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Have you ever had a moment when you’ve looked at your business and life and just wanted to cry because of the extraordinary pressure and demands on your time?

I have.

If you feel like you’re drowning and unable to keep up…

The faster you leave your comfort zone, the faster you’ll see growth. Simple as that. Click To Tweet

If you’re trying to do everything yourself, but doing nothing exceptionally well…

If you desperately need help, but feel afraid to take that next step to get it…

You must watch this episode.

This was a painful lesson for me to learn, but once I got it — it was a game-changer. For my financial well-being, my mental and emotional health and my ability to make a difference in the world.

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Growth isn’t easy. It triggers some of our most basic fears (not being good enough, failure and even survival). Believe me when I say that experiencing those concerns are 100% normal.

But going through the discomfort that underpins growth is essential to our fulfillment and well-being. It’s a building block of lasting happiness.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What’s the most important thing that’s outside your comfort zone right now that you know you need to do or learn to get to your next level?

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.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

Thank you so much for reading, watching and contributing your voice to the discussion. You’re a treasured part of this community.

With enormous love and appreciation,


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  1. Love this episode. Thank you, Marie, for always breaking it down in the way only you can. I lived this for so long and it almost destroyed my business and me. Because of people like you, I’m able to live my dream each day. Thank you.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      LOVE this, Kendrick! We’re so happy to hear you’re now living your dream. Hooray!! Thank you for sharing also that this wasn’t always the case for you, and this is a journey. We’re incredibly proud of you for continuing to grow in amazing ways.

  2. I totally agree with you, Marie. I need help, but my economy doesn’t allow me to get the help I need – updated website, marketing on social media, extra hands to do the invoices etc….

    Some people say it’s bullshit, but I don’t agree, if your bank account shows reality.

    I have a business and I have a BIG dream of reaching out to children and young people all around the world, but getting out there, is so much more difficult than I thought.

    I have dreams, goals and SO MUCH want my business to grow. I do so much to get out there, but not a lot is working at the moment…..I get in newspapers, I have created “teenage cards” for families, and this past weekend I was in a bookstore, but the money is not big.

    Any suggestions, Marie?? 🙂

    • Hi Charlotte, totally get you!!!
      What is your business about, I didn’t quite understand, this way maybe I can help 🙂

      • Hi Carolina,

        i linked my website, so I thought it would appear….I am a teen and family coach, mindfulness instructor and (tedx) speaker, and I have also worked with schools in projects to help them get motivation, higher self esteem etc…..

        I also coach teens and families, and I have, as I mentioned above, created teenage cards to help families create better communication, have more fun together at the same time of getting to know each other better.

        • Charlotte!!! I love it!!!
          Such an inspiration… I want to become a life coach so I really love what you are doing.
          If it helps, my recommendation is to have a clear definition of your customer (is he/she the buyer or just who will be getting the product / service).
          If I understood correctly, your customer are teens / families. In this case, the person who will be paying the bills for coaching are either the parents or the schools (for seminars).
          So considering this:
          For parents you could do a Facebook + Instagram Ad campaign targeted to parents with children.
          For schools, it is a little bit more tricky, you could either send direct emails (but there is a chance that it gets lost), contact them at their Facebook pages (nowaday most all schools have) or doing a Facebook Ad campaign targeted to teachers or any person that is working in a school.

          If you want to learn how to correctly do campaigns, I recommend you search in Facebbok for a video done by Markeko Digital about ‘ Campaign Structures ‘.

          Those are some ideas that come top of my mind, hope they help 😉

          PS: I want to be transparent and mention that I manage the above mentioned page ‘ Markeko ‘ marketing strategies, but this is by no means a sale or anything close to it… I just found that video a really good one to really understand tricks to manage effectively Facebook Campaigns. 😉

          • thanks for the great tips!

            I have been self employed/entrepreneur for 2 years now, so I have been targeting parents. I have a facebookpage, instagram profile, I have contacted more than 300 schools 🙂

            I have written articles, I have been to germany to hold a speech, new zealand to teach in personal development and communication and in october i did a tedx talk in Holland – so I have done a little bit of everything.

            I have tried targeting facebookpage, but something is not right, because the response is only from foreigners….so 🙂

        • Hi Charlotte! I totally get what you mean by not having enough funds to actually hired the help you need. I am in the same position as you are, and right now I had to fired my assitant and my salesperson, so I have to do it all by myself. Of course I can’t do as much, and the sales are not so good yet. So I created a financial plan for this year 2018, and for 2019. This year I will be making some cuts on my personal budget, so that I can save money, and in 2019 invest that money back into my business, I sell wedding invitations ? Hope this helps, numbers are real and you can’t just go spending money hoping that it will work out. Xoxo from Mexico.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Charlotte! Thank you for sharing what you’re going through right now so honestly. We completely understand that thinking about hiring others and growing your business can be difficult when you’re not yet feeling like the money is there to support this. Admitting that you need help is a huge first step in the right direction!

      There are so many free tools out there now for building websites, managing social media, and marketing that will be helpful for you to utilize. Be sure to check out our guide with 322+ Free Tools & Resources to Start and Grow Your Business right here:

      Also, it may be worth considering how a bridge job could support the long-term growth of you business. Marie had several bridge jobs herself while building her business over the years! This episode shares some great ideas that will help you decide whether this is the right approach to growth for you:

      Really hope this helps, Charlotte. We know you can do this. Keep going for that big dream of yours to help young people – your gifts are so incredibly important!

      • thank you so much, Julia – nice to have support.

        Bare in mind I live in Copenhagen, so I will definitely look through the free tools, but I am sure not all apply here.
        Regarding the bridge job, I am doing a couple of hours a week, but it’s not enough, so I am on that one too 🙂
        I have also applied for an intern – actually 2 – so I am waiting on that too.

        My dream is to “get out there”, but it seems like something’s missing…’s a feeling that I have – and I don’t know what it is :))) thanks again for your quick reply, Julia – team forleo 🙂 great job, by the way you guys are doing, visually – LOVE IT!

        • Hi Charlotte, a couple of other things you might want to consider is approaching govt social services organizations or even churches. I don’t know how those things are structured over there but in Canada they are very involved in the type of environment you are trying to get into. Another area you might want to consider is developing online programs. Then have live sessions that maybe run every so often along with your programs. Who knows where that would take you. The hook is that you offer something for free that would entice people into the bigger program because they see value in what you are offering. The thing is you can expand your reach without trying to be everywhere at once.
          Anyway good luck and take care.

          • thank you so much, Bernices!
            I am looking into a collaboration with a woman about going into churches in the fall.
            And government social services, I am not sure what you mean, but I will look into it. you advice on the online thing, is a good idea – thanks. I just need to figure out what I should sell, because it has to have a meaning for me as well, and value for them.
            Thanks for taking the time to write 🙂

  3. Perfect timing as always. I’ve been frustrated and stumped by the new FB changes. I know I need to hire someone to help with that. I was just afraid to do it. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Hi Meryl!!! Yep, new changes in Facebook are making it more difficult for business pages to reach audiences in an organic way.
      You might consider using chatbots, email newsletters, and one important thing is to focus on getting engagement vs having lot of content (as this is what FB is looking for).
      Another thing is that if you use FB ads efficiently you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Also as Marie mentioned (don’t really remember where), you need to create content that your customers will love… but at first you will have to deliver it for free in order to gain their trust and make them part of your FB Page/Group and your email list.

  4. Thanks Marie! This is very applicable to me and my business! I actually recently hired someone a few weeks ago (growth zone) and it turned out to be a disaster! BUT I learned so many things through the process and now I’m ready to try again…a little wiser this time.

    It’s funny because even though I made a mistake and lost some money in the process, I really see it as a hard and fast way to move forward in my business. If this had happened a year or two ago, I might have been beating myself up about it and swimming in self-doubt. Now it’s like, “learn from it, try again.”

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Go Laura!! It’s so awesome to hear that you recently hired someone and have already learned important lessons from it not going so well. We adore your attitude and CONGRATS for getting into your growth zone! You are absolutely wiser now than you were two years ago – or even a few weeks ago – it’s all a process. You’re growing and we’re so excited for you!

  5. Loved it !!!!
    I was in my confort zone last year. After almost 7 years in a marketing corporate job I quitted, sold everything and now I’m a digital nomad.
    Got out of my confort zone 100% and now I’m in my growth zone!!!
    It hasn’t been easy, for sure. I had to learn a new skill set to manage digital marketing so I could work remotely, we moved from having a home to having a different hotel/apartment each week.
    With an objective to get to know more myself, I was reading and doing a lot of exercises, but it was becoming to much, so now I’m working with a life coach.
    My biggest challenge now has become my day to day income, so I’m looking for more opportunities so I don’t have to use my savings to continue my digital nomad life.
    And for that, I definitely want B-School !!!!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You are most definitely living in your growth zone, Carolina! How cool that you’re living the digital nomad lifestyle 🙂 Not many people would take this risk or leap precisely because it isn’t easy, and we’re cheering you on over here for pushing yourself to learn and explore new things. It’s great that you’re working with a life coach to clarify your direction and work towards a more consistent income for yourself.

      We’d absolutely love to have you join us in B-School and support you this year if it feels like the right fit and timing for you! Just let us know if you have any questions at all.

  6. Fiston

    I really like this video I m about to learn more about how to stay focused, I have a dream but i need first study the major I need thanks a lot Mari, all I watch inspire me for the short future.

  7. Another great episode Marie. Anything finance-related is outside my comfort zone! I know I need to crack my mindset on this one and jump in to the growth zone (or at least dip my toe!).

  8. Casher

    I really enjoyed this episode. It’s simple– LEAVE MY COMFORT ZONE. I am there now,but there is more uncomfortable areas ahead and I am just hoping to be able to endure for the sake of growth.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You can absolutely endure these uncomfortable areas, Casher! We know it isn’t easy, but the limitless growth, fulfillment, and satisfaction waiting for you on the other side of your fears are SO worth it.

  9. Love love love this. Such great timing! It’s been a topic my husband and I have been discussing as I’m growing my business and it’s pushing our comfort zones – last month I launched into Amy Porterfield’s list-building lab and created a rockin opt-in based on my oh so favorite mentor, a Ms Marie Forleo. 😉 Today, I just launched my first ever online course…something that pushes the boundaries of comfort not only because it’s a new arena for me, but because it’s called “90 Day Family Road Trip” and it digs deep into the why and the how to move toward a lifestyle like what we have created. It’s one more open door into our personal lives as we help others determine if RVing is a good fit for them (we’ve been on the road for over 15 months now with our three young kids and fur-baby). I pushed it even more with Facebook and Instagram live videos announcing the course, and next is a webinar! It can be scary to step out and speak up, but like you say, the world needs that special gift that only I have. So in my podcast this week, I share it all – the how, the why, and the drive behind this course, my Mama Says Namaste business, and why I feel it’s so important to share this journey with others – because community and connection is so, so critical to our growth! So, so happy to live in a growth mindset and surround myself with support like you, Amy, and the people in my day-to-day life!

    • Fun, Ashley! Hope you see this. 😉 I just started Amy’s Webinars that Convert last month. I love that you are doing what you’re doing. Very cool.

      • Thanks so much – I’m about to hop into a slidedeck to set up my first webinar! 🙂 Hope you get some great success with your webinars!

    • hi Ashley!!!
      Wow 18 months!!! that is a loooooot, and with kids… respect!!!
      I have been 3months around Asia as digital nomad with my husband. We are not RVing but moving form one place to the other in the cheapest/fastest way possible 😛 we are looking for adventures and good coffee places with good internet to work jiji
      I would love to talk to you… as I have been thinking what to do with what I’m learning… so would like to see how you got from there to here (as Marie says).
      I will follow you in instagram with my account ‘ aworthwhilestory ‘ so we can talk there!!!

      • Thanks for commenting, and reaching out on Insta – I’ll respond there!

  10. Kristin Booker

    OMG it’s like you’re in my head right now! Working on the project plan for the relaunch of the business, realizing that I’m about to grow my products and services in ways that will make everything much bigger and expanded, and am ABSOLUTELY going to need help. I want this business to succeed and I can’t kill all these awesome ideas because I’m afraid to stretch myself. The magic is in the mistakes! Thanks, Team Forleo! Great video!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YAY Kristin! We’re cheering you on over here as you expand your business in exciting ways. Yes – keep stretching yourself and making (magic) mistakes – you’re learning! So glad this was good timing for you 🙂

      • Kristin

        Thank you! I just bought the URLs to the new business name and all the social platforms that go with it. THIS IS HAPPENING. Thanks, B-School!

    • Bucket Chin

      Expanding lol. Yes i can totally relate. Sometimes you have to expand in order to let the larger things in. Business expansion is imperative especially when you’re up-scaling. I prefer to take it easy to start with just go inch by inch like a gentleman than makes expanding sooo much easier and it can be pleasurable even if you’re on the receiving end of your expansion. Good on ya Kristen once you’ve expanded receiving large goods becomes second nature it’s getting it down to a fine art that’s the hard part. I’m rooting for you and hopefully with you:).

  11. Hi Marie, My name is Angel and I’m the owner of Joya Flags. Our mission to spread joy using dance using our unique weighted flags and fun choreography. I am blocked on that last part, showing myself dancing. I love to dance but I would gladly outsource it to someone who looks fit and attractive. To be in the growth zone I would – dance more, lose the weight, and allow people to see my transformation — as it is happening. It seems obvious. I’ve lost over 60 lbs so far, but I’m still not grooving into my vision. I appreciate the illustration about the comfort zone. Thank you. I dream of finding a great dance mentor to coach me, a marketing guru, and an image consultant to help me brand a unique style. Alright there I said, let it come.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Angel, what a beautiful vision! Just reading this made me so excited to watch you dance and witness your inspiring transformation. How amazing that you’ve already lost 60 lbs. – huge congrats! Trust yourself and your intuition about the areas you need to push through the comfort and into your growth zone, it sounds like you already know exactly what you need to do. I can tell just how many people you’re going to inspire!

