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When Tiffany, a start-up bridal designer, wrote in feeling torn about her desire to launch a second, unrelated business — I had to respond.

As a multipassionate entrepreneur, I know this dilemma intimately.

Most humans I know have more than one gift to share. This idea of being “one thing” for your entire working life is largely outdated. It’s a relic of the industrial age.

The vast majority of us who consider ourselves ambitious creatives have a multitude of strengths, skills and dreams that we’d love to bring to life.

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Whether it’s choosing a career or running a business (or two), multipassionate folks face this kind of crossroad often.

Naturally, there’s no one size-fits-all answer.

But there is one highly important question you need to ask yourself to find the best, right path ahead for you at this point in your journey. And that’s exactly what we’re covering in today’s MarieTV.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know.

Have you ever felt torn between two businesses or two careers? Are you finding your way through this now?

If you’re navigating these exciting (and excruciating) waters currently, what insight from this episode helped you the most? And if you’ve been there, what wisdom can you share with Tiffany based on your own experience?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

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Thank you so very much for reading, watching and adding your voice to the conversation.

If you have multipassionate friends, clients or colleagues who struggle with too many ideas, share this post, won’t ya?

All my love,

XO

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  1. What a timely lesson! I just went through this difficult decision myself.
    I decided to make my original idea, which has taken two years of training for, and made it my side dish. And opted for the newer (exciting) opportunity as the main.
    I sat down and made a list of Pros and Cons for each as well as the expected time it would take to start earning the money I wanted to achieve. I also brainstormed ideas for ways to utilize both as a hybrid …using the 1 to boost the 2nd. And after about 2 days of some serious analyzing, I did it!!! And I am very happy, though as you stated, its a little chaotic as I put the finishing touches on both of them. So on my calendar, I allot several hours to work on each project. Some days 1 gets more than the other but it works. I have self-imposed deadlines for each to launch and it is wonderful. Hard work now, but the payout is well worth it.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Fantastic, Miryam! It sounds like you put a really clear plan in place and got crystal clear on your goals. We’re so happy for you––congrats! 🙂

  2. Laura Kozma

    Great advice! Instead of food, I always thought of it being like an educational system. (This is probably because I’m English instead of Italian.) You can have a major, a double major, a major with a minor, or a major with a concentration. The latter would be less “pure” than the major by itself but would contain a lot of a related subject. In any case, kudos to your video person, who must have had so much fun 😛 rotoscoping your gorgeous hair for the cafe scene. Granted, the newest version of After Effects is much improved, but some manual work was probably still required.

    • Haha, your English / Italian comment made me laugh 🙂

  3. Hi Marie,
    This Q+A is perfect for me this morning… I have had 2 dreams and decided to pursue one (which is close to my heart) for over a year which is really not generating any revenue (yet).
    I am now at the point of holy crap, I have NO money (plus bills and commitments coming out of my yin yang) and I should have pursued the first idea as it likely had a better chance at generating income faster! My instincts said both, but I was stubborn and MAN, am I in a pickle!
    I made a decision yesterday to place my first idea on hold and concentrate on the other idea and am saying my prayers and asking the universe to assist as there is simply no more time.
    Thanks for this very timely video this morning.
    Your friend,
    Kristin

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad to hear this episode was timely for you, Kristin. We’re sending our best wishes as you’re exploring your other idea – you so got this! 🙂

    • Can be scary. You can do this! I’m letting fear hold me back from starting either of my passion-works just yet. You’ve inspired me. Keep going!

    • Eva

      Literally ditto girl!

  4. I’m multi-passionate but I’d give it all up to be multi-orgasmic! Lol!
    Great show today Marie and crew xxx

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Ha! Love it, Valerie 😉

  5. Currently torn between my dual passions vs making enough money to pay the monthlies. Both creative storytelling and events are big part of my career currently. I have a business plan for one but not the other. Not pulling the trigger to move forward on either as I can still easily contract myself out for others’ businesses. Wanting to control my own path, I’d be very excited to try on different futures and get crystal clear. Will check out the Start The Right Business asap as long as it will get me over this hump I’ve been on for close to 3 years now. Thank you.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I hope you have a wonderful time trying on different futures, Kirsten! We’d love to see you in Start The Right Business if it feels like the right fit too. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions at all: support AT marieforleo DOT com 🙂

  6. Such an interesting topic for me right now. I started my online stationery business seven years ago and loved it. Just over a year ago I was drawn to start a second online business, a side dish to my main course, which is all about helping people to worry less and enjoy life more. There is some cross over as I have designed stationery products that fit with the wellbeing business, such as gratitude journals, affirmation, intention and mantra cards. But recently the strain of running two businesses became too much, I decided I need to choose one to focus on and the one that I see as where my future lies is the wellbeing business, my side dish has become my main. So now I’m selling the green gables, my stationery business! Just need to find someone who wants to take it and love it and make it the wonderful business it can be, so that I can focus on my wellbeing business and make it the success I see it can be. PS I’ve spent ages trying to decide which email and website to put in the form with this comment so I’ve used one from each 😉

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      What an exciting time, Gabrielle! We’re proud of you for getting clear on what you really want and we have our fingers crossed that the perfect person will taken on Green Gables. 🙂

  7. Hi Marie, thanks for the great video. I’ve definitely been there. I had trouble deciding what I really wanted to do and to really focus my business. However, just trying to quiet myself and tune into what’s most important to me and what I really want to share with the world helped me in making my choice. And I can see that there is still more fine tuning and focusing to be done. I loved what you said about single pointed focus probably getting you faster results and vice versa with multiple efforts. Thank you for your wise words!

  8. I use a Venn Diagram to visualize my business. Yes there are multipassionate expressions but activity in any area fuels activity in the others. I learned my lesson years ago about having businesses I enjoyed but where the activity in one did not support the others. So now I have 7 different income streams but they are all tied to my one main passion. That also allows me to try new things without having all my eggs in one basket.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s smart, Dan! Diversified revenue streams is a wise business move.

  9. Laying out goals and what success looks like individually is so powerful, so critical, but *so* easy to skip.

    I work on this a lot with my clients but I find it’s so easy to forget to walk myself through it. This Q+A was the perfect reset and reminder for me.

    Thanks Marie + team!

  10. Nur

    This is timely but I’m having a slightly different dilemma with regards to 2 career choices. I basically (finally) figured out that I want to be a holistic wellness professional/therapist/coach. HOWEVER, I have a huge hurdle I cannot seem to figure out. I know deep in my bones that I want to be able to live abroad again and this factor is perhaps more important in a sense than my career. My home country is not for me as I don’t see myself being fulfilled here over the long run. Financial security is also important to me but I am someone who absolutely needs to do something I love (I can’t take a job just for the money — it’d kill my soul eventually). My issue is, if I choose to be a therapist, I feel like moving would be very difficult and restricted depending on the country you’re in (because of various mental health rules and regulations); same goes for life coaching — struggles with visas. I’m also worried of not making enough money!! The only reason I’d consider a more stable corporate job is if it’ll allow me to go and live abroad but nothing in the corporate world light my heart up like wellness. Any insights?!

    • Hi Nur, could your wellness be online-based and so not tied to any particular location?

    • What comes to mind is an online wellness community and skype coaching, for the freedom to live anywhere. Wishing you the best!!

    • Laura Lim

      There is nothing like having your own revenue from that old J.O.B. to finance you while you’re in startup learning what is working. It doesn’t have to take that long to start a business, but it does take a strategy, and your own strategy is one that you and yours know best. What does your gut tell you is a good approach to this? I’m an expat who has moved four times now since 2007 to try and get things moving in business and in the end, being back in a regular job while I am growing and defining my own business have been a huge relief after the stress of going deeper and deeper into debt. They say, don’t quit your job until you have reason to. But everyone’s different. You say security is important – and it really IS important. But so is moving forward. I say, personally, stick with growing your business from a place of strength, not weakness. If you have the ability to stop working to do it, then you’ll have to maximize your time, and work FAST to start pulling in clients. If you can’t do this, wait. Grow organically. Hope that helps.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      This is such a great question, Nur! In addition to the community’s great suggestions, I had another idea to share.

