking forward to getting it.

My partner and I wish to help people access education in impoverished areas around the world AND provide business training and resources to women in those same areas.

Today – my action is write more in my plan of what this program looks like and also donate again to KIVA who is leading the way to helping people have access to funds to create businesses.

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Pei-Ru

Thank you for such a powerful episode.
I’ve always kept this quote close to my heart, because I believe that with authentic sharing and deep listening, we can create a more peaceful, collaborative world. And this episode reminds me to keep up my work, as I am founding an organization called, Real Food: Real Stories, to use storytelling to strengthen our local food community. Beginning with food, breaking the bread, to tear down walls one story at a time.

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Eeva

I was really touched by Adam’s story about the Indian boy and pencil. In the end of the last year me and my family, meaning my fiancé and our 2,5-year-old girl, came back from India as we were went there to practice and study yoga.

I embrace with open arms the spiritual atmosphere which that country can so generously offer, but at the same time I’m deeply moved by the poverty and incredibly hard life stories people have to share.

My “(Im)possible Dream” is to add beauty, love, abundance and peace to the world through my Heart of Joy mala beads. To help every owner of them to radiate from the place of their higher self. To make my business profitable and give back to the next generation which holds the future within their hands.

xxx

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Susan

“My impossible dream” is to change the housing industry. Too many people are forced into poverty because we can barely pay rent or mortgage. I’ve taken steps to change my housing situation by moving me and my daughter into a small travel trailer. This is showing me how comfortable small living can be and what improvments should be made. I plan on saving money and building a cob home. But more importantly I NEED to help others with building their homes. Why should we slave our lives to pay rent/morgage for a home we’re barely in? If housing was more affordable, people could live with a greater sense of happiness and purpose. I’m here to build dreams and houses. :)

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B

By the way, this is one of the best episodes of MarieTV ever! Loved it, and can’t wait to read the book — just ordered it!

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Dana Leipold, Writing Coach

Okay, I was bawling throughout this whole video! THANK YOU for sharing this man’s story and for the uber dose of inspiration!!!!

The one small step I am taking now is to send an email out to my list about my vision: create an online school to help people with an idea, story, or message that can change the world write and publish a book about it.

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Khai Lin

If there’s one thing I would like to give a child, what would it be?
HOPE.
The question is how?
I live in Asia and have travelled to many neighbouring countries where I experienced poverty first hand, beyond my own comprehension. Just like Adam mentioned, these kids are so innocent, contented and happy that when asked what do they want, it’s always simple things that we take for granted, – paper, pen, pencils, sweets.
4 years ago I was offered the opportunity to volunteer for 6 months in Cambodia. However I discovered that I was pregnant and with a heavy heart I turned down that opportunity. And since then, I have been busy being a mother to my two boys and haven’t given much thoughts to volunteering again.
Seeing the signs
A week ago I received an email from Riverkids, a for-purpose organisation (shall not say non-profit here :)) which helps kids from being trafficked across the border and Riverkids gave them Hope and a sense of purpose by giving them education. Their most recent initiative is – write a letter a month to the child they will match you to. It’s amazing and I signed up almost immediately.
And then I came across this video on Pencils of Promise. And something just clicked.
What if I…
How about offering the same initiative to the children in schools built by Pencils of Promise? What if I set up a small group and start to get volunteers to write letters to these kids? It gives the children something to look forward to and the volunteer a sense of mentorship?
I haven’t really thought how I am going to do this but if the universe is showing me some signs and edging me towards a bigger purpose, I shall go forth and explore.

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Cynthia Belmer

That sounds so BEAUTIFUL!

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Kerry Jackson-Rider

Khai Lin, what a wonderful idea, please count me in. I sponsor a little girl in Cambodia too and want to develope my ‘real’ work in South East Asia and India. Please connect with me at hello@kerryjacksonrider.co.uk – I would love that xx

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Cynthia Belmer

Thank you Marie for posting this. Adam you’re incredible!

This was another sign for me to follow my heart.

I’m currently coaching women + new author and I totally LOVE IT!
BUT I also have another clear vision in my heart which is to help bring awareness for young kids in the third world countries. Coming from a third world country myself, I know how much this is needed and I want these young kids to grow up knowing that they can choose and create their own destiny.

xo

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Petra

Hi Marie & Adam!
I was so inspired by this video!
I’ve been working in the “non-profit” sector for the last 7 years and Adam you are so right! I could never understand the “definition of non-profit” and how one defines their work can make a big difference.
I immediately went online to my library and put myself on the list for your book! I am 4th in line – and your book is “on order” at the Vancouver Public Library!
I left my job 6 months ago because I wasn’t following my passion.
My dream ( I don’t believe in the word “impossible” anymore…….) is to own a b&b for cyclists that’s by donation. A part of which I will donate back. I want it to be so homey, with comfy, comfy sheets, a vegey garden and a hot shower. I love cycling and I know cyclists do it to reduce the footprint on the planet.
I’ve been following the signs.
I love what Marie does and am happy to have found her to learn from. I know will follow Adam because I’ve been inspired once again! Thank you!

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Stacey Engels

Thank you so much for this interview – so many individual lines in it, and the feeling and message overall, have reassured me that I am exactly where I need to be. No matter how difficult it is to imagine the point of confluence – when faith, hard work, “it” moments, human connections and the timing of the universe will make it possible to move forward with my dreams – B-School in general and this video in particular make it easier to relax into the imperfect now, knowing that if I can, I will be able to create the perfect future. Thank you, Marie, Adam, and Ma -

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Amy Draper

I absolutely LOVED the interview and will get Adam’s book immediately. I wanted to tell you a story about how a few people can make a difference in a community. I share this because ANYONE with a sense of passion and determination can start small and bring goodness into our world.

Last November, a friend of mine forwarded me an email about a 12-year-old homeless boy in our community who needed shoes because he only had the pair of flip flops that he had been wearing since summer. It was freezing at the time, the beginning of what we in Maryland all know has been a very long, cold winter. I remember looking at the email with such disbelief that a boy, close to my own son’s age, had no home, no warm clothing and no shoes. It broke my heart.

I own my own yoga business and I forwarded the email request to my yoga students. One of my students posted the request for donations on his Facebook page. From there it was shared 48 times. From contacts that the three of us had reached, we were able to collect a Jeep full of shoes, clothing, coats, toiletries and other donations to help this student and any others who would need what we collected.

These grass roots efforts not only provided immediate relief to those in need, they ultimately helped create a movement in our community. From donors to volunteers, there were so many people who pitched in to make this happen.

A couple of weeks later, my friend who had sent me that first email and I became aware of a mother with three small children who were staying at a local motel for emergency shelter. This family’s stay was about to expire so this mother with three children ages 5, 3 and 11 months, were facing the reality of living outside in the elements. Without much of a plan, my friend and I filled up a cooler with healthy food and delivered it along with diapers, formula and other essentials. We reached out to the community again and were able to gather donations to extend her stay at the hotel, provide warm meals, help her navigate through community resources and give her some breathing room so that she could move forward. Ultimately we worked with this mother to get her family into the Advocates for Homeless Families program. She was accepted there about a month after we met her and she moved in the day after Christmas.

Through the effort of gathering shoes for the first middle school student, to the work that we did with this mother of three children and her family and the other families that came after, it was clear that we needed a way to help other children in our community who were facing homelessness.

We set up a Facebook group that began with just the three of us and we now have over 845 members. Since we began the Facebook group in early December, we have identified needs in the community and have been assisting families with needs in navigating the resources available to them, securing proper documentation, applying for resources, advocating for more permanent housing, receiving proper food, clothing and other necessities. Also, we believe that we have raised the issue of student homelessness to a much higher profile within the community via media and other activities. The Facebook group called “Frederick County Homeless Students Initiative” illustrates the inspired action of so many compassionate people in our community who have rallied around this important cause. We are now organizing the group as a non-profit to be most effective and broaden the reach in the community. All of this occurred in less than 4 months. And it all started with compassion, commitment and a simple email.
xo Amy

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Marie Forleo

Amy this is absolutely incredible. Thank you for being you and an extended thanks to the awesome folks in your group. You are all angels. All my love xoxo M

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Amy Draper

Thanks Marie. It’s wonderful to be part of this movement. The acronym for our Students Homelessness Initiative Partnership is SHIP. I found this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr that seemed fitting for our group as well as all of the other wonderful compassionate efforts that everyone is talking about:
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
Thanks again for sharing your inspiring video!
xo Amy (B-School Class of 2014)

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Lisa

Amy, Thanks for this story and sharing! I’m excited to now be a part of your FB group now and also be able to help and share with others when needs come up and get posted. Your empathy and caring is beyond incredible and so inspiring + the desire to make change and not just sit by and hope for things to be different.

I hope it’s okay but I’d love to leave the link here of your group for others that may want to follow and be of assistance! https://www.facebook.com/groups/543515775737758/

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Amy Draper

Thanks so much Lisa for the kind words and support!!! I greatly appreciate you joining our group and your willingness to assist. And thank you for posting the link!!! xo Amy

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Katie

What an absolutely stunning & inspiring story Amy – God bless you & your community for your love & kindness x

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Amy Draper

Thank you Katie! I really appreciate your kind words. xo Amy

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Dawn

What a fantastic testament to the power of compassion! Way to go:)

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Amy Draper

Thank you Dawn!!! xo Amy

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Tanya von Zychlinsky

Hi Amy, thank you so much for your inspiring post as well as all that you and your group have done. That’s how one person can make a huge difference – especially with all other ‘one persons’. Congratulations! You’re an angel oxo Tanya

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Lee Romano Sequeira

Hi Marie,

I can see why you were teary-eyed. Wow, Adam made for a beautiful Marie TV guest!

As an American (and original “Jersey girl”) Adam made me realize even more how much so many of us take for granted — could you imagine just wanting a pencil as a child? This is one of the reason’s I began my mission-based foundation, Peg’s Presents (www.PegsPresents.org). Named after my mom Peg, who along with my Dad, fostered a variety of 16 children over the years, we give gifts (and smiles) to children in need.

My parents adored children, and I bet they’re continuing their love on the “other side”. While I’m here, I’ll continue bringing those smiles to kids, while hoping to raise awareness to others, that helping those in need — no matter how small (think of that pencil) is a MUST.

Best,
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(¸.·´ (¸.·’*~ Lee*

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Sharon

So inspiring and makes my heart ache to be fully living my dream. I had a vision about 15 years ago that I was going to make a difference. That sense of knowing has continued as my restlessness took me from my home country of South Africa to England and then the US.

I keep taking steps towards it but have had to do a lot of growing and gaining of confidence to truly believe I can be the change. I now recognize I was searching for something which was inside me all the time.

I totally understand about not feeling like you fit as while I love living here, I constantly feel the pull to reconnect with the realness that exists in developing countries. I have had to be patient as this journey has been necessary to put me in a place where I can realize my vision.

My dream has always been to 1. Start a business that helps local people in Southern Africa benefit by my being in the US. 2. Help people in the US benefit from the amazing people and experiences in Africa. I am finally starting to get close after I got past my fear of I am too small to do this.

To achieve my first goal I am in the process of setting up a business to sell a product here that directly benefits local communities in Southern Africa. The second goal that I will work on through b-school is to tweak my existing business by translating my change agent experience, health coaching training and love of travel into transformational trips to South Africa and other developing countries.

To answer your challenge Marie, the one step I will take as a result of being inspired by Adam is to set up visits to various charities while I am in South Africa next month with a view to understanding what they need and how I can directly help.

Thank you for the beautiful and heartfelt inspiration. xxxx

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Melanie P

My dream is to educate young girls and inspire them to blaze their own trail in science and technology. According to the Anita Borg Institute and a wide variety of other sources, not only is the pipeline of girls into science and tech severely reduced (compared to men) but the attrition rate for women in technical careers is twice that of men. Unfortunately, most of the conversation around this problem involves encouraging female students into the the hard sciences and engineering, which excludes the sciences that are both most interesting to women (the ones they self-select, like sociology, anthropology and psychology) and those most relevant to substantially improving technology for real people. What is needed is more meaningful inclusion of women educated in the social sciences and liberal arts that are experts in user experience and applied behavioral science. As a human factors psychologist in a high tech company, I’d really love to find a way to facilitate this new path among girls/women and broader mainstream understanding of its financial and social benefits in the corporate world, among entrepreneurs and beyond. The step I can take is to keep working on the side toward building my website and building the messaging…. even keep working on my own book on the topic! ;-)

Thanks for an a.ma.zing. interview and introduction to Adam and Pencils of Promise. I’m incredibly inspired!

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Sam Leiter

Dear Marie and Adam:

So thoroughly enjoyed your talk. I have been thinking for some time now about opening a network of schools here in the US. I am a speech therapist by training and have spent a decade working both as a contract therapist and a full time employee. I have witnessed the source of much of the social ills and societal decay that plague this great country. Children are treated poorly and are trapped in a situation which guides the boys to gang violence and prison or even death at a young age and the girls to teenage motherhood and welfare. It does not need to be that way and I know I have the answers to fix it. Would love to speak with both of you about getting this project off the ground. This is not some pie in the sky flaky idea. I know that with smaller schools and classes, trans-disciplinary experiential based learning learning, proper nutrition, physical exercise, a loving/caring staff and freedom of thought, any child from any socioeconomic background or neighborhood can do as well or even out perform any other children from anywhere. You already have experience in building schools and together with my background we can really rattle some cages and shake the world. Please call me at 443 955 3864 or email at sdleiter@gmail.com. My background and experiences including Wharton BBA, Masters in Speech, advocating for two children with special needs, a decade of experiences in the public schools and my work with people of all ages. I am excited about reading Adam’s book now that I have read Napolean Hill and Dale Carnegie.

Best,

Sam Leiter

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Angie Follensbee-Hall

Dear Marie and Adam,

This video was an answer. On so many levels. I just returned from a two week trip to India, on a remote island called Omkareshwar. Unbelievable experience. Its been incredibly challenging being home and reconciling that experience to the environment here. They did a remarkable thing on the island. The island used to be overrun with child beggars. But the Ashram where I stayed built a school for the children to give them hope. A life outside of begging. A promise. I saw NO child beggars while there. Its a decade later. That is change. That is promise for a future. We visited the school and lived with the orphaned children who stay at the Ashram. How does one come home after that experience, and make sense of our culture here? Our over abundance? Even the selfishness of being unaware? Coincidentally, we have been dealing with town budget and school funding issues, for our town school here in the states, where we have two daughters in attendance. We attended a school budget meeting the Saturday after our return. What a mess. My husband and I just couldn’t make sense out of any of it. The experience in India, with the school and the children, coming home to such an environment of hostility towards the school and the staff. It all seemed so wrong and so confusing.

Uncanny the serendipity of this all. This very morning, I am teaching yoga at my home space, and all the school budget angst comes up again as people are bringing it up in class. I can’t put it into place. What do I do with my own kids? Where should I send them? Is there a better school, a better way of living? Why am I teaching these yoga classes? Do I have a better purpose? How do I reconcile my India experience to this environment? Such confusion. So I light some incense & put out a call for an answer . I then walked my dog, made some tea, and checked my email. … And Marie’s video was in my inbox. And the title caught my attention. Then I learned it was about someone who started school in third world countries. Then I watched Adam talk about his experience on the boat, and in India, and I couldn’t stop the stream of tears.

Its not a clear path answer. But is one of those directional answers. Something that says “yes, you are right, keep marching ahead, and the messages will come”. So the action I took was to share this video on the Facebook group for the members of our India trip have set up. As all 11 of us in the group are trying to reconcile our experience, and have such a passion for the small school there. I am downloading this book, clearing my afternoon, and hoping that it gives me continued direction and clarity.

Jai Ma…

Angie

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Marie Forleo

So incredible Angie. I just got chills reading your comment. thank you SO much for sharing and I have no doubt that you’ll create a beautiful outcome for your children and the community. All my love xoox

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Angie Follensbee-Hall

OH, and another wild coincidence. The Ashram where we stayed was devoted to “Ma”, AnandaMayi Ma that is… Everyone at the Ashram referred to her as “Ma”… And I only picked up on that coincidence now.

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Natalie Morrissey

Fantastic motivational info from Adam’s video.

My passion is helping Horses even though I am realizing this later in life. I volunteer at a horse rescue organization, I have recently adopted two horses from rescue and my commitment of Today us to sign up for a class teaching therapy to horses.

Natalie

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Natacha

Thank you for this *a bit different* video but so awesome and truth-speaking!

My big dream is to help kids and student unlock their potential in terms of education and creativity. I have always be so lucky to never have to study to understand school and further education which let me have plenty and plenty of time developing my creativity (dancing, writing, drawing, painting, …) and I have seen many kids and students struggle so hard and have no energy left for creativity (which is the more intelligent part to develop) but only numbing-activities. I have seen, for years when I was myself a kid and a student, when I was tutoring people, the maths or physic or grammar was never the problem. The information is not the problem. It is the confidence and blocking points that block this creativity.

My baby step for today is offer free Confidence Power-session (http://truetoyourheart.net/work-with-me/) to anyone that is interested here for themselves, their kids or someone they know. To honor Adam’s view on a promise, I am making a promise to help anyone interested to unlock their confidence and potential for free!
Education is a lifelong phase, it is not related to age or anything else!

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Natacha

Oups, sorry for all the english mistakes in that piece, I was too excited about this article and what I wanted to share :)
In my defence I am French ;)

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yvonne arnold

Dear Marie,

Michael Jackson once sang: “I’m gonna make a change,
For once in my life – It’s gonna feel real good,
Gonna make a difference . Gonna make it right. I’m starting with the Man In The Mirror . I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have Been any clearer:
If you wanna make the world A better place
Take a look at yourself, and Then make a change.”

Your interview with Adam with all what it was: your questions, your sensitivity and your openness as sell as Adams story was an actual example for this song and it will motivate many people around the globe.
I believe the most severe disease of our times is the lack of faith in oneself and his/her potential.

I have been following “the signs” for over a decade now and whoohooo my life has changed and still keeps changing. I became a happier, more content person and I have a life that i didn´t even dare dreaming of. And I know it is not the end. From my experience: It is all about the amount of energy and love you put into a project, relationship, situation that makes it flourishing and successful (no matter how you define success).

Thank you for contributing to a better world, Marie

xoxo, Yvonne from downtown Stuttgart in Germany

PS: Excuse mistakes in grammar, synthax, spelling: English is my second language – but our hearts/mind settings speak the same language, so i believe you will understand what i meant to say :)

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Marie Forleo

We understand you PERFECTLY Yvonne :) Thank you so much for your beautiful comment, and for getting “Man In The Mirror” in my head. xoo

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Lou-anne Stefankiw

Hello Marie and Adam!
Thank-you for the inspiring video on following your purpose! I have been following my heart and it has been an up and down road. Three years ago, I went through a painful divorce…worst (because of the pain) and best (because it allowed me to create a life I love) experience of my life. I looked around at all the people who I saw were divorced, some people went on and found another person, some seemed to be bitter forever. I promised myself that it was meant to happen and did everything in my power to heal and learn about myself and others. In the process I went to India with Habitat for Humanity, went to a First Nations sweat, did yoga, went to a super intense work on every aspect of your life personal development retreat, and many more. Each experience offered me learning that I have wanted to share in a book. I have not had excellent confidence about my writing, but feel strongly about the need to write the book to help others. What I found was when I started to tell others about my experiences, they would get inspired about their own lives. I thought to myself, I want more of that!!

So, I have been working on the mastermind concept and have been surrounding myself with others of which I aspire to be like. I have been attending the meetings with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. The last meeting they had a gentleman who ghost writes books with people. Since I am all over the place and have trouble with focus, this is a paid focus to get my message out. My action on my dreams and purpose today was to set a date for the writing of chapter one in the book! Yayyy!!! Thank-you for your nudge!!!

Happy day,
Lou-anne
“I am a powerful woman, passionately energizing others to ignite their fire within”

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Jodi

Thank you, Marie and Adam – this was a wonderfully uplifting interview and I look forward to reading the book.

My dream is to spark positive, constructive energy in concentric circles around myself and around as many other people as possible so that there is a huge, ever-expanding number of people feeling better and doing good in the world. As a step in this direction, I am preparing for the group coaching session I’ll lead next month at a local for-purpose ( :) ) organization serving families transitioning out of homelessness.

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Bettyanne

Thanks so much for this interview!!!! Recently I was having lunch with a friend who told me she has been doing random acts of kindness lately, like paying the bridge toll for the car behind her and giving a $5 to the cashier at Starbucks to treat someone anonymously to a coffee. And having a wonderful time and attracting joy and abundance in her life. When I went to pay for lunch, I realized I had left my wallet in my other coat pocket!! So of course she paid for lunch for me. I’ve been thinking of a way to ‘repay’ her in kind, and here it is! I’m sending a check to Pencils to Promise. Perfect!!! (and I could send her Adam’s book anonymously too…hint hint :-) )

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Diana

I am pretty much in tears. I was so moved by that interview, by learning about Adam and his purpose. A year ago I went through many life changes, and while most of these changes were for the better, I fell into a depression. I have always felt a yearning to be part of something greater than me, something that would honor my faith and those on whose shoulders I stand, and something that would add at least one spark, one ray of light to another person’s life. However, as I look back, I cut myself off from many opportunities and break through moments because of fear, depression, lack of self-worth, you name it. And that feeling of “inadequacy” (which is really missed potential) has been eating me up for so long it had set root in my soul.

Since November I decided to take a bulldozer to my fears and negative feelings and align my life with my purpose with a simple mantra (which after watching the video I am altering a bit): Change your thoughts (and your words), change your outcome (and your worth). Since then, I have been in therapy, I pray intently and often, I have come across some important books that are transforming my life in the subtlest, yet most poignant of ways, and I stumbled upon B-School thanks to some amazing alumni. amazing community of powerful, empowering, and soulful peeps. And today, I watch this amazing interview (Adam’s book is already in my e-reader). I still have the urge to hide in my shell and let my fears take over, but I am so over it. I am the ruler of my thoughts, and I choose discomfort and transformation over powerlessness and binding fear.

My “impossible dream”? To help small, rural communities in my country have better life outcomes – more education, less violence, more prosperity, less poverty.

Thank you Marie and thank you Adam for supporting and encouraging us all. It really does take one or two people to make a real difference. (And apologies for the word dump!) ;-)

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Pam Free

Marie, that made my heart sing! I’m so grateful that I found you!
I traveled through Latin America with my son many years ago when he was 9 and we gave pencils away to kids at every village. It was a revelation! The reason I took him was because his glass was half-empty growing up in the land of plenty. After that 9 months of sometimes grueling travel, his glass has been brimming over ever since.
So my impossible dream is to help women over 50 feel excited and joyful about the best years of their life to come, to get them healthy, eating the right things to prevent auto-immune diseases, to help them connect with Spirit on their journey.
This is the third sign I’ve had this week that the time is NOW! I’ve been preparing the site for a long time but never felt quite ready to launch and to stop hiding. Today I will announce the new site to my other list and JUST BE IT!
Blessings and gratitude to both of you,
Pam

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Monique

Beautiful, inspiring talk! I am wiping little tears from my eyes as well – whenever I cry from inspiration, I like to say that my heart is just overflowing out of my eyes.

Adam’s story is amazing, and it only strengthen’s my resolve to live out my dreams. Taking some of his advice to ‘change your words, change your worth’, my *Possible* dream is to make a huge change in the world by supporting amazing charities doing good works around the globe. To take care of others, and to help people deepen their relationship with God. I actually signed up for B-School and am going through for the first time right now so that I can realize this very possible dream! Everything is figureoutable, right?! Including our deepest, most beautiful dreams.

Would love to have a copy of this book, and one day, have one of my own to share that all dreams are possible!

XO Monique

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Violet Koncz

Wow! That was really inspiring. I would love to read his book. Oh, and we are both Hungarian! So cool. :)

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Aaron

So awesome to run across this interview coincidentally. I found it so true and inspiring and right in line with my own life’s purpose. The impossible dream for me is my vision to create retreat centers around the world for all ages that allow people to experientially let go of the blockages that prevent them from being their highest, loving, and most powerful selves. Overcoming my own insecurities, inner demons, and personal addictions has guided me to wanting to create some safe spiritual places of healing in beautiful natural settings that vibrate unlimited possibilities of infinite energy. I love people and I’m learning to love and accept myself so that I can be this instrument of what God has called me to do. Watching this interview and listening to Adam’s own truth helped to remind me of how important this really is. Being a Jersey boy myself I also appreciate and love the style of how you present your material Marie. Thank you SOOOOOOO very much for being your authentic, loving, smart ass-self and making a platform that has given me greater direction towards my own dreams of change and transformation. I love you all!!! :)

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Caroline

Thank you for this, it was very timely. I am normally not a posted but felt compelled to after watching. I identified with Adam’s culture shock upon his return to the states. I have just arrived back and feel that the many places and people I have been to and seen are so distant, but the experiences are a huge part of me. In a trip to Morocco I was able to travel and visit the Atlas Mountains and meet with a few Berber families of very modest means. Some families were nomadic with small children who could not attend school because they were needed to tend sheep. After leaving one of these families an idea came to mind to write a book that could be given to these families which has berber stories and translates some of the fading berber language, French and English. A key in the back to help with reading and amazing illustrations to make it interesting and fun. One book could make a huge impact. I know a gentleman who could help distribute the books on a small scale but I need help to illustrate, translate and story board it. This is just at an idea phase but I want to make this happen! It is small but can help preserve dying languages, assist in education, and brighten the lives of many children. Being nomadic is a challenge, you can only carry so much with you, and school may be too hard of a sacrifice, but a book is easy enough to carry and with the right images can help a child learn while passing the time. It is a small dream. Completely possible and I would accept any and all help to realize this. Thank you Marie and Adam for the opportunity to say this aloud. As a side note, thank you also for reinforcing the idea that your path does not need to be immediately followed. I am just arriving back to the US and have many practical things to attend to, I needed the reminder that all those projects can still be done after attending to the practical things and can manifest in their own time.

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Caroline

Forgive the typos, my enthusiasm prevented me from editing! Also, they were tending goats not sheep.

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Amy English

I am begging for a book! I want to build for purpose children’s museums all over the country to help children have a safe place where they can grow and learn in an environment that will inspire them to do to great things! There are not many places children can go for free anymore that gives them tools to foster their creativity and talents. It is important to me to make sure they have a place that doesn’t center around video games and texting. Children need to have interaction with others in a fun learning environment to open their eyes to new things in the world around them!

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Elzemieke

Amazing, such a heart-warming interview and message. Thank you so much. <3 Elzemieke

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Serena Misquez

This was so incredibly empowering and knowing that Adam started out from humble beginnings is just beautiful. You can truly tell that both of you are doing what you need to be doing in this world. And I couldn’t stop tearing up lol!!! As a newbie in B-School this year I’ve taken all these words to heart and thank you for this conversation :) You’ve changed the course of my day already & what you do matters!

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Marie Forleo

Thanks Serena. So very honored to have you in B-School xoxo

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Sarah Koszyk

Wow! What a great, inspiring interview. I love how Adam described his Grandma as his inspiration. A tragic story with all her loved ones dying which ultimately turned to hope, change, and growth.

I currently work as a family nutrition expert where I counsel overweight/obese children and their families. My focus is to make small, mini changes with the entire family such as cooking more, shopping for more whole foods, eating dinner at the dinner table, and enjoying family activities such as going to the park. Since cooking and meal planning becomes more of a family activity, children have a better opportunity to eat healthily.

I was so lucky growing up because my mom made everything from scratch. We were pretty poor and she counted pennies, so even if my brother and I wanted those chips or ice cream, my mom couldn’t buy it for us. At the time, I was bummed, but looking back, I’m so grateful for the values and habits she instilled on me. When I left home, I had a good foundation of how to cook and prep my meals. I also understood what a well-balanced meal meant.