      Be sure to check out this episode for some great tips on how to build your confidence in your business:

      • Thank you Julia. I will check it out. I feel proud of the changes so far. I just took an action – I texted a friend for personal styling help. If I look around there is a lot of dancery help around me too. I live in a small town that attracts artists and actors. My vision is to get the world dancing. So inviting other people to dance while
        “I’m in the process” is another strategy I could really surrender into. I just want to be a catalyst I don’t need to be the center of attention. Oh, a quick shout out to Glisten & Grace for my instagram work – such a wonderful feeling to my company grow while I’m shrinking. A big shout out to Marie ForLeo for being fabulous and givng me an image of what bold, luscious, smart, and successful looks like.

  12. Izabela

    Thank you!
    For too long I don’t appreciate myself. I have experience and now I want to learn how make business, have fun and money and be important to myself. Step by step and go!
    What am I scared? What say others but it’s time to growth.

  13. Carla

    Thank you for this boost Marie! Right now I’m taking a Comedy Writing class to develop my brand for my next business launch. Tough skill to learn, but I know it’ll be worth it. It’s helping me to be lighter and funnier in day to day life too.

    • What a great idea! I am off an age when business writing was straight forward and I notice it when I create content how dull it can be. Is it a live off online course ?

  14. Public speaking [insert vomiting emoji b/c that is how it makes me feel!]

    • Beth Luwandi Lofstrom

      Hahaha! 😉
      Man, I love public speaking. Teaching, content development, and performance…that’s my bag. It’s the technical associated with advertising and online development that FRIES my BRAIN! Cannot wait to find someone I trust to do that part for me.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We hear you, Kristen! This is a tough one to overcome for so many of us, but your voice and what you have to say are truly important. Check out this episode for some great ways to re-frame this particular fear and move through it:

    • Is there a bridging activity you can do between where you are and public speaking so you can build up your confidence more and teach yourself that comfort a bit at a time? I’m thinking signing up clients for teleconferences or volunteering to read stories to kids at libraries or small groups at faith groups or etc? Some people always get a bit of nervousness.

      I’d also say that on occasion one needs to choose a different platform than what brings on anxiety at a severe level so in the meantime choose a method that you do love doing and excel at that. Your joy and authenticity will come through. Then you can work on overcoming the other slowly and from a place of empowerment.

  15. Love this one, well like all the other and any of the episodes!!!
    I feel there are several first steps I need to do!
    But may be the most time sensitive is to learn how to create good quality posts to connect with “my” ideal clients.

    I’m not a writer! It takes me ages to write one post for FB and the reach of it is so small anyway!

  16. Oh my goodness! love this episode. I’m right in the middle of steep learning curves…so this encouragement is BONUS. I’ve been fidgeting with hiring other therapists or at least finding other independent contractors and an admin assistant after having been burned (and wasting moola!) so this is the push I need to persevere in the GROWTH zone! Thanks, Marie, as always, for the timely inspiration. You rock, girl!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You’re doing great, Beth! We know that this growth thing often includes steep learning curves (and yes, sometimes having things not go perfectly), and that’s all part of the process. So glad this encouragement came at a good time for you. Keep persevering – you’re growing! xo

  17. Yes! Growth is definitely the magic word. I know I need to learn how to interact/manage people better. Once I learn how to do that I think micromanaging will eventually rule out of my business plan and team members will take ownership of their work on their work. Having said all this, my first step though is to solidify my idea – one that I’m fully certain I want to execute. Right now, I feel like that’s my challenge.

  18. Marie, thank you for this episode. What you expressed so elegantly is
    1. identify one step/action to help your situation – growth and change are huge thinking steps already
    2. the original meaning of failure was ‘non-occurrence’ – to have an uncomfortable feeling like fear about a non-occurrence? You’re f.e.a.r. explanation is solution rich.
    I’m adopting this episode!

  19. Sophie Moreau

    Thank you Marie !! My challenge: hire the right people. I have had a few misaps recently. And I am definitely growing out of my confort zone right now. As a single mom of a gifted child, an entrepreneur, and taking care of aging parents, I definitely need to master that skill !!

    • Beth Luwandi Lofstrom

      Isn’t it just such a challenge to hire the right people?! I want an episode about that. Um, I think I need an episode about that.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Sophie! You definitely have a lot on your plate and could stand to share this load. Hiring the right people can absolutely be a challenge, as Marie shared. Oftentimes, when we first start out, it can take a bit of trial and error and learning from what (or who!) didn’t work. We have done an episode in the past with tips for hiring the right people to help your business grow – be sure to check this out:

  20. Cassie Akers

    Got this right when I needed it! I am still in the fundamentals of my business. I think what stops me from growing is making everything perfect before launching.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Happy to hear this is good timing for you, Cassie! This can be a place a lot of us get stuck, perfectionism. We have a great episode where Marie shares about the importance of progress over perfection that I think you’ll find really helpful:

  21. Love this episode! For me, the thing I need to do right now to grow my business is to complete a new line sheet that more accurately reflects my current product line. Once I finish that, (am halfway there), I am signing up with an agency that will help me to get more national accounts. Am worried that I won’t be able to handle too many more orders, already struggling a bit, but I know that I need to do this to reach my goal of running my business full-time.

  22. I am definitely on the fringe of the growth zone…it feels like I’m looking into the abyss. Fear of success rules right now. I know intellectually I have to push beyond my comfort zone. Fear rules emotions not intellect. If only my intellect could override my emotions. The most important thing outside of my comfort zone currently is just doing it. I have all of the ideas, the classes, the talks, the trainings, the support staff. I just need to get out of my own way.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Meghan, we hear you, and this is SO common. Often, the only thing standing in our way is ourselves and our own limiting beliefs. You’re not alone in feeling this way and it sounds like you know exactly what you need to do. That upper limit of success you’re currently comfortable with is totally adjustable! Trust that you are capable and deserving of more joy and fulfillment than you ever thought possible.

      Learn more about how to overcome self-sabotage right here: We believe in you 100%, let yourself go into that abyss that’s awaiting you.

  23. Madhukiranreddy

    I am not comfortable in new class or with new things .how can I change my self. Like I am very shy person always feel bad what others think about me. how can I overcome .please let me know

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Madhukiranreddy! So many of us are shy or uncomfortable in new settings with new people, you’re not alone in feeling this way and there’s nothing wrong with you. Oftentimes, overcoming this simply requires practice and continuing to put ourselves in these uncomfortable situations so that we can grow. Re-framing your perspective on your “shyness” and what others may think can also be really empowering and helpful.

      There are a couple of great episodes on how to move through these particular challenges for you to check out:

  24. E L

    No doubt. Marie is near the top. Blessings!

  25. Always great Marie! Thank you! I started my working life as a secretary (that word seems so foreign now) back in the day, but knew I could be more so I’ve always learned new things. Lately, and the older I get, I find myself becoming stuck…or maybe afraid is the better word. So my growth zone is becoming larger and my comfort zone smaller. This visual helped! I’m going to have to make a chart to hang at my desk!

  26. Adeline

    Hi Marie, i enjoyed this podcast! Like Helena i want to start my own makeup artistry business…im even interested in a fashion boutique (online) but i get fearful a lot. Thanks for you advice…im going to step out on faith and register for a make up artist course which I’ve reasearched. Thanks.

  27. I was laughing so had at the end of this video!! Thank you for always creating such a valuable content in such an enjoyable format 🙂
    And the skill I need to learn next is making videos! Sounds simple but brings up so much discomfort!

    Also really looking for a new round of B-school, with a new business I started last summer it’s a perfect time to re-do it <3

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Yay Lina! So glad to hear this brought you some laughs. How exciting that you’re ready to dive into the world of video-making! Keep pushing through that discomfort and following your intuition. We’re pumped that you’ll be joining us again for B-School this year with your new business in mind! So grateful to have you in the family and to continue supporting you in your growth.

  28. Nikki

    Right now I’m feeling suffocated by everything that I am responsible for, not having a job, no resources, taking care of mom who has dementia, helping my children and doing it all by myself. If I could I would start my own beauty supply business and go to law school. I feel overwhelmed and like I’m running out of time. I’m not afraid, I just don’t know what to do and I feel absolutely lost.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Nikki, we’re so sorry to hear you’re feeling overwhelmed right now. It sounds like you have so much on your plate and we’re here to tell you that you are amazing for all you do to help the people you love so selflessly. We want to reassure you that you’re not running out of time, and you can take small steps each day to move you in the direction you want to go, while taking good care of yourself and others along the way.

      There are a couple of episodes I’d like to share with you, on how to move through challenging times in life and the power of a good bridge job to help support your dreams:

      We’re sending you big hugs and believe in you whole-heartedly. We know you can do anything you set your mind to!

    • Hi Nikki. My heart and thoughts are with you. I was in exact same situation. What worked for me was finding whatever moments I could to fill my mind with others encouraging words to replace the depressed, overwhelmed, stressed thoughts I was having. I used audio a lot as that seemed to work best for me. Louise Hays “101 Power Thoughts” is amazing. I also had to come to a place of accepting “not everything all at this time” and began approaching my life as it’s own business. What was my vision, my core needs, my strategic plan, milestones etc. This gave me good practice in business planning and getting better at long term thinking. I knew I could not do everything at once so had to build towards my goal. Also used the experience as example during job interview! It’s been 10 years of struggle and ups and downs and there are days when it’s still tough. I will not lie and say it gets easier with dementia care but my internal capacity grew and so I cope better when my mom has a bad week. You are amazing and can use what you are learning now to build your goals off of.

    • Larisa

      Hi Nikki! I replied to your post yesterday but accidentally missed the Reply button – thanks to @ChrisWynter for the pointer! I’m pasting it below, and loved what Julia from team Forleo shared!
      >>>Nikki, even though I haven’t watched the episode yet I’m moved to reach out. First of all, (((hugs))) – you have a lot on your plate!! “Not knowing what to do” – you are not lost, you are right on track on Step 1 of your journey: you know right where you are and what’s up right now. There are a lot of MarieTV episodes that work with what you’re experiencing/feeling right now and they have helped me. Start with a list of all of the stuff you do right now, and pat yourself on the back! As you get the rest of it sorted out, remember by doing this on your own it has made you Capable and Strong! All good things to you in 2018 <3

  29. Hi Marie, I’ve been a small business owner for 10 years and even won awards and grants… now I’m an employee but I’m riddled with insecurities. I am deaf and a woman and have a foreign accent in the UK – at times all three things really go against me in the workplace (especially in these times of Brexit). I am good at 90% of what I do, in fact I’m really awesome at 80% of what I do (I work in Diversity and Inclusion) but I know that to up my game I need to write better and to be more confident in myself and in my knowledge. Stepping outside my comfort zone would mean to learn to write better in English. My first language is italian and I graduated in the UK but I still have a way of expressing myself on paper that confuses people (so I’ve been told). I also need to learn to manage my insecurity. After all, if I don’t do this, how can I represent and speak out for the people who are experiencing discrimination in the workplace? Thank you Marie for this very insightful post… I’m a mum and I’m really skint but I hope that I’ll be able to set aside some money to buy the Copy Cure and up my game that way. Watch this space!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Maria, thank you so much for what you shared here. Let me just tell you that your English writing is absolutely fantastic – I wouldn’t have known you weren’t a native speaker had you not said so. You are the PERFECT person to help support those dealing with workplace discrimination based on your own experience. Trust yourself and your gifts, and simply keep sharing them from a place of service.

      Check out these episodes on how to deal with insecurity:

      We’d absolutely love to have you join us in the Copy Cure if it feels like a good fit for you! Enrollment is open year-round, so you’re welcome to join whenever the time is right for you, we completely understand it’s a large investment.

    • Chris Wynter

      Hi Maria,
      When you have half of the cost of The Copy Cure, I would be happy to send you the other half. I almost sent you a message through your website but then thought I had better check first as it might not go straight to you. 🙂
      Best wishes,
      – Chris

      • Hi Chris and Team Marie I’m flabbergasted! Your words and your support have touched me and I came into work with a spring in my step. I am determined to improve and be a more effective communicator. Like Marie says – to give the world the gift that only I have.
        I can be contacted via the website or Linkedin.
        Thank you.

  30. I need to finally bite the bullet and talk to real people about my ICA. I keep skipping this part. B School is almost back and I still haven’t done it.

    I talk to people all day every day and so this shouldn’t be a problem but I find myself blocking it from every direction.

    Talking to my ICA and figuring out exactly what she wants so that I can give it to her is the most important thing hanging out in my discomfort zone currently.

    Time to bite the bullet.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Cait, it’s SO great that you’re aware of this and that it’s something you’re uncomfortable with/avoiding. This is the first step to begin moving through and towards the discomfort so you can grow in your business. It is scary putting yourself out there in this way with potential customers – but so necessary. You’re definitely on the right path! We’d be honored to support you in taking things to the next level through B-School this year. Let us know if you have questions we can help with!

  31. As always really appreciate the work that you and your team do. I am encouraged every time I listen to one of your episodes.
    I am currently struggling with getting my financials right. I have hire, on a part time basis someone to take on this role and they are not performing at the level that I expect and have communicated with them. If I let them go I have to take that responsibility back on myself. And I think that is what I need to do just to get everything back on track and then see if I can find someone to help with my book keeping. My discomfort zone is managing my finances because it’s not my strength at all. At the same time I have to know my numbers before I can really see how my business is growing or not.
    Thanks for giving the chance to write out what I know is true and what I know I need to do. I need some discomfort outside of my comfort zone. Here goes……

    • Hey William, I’m currently practicing giving and helping one person daily and I need to find a lot of people to help. Finance & accounting is my special language. I used to lead a finance department. Now I’m running my own businesses. As a former student of Marie, I’d love to help this community. If we can connect and fit our schedules, I’d be happy to help. Finance & accounting is not something I do now but I hate to see people suffering from it.

