How To Be Uber-Successful Without Being An Asshat

One of my more recent guilty pleasures is the show Billions. Admittedly, some scenes make my eyes roll. But when I’m jonesin’ for a fix of effortless entertainment, it does me right.

Here’s the gist: Bobby Axelrod, the main character played by the talented Damian Lewis, is a hedge fund billionaire being ruthlessly hunted down by U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by equally talented Paul Giamatti.

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Honestly? They both act like pompous d-bags a lot, which naturally makes for great television.

But it also reveals a commonly held view about folks who are considered uber-successful — in the conventional sense of that word. That view is this:

In order to make it to the top, you have to be a ruthless, cold-hearted jerk.

Curious. Do you believe that to be true? Do you believe that in order to get ahead you have to be dishonest or unethical? Because if you do, even just a little bit, that belief could be holding you back — BIG time.

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Marie Forleo & Louie Schwartzberg: The Beauty of Slowing Down

For the past few months I’ve been in California. One of the things I love most about being here is how connected I feel to nature.

Often, I sprawl out on my back porch to write, soak in some sun and catch the hummingbirds splashing around our fountain.

Lately, when I walk Kuma, I can hardly go a few hundred feet without stopping to take a gargantuan inhale of the sweet, narcotic smell of Jasmine— which is blooming like crazy right now. Simple moments like these help me stay fully in my body (vs. getting lost in my sometimes crazy-making head!) and strengthen my heart, creativity and intuition.

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy miss the incredible beauty that’s right in front of us. We’re constantly staring at our little screens or completely lost in thought.

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My guest today is Louie Schwartzberg, an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer who has devoted his entire career to giving us a glimpse of the magic and wonder that surrounds us all. If you feel like you’re speeding through your life, watch this episode.

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How To Grow Your Business & Find Time For The Creative Work, Too

It’s all on your shoulders. You’re responsible for being both the creative genius and the business genius of your career.

Meaning, you have to generate the actual work (your writing, art, designs, recipes, music, performance, inventions, curriculum, code, _____________ fill in the blank).


You’ve also got to take care of customer service, contracts, scheduling, invoicing, prospect calls, social media and marketing to making sure more paying business keeps coming in.

Starting out as a one-woman shop, this is something I wrestled with for years. Even now that I work alongside an incredible team, it’s still a balance that’s tough to strike.

The dividing line between success & failure can be expressed in 5 words - I did not have time. Franklin Field Click To Tweet

If you’re a creative person grappling with finding the time to do your work and grow your business, today’s MarieTV is for you.

Watch and learn two smart strategies that’ll help you get more good work done in less time, plus…

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The Power Of Following Your Fear

Follow your bliss. Follow your passion.

We’ve all heard this ad nauseam, right? Heck, you’ve probably heard versions of that from me at some point.

But today, we’re turning that beloved advice on its head.

We’re talking about the power of following something completely different.

Something unexpected.

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Something we humans are conditioned to avoid, overcome or — in certain circles — something we’re told we should punch in the face.

If you’re ready to flip the script on conventional wisdom and use what’s often perceived as an obstacle to your distinct advantage…

Watch this episode now.

Not only will you gain a fresh perspective to turn your dreams into reality, but you’ll also see me moonwalk across a kitchen floor. (Something you’ve been waiting patiently for — I know 🙂 )

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