Working with the families, a lot of them don’t know how to cook so they eat out all the time and they don’t have any clue what healthy food means. My future goal is to open up cooking schools for kids nationwide. We’ll teach the kids how to cook and educate them on what a well-balanced meal is. We’ll focus on foods from the ground up including tons of colorful fruits and veggies. We’ll also provide the kids with food to take home to their families so they show the parents how to cook, too.

I’ve been teaching cooking classes at 1 local school, and it’s been really successful. The 7th & 8th graders made vegetable and tofu sushi and loved it! Now it’s just about expanding the program to reach the masses! Looking forward to helping more kids and starting a nationwide cooking movement :)
Thanks Adam for your touching stories! They remind me that anything is possible.

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Elaine Sauer

Love this! I cant wait to share with my sons. I love the stories thruout the segment, so precious. Kudo’s to Adam! Purpose is for many a challenge but asking the universe to lead you, staying close to the signs (Brilliant) and acting on them to move closer is excellent advice. ( I am hearing you as one of my signs & I am in B school right now). xo

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Sharon

Hello Marie & Adam,

I am completely filled with gratitude and inspiration now that I have watched this amazing interview filled with warmth and authenticity…Thank you for the tears Marie…Ouf, still crying (in a very good way!) 10 minutes after watching.

I am a very passionate pediatric nurse on the verge on lauching my private practice to empower and craddle families with love and warmth.
I am feeling very scared and today’s video gave me wings and momentum.

My impossible dream is to empower and remind nurses worldwide of their true power in making a difference in the world. In my opinion, this would have a significant influence on worldwide peace and well-being. People trust nurses to help them in their most vulnerable and intimate states. My wish is for nurses everywhere to hone, honnor and hold this precious gift.

My action is to be scared and do it anyway approach in starting my clinic!

Tendresse, Amour et Admiration
Sharon from Canada xxx

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Marie Forleo

Beautiful Sharon! Thank you for sharing :)

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Cristina

Wow, what a powerful message. Thank you so much Marie and Adam for sharing this. My ‘impossible’ dream is to work with orphanages in providing healthy nourishing foods to the children of all ages in there, not just for the body but for the mind and soul as well. It all starts when we’re kids, and if given love and nurtured these children will blossom and create more love for themselves and in this world.

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Janet

Hi Marie, hi Adam,

this was just a moving, touching, emotional, encouraging and inspiring interview. It really brought tears to my eyes. I loved listening to every piece of this wonderful interview.

My impossible dream is to help people who experienced child abuse. You may ask why? My sister experienced it when she was about 5 years old (it was the father of her kindergarten mate). It has really destroyed her life. She has gone through hell since then, developing a mental illness after a long period of posttraumatic disorders.

Although I can’t help her treating her mental illness (she is in therapy) I have always supported her with my love and help as her older sister. She is 27 years old now and has many dreams she would like to make come true like getting married and having children, singing for an audience (she has a wonderful voice) and publishing her poems.

She is so talented yet she is still struggling with her life. But I will help her make her dreams come true and I would also love to help other people who have gone through child abuse as well make their dreams come true.

Listening to your interview has really encouraged me and taught me that also ordinary people can change the world. Thank you so much.

With lots of love and gratitude from Germany,

Janet

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Fran

This has to be my very favorite MarieTV episode! It brought a number of tears to my eyes. Truly inspiring.

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Mairead Murphy

Hi Everybody,
What a tremendous episode of MarieTV…thanks Marie and Team Forleo for highlighting Adam’s story in this week’s video. I loved it.

My impossible dream is called The Peace and Love Project. My idea is to create a blog, website, book (still pondering the details) around the idea of famous rivals posing together in a picture, one holding a sign that says ‘Peace’ and the other holding a sign that says ‘Love’. (Think Left wing & Right wing, Team A & Team B, ex. Yankee & Red Sox players, Coke & Pepsi, Coyote & Roadrunner, Jay Leno & Conan (or something more recent), etc. Of course, it would be great if Bono would hold the ‘and’ sign in all the pictures. :-)

The idea would be to inspire folks to make a shift towards harmony with people in their own lives. I would love to include everyday ‘feuders’ in the project as well…think exes, sisters, best friends, etc. We all know someone in conflict.

Thanks again for an amazing video, I feel so inspired!
Mairead (rhymes with parade)
xo

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Nora Kramer

What a great interview and inspiring organization! I was incredibly inspired reading Three Cups of Tea a few years ago and learning of the extreme lack of education in so many parts of the world, and I’m thrilled to learn of Pencils of Promise.

My “impossible dream” up until 2009, when I accomplished it(!), was to start a summer camp for teenagers who want to change the world. There are camps for kids who love soccer or music, why not for those who want to make a difference? We launched Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp with one session and 15 kids at our pilot program, and 5 and hundreds of campers later, we are going strong and have supported so many teens in getting active on issues they care about. We are a FOR-PURPOSE organization.

But I and we’ve been a bit stuck recently. We want to take what we are doing to a whole other level — that’s my impossible dream now. To bring our curriculum, positivity, and the examples of so many young people making inspiring differences in the world to schools (we just had a pilot elective course at a public school in Denver!) and online (getting constant inspiration from Marie). I’ve got all my reasons and fears that I’m working on slaying, and I’m excited to read Pencils of Promise and be reviewing B-School to move us further in that direction.

At YEA Camp, we order flyers from different organizations doing great things to put on our literature table to introduce our campers to, and this year we will be adding Pencils of Promise’s materials to the table! :) What a great cause for youth to get involved in supporting.

Much gratitude to you and Adam for continuing to inspire us.

P.S. I love that you cried, Marie! I cry when I’m inspired all the time, and I’ve given up judging myself for it! At camp, whenever anyone cries, if they apologize for it, we always say there’s no apology necessary and congratulate them on being human. :)

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Fab

Ha! I told myself, oh, I’ll write the comment later, just stopped by myself saying, nope, not later, right now!
THANK YOU! For the inspiration and nudge to just do it!
My dream is to build a retreat center in a tropical beach, with waterfall, where we come together to play with abandon like kids, we grow, harvest, cook and eat fresh food together, in direct contact with nature, where we meditate, move our bodies and eye gaze, where we speak about sex, intimacy, relationship and love in a fun, safe and respectful way.

The step I’m taking now, besides posting here is to set up a cooking class with my partner for 5 couples where couples will play with the senses, work together as a team with a specific goal, communicate mindfully, enjoy the fruit of their work together, in community and support!
Creating the world and being the change I want to see everywhere, one bite at a time!
Love to you, your team and Josh!
Mwah,
Fab

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Kara-Anne

I haven’t even finished the video but I already bought the book. :) Support these kinda great work! Feels good that it’s for such a good cause so no qualms there. :)

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Gavin

Dear Marie,
This is the first time i am commenting for your videos.
Thank you so much for your great inspirational videos and for introducing such wonderful people like Adam Braun. I feel greatly connected to Adam as i share a similar dream of providing a revolutionary true education for little children who are on the downside of advantage. I was able to find my purpose by reading my signs and i am at the beginning stage of my journey, ready to be set free from my Job within this year. I have a strong feeling that i was born for this purpose and i will surely succeed If God wills. I am truly happy to know that there are wonderful people like you who desires to provide selfless service for the betterment of the world. May God bless you in all your endeavors.
Thanks & Regards,
Gavin John Abraham

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Y.L.

What a wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing this with us! (This was a Four Tissue video, for sure!)

My passion is to help women of all ages overcome their skin problems so they can be who they were meant to be and do what they were meant to do. As someone who struggled with severe skin problems for 20 years, I know what it’s like to put your life on hold as you struggle through the endless (and often misleading) skincare resources available to us today. I don’t want anyone else to lose weeks, months or even years to this problem, so I’ve shared my story in a book, which launched last autumn.

Today, my action was to send out my newsletter, with tips for helping people find natural skincare products that fit their lifestyle.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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Beth

Loved this video and the stories about the unexpected answers are profound. So often each of us lives in a bubble that assumes the everyone sees the world as we do. Asking people what they want pierces that bubble and makes the world a bigger, more interesting place.

Reading the comments above, people looking for their dreams, working in fulfilling jobs, and wondering what to do, I too have a challenge. Look at each thing as material, as a writer would. As you, Adam, Tony Robbins, and so many more, say over and over again, it is all part of the process and it is all knowledge, if we choose to look at it that way.

Give your best work where you are. Be of service, to the best of your ability where you are, and I believe that you grow into your service; that you grow into your purpose. In short, I believe our purposes are to be of service in the place where we are now.

My current place is to work as tutor to kids who are struggling in math. As a former (class of 74) complete mathaphobe, I know the pain of feeling so stupid and hopeless. I would never have believed that I would come to the point of loving math and helping others, if nothing else, come to hate math less and like themselves more. I would call this my im-possible dream, because my history would not allowed me to dream it if I had not landed in the work by complete accident.

As I grow, my work changes but one core theme stays the same, be kind, be of service, where I am, right now. It’s the only time I have.

I love what Pencils of Promise does. Thanks, Marie, for bringing it to my attention. As an educator, it’s something I will get behind. Thanks again.

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Vicki Hoarty

So very profound! So God and so right on! I can’t wait to read, The Promise of a Pencil. Thank you, Adam and Marie, for sharing today and giving many of us a heart tug to seek out our purpose behind our passion. My heart has been touched and I began praying the second the interview was over for The Lord to show me my purpose behind my passion. I am wondering how many young women I can save from the heartache of abuse if they were taught what abuse is, especially before they venture into the world of dating and marriage. To save a soul from being damaged would be a blessing beyond words. Give me a plan Lord. Give me a plan.

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Lone Morch

True beauty moves us. I’m moved. The “simplicity” of what you’ve created feels like a breath of fresh air and makes what’s ahead of me so much more do-able. For-purpose is real, timely, what we need. Thank you, both. I will read and share your book. Blessings.

Oh and my impossible dream is to help unveil and inspire the (re)emergence of the authentic sovereign female into a rightful place in the human throng across cultures – through books, films, events, online programs, and whatever creative, effective participatory initiatives we can ignite….

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Jeanne Liu

What an inspiration to keep moving me forward. I am overwhelmed yet happy as I too have this sense of purpose. I have always queried what my life is to do for this world.

Last year, I gave up my full time commitment as a marketing and communications role in the mining industry. I am becoming an Early Childhood Educator to further understand the nature of the job and field of studies.

I have learnt so much today through this interview – thank you.
I am committed to develop a more viable solution to children enrichment in urban cities and help better bridge that gap for women.
Most of all, I believe that there is such close ties between high quality child care support, women leadership and economic growth

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Kerry Jackson-Rider

Marie, what a great show and how inspirational is Adam’s story??? Thanks for sharing it with us all. I bought the book straight away and keep peeking at it even though I’m supposed to be working ‘without distractions’!! I had tears rolling down my face, just like you, great recovery btw :) – you are a star and a breath of fresh air. It is easy to believe we just shouldn’t try because how can we, as individuals, make a difference to the lives of people around the world? However, I know that we can as I have sponsored a little girl from Tibet to live and learn in India since she was 5 years old – she is 16 now – and I hope she will go on to achieve great things for herself. My ‘impossible dream’ is to improve the lives and social standing of women and girls around the world through education and empowerment and, with you as a Mentor, I think perhaps this is not so impossible any more. Mantra of the Moment: ‘Become Your Dream’. Let’s go girls!! Much love and respect xx xx

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Gabrielle

This is a wee bit spooky as I came across Adam and Pencils of Promise yesterday and thought what an amazing story! Such a great interview, so inspirational. I’ve recently created a product in my stationery business specifically to support a UK charity working to give children in The Gambia an education, called Fresh Start Foundation, by donating exercise books, pencils and sharpeners – I donate a school set when I sell a stationery set. Adam’s story is a great inspiration and I’m about to order his book so don’t worry about including me in the giveaway :)

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Ansubha

Hi Marie,
That was very powerful. Adam is truly inspirational. It helped me decide that I m going to help little kids get good education once I get my business going well. Felt awesome:)

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CES

VERY BEST video, Marie. Outstanding! Been watching you for years. This one really crystallizes what you’re about and Adam is awesome beyond words! Really resonated with me, as I had one of those lightening moments this past weekend, and I’m moving steadily towards the dream. Love you both, love your message, and keep up the incredible work!

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Lorilee Lucas

Words are so powerful…and as Adam said, defining ourselves by what we are instead of what we are not can be the real key to affecting change in our lives. It opens the door to possibility in our minds. This commitment to positivity is my “possible” dream.

When I lost my job 5 years ago, I was lost…but no more lost that I was in the job I had. Losing the job gave me the opportunity to acknowledge the extent of my misdirection and was actually the greatest step forward in my personal journey. What a blessing!

I have always had difficulty with the disconnect between how soulful and authentic a person I was and the “superficial” industry I was drawn to: fashion. I couldn’t figure out how someone like me would a) fit in, b) remain true to myself and c) figure out how to create value and serve others without losing myself in the process. As Marie might say, “I wasn’t ready yet”. I didn’t have the answers.

But I trusted my gut and did what felt right. Along the way, I woke up. I realized that being who I am and bringing realness and authenticity to the fashion industry IS how I can serve others. Seems so simple in hindsight. The industry actually NEEDS people like me.

My possible dream is to infuse the fashion industry with positive messages…to empower women to define beauty for themselves…to encourage women to embrace who they are and use fashion to shine the light on their unique personalities and share it with the world.

Ok…now back to it…playing (oops, working?) on my first collection. HA.

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Lisa Bernal

Purpose: To create beauty in this world.

Action: I just emailed (cold contact, oh yeah!) the gift shop manager at the Denver Art Museum about carrying my jewelry. I had been in there a couple of months ago and noticed they were showcasing local jewelry artists and had an “it” moment. I heard a voice (the good one, you know)…it said “put your work here”….firm and loving in tone. So I did. Some signs are right there in your own head, talking away. Some come straight to your inbox as MarieTV. Whatever their form, they always request you take action and move!

Thank you both, very moving video today. I will be reading this book.

Love,
Lisa

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Luana

Dear groovy tuesday goers,

I was most delighted to wake up to this video.

I have been feeling an overwhelming sense to help folk through creative expressive arts. This is what lights my fire~ creation, mammalian interaction and connection and ultimately an exchange of empathy to feed our souls and learn from each other.

My dream is to create a safe space where children can come dance~get down and boogie and express whatever sensations they are feeling!

thank you for sliding this sweetness in front of my teary eyes this morning~ what a delight!

xo

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Andrea Burns

I’ve always known that we – as a planet – have enough resources to go around, but we – as people – just haven’t gotten the distribution thing worked out. As a result, I am drawn to movements that endeavor to move resources where they’re needed — like, Heifer International and Kiva.

Today’s action: funding two more Kiva micro-loans!
I can eat leftovers tonight and change someone’s life on the other side of the planet. Today is a VERY good day. :)

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Jeanne

What an inspiration to keep moving me forward. I am overwhelmed yet happy as I too have this sense of purpose. I have always queried what my life is to do for this world.

Last year, I gave up my full time commitment as a marketing and communications role in the mining industry. I am becoming an Early Childhood Educator to further understand the nature of the job and field of studies.

I have learnt so much today through this interview – thank you.
I am committed to develop a more viable solution to children enrichment in urban cities and help better bridge that gap for women.
Most of all, I believe that there is such close ties between supporting high quality child care which will lead to higher women in leadership positions at workplaces and better economic growth.

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Marilyn

I soooo needed to hear this this morning. I’ve been needing a sign to show me the next step in building my business (which is a “for purpose” venture) and my heart was opened and the sign was clear. Thank you for this (and all) your videos, Marie!

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CherylAnn

Thanks for the great interview! I run a “for purpose” organization called Give Naked. We inspire people to give just a little bit, as often as they can, to help people in need. This is done through microdonations on our website. We have been doing this for over 3 years and have raised over $65,000, a few dollars at a time, in a very small town. 100% of all donations go the families in need, who are screened through agencies who ensure that all funds are being used exactly the way they have been described.

My impossible dream is to have this organization be my career. I believe in the 100% model, but finding the funds to create a sustainable future for Give Naked is more challenging when we have to find funding for administration in other ways. I am learning as I go, and this dream most definitely feels impossible at the moment.

The action I have taken since watching this video is a reframing of the way I describe the work I do. Instead of referring to Give Naked as a “project” or a non-profit, I am going to say, “I run a for-purpose organization that inspires people to give just a little bit, as often as they can, to help people in need. 100% of all the money they donate to each Give goes directly to the family in need.” I have the opportunity to share about Give Naked every day and have struggled not only with how to share about it as the valuable, functioning organization that it is, but also how to describe what I do. I tend to downplay my own work because I don’t receive a paycheck for it and while I’m passionate about it, I feel like it is invalidated by that lack of monetary compensation. By downplaying my work, I am downplaying Give Naked and missing opportunities to inspire people…which is our mission!

So, great insights today thanks to Adam’s story. I would love to see more interviews with people who have started for-purpose organizations like this. Thank you!

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Catherine Ami

What a wonderful challenge this week.

My ultimate dream is to create emotional literacy programs for young elementary students that could be implemented in the public education system. Looking at children as a whole is so essential to the learning process. Such literacy programs can help give children guidance, good morals and a strong voice of their own. I think this is long overdue in the American education system.

I have a hard time articulating my passion for literacy/emotional literacy and keep meaning to rewrite my About/Meet pages on my website. After watching that, now is the perfect time to start.

Last week on the GLP, Adam said, “I think a good life is one in which you attain personal fulfillment through a sense of purpose” and this so resonated with me. It reminds me so much of what Marie Forleo’s message is really all about. Thank you so much for doing this episode.

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Kat

Ok, I got a bit of electricity listening to that! I know I was supposed to hear that message. I am a normal mom, wife teacher. 4 years ago, after recovering from breast cancer I started helping some schools in a rural area of Bali. My husband and 3 of my kids have started by taking suitcases of school supplies and did some art and songs with in a few classrooms. By reaching out to friends the past few years, we have since been able to build a simple 2 room school and we sponsor 44 students so they can go to school. I sometimes can’t believe that we have been able to do this! However, My little dream has had some snafus this year, and I am needing to make some big decisions. I am in the midst of deciding about forming a 501c3. It is exacting but scary too. After hearing this I am determined to push through the fear, and begin our ” for purpose” origination and continue on. Thank you for the inspiration. I would love a book it would be kind of like my own De la Vega. I am sure it will really speak to me and help our development.
Watching you two young beautiful souls gives this middle aged mom hope for the future of our society.

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Sheila

I woke up this morning asking the Universe for a sign: continue on with my new business or go back to a “job” to pay the bills. This was the “IT” moment.

My impossible dream is to create space for women, and a few good men, to fully experience joy and healing despite life’s hardships. Here’s my new tag line, “Healing Hearts, Calming Minds, and Changing the World…One Breath at a Time.” B-School for me next year! LOVE.

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Janette Getui

Hi Marie & Adam, I feel so fortunate to have seen this video. I recently just got introduced to your videos and it has been such an honour to watch you as i have been struggling trying to launch my dream into the greatness it is to be.Thank you so much for making me feel like i can somehow make it happen big time. I am a product of one of those homeless children Adam talks about who was born in an African slum and didn’t get the chance to a proper education.Everything i know today ,i have Self taught myself and even though my dream for studying and getting to be the best in the medical world did not happen, i still (through lots of trials and error) found a way to get out of the ghetto and move out of Africa into Europe where i plan on finding a way to generate the resources i need to change the poverty conscious history of my family background and so i can be able to go back home and create an institution that trains youth and adults education that helps them become self sustaining adults. My dream is not just to build a school but to build an establishment that teaches our generation to think “for abundance and opportunity” regardless of the environment so that they can create and innovate. I believe even African countries have resources and creative minds that can figure out how to create new markets that serve and generate substantial living. I had to live from hand to mouth all my life and be ashamed of my very existence; i never want my daughter or anyone else who comes after me to face that again.That is my commitment for myself and i know that it is in the making.The journey before was the hardest, now i have great resources like you and great inspirational stories and mentors like Adam, so i can only thank you and praise you for sending me this sign that i am going to make.Lots of love.

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Tim L.

My dream is simple but lately seems pretty impossible. Yes, I’ve had big dreams of building schools and churches and wells in Africa. Yes, I have a dream of owning my own photography business…but those seem selfish in the face of my situation. My simple goal is to be debt free from student and car loans. I want to be able to provide a great life for my wife and daughter without worrying paycheck to paycheck and I want to do it in a challenging job that won’t give me a heart attack from stress. I just want my family to be happy.

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Nanda

I relocated from NYC to Cambodia to figure out who I would have been had the events of the genocide not occur as I am of Cambodian descent and also contribute to the motherland. I left my awesome Brooklyn home and job in NYC’s Financial District to ‘volunteer’ with an NGO in Cambodia thinking it was the best way to contribute — until the universe tapped me on the shoulder and signaled that there was more.

I am still in Cambodia and am working on developing a new program to mentor university students on business structures, careers and also provide mentoring opportunities to students from business leaders who they normally would not have access to. As it is, lucky students in Cambodia receive a university education but even those lucky ones don’t know what happens next because the country’s itself is still in development. You see, 70% of the population is under the age of thirty because of the civil war. That said, it is recovering but with lack of resources; it seems as though there aren’t enough bridges being built to help the next generation cross into leadership functions in the business in Cambodia. So we’re looking to create one of hopefully many platforms where these students can get there through training and mentorship… and get there freely as they are the future of this country.

We’re in concept phase and are currently working on creating our overall strategy whilst finding associations to partner with so there is a broader reach. We’ve started a small committee and are in the midst of planning out first event now.

It hasn’t been easy but we’re working on it. I failed twice before I picked up real momentum and realized how to apply my business acumen to this dream. :)

Adam’s story makes me feel like we can achieve this goal and really have a lost lasting effect as we expect this to cascade (fingers crossed)…. I’ll keep pushing knowing others have done the same with their own adversities! Thanks for the fueling more motivation in me today.

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Laura Baran

Incredibly inspiring, thank you Marie and Adam, WOW. I was moved to tears several times and had to hit pause to really take in the gems of magic coming out of you both. I especially love hearing how the word “nonprofit” can be dusted off and replaced. My big dream is to inspire young people to love who they are, truly love and respect themselves, and believe in their dreams. For them to experience a sense of hope and possibility about their lives, no matter where they are or what’s happened. I co-founded Arts & Dreams in NYC. We share empowering, self-love and hope-building workshops with kids and adults, where these ideas are wrapped in an easy and fun art project, like affirmation paintings and dream boards. Very inspired today by you guys, thanks again.
Laura Baran, Arts & Dreams empowering art workshops

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Renee Leverington

Awesome video! My dream is to use my gifts to help others realize their dreams. People who are stuck in their past issues and are having a hard time moving forward. I want to help free them from their past and help them take back their power to create the future they want for themselves.

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Sheryn Kelderhouse

I have had too many moments where my life was changed forever. I know, firsthand, from these experiences, how quickly everything can change, and why we need to make our difference in the world, beginning today. In the last 6 years, my children lost their father unexpectedly, and my life long mentor, who believed in me that I could change the world, and who was changing the world himself, was killed in a head on collision in Kenya. He had created his own charity to build schools and hospitals there. He was the most incredible human being I have ever met and what he taught me will live on in me forever. He focused everyday on making the world a better place, practicing kindness, gratitude, and spreading love throughout the world. I am carrying on his legacy the best I can, and I have created a bracelet which 100% of the proceeds goes to his charity. My dream is to raise enough money to fund a school there.

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Ellen Key

I was very inspired by the video today. I do believe that we all have a purpose and we have to keep our eyes open to see it.

I am currently risking it all to start an organic food/health and beauty distribution company here in the Bahamas. I quit my bank job in December and have started on the path to bring health and wellness to people here. I know that this is my life purpose but it is hard. It is hard to leave the cushy bank job with the fixed pay and the fixed vacation and all that comes with it. BUT….I know what my soul is saying.

I think that we all have a purpose and that it is our duty to find it and ultimately follow it wherever it may lead us.

Thank you for the video today as it only confirms that I am doing the right thing! :)

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Tanuja

That was the best interview ever! There are always signs guiding us to our purpose and the work we were put here to do. We just have to pay attention and trust our inner voice. Such an amazing story. And…how freaking awesome is FOR PURPOSE!!!

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Kerry-Ann Powell (KP)

Marie and Adam thank you. It is not a coincidence that this video was released today.

For as long as I can remember when anyone ever asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up I always said I wanted to change the world.

That was during my ballerina phase, my actress phase, my missionary doctor phase, and even when I grew up and began my career as a “for purpose” professional.

I went to law school because I wanted to change the world. So I moved to Washington, DC and worked on issues I considered would change the world. I had several opportunities to do meaningful work.

All through that time I was speaking to groups of women and hosting workshops and retreats and coaching on the side to help women really live the lives they were born to live so that they could in turn change the world. This has now become my business.

When my father passed away seven years ago my brother and I decided to start a foundation in his name to raise money to fund other pastors (my father was a pastor, community leader, and all around change catalyst) who wanted to change the world. But because of our grief and our lives getting busy we dropped the dream of following through.

So after taking B-School last year and saw that you had successfully incorporated a philanthropic arm to your business I knew that I would do the same.

Well just this morning as I was working on some items for my business and simultaneously listening to the news :-) something was said on the program that made me think now is the time to start the philanthropic arm of my business even though I am in the building phase and all my financial resources are being invested back into my business.

So I went along with my morning and now I watch this interview with this wonderful man Adam who has come and cemented the sign that I received seven years ago when my father died, that I received this morning while watching the news, and frankly that I received when I was a child who wanted to be a ballerina who changed the world.

So I have decided to reactivate the foundation we developed in my father’s name and start the process of helping women all over the world who are faced with challenges to gain access to resources and education in order to improve their lives and the lives of their families’, communities, and the world.

Thank you for being willing to be my sign.
God bless you both.
KP

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Deborah L Melian

What a wonderful vid! For me, my calling is to share books to spread literacy throughout the world. I have written about spreading literacy and especially the efforts of UNESCO, because the number one cause of poverty is illiteracy. So, if we can promote reading and writing, then the hope is that poverty could be obliterated. And, while I’m still trying to work out how my website can be the vehicle to do this, I feel that I can do a lot in my own ordinary way. As Mother Terese says, “One person at a time”–or–in my case, one book at a time. Marie, you made my day and many, many best wishes in your own work to do great things in the world!–Deb, DialMforMoms.com

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Mel

If I may be of assistance in any way, please feel open to contacting me. Thank you both for keeping us on our paths of living our dreams and being of service to others. Peace. Mel

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Steve Beedie

Marie, your videos are just rocking it right now! Loving this series. I have been speaking and writing about living on purpose for over 5 years now and it’s changed my life. As an ex armed forces soldier i was stationed in Kosovo and Iraq in 2003 during the war. 1999 in Kosovo was horrible and yet life changing. I witnessed so many tragic nightmares that only the darkest imaginations can think of and they began a life altering change of direction. It took me over a decade to realize. I almost lost my life and marriage because i lost my self worth and in a moment of destiny realized it was up to me to change things. Today i have helped raise millions for non profits and charity in the armed forces sector using only my story. That’s all i had. Haha the funny thing was me and my wife had to eat a few shared happy meals during those years. Really made me enjoy my life more and re capture the joy of our life. These days things are just ace! Living life on our own terms and working on our wee little venture to change the world! As you know it takes time, dedication and some big brass balls! Aint no sittin gon the fence when destiny is calling! Thanks so much for this interview and all your amazing work! Live on purpose! You know it! Love and respect! All the way from Scotland!