      • Mina thanks for your reply. I actually took action on this just a few hours ago and talk with my accountant. We created a strategy that should work for the short term. If things go side ways I may reach out to you.
        Have a financial literacy is such a blessing… Good success to you and thanks again for your reply.

        All the best,


  32. Hiring people can include a house cleaner, too, according to author and publishing business mentor Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Although I’m not an accountant or a tax lawyer, cleaning services for the home may not be tax deductible as a business expense, if you need to justify spending the money with a deduction. Anyway, I need to learn how to delegate, too.

  33. I love getting outside my comfort zone. I actually strive to do 1-2 small things each week, like getting coffee somewhere new or saying hi to a stranger. Not only does it make the big things feel easier, but it’s what makes me feel ALIVE

  34. Tami


  35. Beatriz Moir

    Great message ? to start the day! Thank you, Marie. My problem is getting started. Your guest is already way ahead of the game. She has an impressive website, and clients. I’d buy that pasta! Like her, I juggle many hats, and don’t manage my time well. I hear you when you talk about the discomfort zone. How do I get there, when I don’t even know where to start?

    P.S. I LOVE your shirt!!! ❤️

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Beatriz! So glad you enjoyed this episode. Taking action, small steps every day, in the direction you feel called to or curious about exploring is the best way to begin gaining more clarity on your path and the next right steps. Check out this episode on what stops you from getting started:

      Really hope it helps! Thank you so much for tuning in. XO

  36. Tami

    The universe will rise to meet you .. oprah

  37. Elle

    I second the suggestion for more information on considerations to make when hiring people. I need to hire someone for my business but since it’s it the fledgling stages I just need someone part time, can’t set up a salary & benefits until down the line when the funds are there. Are there any suggestions for that? Are there any ways to get an intern (could be paid internship) in a way that truly benefits the intern? I have so much to teach someone, and I think it might be a wonderful opportunity but I don’t know how to make it “count” as an internship for them.

  38. Beautiful timing, as always. Funny how the universe always provides when you need it. I’m a photographer and last year I joined an (expensive) photography business coach program to help me figure out how to grow and be profitable. I’ve been advised by them that I “can’t afford” to hire help until my company nets over 250k. (I’m at about half that now) I’m drowning in work, but I won’t bore you with the details. I’ve been very discouraged and this morning I realized their advice is because I don’t fit their exact mold of what a photography business should operate like. So, back to the drawing board to get creative on how I can get help. This is my time and I’m ready!

    • Hey Melissa. I’m really glad you’re challenging that advice.

      I was nowhere near $250k per year net when I hired my first very part-time virtual assistant. Realize that hiring help doesn’t mean bringing on full-time employees, especially in the beginning.

      You can have part-time help, interns, project-based help, etc.

  39. Thank you so much for all that you do Marie! I love this video! It really speaks to me. My biggest fear is not knowing how to market my business correctly. I feel in my heart that if I knew exactly what I should be doing to market my jewelry to the right people who want it then I’d follow through. Often times I get stuck feeling like I’m spinning my wheels trying to be seen and for some reason just not hitting the mark. I know there’s a way and I just have to find it. I will definitely be joining you for b-school this year! I need this and can’t wait to dive in!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Jamie! We completely get how tough and frustrating it can be when you feel like your marketing just isn’t connecting with your ideal customers or creating the sales you’d hoped it would. We’d be honored to support with taking your marketing and business to the next level through B-School this year! If you have any questions at all, please just let us know.

      • Will do. Thank you so much! ?

  40. Wendie Land

    Thanks for this episode. It really hit home, especially when you were talking about getting outside of the comfort zone. I’m currently trying to break out of my comfort zone, however, I feel like its got a choke hold on me. t always seems like every time I get close to getting my business going, something else comes up (like a recent diagnosis of cancer). This is the very reason I need to take the plunge, so I can spend more quality time with my family and healing my body. I know I need to take a deep breath… And just jump! Thanks again Marie! You are so inspiring.

    Wendie Land

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Dear Wendie, it does sound like you know exactly what you need to do for your own well-being and healing! We’re so very sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis and know that we’re sending big hugs and healing energy your way. You will get through this and you will thrive! We believe in you – there is strength and courage within you just waiting to be tapped into. So glad this episode hit home with you. XO

  41. Stephanie

    Great episode 🙂
    Right now, I need to roll up my sleeves and start my business again. I started a business 5 years ago and 3 years after, it failed and I had to go back to being an employee. I said I had to but it was a choice for me, to regroup and to regain some financial stability.
    Now, I am a little better about stability but I feel I need to start my business again with small changes.
    I am scared to fail another time so it feels a little different than the last time where it felt new and exciting! Now it feels daunting.
    I know I can do it tough and I try to keep myself positive and motivated by watching videos like yours and podcasts about entrepreneur who succeed.
    Thank you Marie for sharing your experience!

  42. I absolutely loved the emoticon animation!
    My biggest fear right now is making videos. I started filming short ones just to get used to my voice and that’s going pretty well. I’ve also scheduled Facebook live events, where I’ll be answering design and productivity questions. My plan is to beat this fear once and for all this year. Wish me luck!
    Oh, and I can’t wait to do B-School this time around, too!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      GO Lina! You are on the exact right track towards overcoming your big fear by simply facing it head on. We’re cheering you on over here and can’t wait to support you to new heights in B-School!

      • Awww, thank you so much! ♥

  43. Lauren

    I need to make a website, make an audition tape, and contact agents and managers with the link.

  44. This is probably my favorite episode of MarieTV in recent memory! I think it’s so important to recognize that not only is the growth zone where all the magic happens, but that once you get comfortable there… there’s a new growth zone.

    I’ve definitely found that to be true in hiring, but also in other things like speaking on bigger stages, making bolder statements and sharing more in-depth stories and content with audiences.

    And certainly with adding kids to the mix, too! Lots of discomfort there, and plenty of growth.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      So glad to hear this one struck a chord with you, Nathalie! We LOVE watching you continue to grow and face your discomfort in amazing ways. xoxo

  45. love this episode. came at the right time. thanks. yes, i would love to get help and someone to work for me too..but right now i still struggle to enough money for each month. step outsind my comfortzone is, make to decide what to focus, what’s most important and fruitful in connection with what i love to do (illustrating freelance and for my own products and editorial) and really do it an stick to it.. and send out send out send out my work to get seen better.
    (such a great blouse you’re wearing by the way. just have to say this too :)) )

  46. I needed this! I’m on the cusp of my comfort zone and feeling more and more discomfort daily as I continue to grow – looking forward to B-School 2018 opening up! I definitely will be signing up this year. I need to stay in the growth zone and want to surround myself with like minded people in the process. Thank you Marie!

    • Awesome Emily! I’m excited to work with you 🙂 XO

  47. I so needed this today…thank you! My biggest hurdle is taking that first scary step. My toes are hanging over the edge of the diving board and I see how close I am to the growth zone, but something inside of me consistently pulls me back down the ladder to live — yet still actively say I want more — in the comfort zone. I’m so frustrated with myself, and frankly, bored with my predictability of not going for it. I keep getting nudges, signs maybe, that this is the path I’m supposed to pursue…in fact, my path is more in pursuit of me than I am of it and I’m afraid it’s going to pass me by if I don’t hurry up and leap. I actually cursed myself out this morning for being such a coward and went on to have two interactions that told me without telling me that I need to go for it. And then I watched your episode. Thank you universe, and Marie, for wearing me down and building me up!!!

  48. This was right on time. I went back to work though I didn’t really want to and quit the job within two months as it just was not my best decision. Now fear is getting the best of me again and I am wanting to run back to work again and this is just right on time.

  49. I really needed this episode today, Marie. Thank you! The thing I know I need to do that is outside of my comfort zone is CHOOSING ONE THING TO WORK ON AT A TIME so that I can actually finish each project and move on. I tend to sabotage my projects with new ideas when I get stuck, so I’m always starting new things and not getting anywhere. I think my fear is that I am working on the wrong thing and will be wasting my time and energy so I try to do everything at once and get overwhelmed. Just knowing this and being aware of it should be helpful in battling this unproductive habit! BTW, I’m really looking forward to B-School this year! This will be my third year and I will FINISH this time 😉

  50. Cam

    I loved this episode. I am just now starting to put my writing “out there,” which was terrifying, and now I realize that I need to start making videos to go with the writing. It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable! I don’t even like having my picture made. 🙂 I’m certain that once I get the hang of it, it will be no big deal. I just wish I had a hair stylist, makeup artist, and lots of video airbrushing (if there even is such a thing) before I start. I’m also afraid of trolls and their comments — but even worse I’m afraid of no comments at all! Thanks again, Marie. I love everything you do.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We all start somewhere, Cam, and often simple is the best way to go. Try not to compare yourself to others or let what people may think stop you from sharing your gifts! Check out this episode where Marie shares lessons she’s learned since beginning MarieTV on her own with her laptop: You can do this!

    • sarah

      CAM – Video Airbrushing is a thing! But more importantly, invest in a ring light, they are pretty cheapo online. They light your face up all over, with the shadows gently falling away around the sides which give a slimming effect! There’s even one built into a cellphone case. I’m starting out in writing too!

      Thank you for a very pertinent vid, Marie F!

  51. I also have a small delicatessen-bistro…everything is homemade by ME ?? and people love it, but I know we have to grow and the most difficult thing is to let others make my food. I also really don’t like being a boss because I hate being bossy….But slowly I am getting the courage and to go to a bigger location where I will have to get help to get the needed rest and €€€€€€€€! Thanks for this post!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Mercedes! We totally understand how difficult it can be to trust others in making your delicious creations in a way that’s up to your standards. It’s so exciting that you’re ready to grow and share this responsibility with others! Check out this episode where Marie shares tips for delegating like a pro: Hope this helps and we’re wishing you all the best in this next chapter of your biz!

  52. Oooh, such a timely video, Marie! I am writing this from my office, which up until yesterday was my ex-partner’s room. He moved out yesterday and it was totally a conscious uncoupling 🙂 But it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve lived by myself and it’s definitely out of my comfort zone. My business is launching in march so I have plenty to focus on, and I’m getting to the point where I’m excited about this new chapter of my life, but it definitely took time to get here. Thanks for the confirmation that I made the right choice for me.

  53. I really needed this today! Thank you! After being employed in banking for 29 years, I gave up my job and took a year out to get myself and my health back on track. Struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome (M.E.) for 12 years I have almost overcome it and am now on new path. I’ve never been self employed before and having faith in myself and trusting that everything will work out is proving a challenge!

  54. Eva

    This is exactly the stage that I’m at in my business. I help other entrepreneurs manage their businesses, projects and to do lists, I also help them manage their teams – hell I even run a digital marketing agency for one of my clients. Yet I feel like I’m totally not giving my own business that TLC and help it deserves, even though I feel its HIGH TIME to finally take that leap. Need to finally make the big decision to hire my own team to help me with #allthethings but for some reason, it feels unreasonably scary. I do all this for my clients, why can’t I do it for me?!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Funny how we teach what we need to learn the most, isn’t it, Eva?! You can absolutely take this leap and give your OWN business the TLC you know it so deserves. We’re excited for you to grow in new ways!

  55. Jane Halliday

    Wow, talk about perfect timing!! I so needed to hear this today so thank you for the Q&A! After a very quiet January and much needed break I’m trying to get motivated for another busy year, baking all by my very lonesome. I know I need help but I’ve been putting it off for going on 3 years… I cannot do another year on my own!
    Thank you for the motivation, I will get to work on a list of what I’ll need to learn so I can make a solid plan before things take off again and I’m stuck on my own (that’s what happened last year).
    Good luck everybody! Thanks Marie ?

  56. Christine

    TIME management!!!! That’s what I need help with! Then I’d have more time to ‘engage’ because “clarity comes from engagement, not thought’ ?! Can you tell I’m a big fan? Thanks Marie from one Jersey girl to another!

  57. Brianna Turk

    Marie, thank you so much for being such a source of encouragement for me. The issue that I’m facing right now is my procrastination. I feel that I love taking risks in life and jumping into places that are scary but I have a hard time following through. Once the thrill and excitement of a new chapter has gone, I tend to start lagging in my work and being proactive on a day to day basis. Right now I’m an undergrad theater student at UCSB and I feel I have become very passive in seeking out acting opportunities and creating work for myself. I lack discipline when I am not working on a project that I feel passionate about or have others to hold me accountable for. How do I keep the ambition alive when it feels like nothing is moving forward?

  58. Robert Cyr

    Hi Marie,
    Definitely in the mionority from the responders in the comment section. Being an older male, from the baby boomer generation. Starting a new career at this age has been challenging. I enjoy what I now do. Embracing social media and the technology that goes with it is my greatest fear for growing my business. I recognize that I need to get over that part and move on. Thanks for sharing this episode.

    • Hey Robert! As you know, everyone is welcome here.
      The good news is that technology has actually become easier and more user-friendly than ever. Also, realize that it’s a challenge for everyone — regardless of age — to keep up with the ever-changing social media landscape.

      If you want some guidance on focusing and simplifying, be sure to watch our free 3 part training series that starts this Thursday. Go to and pop in your email — you’ll get a heads up when the training releases. I really think it will help!

  59. hiring is necessary for business growth. and, it’s probably the hardest part of having your own business, too! hmmm..maybe a good idea for a new b-school. actually, I’m thinking about making an online training for hiring staff. unless you beat me to it!

    • Go for it – there’s more than enough to go around 😉

  60. Thank you for this video! I am currently in the growth zone and it has been uncomfortable and scary. But, knowing that is how it’s supposed to be really helps! Here’s to discomfort and reaching for your dreams!

  61. Fantastic timing! I have hired a business consultant who has been pushing me outside my comfort zone with networking and it is making a huge difference! As well as I really need to hire an assistant to help me in my business with tasks that I really can have someone else do. Just need to increase revenue to make that happen! Love listening to your wise words!! Thanks Marie!

