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Note from Marie: Thank you for your overwhelming support of our new Unplugged series. I’m resurfacing this episode as we head into our annual company summer holiday.


I read an eye-opening article in Time. It was about the disappearing American vacation and how, as a nation, we’re taking less time off and feeling more exhausted and stressed than ever.

The piece talked about the devastating impact chronic overwork has on productivity, health and happiness. Some research links overwork to depression, heavy drinking and cardiovascular problems. No surprise there, right?

But it can also be deadly for your bottom line. When you’re chronically exhausted, you make poor judgment calls and are far more likely to make mistakes.

No matter where you live in the world, many of us can relate to feeling overstretched. It’s as though we’re busting at the seams with the non-stop demands of modern life.

This is the last MarieTV post you’ll get from me until September 5th. We’re closing down our company for our annual summer holiday so that everyone on Team Forleo can have meaningful time with those they love.

Because a healthy, happy team makes for a healthy, happy company. We’ve done this close-down-the-whole-shop-for-two-weeks thing and it’s always a game changer. Everyone on our team (myself included) comes back refreshed and bursting with energy and inspiration.

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From a health perspective, the research agrees. A yearly holiday can reduce the risk of heart attack by 30% in men and a whopping 50% in women.

Yes, I’m fully aware that taking any time off is an incredible luxury given the economic challenges millions face. It’s something I do not take lightly or take for granted.

But if we want anything to change — within our lives, our businesses or our culture — we must take action and lead the way.

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As promised, here’s the the Harvard Business Review article about the power of making time off predictable — and required.

Consistently challenging your own assumptions is vital if you want to do your best work and enjoy life along the way. Truthfully, most of us are so busy doing what we think we have to do that we rarely stop and ask, “Is this really what I want to do?”

This week, I’d love to know:

What’s one thing you wish you could do (or stop doing) that you don’t think is possible? What would happen if you challenged that assumption and allowed yourself to re-write your own rules?

Do your best to share as much detail as you can because thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be deleted as they can come across as spammy.

Thank you so much for watching, commenting and continuing to make this community a powerful source of positivity and kindness.

One last thing: our next new episode of MarieTV will air September 5th.

If you’d like to stay in touch in the meantime, follow me on Instagram — I really enjoy posting personal photos, Insta stories and videos there.

With all my love,

XO

The Dangers of Vlogging: Skate Time 101

One might think that as a former Nike Dance Athlete, I’d be fairly competent at the whole hand-eye coordination thing. Nope.

As you’re about to learn, I had a painful spill while filming. Worse, that injury meant I wasn’t sure I’d be able to take part in something fun that I planned months in advance.

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Potentially useful aside: Following strange intuitive hits always pays off.

My friends and I were heading back from a grocery store run when I had a strong sense to make a fast left turn into a random Dollar Store that I’d never been in before.

After tooling around the aisles for a few minutes, we stumbled upon the perfect gear for our outing later that night. It was like we hit some sort of magical 80s costume jackpot — all for less than $30 bucks.

Moral of the story: trust your gut and do whatever it takes to squeeze all the joy out of life you possibly can.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, let me know:

  1. What’s one joyful activity you’ve always loved but haven’t done for a while?
  2. Tell me your most random story of following a gut hit and hitting a jackpot so to speak

Share as much detail as you can. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a breakthrough.

Thank you SO very much for taking this journey with me for the past few weeks. Your comments and shares are everything to me!

With so much love,

XO

Why Play Is More Than Fun

In our productivity obsessed culture, we’re either constantly working or feeling guilty because we think we should be. Scroll your social feeds and you’ll probably find references to #hustle, #nodaysoff or some type of work related #grind.

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Don’t get me wrong. I work very, very hard. Always have and always will. It’s part of my DNA. But I play hard too.

In recent years, our society has put such a high valuation on productivity that we’ve developed a pervasive failure to appreciate the transformative effects of play.

As Dr. Stuart Brown, a pioneer on the research of play remarked, “The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.”

