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I was up until 2am last night, reviewing all of the incredible videos that came in for our 2015 B-School scholarship contest.

Here’s what I have to say. You blow me away! I was laughing, crying and cheering at my screen. The heart, creativity, sincerity, and love you expressed to the world in your entries is awe inspiring.

And, I also loved seeing the support and community that’s formed around the contest this year. Expressing genuine appreciation and encouragement for another’s dreams doesn’t cost a dime, yet it’s priceless in its impact.

We’ve watched close to 1,500 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 have wisdom within you that you can never learn in any textbook, classroom or program. You are creative, and loved and divinely blessed with capabilities beyond what you can imagine.

Not receiving a scholarship to B-School, nor any other disappointment in life can’t stop you from continuing to expand the greatness you already have within, unless you let it.

Whether B-School becomes a part of your world or not, know how much of a winner you are right now, and how deeply I respect you.

I respect your courage. I respect your bravery. I respect you for being an action taker and for setting your fears and insecurity aside to express yourself — fully and authentically.

I respect your focus, determination and willingness to get it done. I respect you for figuring out technology, and for all the work that goes into to creating a “simple” 90 second video.

And if you let me, I’ll love to continue to support you — week after week for free via MarieTV.

We give our all to the show. We’re here to inspire you and provide encouragement, wisdom, strategies, tools to keep you moving powerfully ahead.

You are brave, creative and beautiful — inside and out. You were born with everything you need to answer the call of your soul. Don’t ever forget it.

And now, without further ado, here are the 54 recipients of a 2015 B-School Scholarship.

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Have you heard this one?

“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

It’s a concept made famous by the legendary speaker and author, Jim Rohn.

Whether you subscribe to this philosophy or not, it’s hard to deny that the people you spend the most time with do have an impact on you.

They influence how you feel, what you believe, what you think about, and the decisions you make.

That’s why I was intrigued when one of our readers asked, “What do you do when the people you spend the most time with aren’t as ambitious as you are?”

And even more — what happens if you’re not able to make immediate changes in who you spend time the most time with?

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There’s one word that’s been buzzing around every bit of my life lately, and I believe it’s one of the most important words in the world.

That word is trust.

Trust is that beautiful feeling deep in your bones when you just know someone is true, honest and real. There’s integrity and reliability that’s born from a mutual sense of humanity, and respect.

And if something goes a little haywire, it’s barely a blip on your emotional screen. Because when you fully trust someone, you know you’ll be kept in the loop.

You know that no matter what happens, you’ll be treated with kindness, care and respect.

Trust is big in every corner of our lives, and it’s absolutely vital in modern business.

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Last week, I did four interviews to support the launch of this year’s B-School program, and one question came up again and again. The essence of that question was this:

Marie, when you make big decisions– how do you do it? Who do you call to help you figure out the best thing to do? What’s your process?

Whether it’s deciding between ordering the kale salad or a tuscan panini, or deciding whether to make a bold move in your business — all of us face a million choices every day.

Big choices. Small choices. And many seemingly “insignificant” choices. As you know, every decision we make helps shape our reality. Compounded over a lifetime, those decisions create our ultimate destiny.

So what’s the key to being a great decision maker? What’s the “secret” to always knowing the best thing to do? Well, I can tell you one thing not to do.

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Over the weekend, I ran into a friend at a coffee shop. She’s 5 months pregnant, growing her business and planning a jumbo event here in NYC.

She wanted an update from me, and I shared that I just came out of one of the most intense creative times I’ve ever had.

A time when my mind kicked up thoughts like, “Are you freakin’ serious?!?! How did you ever think you could possibly accomplish all this — this fast?!”

Maybe you can relate. You see, I knew exactly what needed to get done. The end-game was crystal clear. My deadlines were non-negotiable.

But here’s the kicker.

The outside world didn’t know my schedule. And just because I was in a demanding creative time — that didn’t stop the rest of the world from making requests of my time and sending in new opportunities.

And that, my friend, is the reason most of us drown in overwhelm.

Because no matter how well we plan, we can’t seem to stay on top of what we want to get done and the seemingly endless demands that show up from the outside world.

But, you know what? There’s a simple fix. And, it works like a champ.

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