Steve, Founder of fb.com/unspokenwounds

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Tamerri

Marie,

I was in tears driving to work today while listening to this interview…I feel so inspired and ready to step into my purpose. My dream is to build a successful business through my spiritual work and inspire, heal and counsel as many people as possible. My challenge has been working long hours at my job in beauty and feeling uninspired at the end of the day – something I think most people can relate to. I’ve made a promise to myself to really commit myself to making my dreams a reality. I turn 30 in a little over a month and I don’t want to look back on my life and have any regrets. Thank you for this interview, Marie!

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Liat Segal

Beautiful, inspiring interview. Probably my favorite MarieTV video ever.

My “impossible dream” is to (help) end humans’ maltreatment of animals by inspiring people to act on and expand their compassion.

I act on this in various ways in my daily life, and this mission is very present in my long-term goals. For one thing, I’m vegan. I also am heading into a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, and I hope to use the skills I’ll learn to help people deal with their frustrations in healthy ways, rather than through violence and exploitation. In addition, I am a writer, and my current goal in this realm is to write pieces that help awaken people’s compassion and empathy. I am creating a blog collection of short, “flash fiction” posts that are written in the perspectives of people and animals whose points of view we might not normally consider. It’s called Perspectives. Today, I’m going to write a blog post explaining the project and announcing to people on social media that they can dare me to write in a perspective of their choice, and see the piece they inspired on my blog. I hope it’ll stir up some engagement in this new project.

Thanks for all you do, Marie & crew.
Love, Liat

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Jacquelyn

Like you Marie, I have so many things I am interested in and it is hard for me to narrow it down. I struggle with deciding which direction to go. Ten years ago I thought I was embarking on my dream of owning a coffee shop. I was excited about having a place to have live music and inspiring artists and connection… but 6 months later the doors closed. That failure has made it so hard for me to dream big. I know that the idea for community, art and music to come together to inspire is one thing I am definitely passionate about. If I open another shop who knows. I went through cancer a couple years ago so my body is still fatigued and it makes it hard for me to really imagine living my dreams. I am taking this time to read, make art and write ideas so that when I do have the energy I can start something! Right now my dream is to encourage and inspire living life to the most purpose! I want to live what I preach! Thank you for this interview. So amazing and inspiring!

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Melissa Lennox

My impossible dream is this:

I’m currently enrolled in B-School and taking action on a brand new business- creating an online education course for twenty -somethings to teach them how to manage their money. All the practical stuff, like budgeting and saving etc., but also the digging deep into the emotions that drive our purchasing decisions and our upbringing/past that has determined our money habits thus far. Think of it like B-School for money management. Holistic and life-changing. As I watched this video just now, my world opened up. So far beyond just teaching people how to do the above to create financial freedom in their own lives, but teaching them how to create financial freedom so they have the money to donate/do good in other people’s lives. A ripple effect. Freeing up their money purposefully so they can make a difference in other people’s lives.

So much love and respect to you both. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Thanks for being a living, breathing example of this for us.

I can’t wait until the day my business can fund a school with Pencils of Promise.

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Shivana Pateras

Such powerful ,and simply insightful messages, thank you Marie for sharing. In Adam’s message of “following the signs” this has bean a sure sign for me to commit to and finish writing my book. Without realizing it, sometimes we hide our abundance and creativity underneath that which we most fear and the magical path unfolds when “you push yourself outside your comfort zone”, then realizing and embracing the beauty and passion which lies within the fear itself. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you ~ Shivana

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Hadda

My impossible dream is to make my business at a level I can create my foundation around art, art give inspiration, it’s a fuel for life, for emotion, it can you give you the keys to open your hearty when everything is broke, and to fight illiteracy, for me It’s the beginning for everything, when you have the power to understand the world and access to knowledge, no one can break you,you can stand up on your feet, you can share to the world what you have inside.

This interview is so powerful, I perfectly understand Brian about hit moment, follow the sign, for me there is so much in the world, and leave that way give your the true level of the incredible think that we are experiencing by living.

At least, it maybe sound strange, but I see Marie cry, I definitely know why I’m start following you, why I decide to enroll in B SCHOOL, you got values that infuse all the things you do and give the will to be part of it.

I ‘m buy my copy of this book and share it because we need to wake up light and will in every soul.

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Pamela

Fantastic interview, foundation, story.
I am a first year B-schooler and I am amazed at how the holes and gaps in my dream keep getting filled and closed through the work I am doing and the information I am receiving. It just happened again in hearing Adam’s story. It feels closer to home, the fact that he is just a “regular” guy and Pencils of Promise has happened so organically.
I am a product based business and one of my products are beautiful caftan dresses. I have not been able to keep up with the sewing for some time.
My (not so impossible) impossible dream has always been to be able to employ independent seamstresses instead of going the way of a large production house. There are so many single moms, military wives, women truly in need of this extra income. These are the women I would love to be able to help..
My action today is to start with one woman.
I am posting my ad today!

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Hannah Massarella

Hi Marie,

Loved the video, it was incredibly inspiring and I feel so motivated knowing more and more people believe you can help the world and make a profit – that’s been a sticking point for me for years! (Helping the world should be hard and draining right?!?)

I took your challenge and called a local Domestic Violence org in my area to ask if I could give them some free coaching sessions. My ‘unrealistic’ dream is that all front line support workers (in domestic violence/ humanitarian aid/ drug and alcohol workers/ mental health support workers…) have access to regular good quality life coaching whilst doing their work. They all do tremendous work that often has a huge impact upon them, and I believe coaching could be a fab tool to keep people in their highly skilled posts for longer. Anyway, they didn’t answer BUT I sent them an email and have it in my calendar to follow back up on Friday…

Hannah :-)

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Sherrie

WOW. WOW. WOW. This was a powerfully inspiring story!

I immediately went to my Journal Your Vision FB page and posted the link with the following introduction:
“Talk about setting your intentions and following your dreams! The story shared by Adam Braun is inspiring and demonstrates for me how powerful it is to build a community with the purpose of helping others. I have a passion to build a Journal Your Vision community and share the tool of a Vision Journal, as I can clearly see how it touches and inspires people to practice Self Love and set positive intentions for life! Enjoy this amazing story!”

I watch very few of the many video clips that come my way online, however, I am currently enjoying a shift with some powerful signs that have been rapidly coming my way and that is how I landed on the carpet, in my living room, watching this video on my laptop. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. I am moved, I am touched and the best part? I AM INSPIRED!

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PollyAnna

I LOVE this! I am currently taking steps toward my impossible dream. When I was getting ready to graduate with my second Master’s degree, I was having a hard time picking one career path. There were two things I LOVED to do, that were really fulfilling, and provide such an important service to others. However, according to others around me, I needed to pick one. I started looking at professorships, and other various positions at other companies to get me on my feet financially, putting my plans off for another few years. That’s when it hit me; I was only considering the most conventional option. I realized in that moment that I didn’t want to work for anyone else, and I don’t truly believe in putting my dreams and purpose off until it seems okay to go for it.

I had saved about $7,000 and I literally put it all into my company (which became an official LLC last Friday!). My company is unlike any other I’ve seen (doesn’t mean it doesn’t already exist though hehe). I combine my spiritual/consciousness & creativity development education programs with my science fiction/fantasy writing. I am about to have my first big program launch called The Consciousness Cleanse on May 11th, and my first novel is debuting in December.

The best part of this video is I’ve been looking for a For Purpose business to work with as my company’s giving back network. I had been considering this for months and now I know I’m going with Pencils Of Promise! Thank you so much for this video! I couldn’t be more excited for the very near future :)

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Tom Loscalzo

My impossible dream is to end global poverty and create a safety net for children.

My plan is to educate and equip donors in America, and instill a giving ethic wherein people allocate 1% of their income for global poverty relief, and give them the information they need to make their giving most effective.

I’m most concerned about children. 9 million children die each year due to preventable causes (that statistic is from 2009, and may have changed), and many, many more suffer abuse, neglect, abandonment, and enslavement because they lost the “lottery” and were born in the wrong country.

Great story, it parallels mine in some respects although I’m just starting my journey.

Go Marie and Adam!

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Tom

Take the World Hunger Survey at http://www.WorldHungerSurvey.com !

…or learn more at http://www.YourOnePercent.org.

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Kristen the Bananerd

My journey as a media consultant specializing in serving ‘for purpose’ (love that term!) organizations started in January 2010 when right before I was about to begin my film production career in LA I decided I wanted to take a trip to the Dominican Republic for a little clarity and to give back by making a video for a donor-supported school there. While I was there, one afternoon the ground shook as a catastrophic earthquake hit neighboring Haiti. Feeling the earth shake and seeing the woman from Haiti that was staying with my host family desperately try to reach her family, I knew life would never be the same for me. One month later I went into Haiti and met hundreds of impacted lives– matching actual faces and souls to the numbers I saw on the news. Through the website, videos and letters I put together for the organization I was volunteering with, we raised the funds to rebuild a school and we able to provide food and sneakers to thousands. It was then I decided I couldn’t go back to Los Angeles, this was where I was meant to serve.

Though I knew I was talented with media, I really wanted to build a business that helped ‘for purpose’ organizations reach their goals and carry out projects with much more ease. There are so many passionate people who have no idea how to market and organize. Today with my business, Bananerd, the websites and videos I create give my ‘for purpose’ clients quickly executed vision of who they want to be, and systems to help them get there faster! My dream is to create resources that empower thousands of organizations to feel that they do have the power to be the change they see in the world, right at their fingertips. To help them view technology as a tool, not an obstacle! That’s my dream :)

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Geni

Thanks Marie! Your interview with Adam Braun was very inspiring. As a first time B-Schooler I’m delving deeply into my passion at the moment. I’m attending cooking school simultaneously so I literally have a lot on my plate. A few days ago I had a consultation with a fellow B-Schooler who is a life coach. I told her about a bunch of opportunities related to my passion that just kept popping up in front of me and that I felt that the Universe was trying to tell me something. To which she replied, “If you feel like the Universe is trying to tell you something, why don’t you listen?” Talk about your light bulb/lightning bolt moments, there it was! OMG, so simple, yet so powerful. I had exactly the kind of feeling you and Adam both describe.

I have a two-fold purpose now. You see, growing up I had a mom that was always sick. When I say always, I mean always. Shortly after I was born, she got cancer for the first time. Then again when I was 12. Ultimately she would have cancer 3 times, each time a different one. Even though there was a long period of remission between the occurrences she complained about not feeling well all the time. I feel like cancer took my mom away from me before she died.

Looking back I think that her diet played a huge roll in her getting cancer.
I figured that out after I became interested in plant based eating. I did a lot of research and when I came across the information about IGF-1 and angiogenesis (both found in meat) promoting cancer growth I thought about how long my mom was on the Atkins diet. She ate steak and cottage cheese almost every day for years. I don’t know what if any other options there were but those were the two she gravitated to.

So, my first mission is to show people how to cook delicious plant based meals so they can be present for their families.

My second mission is to find a way to support the families, especially children, of people that are sick because they get forgotten. All of the focus goes to the person with the illness. When someone in a family is chronically ill, everyone suffers. I’m not sure how I’m going to accomplish this yet since I just hatched it a few days ago, but I’ll think of something.

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Dawn Atargatis

Dear Inspiring Ones~~My impossible dream is transforming our world into a safe sacred sexual space for all. My step today is to be receptive to the guidance that I receive. Thank you tremendously for your encouragement and support. You are both so fortunate to have empowered grandmothers. This challenges me to be the best grandmother that I can be, encouraging my 3 fantastic grandchildren to express themselves with unconditional love.
Oh, the power of grandmothers!! Bless and praise you in all ways.

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Joy Jarrett

Love love love this interview!! Adam is the kind of person I want to be and to be around. I’m always thinking of ways to give back to the world but sometimes they only make the thinking stage. I do support KIVA giving micro loans to individuals needing a leg up with getting started in supporting themselves and their families. My desire is to be able to help many more people and raise the awareness through my social media and web sites. One of my inspirational cards is “Follow the Bread Crumbs”… one step at a time.

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Sissel Klungsoyr

A great story! Must see it again and again and again!

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Clare Galloway

Oh, this video was wonderful: and I really felt an affinitity with you both, around the following of signs and gut feelings: it got to my core! You gave me insight into my making small of my instinct and intuitions, when they are precisely what has brought me all my wisdom and adventure, and my ability to inspire others!!

This interview gets me to think GLOBALLY about my purpose: my mission is to support the shift in human consciousness, into the creative cycle of SPIRALLING UPWARDS!

I commit to attend to this by shifting completely the way I put my presence out into the world; from my social media and web content, to the people I allow into my space. The B-School course is totally supporting that shift, thank you!

It’s a huge honour to be given access to you wonderfully inspiring people, that we can all lift each other up into our rightful creative potency! HOOray- here’s to the unlimited possibility of positive influence!!! :-D

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Ling Abson

Marie,
I had to pause the video at the part of the story where Adam mentioned the 4 year old and 6 month old begging in India and all the 4 year old wanted is a pencil because I couldn’t stop tearing up. I was afraid if I continue before gathering my composure I would start balling at work.

I have a 4 year old and an 18 month old. I cannot imagine them being on the streets and begging for food. This story gave me an unforgettable visual.

My impossible dream is to help other women like me who have thought that their dreams are something of the past once they have kids and a career they cannot leave. I want to teach them that they are never too old to dream again and to find their purpose. Often times as a mother, we are focused on taking care of our kids and household and career that there is no energy and time left for ourselves. Many women I’ve talked to are depressed on a daily basis and frustrated and angry with their children/husband because they are not fulfilled in their lives. I remember feeling guilty that I wanted more with my life. I struggled with the inner calling of doing something else other than being a stay at home mom. I felt guilty and lost for a long time. I am working on my business while in b-school right now and I believe that if I can help a mother become a better person by helping her fulfill her purpose, I am helping not just her, but her family, and everybody else she will be serving.
Thanks!

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Rache

Excellent & inspiring interview!

Side note: My daughter has been watching Marie TV with me for a while now and today SHE wanted to know how YOU know she has “sweet buns”. Haha!

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Alissa

Thank you so much for this amazing interview…totally inspiring on this Tuesday morning. My “impossible dream” is to work with people to bring out their inner artists and realize that they are creative. We all have the capability to be artistic and bring beauty into the world. I truly believe that through creativity we can become more confident, happier, motivated and kind individuals. I am so excited to go out and buy The Promise of a Pencil.
Thank you Marie!

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Tisha

I absolutely loved this interview and I am so excited to read this book…

I had a similar experience to Adam when I was in India, which got me thinking about how I was going to contribute to the world with what I love to do. So, my “impossible” dream has been to not only travel the world and make art about the beauty that I find in the people and places I meet and see, but to also give back to those people. I’d love to, at some point be contributing a good amount of money from the sales of my art, and even my time, to organizations which provide education for children and micro loans for women. But, I know that I don’t have to be making truck loads of money to contribute something…so, to honor the $25 that Adam started with, I will go ahead and use some of the money I’ve made in art sales to contribute that same amount to Pencils of Promise…

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Tisha

Mission accomplished. Warm fuzzy feeling has started to ensue :)

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Alicia

Thanks so much for this Interview Marie and Adam! Due to some events in my life recently it became clear to me that I was here and ready to be playing a much bigger game!

I am now on round 2 of B-School (Thanks Marie – B-School changed my life, BIG LOVE xo) I recently wrote my vision in an application to @thehungerprojectau for their Leadership & Immersion Program Trip with @businesschicks. I am now headed to Uganda in July this year and I have committed to personally raising $15k to support and empower more women to gain a voice, education and resources and transform the lives of their communities and future generations through acquiring skills, creating healthier families, increasing income, agricultural projects, ending corruption and ensuring punishment for rape.

My Mission Im”possible” Dream is that I see a global tribe of at least 1000 – engaged, empowered and inspired human beings, who have contribution as one of their core values.

Each one of these people wants to BE more than average, to not settle for the status quo, have breakthroughs, blow the lid off possibilities and get out of their comfort zone. They have decided to play a bigger game, a global game and BE THE CHANGE.

Starting with an initial 2014 Tribe of 50 passionate souls connected to a global vision of ‪wellbeing‬, ‪‎abundance‬ and ‪freedom‬ who are committed to grow body, mind, soul and financially so they can then better help others.

We commit to assisting those in need by all focussing our fundraising efforts together as a team each year to benefit existing charities providing Freedom, Ending Suffering, Poverty Relief, Education, Nutrition and Health Care.

As I am also a singer/songwriter, music is one of my passions and we will use my major fundraising event for Uganda – a mini Live AID X Wanderlust, as a template for fundraising with music. This benefits the cause while providing value for the people involved.

Thanks so much again – I look forward to reading the book!!

Alicia xo

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Jennifer

My first step towards my dream is to remove the i and m from impossible to read possible.
I love his story and am inspired!
When I was little, I dreamt of being an artist, teacher and joining the peace corps. Step #2: My version of this is currently being created by going through B school and my business model is a for profit for purpose business. Step #3, opening up that separate account on Wed 3/19 to begin funding the dream into reality! 
Super exited to read this book!

ps: I love reading all the comments in this thread. You ALL inspire me.

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celine

Hello,

I sincerely thanks you for your work and people which are working with you, it’s a great time to listen to you !

My big dream will be to make the difference for the environment, to make people change their mind about their style of life. I wish to give back to the earth the air that she needs to breath correctly.

See you soon on MarieTV

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Rohan Sarker

Dear Marie,

I am very much inspired by the Video about Adam’s book.

I really want to be a part of Global Education throughout the world within my limits. My dream is to become a Global Leader who inspires the poorest of poorest people in the world to come out of their challenges and to be the core part of Global Human Society. TCS, Wipro Technologies & CSC spends huge money in NGO for Global Children Education and I want to do something more innovative and challenging. I will be happy if Jesus helps me in this way as he had always shown me the light of hope and respect and dignity for mankind.

Thank you.

Regards
Rohan Sarker
Software Engineer, Telecom Specialist & HR
rohansarker@hotmail.com
http://about.me/rohansarker
+917278539338
+913324288069
+919674221741
Skype: arati_genius

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Sarah Barrett

WOW! I loved this interview with Adam. His story is so amazing and his passion is so wonderful. I love what he is doing with his life, and how Promise of a Pencil came to be. SO POWERFUL!!! I can’t wait to read this book! He is so inspiring!!! THANK YOU for sharing his story with all of us!

I am trying to make things better on a MUCH smaller level by helping all schools across the US (and beyond) with their fundraising so every child gets inspired and motivated to learn and have a lifelong connection and love of learning.

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Paula A. Parker

My dream is for humans to stop exploiting and eating animals. I want to fill millions of stomachs with healthful vegan meals–to replace cubic inches of belly space with life giving plant-based foods instead of the pain derived, acidic and damaging animal “products” we consume everyday.

The action I am taking today is to work on one recipe that I can share with friends, family and one day at my vegan deli, that will inspire and BE the embodiment of this dream. (And to buy and read this book!)

Thank you, Marie! This was a great episode!

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Jet

Thank you for changing the entire perception of the “For Purpose” industry just by discovering its True Name! I bought your book on the power of that alone.
What is my purpose in life? Thank God I am already living it. I help small business people help themselves – 1) by helping them figure out if they are actually doing what they want to be doing, 2) if they are, helping them to simply and effectively keep track of it, 3) if they’re not, helping them to accept that and redirect to what DOES make them happy, and 4) being their biggest cheerleader while they do all that.
And I should be doing that right now, but Marie always distracts me into watching her and learning something new about how to do that better!

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Ryan

I watched this video and it hit me hard. i have a great career, amazing spouse, and friends and family who love and honor me, but my bell was rung when I realized I have very little purpose. this video left me in a “Jerry Macguire” moment. Why do I do what i do? how does it serve others and feed my soul? I have realizd what is missing in my life, thank you! The journey begins here.

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Genevieve Lacombe

My impossible dream is to be paid for photographing shelter animals. Since May 2012, I volunteer as photographer in two shelters. I offer my time and talent to help animals in search of a better life. I’m also an Hearts Speak professionnal member (Artist.Helping. Animals). I visit the shelters once a month. I would like to go more often and to help more but I have to work! Even if I really love helping animals in need, for now it doesn’t help paying my bills.I photographed 470 animals and 83% of them found a loving family. I love animals and I know my purpose is to help them.
My first step toward my “impossible” dream is to continue my volunteer work even it’s not paying me. I believe in the power of images.
Thank you!

PS. Sorry for my bad English writing, I’m french. :)

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Ross Fields

My dream and my purpose is to teach parents and adults how to talk with kids rather than at them.

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Goga

Hi,
trully inspired!
My dream is to start creating a new Evolus generation. A generation with (old) new, so needed values: synergy, cooperation, respect, awareness, compassion, ecology, love, proactivnes, growth, education, hope, … All trough empowering people, inspiring them to find their own special purpose, accept it and live it. I think trough example and service (aka lifecoaching) all this is possible…
Thank you, Marie & Adam!

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Catherine

I just got Adam’s book to read from Amazon because of what I believe to be some freaky synchronicities.

I’m an American living in India (have for the past two years), and I’ve really wondered about the direction of my life here. This past week, I decided to look outside of myself to find the answer. I walked across the street of my nice apartment to get to know my neighbors–a family of basket weavers living in a makeshift tent on the side of the polluted river. I made a decision to put my usual cynicism about poverty aside (“too many to help,” “what good can I do?,” “giving creates dependence,” etc) and resolved to make their lives better in some small way. Their three kids were adorable, and for some reason I blurted out that I’d be willing to teach them English. I’ve not thought of teaching, and I’m not a teacher, but I felt electrified as if this is the right thing to do. I then thought of what it would be like to teach all of the children in the immediate vicinity who don’t have access to quality education… and there are a fair number! I’m starting small with just the three kids over the summer break, but given that me and my spouse are blessed with resources, maybe it could expand to something great. I’ve been asking for signs if this is what I should be doing because it’s uncharted territory for me, and my pesky logical head demands it. Teaching? Me? I don’t have credentials in education… but I know what it’s like to learn a new language. I know how valuable English is here, and I know just sitting in an air conditioned cafe away from the heat and mosquitos would be the highlight of the day for those children. I definitely think the post in my mailbox about Adam establishing schools abroad is one of those nudges.

Synchronicity #2, perhaps the weirder one: I had a dream last night that I was on a large sinking ship (like the Titanic) in the middle of winter. In the dream I almost died. I thought it was an odd dream, given that the last time I was on any ship was 6 years ago, and so I couldn’t figure out where it came from. After hearing Adam relay his experience, my only thought was, “you’ve got to be kidding me.” I’m now throwing my hands up and saying, “alright, universe, I get it.”

Off to read my new book and finish up with my lesson plans! Thanks for the sign, you two.

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Maria

What an amazing story, what an inspirational human being!!! Best episode for the year!

“One individual who finds a sense of purpose can create radical transformation, not just for themselves and their family but globally” –

favourite quote
xx

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Jacqueline Fisch

I dream of a world where green juice flows from pop machines, and organic, local food is accessible for everyone.

I want people to learn that the food industry is NOT the expert, and that each one of us already has the knowledge to eat real food. With some tools and a little food-spiration I see people driving right past that drive-thru and straight home to their kale garden.

I dream of a world where care is put back into healthcare. Where care really IS accessible to everyBODY.

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Rene

My impossible dream is to rid my country of illegal moneylenders and unscrupulous legal moneylenders, start a cooperative where individuals who arent able to take on a personal loan from banks are able to take on loans with reasonable interest. Of course, I am gonna build it with education programmes and create a secret sauce element to ensure that the loans r not for gambling and illegal means. The interest earn will go into financial education programmes. My goal is to enable families to move up the social mobility levels in my country.

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Lorna

What an amazing video. Thank you both. I was in tears!
I had such an A-ha! moment while watching tho video and everything suddenly became clear.
My dream is to help people find strength and community through creativity. I have just taught a quilting class at a community house today and had a student who became very emotional when she talked about how sewing and finishing her own project had given her strength and confidence in herself. She has not been the only one who has expressed this. I want to continue this. I want everyone to feel this.
I want a bus or caravan or something full of sewing machines and fabric than I can take on the road to reach my community (I can’t drive btw!).
In my darkest moments this seems so small and meaningless, in my brightness moments, this is everything. Thank you again xxx

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Karin

Thank you, for a very inspiring episode of “MarieTv”. My impossible dream started about 4 years ago. After living in 2 psychologically and emotionally abusive relationships that lasted almost 25 years of my life I had to make a change. I moved back to my “country of birth”, Sweden just to get away and to heal my body and mind. I knew I had attracted all of these things into my life for a reason. To learn and then to teach others !!!! After spending 1 year in Sweden I returned to The States almost a year ago. Next month I will become a certified “Law of Attraction” life coach.

My “possible dream” is to spread the word about emotional and physiologically abuse, because it is so “hidden”. I want to teach women how to empower themselves, and teach then how to honor and believe in themselves. Live and design their DREAMS and their LIFE and not allow someone else to designed it for them. How to bring value and joy back into their lives by being informed and empowered and feeling self worth.

I am already coaching clients, leading workshops and spreading empowering messages and information via facebook. I would like to soon have a web site and also to find some other coaches to collaborate and work with.

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Danielle

I just – wow – this is incredible. Adam is an incredible young guy. He is a life-changer for so many people! I am so inspired by him! stepping out of your comfort zone is huge! I am in the job where I though I wanted to be forever and forever, my dream come true, as Adam was with Bing, and I feel like its a soul-suck for me. I come home depressed and dread every morning. I long to find that spark, that thing that ignites my soul into a wild earthquake to send my vibrations out into the world! Finding that thing, your niche, is such an interesting journey, and paying attention to the world signals around you is crucial! you never know – that ‘sign’ you need could be right infront of your face, but if you aren’t open to accepting what the universe is trying to tell you…..then we are all forever searching! I cant wait to read this book! I live quite a ways from any book store so will have to wait for the next trip to the city to get it, but wow, cant wait, already super duper inspired by this guys words, his message, and his gift to the world. I want to be just like Marie and Adam when I grow up ;)
Lots of love
Danielle

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Louise

Awesome interview! I too feel like I need to do something meaningful, and need the reminder to live life with PURPOSE and to look for the guidance we’re given. I get caught up in everyday life and forget to look outside of myself
I had a dream to provide a place for people to escape where they wouldn’t be bothered by the kids, the boss, the spouse, or the phone…… to get lost in a painting, a clay pot, a journal or even their thoughts. It would be a place to go to eat healthy foods, to get a massage, reconnect with someone, or to meditate, just be. Not an extravagant hotel or spa, a luxury vacation, a tropical resort, but affordable, accessible and in their backyard.
So, I took the leap, and created it from an old country church. It’s called Marienthal Country Inn and its mission is to provide peace, comfort and inspiration to those who come. It has become successful on its own, but l feels it’s lost some of its original purpose. Thank you for the reminder. I will take the time it takes to help it stay on its original path. I get too caught up in the day-to-day business and your reminder to help others is so hopeful. I need to expand and refocus on developing retreats for needy groups, such as cancer patients, sexual abuse counseling, health and wellness. The seedling is ready to burst! Thank you for the encouragement.

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Tammie Burton

Marie,

Wow! Wow! Wow! Adam is truly amazing! Tears streamed down my face while hearing his story. I know I wasn’t the only one touched and moved by his incredible story and purpose. I immediately bought the book. Not-so-patiently waiting for Amazon to deliver to my door. Can’t wait to read it!

When I was young, I had so many hopes, dreams, plans and aspirations to do great things for the world. Many years in the corporate world has seemed to kick the fight out of me. I am in the process of waking up that part of me that feels like anything is possible. Stay tuned!

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AJ McKeever

My “impossible” dream is to show people that their dreams are never impossible! I know that sounds kind of meta but hear me out.

So long as you are still breathing, you can still accomplish your dreams. You haven’t failed yet. Even if you’ve given up, you haven’t totally failed and you can still turn your life around. Even if you have humongous obstacles in your way that seem immovable and insurmountable, my message is

“Do. Not. Give. Up.”