  62. Nathanja

    Well, this Q and A came right on time. I need to learn about marketing. I really do and it is way out of my comfort zone, so I’m maybe I’ll be a member of B-school 2018.

  63. Today’s video was really spot on for me! I know the thing I need to do next is to hire a VA for support. I was snagged when you made mention that you hired a lot of the wrong people. That is where I am now! I do agree that support is important. I am going into my fourth year of bechool and also recognizing I need to surround myself with more risk takers, perhaps even locally.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Absolutely, Gina, support from like-minded people – or those you most admire – is SO important for growth! We love having you in B-School and encourage you to take advantage of this amazing community of entrepreneurs. You can even reach out to folks in your local area or in similar fields to your own, who are B-Schoolers. If you’re actively seeking it out, you will find the support you need!

  64. G

    Thanks for this! I love it. The key is confidence and I am going to go back on your other episodes to top mine up ♡

  65. Hi, I’m THE Helena in your video! First off thank you so so much for answering my question publicly and for giving me (and everyone else watching) some great insight as to how to move next. The great news is that I have found a lady who will be helping me out a couple of times a week. We have just had our first meetings and she will be helping me put systems in place to make my business more efficient. It’s scary because it’s an investment, but at the same time, I realised last week when I really needed help that she was there to answer mails and maintain contact with clients that I may well have lost. The visual diagram in your video is also really helpful and it seems to make the concept much more concrete. I hope your video helps lots of other people move on to the next step. I will keep in touch! Once again, GRAZIE MILLE!

    • Congrats on getting help. I wish you tons of success in your business.

    • Brava Helena! I’m so thrilled for you 🙂 Sending HUGE Love XOXO

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yay Helena! This was such a great question, and we know so many people in our community benefited from hearing Marie’s thoughts on the topic. It sounds like you’re already seeing the effects of moving on over to the growth zone. We know it’s scary, and the more you trust your choice to invest in yourself and your business, the more return you’ll see (in all areas of your life). You got this!

  66. Pavel Mikoloski

    Hi Marie:
    I am at the same point in my business as this person. I have been struggling with the next step of hiring some help and getting an office in town. Then I spoke to someone in business who had been here before and he said don’t even think about it until you are making $200,000.00 per year consistently. Do you agree?

    • Hi Pavel! I do not agree that you need to make $200k per year before you hire help. For example, you could test hiring someone for a very specific project, or bring someone on part-time, or even find an intern.

      Conversely, if more time on your business is what would serve you most at the moment, consider hiring help for household chores!

  67. Isaiah Jordan Williams

    I honestly wasn’t sure what the next thing I needed to do to get to the next level. Lately I’ve just been doing my daily reading and learning about affiliate market which was something I dabbled in a couple of years back when I was interested instead of committed like I am now. But to accomplish my goal of a surprise vacation for my girlfriend to New Zealand before July 23, 2018; I’ll need to do something else that’s more aggressive regarding income generation. I just graduated college with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and unfortunately it has never been more boring to me. Thank you for this episode, I know now that I just need to suck it up and get a job utilizing my degree. After I have a decent amount I’ll figure out a way to add value with my true passion: never ending improvement sprinkled with fitness.

  68. I have to be honest here. It’s discipline, that’s the thing I’ve always struggled with, and it’s not that I’m afraid of it, but I think I have a default aversion to it, just because the word for me I have a negative association with psychologically, which generally I believe is not based in real truth or reality and it’s all in my mind!
    Discipline I’ve long associated with doing things I don’t want to do, but doing something that I have to do or someone, (not sure who they are) is making me do what I don’t want to do. I strongly suspect this simply is a reflection of not wanting to get out of my comfort zone, and I have left over issues with authority figures! No one’s going to tell me what to do! You’re not the boss of me, that inner voice loudly says in defiance. However that said, it’s always always been when I pushed myself to get out of that comfort zone when I’ve grown the most. Experience tells me so and I know that in my bones.
    I love what you said about using fear to your advantage. So true dat! Come on fear I’m ready to rumble!!! I’m glad I’ve been this way since I was a kid. Now I’m a big kid that might not ever want to grow up but, I’ve matured, learning from my mistakes and from facing my fears.
    I certainly have a daily discipline of writing every day, because I love to write and it keeps my creative juices flowing, so I can get some painting done, my writing keeps me grounded and learning every day. As well, I’m proactively hangin’ with “growth minded people”.
    So now I have to say I’m more comfortable out of my comfort zone, than in my comfort zone, but I’m still a work in progress which all human beings are.
    Thank you Marie team for another stellar MF segment and always for the morning laughs! Highlarryus as usual! 😉
    Catherine Meyers XO

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Catherine, this is such a great addition to the conversation. Especially as a creative, ‘discipline’ can feel a bit restricting, less free-flowing, and something that an outside force might impose upon you. When self-prescribed, however, it can actually feel liberating to establish some parameters for yourself (plus, YOU get to be the authority figure!). Your daily writing exercise helps free up space in your mind for painting, and who knows what else might bubble to surface if you practice discipline in other areas of your life. We’re all works in progress, and we’re cheering you on as you rumble with your fear!

      • SO true Jillian. It was a wonderfully freeing discovery to learn the discipline IS freedom! Let freedom reign!
        Honestly writing everyday changed my life so much, enabled me to accomplish so many of my goals, fulfill dreams, was great therapy and I know it will continue to do all these things for me if I continue the daily discipline. What made all the difference for me was Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way and her exercise of daily morning pages.
        Thank you Jullian for your encouraging wise words!

        • Oops Jillian!

          • Jillian - Team Forleo

            We love the Artist’s Way over here – morning pages are magical! Keep it up; you got this 🙂

          • What I especially love about The Artist’s Way is how all those myth’s about artist’s and creativity are dispelled and the inclusive philosophy that affirms every one is creative, and it’s not exclusive to artists. Everyone can so benefit from this book.
            Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks on creativity and his books share the same philosophy. Like Sir Ken says, it’s time for a major educational paradigm shift!

    • Larisa

      Hey Catherine, I loved what you shared. I have almost the opposite issue, I show up well for clients/assignments but now I have to learn to treat my own projects and myself as well as I treat my customers! ;-] I read something last week that helped me feel more comfortable with “me” as the “authority figure”. It was a quote that said, “Discipline is remembering what you want.” So I’ve been using that to take the “me/them” out of my internal snoopy-wrestling-with-the-lawnchair dialogue to ask myself, what do I want? What do I do today/this week/this month to achieve it? Hope it helps, all best to you in 18! <3 Larisa

      • Larisa

        Oops – Catheine!! Augh, auto-spell!

      • Thank you Larisa. That quote “Discipline is remembering what you want.” is thoughtful and insightful. I do think getting specific about what you want, what you do and how to achieve it is real important to help clarify your goals, your vision, mission and purpose, in the short term and in the long term.
        Thank you for that Larisa. That’s one I’ll write down in my little book of sutras!

  69. Nina Everflow

    Thanks for the video Marie! You and your team are so hilarious which makes the learning so fun. In a few hours I have a call with my CEO about a promotion she is offering me. Most would probably jump up and down at the prospect, but I was feeling super unworthy of it and was stuck in all my fears about this new discomfort zone. I’m realizing after watching this (and REALLY appreciate that visual!) that I deeply desire to live and work in that growth zone and can’t allow my fear to fail, to keep me from rising.
    …now in tears as I write this…but super appreciative for the wisdom you continue to gift to the world. <3 <3

    • HI Nina! We are sending you the BEST of luck with that call. Growth is absolutely uncomfortable (for all of us!) but it really is where so much of the magic in life occurs. ?

  70. Ali

    I know that I need to hire someone in order for my business to grow but I get stuck figuring out who that is! Is it an assistant? personal coach? accountant? As a yoga teacher and new mom, I have so much to share but find myself drained for time on a daily basis. Your insight here would be so helpful! Thanks!

  71. OOOOOO yeah hit right on the nail’s head lol I am getting out of my comfort zone because I don’t want to hide anymore!!!! Thank you Marie “I’ll rise on …”

  72. I love your work Marie, thank you for changing lives, including mine! And yes, I can also recommend B-school to everyone wondering if they should take it. It changed my life and business, and the principles are with me wherever I go and whatever I create.
    To answer the question, I need to keep getting more help, keep growing, and daring to get my whole community involved to help me sell in my new online community for musicians. I KNOW it’s gonna be huge, I can feel it. I love the excitement of the growth zone where I’m now gradually getting used to the feeling of the day when this baby is gonna explode. I need all angels ready around me then!

    Again, thank you Marie!

    • Thank you for what you shared Tina! YES on challenging yourself to keep growing and gaining more support. Hope to ‘see you’ around the halls of B-School 2018 in a few weeks! ?

  73. Thank you for this video, Marie! I was just talking about this very topic with my husband this morning as I am feeling the same way. Things outside of my comfort zone that I need to do to are to make videos, write my book and hire an assistant to do easy tasks that take up so much of my time. Makes me tired just thinking about it, LOL 🙂

    • YES Nicole! Start with the assistant to do those easy tasks that take up so much of your time!

  74. Such an amazing episode Marie!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!
    Nearly cried during that first part for the fist pump, admiration and awesome compliment, I know so many of us need to hear that. You know us so well!
    I´m at my ¨kitchen table¨stage too, and in fact, when I started my business one of the first things I bought with the profits was my kitchen table!! Hahaha!
    Face everything and rise!
    Love ya,

  75. I’m learning how to hire the best. I stepped out of my comfort zone 2 years ago and began hiring. Fortunately, I did well for the most part. One hiring mistake shook my confidence to the core last summer. Now, I’m in hiring mode again, but thanks to other brilliant minds I’ve created a whole new process for hiring. I’m testing the waters this week with a new ad for an office assistant and tweaking my other ad for reading teachers.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yes! Practice makes progress. We’re wishing you all the best with your new method!

  76. Janet

    Haha, this is exactly the reminder I need. I was just looking up tax advice this morning and I’m thinking of contacting an accountant that a friend referred me, but I’ve been afraid to take the plunge! Thanks for reminding me that it’s time to get into my growth zone and keep pushing 🙂

  77. Great episode, Marie, thank you! Just what I needed. I have a jewelry design business and have achieved a moderate degree of success but now need to expand into my growth zone, which—for me—is developing my Instagram account. I need an IG coach and think I may have found a place to get that but haven’t yet actually reached out to ask. You have inspired me to do that today!

    Meredith Jordan

  78. Daniela

    Love your mini clips! You make it sound so simple. It is so hard when starting from square one and unsure which avenue to take, everything becomes far more daunting and overwhelming.

    • Hey Daniela!

      You’re right. Starting from square one is tough for us all — no matter what the goal or task is.

      If what you’re working on is building your own business, dive into our free 3 part business training series that starts this Thursday (enter your name and email at It’ll help you create a clear structure for your ideas so you know what to focus on first, second, third, etc. ?

  79. Perfect timing! I so needed this today. Thank-you!
    I’ve fallen down and it cost me a lot of money – which causes me a lot of stress.
    Stepping outside my comfort zone means being willing to invest in myself and my business even when I don’t yet have the revenue to support it. It’s a constant struggle but I know that if I don’t I’ll stay right here where I am. It’s not a bad place it’s just that I know there’s so much more out there and I want that!

  80. Krishni Naicker

    Wow.. I was feeling exactly this way today.. overwhelmed and under pressure and jokingly mentioned to my partner that I need to hire an assistant.
    You video spoke right to me

  81. Hi Marie,
    Your video is very timely for me. I have had unexpected medical expenses in the last six months that have used up almost every cent of my savings. I don’t have any investment money at this point. But what I do have is ME! I want to use my talents and abilities in the best way to create more income joyfully. I am open to doing this within my business or as a side hustle. But something needs to happen quickly. I’m honestly not sure which direction to go in. But I know that if I stay in my comfort zone (which really isn’t all that comfortable right now) that I won’t grow. My intention is to move into the growth zone. If you or anyone here has some ideas from experience that could spark my inspiration and action, I would so appreciate them. I do appreciate you!

  82. What if you know you want to be in the growth zone, but you don’t know exactly what the “next level” is for your business yet? I’ve just done some MAJOR restructuring of my business (with the clarity I got from last year’s BSchool). I instituted an entirely new profit model and am in the phase of implementing all these changes. Since I have just landed in a “new level” and am still feeling very much like it’s the discomfort zone at this point, I feel like I’m having trouble balancing the implementation and maintenance of all these recent changes with maintaining momentum towards the long term goals of the business and laying the groundwork for what will get me to the “next level” from here. It’s kind of like I’m having trouble seeing the forest through the trees.

    • Hey Arden! Good news is that you can come back and get more support in B-School in 4 weeks — we’ll all be there supporting each other on those next level growth challenges.

      For now, I’d recommend doing an enormous brain dump on paper (go back through the Follow-Through-Formula in B-School for the how-to on this 🙂

      Walk away from it for a bit, then come back with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “What are the three most important things from this list that I need to focus on in order to get where I want to go?” Be discerning. Less is more.

      Use your calendar, heart, and logic to make your choices. Then, let the other projects sit on the back-burner for a bit while you focus on what’s truly most important now.

  83. Hi everyone!
    Marie Thanks for this video!! Really useful!
    Now I am wondering, how do I know when is viable to start hiring someone? I launched my dance therapy business 7 months ago and with the start of this new year it feels I’m just getting my strength back. I know I need to hire someone to manage my social media and do marketing strategies, but at the moment I can just pay for my own work. Should I wait to be more economically stable? or go ahead?
    I have also thought of doing an exchange of therapy with a digital expert, but haven’t started doing it yet.

    • Hey Carolina, that’s a smart question — and there’s no black and white answer. The exchange of therapy with a digital expert is worth testing for a set # of time or sessions.

      That’s a great place for you to start and may help you get more clear on what you really need help with. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t outsource marketing as a first hire since really good marketing expertise can be more expensive AND you know your customers best. Please be sure to watch our free training series coming up — I talk a lot more about this. Pop your name and email into and you’ll get the trainings delivered to your inbox!