      An online wellness business is always a possibility, though if you’re feeling called to have a face-to-face component to your business you could do some research on what it takes to get licensed in the country you want to move to. Things are always more overwhelming when you’re thinking about them in the big picture sense, but when you drill down and figure out the step-by-step, it may not be as overwhelming or scary as you think. If it’s something you’re really wanting to do, it’s worth looking into! There may be other therapists or coaches working somewhere other than their home country that may be willing to talk to you and share their experiences. We’ve got our fingers crossed for you!

    • Hi! I know how you feel. We’ve lived in three countries and are about to move to our fourth very soon. It sounds to me like you need clarity on which countries you would like to move to first. Then research their holistic therapy laws, then find a course provider who is recognised in that country. Maybe you could practice online in one discipline and have face to face consultations in another that is not a regulated profession in that country. Or perhaps you could spend time in a country studying a course that is approved in many other countries. Good luck, you’ll make it work.

    • Jen

      What about speaking to groups about wellness in other countries? Then you might be able to live in another country and travel to more countries to speak.

  11. This episode was hugely helpful to me, Marie. I’m an EFT practitioner and dating coach who lives to help my clients achieve their goals.

    However, I’m also a fiction writer who set a goal of my own to write and submit one short story per month in 2017. (So far, I’m on track!)

    I’m also in B-School, building my platform via a blog that I hope will ultimately help both my businesses.

    At times, I think I’m crazy to be dividing my attention, but it’s the only way I know how to operate. Thank you for the wise counsel and encouragement.

    I’ll stay the course.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Marie-Therese and congrats on all the great things you’re working on! Marie was doing several different things as she was building her business and she wouldn’t have had it any other way, so we totally understand. You’re not crazy at all! Keep doing you. 🙂

  12. paddy faller

    For me it’s a case of let your gut feeling tell you how much time to devote to each of your businesses – circumstances will soon tell you which one needs more focus, and which one less.

  13. Kay

    Good Day,

    So Love this episode, this has been a struggle of mine for so long, it is embarrassing to say, however, this year. I merged them and now I have multiple revenue streams and am earning more money than ever without even putting up the proper structures in place like a simple website which I a deciding if I want to develop two or keep them separate and have sister companies, but the one big thing I am so product of, was just taking action because that is the one thing that holds everyone back. We try to wait until everything is perfect to fly/launch and I still have yet to see that day, but taking action surely showed me $$$ and quickly. Doing a good job at whatever it is we do side or main is an opportunity for referrals which could mean more $$$.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Right on, Kay! It sounds like you’ve found a blend that works for you and we’re super happy for you! And we definitely agree about not waiting until everything is perfect before launching. As Marie says, “progress, not perfection.” 🙂

  14. So,
    Just last week I shut down my initial business, it was sucking money and time from what has become my main business. My main business germinated from my initial business. Both were/are breaking brand new territory and emotionally the challenges of both no longer fed me, they began to drain me.
    With the new focused decision, my main business seems fresh and inspiring to me, which is what I believe it takes to have an impact. I loved this episode, as it expressed the challenges I had, serving both. As always, (hear Marie’s voice) very timely. Thank you for your consistent messaging.

  15. I concur with the first step in defining what success is to us. So many 6-figures, vacations etc… are being displayed on social media that we end up embracing someone else’s perception of success to make it our own.
    Money doesn’t bring fulfillment and that’s key before embarking on any undertaking.

    Being multi passionate is great but choosing the path that makes more sense is a minor detour. Once a business becomes successful and we can hire a staff and delegate more, it frees up our time and makes it much easier to pursue other passions without sinking into debt or having an expensive hobby.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Webly! This is so true and such important wisdom.

  16. So happy I bought “Start The Right Business” yesterday. I am so pumped to get my business going on an upward trajectory.

    Thanks for this video Marie. I am going to stick with a main dish for now… 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Woohoo! We’re so glad to have you in the program, Andrea! 🙂

  17. Julia

    Hi Marie!
    I am really amazed, because each time I am thinking about or struggling with some issue you just happen to talk about this very same issue 🙂
    So yes, I have two passions I would like to turn into business. One being an integrative nutrition and health coach working with busy moms, helping them to find they personal way of combining family life, professional career and time for just being with out doing. My second passion is music, more specifically singing and writing lyrics. I have that vision to write and sing songs for children. Which is not only a vision, as I already wrote around 8 lyrics. And yes, I am not quite clear if it is better following one before starting the second one, or manage to work on both projects at the same time. So I will take your advice and step back, write down all pros and cons, and see what my heart tells me to do. Thanks for sharing all this great stuff! Warmly, Julia

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so glad this episode came at just the right time, Julia! Trust your heart, it knows the way. 🙂

  18. It’s like two idiots sitting on each shoulder having a discussion “I really want to paint!” “yah, you hated it last time I heard! That’s why now it’s a side business.” “yeah, but I just sold another painting, and it makes me want to do more..! I have no results from my writing…” “That’s because you haven’t done anything with it yet! Get doing! Get writing content!” “Yes, but I really really do want to paint!”

    I was just having this little conversation with myself as a notification for this video came in.

    I’m new here, so much good stuff! I’m glad I found you 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Welcome, Vinga! We’re so glad you found Marie too. I hope this episode was like a referee coming to reconcile the two battling halves of yourself. No matter what you decide, we encourage you to let yourself be guided by your heart.

  19. Good info! I’m exactly in the spot of choosing businesses and thought if I focus on more than one, then I’ll probably fail. Good to know it can be done!

  20. Oh, my goodness, yes! I’m going through exactly this right now! I’m re-starting a business I’d set aside when I had my kids. As a polynesian dance teacher, I really had fun, and the money was great! I’m very excited to do that again, but I’m also a Beautycounter consultant… which I absolutely love!
    My major helpful takeaway was your advice to choose a main and a side. I really need the income asap, so I’ve decided to choose teaching as my main. I’m going to pour my heart and soul into that one and grow it as quickly as I can. If I have to drop the direct sales for a bit, so be it. I’m going to focus on dance!
    Thanks, Marie!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Nenette! I’m so glad this episode was helpful. And Polynesian dancing sounds amazing! 🙂

  21. Oh, my goodness, yes! I’m going through exactly this right now! I’m re-starting a business I’d set aside when I had my kids. As a polynesian dance teacher, I really had fun, and the money was great! I’m very excited to do that again, but I’m also a Beautycounter consultant… which I absolutely love!
    My major helpful takeaway was your advice to choose a main and a side. I really need the income asap, so I’ve decided to choose teaching as my main. I’m going to pour my heart and soul into that one and grow it as quickly as I can. If I have to drop the direct sales for a bit, so be it. I’m going to focus on dance!
    Thanks, Marie!

  22. Loved this episode, and the analogy of the main dish and side dish! I have been working a part time marketing job for the past two years, while also starting two businesses – one offering marketing and communications services to holistic therapists, and the other as a holistic therapist myself (massage and Reiki). Not surprisingly, it’s been hard to grow either business as my time with each is limited. It just took watching this video for me to actually realise this! It’s time to focus on one, while keeping the side plate warm. Thanks Marie!

  23. Hi Marie – yes, this episode struck a few chords with me – I am a multipotentialite-scanner entrepreneur with lots of plates spinning in my head! My way through this was to concentrate on one idea which is now an up-an-running business, but I never forgot the other ideas and kept separate notebooks for each, writing down ideas etc. when they hit. I am now in a position to turn another idea into a business as the first doesn’t require as much attention as when it was new! (Except the website – that’s still WIP)

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s wonderful, Manda! Congrats on never giving up on your idea while you were working on other goals and now being able to build that business you’ve been dreaming of. 🙂

  24. Yes, am torn between 2 different business ideas – my two passions – 1) crafting (knitting, crocheting, spinning fibers), creating patterns and tools to help other fellow crafters. 2) web site development, I love to play with code and help others get their ideas and content on the web for others to see.
    I was guided to find a single narrowed down niche and can’t decide between the two. I can’t seem to find a way in my mind to merge my two passions together. This video has given me a few things to try to help me.

    • I’m in a similar position! Having something I’m interested in that’s physical/crafty and something that’s digital and web-related.

      For me, I don’t think I want them to come together to one thing. But it does make me feel scatter brained sometimes.

      I like her advice on getting clear on what I want. I think that will allow me to focus on one right now for one particular goal I have in mind. It’s almost giving me permission to let the other sit for now.

