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I just got back from leading the best ever Mastery retreat in Mexico. Check my ladies out (we missed you Dee, Dana, Jeannette & Marguerite!)

Three Business Lessons I Learned In Mexico
I just got back from leading the best eva Rich Happy & Hot Mastery retreat in Mexico.  Check my ladies out (we missed you Dee, Dana, Jeannette & Marguerite!)
It was a non-stop fiesta of ninja marketing, explosive business growth, ground-shaking personal development, luxurious spa treatments, bright sunshine, breezy cabanas, crazy dancing and EPIC parties.
If you want dibs on next year’s program, get your butt to RHH Live in New York City this November.
In the meantime, here are three business lessons I picked up south of the border.
1.  Never, ever give up on your business dreams.
I’ve fantasized for years about about running a business centered around serving hot, successful, go-getting women who party as hard as they work.
Women who adore their husbands; who love making money, are committed to genuine service, who jump at the chance to be in a music video or pole dance or simply help another sister out.
Women who can talk business, negotiations, marketing, life, death, sex and spirituality in one fell mango mojito laced swoop.
Trust me when I say, no matter how out-there you think your business dreams are, there are beyond ideal customers out there just waiting for you to create your offering.
Don’t water yourself down. Don’t censor your creative desires.
And never, ever give up on your business dreams.
2.  Go balls to the wall, or stay home.
Most of us are afraid to go full out and commit 10,000% to our desired outcome because we’re scared of an ego bruise.
We’re terrified of rejection; of screwing it up; of public humiliation.
So what do we do? We unwittingly kill our success before we even start.
We say we’re truly committed to a result, yet our actions tell a different story.
For example, we want to sell a shit bunch of our new product or service, but our launch plans are meek, pansy ass or largely non-existent.  We say, “I’m just going to do a little launch.”
And then when hardly anyone buys, we have proof that this whole thing is BS, and, we’re a loser.
(can you say self-fullfilng prophecy?)
We all need to stop that.  Now.
Remember, marketing is 99% of your business game.  No matter how incredible your product or service is, if the marketing behind it isn’t compelling, you’re going to have a lot of disappointment – emotionally and financially.
If you want big success in any area of your business, or life, you need to go balls to the wall.   That means pouring your heart, soul, and resources into doing the very best you can possibly do.
3.  Saying you want to “get to the next level” or “go BIG” means jack.
Look.  I’ll admit that I’ve said both those things before.  But the truth is that wanting to “go big” or “get to the next level” doesn’t really mean anything.  It’s vague and elusive and impossible to execute.
And, it’s impossible for anyone to support you.
Next time you start saying I want to “go BIG” or “get to the next level”, get uber specific.  What exactly does that statement mean to you?
Do you want more revenue?  More net income?
Exactly how much more?  By when? From what products or services?
Do you want to change more lives? Have more readers?  How many more?  How will you measure success?
How will this next level impact your lifestyle?  The time you spend working vs. playing?

The secret here is to be precise as you can be.  You can have anything you want in your business, but until you can

 

 

what exactly what that is, no one can help you get it.

And don’t worry about locking something in stone.  You can definitely make adjustments as you go.  But the specifics of your “next level” and what going BIG means to you are vital if you want to actually make it happen.

It was a non-stop fiesta of ninja marketing, explosive business growth, ground-shaking personal development, luxurious spa treatments, bright sunshine, breezy cabanas, crazy dancing and EPIC parties.

If you want dibs on next year’s program, get your butt to RHH Live in New York City this November.

In the meantime, here are three business lessons I picked up south of the border.

1.  Never, ever give up on your business dreams.

I’ve fantasized for years about about running a business centered around serving hot, successful, go-getting women who party as hard as they work.

Women who adore their husbands, who love making money, who are committed to genuine service, who jump at the chance to be in a music video or pole dance or simply help another sister out.

Women who can talk business, negotiations, marketing, life, death, sex and spirituality in one fell mango mojito laced swoop.

Trust me when I say, no matter how crazy you think your business dreams are, there are beyond ideal customers out there just waiting for you to create your offering.

Don’t water yourself down. Don’t censor your creative desires.

And never, ever give up on your business dreams.

2.  Go balls to the wall, or stay home.

Most of us are afraid to go full out and commit 1000% to our desired outcome because we’re scared of an ego bruise.

We’re terrified of rejection; of screwing it up; of public humiliation.

So what do we do? We unwittingly kill our chances for success before we even start.

We say we’re truly committed to a result, yet our actions tell a different story.