The benefits of play go far beyond fun. Play helps us improve brain functionality, stimulate our imagination and deepen our relationships. That’s why I take an unapologetic stand for play in all its forms. Quirkiness, silliness, playfulness, laughter and humor — whatever helps you enter this magical state. In fact, I’ll argue that play is one of the most undervalued strategies for creative entrepreneurs.

Consider the word recreation. Re-creation. Which means to create again, to refresh, restore, make anew, revive or invigorate. What legitimate entrepreneur couldn’t benefit from more of that? To be clear: I’m all for focused work, long-term effort and consistent hustle. Those are 10,000% required to achieve your goals and keep growing.

What I am not for is a one-dimensional, narrow formula for success. What I am not for is burnout, depression and suicide. These are serious issues among creatives and entrepreneurs and we’re not talking nearly enough about them.

Amidst all our busyness, here’s the punchline so many of us miss. There is no destination in business or life. It’s all journey. All of it. Think about that before blindly opting in for a punishing, lonely version of grind till you die.

In this episode of Unplugged, join me as I get my play on. As long as you’re subscribed to our list, you’ll get a link to the next vlog which continues on this theme of play.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. A two-parter today:

1. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being play anemic and 10 being a total playaa, where you at?

2. What are some of your favorite play activities?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember to share as much detail as you’d like 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.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Thank you for taking this August Marie Unplugged adventure with me. Your love and support mean the world.

New to Unplugged? Watch episode #1 here, then #2 and #3  🙂 .

With so much appreciation,

XO

Foreign Deals, Headaches & The Pornstache

You’re about to watch an episode of my vlog series called Marie Unplugged. These videos are totally different than my award-winning show MarieTV. If you prefer those, 325 episodes are waiting for you. Vlogs by nature are raw and off the cuff. So wear headphones if kiddos are around because adult language is likely. Enjoy!


One of the questions I’m asked a lot is about my typical workday.

Here’s the truth: when you’re an artist, entrepreneur or any combo thereof, there’s no such thing as a typical workday. Every day is different and I like that. My days depend on two factors:

1. Where I am geographically. Remember, I run a virtual company by design. I like the freedom and flexibility to work from different locations. All I need is a Wifi connection, my cell phone and my computer to get the vast majority of my work done. But days spent in NYC inevitably unfold differently than days in the woods of the Catskill Mountains or days in Venice Beach.

2. What I’m working on. Writing is different from production which is different from shooting which is different from post production which is different from day-to-day leadership which is different from meetings which is different than promotion which is different from hiring and training which is different from learning which is different than speaking, and so on and so forth.

Each day contains a multitude of these tasks (and more) in ever fluctuating proportions.

That said, this episode of Marie Unplugged is a glimpse into one recent summer workday. Not a typical day, just one day.

As Annie Dillard so wisely shared, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Every single one of us is different. We have different goals, different ambitions, different strengths, different priorities and different outcomes that we’re after.

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One of the keys to happiness and winning at life (however YOU define it) is to get super honest about what your goals and priorities are. Then be ruthless about living it. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others.

While not always successful, I do my best to fill my days with love and laughter and movement. Those are as important to my existence as oxygen.

I’m curious, what’s your oxygen? Are you giving yourself enough of what you most need? If not, what’s one action you can take now to change that?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thanks for taking this August Marie Unplugged journey with me. Your words of love and support are appreciated more than you know.

With enormous gratitude,

XO

Wisdom From Nanny

You’re about to watch an episode of my vlog series called Marie Unplugged. These videos are totally different than my award-winning show MarieTV. Vlogs by nature are raw and off the cuff. So wear headphones if kiddos are around because adult language is likely. Enjoy!


Over the weekend I was talking with my best friend about how important it is to break free from monotony, in every part of your life.

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Sure, systems and habits can be immensely valuable. But so are freshness and spontaneity.

Your best work can’t be forced, it must be set free.

That’s why for the next two weeks I’m releasing new Marie Unplugged episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the first new episode is up below.

If you want some classic MarieTV episodes (dammit 🙂 ) we’ve got you covered. There over 320 badass MarieTV episodes here.

XO