All it takes is one small step per day.

My dream is to share my story of poverty and a mysterious chronic illness coupled with crippling anxiety and depression that almost caused me to totally give up on my dreams. I felt worthless. I felt like I couldn’t work, I couldn’t make friends, I couldn’t enjoy life at all. I felt like I had no meaning. I was constantly in pain and nauseous from my illness and I had given up wholeheartedly on my dreams ever coming to fruition.

So I wanted to give up on life. I tried to give up on life. I tried to just jump straight into failure and give it all up forever.

Well, turns out, you can even fail at failure. I wasn’t successful in my attempts to end my life (yes, it’s scary to let the whole world know this happened, but it did, and I’m trying to be brave and transparent here!)

I found my “second chance”. I sat down with a loved one and we went over every single reason why I tried to kill myself. The list was long. Then we took action. With baby steps we started tackling obstacle after obstacle after obstacle.

I started with my chronic illness. Through sheer persistence unwillingness to quit I found not only a diagnosis, but a doctor and a treatment plan that all but completely eradicated my symptoms within weeks. No, it wasn’t cheap, and no, I didn’t have money coming out of my you-know-where. But I used my newfound understanding of my condition to aid with my health and by taking baby steps I began to expand and multiply my ability to work and bring income to our family.

Since then we have systematically addressed countless obstacles (in my family we call them “opportunities for growth”) and just this year I began my own business, found and grew an amazing relationship with a mentor, and even enrolled in your program, Marie.

I got a second chance at life.

No, I didn’t have the money to do all this! It has been through sheer persistence and determination, and endless kindness from others that has pulled me from poor, chronically ill, and suicidal, to an inspirational leader in my community and happy-to-be-alive-grateful-every-day entrepreneur.

The transition from poor and wanting to give up to successful and happy is one of serious pain, fear, and uncertainty. I want to be there for those who feel like they have no option left. I want to be that voice that calls out and lets them know that you can work through whatever it is that’s holding you back, you can grow to meet and overcome this “opportunity for growth” that’s in front of you.

You can.

Thank you for this video Marie and Adam. My first step is going to be to take this story I just shared here, and share it with others. I won’t stop sharing it until I take my last breath. Never give up. Never give up. Never. Give. Up.

– AJ McKeever

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Maghan S.

I am literally crying my eyes out AJ because your story sounds almost EXACTLY like mine. Same poverty, same chronic pain, same inability to work due to chronic pain. I hope you win. I hope you don’t mind, but I printed out your post.

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Maghan S.

The only real difference is, I never actually tried to kill myself but I have thought about it long and hard several times.

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AJ McKeever

Thank you, Maghan, I’m always so honored and inspired when other people are touched by my story; which is why I’ve made it my mission to share that! Healing can happen, and I’m so happy to have added a little drop to your pool on the healing side of things!

Thank you SO much for printing out my words! I’ve done that before with other people’s words so it really means the world to me to hear that you’ve done the same.

Suicidality is terrifying, and just having the thoughts is enough to have to cope with! I hope you never act on those feelings, and know that you aren’t any more or any less of a strong person for having them. I understand the confidence it takes to be open about that!

I always tried to *justify* reaching out, like I couldn’t reach out until I was in absolute danger. It’s not true, and reaching out can be simple and non-dramatic, just like what you did here. I’m glad we connected!

I don’t know where you’re from, but in my area there are a few local suicide hotlines that I could call when things got bad, and there’s also a national one. I hope you have similar resources. They helped me a great deal. If you’re in the US there’s 1-800-273-8255 which is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp

Big hugs and best wishes on your journey to recovery! Bumps in the road and all :)

– AJ

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molly hahn

So proud of you AJ. Again, moved to tears by your story.

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Jacqueline

Prior to watching the MarieTV’s new episode today, I got my own flash of a lightning moment. ;) and then pop into my email and I see the link to today’s New episode!

About one hour ago I got off the phone with a client who wanted to purchase several event images from me and was giving me ‘nuggets of wisdom’ since she herself, a retired 77 year old business woman wanted me to succeed with my business. She commented on my work and told me how I set a huge impression on her and sharing this with her close friends. (blushing and so flattered) and I got that lightning bolt feeling that made me want to expand my wings to my own success after talking with her.

I am a wife and mom of 5 and I also homeschool full time for 5 years. My photography business has expanded little by little through referrals and not much marketing and by my own choice. As my husband was out of work for almost 10 months and just recently started working again “thank God”, he also is working part time in real estate. I want to continue working on my photography and graphic design end, but see no time in sight to make it a full time because my kids are my number one priority. I work late in the evening after the kids bedtime and work into the early parts of the morning hours to succeed in my ‘lil’ business.

Some of my family and friends can’t see me succeed to the next step because they see my beautiful children as an obstacle. I disagree with this. My 5 children are not the obstacle, but a very BIG piece of my success. They define the very reason as to why I want to live and breathe and make me have a life compass that can reach great potential. They teach me more than I teach them, and the added value is that by my own attitude and my experiences I can give my children a sense of hope in the world that with working hard and getting a good education all things are possible. I always tell them, ‘my successes are your successes’.

The past few months I have been feeling that feeling that you both shared. The wanting a purpose and wanting more. I started thinking of why I got into creating-graphic design and photography. My goal has always been to capture the magical light of everyone’s smile and create online albums and photo books that will inspire my clients to believe that they are worth something and special to the world. It’s my own personal mantra in life and I try to live that everyday. It’s amazing what a little love off my camera can do to someone who needs it. I give to my church, homeschool events, and “not-for profit” project events and do as much as I can do to give to my community. It’s in that free loving giving that I get the most fulfillment. My spiritual mentor is Mother Teresa of Calcutta who always quoted to “Do small things with love”. As Mother Teresa lived in the poorest parts of India, she found that by doing even the tiniest bit to a person who needed it the greatest reward was not in the doing but the smile or the comfort the person received.
Marie, THANK YOU for sharing this story. I needed this today. Not only as a wife, mother, but as a person in the world with dreams. Dreams I know will come true if I believe in myself. Women are so labeled in our culture and then defined by that label. There is nothing so beautiful like the encouraging words of a friend or family to get you by and make you propel into your desired destiny and dreams. Your ideas are magical as well as the guests you interview, especially Adam.

I LOVE today’s Nuggets of Wisdom and will be sharing this with my children during school lunch today – “The idea that you can’t change someone’s life is ridiculous.” So true! By even tweeting, sharing on facebook, conversing with a neighbor or friend who feel they have had a ‘shit sandwich’ today… you can make a world of difference with your attitude. Thank you and God bless you Marie and Adam! Can’t wait to read the book!
=) Have a blessed week! Continued success to you and Adam!

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kristen

The interview was very powerful – not because I learned ‘something’ new, but I feel like Adam was speaking to each and every one of us from the depth of his heart. It’s hard to feel that from across the screen! I teared up the whole time Marie .. I wanted to pass you a tissue :)

I am deeply touched by Adam’s story not just because of what he is doing since I traveled for years and met a lot of ‘I’m going to save the world’ folks, but his connection and respect for family, history, that he listens to his inner voice and intuition, overcomes fear, and turns an idea into a miracle – these are all things we can be inspired by, and propel us into action. I am inspired by the BIG impact that he has had and it makes me thing- I can do this!

Thank you Adam for sharing your dream.

Like most people watchin’ Marie TV I always fled from boredom and jobs where I couldn’t make an impact. I taught for 10 years but never found much passion in what I was doing until I became vegan. I was vegetarian for 25 years, not knowing about the egg, dairy, leather, down, and animal exploitation industry, not to mention the trauma that slaughterhouse workers face working in those horrible places. I dream of a peaceful planet.

All of this trauma propelled me into action. Since some people are slowly awakening to seeing non-human animals as our brothers and sisters, soand other people are taking charge of their health, trying to heal disease, and find physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. My job is to help people embrace the vegan way of life in the way that suits them best, and to teach with kindness, compassion and to give people the tools, skills, support and space to get their in their own time. By doing so we’ll have less animal suffering, better relationships with animals, healthy happier humans, and a creative and beautiful relationship with food.

I am blessed to be in Bschool this year, and despite some financial hardship and a lot of fear, I took the leap because of that calling. We gotta listen to that inner voice! Thanks Marie for being a voice when we’re feeling that resistance :)

x kristen

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kristen

ps. sorry about the spelling and grammar mistakes! i just re-read and thought ughhh :( oh well, haven’t had a coffee yet :)

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Martay

Thanks for the inspiration guys!

My impossible dream which God is making possible is to be a professional, touring musician/speaker. I have such a burning passion for the youth of today and for them to conquer their dreams. My goal is to inspire them through the most cutting edge, as well as creative, music and media. As I venture towards the goal, things seem to be working better and better and I seem to be reaching more and more people! Thanks for listening!

Best,
Martay

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Beverly Ash Gilbert

Thank you for your passion, inspiration and humanity!

My impossible dream?
I believe in the power of color – how it affects people’s moods, and inspires creativity! I dream of uniting my art business, teaching passion (both adults and kids) and color inspiration books together into a series of on-line videos and courses so that I can help others develop their Eye For Color from home.

Steps I’ve taken?
Purchased a great video camera
Written script (drawn from years of teaching and writing)

Where I need a gentle nudge (or a huge shove)?
Getting in front of the camera – why do I feel so comfortable in front of rooms full of people and so crazy scared in front of a camera?!

If you choose me – I would love for you to donate my book to my teenage son’s high school. Adam and Marie – your messages would be SO powerful in the high school classroom where young budding entrepreneurs often don’t realize how valuable and important and attainable their dreams are (message coming from ‘Mom’ just doesn’t do the trick!)

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Liza Lake

Wow, Marie, this interview absolutely made my day. I was touched to tears by the first pencil giveaway story and am so inspired by Adams beautiful Spirit. Thank you for this and all the wonderful interviews you do! I just ordered The Promise of a Pencil.

I loved that he talked about how one interaction with a child – or even an adult – can affect a person’s life in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. I had a very challenging childhood and began to self-destruct at the age of 8. I remember vividly a handful of moments that changed the trajectory of my life forever. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. They were simple moments where people showed kindness and concern, but profound beyond belief because I felt the Love of Spirit come through these people. I think that is what you, Adam, myself and so many others are doing when we express Love and work toward creating a kinder, gentler world.

My impossible dream is to create a successful and profitable for-purpose business while still having the time and freedom to be actively engaged in my children’s daily lives. My purpose is to:

Help relieve suffering and make the world a better place
Empower people to create the life of their dreams
Encourage awakening awareness of the oneness of all things
Inspire people to Love Life!
When I say Love Life I don’t mean passively sit back and enjoy material things – although that is part of it. I mean actively Love Life!

This means awakening to a kinder way of being:
With Yourself (Self-Care)
Others (Relationships)
And The Planet (Social Responsibility)

Now this sounds simple, but I know from experience how hard it can be to maintain a loving consciousness when we are fighting our own negative thoughts, dealing with difficult interactions with others, and taking in the noise of the world.

Some of the tools I work with that help quiet the noise, awaken consciousness and help you Love Life are:
Meditation
Journaling
Affirmations
Visioning
And some of the topics I focus on are
Gratitude
Forgiveness
Releasing Fear
Creating Joy
And the really (seemingly) impossible part of all of this is that I want to create online programs that teach these tools and principles that can be offered to children in public and private schools so that our next generation can grow up even more equipped to be powerful creators of a world that works for everyone.

I feel really fortunate that I am able to stay at home to raise my two young children (3 & 6) and pursue my passion to help others, but I also feel some impatience for these darn lines to converge!!! I joined BSchool to help get clarity on how to move forward with this impossible dream and I am looking forward to making some real progress.

Thank you so much Marie, Adam and all of you lovely people who inspire me to be the best version of myself and keep the light shining!

Love and blessings,
Liza

PS, Marie, you asked me to take action and this was it! Verbalizing all this was so helpful. I have been fretting over the fact that I have a blog up but no information about me or my purpose posted. I’ll keep refining and adding to this, but this feels like a good start. Thanks so much! Love ya girl and love your style!

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Gillian

Adam just inspired me so much! I am buying his book for all those I love, without even reading it yet, because if it is half as beautiful as that interview it is worth it! I am a huge believer in being guided and paying attention. And, between following Marie TV and now taking bschool, I am truly listening….
I want to give WAY more and make that a bigger part of my profit plan. I own a growing organic skincare company and while I want to earn a lot, I also want to give a lot. Adam just made my heart feel bigger.
This was my favorite, most outstanding interview thus far, in my opinion.
Thank you and Love,
Gilly

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K Nicole

My impossible dream is to have Financial Education as a regular part of the school’s curriculum; i.e. in the same way our children are required to do Math, English, etc. We continue to teach “go to school, get a good education to get a good job”. When we leave school, 1. some of us have not a clue what money really is much less how it works, 2. most of us cannot find employment and 3. if we do find employment, sometimes we are underemployed and/or not fulfilling our true purpose.

As a step towards this impossible dream, I have started to educate my friends (and their children) about the basics of money and personal finance by starting an investment study group & cash flow club.

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Brooke Underwood

Love this idea! I wish you best!!

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Tricia Clarke

Marie & Adam
This is one of the most compelling videos I’ve ever seen…I went from goosebumps, to tears to an amazing feeling surge of inspiration
And that timing thing you guys were discussing…I had literally just got off the phone with a friend of mine who was struggling with combining her passions into a viable business idea, that has purpose and profit. I quoted several ‘Marieism’s’ to her and even scheduled a brainstorming session where to try to help her become clearer on her goals and achieving her dreams.
So, I’m about to send her the link to this video and buy her your book Adam…I would love for her to be at a place where she is as fulfilled and accomplished as you are.
As for me, I’m blessed to have found my passion of bringing communities together by celebrating heritage through culturally fabulous events!
Thank you guys x

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Melanie

What an inspiration. I am totally blown away by this interview. Great job Marie and wow, no wonder you wanted to work with Adam.

I watched this video saying “I know exactly what you mean!”. I recently quit my job to start a “For Purpose” organization on the other side of the country, a marine education center that encourages communities to highlight their own local life and look beneath the surface. We believe that if you foster every child’s natural curiosity for the oceans (studies have been done on babies that they naturally gravitate to ocean life), they will become more caring, more respectful and more innovative human beings that will integrate this curiosity and hunger for knowledge into everything they do and become.

I had a lightening moment and thanks to my family, friends and mentors, was able to follow and go after whole-heartedly. I am the founder of a catch-and-release Mini Aquarium, that seasonally displays local life like sea stars, lobsters and small fish and then are release back to the ocean where they were gently collected by SCUBA divers just a couple months earlier. It was a HUGE success bringing economic growth, tourism and local knowledge to a community that was devastated after the cod fishery collapse. We had local fisherman come in and say, “Ive been fishing my whole life and I’ve never seen a cod swim”. We have had kids cry because they didn’t want to go home and dozens of kids leave promising to become a marine biologist. The more we know, the more we understand, the more we can act and show care. We are now talking to over 10 different cities around the world to start their own ‘Mini Aquarium’s’ and bring about ocean conservation and community sustainability.

Marie, I have been watching your videos for over 4 years. All of my friends and family now talk about you like you’re our sister. Your teachings, philosophy and your spirit have directly impacted my journey and gave me the balls to get it going. I believe I am on my path to giving the world that gift that only I have – not even squidding.

Many, many thanks to you.
Melanie Knight
Founder of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

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Maghan S.

I remember a time when the small town I’m from (Stephens, AR) wasn’t circling the drain. We had two hardware stores, a feed store, a bank, two restaurants, and three industrial plants. Then the petroleum crash of the 1990s came. The industrial plants (one of which kept my dad employed) collapsed and along with those plants, so did all the service industries around town. In order for the school to stay open, it had to combine with the next town over.

My ultimate impossible dream would be to put my town back on the map. I now live in Houston, TX but I’d like to see my hometown become more than just a place to stop to put gas in the car. I’d love to see it have at least one B&B (beautiful architecture abounds here so that would be a piece of cake). I’d like to redo the downtown area so it’s more of a square that passers-through have no choice but to at the very least see. There used to be postcards of our town. I want that again. I haven’t achieved a university degree yet and I have absolutely no idea how to make my dream happen; I’d love to have some guidance along the way.

I’m the only one in my family that “got out” and I’d like to give my husband a reason to visit my hometown on more than just the “high holidays”.

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rachel

My dream is coming to fruition…after committing 10+ years of my life to caring for patients as a Registered Nurse and now a Nurse Practitioner I am ready to fulfill my dream of giving back and educating new nurses. With passionate leaders like Adam, it is clear that I will have such a powerful influence on the future of healthcare. I know that I can have a huge rippling effect on the hearts and minds of nursing students so that when they complete their degree they will have a deeper understanding and power that goes beyond passing medications and doing excellent procedures. I will infuse my teaching with love and stories, passion and empowerment. I will raise them up and watch them grow.
I am so inspired!
Thank you, Rachel

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Jen Guglielmi

Thank you for this beautiful, inspiring interview! I’m a B-school newbie and took a break from working on my ICA to watch this and am SO glad I did. I’m realizing that I’ve been taking some of my gifts for granted instead of appreciating them and using them to create some BIG change in the world. I’m a multi-passionate dance teacher (LOVE working with kids) and massage therapist. My big, impossible dream would be to educate individuals, couples/friends and families on loving themselves and their experiences with others using lessons that develop skills in communication – through words, movement/dance and nurturing touch/massage. While I would love to have a community center that offered classes and workshops, I would also love to reach people on a global scale – by occasionally traveling for events, but mostly by using technology to work with people all over. I think I just took my first step by writing this down! Thank you for helping me get clear on my VISION!!!

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Éadaoin

Kaching!!!! THIS, this is what I’ve been trying to articulate for so long. I’m heavily involved in my second community here in Vietnam and feel like I need to know Adam’s story immediately, I sense a huge connection behind this fantastic interview.

I’ve been here in Vietnam for the last 8 weeks and while I haven’t had a near death experience, I’m emotionally battered and bruised (and have been plagued with parasites and infections). On one hand, I’m loathe to leave but I’m seriously dying to get back to my life in Ireland – with a new perspective on almost everything.

The reason I’m here is my friend’s restaurant and care home for abandoned youths who have nowhere to go after they leave the state care system (they almost all have familes who either won’t or can’t support them). I’ve been living in an almost exclusively Vietnamese community (my friend’s home villsge) with very little proper conversation and far too much time to think about every.thing!

But that’s also been hugely helpful, this time away from my norm is really helping me frame my new stance – see, I want to go home to Ireland and start working my way towards my own dream job so that I can create the financial freedom to support my dear friend here and make what she’s taught me a reality at home too. I want to be able to sponsor university scholarships to the kids who live here and at home, through doing what I love – photography. It’s huge, and it’s going to take a lot of ‘loving’ work but I’m pretty confident I can make it happen.

Sorry for the ramble, I’m just trying to make sure I process these last couple of months properly before my home life sucks me in. I feel like this interview couldn’t have been timed more perfectly, I’ll be reading Adam’s book as soon as possible.

Thanks for a great watch.
Éadaoin

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Soorena

Hi Marie!

After watching the first 5 mins of this video, I was already inspired. I went for my run, and actually started thinking about my dream (and then made some unprecedented progress).

So, my “I’m-Possible” dream is to revolutionize the way that medicine is practiced on Earth. The idea is that you want to go more “promoting health” instead of “destroying disease” – big difference, trust me. Being a young guy (20 years), I have some time to dedicate to this :) My “3-Step Plan” is to first: write these this fiction story that I was inspired to write called Healer which will lead to my second step which is to create inspiroducational products, and follow it up with a McDonald’s sized chain of “healing centres” (aka. new hospitals) around the world – which of course would be 1 store at a time.

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Petra Kammerer

Marie, Adam,
what an amazing interview. What an inspiration!!

My “kind of impossible” dream is to abolish regular slaughterhouses. People wont stop eating meat but the way animals are bred, raised and slaughtered these days is a disgrace.

As of April 1st I will start a new company, an organic farm, which raises, breeds and slaughters endangered breeds of cows, pigs and deer in an unprecedented ethical manner.

My team and I want to prove and demonstrate to the world that there is a better way. I became a student of current B-School to learn about how I can tell EVERYBODY in this world about our ambitious project.

Petra (from Austria)

Petra

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Susanna Halonen

Sounds exciting – I always buy organic & completely agree with your viewpoint.
My parents live on the Swiss/Austrian border (I’m in UK) so if you ever start to sell there let me know! :)
Good luck!

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Sky

Once upon a time I experienced being a very young single mother for four years. Flash forward 20 years later, I have my business and live my passion. But I have always wanted to open up one Large House maybe more houses, for 10-20 young entrepreneurial single mothers and have the entire house focus on start up entrepreneurship, raise funds, educate through online courses and basically just have every day focusing on inspiration, learning and giving single mothers the right tools to dream beyond circumstances. I also think this type of setting would help single mothers feel support. Of course the house would have a daycare section for the children!!

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Deirdre

I can’t wait to read Adam’s book! His authenticity was so refreshing and his stories of revelation inspired me to take an hour to focus on what really gets me going. Turns out it’s school lunches! If I were to follow an impossible dream, I’d reform my daughter’s school lunch menu in a non-threatening and educational way. The first small step would be educating myself on how other schools have changed their menus to be more healthy and still affordable.

Marie and Adam – thank you!!

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Brittney Anne Herrera

Wow. What an eloquent, beautiful soul he is. This story blew me away. Simply moving and incredibly emotional. Such a beautiful way to begin my morning. Thank you Marie and Adam : )

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Cheryl Erickson

I have struggled with this my entire life – wanting to follow my heart, but putting others before it and believing I can do it. So I do not have clarity on what to do except I know it involves kids, using my stories, experiences, and skills to reach them. I am not really clear what age group either, but think it might be pre-teens, as I can really relate to all the issues they face as they progress into adults. I am now 55 – isn’t it too late?

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Susanna Halonen

Hi Cheryl – you are not alone in this challenge & you have an incredibly kind heart for putting others before it.
Your pointers sound like a great starting point – so keep at it!
And it is never too late!!! I recently did a blog post on Choosing to Never Ever Give Up which features a super inspirational TED talk by Diana who after years of trial & error swam across from Cuba to Florida at age 62!!! You can check it out here: http://www.happyologist.co.uk/growth/find-a-way-to-never-ever-give-up/

Drop me a line if you ever want to chat & believe in yourself as your uniqueness will drive you forward :)

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Jane Babich

Oh My, first time at your site Maire.. thank you! As I listened to this video I actually heard music. I am not musical, and definitely can not sing. But I heard this song… please pass it on to Adam, maybe he has someone that can put the music to it from the Lord.

Adam sweet Adam
The Lord smiles from above
Adam sweet Adam
For through you He shows His love
Adam sweet Adam
A part of Him he gave
Adam sweet Adam
It is His hand you extend

Adam sweet Adam
I used the pencils to change lives
Adam sweet Adam
For it is you giving this stick, that makes life sing
Adam sweet Adam
Your journey is so full
Adam sweet Adam
But I have more for you

I will give you what you have asked for
Because it is my heart that you know
My Adam sweet Adam
Speak it, pray it and I will make it so.

PS I am buying the book today!
Blessings to you Marie… this day!

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Naz

Wow!! What an amazingly inspiring video!! I love your videos anyway gorgeous lady but this one made me hit forward quite a few times!! This is exactly what I needed to hear today…a few years ago I had the exact same lightening feeling when I discovered the name of my business The Heart Centre Yoga, it came to me during a profound meditation in a silent retreat and I was totally knocked back by the clarity and fear around what this meant! Obviously I knew I had to jump forward and since then the universe has been supporting to help others awaken their conciousness through the gifts of yoga and meditation in order to connect more to the endless depth of their hearts and awaken to their true nature, beyond the duality we are so attached to. But some days you get caught in the nitty gritty of running a business and forget that big purpose and mission and how fortunate I am to have this calling! THANK YOU! What beautiful people you are.
So much love and the biggest blessings to you both as you uplift this planet in your own inspiring way!
Naz xxx

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rhonda

a beautiful, tearful interview! as a 50-year old divorced mom trying to re-create and rediscover myself i cannot express how many ways this talk touched me. i am working on my 3rd career metamorphosis, this time as a health coach. unsure of myself in more ways than i can list. torn between wanting to give my services free of charge because it feels better than charging a fee and the need to support myself and my children. and… i have to share that i too am a strong believer in signs! A phrase on my tea bag, a hawk on a fencepost or 5 cardinals in my tree!…they’re all there to tell me something. i love the connection that i feel to nature and the universe through signs:)
thank you for sharing and good luck with this amazing project!

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Barbara Roberts

I have been trying since 2008 to follow my dream of making this world a healthier place. I started with my website which went up January 2010, and has been going ever since. But nothing happened with that.

Then in 2011, I wrote a book “Alive Health Recipe Book – Healthy Eating On The Run” where all 115 recipes are wheat-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. It has nutrition information on how to achieve optimum health all around, not just for people with gluten intolerance.

I was so excited about it, but have sold maybe 100 copies, so I still can’t quit my day job. I’m a massage therapist, which is something I love doing, but at 63, my body does not. So then I did a Podcast and put videos of my book up with a recipe in between each background one, showing people exactly how to make the changes in their lives. Again, no money coming in.

Now I am learning how to put my book and other things, such as reports, up on Kindle as an eBook. If this doesn’t work, I’ll have to give up because I’m out of ideas. I’ve been so disappointed, because this truly is my passion and I don’t understand why nothing I’ve done has generated any money.

The rate of obesity in this country, let alone diabetes and Celiac disease, is rampant and I have the answers to the problem. So why is the Universe holding back on me? It feels so right, but I guess I don’t know how to market it correctly. I’ve always believed that when you find your purpose, it will fall in place and just happen for you, but in six years it hasn’t for me.

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catherine

My passion would be to help people live a real life.
So many people do not and I yearn to awaken that power within me.
A life full of gratitude, slugging away and never giving up as I listen to that wee voice which lies deep within my soul that one day I will be there sharing with the world of all that I was blessed with, what a day that will be.

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Robin Underdown

WOW! Adam your story is awesome!

My impossible dream is two fold I think. First is to show the world and LGBT families that we are just like everybody else. I never want my children or anybody elses to feel “less than” or “second class”. Second, is to let LGBT youth know that they can have, be, see, do anything their heart desires no matter what ANYBODY says about them.

And I have kind of already started my dream because I have started a photo project featuring LGBT families with quotes from them about what they would say to the world if they could and I enrolled in Bschool to get the tools I need to make the rest of it a reality.

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Tina

Finding this video today is one of those signs Adam spoke of such as his painting on cardboard. All of my life I have been a healer. This translated into becoming a nurse when I was 20 because that was the acceptable road to take, all the while knowing it was not my true purpose. After being stuck in a life for a paycheck. I sought out various classes and certifications and always got sucked back into a career that provided pay but was not feeding my soul. I intend to work to help heal others by helping them find their passion and their courage to go for it! To help heal through nourishing body and soul with food and spiritual practices instead of pharmaceuticals.

Last fall I took a “job” for “security”. This job was difficult to learn, paid well, but left me feeling empty. I was drained of all energy and unable to work on my own business and dreams at all. After 4 months, the company announced a massive lay off. My initial reaction was upset and fear of loss of income. As I contemplated the meaning from this I clearly saw that the universe was screaming at me to GET BACK ON TRACK!

I have so much more to offer. I have played small all my life in order to allow others to shine but now see that it is not a “me or them” issue and I need to allow myself to be heard and let my gift out to touch as many lives as may need it.

Thank you for this interview.
~Blessings,

Tina.

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Siobhan Pyburn

What an amazing video, thanks so much for creating and sharing it!