For example, we want to sell a shit bunch of our new product or service, but our launch plans are meek, pansy ass or largely non-existent.  We say,”I’m just going to do a little launch.”

And then when hardly anyone buys, we have proof that this whole business thing is BS, and, we’re a loser.

(Can you say self-fulfilling prophecy?)

We all need to stop that.  Now.

Remember, marketing is 99% of your business game.  No matter how incredible your product or service is, if the marketing behind it isn’t compelling, you’re going to have a lot of disappointment – emotionally and financially.

If you want big success in any area of your business, or life, you need to go balls to the wall.   That means pouring your heart, soul, and resources into doing the very best you can possibly do.

3.  Saying you want to “get to the next level” or “go BIG” means jack.

Look.  I’ll admit that I’ve said both those things before.  But the truth is that wanting to “go BIG” or “get to the next level” doesn’t really mean anything.  It’s vague and elusive and impossible to execute.

And, it’s impossible for anyone to help you get there.

Next time you start saying I want to “go BIG” or “get to the next level”, get uber specific. What exactly does that statement mean to you?

Do you want more revenue?  More net income?

Exactly how much more?  By when?  From what products or services?

Does going big mean you want to change more lives? Have more readers? How many more? How will you measure success?

Remember to look at how these changes will impact your lifestyle too.  You know, how much time you get to spend with your family vs. how much time you’ll be working.

Don’t worry about locking something in stone.  You can definitely make adjustments as you go.

But the real secret to getting to that elusive next level is to be as precise as you can be.

You can have anything you want in your business (for realz!), but until you can articulate exactly what that is, no one can help you get it.

Got thoughts or feedback here?  Gushing compliments on how beautiful our ladies are? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  1. First, gorgeous group of women!

    Second, timing on this is amazing. I am a mother of three trying, well, running my own business. I realized today, mid-meltdown, that I am not doing anything 100% and all of it is suffering because of that. The children, the house, my happiness, the business. My next step is to figure out a plan to be able to put myself in each situation fully…

    Time to get precise.

    Thank you as always.

    • marie

      Hey Hannah! The first thing I suggest is to slow down internally. No multi-tasking. Really be with each task as you do it – engage mind body and soul. Second thing is you likely need to do less (most kick-ass women have to really keep this one in check). I’d rather have you do 4 things really well than 8 things half ass. xxo M

      • Hannah – I’m a mom of three as well and over the summer I made some big life and business changes that have helped me be fully present in whatever I’m doing.

        I agree with Marie – quiet that internal stopwatch because running your business and raising your children is not a race. Take a long, hard look at your life, your daily routine and your business and see what can go – I think you’ll find there’s quite a bit of useless “stuff” going on that’s making things harder than they have to be.

        Finally – I started TheMogulMom.com to help moms like you run a business, raise a family and rock both. So if you feel like it, head on over and check out some of my latest posts in “Money”, “Productivity” and “Self”.

        Marie – AWESOME post. I was nodding my head the whole time. I’ve made BIG leaps in my business over the past month and they are largely due to what I’ve learned from YOU.My goal is to be the Marie Forleo of the mom entrepreneur world and I’m not going to TRY to do it, I’m going to DO it. 😀

        Thank you!!
        Heather

      • 4 it is! I am applying this today and am saying goodbye to the multi-tasking! It was getting nowhere fast. This couldn’t have been more helpful for me today. Thank you.

      • “I’d rather have you do 4 things really well than 8 things half ass.”

        Your math checks out. 🙂 Personally, I like to call it (doing things well) “full ass.”

        • too, too damn funny! love it….”full ass”

          Hugs, Tina

  2. LOVE this post Marie! And thanks for sharing that pic! I want a copy! Everyone looks so gorgeous!

    Going “balls to the wall” has become my favorite expression since returning from Mexico. It’s a) really fun to say and b) totally true. A half ass effort produces half ass results.

    Love ya!!
    xox

    • marie

      Love you to. And can’t wait to have you back in the empire state of AWESOME!

  3. OMG, number 2. YES.

    • marie

      HOLY SHIT. NAOMI was here!!!

  4. “Balls to the wall” – how serendipitous! Had that phrase in my head a lot these last couple of months and that’s what I’m doing! 🙂

    • marie

      I have been sending you psychic coaching 😉

  5. That photo is soooo beautiful and inspiring. What a wonderful time you all must have had. It’s your lesson #3 that’s talking to me….as my business is growing in unexpected ways and directions, I sense if I don’t get some precise defining done I’m gonna stretch out in too many directions at once. Thanks, Marie!
    .-= Laura Camacho´s last blog ..Life Leaders- What They Really Look Like =-.