  84. Thank you. I will reflect on that question “What is the one thing I need to be doing now to step outside my comfort zone and grow?” (or something along those lines). I don’t think it is one thing. It often feels like a plethora of things that is causing me to “miss the boat” on making my business successful. Right now I need to be focusing on 1-3 things I haven’t tried that have higher potential than what I’ve already tried. I realize I’ve got to narrow it down and probably choose the one-or-so things that scare me the most because they are outside of my comfort zone. So Reflect, Plan, Execute. The Execute (action part) is the scariest part because it is that BIG QUESTION MARK floating around in the growth zone of your Super Helpful concentric circle graph with the emoji visual aid–thankyou for that 🙂 Everything you teach makes sense!!!

    • Sorry I posted before I selected send email responses if any.

  85. Love this epsiode Marie! I’ve been afraid to reach out to podcasts and other businesses to get my message out there but no more! My challenge to myself is to do that today no matter what. After all, I used to be terrified to write guest blog posts or even my own blog posts and now that’s like second nature. So podcasts and interviews are that next phase. Stay amazing Marie!
    xo Rachael

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yes Rachael! Everything that’s comfortable now was at one time new and scary. It sounds like you know exactly how to lean against the border of your comfort zone; podcasts, here you come!

      • Thank you Jillian! I just emailed 4 different podcasts with my pitch!

  86. Good timing – I am in fact deep in my discomfort zone, but it is exciting. I have someone making calls about my business before I equity crowdfund so have had a slew of phone calls this a.m. from friends wondering if all is ok – yes, yes it is! I’m going to raise a lot of money from a lot of people in small amounts, and I’m jazzed about this business plan. Most importantly, getting my products off the ground (Expensive to start up as I have physical products, patents, prototypes, etc – not the same as an online biz.)

    I would say to anyone reading this, B-school is a great value because of the lifelong ability to ask questions, find information, especially in the facebook group. Then be careful where you spend your funds after, as you will be hit up with someone selling one program after another that may help you, but if you don’t have the time to do them, it is not money well spent. Hiring is expensive and a tough thing to do – it is one thing to say, hire people, but it is not easy if you are doing business on a shoestring. If you can find another entrepreneur to collaborate with it helps, as well as find your right sub-group, or a mastermind in person. Join Meetup groups where available. Put out what you are looking for and keep trying till the right people come along.

    I read this once and like it – “Sometimes the best business collaborations are short”
    Also – the most expensive is not always the best, or the best fit. If I had the time and $$, I’d do an online biz too, but just stretched too thin. Love your vids Marie, I highly recommend B-School and found it a great value. I’ve done other (trying to be) similiar online paid groups and this is the only one I’d recommend. And yeah! for Sally Hope.

  87. Larisa

    Nikki, even though I haven’t watched the episode yet I’m moved to reach out. First of all, (((hugs))) – you have a lot on your plate!! “Not knowing what to do” – you are not lost, you are right on track on Step 1 of your journey: you know right where you are and what’s up right now. There are a lot of MarieTV episodes that work with what you’re experiencing/feeling right now and they have helped me. Start with a list of all of the stuff you do right now, and pat yourself on the back! As you get the rest of it sorted out, remember by doing this on your own it has made you Capable and Strong! All good things to you in 2018 <3

    • Chris Wynter

      Larisa, Nikki might not see your comment as it’s all the way down here. Did you click on ‘Reply’ below Nikki’s comment or did you click on ‘Add a comment’ right at the top (which would have placed your comment immediately below the latest comment at the time)?

      • Larisa

        Chris – oops, I meant to hit Reply! Thanks <3 – I'll circle back up to Nikki's post and copy it in.

  88. Hi Marie, great episode!
    I have started my own YouTube show called the Heart On Mind Show. I have no idea what I’m doing. It scares me to get in front of the camera and to come up with content. I am all over the place and doing my very best to just be happy creating content and learning my skills. This is not a full on “business” as I have no products or services to sell yet. I’m learning the craft and thinking I’ll be guided to the right services, products, business as time goes on. In the meantime, my learning curve is great, I’m learning to be a multimedia performer creating original inspirational music and being a general goofball on camera. Not sure where this is taking me, but the Universe has my back! Thanks again!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We love hearing that you’re experimenting with a new medium and learning along the way! Not everything that interests you has to become a business, but if you’re thinking of moving in that direction, we’d suggest you head over to to sign up for our robust free 3-part business training. And in the meantime, check out this MarieTV episode for tips on how to keep coming up with creative and engaging content:

      Have fun!

  89. I feel like my biggest barrier is being able to reach new audiences on social media. I can’t figure out how to expand my business past the people I know.

    I’m an artist who relies on custom pet portraits for the majority of my income, but my dream is to make my own artwork and sell that, both originals and reproductions in many forms.

    But I feel like I am stuck in this cycle of needing the income from pet portraits, which takes up all my time, so then I don’t have the time to create my own work and market that.

    When I do market my own work (originals or reproductions) on social media, rarely do I sell anything. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong, not doing it enough, or both. (I’m pretty sure my art doesn’t suck, haha)

    Maybe I need an assistant? Maybe I need to pay for one of those social media robots? (Do those actually convert customers? It feels icky having something fake follow people). Or maybe I need to do some new social media training?

    Ugh. Been at it for three years and I’m feeling extremely burnt out.

  90. Lilia

    Marie, you are awesome and so inspiring aaaaalways! I am currently on my way to the Groth zone (sounds much cooler than the Discomfort zone). And, responding to your question of “what do you need to do/learn, to get out of the comfort zone”, I have to admit, that quite a lot:) First, to stick to one thing that seems more important at the moment and work on it (as I have a lot of things I want to do, but not doing them wasting the time on deciding, which one I want to do right now and if it is good or not, if no one is mad at me or unhappy because I am doing it). Sorry if I made it, probably, a bit complicated, this my expressing the thoughts. But, what I am grateful for myself, is that at least I now have a habit to have my beautiful morning routines with yoga, breathing and shower, and then some cool nutritious breakfast. And, what is even more important, as it involves my family and my family-in-law, I started planning the menu, so that it is well-balanced, tasty and very very healthy:) So, I hope the way will keep to be that constant and fruitful:)
    Thank you very very very much!!!

  91. Sara

    I can’t stop laughing at those bulls running…that guy is so damn funny he needs his own show.

  92. Great video. As always perfect timing. The bulls and the rise up song were too funny. I just broke a mega comfort zone this month and now I’m floating around out there ready for more. Sometimes when you surround yourself with people who aren’t so supportive or downright negative it can make you feel like you need to stay small or hold back. Basically stay in your dysfunctional comfort zone so as not to disrupt the flow. When the flow is toxic you need to disrupt it. It took me forever to realize it but I finally dropped some big baggage. I wish all well on their journies but it was time to get out of that comfort zone. Onward and upward.Thanks again for the inspiration.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      You hit the nail on the head Stephanie. We’re big fans of surrounding yourself with people who will applaud you rising up and out of your comfort zone. We also know that it can be challenging and tricky to let go of those less-than-healthy relationships, so if you need any guidance in that department, Marie shares some helpful tips about it in this episode; check it out:

      You’re onto big things!

  93. My growth zone requires me to manage my time really well which I don’t do. It’s so much that needs to be done and I get burnt out trying to figure which one comes first. I feel guilty whe I focus on one area and neglect another.

  94. I know I have to hire a web developer to help me with my client load designing and building wonderful websites for creative entrepreneurs. It’s time. It’s so time! I feel so much fear, and the new acronym is helpful: Face Everything And Rise!

    Alos, I loved the animation with emojis. Well done! (And the bloopers were extra funny this week, too.)

  95. Rhonda Starr Nequatewa

    Thank you Marie! I had not even realized how long I’d been in the comfort zone that once used to be a growth zone. This really gave me some things to ponder and start working on ASAP!

  96. Tina Anderson

    Hello Marie and crew.
    I have been thinking about doing a year long small steps to business course here locally at our polytech in Porirua NZ. I think it might give me the national knowledge i need to know about tax etc. But im very excited at looking into your B School. I am a yoga instructor and thai yoga massage practitioner and this term of 11 weeks am teaching kids swimming mornings and afternoons to keep a regular income flowing in. I am on minimum wage and so tired in the evening’s not a very cheerful partner to my partner and his children. Especially when we have to come home to a teen girl arguing about helping us do the dishes each evening. So my question is that i feel your B School will give me amazing ideas to get my yoga and massage business going but i wonder how i can relate it to NZ rules and regulations. My guess is id learn all this along the way with you. I also have a massive creative streak and am going back to do maori traditional weaving this year. Joe my partner and i are also needing to save $5000 to go to my brothers wedding in Australia by Nov which means saving $125 week. My life feels financially im always giving away my time and energy and not getting the returns to save and feel great about the future. I feel im worth and can give so much and have my 2 classes of yoga students loving their yoga…maybe i need to just put my energy and time to yoga teaching and giving massage. I have a few regular massage clients but also feel i need to keep up with my massage and yoga training. Kiwis are apprenhensive about regular massage. Women come but no men at the moment. Its a fully clothed massage and is known as lazy persons yoga because you’re stetched in yoga poses and i see so much relief and relaxation for my clients. I may need to stretch myself and go into Wellington to get more clients in the city. Ive just watched your clip on stretching out of my comfort zone when it comes to business. Thank you so much. I kind of know what to do. Studying more about the body to understand the body might help alot. I have a few contacts ill get in touch with today. Im still wondering about your B School and one day would love to meet you. I see myself bringing Joe to the US as he’s never travelled out of NZ and has 6 children from his past marriage. He too has a clever lateral thinking civil engineering mind and teaches welding and fabrication at a polytech. He has brought a block of land which needs alot of work to even out a very steep driveway and then build a shed to live in and home for the children. We live in an apartment at the moment paying rent. For Joe id love for him to study engineering for his dreams and goals to be working in a team surrounded by people that are working on amazing feats. To help show the kids we can achieve anything we put our minds and souls to. Ive travelled and seen amazing places and met absolutely amazing people. One day Joe and i will travel and see what we can be apart of and bring back to Aotearoa(NZ) to share with others our home to family and friends to be more financially free. Many thanks for you and your team I am now watching more of you videos. My friend Sian in Australia put me onto you a year or so ago from her friend who did your B School. Her name is Jana in Queensland. Sian and i did our yoga teacher training together in 2009 and she runs a kids yoga business. Shes my mentor whos always so positive and energetic. Her hubby works as a project manager so supports the family that way while she gets up and running. Our men help support us and we would like to now support our families more. Much Love Tina

    • Sharon "Smokey" Gray

      Love Love Love the whole idea of the lazy person’s yoga.
      That would do very well here in Santa Monica California.

  97. You made this JUST FOR ME!!!!! Thank you so much!!! It’s funny I have a real growth mindset in other areas of my love (big Carol Dweck fan) but hadn’t related it to this stage of my business. I was completely stuck in my fear.
    It’s so fitting this turned up in my inbox the day I have a contractor starting doing 20 hours a week for me – instead of being terrified I’m gonna reframe that sucker, strap up and enjoy the ride!!

  98. tee

    I need to further studies ,get a degree since I currently have a diploma .I travel a lot with work and it’s a challenge to register and study coz I’m always away.I have saved a bit for my education.

    Now I think the best things will be to enroll in an online university.I don’t seem to find any reputable affordable one offering cyber security degree or computer networking degree .

    I really need to get this done.Meanwhile I’m starting a hair products line .I’m in the process of registering my company.Now I’m facing a challenge of getting the ingredients .I have to import them.I’m now stuck

  99. Thank you so much Marie! This is just what I needed to hear today. I’ve been hanging back in the comfort zone KNOWING the (long!) list of things I need to do to grow – but then for some reason – I keep holding back from doing them. Today I’m going to put 1 thing on my list that takes me into the growth zone and do it!! And then I’m going to do the same tomorrow and the next day. It’s time.

    Love that you are always there ready to help inspire and guide me on this crazy entrepreneur’s journey!

  100. paddy

    Hi Marie, love your videos – always so full of positive stuff! I supply schools here in Johannesburg with school textbooks and stationery items, but, being on a low budget, need to continuously re-order stock in smallish quantities, which leads to many out-of-stock situations, unhappy customers, and too much time following up with my suppliers on deliveries, etc.
    My biggest challenge going forward is to get in some help who can sort out our processes, which will free me up to spend more time with my customers.
    Your video certainly makes one wake up to whats going on, think about what you are doing wrong, and look for solutions.
    Love you and your videos – keep them coming!

  101. Steve

    Thanks Marie for boost!
    This episode really rang home with me. I am about to make an important decision to advance my own dreams and goals with an opportunity to perform my skills in front of a very public media, television. I have been thinking about this since I contacted the casting producer of a popular show that some of my co-workers suggested. I am my own worst critic and thought maybe I was not good enough, but something inside me said ” Go for it and get out of that comfort zone. Jump into life and see where it takes you! “

  102. Thanks Marie for your advices. I m french and watching Marie’s tv helps me to keep on building my next job. It helps when I’m down and lost in all stuff I have to engage to start. How do you manage to keep energy every day however the difficulties you meet, sad people you meet too ? I’m a government agent for 20 years now and I have decided to launch my activity as consultant in organizations. That’s a very hard task and sometimes I feel like having not enough energy to keep on. How do you manage ?
    thanks if you take time to answer

  103. Liz

    Marie,you have just switched on the light for me when I had been bashing my head against the brick walls all these time with my investment properties. Because that’s our sole income now with my sick husband’s business being robbed blind & liquidated by his partner (putting creditors in pursuit of us) I had to preserve every cent I could & tried to do repair works myself,even to concreting! You are right, I must get help & if I can’t afford I guess I should just sell up. I would like to get legal help to take the partner & his wife for committing financial fraud but was quite a starting base fee of $100k! Now that is something I really cannot afford to pay so feeling such a loser & it’s a very damned & damaging feeling. If you have any suggestions on how to handle this please help. I am davastated as my husband is in his 70s & I am not far behind. Am fearful we could lose everything we ever worked for. Almost feel suicidal at times, it’s scary.