  25. Jennifer

    Well, Marie, here’s a big thank you from Germany. Right when I needed a little reminder. I’ve always been multipassionate – writer, actress and musician. I tried to limit myself in the past and focus on only one of my passions, but for me it feels like cutting off a limb. I know I cannot focus on only one of my babies, even if it takes more time and looks kind of random from the outside sometimes. Thanks for reminding me that this is okay. Still, as you say, you have to set priorities – a main dish and a side dish – and I kind of lost track on where my deepest passion lies. So another thanks for reminding me to take a step back and listen to what my heart is telling me. This little video is much appreciated over here!

    All the best!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Jennifer! It’s always okay to follow your heart and do what you love. We’re thrilled you got some great insights from this episode! 🙂

  26. This is exactly where I’m at right now. Transition out of one into another.
    Because of the kind of work I do (Psychic/ Intuition/ Gut Instinct Development) it really has to do with connecting to that intuitive passion within you and TRUSTING your gut and going with it.

    Judi

  27. What a great A to our Qs! Well, I am following 4 different business ideas, which overlap only partly: Two businesses are mainly to earn money: 1. hosting guest for holiday in my newly restored barn house; 2. selling environmental friendly art material via an online shop. The other businesses are 3. photo shootings and 4. giving lectures etc. on photography. So these two are rather close. But I decided to set up two web pages to make a clear impression to interested customers. So the photography thing is what really matters to me, but the income is still not enough. My two money earning job are not too time consuming, so I decided to keep them going. Actually my big question is, what to give the higher importance in time and action, my shooting business or the lecturing? Are there any helpful advices out there?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Great question, Rita! It may help to ask yourself a couple of questions like which part of the photography business you enjoy most and which generates the most income, and really get clear on your answers to help you decide. Or, since doing photoshoots and giving photography lectures are both different revenue streams for your one photography business, you could absolutely do both. If it’s the two parts of your photography business that have separate web pages, it’s possible you could blend them together to make it clear to your audience that it’s one business that does two different things. It’s quite possible that customers who are interested in one are also interested in the other, and giving lectures gives you clout––an amateur photographer probably wouldn’t be given that opportunity, so it lets your photoshoot clients know that you really know your stuff! Plus, having one less website to manage will free up your time.

  28. I love this answer! I feel like it expands on my question from last week which I really appreciate. Getting crystal clear on what success looks like, and what I want will help me focus on the ONE thing I need to do, or if I want to embrace the consequences of focusing on a main thing and a side dish thing. Thanks as always Marie and Team!

  29. I have a 5 year attention span.
    I tend to dive in full body and soul each time I start something new, then after 5ish years (interestingly equates to 10,000 hours!), boredom creeps in and I transition to something new.

    Upside? I have been and done many things: from speaking at a NASA conference, being awarded a US patent to becoming a wife, then mother and launching into garden design, color consulting, art teacher in elementary schools, writing 5 books, holding retreats for people from all over the world, painter, fiber artist, photography teacher…

    Downside? ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ – I don’t make much money and each time I make a shift in career, I loose the customer base I built up in my prior business.

    I think the question of ‘success’ comes down to ‘what is success?’ If it is money and mastery then I have not been successful.

    But if success is jumping out of bed each morning, excited to launch into the projects swirling in my head, getting joy out of each day, knowing in my heart that I can do and be anything if I put my mind to it… then I think I’ve nailed that one and would never consider limiting myself to only one of my passions!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      It sounds like you’re a serial entrepreneur, which is absolutely a valid path in entrepreneurship! We encourage you to do what makes you the happiest and most fulfilled.

    • Jenny Lynn

      Totally agree. I get bored every 4-5 years. I wonder if i need to ride through it but my soul is screaming for something new and inspiring. I currently have two jobs i loved until recently. I became inspired to do craniosacral therapy. But then another position came up that id wanted for years so now im just confused, in limbo, but knowing something needs to change.

  30. I’m dealing with this dilemma myself now, too! I am a launch consultant, but that only scales so far doing services 1:1. But I had an idea for a separate agency business, that I would love to start and share with the world as well! Thanks so much for sharing your insights on this question, and I’ll be following along with the steps you provided. 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Jessica! I totally hear you about the scalability––that’s one of the big considerations Marie talks about in Start the Right Business. There’s only so much 1:1 work that can be done in 24 hours while still having time to eat and sleep. When Marie hit that wall in her business she transitioned to group coaching, then online offerings to help more people.

  31. Yes, yes, and yes. This has been my biggest struggle for the last year as I’ve been supposedly “starting my business” – but basically I have had about 10 :p What I’ve had to do before I went insane is consolidate. I have two businesses: A holistic lifestyle coaching practice, and a side business.

    The thing with my side business is that it’s tricky: It has five different services under the umbrella of birth services (preconception lifestyle coaching, prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding education, reiki touch therapy, and birth doula/photography). So it feels more like five side businesses!

    What’s also a little difficult is that my main passion and effective marketing tool is teaching, which sometimes feels like yet another business, as I embark on teaching nutrition classes at our local community college.

    There are times I feel plain crazy, because one business or the other will start to gain some momentum, and I’ll follow it while the other gets put on the back burner. and I don’t feel very centered. I want to grow both, but it’s hard not to follow leads and hope the money comes in from your efforts. Right now, I’m offering free reiki sessions to people I know to grow that aspect of the business (because I started a birth services business in an area where there are not a whole lot of pregnant ladies, or pregnant ladies who have disposable income), and teaching nutrition at the community college. And from there, it can only grow…

  32. Love today’s episode, Marie! I am a speaker and expert on creating and following a very clear, written vision for your life and business and I get this question ALL the time! Most of the people I meet are not making money, are overwhelmed and will be the first to tell you that they have serious ‘squirrel syndrom.’ I strongly encourage them to choose the one business that aligns with the lifestyle they intend to create, and once it is seriously monetizing can add in that other ‘side dish!’ You are the BOMB!

  33. My take away is that it will take more time. Something I should have learned by now, but do need a reminder from time to time.

    My business is writing, but it’s a bit challenging to have it make money.

    Currently, I’m aligning several things.
    Writing for Content Mills
    Writing on some social sites like Quora and Hub Pages
    Writing a novel

    I’m hoping to align them all. Content Mills being the bread and butter writing. Well maybe just the bread.

  34. Hi Marie
    As usual you hit the nail right on the head. I Just finished B school. I did do, Start the Right Business which I am Sooooo Grateful for, Thank you. And with the right words from my coach in B school shifted my focus. And And And have been feeling like I still need to keep some of my old business going but in a smaller, loving but less frequent way, as it is not the thing that makes my Heart Sing.

    So today you’ve helped me realize I have a side dish. My next question is with all of my social media set up for the old business, my plan is to switch it over to the new business. I am a Animal Painter and Animal Whisperer, so I start with the Animal Paintings as my opening, telling the story of me and my Animal Family with pictures from long ago in a story blog as the give away. So what do I do with my Social media? And do I create a second blog/website that is my side dish, Empowerment and Medical intuitive, healthy body, mind, spirit.
    Love and Light Christine Kowal and The Animals

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Congrats on your new business, Christine! Marie is a fan of having fewer websites to manage because they’re so much work, though it really comes down to what makes the most sense for your goals. If you want to blend your businesses, one website could work, or if you’re eventually going to phase out your old business in favor of the new, you can let your existing audience know about your new direction and invite them to stick around for the journey. Or if you want to keep both businesses going and keep them totally separate, it may be necessary to have separate websites and social media sites to achieve that goal.

      Marie is a big advocate of starting a business around doing what you love––after all, that’s one of the great things about entrepreneurship! You’re the boss, so you get to do what you want to do and share your gifts with the world in the way that lights you up. Since you mentioned that your old business doesn’t make your heart sing, it may be worth considering why you want to hold onto it and whether it really fits into your goals in the long run.

  35. I so needed to hear this today. I’ve been torn on selecting one business over the other and really wanted to do both, but wasn’t sure it was possible. Now, I know that one can take a minor role while another takes prominence. I really appreciate you speaking to this, and I’m going to check out starttherightbusiness.com to see if it has any further wisdom for me on which to give priority. Thanks, Marie!

  36. I have two that I want to do. One is internet marketing and the other is health and wellness. I like the main dish side dish idea. But for me I think working on the main dish(internet marketing) for the rest of year while will help me to be more focus and will serve as a learning process. Then the beginning of next year work on the side dish(health and wellness) if I still want to do so.

