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Waking up in a pool of your own blood isn’t something most of us aspire to.

But when you constantly push beyond your limits in an effort to “get ahead” that’s exactly where you might wind up.

Combine our change-the-world ambitions with a diligent work ethic and 24/7 technology, and we’ve got a recipe for chronic exhaustion.

That’s why it’s so important to me that you watch today’s episode of MarieTV.

My guest is the legendary Arianna Huffington, author of the new book Thrive, and she’s here to help us redefine success on our own terms.

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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.

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There have been times in my life that I’ve felt like my brain was broken.

Whether I’ve had too many ideas swirling around and couldn’t focus, or I just started to feel crushed under the weight of everything that “had to get done”…

I’m no stranger to the frustration that comes when you can’t seem to get your potential to match your performance.

Many folks who are highly creative and intelligent have a hard time channeling all that ambition and energy in a way that’s both productive and satisfying.

Some of us fall victim to destructive, addictive behaviors that harm ourselves and others.

Other times, we stay trapped under a fog of frustration that never lifts, unable to reach the greatness of our full potential.

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Over the weekend, I thought a lot about money.

I read a brave and eye-opening article in the NY Times from a self-confessed money addict, and had a few conversations with friends about the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

I also did a lot of yoga and meditated on the subject — especially because I’ve started working on my next book, in which money (especially the making of it) plays a vital role.

As I’ve shared before on MarieTV, I feel blessed to have developed a healthy and even loving relationship with money. While that relationship is always evolving…

I’ve come to believe a healthy, respectful relationship with money helps us put it in its rightful place: it’s just one of the many resources we have to offer and share in this adventure called life.

I also don’t prescribe to a zero sum world-view based in scarcity.

Meaning, if you get more money (or love, attention, fill in the blank) — that I get less. Both science and spirituality show us that through collaboration, innovation, generosity and partnership — our collective resources can truly be infinite.

Without going too far down a philosophical rabbit hole, I’m so excited to share today’s MarieTV episode with you. So let me ask…

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Right now I’m nearing 30,000 feet en route to Santa Barbara, California for our year-end team retreat.

Since we’re a virtual company, having in-person time together is vital. Plus, I personally love big sleepovers —  so a week with people I love in a beautiful location is a true blessing.

Make no mistake though — we will get a ton done. Some major goal-setting and strategic planning for the next 12 – 36 months is top of our agenda.

As this year is winding to a close, I wanted to give you a primer on goal setting gone wrong — and gone right.

Even if you feel like you’re the master of goal-setting, take a few minutes to learn a fresh new way to set — and reach them — with myself and Danielle LaPorte.

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