My impossible dream…. is to set up a centre for young people (16-24) who have been sexually abused in childhood, where they can come and receive free counselling and support in the form of groups, workshops and some more complementary stuff like group writing sessions and meditation classes. I want it all to be free and funded by the government, donations and grants.

Oh my that would be wonderful.

I set up a meeting tomorrow with a local charity who has links with schools and colleges in my area, my aim being to go in and do a workshop with the pupils about sexual abuse, it’s various forms, the reasons why victims struggle to disclose, and what to do if you are being abused.

I’m really enjoying reading other people’s dreams too.

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Vivian

Wow, what an inspiring interview Adam and Marie. And thank you so much for showing us how quickly a dream can grow into inspired action by just taking the next right step.

Nine years ago, I had two back to back miscarriages after having one amazing little boy. This was a time of intense turmoil for me as it brought me to my knees when I realized this was one aspect of my life I couldn’t control and wrestle into submission. Fast forward to 2006, and I took a huge leap in my knowledge about the issues facing vulnerable children around the world — I realized that spirit, or God, or whatever term you use, was wanting me to focus on having 10,000 children, not just one more. And so I founded http://www.JustLikeMyChild.org and we’ve been so blessed to have built schools, hospitals, saved thousands of mothers lives, and put hundreds of women into business in Uganda, East Africa.

But the scope of the need, and the scope of my vision is what’s causing my restlessness now. The issues that fuel poverty in the developing world involve the complete subordination and exploitation of the vulnerable adolescent girl child — I’ve befriended countless 11 and 12 year old girls who’ve gotten pregnant, been raped, dropped out of school, and lost their dreams and or their lives because their voice is not important — they are voiceless. And we all know how powerful girls are! So when you consider the massive loss to the planet by how viciously girls voices are silenced, it’s a devastating loss to our progress as human beings.

We have created the tools and empowerment curriculum to stem this issue and to deal a deadly blow to poverty by empowering girls to stay in school, avoid early pregnancy, and live their dreams. We call it the Girl Power Project (www.GirlPowerProject.org).

We’ve put 2000 girls through this program in Uganda over the last three years and not one girl has dropped out of school, and only one has become pregnant. The results are staggering, but we have so far to go, and that’s my impossible dream.

Our vision now is to empower ONE MILLION VULNERABLE ADOLESCENT GIRLS and the communities they live in, thereby creating a dramatic improvement in the world’s health, economic stability and environment. We have the plan, we have the strategy, we just don’t have lift off in terms of funding — and the way we’ve budgeted it, it would only cost $1 a GIRL!! It seems like an IMPOSSIBLE DREAM to generate this type of support and advocacy, but when I see a girl who three years ago could not bear to look me in the eye, now standing in front of her peers, speaking into a microphone, and teaching others the empowerment skills she’s learned, I know that it’s worth the effort. When I look into her eyes and see the transformation — that she is full of her power and knows that she is worthwhile — I know with complete certainty that she’s going to change MY world, and all of our worlds for the better! And the good news is that we’re teaching boys too how to create an environment where they are empowered by empowering girls!

I would love copy of Adam’s inspiring book — I know it will inspire me and give me the courage I need just when it all feels to overwhelming.

Blessings to you, Marie, for providing a platform for people to accomplish their dreams. Big hugs, Vivian

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lauren

“I FELT LIKE I WAS WEARING SOMEONE ELSE’S UNIFORM”. I wonder how many people go home at night and feel that exact feeling. I know I did, for so long. Although my dream is on such a smaller scale than anything Adam was talking about, his words resonated with me. I want to help mother’s feel better about themselves and their lives. I want them to feel in control of themselves, their environment, and their happiness. I believe that if a mother is happy then it breeds happiness in the home. I feel strongly that children need that to grow up happy and secure. After being a teacher for so long, I am ready to take on the mother’s.
In my opinion, this was, HANDS DOWN, the best interview you’ve done on Marie TV. I will be getting Adam’s book, for sure.

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Mal

Beautiful interview. I totally identified with the defining moment. I was at a charity function in NY. I had the opportunity to bid on Elton John’s watch that he donated or I could build a school. I felt the tingle run through my body when I told myself I had the resources to build the school and I didn’t need to stoke my ego with the watch. That was the beginning of wanting to bring to education to women. My school is in Mali West Africa.
Today when people ask me what is the best thing I have done in life so far, it is not about money, success or what I have acquired. It is my little school that educates a 100 children. Now I try to bring small scholarships to women in need of learning a skill so they can support themselves and their children. Many women live in dangerous and abusive situations because they do not have the financial resources to leave. Well I am here to change that….
Bless you both for shining your light on the world and inspiring so many with your words today.

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Claire

Chère Marie & Cher Adam,

First of all, MERCI!
Marie, I would like to express my truly, deeply gratitude for being my guide for the last 2 years. I am currently re doing B-school for the second time and I hope to realise my dream. Well, no, I don’t hope, I actually will achieve them.
I believe in following the signs… I was quite angry at the Universe 4 years ago for having

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Amy Joyous

Wow what an inspirational video. You are always so empowering Marie, however this time with both. Wow.
My passion is plant medicine, educating towards and Living synthetic free, safely, simply and synergistically with Mother Earth.
I would love to embrace you tube, travel and change the world as I share the power of nature with the world.

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Settit

I loved this interview! Just a few days ago I finished Blake Mycoskie’s book, “Start Something That Matters” which is in a similar vein to Adam’s book; starting a for-purpose business that affects so many lives around the world. Since reading that book, creating a business like this has become my dream (amazing how quickly things can change).

My other dream is to become fluent in Italian and Spanish, right now I’m learning Italian and living in Italy, so progressing towards this goal slowly but surely :)

Thank you Marie and thank you Adam for the insights!

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Sophia

BANG!! Did that hit home! On the date of Adam’s perfect storm I buried a close friend, one week after I buried my husband. He had dies one day before the Tunami of Dec 2004, and those two events are permanently fused. My world had turned upside down too and I know with every loss there is a miracle waiting to happen. Fast forward and just before my second son was born POW! Haiti is hit by that almighty earthquake. My sister, single mother, bi-polar but with a razor sharp, university educated brain, gets herself to the Dominican Republic and heads for the border. She stands there interpreting for patient transport, for medical staff, for border and customs, for engineers, two weeks on her feet. She returns to UK, a while later returns and sets up 2 schools in Haiti, just with her little savings, some initial support from her fellows in her church’s congregation in London. That was 2010. She still travels out there and the scholarships for 75 kids are still continuing through her hard work, she is meeting with a charity in London this week to get 50 more kids sponsored. Hers and Adams stories are similar, they are real, they are miraculous. My sister was on welfare when she took on this task, we and her church fellows have made it possible for 75 children to get an education in the decimated country of Haiti. We are aware there is more work to be done, but we do not suffer analysis paralysis anymore. We juzdoit, know’w’m’sayin’! We all just got to DO IT.
Thank you Marie, for Adam’s story. I hope when I buy this book for my sister she can find some ideas to grow the help she is giving exponentially.

She is also involved now in DR with local groups to try and get the dispossessed Haitian street children recognised by the DR government, and helped into schools, orphanages and away from the sexual predators who stalk these pure souls on the streets every night, offer them a safe haven and a future. This is DR’s shame and they need to be shown there is a more human way to deal with sorrow and disaster. We can all do something to help. You can read about Lizzie’s work here:

http://www.nhcc.org.uk/haiti/

Blessings.

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Natalie Berthold

Awe, Adam and Marie! As a Family Constellation Therapist, who works a lot with holocaust and descendants of both survivors and those who passed, most follow in that path. Adam had that opportunity to follow his family into death when he almost died on the ship…but he didn’t. He chose to stay. I love how Adam has taken what happened and made something great of himself and helped the world with it…what an honor for all of your ancestors!
My ‘impossible dream’ is to have an SNL type of show, but with spirituality and the dynamics of Family Constellation Therapy. I pray I will be guided to the right people because I know this will make a difference.
Thanks for sharing your story Adam! So inspiring! xo

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Yael Reinhardt-Matsliah

Natalie, what a dream! Family Constellation is such a powerful work and I too thought of some of the things you shared re: Adam and his family. Thank you for sharing the deep wisdom of Family Constellation here and may your dream of a show sharing the dynamics of Family Constellation Therapy become a bright and healing reality!

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Yael Reinhardt-Matsliah

Wow, this was so inspiring and it re ignited by youthful passion and vision. I am actually one of those, Adam, who chose to study NON PROFIT management in graduate school :) and who helped start a non profit (FOR PROFIT) organization in the Guatemala City dump many years ago.

My vision now is to create a supportive and nurturing yoga community where anyone, regardless of current financial situation, can participate. I’ve had the vision for a few years now, created a website, but have over the last several months lost fuel and felt like I needed to let the dream “die.”

This interview has re inspired me to follow the dream and to believe it can be birthed into this world.

Thank you so much for helping me remember who I am and why I am here!

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Reece Sims

This was an absolutely wonderful interview/video! Thank you Marie & Adam for sharing this and encouraging people to declare their ‘impossible dreams’.

My impossible dream is two-fold: (1) To create a world where people and businesses create interdependent relationships (as opposed to dependent or co-dependent relationships whether in the business/personal realm); and (2) Have more Millennial women interested and involved in politics/progression in Canada through targeting women’s-based issues as a platform for education and civic engagement.

I truly believe that with more political involvement and interest, we as a society, through discourse and progressive advancement, will be able to better foster this sense of interdependence (in personal relationships between spouses, in for-profit & for-purpose business relationships etc.).

I recently started an online conversation about allowing over-the-counter access to birth control as well as subsidizing it so it’s free in Canada. There was a phenomenal response from female (and male) friends who weighed in on the conversation who have never demonstrated any interest in policy or politics. I’m now connecting with politically savvy individuals in my network to see how we can make this conversation into a real policy discussion (and potentially policy paper)! It may be a small step, but I am definitely summoning the will to make it possible. As Christopher Reeve once said “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

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Natalie

So much of the commentary, here at Marie TV, is exemplary…it’s a wonder I can even remember what I wanted to write! Thank you ALL for sharing your hearts and dreams.

As for my dream, which I wrote out before beginning to watch Marie’s episode with Adam is building {gosh! I am so hesitant…stalling (scared) at putting my dream into writing!!}
I aim to build a theatre and community that is a noursihing, safe, growthful ‘playground’ for kids to explore and express their unique gifts. Offering support (inspiration) and education (SELF responsibility) with a dramatical flair!

There. It is written. And it is done. I can feel it. And am so grateful for the reminder, Adam (thanks SO much, Marie, for having this person on to share his ordinary story): that we are guided (and loved) beyond that which we can see.
Feeling blessed and richer for watching,
Thank you.

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Lisa Bova

Marie, so loved this especially today! As a b-schooler who knows they want to change the world and is still working on the dream part, this was so inspirational. Just what I needed today and glad I took the time out from our b-school module to listen! I shared it a lll over my social networks, because people need to hear this! I teared up too and like you grew up in an Italian family, where family means so much. I am done waiting and ready to allow my dreams, my message and my purpose to present itself and I am open to those guidances from the universe, the divine masters, angels and people who are giving the signpost to see it along the way!

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Melanie DArcy

My impossible dream is

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Ann

My dream is to become a young adult writer and publish many YA books. Reading was very important to me at a young age when I was ostracized from a group of girls. In a way, reading absolutely saved me and gave me hope. I could dive into a different world, different stories in books. I didn’t always have to think about the rejection I was facing in many different situations in school and elsewhere.

I’ve taken many steps towards my dream.I keep doing the work but I also need to be patient with it – it could take years. I’ve also found myself taking steps towards my dream without even realizing it. For instance, I started volunteer-work in a children and teenagers’ hepline last autumn – I want to be there for kids who may not have an adult to listen to their worries (or even sharing some happy stories and details of their daily life).

Whether it’s answering phones or sharing hopeful stories with kids, I feel I have big heart for them as I’ve never forgotten how tough it can be, and how lonely it can feel.

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Sandy

Hi Marie – your interview with Adam was amazing!!! and am loving reading the comments from all these amazing people who are making a difference!

I’m a SM Trainer and Consultant. But my passion is Kidz Cyber Safety – presenting to Adults on the risks to their families of the internet. By sharing practical tips on how to monitor kids activities, tips on how to communicate, and share ideas on ways to communicate and stress the importance to our kids on what’s appropriate and not on social media/ “the cyber world”. The more people I talk to and present to – the more my passion comes alive and I want to share with everyone!

I look forward to purchasing and reading Adam’s book.

All the best to your “making a difference” fans.
Sandy

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Susan

Dear Marie,

Big love to you for introducing me to Adam Braun. Big thanks for a moving and inspiring message. I have been retired for six months. This is the first call to purpose. This particular MarieTV interview is a catalyst to move beyond casual ‘volunteer work’ into a viable plan of action. This is of little consequence but what I intend to do (lacking a credential in teaching English as a second language) is offer time to simply chat with non English speakers. Will not burden with more …

Thank You for the Insights,
Susan Mc

Thank you from my heart,
Susan

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Angela Willis

Beautiful Adam and Marie. Thank you.

My impossible dream is to help women find themselves, again. What do I mean by that? So many women, my Mother and myself included, give so much of themselves to their children, spouse, parents, friends, co-workers, that they are literally mentally and physically exhausted at the end of each day, with nothing left of themselves. We live our lives passionately helping and giving our all to others, and thinking very little of ourselves, mainly due in part to the idea that to think of yourself is selfish. After years of this type of self-abuse, when our kids are all in school, for example, we are all left with an empty feeling, not knowing who we are, what we like, what our dreams and passions are. We are no longer the person we once use to be, we have changed, and now it’s time to find ourselves again; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even financially.

The move that I plan that I plan to make today, toward this direction. Is to continue in my B-schooling, seek out and refine my passion, and work with women I am already working with on the physical aspect of this issue.
Thank you again for all you do, Marie.

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Cynthia Baltimore-Hutson

So well said Angela. I can relate fully. I’ll catch you on the B-School side, my friend.

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Andy Sydow

One of the most powerfull and inspiring videos I saw. My impossible dream is to bring Radical Forgiveness & Conscious Leadership to ALL Latin American countries. Until now I was in Perú, Brasil, Argentina & México.
To help people heal and express the authentic leader within.

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Kelly Ferguson

Since I’m a multi-passionate entrapranuer, I have a few dreams that are in the works. One is being a role model/advocate/public speaker/coach for boys/girls/adults who are athletes also coping with scoliosis. My particular nitch is in Olympic lifting and Power Lifting. You don’t usually associate people with spinal challenges and lifting weight. And I have been searching like crazy for “my people.” I have longed for a community, of women in particular, who are not only strong, but who are defying odds and showing that just because you have scoliosis, doesn’t mean you have to kick your dreams and desires to the curb. The other is a business I’m trying to get off the ground that was inspired by the video ‘Story of Stuff.’ I help people de-clutter and downsize belongings they no longer need, want, or feel support their current lifestyle, values, and goals. My intention is not too make landfills bigger, but create more circulation by sharing, recycling, and collaborating with creative people to re-use the stuff and make something cool!

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Cynthia Baltimore-Hutson

Marie,
I want to save a girl. I want to mentor a girl. I want girls and young women to understand their value and worth and not get caught in demeaning, dead end relationships that zap all their confidence, self worth and purpose for living. I want to help them before they waste years of their lives learning that they are powerful and incredibly capable.

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Debbie Wade

So inspirational! I am in turning the corner mode and I have to say that your emails and offers have been oddly perfect in timing, accident!? NOT!

I look forward to my future in a way that I am unable to express in words, it’s an internal fire now…all mine to embrace, but ultimately to share!

Thanks Maria!

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Aurelia

I love this video!…Like you Marie, it brought tears to my eyes. Adam Baum is living my dream. Right after viewing the video I immediately emailed my fiance this message.

“When you have time please listen to this video. He is living my dream. I was almost in tears here because I wish I was in his shoes making extraordinary things happen. It touched my heart and this will let you know more about me. Of how I feel and what I think about each day.
And this goes for you too because when I think about my dreams I know I’m with the right person for love and support. I’m so happy that you’re in a position where you want to succeed in what you love to do. We need to continue our drive that’s in us together and live our life. Because I honestly think we have something special together.”

I work in the Financial industry and have felt so out of place in my “career”. I am person didn’t finish high school because of I was living in such a bad neighborhood that I didn’t want to leave my house. So I started working at age 16 and have always started at the “bottom” positions and managed to always move up in the companies I worked for. Personally for me, the highlight of my day is when I was interacting with people and feeling that I am helping others. When I was younger (and still now) my dream was to become a teacher but I lived of life of just work and paying bills. I doubt myself because I didn’t finish school. Even though I got my GED and have taken some college courses for the job I have now. It’s not my passion. So my forward actually happened last night. I applied to my neighborhood school district. I figure since I can’t teach because of no degree or experience, at least I can work in their offices and start somewhere. I let them know I am ready for that career change to work at a school (even with less pay) to be somewhere close to my “dream”.

I’m buying Adam’s book today! Both of you are inspirations for me and I have been telling my friends about Marie TV. I discovered you Marie because I follow FoodBabe and saw her video on your show. I was immediately hooked!. May you both have continued success and thank you for shining light in this world the way that you do.

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Aurelia

Sorry for spelling Adam’s last name wrong. Was excited to write!

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Meghan Wick

What an incredible inspiring story! It’s that much more touching when the person telling it radiates “goodness”. Someone you feel you can trust in just 20 minutes of listening and watching them.

My dream is to help women, men and their families take home an experience of a time in their life that I helped capture or made them feel radiant and proud to be in their own skin. My why is to create unforgettable and rewarding experiences for people through my artistry. I have created a company (Meghan Lee Artistry, LLC) that umbrellas my different crafts. Photography, Makeup & Hair Design and Custom Organic Spray Tanning. I’m a photographer that specializes in creative styling for high school seniors, models, business professionals and families. In addition I’m a certified multi-media makeup/hair artist that provides makeup and hair design as well as custom organic spray tanning. Whether individuals do one or all of my services combined I want to give them an experience that will forever be in their memory and feel proud to be their unique selves/family. I want to be the person outside their bubble that gives them an honest and creative perspective on how much they shine just being themselves. I want to be their reminder that they are worth being pampered for, spending time with and just worth it! I believe in helping people find an inner confidence and helping them remember the special times in their life that are so dear and go by in the blink of an eye. I want to share a connection with my clients and deliver exactly what they were envisioning and hopefully exceed that :)

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Saeema Salim

Hi Marie,

I am so sure that I have never ever witnessed a humble conversation like the one I watched today. So pure and enriched with wisdom. Adam has truly enlightened so many of us on the ‘go-for-it’ mantra regardless of what you are or have. I honestly was going through, in these 27 minutes a mix of emotions, so many things crossing my mind, trying to be certain on my purpose in life. All my life I have grown spiritually believing that my purpose is only to serve my parents, to be with them, and to do the much I can for them because what they have done for me is so invaluable and priceless. They have done all they could to give me an amazing education background and a secure future. My dad used to sell peanuts and save each penny for me. My mother would make sure she would add the right amount of salt so I could eat well. The smallest of things they have done for me is just unweighable. Their love is infinite.

Dad bought me first pencil and mother kept sharpening for me. She always advised me to take care of my pencil because its strength could bring light in to my life. That was the power of her courage and support for me. I still remember this. And the highest number of the types of gifts I have ever distrusted are pencils.

My dad always loves seeing me hold my pen and write. And he would keep telling me that I am his achievement.
That is the power of his encouragement to me.

While I watched the video, it definitely brought tears in my eyes and strengthened my belief even more.

If I am to share my impossible dream then that would be to serve my parents till the end of me. It is to give them the best support I can. It’s a dream that I work on everyday. That’s my purpose. I know one day we will all perish but before I do, I want to achieve this dream. I want to live this life for them. I want their smiles to sparkle.

Thank you Marie for allowing me to share my story here and most of all thank you so much for featuring Adam today.

God Bless You.

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Claire

Chère Marie & Cher Adam,

First of all, MERCI!
Marie, I would like to express my truly, deeply gratitude for being my guide for the last 2 years. I am currently re doing B-school for the second time and I hope to realise my dream. Well, no, I don’t hope, I actually will achieve them.
I believe in following the signs… I was quite angry at the Universe 4 years ago for having a premonition about my highjacking, I tried to avoid it, but it happened anyway. I wanted to see the positive side of this experience, this wake up call, so i decided to move back to France (from SA). Since then, I moved to Singapore and now I am back in France… I feel that I am needed here, but I also have big dreams and I am very ambitious. I really beleive that I am meant to lead, to heal female entrepreneurs and to help them to dare to be themselves. I now see that the Universe wanted me to redifine what FREEDOM means. I need to still heal, and I may see that going back to SA may be a solution again as I was more myself there than in France. Weird right? I was freer in SA, even if I lived in a “golden cage”. Now I am a business mentor for French female entrepreneurs as I saw this being my purpose. I feel that people need me. So I continue helping them and providing values with my vlogs. I dont make money yet, I still need to figure out how to become greater, bigger and how to use my body as the vehicule to my message.
Thank you Marie and Adam for being such an inspiration to me and to my work. I just bought his book :)
I am grateful for your work, your passion and your dedication. I hope I can also contribute to the beauty of this planet.
My goal is to be as great as you guys, I wish to make this world a better place, where people car dare to be true to themselves and find true happiness through their beloved and most significant work.
Merci :)
Sat Nam
xoxo

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Jen

Adam and Marie….

YES!!! I absolutely love being tuned in to more amazing people doing exceptional things. Adam, thank you for sharing your story and being another witness to the extraordinary-ness of people when they choose it.

My ‘impossible dream’ is sharing the message with every young woman that she is amazing – not because she’s lived up to someone’s (society’s) expectation, but simply because she is born. My mission is to leading with love while sharing a message of love and hope recognizing we all have something incredible to offer!

I’d love a copy of the book so I can use it as a give-away at my next event (since I’m going to order Adam’s book right now for myself!).

Sending you love and blessings
Jen xoxo

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Rachel Brownlow

Thanks, Marie! What a powerful interview. Now I not only want to read Adam’s book; I also want to check out Baraka, the movie he mentioned.

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Susanna Halonen

As Audrey Hepburn said, “Nothing is ‘impossible’, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – And I fully believe in that!

Saying that, I’d like to rephrase slightly to say I have two ‘I’m possible’ dreams:
1) Educate, inspire & help as many people, organisations & communities as possible that they can choose to live happy, passionate lives by learning the right happy habits. I want to help people understand how happiness fuels success (there’s a whole science behind it!) & encourage people to prioritise happiness instead of ‘delaying it’ to weekends, holidays or retirement. I want people to be the masters of their own destiny.

2) Compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in dressage with my beautiful Mickey who is now 5 and showing all the right signs of potential. Despite of where we get to, I am enjoying every step of the way and fully cherishing watching him grow & develop into an even more amazing horse every day.

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Heather Heiney

My impossible dream is to inspire people through my writing and photography to truly live their lives and pursue their dreams instead of just drifting through and hoping something good will come to them.

But I have been struggling for so long with self-doubt that it’s grown into a wall that feels almost insurmountable. Watching your videos, and this one in particular, over the last few months has helped me start to work through that self doubt and take tiny steps to start to move forward. I’ve been writing a lot more often and developing a photography business that means something. I’ve decided to focus my photography on feminine portraits to show women, teens and girls that they are beautiful just the way they are and that they should also be supportive of one another. And I want to focus my writing on pieces that show their is beauty in the little things we overlook and inspire people to get outside and see for themselves. I know it’s long, but here is something I wrote that really sums up my dream:

Before I even allow my pen to kiss a piece of paper I am thinking of the audience. Often the pen never makes it past that moment of anticipation where its heart is racing and its breath is held hoping that the paper will kiss it back.

The problem is not that I don’t have ideas, or that I doubt my ability as a writer, it’s that my dreams for the words are too big and they overwhelm me. I don’t want to write something that is merely entertaining or informative; I want to write something that moves people and resonates with them at their very foundation.

Or, at least confirm to them that there is beauty in this world hidden just in front of their eyes.

Often I am so focused on the small wonders that I can’t see what it is everyone else sees. I notice the way light drapes itself over plain objects and makes them beautiful without realizing that I’m looking at a picnic table and I listen to the melody of the world around me not thinking that the underlying hum is an air conditioning unit.

Besides, who am I to think that I could persuade anyone with mere words, people have to breathe it in. Maybe that should be the goal. Not to move people with my writing but merele to convince them to step outside and see for themselves.

Maybe, just maybe, if I describe a scene just so, they’ll think ‘Gee, I’d like to try that,’ and take a chance. And then, I would have no other choice but to step even further out of my own self-built fortress and explore the world even more.

After all, I wouldn’t want to be a hypocrite.

Sitting outside my office at an old wooden picnic table, watch the shadows dance and the leaves above me glow holding a pen that is caressing the paper are just the first steps to telling myself that this doesn’t have to be just another dream. The shimmering ink proves it is real.

This is where I usually ask myself, ‘But where do I start?’ The answer this time is, you already have.

I swing my feet back and forth not only because I’m five feet tall and they don’t happen to reach the ground, but because there is a restlessness inside me, an urge to do more than I have, to clutch this tiny idea in my palms and run. Run as fast and far as I can before doubt and worry can catch me.

They are fast and they are relentless. I just have to be faster.

My heart is pounding like it does every time my husband even grasps my hand. It knows I’m on to something here and is urging me to keep going, keep writing until…well at least until my lunch break is over and I have to return to the shadows of my desk and the glow of my computer screen.

It would be so much easier to drift through my life not noticing and not dreaming, but I realize now that part of me will never change. Ever since I was little and sincerely believed I could fly, I have never stopped letting my dreams consume me. It’s time to siphon them out of my head and release them into reality.

Thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place!

Heather

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Clare J Fitzgerald

Heather,

I just read your response and I have to tell you – you are already there.

Your writing is extraordinary. It is evocative, sensual and compelling.

You tell a beautiful story with the words and the cadence of you language.

You must start now. Don’t put off following your dream.

Your writing is amazing and will touch others.

Just start. Do one thing. Start posting on facebook or create a simple website and write.

You are ready.

love
Clare xx

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Kayti

Wow! All I can say is that Adam has such a way with articulating true moments of the divine fate! I am in the process of becoming a stylist. As I have always wanted to do. I have followed a very molded path that others have suggested and as I am finishing up my degree (a small accomplishment though big in my family as I would be the first to gain a college education) I have now pursuing my true passion in becoming a Stylist. I have had those lightning moments of inspiration and I have dreamed of the “impossible”, but hearing Adams story it has become my impossible reality. Though baby steps are needed I have the passion to provide support for young girls and women to help battle the self-image and self- esteem issues that consequently come from today’s beauty industry. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful because everyone contributes their kind of beauty to this world.

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Tanya Grimes

My favorite video of yours ever! I don’t see anything topping this anytime soon if ever. Adam’s amazing…your connection and support is amazing…I’m inspired beyond words here. :)

My kids and I began a Card Ministry on Facebook last year. I had just ended a special journey 2 months prior as a Surrogate and was incredibly blessed and empty at the same time after the births (7lb twins). I was also about to lose my mom because of her poor life choices and although we never had a great relationship she was pretty much the only family we had left in the world. And I remember seeing a great amount of children suffering…on the news, web media, and facebook friends too.

Children have always been near and dear to my heart…and I’d rather have nothing so they can have everything. So with pretty much just what we had buried in our closet because I have no spare money to speak of as a single parent right now…we created “Courage Cards” on FaceBook. And even though the ministry is still very small…it’s been such a blessing to us! Brings us together to pray for a child and their family. To do something personal and as special as we can make it for another…hopefully bringing a smile to their face in the midst of crisis and pain.