  104. Erin

    I always hopeful and then disappointed because your comments never help. Please give advice for people who are actually POOR. How do you move the needle, with a leaky roof and a broke down car etc. ?

  105. Kate

    Love this. I’m a TV runner after a big career swap, so really still just getting started in the industry, with big hopes of writing (and maybe even performing?) comedy one day. I’m forever procrastinating sitting down and accctttuuuallly writing stuff though, because I have this deep seated fear that what comes out won’t be good. The kicker is I know it’s not supposed to be amazing from the start, that’s why you keep at it. Thank you for the reminder that if I’m going to grow and achieve, I need to step into the discomfort of writing out those sketches and scripts that maybe aren’t amazing so I can work through to making some lol-worthy comic gold down the road! xoxo

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Kat, you’re definitely not alone in feeling a bit paralyzed in your writing practice. These episodes with Cheryl Strayed and Seth Godin are money for anyone looking to break through writers’ block and get the creative juices flowing (without self-judgment standing in the way):

      Remember, all the jokes you don’t write are guaranteed to not be good! If you write them down, there’s at least a 50/50 chance that they will be 🙂 We can’t wait to hear that you’re killing it on stage and making people laugh – you got this!

      • Kate

        Ahh, amazing. So grateful for the non-stop inspiration, love and good vibes from Team Forleo. Thanks, Jillian!

  106. Love this episode! Man i totally understand that i felt that way at the beginning of the year. You’re right it’s scary at first asking for help but it full so good when you get the help you need to get started. Getting out that comfort zone!!

    Good luck!!

  107. Nina

    Love the way you illustrated the growth process! I’m a visual learner and this is so helpful. Thank you!!

  108. Sharon "Smokey" Gray

    I could not get your regular inbox for Tuesdays and had to find it elsewhere. I lost interest in it not being regular any longer. Lol there you were today and I could not be happier about it! You are the ray of sunshine that brightens my life and I know the lives of woo,ooo,ooo,ooo, etc.
    I was told recently that my longing for trying to get everyone (I have known) to give me the low-down on it all, was a huge problem. Trying to get people to tell it all…trying to pull them up…etc. I finally got it…and I just quit doing that. I now am on equal-footing about that…and myself is starting to become…so much clearer.
    F/ace-E/verything-and R/ise/and magic in the growth!

  109. Emma Craig

    Yes, this where I am at too! Asking for help and letting go has been hard but I’m working on it. I’m biggest thing that it totally out of my comfort zone is upgrading. What I mean by this is not thinking small any more. A simple example is ordering 1000 labels for my products not just 100, I keep wondering if I’ll really use all of them but I know that by the end of the year I’ll have to order more.
    This upgrading also extends to self care and other areas of my life – booking in regular massages – I mean, real benefits for this business mum but it scares the hell out of my that I mightn’t be able to keep that personal commitment.
    I’m finding it hard to leave space and room for upgrading.

  110. I have been ‘between homes’ for the last few years, having moved ‘home’ to figure out where I want to move next and I’ve not only fallen into a comfort zone but it’s almost as if I’m paralyzed by fear; the idea of moving, starting over again and getting a new job is like eating an elephant! I know I have to look at it as an adventure but I can’t even seem to make a definite decision on where to go…at least that would be a starting point. In many ways, the ‘comfort zone’ isn’t always very comfortable ha…I’ve used more time and energy stressing about the next step than making one and it’s ridiculous. 🙂

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Michelle, that’s such a good point, and that’s why Marie also mentions in the video that ‘comfort’ doesn’t necessarily always mean ‘good-feeling’. Instead of taking in the whole elephant at once, see if you can take a few steps back and determine what the next small step is that you can take.

      Marie always says that ‘clarity comes from engagement, not thought,’ so the sooner you take some (any!) action, the sooner you’ll know if you’re on the right track. We know you have a lot ahead of you, and with small, incremental actions, you’ll find yourself there in no time!

      • You’re absolutely right! Now I just got to pick a place and take it from there.

  111. Kathy Biggs

    I need to write my bio with confidence and boldness. I need to be fearless in the face of the camera and start taping my video blog as my free give away offer.

    • I used to have this fear too, Kathy! The key (for me) was to just jump and start recording! The beauty of this is that each time you record a video, the easier it gets (it took me about 10 tries before I could breathe while recording…I’m lucky I didn’t pass out ha ☺️) and remember, you don’t have to post these videos. You can just record them for practice and to gain confidence. Also, jot down notes for a talking point but don’t read from a script. It’s more natural. It’s actually a lot of fun once you get used to it. I swear!

  112. Sue

    I don’t know how you do it Marie – just when I am experiencing a particular challenge – there you are! I have drawn your imagery up on my white board so I am reminded constantly where I need to be – in the Growth Zone – absolutely love it. When I am down in the weeds I need to remember to step out and have a helicopter view to see things a little clearer. This made me think, that while I am not in a position to financially support assistance in my business I can look at the other things that are heaping on me – I need to get others in the household to step up and take some of the household duties on. After all my success will be there success! It is true – put it out into the Universe and the answers will come, and you my friend are normally the one bearing those answers – THANK YOU with a great deal of GRATITUDE. xxx

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      That’s a GREAT way to approach this Sue – use the resources you already have at your disposal, and see if you can delegate tasks and chores to your family. Without the stress of housework on your mind, you’ll be more freed up to think about and take action towards building your business.

      We’re so glad this came at the right time! And if you want some more tips on growing your business, head over to and sign up to receive our free 3-part business training. We’re wishing you all the best.

  113. So true! Similar to the ‘zone of proximal development’ in education, which sounds a bit more sterile than ‘growth zone’!
    Right on. I need to organise my first workshop – book it and they will come.

  114. Thanks for the inspiring video. I need to get on my marketing game and start learning to drive traffic, AKA students, to my website and courses. I’m not getting any students at my website. Zilch. I need to work on concrete and sustainable ways to bring my ICA to my webpage with my writing coach services, and learn how to drive new students to my courses in sustainable ways.

    • Hi Rachel,

      I am in a very similar situation…needing to learn to drive students to my online business, seminars and retreat.
      All support, love to you in this journey.


  115. Amardeep Kaur

    Hi Marie…
    This episode was great !
    This is the first time I am writing and the only reason that pushed me to write or share was your question at the end !!
    I really appreciate all the positive people here 🙂
    I don’t have a business yet.. I am still a student. But, I think I can connect to your question somewhere..
    To cut the long story short, I am a dentist and this year got accepted into an International Dental Program in Mexico… a totally new place with a new culture and a new LANGUAGE !!
    With a really hectic schedule from morning 7 to evening 7, I hardly find time for myself.. I get so tired, plus doing everything on my own at home.. it’s really difficult sometimes in a completely new environment among new people who speak a different language.

    But my concern is that I need to learn Spanish language.. soon !
    Though we had a Spanish course for two months before starting the program in January and I know the basics of the language, but it’s not that easy to be fluent in a new language in such a short period of time. Whatever you said today is exactly what has been going on in my mind since last few days but due to busy schedule and tiredness, I was just kind of avoiding it 🙁

    But, now I think I am much more motivated to get over it and start practicing Spanish.. because I badly need it.. as all the patients here speak Spanish and most of them do not know English. I don’t want to lack behind just because that I did not practice more !

    This is the most important thing that’s outside my comfort zone right now, that I know I need to learn to get to my next level !!!

    I am going to do it now as this is now my first priority 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Amardeep, we’re so excited that you shared this with us! You’ve already leapt into your growth zone by embarking on a professional journey in a new country, so we couldn’t be more thrilled that you’re ready to expand that even more by stretching to fluency with the language. It takes time and commitment, and it sounds like you’re ready. We’re cheering you on!

  116. I am ready to jump out from my comfort zone. I am ready to make big investment and take my business to the next level. I am waiting also for b-school…when does it open?

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yay Federica! We’d love to have you join us for B-School. You can actually hop on over to to sign up for our free 3-part business training series (which will also help you begin taking your business to the next level). If you sign up there, we’ll be emailing you very soon about enrollment dates; they’re coming up so keep your eyes on your inbox!

  117. Kerry

    Totally unrelated to the video: who makes your shirt? It’s awesomely adorable!

  118. Jennifer

    I spend a lot of time in the growth zone and I’ve never encountered slices of cake or a unicorn. But, Marie you always tell it like it is so I’m sure cake and unicorns are waiting for me if I venture a little further out of my comfort zone. For me, that means just getting up every morning and offering my services. Most people/ organizations say no and that’s ok. It’s getting easier to hear no as my skin thickens. I need to be more consistent.

    • OMG, I love you Jennifer. They are def. metaphorical unicorns. But on rare and special occasions, real pieces of cake *have* shown up in my growth zone. Have faith XO.

  119. Ok, so my answer is totally unrelated to business! I truly need to hire a housekeeper and I am resisting! On some level, I believe hiring someone else to keep my home clean is proving that I cannot handle my life, but I know that is not the case. I honestly need to delegate tasks that someone else can handle and would be the best use of my time. And this is top on my list right now…

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Dawn, it’s totally the opposite! Being able to support another small business, take cleaning off your mind, and ensure that your space is beautifully maintained without having to spend energy on it yourself is proof that you CAN handle your life. It also means more time is freed up for the other things and goals you want to accomplish. This is a great way to jump into your growth zone!

  120. Learn email marketing. Learn ZBrush. Learn Bench Jewelry.
    Ask everyone I know to join my email list.
    Market my business.


    Hi Marie and team, thank you for the encouragement. I am 30 and have spent the last decade as a stay at home mother raising 3 kids, and I currently homeschool them fulltime, Currently I ventured out to learn graphic design, and my goal is to become a professional. It is great to be able do this from home, but it comes with its own set of challenges, fears and obstacles. This video reminds me that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed and that I am getting closer to my goals if I continue my path.

  122. I need to learn how to create financial consistency in my business, and this is what I’m focusing on this year.

    Thanks, Marie! <3

  123. Selvia

    peller and grammar checker English
    I always love a sense of humor in your video. I like the part when you talked about choices: stay in the comfort zone or growth. Many people (I think, including me) said they love to grow, but what we do basically stays in our comfort zone because we’re so afraid with failures and making mistakes. Thanks for encouraging to make our “uncomfort zone” becoming our “new comfort zone”.

  124. Hello! The visual was a game changer… the comfort zone is definitely just that… comfortable. Seeing the outer growth zone as a bigger circle, yet still encompassing the comfort zone, really helped my visual brain to see the potential. Thank you!??‍?

  125. Thanks Marie for your insight!
    I would like to know what else can I do to help with my online business (decided to have this for many years, but just spend a lot without any income!)
    I work as a freelance naturopath and health educator for about four years. Recently (OCT 2017), I have graduated from Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Program, and create a website, and then nothing happen…
    Dec 2017, I also join in this MarketAmerica, a platform to build my online business.
    My intention is to integrate all these holistic health -spirituality, relationships, career, physical activities, and dietary & lifestyle to teach self-care/loving. I have a lot of inner doubts/incompetent that stop me to breakthrough. (I think the biggest issue is financial shortage, and second no one can help me…)

    I notice that you always advice people to enroll for B-School. Well, I got so many ‘certificates’ but what use?


    • Jillian - Team Forleo


      Look at all you’ve done already! Make sure you give yourself a big high five for graduating from a Health Coach Program, setting up your website, and getting the ball rolling! Marie has been building her business for over a decade, and while it takes time to gain traction and build your list, the number one thing we recommend is that you take consistent action. If you’ve signed up for certifications and programs designed to help you build your business in the past, maybe go back and start implementing the lessons and exercises.

      And if you want some more incredible resources, head on over to to sign up for our free 3-part business workshop. We’re all cheering you on!

  126. To go outside my comfort zone: I need to get up earlier.
    After I finished school, I started working from a home office in a contract job and working on building my freelance web design business. At this time of year (after the holidays), both jobs are usually pretty quiet. I don’t know… most companies are too busy coming back from their holiday break, dealing with the upcoming tax season, etc., and aren’t worried about starting a new website or making changes to their current site. So usually I am struggling to find work to do in January, February and early March.
    Not this year. I’ve got work to do on all fronts! Which is a great problem I haven’t had in this business before. But that means I need to re-organize my day and how I manage my time, and I see that I need to get up earlier or I won’t have the time or the energy to get it all done.
    Why it’s outside my comfort zone… When I was in school, I worked 24/7. I was exhausted all the time. Since finishing school and now that I work from home where there’s infinitely less imposed structure, I’ve gotten into a comfort zone of working into the very late hours of evening, and then sleeping later and getting up later in the morning.
    But I know I need to make more time for 1) working out; 2) taking better care of myself; and 3) making more time for the added work I’ve now got on my plate (which doing items 1 and 2 will also help me to accomplish, because 1 and 2 will mean added energy for that extra work).
    So… yes, I definitely need to stretch outside my current comfort zone habits and get up earlier and re-structure the way I approach my day. It’s not easy!

  127. Julie

    What A Great Episode at a perfect timing ! Exactly what I needed to heard from early morning ! Thank you for that !

    I’m a photographer and it’s not always easy to manage my business and my artistic mind but i’m trying my best to get out of my comfort zone.
    This year I finally decide to ask some help around and I have to be honest it’s a great feeling – even if my ego is getting obsessed, no matters i’m ignoring him haha !

    Thank you for everything !

    Lot of Love and Lights from France !