  37. This episode came at the right time for me! I have not 2 but 3 businesses I’m currently working on. I was struggling for awhile on which I cared about the most because everyone I spoke to said maybe it’s best to focus on 1 first. But I was like yeah right! I love them all. How the hell am I suppose to choose?
    So instead I got super organized and decided to grow all 3 simultaneously. Yes it is a slower process but it helps me stay underwhelmed. Sometimes if I work on one business too much I feel rushed, sometimes stuck & a nice little stress headache comes. I noticed having another business I can focus on has really helped me feel less stressed & less stuck. It makes it easier to give myself a break & think about a project instead of feeling forced & stressed to work on it.
    I think what has helped me the most on my journey is realizing I will need help. That I cannot do it all. Originally I wanted to make baby clothes myself which required me to learn all the measurements & patternmaking but I don’t have the time with my other 2 businesses so the smart & less stressful thing for me to do is find a manufacturer. I believe if a person plans to do more than one business, then figuring out the best way to make it easier for you would be beneficial. Don’t get caught up in trying to do everything yourself.
    Thanks Marie for this video. It helped me see I can do all 3 & not only 1 if I plan, stay organized & mentally prepared for the process.

    Damoneax

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s really smart advice, Damoneax! Outsourcing and delegating can be a real game-changer in freeing up your time to work on other parts of your business.

  38. Yes, of course, I’m one multi-passionate entrepreneur, as probably most of your followers, because we identify with you 🙂

    I want to include acting in my Parisian French language coaching, as I don’t want to leave it behind. I chose to focus on the language coaching first, and, as it becomes a steadily growing business, I’ll add the entertainment side to it.

    I feel that my followers deserve to get a smile on their face every once and again, for the hard work they put in learning French with me 😉

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so cool, Llyane! And how cool would it be to work with actors/actresses auditioning and training for roles where they had to speak French! 🙂

  39. Even within my business, I find that more than 1 path to follow in order to expand, often presents itself. Your video today is great for making a decision in those situations as well. I always make sure that my personal life, goals, morals, etc are all taken into account before I add on another venture to my business. Is it going to take too much of my time away from family, spirituality, relaxation, etc.? Is the new product or service something I feel is in accord with my conscience? If not it could eventually lose it’s place or benefit if I lose zeal for it. These thoughts are basically in line with yours, Marie, about evaluating your goals and your particular needs/desires in life and how they’ll be affected by “adding to your plate.” Thanks for the thought provoking presentation today and always.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Those are all definitely good things to consider, Teri! That’s excellent advice for every entrepreneur.

  40. giri

    Team Forleo,
    As much as I loved Marie’s question and discussion, today I found myself staring at that gorgeous crystal on the table and its lovely hues 🙂 it is beyootiful!! Would you please tell me what it is?
    Warmly,
    g

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Ooooh, that’s a good question, Giri! Amethyst, maybe? That’s my best guess, though I bet someone who’s better with crystals would know better than me.

  41. Hey Marie, thank you for this episode, it was amazingly helpful (as usual)!
    I’m definitely a multi-passionate person, and the struggle I’m having with my business right now is that I have been a musician for nearly 50 years, gigging for well over 40 (yes, I did actually start when I was 4) and I still want to work in music – but not in a gigging/touring/making records kind of way. I want to teach and offer support to creatives, help aspiring songwriters hone their craft, and help people who cannot find their life-purpose or their creative voice. That’s huge for me – and a pretty narrow niche, which can be fine, really, and I get that.
    However, I’m also a Reiki Master/Teacher, a Light Language Master, a very experienced Tarot counselor, and an expert on many more metaphysical things like chakra care and spirit communication, which are passions I have held equally to music – but my ex-husband was SO opposed to me “coming out of the broom closet” on that stuff that I never had a chance to express it until we split up.
    I do have a handful of healing clients and a TON of music students, but I would love to find a way to attract more long-term coaching and healing clients. I know I MUST have a photo session soon to get some photos of me without a guitar in my hand and a mic in my face (that’s all the professional photos I have, literally), and then a re-org of the Website will be in order.
    I guess if I had to pick one to be the main dish and one to be the side dish, right now I’d probably say music would have to be the main dish, because that seems to be what is happening, but boy, I could really go for a main dish of coaching and healing with a side of music!
    Thanks for letting me riff, and for all your amazing work. I hugely admire what you are creating! Very best and brightest wishes for your continued joy-filled successes!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so cool, Gayla! It’s also very possible you could blend your passions. I know a lot of people find healing in music and more and more people are meditating these days and want calming music, so that might be an option if you’re feeling called to it.

  42. I’m actually running two business: the main one is my graphic designer service and the second one is about tarot readings!
    I love them both but i keep my focus on the graphic one because it brings me more money and it aligns perfectly with my Message!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Aline! And if you ever decided to design your own tarot deck, you’d have some amazing skills at your fingertips to do it! 🙂

  43. Shanta Ruth

    Bread and butter pudding! If you have your neck on the line financially and just have to get the money in quick to earn your bread and butter then go for the business that does that as quickly as possible and then frees you to indulge in the business you really love and that excites you….. That is the position I am in and this episode of Marie TV really helped to clarify what I need to do… My current financial revenue will end in September and I have to find a replacement income quickly. I have slashed my overheads to minimum and am offering business administration / bookkeeping / website content management in the local area. My focus is simply to cover my essential financial needs. As soon as I earn my bread and butter, I will launch the business I am really excited about which is fitness and well-being classes based on yoga and belly dancing. So, pudding for starters ….

  44. Janet

    Haha, I love the waiter’s comment on how everyone is loving their side business. We’re all so tuned into the novelty of something new. But I loved how Marie set out the opportunities that focus on main business offers, I do want to grow my business fast. Being excited by new things and having many interests has helped me find the strengths that I bring to my business and it is time to remind myself, again and again, that this focus will help me move forward with all my dreams.

    Great episode!

  45. Knowing there is a path that is right just for us is a refreshing and freeing concept that so many need to hear. Knowing what we want for goals and what success looks like for ourselves is so important. Thanks for that reminder!

  46. Jeanie

    As an illustrator/artist, the concept is still hard to grasp. The business of an illustrator is partly all one business, but there’s also so many areas to focus in. So much is dependent on the artist’s personal art quality too. It’s hard to figure out which specific business for an artist would yield the most profit long term.

  47. Samira

    Thank you Marie and Team for always helping people in the best manner. I had been struggling with what is exactly I want to pursue. Marie’s advice “clarity comes from engagement not thought” really helped me out. I had done MBA despite of people telling me that it does not match with your personality and temperament. Along with it I was doing bachelor in Library Sciences. Its great that now I can clearly see where my strengths and weaknesses are and make my further decisions with more confidence.

    Second thing is that asking “why” and writing down every reason behind every project I want to do is also so much helpful and such a great screening process.

    Thank you Marie and Team for your sincere efforts to help us have the business and life we love.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Samira! Good on you for sticking to what you knew was right for you, even when others were trying to sway you into doing things differently. No one knows you as well as you do, so I’m glad you trusted your heart. 🙂

  48. One of the most important things I have learned in being a multipassionate creative is that no matter what I am working on today if I give it my all and attention in the moment it gets done and further down the road to launch… And unless I have something on the calendar to aim for in the launching process it keeps getting put off… If doing two biz at the same time planning and blocking out the time for each one to have active focus time will be so helpful in the success of both. Blessings

  49. Team Forleo, you hit the nail on the head! Turned on the lightbulb in this attic!!
    Yes, Yes, and a side of more YES!!! (and I will take that to go!) 😉 lol..
    Having multiple passions I think is my nemesis! Having multiple business, I am very quickly learning does not bode well for an OCD brain!!
    I know deep in my heart I truly need to focus on one business, get it skyrocketing and then continue to focus on the others… but I am still having the little voice in my head, which one SHOULD I pick to focus on. I do need the money, (don’t we all) however, is it my passion?…mmmm not really, but could lead to it! Definitely need to dive a bit more into this! And get nice an focused. Thanks for the advice! Truly helpful!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So glad Marie’s wisdom was helpful, Melissa! Marie is an advocate of never starting a business just to make money because you’ll end up hating it and not wanting to give it the attention it deserves. It may help to consider what you’re truly passionate about and seeing if that could be a business that lights you up. It may not pay all the bills at first––Marie’s didn’t either when she first started out––though she got part-time jobs that paid the bills while she built her dream business. That could be a great option for you too, if you’re feeling called to do!