After watching this special video I’m going to spend more time with our Courage Cards ministry…to get the word out about what we do…and hopefully build a stronger connection with those who have similar aspirations, love, and passion. And hopefully find a future husband that feels the same as well. Are you single Adam? LOL ;)

So off I go to brainstorm how to advertise, collect more donations for supplies, and reach out to the hurting children! Thanks so much for all that you do Adam…God bless you all…Tanya

https://www.facebook.com/CourageCards

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Isabel Garcia

Truly amazing interview! I am plan to order a few copies of this book to give away to a few young students in my family, plus a copy for my sister.

Adam’s story is so inspiring because you don’t need to have abundance of wealth to make a difference in the world. We can all start small and build from there.

My dream is to inspire Latino children with a love of reading by reading and speaking to them, plus giving away books for children, including a notebook to inspire them to write their stories and their dreams. I plan to blog about literacy resources also in my upcoming new blog. As a former children’s librarian, I enjoyed very much meeting the informational needs of children and inspiring them to read. Thank you so much for sharing experiences that inspire us to share our gifts with the world. :-)

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Anastasia Scherbakova

Thanks a lot. Great story! Great interview! And you both are great, Marie and Adam! Yesterday, I and my accountability partners through BSchool had a discussion on the topic of our vision of the world we would like to creat. It was very cool and inspirational experience. Yet, it sounded kind of impossible. And today I see this video and understand that nothing is impossible. Agree that we should follow our heart and the signs. Loved the change of the words ‘non-for-profit” vs. “for purpose”. I will use it for my business. Great idea to meditate on!!!

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Nika

Marie,
I don’t always get to watch my Mtv, hot out of the gate but I did today and I am NOT SORRY!
LOVED THIS DO HARD!!!!
first of all can I just Say what we are all thinking, Adam Braun is a stone cold fox and just straight-up bringing sexy back!
Sorry but, pink elephant in the room.
and The Message is amazing!!!!
Such a beautiful story,
I have a really hard time articulating my “purpose,” at this time in my life but what you inspired me to do today was reach out to a man here in Miami with a newly started composting project.
I am passionate about clean human eco-systems and reforming the amount of toxic poison we live with and create,
So that is my action step. I am also in B-school right now so it is really cool how it all ties in together!!!

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Venessa Rodriguez | unveiledu

This interview was just pure awesomeness – and the reminder & motivation I was needing this Tuesday :) I loved when you two spoke of that electric moment… I found that once you have it, no matter how much you ignore or stray away from it, you’re always brought back. The universe will absolutely support you if you follow your heart.

My dream is to help women unveil healing and self love to become the healthiest, brightest version of themselves so that they can bring their best gifts to this world.

My dream is to connect those in need with the perfect partner in their healing journey.

My dream is to heal the planet by healing people, and to use storytelling as a means of doing it.

My dream is to share the stories of others to inspire, educate and touch the hearts of those seeking answers, when they have found none.

Everyone deserves health and happiness – my dream is to help others achieve it through preventative medicine, storytelling, connection and love :)

Today, I will start by helping one new client jumpstart their healing journey AND I will write the core principles that will be the foundation of my upcoming new venture!

Sending love and good vibes to everyone! Make sh*t happen ;)

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Kelly Hutchinson

Thank you Marie for sharing! I was just reading about this cause and lo your updated episode came along with more information. Kudos on the great work making a difference. Education is truly the great liberator and we can ALL do something.

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Lina Sandén

Marie, thank you so so much for introducing Adam to us – Adam, I don’t know you but I feel like I’ve met a kindret spirit (through “tv”, who knew! ;)

I had so many AMEN moments where I just went OH YES out loud through this interview. I’ve been working in the non-profit industry for five years and when you described talking about it with people in the for-profit world, I got CHILLS. When you said “for-purpose” – wow!

My impossible dream is to create a business, where I can be profitable AND have major impact on issues I deeply care about: I want to rid the stigma of mental illness and I want to be part of creating a positive development in eastern Europe, a part of the world I’ve “adopted” and love with all my heart.

I know, from experience, that a non-profit need to think like a for-profit to create change. I don’t know how to do it yet, or what it will look like, but I know I’ll get there. I’m waiting for my sign.

Again, thank you SO much for this interview and the work that you both do.

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Shannon

This interview piece came along at just the right time for me. Adam’s story is incredibly moving, and a powerful reminder that convergence does happen, if it we can’t see when or how in the foreseeable future. I’m inspired to spend time meditating and praying this afternoon, toward that end.

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Laurel

This is impeccable timing as always. I just started to write my second book yesterday after almost two years of unemployment and groveling between following my calling and writing full time or returning to a “secure” job. I am just going to copy and paste a piece of my book (rough draft) so you can see how it correlates with Adam’s divine message:

Earlier this morning I was feeling defeated. But suddenly I was hit with a wave of faith and words began to pour on to my computer screen. Life suddenly went from grim to hopeful with just a slight shift in perception. And I am sharing my experience in hopes that you too will join me in the shift.

I am a highly private and introverted person. The thought of putting myself out there is terrifying. What if you all think I am crazy? What if you think I have lost my mind and I am clinging to a false desire, while bleeding my own mother’s bank account? What if you judge me and criticize my seemingly irresponsible choices? What if nobody ever reads this?

But what if I am right?

I haven’t spent this amount of time in seclusion for nothing. I have indeed lost my mind, or at least a piece of it. But I have gained that other piece of my mind that is eternal. I am no longer clinging to the hope for a peaceful death. That ego part of me is still with me; I know that. But there is another facet to this mindful gem that I have spent a year and a half polishing and I am not going to set it on a shelf to collect dust. I am going to share it with those who are ready to dig deep. Not everyone will be ready, and they are traveling their own journey. But some of you ARE ready and that is why you have found this book. Or should I say the book found you?

(BTW, this is about my personal journey in studying A Course In Miracles and my “calling” is to reach out to others who feel lost in this world, and remind them that we are all one mind, trapped inside separate bodies, and all of the guidance we need comes from that higher self within).

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John Kollias

I just ordered the book. Thank you Marie, reminds me of “Give and you shall receive” The power of the Universe is crazy good! Cheers JK

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Amber

Hi Marie,

Thank you so much for all of your inspiring videos, they have been so helpful to me! The last 3-4 months I have started a journey to find myself and my passions (cliche sounding I know..) to figure out what I want to create in this world. Since I have no idea what that is yet, my action step today is to buy the kindle edition of “The Promise of a Pencil” and to start reading it TODAY!

Thank you for connecting your followers with such inspirational people like Adam Braun!

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Amber

As a twenty-something that is currently at this point in my life, this resonated SO much with me. I can’t wait to see what else this book has to offer. Thank you Adam!

“I began to see that success in life isn’t about conforming to the expectations of others, but about achieving personal fulfillment. Your twenties are the time to both accept and fight your way into the person you’re destined to become. Through the books I read, the music I obsessed over, and the late-night conversations I shared with friends and strangers, I began to craft my identity separate from the whims and expectations of others.” ~ Adam Braun

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Kezia

There is so much I can relate to in this video!
Great story and so inspirational. One person doing something small for someone else really can effect the life path of another. I know that first hand.

I’m an artist and have just begun to, finally, create my dream and put together my own website. I’ve been thinking for years how to take my art to the next level to contribute more to people’s lives because that is what really fulfills me. I’m still struggling with how to effectively communicate my message, but it’s getting there!
One thing growing up that effected me positively was when my oldest sister introduced me to artistic outlets. It was simple things like creating collages out of magazine pictures. This really helped me cope with emotional abuse from my dad and, when in high school, with my parents divorce. I would love to share with others how powerful creating art is when dealing with stressful life situations. Especially now with art programs being cut from school curriculum.
I’m so excited to share my message and look forward to lots of hard work and reward in my life and in other people’s lives.

Love Marie TV. I always learn so much! Thank you for all you do.

I’ve often thought that I need to make a lot of money to have a fulfilling life, but really

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Kaoru Minagawa

Hi Marie,

Thank you very much for the great interview with Adam.

I immigrated to New Zealand to chase my dream 7 years ago.
I established a business there and had a very good life with my kids in Christchurch.
But the Christchurch earthquake 2010 & 2011 totally changed my life.
My kids and I survived massive eartthquakes, but we were very scared to live there due to thousands of aftershocks. So, we have decided to go back to our home country Japan after 2011 Feberuary’s Christchurch earthquke. Several days after we arraive in Japan, much more massive earthquake hit Japan.

Everytime when a big earthquake came I felt like that this is the end of my life. But I am still living. I started thinking that there might be something I have not done. Yes, there must be something I should do.

I have lost my business in Christchurch, then I divorced.
But without earthquakes I would never have realised what is important to me and why I am still living.
I am still a bit depressed some times and struggling to get over the nightmare. Now with the help of new husband who was my first love at school I began to stand up on my feet.

I still do not know what kind of business I should start. Sometime in the future through my business profit I would like to help to rebuild Christchurch and Japan.

Kaoru

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Shannon

Marie! I met you for a quick moment at the Marianne Williamson Event in NYC and just want to say thank you so much for giving me a small piece of your time. I had provided the flowers for the event and quickly thanked you and told you what a big fan I am. Time and time again you help motivate young women like me and this video nails home again of why we work so hard. I love when Adam states that he “felt so disconnected from what was true for him and that he see’s this time and time again in people”. This quote reminds me exactly why I work so hard day in and day out to make my dreams come true. Thank you Marie!

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Marie Forleo

The flowers were BEAUTIFUL Shannon! Thank you so much for saying hi and for helping bring such beauty and love to the Marrianne event, and here! xoxo

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Cindy Dabbous

I love this! So touching.

Today, I am going to shoot a video and upload it to my website! I’ve been procrastinating on that! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

I love you guys!

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Carenna Willmont

Dear Marie,

Thank you for today’s episode. It opened me. My purpose before returning to school was to create a community of women whom are empowered financially. I want to encourage women to move from putting so much of their energy into finding a man to take care of them financially and focus on their internal gifts that have inside. I believe this would make women happier and what they create will help to benefit our world. Women need support to look inside to honor their deeper gifts beyond beauty to really impact the world. My contribution to this cause was teaching many women in LA how to connect with their income, spending and budgeting with a purpose. I am in school at UC Berkeley so I have taken a pause form this mission. I do it is small ways with informing friends in school. I graduate this December and I am planning to go into banking and I hope to continue to inspire women in larger ways. The world needs women’s gifts beyond our beauty! I am inspired by the Dalai Lama saying, “Western women can come to the rescue of the world”.

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melanie

my son (i call him star-boy) is autistic. high-functioning, but still.

in my wildest dream, i will set up fund (called The Star-Boy Foundation) to help families in Ontario (where we live) seek out therapies and education programs which support the neurodiversity model for their ASD children, rather than the disability module that most, government-funded programs here are aligned with.

waiting lists are tremendously long, funding is sadly lacking and the options are limited to old, stereotype-based therapies that utterly discount the unique gifts and spirits of children with autism. with the neurodiversity model, the message is: you are unique. the disability model (upon which all government-funded therapy is based) says: you are broken/faulty/wrong.

you can see why we have chosen a different path for our star-boy.

i believe, passionately, and have seen proof in my own child, that when they are given the time and space to become their true selves, they are limitless. i want every parent of an ASD child to believe that, to see that in their little ones…not to view them as something which needs to be “fixed” or “assimilated”.

my step toward making *that* dream a reality, was enrolling in BSchool this year. my star-boy is my ultimate *why* behind everything i do.

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Melanie D.

Whoops, apologies for the typo above.

My “impossible” dream is… I’m happy to report, very terrestrial. Very do-able, I’m beginning to believe. :)

I just read an article about how the longest-lived, happiest people in the world, elders, just seem to “forget to age”.

That is — kind of sort of — my dream as well!

I want to… live in a world of love, community & high-vibration. I want a simple life steeped in being… light…. Steady-state peace & harmony. With people I care about. When there’s conflict, we resolve it. Learn from it & allow it to lift us up to a higher vibration, higher state of being. Contributing & being of service to those I care about — my community, & the world community — through sharing music (Brazilian, jazz, r&b, sound healing, world, dance), & messages of healing & harmony. As well as other uplifting healing services, practices, & writings. Via workshops, music circles, involvement with dance events & output/’artifacts’ I write create & transmit via my website.

Also — be surrounded by & involved with plants, natural materials… maybe growing a food forest garden, & all kinds of plants, on the side. Crafts & small simple activities. Cups of tea. In peaceful solitude & with friends. Laughing, crying, just sitting in silence together. Sharing deeply. *Really living*

Exercising, & being active outdoors in a variety of ways.

In short – a healthy happy balanced life, utilizing my skills & talents to create something good & beautiful & peaceful in the world ~ that is my “impossible dream”!

And finances, right relationships, locations etc will naturally be attracted in from there.

I’ve already taken a step today… sending an article out with my vision to a small circle of those I love & feel closest to right now. :)

*It’s actually starting to feel real*

Really possible.

PS: The social benefit of the above is that it models “being fully alive”, happy & harmonious to all others that come across it… these circles, this community… Uplifts & models wholesomeness & true health & harmony & a way through the maze in a time of otherwise – at times, seeming – craziness…. :p

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Marie

Hi Marie (And Adam), That was amazing and truly inspiring! Love this story, it really resonates with me. Will definitely be ordering the book and I can think of a few people who would love this book too. My “impossible” dream (I put it in quotes because I don’t believe anything is impossible :) is to inspire the world to realise that food is our greatest medicine and to take control of their health and well-being by embracing whole, natural and real foods over processed, refined and artificial foods, the latter being a very unfortunate result of industrialisation and so called “progress”. I want to empower people to realise that healthy food is not only delicious but also very simple and fun and not some punishment that you have to start doing just as a temporary bandaid to “lose weight” or worse wait for a horrifying wake up call from nature in the form of debilitating disease and just to start living now with boundless energy, happiness and purpose through a conscious and ethical approach to our food. Basically, I feel strongly that my purpose in life is to educate people who seem to have forgotten (especially in the developed economies) that diet has such a direct impact on your health and well-being and is the best cure, better yet best preventative medicine against all sorts and helps you to feel more in harmony with nature and those around you.

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Monica

What an incredible interview! I was moved to tears instantly. This was just what I needed today.

I was recently let go from a job in the same way Adam described. Although I was good at my job I constantly felt the urge to focus on the business idea on the side. Now I’m able to invest in learning and the business full time while my son is at school.

I am constantly praying and asking for direction, but what Adam said hit home for me “find your purpose by stepping out of your comfort zone, then follow the signs…”

I think being at home behind my computer has limited my progress. So even if it is small, I will commit to stepping out, and stepping into my greatness to discover that which I may not have known prior.

My business is helping entrepreneurs start, launch, and grow their business through live events which in turn build relationships, but who knows what else I will discover on this journey of discovery.

Thanks Marie & Adam!

-Monica

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Adrian Rabu

I am truly moved by this video, and the message it conveys to all those who wish to accomplish greatness in the world.

Thank you for sharing this message. too often our life path and goals are hindered by the comfort within our daily jobs, and routine lifestyles. This systematic approach to life directs us to a path for the wrong reasons; To accumulate possessions, and status for ourselves and for the ego.

I am 24 years old, and have recently taken time away from the company I work for to explore Europe and Africa for a three month leave. During that time I also was able to gain a much different perspective of the world outside North America. Coming home was with new eyes, and a further itch to do something great in the world. I am still searching for that exact “lightning bolt” moment, however, have come across further signs which have aided me in the journey.

Thank you for the inspiration. This is moving me towards further exploration of the world.

Adrian

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Holly

Marie; Thank you for continuing to inspire me. I have made a difference and I am ready to take it to a new level. As I sit with a dear friends dying mother, I ask, “why have I been brought to this woman’s side?” This lady, who is now a dear friend, has had an challenging life in which her mental illnesses have lead her to anger and hatred towards everyone, including her daughter. The past three months I have had the wonderful opportunity to sit with this woman and develop a friendship that I honestly don’t think she has ever had. I hold her hand, I paint her nails, I advocate for her, we chat when she is awake, I help her drink and eat, and I move things around for her so everything is in it’s place and just right. ~ She can be very nasty with me and we have had our disagreements, but, we have an understanding of love and forgiveness. This connection has been speaking to my soul. Throughout my life, these connections of helping others has touched me very deeply, but, I was not paying attention and wasn’t ready to act. I want to make a difference and I know that I have a bigger purpose. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but, I am getting closer ~ I am following the signs.

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Cameron Clark

Marie, I’m a documentary photographer (working at documenting weddings for my business). I started my wedding business with the goal that weddings would support my photojournalism work. I haven’t had enough business success to achieve this goal (plus I had two kids in two years as the economy crashed in 2008 and 2009). I’m back. I’m a B-schooler. I’m going to make a difference but I have to get my wedding business profitable first. Thank you for the continued inspiration. I need to remember my purpose.

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Wendy

OMG! Marie, I just took a huge step in launching my health coaching biz!. After listening to your interview with Adam Braun, I decided to take your challenge tomove out of my comfort zone towards my dream goal. So, I emailed a proposal for a group detox to my yoga studio’s owner. So outside of my comfort zone. I really want to give women the ability to love, cherish and honor their bodies. I am just starting out so this was a HUGE move for me. I’m so excited!! Thanks for all your inspiration, motivation and love, love love.

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Atisa

Thank you Marie & Adam for who you are above all else!
I Loved this episode, am inspired greatly as well as frustrated at myself as always.
Ironically I have been struggling with, thinking about & asking God for help/guidance …. And there was this episode!
Perhaps like many others, I truly wish to find that passion – The inspiring moment when Adam witnessed the musician, on purpose/fully connected/living in the zone/in his heart/ whatever one wants to call it … I can’t even imagine living life that way, on purpose all the time!

Watching you lovely people reminded me that it is possible although I for one have not figured it out yet!

Any ideas friends? :)

Atisa

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Stephanie Lisa

Wow, this was definitely one of my favorite videos, Marie. It definitely touched my soul and really was what I needed to hear since I just quit my job yesterday to pursue my career as a love and career coach/writer and speaker. I have absolutely no doubt that I will I create a successful business because I am in B-school and I know I’m in good hands. But my impossible dream that feels so insurmountable is the dream of revolutionizing the education system. As a product of the public and higher ed system, I am blessed to have had the opportunities afforded to me, but I can’t help but feel a little mislead by the Matrix. My dream is to help create a new path that teaches children and parents not just how to be employees who work long hours just to pay the mortgage and the car note, but how to create a life that is guided by their spirit and deepest core desires. I want to teach them how life doesn’t have to be hard and mundane and that there is so much more to life than preparing for retirement. I want to spread the word about how magical life can be once you take possession of your gifted mind and put it to use for something you care about while making a good living. I know that my impossible dream is not unique, but it is the source of my deepest pain and it pushes me to take risks every day. I am at a point where I either have to go big or go home…

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Jen

That was a great video! thank you.
My impossible dream, the one out of many, would be:
To change the way women and girls are seen, heard and understood. To eradicate the double standards placed upon women, the confusing expectations and pressures that we have relating to career, beauty, sexuality, roles in relationships and life. To empower girls growing up and women already in situations to know their worth, so that it’s not a male dominated world, but an equal one. To teach boys and men that the loving, nurturing qualities of women are to be respected and appreciated not exploited.
Ok, one more dream:
To change the whole paradigm of economics and politics in the world. Where corporations and governments’ main mandate would be health, unity and cooperation, not money. There would be priority on working with nature, architecture and design would work around efficiency, productivity that increases the quality of health, community and aesthetics. Large corporations who’s interest lie mostly in profit (oil, chemical, pharmaceutical…) don’t have influence in law. People would be enlightened and responsible for their health, living environment, connect with community, and be self/community sufficient.

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Christina

Marie and Adam,

This video touched me WAY more than I ever expected it to. Today I have a very busy day and when I sat down to eat breakfast this morning, I thought I’d watch your latest video on MarieTV. I got about 2 minutes in and saw that it was 25 minutes long and I was all ‘ain’t nobody got time for that!’ So I stopped watching it. However, I knew that I had about a 20 minute drive ahead of me so I let it play and listened to it while I drove.

So there I am, driving down the road, goosebumps on every inch of my skin and tears running down my face. Sounds very dramatic, I know. But something about the video totally touched me. Inspired me. SOMETHING to me.

I believe that over the past several months little slivers of my ‘bigger picture’ have been appearing. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always felt jealous or envious of people who have their bigger picture figured out or who can see it so clearly. Mine always involved photography, but either than that it was a little fuzzy. Currently I’m just focused on paying my bills, but maybe I should still focus on that while also realizing what bigger picture I am working towards.

I’ve been getting these feelings about helping women. In some way through photographs (I’m a photographer). Being surrounded by such strong amazing women really touches me. I attended a workshop recently and we were talking about our WHY. Why do we do what we do. And it was amazing. We each individually helped each other talk it out. And I explained what I wanted to do, but didn’t know how I was different from every other photographer who can make a good picture.

In the end, tho, what became clear to everyone, including myself, was that I wanted to make photographs of people (especially women) that showed on the outside, what they felt on the inside. Sort of making the outside match the inside. I couldn’t find the right words at the time, but I felt it. I also realized that I see the world, or maybe people, in a different way than others do. (As everyone does, but it came to me in that moment.) As two other women in the workshop were describing their vision for a photographic campaign they wanted to do for their business I could envision it. I could see it as if it already existed. And they saw that in my eyes. A woman told me that she saw me light up when I talked about photography.

So while listening to this MarieTV episode, I began to think again about my bigger picture. The words that came to mind is that my gift is helping women, or showing women their inner beauty. But on the outside. Helping them see their beauty. Okay, I still don’t have the words, but you get the idea. And, maybe even transferring that to weddings, is showing people or allowing people to see the beauty in the moments. I feel a little cheesy writing that, but it’s what I got right now.

So thank you so much for this!

With gratitude,

Christina

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Mandy

Thank you for putting on such an inspiring and thought provoking program today!
I am a dreamer of many dreams and ideas so it is hard to settle down to any one idea for me sometimes.
My biggest dream at the moment is to raise greater awareness to childhood sexual abuse through my art. I want to do this in a way that takes the negative subject into the light in a way that enlightens people but also brings support and courage to the survivors and help them reach up and find something to hold on to as they journey through healing. I want this to be my main cause through my art and sharing as I too am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I am working through ideas on how to do this in a way that attracts people to the issue instead of causing people to turn away and ignore the issue. I want to be a voice to help take the power away from the abuser and give it back to the survivor so they can thrive and we can take the darkness and put it in the light. Having a voice is power!

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Michele Lynberg Black

Dear Marie and Adam – Wow. I wept while listening to the two of you. Watching this video was perfectly timed for me. Just as you said Adam, if you pay attention there will be signs to guide you.

I am a B-schooler alum and am going through the program again. I retired from my government job in December after doing 25 years of domestic and sexual violence prevention. I knew I was making an important contribution but I also knew that I had to make a change (much like your experience, Adam). It was scary to give up my well-paying job but I knew it was time. My business partner and I are now starting up a small business that makes business bags for women with graphic designs that empower the feminine spirit. (While our web site is still in development, you can see some of Kathy’s (my business partner) artistic creations on our facebook page – Mountain Bird Designs.)

Our bags will be made in a fair pay member-owned cooperative in our community in North Carolina using locally sourced, environmentally friendly materials (including recycled bottles). For real. You would never guess the fabric was made from recycled plastic! It is beautiful.

Our mission has always been to contribute to the greater good and to empower women but there still seemed to be something missing. Then I had one of those “it” moments last week when I was re-doing the profit plan session. I watched the videos about “how to price your stuff” and then I had one of those electric moments. It was — our bags can make even a bigger difference!! Beyond providing fair pay, being kind to the earth, and empowering women, we now have a concrete plan on how to use our profits for purpose – contributing to causes that we believe in. While we intend to expand our outreach in the future, we are starting with these three causes: 1) supporting organizations that provide shelters and other resources to those who have experienced domestic violence; 2) supporting and expanding resources for children and young adults who have been traumatized by violence and poverty; and 3) providing food to the ever increasing number of children in the U.S. who are going hungry. We strongly believe that helping women and children get through difficult times will change their life trajectories. And thus, change the world.

We now have a specific plan to raise awareness and provide our clients the opportunity to choose which of the causes they want their purchase to contribute to. We are definitely an FPO (For Purpose Organization). Thanks Adam for giving me that tool.

I know in my bones that I have found my purpose. And watching today has further validated my belief that I can make a difference. While we are in the early stages of meeting our “impossible” dreams we have no doubt that we can do this.

I have gratitude for all that you have done Marie, for all that you have done Adam, and for what you are doing together. Thank you for being so inspiring. I am so charged!

Looking forward, Michele

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Michele Lynberg Black

Hello again Adam. I devoured your book on my kindle over the past couple of days. Good thing I went for the kindle version! Sold out on Amazon? #7 on the list? (Maybe higher by now.) Crazy!! But really, I am not surprised, Mr. Mover and Shaker. I love your work and I loved your book. I am so inspired by you Adam that I am following you an Instagram.

When I told my husband (a perfect storm follower) about the near disaster experience with the MV Explorer we found a weather channel documentary about it featuring a couple of University of Iowa (my alma mater) students. Pretty fricking intense! I also followed your video stories on You Tube. It was fun to watch the early phases and the progress you have made. (It may seem like I am stalking you, but I promise I am not.) I am just so fascinated and inspired by what you did, Adam. Thank you for all that you have done, are doing, and will be doing in the future. Also, thanks again Marie for introducing Adam to us.

With sincere appreciation, Michele

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Portia Joyce

I usually like to start my Tuesdays off with the latest episode of MarieTV and today I decided to wait til lunch since I had a full morning creating my program offerings and some bschool stuff… let’s just say I was smiling/tearing and so completely inspired watching the episode that I forgot I was hungry.

I’ve always been a giver; whether it’s my time, listening ears or energy. To help others, make someone else happy or comfortable is an innate characteristic that I’m starting to really hone in on and make it my true purpose. My impossible dream is to have “one-stop-shop” wellness centers in the US and internationally, serving people who need support and guidance to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and loved ones. I want to make truly healthy whole foods, fitness, everyday cooking techniques, disease prevention and overall healthy lifestyle education easily accessible and affordable. I find that when it comes to health(care) these days, people are struggling with where to start, wasting time, energy and hard earned money. People also don’t know the power and healing properties of food. I want to arm individuals and families with this knowledge, so that their loved ones don’t have to suffer from chronic diseases that can be healed and/or reversed through dietary changes. It doesn’t have to be so difficult to be healthy and happy.

I can take a step towards it right now. I am still in the beginning phases of my health coaching practice, but everyday I commit to being of service – paid or unpaid. I spread my message and connect with those who share in it. Just like Adam, I was given a second chance and I am not taking any of my days for granted.

I can’t wait to read Pencils of Promise. Both you and Adam have made my Tuesday that much brighter. Cheers to changing the world!

XO
Portia

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Andrea

Cant believe how touching this video was for me! I could feel a pure sense of love as Adam talked about his experiences I also cried with the pencil story. I cant describe how this resonated with me in a deep soul level. Marie thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am absolutely reading this book and I’ll keep on working in my path, looking for the signs and moving forward. Once again THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Cathy Aicardi

Hello Marie – what an inspiring, brilliant segment with Adam Braun. Thank you. It is amazing what one small act can do. This has been a big lesson for me recently. I support a ‘Promise for Water’ project in Ethiopia – https://www.dropbox.com/s/paiokif7a9p9ick/Final%20lesley2%20%281%29.mp4
and it is my dream to build my successful philanthropreneurship business which provides a revolutionary approach to learning and living well – the Interactive Teaching Method – for people to reach their dreams and realize their potential – one next best step at a time. I had a bit of an ‘Ah ha’ moment while listening to the interview regarding the rebranding of my business in order to change the words and change my (perceived) worth.