  128. Wonderful episode and I love the image of the comfort and growth (discomfort) zone. I can really relate to it and it’s great to be reminded that just because something feels uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s bad. Right now the most important thing (career-wise) outside my comfort zone is getting the pitches out there to gain visibility. It feels icky I’ve been procrastinating in all sorts of creative ways and yet I know that it will bring results. I finally sent the first one yesterday and received a positive response within hours. I just need to keep taking those steps and could stand to do away with some of the procrastination. It’s an internal battle that is energy sapping. I keep telling myself to have the “courafidence” to proceed. The courage to proceed when it’s scary and the confidence (that I can handle whatever comes my way; I have in the past so there’s no reason to believe I won’t in the future).

  129. MarianneB

    Thank you, I need to embrace my fear, to make friends with it, not run away from it like its my enemy. You are not so brave if you are not afraid. I really needed this today, thank you soooo much:)

  130. Isabella


  131. Noura

    Thank you Marie, your advise the best, as always love you Marie.
    But isn’t it weird though that even if some achieved opening their own business and then get stuck through it after a while, I mean opening a business is a huge step and if some stop following up with their own business probably won’t be able to keep it up yes, circumstances do exist but how come after some reach the extraordinary step of opening their business and get stuck through it. could it be lack of experience ? , lack of communication with the teams at the business? or lack of knowledge, right? Keeping up with the business achievement is the key towards keeping the business moving. Strange that people become scared after already making the big step of opening a business I know I repeated this many times but come on how come people lose interest in their own businesses as if they started losing interest in their children. The point is patience and understanding.

  132. Tanveer Anjum

    Dear Marie,
    Thanks a lot for bringing today lecture to us, Especially for me. My thirst couldn’t complete without hearing and viewing your lecture. Today February 07, 2018 your show, I played twice to hearing. One thing would like to draw your attention your 1st phase is quite interesting rather 2nd. So it was awesome. My opinions and remarks will go run along you and your team. I am so proud of you as, am a subscriber. So much love for me regrading your email equipping with may name.

    Tanveer Anjum

  133. Candela Mancuello

    Thank you so much Marie & team for suggested me to see this episode! I am in my path towards the growth zone. I work as an architect…However I am a fashion designer in my soul. I took a curse Last year and these days I suscribed to your Page to keep learning in this process to make my calling become real.
    Your advices in this episode are helping me so much. I’m gonna write you soon again to ask for more advice.
    I’m so grateful to a friend who recommended you, and THANK YOU for helping as to make it better every Day!! Blessings.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Candela, we’re so glad that your friend sent you our way too! It sounds like you’re well on your way to bumping out of your comfort zone, and we’re wishing you all the best as you listen to the fashion designer in your soul.

  134. Your video just made me count on my fingers to figure out I have stayed in my comfort zone for four years…yikes. Time to get outta here. The biggest hurdle holding me back is really taking the time to plan, organize and lay out a map to execute the plan. All the pieces of this map swim around in my mind all day everyday, but something, probably fear has kept me away from slowing down, sitting down, and taking the time necessary to get it out of my head and on paper to make it a reality. Thanks so much.

  135. I literally just did an Instagram Live on this! So important to collaborate and partner to grow. F*ck fear and get CREATIVE! Great advice Marie. xx

  136. Sharmaine Williams

    Thank you for this video, you explained so comprehensively exactly how most, not all women think when getting into business, I too am guilty.
    I appreciate you and I will share in the tools you gave to Charlotte that you offer for free to start a new business.

    You are the besssssssst!!!

  137. Benson Modie

    Thank you Marie and your team for being truly of service to life!

  138. Hi Marie!
    I’d been in this exactly place and I decide to hire a person. But everything went wrong. I had a huge payment problem with a big client and I lost another big one.
    I finish 2017 totally without money and had to dismiss the person…
    With all this problems we had to decide to reduce the time of our son in the school this year. So now I have less time to work and Im starting the biz over again.
    I don’t know if I can hire someone again (right now) because I don’t have enough billing for it, but in the other side I need help. How to know when is time to risk?
    Do you have any further advice on this case?

    Thank you so much! I really admire you and your team.
    You are truly a huge inspiration!

    Love, Paula

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Paula, we’re so sorry you ran into some financial hiccups at the end of last year, and had to make some tough business decisions. As Marie shared in the video, the first few times she hired people, things also didn’t go as planned! That’s absolutely part of running a business, and while it might be challenging to know when to go back out there and hire more help, you probably know in your gut which are the right risks to take.

      Here are a couple of MarieTV episodes all about that if you need some more pearls of wisdom from Marie herself:

      We love having you in our world, and we’re wishing you all the best!

      • Thank you so much for reply Jillian.
        I’ll watch both episodes. Love Marie wisdom.
        I love to be parto of this wonderful community.
        cheers, Paula

  139. Thank you for this episode today. It came at a time when I am feeling overwhelmed in the tasks to do with making ends meet and this tired me out so much that the work I feel is mine to do in the world is suffering. I recognize that the work I’m doing to make ends meet is important work too, but the scales are really tipped in a direction that’s bringing me down in a major way lately.
    I have thought just recently that I need to hire an assistant. I’m an artist, an educator and an academic administrator. I find that I have so many people depending on me that my own artwork and even course development goals come in last…not cool. I see all these opportunities going by and it’s making me question so much about myself and feels awful. So I approached someone last week to test the waters to see if they’d be interested in being my assistant one day a week in my studio to help me move forward there. I said that I didn’t know when this would happen because of “planning” and other responsibilities right now, but I’m now thinking this is just another way that I’m delaying taking the next step and committing and putting my money where my mouth is… especially in a time when I’m recovering from financial stuff.
    I think what I need to do is set a time goal of when to start having the assistant and know what I’ll do when I have one, so I have something to work towards…and maybe that should be in a month’s time?
    Thank you again for this timely episode and very best to everyone out there that is working through this too!

  140. Nicki

    Oh this was talking right to me, thanks Marie! I’ve been a B-School alum for almost 5 years and guess what… I’ve never put it into action with moving my dream forward. Luckily my soul keeping cheerleading me on to go for it despite the fact that my family needs me to make the same amount of money I do now (which is crushing my soul). So I did what I know I have to do, I enrolled to go through B-School in March with everyone together, I’ve assembled a team of growth mindset people to help me along the way and I am going to get this party started. I’m terrified but hey at some point you gotta trust that voice in your heart with all you got. Thanks for being a champion for dreamers everywhere xx

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Nicki, we’re so glad you’re joining us again this year! You know you also have a built-in support system to help keep you accountable in your fellow B-Schoolers. Keep listening to that soulful cheerleader inside you!

  141. Cherie

    Yes i enjoyed that one…
    Sooo important to be around like -minded,so you can navigate and inspire each other..keep building them bricks for your dream life..
    Well explained , out of comfort zone..
    Why? How!!!
    Cos people need my light

  142. Love this video! Face Everything And Rise! Great!

  143. Larisa

    Marie’s video came at the best time, and I really appreciate the heartfelt conversations going on. I’m going to face a fear here by posting what’s up. I signed on for B-School in 2016 (it’s wonderful!), and by working through the first few modules, I realized that my actual vision for my project was Huge. Succeeding would mean my life would change quite a bit. All of my core business to date is from referrals (yay) and to execute my new project I’m going to have to come out from under my rock and do my thing on social media too. Which terrifies me. Like, it was so terrifying that I froze. A lot has happened in the meantime and I am so grateful to be able to re-take B-School this year. I know, going in, I’m going to have to rassle with FOFIT: Fear Of Facebook, Insty & Twitter. Not afraid of spiders, pirates, gym hair, or my accountant …. just social media. But I’m going to do it. What do you do when you are a super-private person but the project is public-facing??

  144. I absolutely loved that animated diagram of the comfort zone and how it extended out once we get used to the stuff that was once out of our comfort zone. It’s made me reflect on EVERYTHING that used to be out of my comfort zone when I first launched my online biz: understanding WordPress and Aweber and Google Docs, creating newsletters, writing blog posts, social media, making videos and Facebook lives… ALL of that was so out of my comfort zone, but thanks to the confidence B School gave me I figured it out! Now I am stepping out of my comfort zone again to do public speaking and I’m looking forward to that cozy green circle expanding to include this. Not there quite yet!

  145. Wow Marie. Thank you so much for sharing, you did kick my ass with this one and I felt the support when hearing you tell about your struggle.

    L O L about the fear and start living in the growth zone … i’m very, very happy that I decided to join B-School in 2014; one of my best decisions ever.

    hugs, Nathalie

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you joined our B-School community too! We’d love to have you join us for the live course again; your fellow entrepreneurs are always there to help get you back in the growth zone!

  146. I’m a huge fan of yours since 2013. Thank you so much for always having the right words to keep up with one’s dreams. I’ve been trying so many things (business wise) the last years, and finally it all has come to the point where everything makes sense and the puzzle pieces come perfectly together. Working for years in the discomfort zone on and off.. not giving up (for too long).. it definitely pays..
    You are one of my biggest inspirations and role model.
    I wish you all the best always!

  147. Jackie Villegas

    I would love to surround myself with risk taking, uplifting, spiritualy aware people but where do I find these people? ?

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Jackie, even having that desire is a great first step! Here’s a great MarieTV that might help spur up some ideas for finding your tribe:

      Alongside everything Marie talks about, start to think about the traits you’re looking for in your tribe, and what activities and events they might enjoy. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone might also mean trying some new things to attract new people!

  148. Carola

    Great once we take this step out and confront the fear all of the sudden it becomes so small, and we Wonder we made such a big thing out of it…..

  149. Jee

    I loved this episode!
    I think the solution for many (although not all) women who “want it all” is to start a business and this episode highlighted the common pain points we experience as female entrepreneurs. I loved that you acknowledged her problem is a widespread issue for women then re-framed it as a human issue of growth and moving outside of our comfort zone. This episode gave me the confidence I need to move through experiences without having all the answers.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Right on, Jee! It can feel uncomfortable and take some adjustments and getting used to, but the growth that comes out of it is so key. This, too, is figureoutable. 🙂

  150. Thank you for this, Marie.

    This is challenging. Almost everything I do has my personality and my style woven into it. But I realise that working 12-15 hours a day is no good, either, so I have to do something. I think I need to record everything I do each day, then start shifting some of the less enjoyable and more admin-related tasks to others.

    I have to do this or else I’m gonna kill myself…(not literally, but y’know).

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Delegating really can make all the difference. The first person Marie hired was a part-time virtual assistant, so something like that might be a good option for you too!

      • Yes, you’re probably right. Thanks a lot, Mandy. xx

  151. This is such good advice – and I can only say THANK YOU to Marie for saying it over an over (and over.) Because I finally listened:) I’m in the third week of working with my new VA – FINALLY. Go 2018.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Woohoo! That’s awesome!

  152. Neisha Remaily

    I appreciated this episode…and wanted to share that I have recently really begun to feel a new sense for the very thing that is needed to grow myself and my business and yes, it is outside of my comfort zone: connecting with more people…talking more and sharing more, and dare I say it; networking! I think, being rather introverted, I am afraid of loosing my precious time to maintaining too many connections. I am devoted to what I consider “authentic connecting” and value communication that goes deeper than the surface level. That takes time! SO, I worry about connecting with more people, and about maintaining those connections and following through with them. And I don’t totally get how I will still have enough time left over to do what I need to to get everything done, and and still maintain some precious time for me, myself and I. Never the less, I know it is time to bust out and I can see it starting to happen already. If I don’t really make an effort to open up, make more contact, show up and reach out to a broader range of people in the world, my business is not going to get off the ground, and I’m gonna support the smaller me to stay small. I am really feeling that big leap feeling which is not comfy, but it is exciting! So, thank you, your awesome! I love your program, and I am so happy to be coming back to finish B-School this year:-)

    • Larisa

      Neisha, loved your thought to “support the smaller me to stay small.” I’m looking forward to finishing B-School this year too! <3

  153. Kim O'Donnell

    Thanks so much for this, really helpful at the moment. I’m preparing to go to Palestine on a 3 month deployment as an unarmed civilian peacekeeper (which is completely outside my comfort zone!!!) Having to fundraise and do awareness raising before I go is also something I’ve never done before so, rather than letting the fear stop me, I’m looking on it as a challenge to see what sort of a community I can build around it and asking others for help and support – as there’s no way I can do something like this alone. Some really great ideas in this video to inspire me. Thanks again.

  154. Mohammed Abdul Hai

    Your words are really motivating !
    Thank you 🙂

  155. Narayan Sundaram

    HI Marie,
    Thanks Marie. This was really insightful and knowledgeable. Actually I am too going through the same crisis of what this video talks about. The learning from this video is not to be in the comfort zone and prepare for the Growth Zone. So I will keep trying again and again come what may.
    I want you to address one great difficulty that i am going through is how to develop Goals and dreams as I am in my mid forties and Im really stuck where my life is going and what i need to do to keep sailing and achieve financial freedom. Kindly get back of all the options that I am not able to think. And I am From INDIA.

  156. Aubrey Stephens

    Of course-green screen. That solves it!

  157. This was perfect for where I am today, literally! I’ve been an Interior Designer for 27 years and now deciding on whether to build a coaching/mentoring business to work with other Interior Designers. I’ve been working on MY FIRST Interview Series to build a list for potential Interior Design clients to work with. I’ve already had to learn more than a dozen platforms to pull this off and I’ve been interviewing experts on Zoom who already have established lists. I’m in a love hate relationship with this whole process and keep asking myself “Why did I get myself into this?” Your inspiration in this episode is a HUGE help…as I have another interview to do today. Thank you Marie!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      You got this, Celeste! You have so much wisdom to share. The transition to coach/mentor isn’t always easy, but it can be so rewarding. We’re proud of you for putting yourself out there and contributing your knowledge to the field.