  50. I’ve been resisting allowing myself to start up a second business since my first business just launched in December, but the idea I have won’t go away (and truth be told I would be very sad if the idea left me before I build it into something). I see how it could complement my other business and allow for some cross marketing. Lately I’m noticing that the passion isn’t quite there as much as I’d like in the first business so maybe it’s not for me to serve as my main course.

    I feel called to start this second business more anonymously in terms of not promoting it to my friends and family. I did this a lot with my first business and I feel it can hinder me in appealing to my ICA (plus make me a bit lazy to do so if I can rely on friends and family for placing orders).

    This could just be an excuse for me to not fully show up, but I like the idea of starting this business and growing it completely organically marketed to my ICA from the start. Striking out completely on my own to see what I’m made of.

    Thanks for this episode Marie! In hearing it I remembered that I do like a bit of chaos in my life. It does motivate me and I thrive off it. So I’m going for it. Better to try than to keep dreaming of someday…

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That totally makes sense, Brooke. Marie is a big fan of marketing your business to those you most want to serve and who most need your offerings, which are ideally the same person. 🙂 You may still attract other customers, such as friends and family, but you’re ultimately orienting your business to the people you most want to serve and who most light you up.

  51. Marie – you are such an awesome discovery! Thank you for the extremely valuable content you share (in such a valuable manner). This topic so relevant for me… but then again, all your topics are.

    PS – converting dollars to third world country currency is quite painful… perhaps you could do a once-a-month third world rate 😉

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Maureen! We’re so glad you’re finding our content to be valuable. Thank you for tuning in!

      We completely understand that the exchange rate in some countries can dramatically change the cost of our programs. While we don’t offer payment plans for Start the Right Business or The Copy Cure, enrollment is open year-round, so you’re welcome to save up and join us whenever the timing is right for you.

      For our B-School program, enrollment is open once per year (typically in February), and we do offer monthly payment plans, as well as a scholarship contest every year!

  52. Rowena

    Thanks Marie and team for this wonderful episode. For someone who is multi passionate when it comes to choosing it becomes painful. You are right we must be clear but still it is hard to pick one. Thanks for the advice and I am waiting impatiently for your next advice.

  53. Hi Marie, this was a perfect episode and hit home with me.
    I ran two businesses for about 3 years. My “bread and butter” is the accounting business but I adored my food business. Last summer I gave up my food business to take care of my mom who was not well. Eventually she passed away but I am so grateful that my “bread and butter” business was able to sustain me while I spent time with my mother.
    My heart still yearns for my food business and maybe one day I will start it up again.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with having two businesses here, Diantie! We’re so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. That must have been such a tough decision for you and we admire your selflessness. As Marie shares in this episode, you can absolutely pick up your food business as a side business once again, if your heart is yearning to do more than just the one thing.

      She gives some helpful tips about being multipassionate in this episode as well, and I wanted to share it in case any of it may resonate with you: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/07/multipassionate/

  54. As always, this is so clear and helpful Marie. Love the metaphor on the side dish business – especially as the two businesses I love have an overlap. I’m inspired to decide which is the entree and which is the main dish. <3 Venn diagram time. 🙂

  55. I’m writing both non-fiction and fiction right now. My key takeaway from this episode is that one of those needs to be my “main” dish; I think I’d like it to be the non-fiction for now, and I’ll switch it in a few months.

  56. Such great advice Marie! I have been working on a few business concepts at the same time for a few years now. I decided that working slowly towards my goals on both the ‘main dish’ and ‘side dish’ is worth it and I’m now in the process of figuring out how to tie the two together. It’s been a wonderfully messy ride, but it’s all becoming more clear with a bit of planning, organization and dedicating specific time to both.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Lindsey! We love that you’re embracing the messiness and slower pace of building a few businesses simultaneously. Planning and organizing your time for specific ideas/projects is such a powerful tool for keeping yourself on track and moving ahead. Keep up the great work!

  57. Well this explains a thing or two. Turns out, as for a main course OR main course and side dish… I have tapas!!! ^_^

  58. Emily

    Me too! When I first started exploring blogging and the whole online realm, I was wondering if I should focus on expatriates, teachers, or writers. And always, clarity came from action not thought. I started designing one of the businesses (for expatriates) until something popped and I focused completely on writing. And now, I’m actually helping a close friend (and fellow expatriate) pursue that idea, while I advance in my business as a writing coach. Win, win, win!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      LOVE this, Emily! Great work for continuing to take action on your different ideas and we’re so glad to hear this has brought you the clarity you were looking for. Totally win-win! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this here and rock ON!

  59. As a public speaker specializing the college/school market, my work tends to be seasonal. While I am working to build my speaking gigs nationally, my other goal is to also build coaching programs and an awesome hub for women and girls. I’m launching a summer leadership program for teen girls for starters. After trying to pick just one, I do think I’m at a point where I can perfectly combine my speaking business with my coaching business. HOWEVER — My biggest challenge is my audience. As a public speaker (and coach) my audience is survivors, women and girls, college educators, and college students of all genders. The last one throws me the most because it’s the one thing that suddenly adds men into the mix. Also, as a consultant right now, most of my clients are men. So… I’m working on this daily! I’ve taken the time to write out my mission, to list the values of my ‘company’, and to paint a picture of how I want visitors to feel. It’s helping me clarify where to focus and how to find my true, biggest audience. I’ve always worn a million hats – I can do it with my business too. 🙂

  60. Very relevant! I started a side business on top of my main business last year and then as I got clearer on both, it became apparent I could mesh them into a platform to support what I ACTUALLY want to do. It has been a bit frustrating because, as Marie pointed out, it’s taking a lot longer to build, but I seriously couldn’t choose and I wasn’t loving where my main business was going. Working out ways that this mesh/platform will be the base of something fulfilling and profitable hasn’t been easy, but I like where it’s going so far. And lately, my challenge has been to just focus on that direction and ignore all the other bright, shiny things that pop up.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      This is fantastic, Rikki! It’s wonderful that you’re finding more clarity on the right direction to go with your businesses as you continue to take action and move forward. We commend you for being patient as you mesh these two ideas together. In the end, what’s most important is that you’re devoting your time and energy into a business that you LOVE and feel truly passionate about, so that it will be sustainable for you and keep your motivated over the long-term while serving those you most want to help.

      And yes, learning to say no to those bright shiny objects that aren’t part of your own vision is such an important skill to have as a business owner!

      I have a feeling you may also enjoy this episode of MarieTV: https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/05/single-important-factor-business/

  61. I am a big put 1 foot in front of the other person. I agree with Marie, be clear about whether you’re a money person or a personal satisfaction/heart person in terms of your business priorities.

    Heart and satisfaction are my number one priorities. Of course money is a necessity to get by in life. However if I had fully projected out every cost and every potential pitfall, I would never have started. Hard work, tenacity, continuous learning, innovation, and good people skills probably will provide enough money to see you through. My main business is raising ultra-fine ALPACAS (40 some and counting) and selling their cashmere – like yarns as Phi Beta Paca Alpacas & Yarns. My second business is as an artist doing life drawings, painting musicians and dancers during performance and expressionistic landscapes. My third business is as a playwright with three full length plays and several short plays, one having been accepted at the Midtown Short Play Lab, and a number of readings of the full length plays and the short ones.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing this, Frana! You’re right on. We love that you’re letting your heart and passions guide your businesses and trusting that your hard work, dedication, and talent will see you through. This truly is the key to real success and we admire you for being an example of this!

  62. What a great episode! I have been wavering between focusing on travelling on two avenues myself. I have decided to focus on great content and great courses 100 percent, because I really want to help people. Once that is complete, I will open up that second avenue that is more me centered.
    Thanks Marie

  63. Thank you! I loved the main dish / side dish metaphor and will use it!
    I have two ideas and have been testing and creating with them and they are both loved by my followers.
    The first is my doodle series that are illustrations from a path to happiness – spiritual doodles that uplift and light up our spiritual growth journey. And the second is creating art for children with children. (Coloring pictures that bring children together as groups, they all get to be seen and heard and validated)
    I have been more visible with my first dish biz, but I can’t turn my own journey into a business in my head where as my second dish felt like a real biz from the beginning! I have such clarity with it, I have stronger goals and I also have a kick ass service that could spread from local to global too. So let’s say my art is my side dish and creating art with children will be my main dish.
    As an artist though, I need the side dish to fulfill my own spiritual needs so that I can thrive with the main dish.. Because that biz is completely about them, not me. I love it!
    It has been slow and it has been awesome and all happens in divine timing I believe!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Love this balance and your businesses, Elina! What a beautiful way to create the harmony you need to create for yourself as an artist, while also serving children through art. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing in the world!