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Christine

“Become your dream” such a simple message but hits my heart in many ways. This video was a sign for me…I resonated with so many aspects of this but especially about signs guiding you in the right direction. Truly dynamic. Love you Marie!

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Jill B

Ohhh this is so wonderful. I could watch this ten times in a row. Been meaning to pick up this book, will have to go hit up Amazon after I type this.

My impossible dream would be to end suffering through compassion. I have no idea how to make that happen other than trying to model it in my own life and by supporting others (both individuals and organizations) who do the same.

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Abhishek

hello,

Although I’m not very social at marieforleo.com but this week’s video inspire me a lot to share my impossible dream with marieforleo.com’s family.
My name is Abhishek. I am from India .I have seen Adam Braun’s story about India repeating itself daily at traffic signal.

My impossible dream is create a short movie on one of my friend & colleague Sagar. Meaning of his name is Ocean. He is a Software Engineer.

I want to create a movie on him because he inspire me a lot. He makes me believe that things are possible if you believe, he read a lot .He sees things differently & he wanted to change the world. He tries to expand the horizon of his perspective every day. One important thing is that he is visually challenged .He is 80% blind. He can only recognize monochromatic colours .He has to zoom 200% of his laptop screen to do programing. One day he told me that,”Abhishek, When I talk to you I look in your direction but as a matter of fact I do not have any idea how you look like. What is your eyes colour? He has rough idea about my hairs but not a clear picture”. At that moment first time in my life I have a great sense of gratitude that I can see.

When I first met him I have an ample amount of sympathy for him but soon all changes when I fully understand how he think & what are his values. The way he deliver his thoughts are amazing. So, keeping it simple I want to make & share a movie on his life, his dreams & his attitude with the world.

Thank you Marie & keep going because the world needs a special gift that only you have .

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Sabrina

Thanks Marie! Thanks Adam! This video was just amazing… I have written down so many of Adam´s prhases. ¨I was actually coming home with new eyes¨, inspiring.
My purpose in life has to do with education too, now I am working with adults in an enterprise but my dream is to work with children too. I am in the phase of analysing how to do it. First of all a group of women and I are going to teach some usefull skills to children who cant go to school because of the poverty they live in. I know it is a little step, but Adam has just told me that is ridiculous to think this. :)That one action can changes someone´s life.
Please keep sharing with us these ideas and this feeling that we are a lot of people trying to make this a better world!!Love, Sabrina

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elena

Hello, i’m a 21 years old girl.
My huge dream is to travel the world and having gorgeous debates with amazing people. I adore anthropology and philosophy and it gives me so much energy when i have the chance to discuss with people who have so much knowledge on these subjects. Although, it’s not an easy thing to happen cos it needs a lot of studying and luck:).
I really hope to be able to have a taste of it one day even if it is kind of impossible:p
But i will really feel fulfilled if my dream job will be also chance for others to realize their life purpose!!
A lot of love to everyone here ! May your ”impossible dream” be possible one day! Keep going for your dreams!!!

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Sumila Bahadur

This refers to your question about my impossible dream.
Well, I sure have a dream, a vision, a mission and it is NOT impossible !
I plan to make available basic spiritual (NOT religious) knowledge also based
on the principals of Quantum physics and the experience of “Self” to all young
adults specially in schools world over! It has been very painful for me to hear
news about shootings at schools, use of drugs, crime , mentally challenged
children etc.. The privilege of spiritual knowledge and experience will make the
young ones aware of their own inner power, who they truly are. Once they know they themselves are the creator of their reality, instead of indulging in negative actions, they will focus more on creating and achieving their dreams.
Yes, I am preparing a step-by-step method to achieve this, which has to be interesting enough for the young adults and at the same time be acceptable to the parents, guardians, schools and educational authorities globally.
Your suggestions are welcome.

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Francisca

Very inspirational! I think if many people went to countries like India and Bangladesh, they would re-prioritize and feel gratitude. I try to raise awareness of human rights issues, by organizing local community outreach events through the Ethical Fashion Academy, I have a separate business but something keeps bringing me back to work on my outreach events. I used to feel guilty, thinking that I should be working on more “income generating activities” but at the end of the day connecting and collaborating is what I love, and by naturally following my desires I actually ended up making amazing connections for my for-profit eco-fashion brand. Everything comes around full circle, love today’s episode, thanks Marie & Adam!

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Kristin

This is so inspiring! I recently quit my job to tackle my impossible dream of traveling across America and volunteering in each state with a friend. At times it’s difficult when people don’t understand why we’re doing it, but interviews like this help me realize we are doing the right thing!

http://www.chasing50trip.com

Thank you for sharing!

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Paula Hill

MarieeeeeEE!!

You and Adam and the rest of the amazing people who are living their dream, taking themselves to the limit and beyond…striving to make a huge difference on the often sagging-with-crisis planet.

I want to move youthful women into self-sustaining, self-motivating power. Working with young mothers, perhaps without a home, next -to- no support, needing fiscal assistance, and requiring love. I want to propel them forward with their own newly discovered stoked power. I am not altogether certain how that looks but am aiming for creating grassroots circles of women, working as a unit, to make minuscule-to-mountainous changes.

Thank you for reminding me of my own gaining momentum dream!

Paula

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Valerie Arno

Dear Marie,

Wow and thank you for posting this interview!
I am writing to you not so I am in the running for a free book, I plan to purchase it no matter what. I am writing to you more as a setting of intention then anything.
My passion, my purpose on this earth is to enable others to get through life’s transitions more smoothly. Along with that the bigger part is impacting the youth of our world. At this moment I am in the process of partnering with an other woman and we are looking at how we can bring the tools and philosophies’ we have learned in our Energy Leadership/life coaching training.
I am a 55 yr. old woman who is literally starting a completely new chapter in my life. This is the first time since I was 19 yrs. old that I no longer have anyone dependent on my on a daily basis. I am at a place where I can do what ever I want, when ever I want. Such a new feeling! So with that said, I have decided to sell most of my belongings (not all just most) move in with a friend and rent a room. Keeping my expenditures low will enable me to focus on this journey 100% of the time. I am very excited, as I create my own life coaching practice and develop this program for our youth.
You and your blog/MarieTV have become a weekly inspiration for me and I thank you for that. I look forward to more and more and more of Marie!

Blessings to you!

Valerie Arno
Arnolifecoaching@gmail.com

Your life…Your story…You write the next chapter…
And Your Happily Ever After!

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Darling Angel Delgado

Again Marie,

You hit on right where I am at. And I am always so compelled to just write you directly so this a small challenge & change for me. It seems like I know Adam but I think it is just that I share his belief of a For Purpose Organization.

I told you about my amzing story of the Distraught Lady that came up to me in a parking lot & said she needed someone to talk to & listen to her. And so I did and got her to commit to 30 days of my 12 Daily Promises for My Personal Freedom Affirmations & Developmental Program for Living a Healthy & Productive Lifestyle. And how being asked to be a blessing for her, I felt like the blessing was mine.

I have been spending the last three months chasing the almighty dollars just to make my bills when what I want to be doing is helping people find themselves & discover their Best and Live it.

That one blessing led to another blessing which led to a temporary job, that allowed me to breathe for 4 days without worry {that was a blessing}. I was offered an opportunity to take more work in the field of that weekend job but I know that taking that job permanently wouldn’t be me and the finacial struggle would continue along with the struggle in me.

I took the Parking Lot Lady on as a non-paying but definitely For Purpose Client, as she is in NO position at this time to offer montary compensation. And I may have lost her as No Compensation of such a service has made it hard for her to see the value in what I have offered her. This was a business mistake and why I am blogging or sharing with your followers here rather than our usual correspondance.

I had heard this for years and anytime I was in a positon of needing such services myself without the montary freedom to do so, I offered my services as payment, so I never really experienced that no compensation truly meant the lessons and work would hold no personal value to the person recieving the service. I may have permanently lost that client but I did gain knowledge and a bright idea from the experience of my own mistake….

If you give a service away in which the person or eople cannot afford a montary trade, barter for it. If they have talents or skills that don’t meet your needs enlist &/or trade them off to those others. Whatever the mixture make sure the formula always includes they pay somehow so you aren’t wasting your time.

I have so much in me to do & give & share. I feel like I am busting out of my skin to be who I am and do what I love. They say do what you love and the money will come. It may not always come from the thing you love I learned but it comes. I would love to have & read & study Adam’s book so I never have to chase another dollar or chose between who I am & what I must do to support my bills.

Thank you Marie for another great video, for being You, and for supporting my beliefs that my dream to help others live theirs is ENTIRELY possible.

Much Love,
Darling Angel Delgado
website coming soon :)

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Sonja

Marie TV always makes my day brighter! :) Thank you Marie and Adam! And girls you are so right, we all have opportunity to make that difference NOW. I do forget that I don’t have to wait to go big in order to make impact. Thanks for reminding me that honest smile and an open heart can make all the difference in the world. I invite you all to share love, give love, live love, let that be your pencil to those in need. It is easy to love people who love you back, your family, friends, partner. While I was shopping today, guy with mental disorder stood next to me in line. Usually when I see someone like that I feel very uncomfortable and avoid eye contact, but today I chose to act differently. I looked upon him, straight to his eyes and gave him my most loving smile. Wow! His look and smile back went straight to my heart, and I felt like I have just received a pencil. I’ve discovered in most unexpected way how it feels like to live your life’s purpose. Magic is already within us, so take out your magic wands and go create miracles!

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Mary M. Ernsberger, M.Ed.

Hi Marie & Adam –

This video was absolutely heart inspiring – thank you Adam for sharing your story. I enjoy all the videos you send out Marie, but this one really touched my heart. Getting to my “impossible dream” has taken many years. The obstacles I created that stood in my way are now gone.

My journey started about 20 years ago when I became a single mom with 3 small kids to raise . I had already spent the better part of my life doing what I thought I had to do, as dictated by society, to make a living and support my family. Fast forward another 10 years and a physical obstacle made a reappearance. For 25+ years, I did administrative work, pretty much ignoring the reoccurring issues with wrist pain until they could be ignored no longer. I knew I needed to make a change. But to do what? I had only been trained to do administrative work in high school and I only attended one semester of college before needing to go to work. I new I would need training of some type so I began exploring schools around where I lived. I discovered a school that taught the healing arts, which I had taken an interest in about 6 years before. I signed up for one of their degree programs and then wondered how I was going to juggle full-time work, full-time school in the evenings and on the weekends, and raising 3 children, two of which hadn’t even reached their teens yet. Not being a person who believes that anything is “impossible” with enough resolve and support from God, I began my new journey into holistic health.

Ten years later, I have completed two holistic degrees in Mind-Body Psychology and Western Herbalism, a bachelors in Health & Wellness and a Master’s in Education. Throughout school, the one dream I have carried is my passion for helping students who struggle to understand the material being taught the way it is presented in the classroom. My youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school, after a 15 minute interview. I have “warred” against the over-diagnosing of learning disabilities as a means of receiving federal funding. I believe every child has the capacity to learn and excel if they only know how to present or adjust the learning materials to meet their learning needs. Once the labels are removed from their hearts and the tools to make their own adjustments are given, there is nothing that can stop them from achieving whatever goal they set. Though it has taken me ten years to really see my own personal potential as the practitioner that can help them remove these labels and provide them with the tools they need for success, I am ready to step into that role. Learning should always be a fun and engaging experience and it is my deepest desire to restore those feelings to students of all ages.

I came up with the name of my company ten years ago and though I changed it a couple of times along the way, I have now returned to where I started from. My company, Learning Connections Holistic Center, connects hands, hearts, heads and health to the learning process. It’s going to take me a while to get it up and running to full speed but I finally know that it is no longer my “impossible dream”.

Thanks for your inspiration Adam and for all you do Marie.

Mary

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Natasha

Hello Mary,

If you wouldn’t mind me asking but what was the name of the healing arts school? If you read my comment below, you’ll see I’m looking for was to help empower survivors of sex trafficking, especially children. If you found the program helpful, this would be something I would like to explore further.

Thanks for your comment and I pray that Learning Connections Holistic Center will be up and successfully running sooner rather than later!

Natasha

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Beth

Hey Marie,
This was the perfect episode for me. Everything said hit me and resonated strong because it is everything I have been immersing myself in every day.

My “impossible” dream is to create a scalable model of technology and social enterprise centers in Africa, and eventually, around the world. These centers will help artists and entrepreneurs raise themselves and their communities out of poverty. Every day I get a step closer – I have transcended my comfort zone through getting a life coach, I have at long last found a mentor, a woman who started UTOUCH: (http://www.u-touch.org/). My background of meaningful travel has shaped my vision for my life and my desire and need to fulfill a greater purpose: to help others empower themselves and to unlock the hidden potential in others by providing opportunity.

My “it” moment came on a long car ride home….. my thoughts wandered out of control that day, but came to the conclusion that my greatest fear is how powerful I am…..I finally accepted it that day. That wasn’t my only lightning moment for sure….my body often jolts me with the reminder of my infinite potential to do great things in this world.

Adam’s story is remarkable and a mirror of mine. My dream seems impossible because unlike Adam, I don’t have the fancy network of New York City and Bing employees. But already his words resonate…. its not what I don’t have….maybe I don’t have profit right now….but I have purpose…and that purpose drives me.

Your episodes and interviews remain a driving force in my journey. Thank you for all you do, and this episode in particular!

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Carrie Green

I am so thankful no one was watching me during the viewing of this amazing video. I have a really bad cold. I balled my eyes out all the way through. It was a hot mess. I absolutely loved this today and it came at a perfect time. The words struck at my heart. My “impossible dream” comes from my doctor’s appointment on Friday. Where my doctor basically gave me a choice. Feel like junk, overweight, high anxiety, hurt and keep the chances lower for a cancer reoccurrence or raise my risk of cancer reoccurance and feel “normal”. I looked at her and said I am not going to accept that. I truly believe that I can have both, now I am on the journey to find that truth and hopefully empower others to do the same. Thanks Marie!

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Caroline Janowiak

My impossible dream is to become a spiritual channel for Divine, loving guidance; to reach out with the message that our health is a reflection of our own thoughts; and to share the Truth that when we begin to choose healthy, loving thoughts we begin to create healthy, loving lives. I believe the introduction of simple, healthy, loving and empowering beliefs (eg: “I love who I am, exactly as I am.”) to our world’s popultion has the potential to provide nourishment from a radically different angle.

My own health journey has sparked this longing in me. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2010 at the age of 31. Despite what many doctors have told me, there has always been a knowing inside that tells me I can reverse it and that this journey is a big part of my purpose here in this life. Love, gratitude, mindfulness, acceptance, forgiveness, surrender, faith, and hope… these have been my sustenance for the last four years. My heart wants to share the Truth that changing the quality of our health begins with choosing thoughts of love.

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Isabel Hernandez

I´m in tears… I wasn´t sure if I should listen this interview or do my assignments for B-school since my time is “limited” but something inside of me turn on the interview and I was hooked since the very begining( my whole body was full of “electricity” just by listening to him). Adam is so inspiring…. Thanks for sharing this Marie. My impossible dream: Is to change people lives by improving their health and in doing so shifting the health of my country, a country where there are a lot of people dying of hunger and malnutrition and at the same time a lot of people dying from obesity and diabetes…. Thanks for the inspiration that an ordinary women like me can someday create an extraordinary change.

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Helen Rowland

I agree with you there, Isabel. I was on my way to do my B-School work and got beautifully waylaid by today’s email and video. Are you from Mexico? If so, I share your concern about the health issues. Good luck with your ideas. ( Now I really MUST get my schoolwork done!!)

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Elizabeth

Isabel – I felt the same way! I’m in B-School, too, and I was trying to figure out whether to watch the Module 2 videos or this one. I’m so glad I did!

Marie, that was such a beautiful interview with a truly beautiful soul. I was so moved by your heart and the way you’re not afraid to show what speaks to you. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

My dream is to create a sea change in the way we teach our high school students to think about what it means to be successful. I want to serve as a mentor to the leaders of the next generation, teaching them how to discover their own individual gifts and how to bring them to the world. I work with students on the college application process and have witnessed some tremendous success from a number of my students. But it’s time to bring this message much further than my local community.

Last week I read that 3 high school students in the town next door have committed suicide since October. They were all students at an extremely competitive, affluent public school. It’s become so clear to me that we desperately need to change the culture of stress and perfection that these kids are being raised in. It literally kills them.

So my vision is to help teenagers create a path that resonates deeply with each of them. That’s the key piece that will get them into their top choice schools. And besides, even if they don’t get accepted to their dream school, they will have developed such a deep knowing about their skills and talents and passions that it won’t really matter. Because they’ll understand that it’s not where you go to school that matters; it’s what you have inside of you. And the result will be that we will have so many more Adams in this world.

What’s the step I’ve taken? I joined B-School last month, and I am going to make this dream a reality, one student at a time. Thank you, Marie and Adam for inspiring us all!

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Natasha

Wow, I am so comforted in the fact that I wasn’t the only one that was moved to tears with this interview. And it wasn’t so much tears of sadness or happiness but more of hope. Hope for myself, hope for others, and hope for this world in general that can sometimes feel like a lost cause.

Well I have to say, I take this interview as just another “sign” that I’m on the right path. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had signs and confirmation that the decision to step away from my life long dream of working in the music industry pales in comparison to the purpose that has been divinely written for my life.

My impossible dream is what actually led me to Marie’s website in the first place. My dream is to work with sex trafficking survivors, especially children that have been exploited and trafficked, but I don’t know what that means yet. It’s not so much impossible, as it is going to be a long journey because I don’t know what my place in this abolitionist movement is. I have experience in social media and communications but it’s not necessarily where I want to stay. I don’t want to jump into going back to school for an MPA or MSW but that’s what I feel that I might need to do but money is a huge factor. I already have a MA in Music Business & Admin from NYU and in debt for at the very least the mortgage for a house in the south, so I feel like I’ve already gone down that road too prematurely, although the experiences that I have had can not be paralleled and really have ultimately led me to find my true passion.

The more I learn about the anti-sex trafficking movement, the more passionate I become and the more by body hums with anxiousness (because I feel stagnant) and a fire which I have never felt before. I guess now that I have received (as in seen and now accepted) these affirmations that I have made the right decision, I can now focus on finding my place.

I see so many different things I could do and it’s hard to pin down that one thing that will work for me but I won’t give up.

My impossible dreams:
1) A safe house for exploited children
2) Doula and massage practice for expecting women that have had sexual trauma
3) A holistic center for empowerment for survivors of sex trafficking to include men and boys

Cheers to living for a purpose and following the signs!

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Sharon

It was an incredible interview! What I loved most about it was how Adam shared his belief system and lives 100% in it. I love that he believes in following the signs given to him and that he enjoys living his life this way. I do too. My one step toward living my dream I’d like to share is that I recently dug out my art supplies and old drawings I did almost 20 years ago before I got married and had my daughter. The last three years have been tough going through the loss of my marriage, my sister, and being totally underemployed at 53 and living off my estranged husband. I dream of being independent again but have encountered many roadblocks. I draw inspiration from videos and messages, books and tv interviews that have brought me closer to what I want to do for the rest of my life. With all this time off, I keep getting messages to do what makes me happy and share that with others and in that way is the only way I’ll feel the passion I was meant to feel for life. Well, I work with young students with special needs and this is the only part time job I’ve ever been able to keep. All other roads have been blocked. I was recently approached to complete a master’s degree in special education through a random phone call from a school. I didn’t think it was possible at my age. Well, if I were to combine my love for art and develop not only that talent but my love for these sweet kids, maybe I could change their lives through giving them a way to express themselves or even their parents through art in some way. It feels unclear to me at this time but it seems like that is the path that keeps opening to me. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it but perhaps it will be revealed. My first step has been taken by bringing out my old art stuff and rekindling the excitement and way to express myself. It is very healing and very freeing. Maybe I could bring that gift to kids in need.

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Wanda Lopez

Let me start by saying thank you to Marie and Adam for this video and the words of life spoken on it. I also read some of the comments and you have so many amazing people commenting, it’s inspiring to read there dreams and what some are already doing in order to give back and make this world a better one. I have a dream of helping women that have a creative dream or have a desire to start something and have no idea how to do it. I was a stay at home mom for many years, with a dream of starting my own business. With fear and no guidance it has taken me more than necessary, but today I say “enough” and have started organizing my day as if I worked outside of the house and create handbags for the business and connect with creative women around my community that have a desire to start something awesome and are afraid. I dream of working with a missionary or an organization that helps keep dreams alive and make into a reality. Teach women how to start a business and be a provider in their homes. Give them a sense of living. Years ago I learned about purpose and my purpose and how is connected to my personality and I dream about teaching others about their purpose. I will be looking into Adam’s foundation and his beautiful mission and vision. I could relate to him on this interview, I was diagnosed with cancer (a rare cancer) years ago and almost five years into it another tumor came appeared and the cancer was back. Today I still have a small mass on my lung and I am about to celebrate the next five years after that last cancerous tumor. This new mass is small and even thou we are keeping an eye on it, I am not worried (much) about it. I also have a sense that God has kept me alive for a reason, a purpose, a mission, something important He wants me to do. I won’t end this life regretting not taking a step. I started by adopting a local creative women with no to little resources (but an amazing creativity and willing to work hard on her dream) and have been guiding her into starting her own small business. Opening an Etsy shop, reading every book we can get our hands on about marketing and business and connecting with a community that also breath that same air. An air of dreams, purpose, possibilities and the desire to give back.

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Sara Waters

Adam Braun is such a light to this world! I was so amazed by how bright he is shining his light without making an effort; without trying to be important or special. It was so inspiring to listen to him talking, and he makes everything seem possible and quite easy, actually…

I was also blown away by the fact that he has already made a part of my dream into reality, so now I know who to consult when I’m ready to build my school in Cambodia ;)

My dream is to empower people in different ways. One way is to help people see that they are way more creative than they think – to help people to dare to dream and think outside the box and be proud of what they create, in spite of being brought up to think that they were not creative or artistic because they couldn’t draw in a certain way. To make people fall in love with themselves and their own expressions. This is the work that I do in my business.

Another way is to start a factory in Cambodia to create amazing clothes under amazing work conditions, so a lot of women can be empowered and get out of poverty. And of course their children need a kindergarten and a school to go to. I also dream about setting up a recycling business in that beautiful country to clear up all the mountains of soft plastic, piling up everywhere. This could generate work for the husbands, support the environment and Mother Nature (which will of course affect us all in the end…).

The final thing on my list is to save the lemurs from being extinct. They are actually our very distant relatives… They are the most lovely creatures who only want to enjoy life – we probably all have a lot to learn from them ;)

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Darling Angel Delgado

Addition to the above & ammendment to the Comment of Wasting YOUR Time: Not just a waste of your time but theirs as well. People only value advice that pays. They wont see the return you are providing until they put their own value into the “pot”. When people put up their money or their time, You gain creditiblilty.

Funny how that works but it’s the only way for you both to get results & likewise for you both to fail when its not structured that way.

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Kelvin W

My “impossible dream” has always been connected with the relationship between men and women in the context of violence. Growing up with an abusive father, I have sworn to never be like him and that is exactly what I’m trying to do each day — making an effort into bringing my awareness on myself and my “manhood” such that I might not hurt (in every sense of the word).

And that extends to what I’m involved in right now. I’ve found a community of men who also are advocating for the same thing and just a few days ago, we had a workshop where we introduced more and more men to this culture of kindness rather than violence.

This video encouraged me to do more of it, definitely. “Not tomorrow, not ‘some day’ but NOW” indeed!

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Dan Schultz

Kelvin – God bless you for your stance on this. This is man’s problem to solve. Please look into the “NO MORE” organization as a way to leverage your “impossible dream”. Many others have the same dream and we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Kelvin W

I checked it out Dan, it looks great! I’m going to look into it deeper in a while… A million thanks!

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Marie Forleo

Thank you for this Kelvin. The world needs more real men like you. Yes to a culture of kindness rather than violence. All my love xoxo

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Dan

Agreed, Marie!
So awesome hear about your work Kelvin.

Very happy to see the Marie Forleo Secret Society of Men growing… We’re all here, just sometimes a bit more silent than the ladies ;)

Thanks for this episode!

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Courtney Prather

This episode is life changing for me. I have been gorging on your social media and videos for almost two years now, am in my second round of B School- and I think this is the first time I have ever had the guts to speak up. I am my own worse enemy when it comes to ‘feeling good enough’ to speak up and engage, it’s crazy that I even do it online! :) Anyway, listening to his story was so inspiring. I can connect with it on a lot of levels but the crazy thing is I was already dismissing the possibility of accomplishing similar goals because ‘that’s too big of a dream’. Then when you mentioned how important it was that he just started something, no matter how small and that you knew one day you were going to be involved too….It made me realize that I focus so much on the ‘impossible dream’ that I usually get paralyzed with analysis and fear before ever taking a small step towards achieving it. Seems silly to me…

My big impossible dream is to make the world a healthier and happier place. I want to start a revolution for a return to realness- embracing who you are, what you want, and going for it. I keep it real by making fitness and nutrition advice simple, focusing on habits and making small (powerful) shifts that build a strong mindset that changes every other aspect of their life. I want to start a pay it forward project that makes ‘doing more’ for others trendy and give access to the tools to get healthy to those who really need it.

Thanks for all that you do, Marie!

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henna

b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!!
inspired by this i chose to head over to a pencil store to get some markers for my artist daughters to colour their life and for me to finish off my children’s book the purpose of which is to empower kids to dare to be individuals, think for themselves and take action :)

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Maria

I left Spain recently where the recession and political landscape have turned very aggressively against my generation. The average salary is well under a 1000 euros a month, over 50% are unemployed, the rest are underemployed. Needless to say, the mentality of my peeps has hit rock bottom and nobody believes in possibility anymore. I’d love to re-inspire all of them to build lives they love and that makes them feel fulfilled and prosperous. My first step has been to launch a pro-bono initiative, offering a freee session weekly to people in this situation. I thought I’d do more of this when I’d be very successful, but hey, start before you are ready, isn’t it?
Thanks for everything!

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Giovanna

Hi Marie,

What a great interview! I was also tearing up during the whole episode.
When I discovered my real passion and became a Life Coach I also found out that my ultimate purpose in life is to provide vulnerable children in Colombia with an education.

I’m currently working on that. It is the most beautiful and fulfilling experience. I resonate with many things you guys discussed in this interview!

It’s beautiful to see how other people have the same sense of humanity, service and contribution. People like you and Adam are high quality human beings and a real example and inspiration for others and the next generation.

Thank you so much for sharing! ❤

Giovanna Garcia Malagon

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Siobhan

I watch your videos every week Marie and as much as i love and learn from them, I have yet to add a comment. Until now! You and Adam are far too amazing to remain silent. From the people you are to the messages you share with the world – changing people’s lives is an understatement for you both as is thank you for me. You both have truly changed my life because I have now changed how I view my worth.

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Denise

My impossible (possible) dream is to create a math education company that enables youth to excel in mathematics. To break through the dis-empowering conversation that many have around their ability to learn mathematics. We often limit ourselves in a way that says if we are good at reading and writing we can’t be good at mathematics. We start to say at a young age that “our brain just doesn’t work that way.” Our society doesn’t accept a “I just can’t read” comment from students but when it comes to mathematics for some reason it’s ok to limit our potential. I want youth to know that where you start is not where you will end and that the area you feel weakest in is usually the area for your biggest breakthrough. My company is an online math tutoring company for girls which empowers girls to believe in themselves and to shoot for the stars and go for STEM careers in science and mathematics. I want the tutors to not only coach mathematics but coach the learning process-the whole being. This is something that is missing in the schools. I also want to empower teachers to know that they are to inspire students and be able to make good money while working from home without sacrificing their well being and time with their family. My impossible (possible) dream is to see girls learning from amazing women around the world in mathematics coming together in the summer for math camp/ retreats feeling inspired and capable. All around girl power goodness! I dream to revolutionize the American School system and support students in a way that empowers everyone. Thank you so much Marie for who you are! And thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your gifts with the world and today even your tears. I am definitely going to buy this book for friends and family ! Loving Bschool btw! XOXO

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Kirsten Michel

After listening to Adam describe his journey with such clarity, I know it will be possible to accomplish my impossible dream…for now, here goes…

YES! I have been lucky enough to have the “moment” Adam spoke about. My mother was a nurse practicing pediatric oncology. I whole-heartedly admired that she did the work she did—it’s a tough gig working with sick kids—and I always wanted to follow her footsteps of helping kids someday, but in my own way. As a teen, I’d hang out in hospital rooms with hair accessories and makeup to style some of the teen female patients as they waited to find out if they were going to live or die. I saw it as a way to bring some normalcy – beauty – to their situation – or at least I’d hoped that was the case.