  158. Marie, Thanks for your inspiration and guidance. I have been a follower for a while. I have also been working on my vision for quite a while. It’s not about perfection..its about my health interrupting progress. It’s been a slow crawl..putting all the pieces together.. I have wanted to give up but it hasn’t happened yet.. partially due to you..its your spark and your show that seems to offer just what I need to regroup..everytime I hit a My greatest fear is success.. finally having sales.. I know thats probably odd but the truth be told. It seems like when things seem good..something beyond my control, just happens…. so with success comes of lately.. I am learning to beat up that mindset.
    Thanks again.. Sharon

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi there, Sharon! Thanks for taking the time to share your kind words about Marie and your truthful personal experiences. The speed at which you move forward isn’t important- the vital part is the fact that you don’t stop. Each small step adds up to a BIG change so keep that in mind.

      Marie did an episode of MarieTV all about self-sabotage and what you describe is just that. You may find it helpful and insightful—>

      Please know that we’re cheering you on and encouraging you to keep chasing after your dreams. You can do this. xo

  159. Danielle

    So great! As always.
    I recently started teaching fitness classes, which has left me feeling uuuuuuncomfortable; to the point where I start to question if it’s really me, “do I really want to teach, is this really my thang?” etc, etc. I realize that the only way to know, is to actually, do it. With more time and experience I’ll gain a better sense of what works and where I’ve grow, but until I really give it a go, I cannot let the initial discomfort get in the way.

    much love and gratitude,


    • Heather- Team Forleo

      YES, Danielle! We only know if we give it a try and follow our curiosity. Keep that amazing attitude up and you never know what you’ll discover. xo

  160. OMG I hear this so clearly! I have been in my comfort zone for WAY too long: the last 4 years. I work in the travel industry (specifically women’s travel) and have built three awesome businesses that demand more of my time and energy than I’m able to give them, because I also manage a very busy bar in Manhattan. At first I was bartending to help pay for my businesses and their growth, but now it feels like continuing to bartend is taking me away from the very thing I set out to create. I know I need to leave, but it’s scary, esp as the owner is so supportive of me chasing my dreams and has allowed me to travel as often as I like while still working for her. And the money is great. But ugh, I know I have to make the leap! Thanks Marie for the inspiration. <3

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      What an exciting time you’re at, Kelly! But yes, we know it’s absolutely incredibly scary to take that leap of faith. We’re big fans of having bridge jobs while you build your business(es!) and it sounds like you’ve done an amazing job of balancing this. Trust your gut about when the right time is for you, and know that perhaps you could slowly scale back at your bridge job until you’re ready to let it go completely. You can DO this!

  161. Nya Assis

    F.E.A.R. acronyms gave me life! I would say that my uncomfort zone and my growth Zone at this time is letting my voice be heard especially through writing right now I am writing the content for my website and my free giveaway and I truly feel the growth and I can’t wait until it becomes my comfort zone so then I can find somewhere else to grow.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      How exciting, Nya! So glad to hear these FEAR acronyms were helpful for you. We know it’s not always (or often) easy, but keep sharing your voice through your writing – you have such important things to say that are exactly what another human being needs to hear. We’re cheering you on over here as you bravely move through the discomfort!

  162. KG

    Such a great topic to have on your show, Marie. Scaling your business can be quite intimidating, but absolutely necessary. Thank you!!

  163. María Ramirez

    Hi Marie! Thank you for your insight on comfort zone vs growth. I really want to find new ways to show my talents and share them with the world. Recently I started teaching again, I had done it years ago but this time I got to remember how it feels to get out there and share your vision and knowledge with a bunch of people that are open, it is a great way to feel an regain happiness in the area you like to thrive, and I hope will ignite my desire to grow more and more.

  164. Ariane

    Hello Team Forleo and friends 🙂
    I have to admit, what I need to do to grow in my personal life AND in my new business idea is to connect more deeply with people. My sister, my friends, my collegues. It will help me understand human needs better and also help me manage my employees better when I need to hire help.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Ariane! So many of us feel a little disconnected from others in our lives, you’re not alone there. You’re exactly right, that working on connecting more deeply with other humans will help in all areas of life, including being a more effective employer. Check out this episode of MarieTV, where we share a powerful communication tool:

      Really hope it’s helpful for you in creating those deeper connections you’re longing for!

  165. Kat

    Thank you Marie for another amazing video, this is sooo me right now. I’m self-employed and for the past few months have been getting a lot of work (obviously said YES to a bit too many things) + I’m growing my own online project on a side… and been feeling quite overwhelmed at times. Interestingly, as I recently looked deeper into that, I realized that my stress and fear boil down to the good old belief “I’m not enough”. I’m worried that I might fail and embarrass myself… or that my clients will think I’m a fraud… and yeah, that there’s SO MUCH I have to prove to the world, to my parents, and to myself. Being aware of that pattern helps a lot. 🙂 Which doesn’t change the fact, that I need to hire someone to help me… Have you ever done a video on HOW TO INTERVIEW a candidate, by any chance? I cannot see one in your collection, but maybe it’s me.
    Lots of love, and thank you, as usual.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Kat! It’s fantastic that you’ve been getting lots of work recently and are ready to hire help. You are SO not alone in feeling these self-doubts come up as you grow, it’s a very natural part of the process, so keep staying focused on how you can best serve others with your gifts and know that you are absolutely more than enough, just as you are.

      We do have a couple of great episodes that share tips on hiring the right people, and I hope you’ll find these helpful:

      While these aren’t on how to interview per se, you may want to consider these strategies when creating your interview process. We’re wishing you all the best as you move into this next chapter of business!

      • Kat

        Thank you Julia, very helpful – and I love this “vintage Marie” videos <3
        Lots of love to the entire Forleo Team, you guys are amazing! xo

    • Chris Wynter

      Hi Kat!
      Your website looks great in Chrome but the text is reeaally small in Firefox and Internet Explorer. Just thought I’d mention it! 🙂

      • Kat

        Chris, thank you so much – I have to admit I’ve never checked it in Firefox or Explorer (schoolgirl mistake!). Thank you so much for heads up, much appreciated 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend (now you made some extra Karma points!)

  166. Dawn Shipley

    I need to write a CV and I am so resistant to this kind of main stream jump through this hoop to get this fat carrot kind of thinking. cheers Love your videos.

  167. Hey Marie,
    Great topic! I really want to grow my business and this helps me to find new ways. The learning from this video is not to be in the comfort zone and prepare for the Growth Zone. So I will keep trying, again and again, come what may.

  168. I need to start my new bookkeeping & inventory spreadsheets, correlating with inventory storage. This will streamline my products, sales, shipping system for when I hire outside help again. I tried to have an assistant six months ago but without this ground floor, it was too frustrating. I realized it then and now I have the right tools to get started. It’s the next step in taking the business side of my art more seriously. Last year I finally, fully embraced my art as product, not just conceptual fine art eye candy. Now I need my income to grow to the next level and be taken seriously within our family budget. So far it goes back into the business or is considered extra funds. I am having my first child in May, we already know I will continue working but I need to be more purposeful with my time and intention. I can’t back down, I need to prepare as much as possible, get outside help, and continually take the business side of my art more seriously!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yes! That sounds like a great plan, Emily. Congrats on your new little one and taking your business to the next level!

    • This sounds like such a smart use of time, to set up your systems to be able to train someone easily. I hope you have a tonne of growth, and I want to see your artwork now:)

  169. Thank you Marie! I need to find another coach/trainer to employ to free me up to work ON the business not just be caught up in it! Taking some action right now – contacting some other local trainers in the area to see if they have any great recommendations 🙂 xx
    – Alisha

  170. Ohhhh Marie, thanks for this necessary nudge to embrace the fullness of our life and career journey. I love your matter-of-fact and gracious approach, and am thankful for the insight you (and your guests) share.

    One step I can identify for sure, is something that was close to effortless not so long ago – posting video content – this time through live videos to connect with my ideal audience. I’ve been wrestling with it, and am grateful for your prompt.

    A super sweet rest of the day to you and your team!
    Ciao for now

  171. Hi Marie and Team,

    Thank you for a great episode. I’ve been listening to the podcast more than watching the videos lately- (as a wallpaper and home decor designer, I make a lot of my products myself- it’s nice to throw on the ol’ pod while I do my silkscreening) but this episode got me like, whoa I gotta sit down and watch and write a comment.
    This last summer I opened a brick and mortar studio- boutique in Montreal that’s open to the public 4 days a week, while I still kept my bridge job working as an administrator at an art school. I’d been selling my products online and growing my list in the months leading up to the opening, but I really didn’t expect the growth I’m experiencing- I tripled my revenue from all of 2016, just in the last 4 months of 2017.
    I’m having a hard time keeping up with the orders coming in and staying in good graces at my job. I know I’m dropping balls all over the place, and lately my body has been yelling at me( ended up in the ER last week with intense stomach pain and had a panic attack). I know I need help, in these three areas:
    -I want to outsource more of my product production ( I even found a seamstress!)
    -I want to find someone to watch the shop two weekends each month.
    -I want to hire a photographer to help with product shots for catalogs and social media.
    And at my job, we’re working on hiring someone to replace me- but all the work of hiring has become my responsibility and increased my workload. I’m also really afraid to give up this job- yes my revenue tripled, but my business expenses went way up, too. I went into debt to get the doors open, not a tonne because I built almost everything myself and did everything as cheaply (but fabulously ) as possible. I look at that debt, and the income from my job, and the help that I need and am hatching my plans to be able to cover those expenses and more. I wonder if anyone else is (or was) in a similar situation, and if they have any words of encouragement! I also wonder if anyone has some insight on how to choose what to outsource first.
    Thank you again, Marie, I feel like you just sat me down and told me to take this seriously.

  172. This sounds like such a smart use of time, to set up your systems to be able to train someone easily. I hope you have a tonne of growth, and I want to see your artwork now:)

  173. Carisa

    Always enjoy your nuggets of wisdom in these episodes. This one especially resonated with me (probably because the comfort/discomfort zone illustrated with emojis was so on point)!

    I am a part-time, professional dancer and am feeling the need to step out of my comfort zone. I say part-time because I rehearse in the hours after my 9-5 and professional because, well, I get paid to perform! ?

    I’m unclear as to what the next step is to get to the next level – to step out of my comfort zone. Is it a website portfolio? Is it to create a music video or reel? To study a new type of dance?

    To open up the discussion, my question is: If you are feeling ready to step out of your comfort zone, how do you know what next step to take? Thanks, everyone!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Great question, Carisa! In the case of the person in the video, what she needed to do was hire help, though that may not necessarily be true for everyone taking their business to the next level depending on where you are in your business. Marie is a big fan of keeping things small and scrappy until you’re for sure ready to bring on help.

      Marie recommends that everyone has a website, so if you don’t have one yet, that could be a great place to start. Consider what actions you can take that would help you reach more people, book more performances, and make more money, thereby allowing you to do more of what you love.

  174. Cristina

    Hi Marie,

    I don´t know what to do . I have THREE years unemployed. I have a nice cv and no money of my own. I am married and I am finishing to take medication for panic attacks I suffered from. It feels like I want to become the person I know I can be but I don´t know how to do it. I apply for jobs and nothing is happening. I have some ideas but I don´t have the money and I am scared to make the wrong move…to fail even when I know everybody fails and you´ll learn bla bla bla. Please help me.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so sorry about the hardships you’re facing, Cristina. Although we don’t really have tips on finding traditional jobs since Marie’s area of expertise is entrepreneurship, we believe in you and we sincerely hope things get better for you soon. Since you mentioned you want to make a change but are afraid of failing, I wanted to share this episode of MarieTV with you:
      I hope you’ll find it inspiring, encouraging, and helpful. <3

  175. This is me right now! I have been writing a magazine about Tuscany for the last year and do all of it myself; writing, photography, layout and even deliver it around town on my bicycle!!! This is actually a side project though as I have another job which is the ‘real’ one that pays the mortgage etc! I want to grow the magazine/Tuscan project so that it can actually make money and focus on my vision for growing my business ….. and this is why I’m so excited that I decided to take the plunge and enrolled in B-School! Excited (and a bit nervous) about starting this new chapter and adventure!

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  177. Angela

    Awesome episode Marie! I feel like for me I am afraid of choosing my career path. I am so afraid that I have not even looked for internships (I was supposed to do that in January). I guess I am afraid of having a lack of experience, getting rejected etc, but this episode shows me that if I never try, I will never know. I do really need to look for internships to be taken seriously in the workforce so I will definitely get on that asap.

  178. Great video.

  179. This is great article. This website is surely awesome for my requirement. It provided motivation for me to move a step ahead with my business. Hope everything goes fine for my business.

  180. Thank you Marie!
    I feel i have to move to the G Zone on giving more freedom to the people I hired to do my styles and Instagram feed!
    I have a handbags brand and every now and again I struggle with this!
    Soooo hapy to just discover you Marie!!! You are amazing!!!!
    Hola from Barcelona!

  181. Actually Marie’s blogs help me a lot in life, you make me feel more confident in myself, live happier every day .. You speak right, money, health, family. You really shouldn’t trade for 1 in 3. you have to balance everything

  182. I needed this encouragement so much today – especially the realization that women are often slow to hire a team. Hiring a team IS my goal for 2019. There is NO way I can GROW and share my gifts with the world the way I want to if I don’t get help. I’m ready! Now I just need to figure out HOW to do it!

    And advice on HOW to build a team? Where to start? The smartest financial risks to take first? I don’t have much of a budget – but I know I won’t ever have a bigger budget for support if I stay out in the wilderness alone! Thanks for your advice in advance! Excited for B school starting soon!! 🙂

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Hi Heather! We’re so glad this episode resonated with you. It takes courage to ask for the support you need and hiring is a common obstacle for many business owners so just know you’re not alone. Building a team looks a bit different for every business depending on your business model and needs. Keep in mind, your first hire may not technically work in your business but may help take other items off your to-do list to free up more time and space for you to do more of what lights you up as an entrepreneur. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for building your team, it may be helpful to look at other businesses or entrepreneurs in your field and see how they’ve grown over time. We’re also thrilled that you’re looking forward to joining us for B-School this year as there are some great trainings and resources in the program to help you come up with a business model and plan for growth that feels good to you, as well as tools to help you get there!

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