  64. Ooooh, do I know what you’re talking about, Marie!!! I started two new careers fairly recently. 5 years ago, I started a professional acting career. Two years later, I got the idea for Shift Bars, the world’s first line of organic energy bars with only 1 gram of sugar. They were inspired by my acting career (wanting to lose weight and have healthy snacks on set). But after a few years of doing both, I knew my true passion was Shift Bars so I let acting go, at least for now. I have no regrets and learned so much from acting that I’m not implementing in Shift Bars. And my focus is way better. For me, one thing at a time is best, at least business wise 🙂

  65. Call me opaque because I am no where near clear on my goals. I have several goals but they don’t connect. I feel like each week, I change my mind and I start thinking about one of the same five biz ideas. I want to do each and I know trying to have them all happen at once is not the way to go. With that said, the episode helped me narrow to two businesses and distinguish between the main and the side.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Darnita! You’re not at all alone in having several business ideas, so not to worry. This is a good thing – it means you’re incredibly creative. We completely understand how overwhelming it can be to narrow them down and focus though, and are glad to hear that this episode helped.

      You may also enjoy this one about being multipassionate, as Marie shares some more great tips on how to handle your many ideas/interests: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/07/multipassionate/

  66. Michael Adams

    Thank you Marie. I am a guy that loves your content. Your message today is exactly what I needed to hear, just like all the other comments below. I am in the process of making a decision. On one hand, I currently work at a high school where I have found some enjoyable aspects of the work. On the other, I am starting a subscription jewelry business and have been working on this idea for over a year. I feel guilty to leave the school because of all the great relationships and people that I think I would be letting down, but I think I will continue to be unfulfilled until I make an honest effort towards making the jewelry business dream come true. As you stated, you can pursue both areas of work simultaneously but you also need to understand that it will come at a slower rate. I would like a faster growth and increase higher revenue quickly, therefore I believe my best decision would be to pursue one business. Thank you for the insight and only you has that perfect gift that the world needs.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hey Michael! Thank you so much for your kind words, we’re honored to have you as part of our community. It’s great that you’re carefully considering all your options, and we’re glad to hear that this episode resonated with you.

      Just in case it may be helpful, we do have this great episode of MarieTV about the benefits of having a “bridge job” while starting your business: https://www.marieforleo.com/2013/10/bridge-job/

      We’re wishing you all the best with your jewelry business – it sounds like a fantastic idea!

      • Michael Adams

        Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. I appreciate your words and the additional resource.

  67. This was such a timely post…
    I’m currently in this position and I gained so much more confidence from the confirmation that I am not alone! I knew that and hearing it asked from someone has created a sense of relief in me that I am not insane for attempting this.
    It will all be incredible in the end, I can feel it.
    Tiffany, thanks for asking and Marie thank you for responding in such a kind way.
    Love,
    Damali

  68. I think it depends on what drives you in your business.
    Is your passion or is it making an income?
    You may feel both but which drives you more?
    You will find that one leans more one way and one the other, if you delve deep enough into them.
    I’m a website/social media designer and a computer teacher and for a long time I found it difficult trying to make them BOTH main – now I have a main and a side – much more manageable. 🙂

  69. I am torn in 3 things right now.
    1) I am doing a job to earn my daily lively Hood
    2) my passion is bikes so I have started you tube blogging weekly
    3) my dad is taking care of my old business
    What do u say to that?

    My job does look a bit challenging at times with brexit and so that so I don’t want to stop business

    And blogging is a long term goal not stressing but will keep at it like the hands of a clock..

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Ronnie! This is fantastic approach and I can tell just how hard of a worker you are. It’s great that you’re dividing your time amongst your different passions, and we do always recommend that you take the time to look ahead at your “best case scenario” or ideal lifestyle/blend of your talents, so that you can work towards creating that in your business and life.

      You may find this episode of MarieTV about transitioning from your day job helpful, in case this is something you’re considering for the future: https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/06/transition-day-job-dream-business/

  70. This was a super encouraging episode for me. Yesterday I was working on three different websites and people think I am crazy, but I am having fun. I could have one job right now that pays three times more, but I have learned the hard way that the money side of things can never outweigh quality of life. Thank you, as always, for a helpful answer to a great question!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Tyler! Keep on rocking it and having FUN!

  71. oh, Marie – do you have connection to my worried mind? LOL! It seems, as others have said, you know what struggles I am having and then address them. It’s so wonderful to know I’m not alone with all this stuff! 🙂
    I have been running a book inspired candle business for a few years. I enjoy it, but I’m feeling called to do something else (I got Big Magic’d – a la Liz Gilbert!). However, I don’t want to give up that Main Business. Right now I am working on finding ways to connect the business ideas so I am not running completely separate entities.
    I have decided to continue to keep the Main Biz the focus, but slowly flesh out what I want for the other project and see where it takes me. I appreciate all of your advice and those in the community and I’ve got some great ideas on how to approach my multi-passionate desires!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You’re SO not alone, Nalana! We’re happy to hear Marie’s advice here resonated with you and where you’re currently at with your businesses. Keep on following your intuition about the right direction to take with your various projects – you’re doing a great job of this!

  72. Julie

    Just come across this website. Amazing! And going to be SO useful as I’m definitely a “multipassionate entrepreneur” and just about to get out of my comfort zone and start up my own business(es). Love the food analogy – my challenge is I’m more of a huge buffet gal!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      So happy to have you here with us, Julie – welcome! We’re wishing you all the best as you push outside your comfort zone and begin your own business. So exciting!

      You may also find this episode about how to approach your many passions helpful and I wanted to share it with you: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/07/multipassionate/

  73. This is awesome Marie! yes torn totally!
    Take away- to me the only answer is to be totally clear on what you vision for success is for you- no one else, just you!
    Take time to be still and figure out what gets your mojo goin where the time flies
    which career or business do you feel in alignment with or the most?

  74. Tamar Merhav

    Hi there,
    Writing you all the way from Israel. My name is Tamar, I’m an ex nurse, a year and a half ago I myself was diagnosed with a rare, hard to treat and progressives disease. Since than I can’t work as a nurse any more so I studied coaching and specialized in medical coaching, the Wellnress of Chronic Care model was brought from the State’s to Israel 3 years ago. I want to work with families, organizations and chronic patients but I also want to be a life coach. Can I somehow combine the two types of “clients” so that I can have only one business facebook and internet site?
    Aside from that I invented an empowering game, learning tool, mental health tool, conventional and non conventional instructive tool for children. This platform of a new way for a child to express themselves has many more applications, I only listed a few of them. The startup is going well so far and growing. My goal with it is to show sales and then sell it, I don’t want to be involved in starting a huge company. My goal is to be a coach and to live a balanced life due to my new health circumstance.
    So, how do I approach combining medical coaching and life coaching the best way possible because there are some commonalities, I just need a few ideas and tips to move forward focused on my goal.
    Thanks for your help and Jerusalem says hi, keep being who you are and sharing with us your knowledge.
    Sincerely,
    Tamar

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Tamar! Absolutely love the work you’re doing in the world to help others. It’s wonderful that you’re really making the most of this difficult personal experience you’ve been through as an opportunity to serve others and create your ideal lifestyle.

      You can absolutely have one website and Facebook page for your different kinds of coaching. Perhaps on your website you could have a drop-down “Coaching” menu, with separate pages and copy for Medical Coaching and Life Coaching. You can then carefully craft your copy for your ideal clients, the people you’re most wanting to serve in each of these categories, and how you can help them through what they’re currently struggling with.

      I think you’ll find this episode of MarieTV about a simple but effective copywriting tool for your website really helpful: https://www.marieforleo.com/2017/05/copywriting/

      And of course, you can also add a tab on your website or “Shop” where you share more about your mental health game for children, if that feels appropriate to you, alongside your coaching offerings.