Fast forward: After college, all I wanted to do was travel. I became a bit of an adventure seeking gypsy for much of my young adult life. Eventually, I landed in Hawaii for a stint. I took a job working on trimarans with the role of overseeing the children so “mom & dad” could relax on their sailing excursion. How lucky was I to get paid to be a kid again! My soul LOVED Maui and I was fully aware that there were signs for me each & every day.

My eyes were opened and I could feel the pull. In one instance, as I walked past a quaint little church at twilight one evening, the doors were ajar revealing a golden wash of light spilling out accompanied by soothing voices singing hymns…beckoning to me. I’ve regretted ever since that I chose to walk on. Out of the blue one morning, I was awakened from my sleep as I heard a male voice saying aloud, “meet me in Maui”. My impossible dream was born…I need to start a camp for kids in Maui. I opened my eyes to only myself in the room and I felt that surge of electricity well up inside me. I knew then, as I know now, that I will find a way to make it happen.

So, my plan was to be in Maui for close to a year, when that time was up, I knew I’d head back to my reality, which consisted of a condo and a kitty cat in the place I still call home, Colorado. By this time I had switched jobs, and my new co-worker friends all held hands in a circle…and cried…biggest tears you ever saw. I had never experienced such love and acceptance as in this moment with these people I had spent merely a few months with, we hardly knew each other, but there was a great connection—o’hana as the local put it…AMAZING! It was so strong, that the minute the plane bumped away from the ramp, sorrow surged from deep down inside my soul, I quietly wept in my seat the whole first leg back to California.

The good news is, that connection carried me to a new place. When I returned to Colorado, I met my husband, started a family, and, yep, quit my awesome job to pursue my dreams. All of it, definitely waaay outside my comfort zone!

So, here I sit. I have a plan to move forward but I am feeling like it is taking so long. I know baby steps will get me there, so in between my everyday life tasks, I research, plan, and visualize.

Marie, your videos have been inspiration to keep pushing forward for sure! I know in my soul that I am destined to share my special gift that only I have with the world…if Adam’s book will help, I’d love to get my hands on one—to enjoy for myself and to share with others. Thanks a bunch!

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Nikki Halladay

I enjoyed listening to every word. I can’t wait to read the book. What happens when you are not only looking but actually searching for your purpose and how to make a difference in the world and nothing is showing up?

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Nina

Hi Marie

What an amazing episode, I can truly relate to what Adam means by following the signs I have been living my life that way for the last two years. I am being lead to my life purpose and i am working on creating my website and working on a coaching program to follow my dream. My life journey has been a unique one especially coming from an South Asian background and having to deal with the unconscious beliefs and the cultural upbringing. My journey is a long one but i will give you a quick version. Immigrated to Canada at the age of 6 raised/educated in Canada but expected to live life by the parents belief systems. Arranged marriage at age 21 and still expected to live by the expectations of the culture and the beliefs. I always felt that I didn’t belong where I was but never really was brave enough to voice my concerns. Not being true to myself i manifested a lot of illness and symptoms which made it difficult to function in my daily life. After 15 years and going to one modality to the next i met my mentor in 2008 who guided me on this amazing journey where i recovered my health, which took 4 years. I am now symptom free and feel awesome everyday. Basically after healing i have found THE REAL ME that was hiding under all the illness/symptoms. I am 46 and have two teenage boys who have also changed because of my unique healing journey. This is my 5th year working with my mentor and following her guidelines i am working on creating the life of my dreams. I am doing this through following signs in the universe, which are leading me to my life purpose and of course taking action as needed. I have learned through my healing journey that i was conditioned to follow the beliefs of the culture which did not serve me on a spiritual level. My impossible dream is to help other women achieve the life that live today. This will be done through mentoring i am setting up my website very soon and through coaching and i am working on my coaching certificate and not to forget the valuable lessons that i have learned through my life journey. I don’t feel that it will be an IMPOSSIBLE dream i think it will be a POSSIBLE dream. With so much violence against women and the unconscious belief systems that are not serving these women and harming not only them but the lives of their children. There is so much more i could write as i continue my life journey and start making a difference and impacting the world in a positive way. I hope one day in the near future i could be on one of your episode’s on Marie TV. You are so authentic and REAL.

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CatherineBasu

Marie and Adam you guys have me crying over here too!

My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer and the last few times I saw him it was really hard. He was in a lot of pain. I spoke to him two weeks before he passed when he was in the hospital and when I got off the phone with him, I was in pieces. I couldn’t stop crying, I couldn’t get any work done. I ended up just taking a moment to lie down to get a grip on myself. I drifted into a nap long enough for me to have a dream in which I realized that I had to sign up for B-School in honor of my grandfather.

My grandfather is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. His parents came to the US from Italy and he didn’t know English when he started school. However, he went through it and became a very successful (although humble!) doctor inspired by doctors who took care of him when he lost half of his foot during a railroad accident. His parents weren’t even able to finish school and he was in the first graduating class at Fairfield University and went to Georgetown to finish his studies.

When I had my little dream, the B-School scholarship process wasn’t over yet. When it finished, and I didn’t win I was really torn about whether to sign up or not. I didn’t know if it was the right time. I’m a fitness professional who started in fitness, but then went back to school to be a science teacher. This past year, I had a chance to get back into fitness full time (I wasn’t sure if I should because I was in a new state, but my husband urged me to because he knows I’m the happiest when I’m in fitness) and I’ve realized it’s my true passion, but I want to reach more people than I can just through the gym and one-on-one clients. I feel this is my calling because I truly enjoy working with people who are beginners who wouldn’t show up at the gym because it’s too intimidating. I want to continue to find more ways to reach these people and share how fitness can really impact their lives in so many positive ways. However, getting traction on my idea has been slow and I feel guilty not being able to contribute to my household like I used to.

Two and a half weeks ago I was in the airport meeting my family to get ready to attend my little sister’s wedding. My dad told me that my grandfather had passed away that morning. I was upset that I wouldn’t be able to attend his funeral, but I couldn’t help seeing that this was another sign. A sign that I really need to do what I was put here to do, because he was ready to pass on the torch to this next generation. I need to venture into this new world of business, working online to serve more people just as my grandfather did something totally new when he started. I was lucky to speak to my grandfather three days before he passed and he was in high spirits and excited for the wedding and everything else going on in our lives. I have to keep his voice, laugh, and inspiration in my mind as I go further.

So whew! I guess I’m so glad I saw this today because now that I’m in B-School I sometimes feel overwhelmed, but I need to keep going back to why I’m here. I’m here because people need my help. I’m here to live out my life as my grandfather’s legacy.

Today I’m going to work on learning more about running a retreat, because this is the direction I want to take my business. I want to run mini retreats before my online programs so I can meet my clients and build a support group before we start our online sessions.

I feel this note is jumbled and long, but having it out there in the world is going to keep me motivated!

Thank you Marie and Adam!

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Tarah

Wow! Talk about a sign that I need to follow my dreams…
I feel like this video is my cardboard sign.

Marie, thank you so much for letting your emotions shine in this video. You’re always the real deal – Approachable and relatable, but I especially loved how Adam’s story brought you to tears (As it did for me) and showed your passion for helping others.

I’ve always had a dream of empowering people and changing the world through speech. Whether it’s through my raw food business (40 Below Fruity), the power of health and mindset, or my effort to help our oceans with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society I’ve always known that my voice is my greatest asset.

I’ve had a dream since I was little – To change the world with my words. I’m never really able to hone in on one topic as I’m multi-passionate, but I know that as long as I speak up for what I believe in I can make a difference.

I love that you feel the power of your voice as well. You’ve inspired me to embrace my power and let my true personality shine through my Youtube videos.

My dream is to see our earth thriving:
Lush forests
Fruit trees lining the streets
Access to fresh fruits and vegetables for everyone
Healthy oceans
Animals swimming, running and flying free
Equality for all races, creeds, and classes of people.

It’s a big dream and I take it one step at a time.

Thanks again for such a wonderful video.

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Daisy

Dear Marie

Thank you for using your platform to bringing forth such amazing souls as Adam…. As ‘lightning’ struck him during the concert as did lightning strike me while watching this video…. I can see so clearly now…. As Adam says so beautifully : It’s like going home with new eyes…

I am sincerely gratefull for you Marie
Bless your soul

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Jennifer

Daisy, weren’t there so many take-aways from this video?! Loved it!

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Jennifer

First of all, I love what you said “Celebrate what we are instead of what we are not”. I have ditched corporate and am pursuing my dream, what I am working on is helping my husband find out what his dream is. He is working at a job that just is not fulfilling for him and he is an hour drive from home each way on top of it. Although they give him a couple “atta boy’s” a year, he has not gotten a cost of living increase or any kind of raise in over 6 years. He comes home from work with such a defeated look on his face. I will ask him to watch this video and am going to purchase the book so both of us can read it. Adam and Marie, what an inspiration you both are. I pray more people realize their purpose in life and choose to “live”!

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Elizabeth Struk

My dream might seem impossible to some, but to me, it feels like giving birth. It’s difficult, involves plenty of work but once in motion, it is unstoppable. I truly believe it is only a matter of time for my “impossible dream” to become a reality.

What is my dream? Simple, cure cancer. More specifically childhood cancers. Seem impossible, right? But my part in that goal involved me reverse-engineering a plan that only needed a small step to start a chain-reactions of events that will inevitably do just that.

Inspired by my own son’s diagnosis at age 3 and after my own “lighting” moment, I set out to change the world! I started BE THE GOLD to make it happen.

BE THE GOLD is a grassroots childhood cancer awareness movement. Committed to making supporting childhood cancer awareness mainstream and popular, innovating the symbol of childhood cancer, fueled by social media and the passion of its supporters, volunteer-driven and super awesome, BE THE GOLD is working hard to get GOLD noticed!
(Visit http://www.bethegold.com for more info)

My plan involves many steps and milestones, but with the momentum of social media, I really feel it will make a big difference.

I have worked hard to make my “impossible dream” a reality. I had to learn to do things I had never done before and definitely get out of my comfort zone. I even had to sell belongings to get the money to get it off the ground. Now only a few months later, we are over 4.5 MILLION combined YouTube video views and counting. The word is spreading.

Like I said, this dream, to me, is like giving birth. I can’t stop now! I’m just getting started.

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sarte

My dream is to be able to somehow guarantee access to valuable education and creation of critical sense for people in my country, so they can stop believing in these corrupt politicians who are destroying the country and any chance of a different future. That would obviously be easily extended for any other part of the world under similar circumstances.

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angie gray

Thank you so much for posting this interview! I have felt called to a higher purpose my whole life. I knew and have known it was in service but just havent totally “arrived”? I have a product based business that I just recently have been able to do full time. My company is USANA Health Sciences. The stage that USANA allows me to take is about inspiring others to raise the standard for themselves and what they believe they deserve. but really this is just the tip of the ice burg! It is about so much more! With the words that I purposefully choose to use during our weekly health and wellness seminars, I get the opportunity to remind them of who they really are! To offer a view of life they are just waiting for the “permission” to walk into! :) So ya! :) I am having the time of my life, creating my life, and encouraging others to do the same! I have been thinking about how I can, in the short hour i have to teach, tell people about the “big picture”. How by finding their purpose will not only expand their world, but the WHOLE WORLD. USANA has an amazing foundation called “True Health Foundation”. A “for purpose charity” :) The mission of the USANA True Health Foundation is to provide the most critical human necessities—nutrition, clothing, shelter, medical assistance, and health education—to those who are suffering or in need. 100 percent of every dollar is committed to helping others. My “TAKE ACTION NOW” is this…. at the end of every seminar, or the beginning, I will talk about or share a video about this foundation. This is so exciting! OMG! Just writing this down has created a new chapter in my life! One that I have been waiting to see how it will play out since I was a little girl! My “for profit” business is my vehicle to give my life to service, in more and more ways! Thank you Marie and thank you Adam! I hope to meet you both one day soon! ~ xo Angie

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Lisa

Hi Marie and Adam – and THANK YOU! such an inspiring story and interview. Really. Thank you. And, thank you for the Challenge at the end of todays session. You spurred me into action!

Almost two weeks ago I stood in front of a room of about 150 people and pronounced (through voice breaking with emotion) that what I am up to in the 12 week seminar we are in together is to rising above the chronic, debilitating illnesses I’ve lived with for 20 years (I was bedridden for the first 6 – 8 years – in my mid to late 30’s – was in a wheel chair, then a walker, then canes – just to give you a taste of just how debilitating it has been), I am aiming to get myself off the disability income I’ve been sustaining myself on for these past two decades, (THAT part is “The Impossible Dream” as you called it at the end of the show today – and that part I do not anticipate competing in the next 12 weeks!! lol) AND, to these ends, I am committed to building a strong foundation for the business I was awakened to (literally! at 3:00 in the morning, four or five years ago now) and to creating a launch plan for this business to take off from!

My two passions in life have always been children and music.

I am a singer, songwriter, a writer, (I have a monthly parenting advice column in a local print magazine), a parent educator and guest speaker, and was, before the disAbility hit my life, a preschool teacher by trade.
My own children are now grown and I have little ones in my life who call me “Amma” (amma = Grandmother in Icelandic).

The Vision that “woke me up” is to create a business called “the singing amma.” I have the beginnings of a website in the creation process (which is a learning curve in itself!) and, as well as encouraging, educating and inspiring parents and grand parents to be the best they can be (please see paragraph below about what I am passionate about – the short list!) part of the Vision is a whole list of Nature-based, nurture-inspired, and educational products that are all part of the long term business Vision and goal.

The ACTION I was inspired to take by your Challenge was that right after I made my pronouncement to create a viable business for myself at the Seminar 13 days ago, a young man in the audience offered himself as a support person in anything web-related! The ACTION I TOOK was that I found where I’d scribbled down his email address and I’ve just emailed him asking what areas he can help me with. Sometimes I get offers that I just don’t (for whatever reason) follow through on. So THANK YOU AGAIN for the inspiration of just taking that one next step – whether or not it leads anywhere tangible! At least, if we follow the leads, the Universe and God get the message that yes! we ARE committed to following our Dreams!

Here is a clip of the email I sent, by way of letting him (and all of you, here) know what I am up to:

he singing amma is about nurturing and empowering families.
What I am passionate about is:

people holding their babies and children as a main form of nurturing and “discipline” – coming from a place where “Connection is Key” to happy family life;

families singing together and children growing up with a keen desire for and a deep sense of Music as a source of communication;

parents and grand parents reading with their children and children developing a love of literacy from infancy on;

children spending larger amounts of time in Nature – where Truest Learning occurs naturally – and much much less time in front of screens;

encouraging free play as a main activity – and teaching tool! – for our young;

offering classes, courses and ebooks, webinars and mp3s and video clips in which parents and grandparents will learn communication tools which can be easily implemented into daily life which are non-violent, non-punitive, mutually respectful and which, through use, create space for enJOYment and LOVE to surge back into the realm of raising our young.

Thank you SO much Marie! I am loving having you in my world. :)

Lisa
the singing amma

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TinaPanariello

I enjoyed the interview with Adam so much. My dreams are starting to come true. I wanted to share my story as a entrepreneur which I did with my autobiography Polished: filing away at life’s truths. Having written it, I am now in the process of living my dream speaking at high schools and colleges about entrepreneurship. I have never felt so alive. My motto is “Just Do It”.

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Marybeth Gregg

Two years ago I decided that I needed to listen to the feeling inside of me that there was more, and that I had so much to share with others. This led me to start a new company (The International Center for Women) which is dedicated to helping women find their purpose in life. My impossible dream is that I will be able to connect with women, coach them, offer training and workshops and set up networking for women all over the world. I have gotten inquiries as far away as Nigeria and I feel so blessed to be able to connect with these amazing women.
It has been slowly gaining momentum – as a one person entrepreneur, it is overwhelming sometimes. And my husband is critically ill right now so I do get to do it all. My dream and vision somehow keeps me going and working on building my message and programs. This feeling inside is so intense I know I will achieve my dreams. Thank you for talking about Purpose- it is within each of us. Sometimes we just need a little help to discover out true selves.

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Michelle

My incredible dream? To use my “ordinary story” of a single childhood misperception that has impacted every facet of my life since that moment to offer others a chance to evolve their perspective of their own story from pain to empowerment.

What am I doing about it? Collecting, capturing and curating the innumerable bits of detail about my long ago experience and its far-reaching ramifications so I can weave the narrative together with sacred and intentional respect. I’ve written SIX pages just in the past couple days!

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Susan

Marie you are truly an inspiration to me. This video is an encouragement to stay in my dream path. I desire to teach people all about the tax code in a way they can understand it. I feel it is unfair that people don’t have a general understanding of the tax code. I think its an injustice. The whole routine of getting the return done and not having the time to educate the client about their choices its just not good . People need to know what is the best way to save taxes. Ob course, within the legal realm of things. It has to be in the tax code, if so then we have true peace of mind. That has no price. You are so wonderful. I truly love you for what your are doing. Thank you so much.

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Lynn Lekander

This was such an interesting conversation and reminded me of something that happened in my own life. I work in the advertising industry and we were doing a healthcare promotion with our hospital client. The hospital serves many people who are low income, the client gathered up items that would be given to children when they came to the healthcare event. This was before the school year started and one of the items we were giving children was a small 6″ ruler. I thought this was a very odd thing to give away and couldn’t understand why they would even have a ruler like that. When I gave rulers to several children they were excited to receive them. It made me realize how truly blessed I am and how much I take for granted.

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Catharine

I am too nervous to think about my impossible dream :) maybe I talk about it next time : )

However, when I listened to Adam’s story, this was what immediately came to me: I am going to buy boxes of pencils now and will go back to the small safe house for street children in old Delhi I visited 2 weeks ago (currently I live in Delhi). In that small safe house we had fun dancing…I remember there were two children asked me screaming (because the music was so loud :)) If I had with me some pencils…
I heard about “Pencils of Promise” before, but I never knew what this organisation about. When I heard that question from those two children, immediately then I knew what Pencils of Promise was all about.

During my short time experience with the street children in that safe house, I learned other important thing too. The one thing these street children never ask (maybe they don’t even realize they need it) but it was so obviously needed by them…a human contact, a hug. I was overwhelmed. They hugged me.. didn’t let go.
So, this weekend I will go there, give them pencils and hugs. It is a promise.

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Marie Forleo

YES Catharine!! xoxox

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Mary Lu Saylor

My dream is to help inspire others on a daily basis and help them recognize what their true purpose is.

I am going through a change right now where I have taken a risk and left a company after 24 years, and an industry where I’ve worked for 30 years. I wanted to be closer to my parents but more importantly I wanted to have time to try new things. God has granted me this incredible gift.

As I’ve worked through parting with so many friends, I’ve heard so many times that I’ve made an impact in small and large ways in people’s lives. All of this by listening to them, asking about their family, or just paying attention. I want to harness this and do more.

This video really makes me want to explore this change deeper and see how I can leverage what I know and make a bigger impact.

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Tonya Lester

I am so moved and inspired by this video. Thank you! Because of a real estate transaction that went awry, my family and I have been displaced, living in sublets for the last 3 months. Happily, we will be in our beautiful new home in April, but the lack of stability has been an ordeal for all of us, and has definitely negatively impacted my kids in school. We are a two parent, two income, very stable family, and it threw us for a loop. I kept thinking, how do homeless kids and their parents manage school in the face of instability at home? After watching this video, I made a donation (enough to hurt a little:)) to WIN – an organization devoted to helping homeless mothers and kids get on their feet. Thanks Adam and Marie! I already ordered the book and am inspired thinking about what is possible with the new-found knowledge and empathy I have gained from our difficult housing situation.

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Beatrice

My dream is to bring Emotional Freedom Technique to theatres of war, like Syria and teach it to children in the refugee camps. I am already in touch with someone who is doing something similar in the Philipines.

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Molly Downs

Hi Marie,

Thank you for this video, it was so touching and heart opening, I loved it! I can’t wait to share it with my husband this weekend over our coffee date.

My purpose….I am working through it and found out that my path is not at all what I would necessarily “dream up” for myself. It just resonates with my soul when I am doing it and I feel that you have to allow it to unfold.

I am here to teach women (and families) how to connect with themselves inwardly through meditation, yoga, creativity and food. How to just slow down and be fully present in every moment.

Thank you for allowing me to share this with the world right now and on a side note, I AM LOVING BSCHOOL.

Enjoy this day,
Molly

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Darcey

My impossible dream is to spread hope and inspiration like it’s contagious–to share the message: “Never doubt the world needs you”.

To do this, I’m building a business I hope will grow into a movement called The Compassionate Home. It could be considered “Home Improvement That Heals”. The goal being: to help people create positive home environments that heal mind, body, and soul, strengthen family relationships, and nurture their true potential.

It goes beyond brick and mortar DIY and explores the fundamentals of the meaning of home, as well as how to build one that is forgiving and supportive–the kind of home that embraces the way you live, love, work, and play.

In my experience, a Compassionate Home that provides this type of environment is crucial to growing resilient children and supporting the personal evolution of your soul.

I’ve been a student of resilience for the majority of my life, and after watching my mother’s decent into illness, her suicide, and the suicide of several friends and family…I have no other desire but to use my creative vision and time here to make a difference in the lives of others.

If I can help just one person come up from the darkness, see the beauty and meaning that infuses every moment available to us, and grow that spark of hope that is capable of moving mountains–then I will feel as if I have succeeded and my own personal experiences/suffering have had a purpose.

Incredible interview, Marie and Adam! So incredibly inspiring.

It’s my time to put my ideas out in the world. I can feel it.

The Compassionate Home was most certainly my “lightening moment” that combines all of my personal and professional experiences into a movement that matters.

I’ll be working on my website for the rest of the day and can’t wait for Adam’s book to arrive. I immediately ordered it on Amazon after watching this :)

Sincerely,

Darcey

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Maggie

Hi Marie!

My not-so-impossible dream (nothing is impossible, right?) is to help people who have suffered traumatic brain injury and severe orthopedic injuries to fully heal themselves. I have a TBI (it never really heals like a wound or a bone does) and broke 14 bones when I was hit head-on by a drunk driver 6 years ago. I had amazing doctors and I’ve healed amazingly well, but when I asked my neuro surgeon if I’d ever get 100% better, he looked me in the eye and said, “no.” So that lit a fire in me to prove him wrong! As I’ve healed, I saw that physical therapists are only there to get you ‘functional’, not ‘better’ and I’ve discovered so much about health, food, wellness, fitness, mindfulness etc. that I want to share the tools I’ve discovered with other people, so they can achieve complete recovery too! I’m still dealing with a lot of stuff, so it feels a bit like wading through mud, trying to figure out how I’m going to do this, but I’m determined and I know I survived that accident so that I can help people and spread awareness. I would love love love to have this book!

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Patty Ann

Marie Forleo and Adam Braun are angels of service to humanity. Ultimately they are path finder teachers ~ purposeful, delightful, and timely for today.

Marie brings words of inspiration forth that validate my path in creating http://PattyAnn.net/ which is my purpose, as I author and integrate all my products with lessons learned.

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Kristy White

Hi Maria,

So thankful for this! Thanks for sharing.
I have a couple talents that i have been trying to put towards a great purpose. I’m a Designer and Photographer. I design and hand make functional leather bags. And my photography is from the spirit and tells the a story of the lives and things around us.

I have been trying to find a way to use these talents to make a difference. I had thought about the idea of making shoes for kids in need in other countries to help them live there lives and avoid disease and such.

I met this women the other day who has been helping build schools in India and around the world, her purpose is called PACE ( Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere). I had been toying with idea if this is really me, i could never afford to do anything to help. Like Adam said, i feel I’m in my own little bubble. But after watching this video, I’ve decided to email her and begin a possible connection to building a “for profit”, to build simple leather shoes for kids in need, and hopefully my photography will be able to speak stories of this change as well.
Thank You!

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Jefe Greenheart

WOW!
My impossible dream used to be leaving the world of network television and pursuing a meaningful media production company. I fell in love with a woman that invited me to make documentaries for nonprofits across South America. I dropped everything and joined her in love and service. Later, I integrated back into shooting for prime time television on programs I believed in after establishing myself as a healer–getting certified in hypnosis and starting my practice—learning how much the language of influence is the common thread between media and my hypnotherapy path. Fast forward, I am now operating on all cylinders rocking both paths, realizing it’s time for integration of all my talents. And that’s when I registered for B-school. My now impossible dream coming true, is marrying that woman who invited me on the service path 5 years ago while simultaneously taking my career to the next level. In 3 weeks our “funk-a-delic fairy tale wedding” happens, all while I make massive movement toward transitioning our business in a bigger and more sustainable direction. I feel like I’m riding a wild wave of my own creation, and sometimes it’s really scary. But it feels awesome to be surfing along with others who have hearts of service and live bravely in the direction of their true purpose. –Jefe Greenheart

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Laurie

This was one of the most moving interviews I have ever seen. I am a teacher by training and I absolutely know the power of education and how much one’s life can be literally transformed by it. I have a huge lump in my throat as I write this as I wish every child could have the opportunity to education…what a world this would be. My dream is unfolding, as I delve into B School with Marie (my 2nd week in), but I tell you this here and now. No matter what I end up doing I WILL WORK in some capacity with Pencils of Promise! I will give, donate, share the story, read the book, build the damn school if necessary. What an amazing young man, and a powerful partnership between you both. Here’s to a lifetime of change! God Bless.

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Marie Forleo

Hey Laurie! By all means I want you to keep going (def. buy the book — you’ll LOVE it –plus all proceeds go to PoP) but do realize that by investing in yourself via B-School you’re also supporting PoP as we will be building even more schools with him :) xoxo

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Kristy White

Sorry “Marie” ;)

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Lisa

So perfect and needed for me. Thank you Thank you. I had a lightning moment 3 years ago when I showed up to teach a basic self-defense class to a group of pre-teen girls and sat in my car crying uncontrollably after I spoke, not really knowing what I’d said or taught them because it had all come “through” me.

You know 3 years later my I’m waiting for my convergence and the opportunity to take my company full time, and yet every time I lead a workshop and am able to look at a young girl in the eyes and say “I see you. You matter, and you are beautiful”, the impact is incredible.

My impossible dream is every tween girl in the world knowing her inherent value and worth. She believes in herself and doesn’t feel she needs to be someone else or listen to what others say to know herself. She follows her heart, trusts her gut, and takes loving action with herself and others. Her spirit and sense of self is vibrant and alive. Her ‘movement’ is one of Inclusion and Acceptance.

My small actions include continuing to move ahead, take small steps, and I love what Adam said “follow the signs”. For today I will not give up and offer my gift of “seeing your beauty” to each girl I come in contact with, whether it’s in a workshop, a class, or a coffee shop.

Silently I say ” I see you beautiful. And you are amazing.” I am so moved by this community and ALL the incredible peeps and how everyone is making change real in the word. xoxo

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Darcey

What an incredible message Lisa!

“I see you beautiful. And you are amazing.”

You are on the right path, keep moving forward!!

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