    • marie

      Yes Laura – clarity is awesome and a big MUST for you lady!

  6. Looks like you had a blast. I hope you had the margarita for me! 😉

    Anyway, these lessons were great reminders for me…especially when I want to give up. I always have the thought in my head, “Go big or go home!” BUT the reality is if you don’t take action, you can’t do either.

    Thanks.
    xoxo
    Kimberly
    .-= Kimberly´s last blog ..It’s Wine O’Clock- What Do You Have in Red =-.

    • marie

      Ha ha Kimberly! We had more than a few for you. Yes. And not just any action but, really giving it your all. xo M

  7. Monica

    WOW! Hola Marie!!
    Thanks for sharing your learnings from your trip to my beautiful country!! I always feel inspired and supported by your words! I’ve been developing myself and working in a new project for my life, which came out from having only a one-hour session with you!! You guidance has helped me to broader my vision for what’s possible for me! Muchas gracias!
    A BIG hug =)
    Monica

  8. Marie! Ok, 1. That’s a fine lookin’ group of ladies there! 2. I love your no nonsense “get ‘er done” look and 3. I’m so with you! Let’s go!

  9. Gry

    Wow, you look amazing. You are glowing! All of you! An inspiration to hear of all your success through Marie.
    Learning from Marie&Laura every day through B-school these days and are HAPPY I invested in your bad ass program.
    Thank you!

  10. You and your Ladies are an inspiration! Thank you for the kick in the butt!!! I have been sitting on my hands blaming the economy for my procrastination. Ouch! You said it clearly, “balls to the wall”… or stay home. My new mantra!

  11. Mónica Utrilla de Neira

    Dear Marie,
    thanks so much for your advice! in fact, I do have a terrific project-plan-dream I have been working for a while.
    Maybe you could share a little on the power of visualization,

    receive my best,
    Món

  12. Marie…this last newsletter gave me the exact push that I have been searching for all week, which is GO FOR IT! I’ve been unclear of the feel and look of my website since it was set up for me and I have felt doesn’t represent me 100%, but after looking through yours, and reading your newsletters, I am confident I need to just give myself a hard kick in the ass to move forward WITH INTENT. My goal is to put my book on the New York Times Bestseller list, and my goal is to become a well-paid speaker, and my goal is to become the “go to” expert for food and health and well-being for women and children. So I said it, and so it will be done!

  13. Pat

    Girl, your advice is so true it scares the pants off me..Thanks again and see at RHH live

  14. Michana Green

    Marie,

    This was a really great article, authentic nuggets of wisdom everyone needs.!

    Michana Green
    B school

  15. I just recently started following your blog and I have to say great advice. Even when we claim to “know” it internally we often ignore it. Saying you “know” something doesn’t mean jack if you don’t act upon it, because in truth if you really did know it you would be acting on it and making those dreams and desires come true!

    Thanks for giving my head a shake, I having been making some business changes and now I truly need to get it down in writing, it’s in my head but head likes to play games with me…

    Thank you for the motivation!
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Leave Outlook for Good- Embrace Gmail =-.

  16. Hi Marie!

    Your last two points particularly struck me – I have played half-ass for far too long, afraid to really put myself out there and go 100% for what I really want! Thank you for this timely reminder to put my “balls to the wall” and get specific on what it means to me to play big. This is good stuff!

  17. Balls to the walls….I think that line alone will stay with me for some years to come!

    Numero Uno keeps coming up in my life in many different forms. This posting is the fifth form…I’m totally not gonna give up!

    As always, thanks for sharing!
    .-= Shay´s last blog ..25 ways to get your life back =-.

  18. WE ARE SO HOT!!!

  19. Hi, your upcoming seminar sounds so amazing and fun! Just love every detail of your packaging. No Big Fat Binders!!!, lol! 🙂 Kristine

  20. Marie!

    Thanks for sharing the pic of all of these women who are DIVAS!! It looks and sounds like you had a blast!

    Amazing lessons that you pointed out….total reminders for me and my business – thank you so much for sharing these awesome tips!!!

  21. Rock on! I love it!

  22. Three good lessons. Nice and neatly presented. And I agree. Everyone looks fantabu-lous!

  23. ahhh Marie, where have you been all my life;-) Can’t believe I’ve only recently found out about you!

    Looks like beautiful, powerful women in your pic~I’m jealous:-)

    Love your lessons (especially balls to the wall!) nothing is ever permanent or as devastating as we ever believe it will be.