      Hope this helps!

  75. Laura

    Hi, Marie 🙂 This is such an awesome video! Thank you! I am a multi media visual artist and keep switching between few forms of art, I constantly experience personal and professional growth, but not as fast if I did just one media, but I feel I am multilayer creator and I can’t limit my creativity to just using one tool…Now I still have not figured out how to make money I would like and to create life I want with what I do…but I feel I am getting there…:) every “dish” is so delicious…I take from your video that I have to define what success really is for me and setting very clear goals what I would like to achieve would help…one reason that I have not done it already is because of this – metaphorically – same as there are different type of travelers – ones who like to study their goal destinations, they want to know exactly what this place they are going has in store for them, and then there are those like me – who just like to go on a trip and see how life surprises them and what magic they can discover along the way…Can I still keep the magic, not have a totally clear picture where I am heading and be successful – have a purposeful, meaningful and abundant life and ability to change the world for better…or is this a bit too much of the ground? 😉 Thanks xo

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Great question, Laura – and you’re SO not alone in feeling this way! We’re all different in the way that we approach life, and that’s a beautiful thing. You can absolutely still be a successful business owner while keeping space for the magic of the unexpected!

      I think you’ll find this episode of MarieTV on this topic really helpful: https://www.marieforleo.com/2014/03/long-term-vision/

  76. Thanks Marie,

    I needed this one today!

    I love what you said about really sitting down and making that plan on what to move forward on.

    I need a good planning and visual mediation session <3

    Lots of Love,
    Jenny

  77. Aaaaah just love this! Really needed this validation about what I’m doing. Thank you Marie and boy does the analogy of the meals really help 🙂
    Love your work, so grateful to have your weekly guidance x
    Cheers,

  78. LKT

    Wow – This is exactly what I am exploring right now. I have always cracked the joke to my friends that I have both a Mac and a PC brain (I am both creative and logical). And for a while I have been fostering business ideas that hit both sides of me. For the longest time I kept thinking I had to choose one side over the other, but now I realize that I don’t need to. It may take a bit longer to bring both to fruition, but I am OK with that, because I realize in the end, having the ability to work on both will make me happiest :-).

  79. Valerie

    Hey Marie-
    What a timely message, where you reading my mind today? I really want to record my writing on audio, I have the idea of re-booting my podcast and doing just that but I also want to continue writing and submitting to publications. You are right in that I really need to get clear on why I want to do both and what “success” means to me in both arenas. I am not making any money from either venture, right now it is just getting my stuff out there because I never know who my be reading or listening to my pieces-this keeps me motivated to continue- I think my side dish(audio recording) is becoming the main dish (writing to be published and paid) Thank you for your get clear and define my success message!
    -Valerie

  80. Yep, I leaped for my “side dish” career b/c I liked it more than my “main dish” career….But that was 9 years ago, and now I’m back to deciding if I should add dessert (ahem, a 2nd business) 😉 Thanks for this!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Christine! Evolution is a beautiful thing and perhaps it’s the perfect time to add a little dessert into the mix for you 🙂

  81. dechen

    Thank you – will catch up soon thank you – dechen

  82. Lauren

    This spoke volumes to me! I have been in a bit of a multi passionate struggle. I am in the travel industry and the health/wellness industry and am trying to kinda merge the two together but struggle to get clear on my vision. I was thinking something along the lines of a “lifestyle brand,” but it’s hard for me to get past that to really execute well. I struggle to decide which one is the main dish and which is the side dish, so I’m not only multi passionate, I’m apparently indecisive in this department too! Any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated! lol

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Lauren! We completely understand this common struggle about deciding how to best move forward with/pursue your multiple passions – you’re so not alone in this. Sometimes, it can be helpful to consider that not ALL of your passions need to or should become a business.

      I think you’ll find this episode where Marie shares more tips about managing and embracing your many passions really helpful: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/07/multipassionate/

      • Lauren

        Well, I’m not trying to make ALL of my passions a career lol if that were the case, I’d be a veterinarian, makeup artist, health coach and travel planner lol. The travel and wellness are two areas I have a lot of knowledge and experience in, so it’s just a matter of clearly merging the two and getting clear on my vision. I will check out the link- thank you for sharing!

  83. A few years ago I found myself torn between a branding business I had fallen out of love with and wanting to empower todays youth – teenagers. It was only when a colleague asked me what if you could somehow combine the two. Could I use my branding / design / storytelling talents to somehow empower both business owners and teenagers. And now that I can see how the two are connected and have start to fall back in love with my businesses. 🙂
    Another take away from this is something I learned from an entrepreneur called Roger Hamilton who says, even Superman has to be Clarke Kent sometimes. Specially when your looking to transitioning from a business or job that no longer lights your fire to one that does.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so smart, Debbie! It’s really cool how you were able to blend the two. 🙂

  84. The timing of this video is great. I look forward to learning more. Maybe there’s something in there about time management. Long story short… I have my custom invitation business that I have had since 2009. having 2 kids and health issues really held me back from growing my first love into something bigger. I find that my money is often wasted on attempts to get new clients. This is where I decided I needed more money and joined a company called Pretty in Paint Parties. It was a great way to make money on the side and stay home with my kids.
    This year they franchised and they offered a great deal to their current employees. I felt with my knowledge of the industry I could rock at it! I feel I am in the ‘FEAR’ aspect of this because this ownership requires staff and I want to make sure they are taken care of and won’t have problems booking parties. This is the perfect example of how my side dish is now my main dish. BUT… I feel I worked so hard on my other business going into my 9th year that I am terrified to let that go!
    Even though I feel I need more advice than I can give, I can say that having a support system whether it be you Marie or your family; it really helps! If it weren’t for my husband’s help and taking a little bit of time for myself to write out a plan, I don’t think I would have made the jump. In the end, the money would be nice, but once I have a system in place, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my kids and taking my first vacation in 4 years!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s definitely good advice, Michelle! A support system really does make all the difference. We’ve got our fingers crossed you’ll be able to take a vacation soon! I know it can be scary to do, especially when you feel like everything is on your shoulders, though we’ve found that self-care is a game-changer. https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/08/downtime/

      Since you mentioned looking for episodes on time management, I wanted to share this MarieTV playlist that has a ton of great tips on that: https://www.marieforleo.com/category/focus-and-be-more-productive/

      Huge congrats on running your business for 9 years––that definitely takes dedication and is something to be proud of. It sounds like your heart is pulling you in another direction, though, so we’ve got our fingers crossed you’ll be able to work on your new business and decide what’s best for you.

  85. This episode was definitely for me! I have so many interests, it’s hard to stay focused on one main dish. In fact, in my “main dish” of writing fiction, I currently have 3 ongoing series and a 4th coming out soon. /sigh. And, of course, I want to add a side dish business teaching other writers about what I’ve learned in my 7 years of self-publishing. I see the lack of quality, heart-centered information, and I know I have something to contribute! But making it all work and finding the time to do it all is completely overwhelming! I don’t know if I just need a better routine and more focus, or if I am just not capable of doing so much at once. Seeing the two businesses as a main and a side career, though, is a helpful perspective. Thanks, Marie!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So glad it was helpful, Saara, and congrats on your multiple series! It sounds like your readers are voracious and love your work. 🙂

  86. Noreen Green

    Love this episode I’m going through the same thing it’s hard to focus on one thing especially being a single parent life can be very busy with two young boys. But i like the idea of a main dish and a side dish .

    Thanks Marie!

  87. Meredith

    Hi Marie & Team Forleo,
    This episode and topic really resonates with me right now. Full disclosure, I am actually in the middle of completing B School. I am a bit behind since I’m juggling a full-time job in my current career path, but I think I’m also a bit stuck with B School because I have two different business ideas and I’m not sure which one to pursue. One idea is a personal development / self motivation business and the other is about creating a social travel network. I took the Start The Right Business class and it was very insightful but I’m still confused about which idea to pursue. I feel it would be too challenging to pursue both at once. I know the personal development business would be a bit easier to get up and running on my own with less capital than my social travel network business but travel is one of my biggest passions. The bottom line is I’m looking for an exit from my current career so I can focus on something more fulfilling, engaging and challenging. I’m ready to become an entrepreneur and take ownership of my own business but I need help in figuring out the best direction to take. I’d appreciate any guidance you have!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a really good question, Meredith, and it sounds like you’re truly torn. Is there maybe a way to blend the two? For example, personal development/motivation for people who want to travel but are afraid? Or maybe there’s a way to communicate that travel itself is a form of personal development because it’s such an enriching experience. I’m just tossing ideas out––you know your industries and goals best––though it’s possible your two passions aren’t as mutually exclusive as you might think. I hope this helps!

