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Do you ever stop yourself from starting a new project because when you think about people you admire you say, “I don’t think I could ever be as good as they are…”

Or maybe you’re a stickler for perfection and want things to turn out **just right** otherwise, what’s the point?

Whether it’s starting a new career, writing a book or expressing your art, the fear of initially sucking at something holds many of us back from expressing our highest potential. Fear keeps us silent and stuck.

But what if the key to unleashing our courage and using our talents to change the world means giving ourselves permission to start small and sucky?

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Crocuses are in full force right now, the weather is finally breaking here in New York City and — a brand new season of Game Of Thrones has just premiered!

Life is good, and I’m grateful.

But when I think back to my earlier self, I often had a hard time enjoying simple pleasures because so much of my mental and emotional energy was focused (umm, obsessed) with figuring out my life’s passion.

In other words, I spent an extraordinary amount of energy trying to figure out exactly what I was supposed to do with my life.

After much self-torture, buckets of tears, loads of “tests” and hundreds of hours of research, I thankfully came to some useful realizations around this idea of finding one’s passion.

If you’ve ever struggled to find your passion in life, today’s episode of MarieTV was made for you.

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This has been the most epic B-School scholarship contests we’ve done yet.

Emotionally, it’s been really challenging. We’re big-hearted, sensitive folks and we care very deeply about what we do and who we serve. There’ve been lots of tears, smiles, heavy hearts, and laughter over the past week.

Most of all, there’s been an expanding well of shared love and respect. Thank you for being so brave, so creative and so passionate — and sharing who you are with us and the world.

Thank you for so wholeheartedly supporting each other, and being kind and incredible in our community.

We’ve watched close to 2,000 entries and have made our selections for this year. Before I get to the recipients, I want to share a few things. Most importantly:

Your dreams aren’t made, or broken, by anyone but you. You are enough. You have wisdom within you that you can never learn in any text book, classroom or program. You are creative, and loved and divinely blessed with capabilities beyond what you can imagine.

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If you were in my house right now, you’d see something pretty typical.

Stacks, and stacks, of books.

I have a huge bookcase over my desk. And stacks of books on my desk. Then there are books on my nightstand. Oh yeah… let’s not forget the book I always seem to have in my bag.

I love books. I also love magazines, newspapers, music, movies, art and videos, too. This all connects back to my love of learning and being inspired by people, stories and ideas.

If you look around, inspiration is everywhere! There’s an infinite source of inspiration online. Newsfeeds, social streams, Ted Talks, design blogs — you name it.

But is there such a thing as too much inspiration? Are some of us so addicted to inspiration that we’re not actually getting things done? No doubt.

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Have you ever tried to reach out to someone and got nothing back but radio silence? I certainly have. Many, many, times in fact.

Whether it’s an email, phone call, old-fashioned letter (remember those?) or text message — there are more ways than ever to reach out, and to be ignored.

If you want to know what being blown off really says about you, watch this.

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