    Getting clear is sooo important~awesome message!

    btw: I adore my husband (almost 26 yrs later, love mango mojitos and money;-) and I love empowering other woman to be awesome, cookielicious, and freakin amazing!)

    xoxo
    Danielle

  24. Love the photo, love the post – especially how fully you paint a picture of your ‘tribe’. I’ve noticed throughout your marketing copy, including the audio calls I’ve listened to, that you actively WANT to put people off who just won’t click with your approach. Very inspirational – we don’t have to censor anything then.

    Thanks for modelling shit-hot business savvy,
    Corrina

    p.s. I adore my WIFE – can I still be in your gang!? 😉
    .-= Corrina Gordon-Barnes´s last blog ..Why Passion Is A Problem =-.

  25. Hi Marie,

    I’m so excited to have landed on your blog and love it! It is exactly what every female entrepreneur needs to hear. Seriously, I don’t get why some women are too afraid to be err ballsy. Why shouldn’t you play it big time? Thanks for the awesome voice, Marie!

    Janette Stoll

  26. I love reading stuff like this. I’m young and still in school but I am also a woman and an entrepreneur with a killer drive. This is so fortifying and inspirational. Thank you!

  27. stephanie*

    Marie! Thanks for sharing! I just take everything in you said! Each one is talking to me – and again, like quite always: PERFECT TIMING OF YOUR POST 🙂 or wonderful coincidence 🙂 By the way, you are gorgoeus juicy, ladies!!! xo Stephanie.

  28. balls to the wall – now there’s an affirmation. love it. thanks for the confidence infusion. need daily dose!

  29. So with you Marie on this one! Going Balls To the Wall lady it is my Philly nature and I am so ready for it. I will say my play big is about how many woman I can help get over their health crap and beating themselves up. Thanks for this post and will see you in NYC – can’t wait. xo

  30. Thanks for the great insights Marie! I never could quite put it into words, but I totally believe in going Balls-to-the-wall, in all area’s of life. In fact, I’m going to write it on paper and hang it in front of my desk! You know, as a friendly, daily reminder. 🙂
    Look forward to meeting you in November at RHH Live! WooHoooo!!!

  31. David H.

    Marie – great to see you rockin’ it with Josh and your group in Mexico! Love your no BS approach as always! Great stuff as always.

    Love ya guys,
    Hamilton

  32. LOVE point #3:

    “Do you want more revenue? More net income?
    Exactly how much more? By when? From what products or services?”

    As a personal finance junkie I’m thrilled to hear you emphasize these points. They make all the difference between having a dream / hobby & having a real business. Thanks for always pushing our key bits to the wall :). GREAT to learn from you, Marie.
    .-= Manisha Thakor´s last blog ..How To Be A Golden Girl =-.

  33. Wow … how did I not know about you until today? Wow!! I’m super impressed and have just spent a lot of time on your site learning about powerful, brave, confident women entrepreneurs. I’m going to go balls to the wall to get my butt to your event in NYC!!

    Wendy
    .-= Wendy Hewlett´s last blog ..Using FanPage Engine to Create Custom Tabs =-.

  34. KarenW

    Great post and great comments by so many strong women! Every day I remind myself that life is not to be lived a dress rehearsal! Every day is the day of the next big production.

    Peace,

    Karen

  35. Beautiful bunch of ladies….Marie, I have to say you make me smile.
    Your personality and blog are awesome.

    Alice McCarthy
    .-= Alice´s last blog ..Globally Branding You With Gravatar =-.

  36. I went to a Professional Speaker’s Meeting years ago and the speaker that day said,”I will share everything that I have done to make my business successful. I am not threatened to share, because only two of you in this room will do what I tell you to do.” Of course, I was one of those people who DID NOT what he had told us to do. Yikes! I am in B-School and determined to use what I learned to get to the next level. Talk is cheap, action and results….whew, now there’s the ticket.

  37. Awesome post Marie!

    You and all the RHHM gals and RHHB-Schooler’s are an ongoing inspiration to me as I work through the process of re-creating my business and website via B-School.

    Because I know ya’ll are doing it, it helps me take the action(s), and stay with it :)!

    Thank you!

    XoXo,

    Julie

  38. Hey Marie – you and the ladies look RHH – and that’s RELAXED happy and hot !! (Oh yes and Josh too, sorry Josh!!). No seriously, you all look as if you had a fantastic time and the business inspiration was flowing as well !
    Cathy

  39. Marie-

    YES! YES! and Hell YES!!!