      • Meredith

        This advice definitely helps and it’s something I have thought about before. I’m going to spend some time researching how my two passions could have more synergy then I’ve realized. Thanks for the encouragement!

        And I’d just like to add that all of the work that Team Forleo is doing is so inspiring and motivational. Keep up the good work!
        Meredith

  88. My question, though, is how do you frame your bio when you do multiple things? For instance, how do I write my twitter bio to encompass both my main dish and my side dish?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a good question, Darcy. Typically, Marie isn’t a fan of managing multiple websites or social media accounts because it’s double the work and usually one of them suffers. If they’re truly completely separate businesses with zero overlap in offerings or audience, separate entities may be best, though if there is a bit of overlap, it may help to be honest about the fact you do multiple things. It’s rare that a person is wholly consumed with one thing––even if a person’s business is one thing, they likely also enjoy other things as hobbies. So it may not be as odd as you think to let your followers know you do more than one thing. You know your industries best, though, so we encourage you to trust your inner wisdom and do what’s best for you.

  89. Great episode!
    I’m working through B-School right now and Start The Right Business helped me TONS!!!
    I decided I would have a main business and a side business, which just like Marie said seems like it could get messy.
    So my main business right now is hosting wellness retreats in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. The reason I’ve chosen this as my “main dish” is that I want this business to fund a complimentary school in Drake Bay that helps kids reach their full potential and because it seems more in my reach of becoming successful. My side dish is an online book and program that helps people create more peace of mind(I haven’t started this one besides the years of notes I have).
    The most helpful advice in this episode is your that we have to get clear on what success means to us. This is what helped me choose to focus on my “main dish” even though my side dish will eventually become my main dish. Do you know what I mean or does this sound confusing?
    Marie and Team Forleo, Do you think it’s okay to focus on one business even though you know you don’t want it to be your main business forever?

    Thanks for everything you do.
    With much gratitude
    Trista

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That totally makes sense, Trista! Entrepreneurs sometimes go through many iterations––whether it’s revamping an existing business or starting new ones, so I think it’s fine to focus on one business even if you know you don’t want to do it forever. Business is an ever-evolving thing and no matter what you do, your business will always look different than what you started out doing. Trust your inner wisdom. 🙂

  90. Pamela

    The solution may be to look at both business ideas from a different perspective. Can elements of both ideas be brought together to create something wonderful? As an example, I love the potential synergies between Tiffany’s new bridal design business and her other passions for self-care and motivating others. What opportunities open up if these are viewed collectively as life-design elements for the new bride and bride-to-be?

  91. Brenda Heins

    I thought this was a great message since I cannot seem to pick just one thing. I like the idea of a main dish and a side dish business plan. So I have yet to still determine which is which for me, although I think writing my novel(s) should be the main dish since publishing would provide a greater income. And my creative papercrafting should be my side dish since it’s something that won’t provide great income, but is an outlet to sell my crafts and could hopefully at least pay for my hobby.
    Thanks Marie as always for great content! You are my hero!

  92. This is also very timely for me. I have been stymied about how to move forward, with two related but different kinds for my writing service. I was challenging myself to create my own website for one kind of service, when I realized that I didn’t want to let the other one go. I don’t know how to create this kind of dual service website, so I set it aside, and then setting it aside turned into neglecting it, and I’ve since found very compelling side tracks to take. Your message has helped me to refocus, and to tackle creating something that I may not have seen before, but that will be unique to me and my skills. Thanks!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      That’s so awesome to hear, Patricia – thank you so much for your kind note. It’s awesome that you’re tackling something unique to you and your skills, and we’re sending our best as you’re digging in! 🙂

  93. Why not integrate the two passions. Brides need self care because of stress, plus they could use it once they are married and life may be getting a little stressful. She could create a bride self-care package or something along those lines.

  94. shelly

    Thanks, amazing video
    Had a couple of ideas, but am looking for an immediate income
    great video

  95. Tumelo Moreri

    Hey Marie!

    Thank you so much for this video. It could not have come at a better time! I have been struggling between two ideas, one is of a business and the other is of a non-profit focusing on leadership development of youth. My struggle was mainly about which of the two to focus more on and grow faster, relative to the other – because I would really like to do both. Your message today has answered that question! THANK YOU.

    On another note, I am currently running the business and the non-profit while holding an 8-5 job. The plan is to hold on to the job until the business is generating enough revenue to sustain me financially. Do you have any advise on how I could go about my doing all 3 and ensuring that my side hustles do not become a pushed-aside hustles?

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi Tumelo!
      Thanks for asking such great questions. It sounds like you have a lot of passion and determination- which serves you well! Is there a way to incorporate supporting your non-profit passion with your business? Marie’s business has a philanthropic aspect to it so that we are giving back to charities that do the work that Marie is so passionate about. She’s fulfilling her need to help others, while building her business. You can always give back a percentage of every sale to a non-profit that is doing the work that you’re passionate about. That way, project #2 and #3 become one together. It may help!

  96. I really needed to hear this today as I am always in this position. I always have so many ideas in my head and get so excited about the possibilities. I have been focusing on one but always have the others in the back of my mind. Thank you so much for the amazing feedback – you are amazing! I am currently writing an online course – excited! Love Kat X

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      SO glad this helped, Kat! Wishing you all the best with writing your online course – how exciting 🙂

  97. Wow! This Q&A helped me realize that it IS possible to pursue both passions! I have been encouraged to focus on one an not the other and I really see them both as connected (one is Network Marketing and the other is coaching/motivation). This has helped me OWN my passions and start on the journey to make it happen!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Dawn, we love hearing this. You GO! We’re cheering you on big time over here as you pursue both of your passions.

  98. Love how applicable every topic is, week in and week out, they speak directly to me. This video was no exception, I still sometimes struggle with articulating what it is that I do without sounding like I am listing a gillion things, and while I have organically focused on one more than the other, I decisively haven’t let the other go! But was definitely helped in how to manage that, as well as how to share that when speaking to others. Thank you!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Fantastic Deyla, we’re so glad to hear this episode spoke to you. I think you’ll also find some really helpful tips for approaching and articulating your many passions in this great episode: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/07/multipassionate/, and I wanted to share it with you!

  99. My biggest takeaways from this video? I am so grateful because I now think:
    a) I’m not alone in being multi-passional about more than one business idea
    b) It’s not a crime to switch between two ideas without having to ditch one of them
    c) It’s OK to turn my main idea (which is something that can change people’s lives but is very slow to take off) into a side while I allow myself to get excited about pushing my side into the main focus to see how it turns out.
    I feel I’ve been given permission to be who I am, thanks heaps. xx

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YAY, Emma! These are such beautiful takeaways, and we’re thrilled to hear this episode helped you to embrace your many passions and multiple business ideas. You’re SO not alone in this and we believe in you. Keep following your heart and instincts and sharing your amazing gifts with the world!

  100. Love the video. Such amazing guidance for a question that I keep asking myself when opportunities come up.

  101. When you’re brilliant, talented and driven to be successful, it’s so easy to believe that we can do it all. I’m a recovering “shiny object” entrepreneur and investor. Marie is right – taking on more than one business at a time takes more time and effort with less results. Not fun. The super cool distinction is that you can do more than one product or service if the target market is the same with improved profits with similar effort. For example, in Marie’s video, Tiffany is a start-up bridal designer and also is interested in self care … bingo – add self care, self love, pampering, weight loss, etc… to the bridal designer business with the brides as the add-on target market. This strategy satisfied my eclectic interests while being wise in my business model and for helping my clients solve their similar dilemma.

  102. Sandra

    Amei!!!!!

  103. I’m glad to watch this one. I’m building an online marketing business, but I’m also writing a book. The book is done but getting edits done so i can get it published (that’s my side dish). And I have an eBay business that is another hobby for extra $$.
    Thank you Marie. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who has so many multi-facets.

  104. Hi,
    very nice article, keep up the good work.

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