    Thanks for all you do to help women grow and get over ourselves so we can do our work in the world.

    xoxo,

    tonya

  40. So exciting to be reminded of the power we have! Just launched my new site and this helped my heart race. I am changing a lot of the way I do biz and it is a little scary:) So thanks for the wise advise!

  41. Love your voice! Wow every time I come here, it sings so loudly and clear! Great post and you are so right – Balls to the walls or stay home. I have been staying home LOL, thanks for the great encouragement 🙂

  42. Great advice for all the women entrepreneurs out there! I love your writing style, keep it up!
    .-= Steven H´s last blog ..Brainstorming =-.

  43. All excellent tips that can never be repeated too often or in too many ways! <3

  44. I agree, tips that need to be heard over and over. Love the photo! See you in NYC 🙂

  45. Exactly what I needed to read this morning! Thank you..you helped me in more ways than you know.
    .-= Nadia Ballas-Ruta´s last blog ..Accessing My Inner Kerouac- On the Road and the Allure of a Hotel Room =-.

  46. Marie,

    Thanks so much for your reminder on keeping it simple and focused. I agree, the only way to build something is to fully commit. I know that it’s been that way in my business. Good reminder.

  47. Marie, I first saw you on Ali’s OSBS dvd and was really touched by the growth you shared. Now I’m on your list and so glad to have read this post. Each of these are lessons I intend to implement. I learned #1 earlier this year. I especially love that you said “Don’t water yourself down. Don’t censor your creative desires.” I’ve been doing exactly that. It’s great to see what great success can come from implementing this advice. I’m currently focusing on #2.

  48. First of all, the ladies in your picture are all lovely. They caught my eye.

    It is said that we are capable of anything we put our minds into. The problem though is that our early conditioning makes us fear to wander into the unknown. Another is that we are so attached to our comfort zones that we don’t want any challenges. In the end however, the choice will always be ours. We can have anything we want, if we really choose to. 🙂

  49. Awesome picture, awesome post. Love you to bits Ms. Marie! Just to bits!

    Hugs,
    Tina Pruitt | The Healthy Lifestylist

  50. Hey Marie I just ended up here from Dave Navarro’s blog. Great site you’ve got going on! I want to turn my wife onto your site. She’s an aspiring food/cooking blogger and business person but she doesn’t really understand the whole world of blogging. Your site is perfect for someone like her. And although it’s a womens’ site, I’m subscribing to the RSS for myself
    .-= Hugh´s last blog ..What it takes to Run a 262 Mile Training Run…By Yourself =-.

    • marie

      Hi Hugh! While our target market is women – we have an awesome crew of regular men here too. WE LOVE guys! Thanks so much for subscribing!

  51. Thanks for a great post, all really important points! Especially #3.., get uber specific. What exactly does that statement mean to you?
    Do you want more revenue? More net income?
    Exactly how much more? By when? From what products or services?”

    Clarity is the key AND understanding where your business really is financially & what products or services can get you there most effectively. Many business owners don’t understand their financial details enough to base their decisions on the facts that will get them to their goals most quickly. That is what I specialize in. Bottom line consulting…a virtual CFO of sorts

    I recently saw you at Mama Gena’s and loved your honest, concise, from the heart style and have been working to get clearer on my marketing message to really convey how I can help business owners use this missing link to achieve their dreams more quickly. I am great with numbers and read between the lines for effective business strategies, but I really struggle on the the marketing message. I loved your speech and I’m really enjoying your blog. Still have a ways to go, but loving the journey!

    Thanks for sharing your insights and expertise, you’re amazing!

  52. Just found your blog through Katie Frieling and listened to your entire 52 minute interview with her. That’s says a lot about your message as I’m, like most, usually good for about 5 minutes at best.

    I’m a 40-something mom and business owner educating women about how to put their money to work. Your “do unto others” marketing message resonates with me and it is refreshing to finally hear someone speak from their center when it comes to marketing and not from what converts best or what results in the most opt-ins.

    Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

    Darcie

  53. Those are all great points! The one that most resonates with me is the third one because I know how important it is to have very specific goals and very specific “whys” in order to really make things happen.

    Vague goals don’t bring results because there is a lack of a true vision. There are many ways to make the vision come to life while creating goals. You can create lists, make a vision board, share your goals with others, reward yourself for each part of the goal that is accomplished, and so much more.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= Stacy´s last blog ..Becoming an Advanced Early Riser =-.

  54. amen sister. ♥
    .-= brittani´s last blog ..Update CSpace Group Shoot – June 26- 2010 =-.

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