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Have you ever struggled to make a big life choice and felt torn between your heart and head?

I’ve been there. And so has Marie, an anthropologist. She wants to know whether she should quit working for her PhD — which she loves! — to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.

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On this week’s MarieTV Live Call-In Show, I tackle her question and talk with two chefs about their big career ambitions. Tune in to learn:

If you’re ready to make some traction on your dreams, this episode is for you. You’ll hear my As to these 3 listener Qs and snag my best practical tips for conquering indecision once and for all.

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Your dreams deserve to see the light of day. You can’t get there if you don’t start today. Now, I’d love to hear from you.

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  1.  Which of the three questions resonated most with you and why?
  2.  What did you want to be when you were a kid?

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  1. kat

    Marie who wants to be an astronaut:
    There’s the “letter” of the law and there is the fact. I think it’s worth applying to be an astronaut without a BS — it seems like you have a BA and an MA and not a BS and that’s what you’re stuck on? No! In this world, I think it would be easier to try to *sell* the idea of an anthropologist being an astronaut. It would differentiate your career and your skills from all the other STEM-only applicants. Take some science classes during your PhD! As long as you can manage the classes, then the worst-case scenario is that you end up well prepared for some pretty frikkin cool stuff!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Plus, they’re going to really need rockstar anthropologists if they find aliens! 🙂

    • Jennifer Pierini

      I agree with Kat, and I think so many people would appreciate the first anthropologist astronaut. The world is too divided by specialists, and that is how we keep missing big picture solutions.

    • Stephanie

      I agree with Kat, too! Plus, Marie, it’s so funny to hear you talk about a career an academia as your fall back career! Becoming an anthology professor is also a highly competitive endeavor. And I say this to point out that even though you talk about the concern that becoming an astronaut is competitive, you aren’t worried about that in regards to the other option. Marie F is so right that your voice lightened up when you talked about becoming an astronaut! Plus, as Kat says, it’s worth investigating if your BA would qualify you. Certainly your anthropology work would add to your credentials! Just hearing you talk about this, I feel so excited for you! I think you have a lot of people out here rooting for you 🙂

    • Yes! I don’t see how getting the PhD is mutually exclusive with prepping to be a candidate! It says on the NASA recruitment website that “Degrees in Social Sciences (Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, etc.)” DO qualify for the education bachelor’s degree. Didn’t the caller say she was going for a PhD in anthropology which would assume she already had a bachelor’s in anthropology or some social science?

      It also says that you can substitute advanced degrees for professional experience! So getting the anthropology PhD CAN count for that part too. It sounds to me like she could work on the PhD and get support from her advisors to graduate on a specific schedule, and during the summers perhaps add some elective science studies (which would help with the anthropology degree too, depending on the target dissertation topic). I don’t know her situation but I don’t see how the current path leads away from being an astronaut candidate!

      From NASA:
      “Degree must be followed by at least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience or at least 1,000 pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for experience as follows: master’s degree = 1 year of experience, doctoral degree = 3 years of experience. Teaching experience, including experience at the K – 12 levels, is considered to be qualifying experience for the Astronaut Candidate position; provided degree is in a Science, Engineering, or Mathematics field.”

      • Oh shoot my mistake – I misread it and it says anthropology is not qualifying, darn. Apologies. BUT. Some degree programs will accept existing credits so I wonder if she’s checked how many actual classes are needed to add a BS as a retroactive double major on the degree she has. Likewise some PhD advisors have flexibility across departments – can her PhD work under clinical/experimental/physiological psychology instead? Maybe meet with an advisor to see what can count for what, and if that advisor says it’s impossible, check with another one before you accept that answer. Good luck.

  2. bo

    Question for you Marie- I can relate to both Angela’s call and Chrystal’s call (taking care of a few clients while attracting quality seeking clients in a higher price range & starting where I am and growing from that handful).
    The question- my gut tells me one of those clients needs to be let-go yet I have a hard time letting one ‘bad’ client go because, I am relatively new on the scene, clients are not easy to come by and, I keep hoping this client will turn around (client cancels constantly, lies, does not pay on time…) I know this can’t continue & at this time, have not let it continue but am on the fence about completely severing ties. When starting out, is it wise to let the bad ones go or continue to ‘work around’ the issues hoping it will pan out?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Oof, that’s definitely challenging, Bo. Of course, we hope your client turns around, though Marie has some advice on problem clients you may find helpful if that doesn’t happen:

      • Thanks for these. I have a hot chili oil that I am getting ready to manufacture. I am a great multi-tasker but I love the thought of simplifying to amplifying. I can get so focused on selling a million jars before I even get one sold. THANK YOU! WOW!

    • Ma

      I suggest you use social media. The big one now is Instagram and you can create an account that you can grow a following and get future clients. The key to IG success is great content ( both text and video) and your use of relevant hashtags. If you are new to this search Google or even on IG site for tutorials and create a free account and start following like those in your target business and learn how and when they post content.

  3. Loved the questions today and the best one for me was the ‘follow through’ question as I relate to this mostly. Your advice around ‘start before you’re ready’ and ‘simplify to amplify’ make total sense, so thank you for that. Having started my business 2 years ago now in Personalised Nutrition I can safely say that I wasn’t ready and I’m still not but I’m learning sooo much on this journey, so diving right in is the best option. (It’s hard to constantly TAKE action rather than PLAN action but i’m slowly learning) I specialise in Autism and ADHD so your advice on finding the ideal client whilst focusing on my current clients is so valuable for me, so again, thank you for this.

  4. Marie, this was brilliant! The advice you gave to Marie was just right, as witness her immediate decision — which I suspect was not what she expected to do before the call!
    And your advice to the woman who wanted to shift the emphasis of her business was also perfect for me, and I’ll be following it!
    Thanks for all you do.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Helen! We’re so glad this episode spoke to you and that Marie’s wisdom was helpful. 🙂

  5. Dinise

    Your comments to Marie who longs to be an astronaut-
    I thought your comments to Marie who wants to change her life to follow her dream to be an astronaut was spot on. She has a new life, other people to consider as she made a choice to have children, and what an amazing career she appears to love too. Childhood dreams are what motivates or hinders us….thank you Marie for your words today, they helped me too.

    • Hey Dinise, I can totally relate – I loved Marie’s advice that maybe the solution is about setting yourself free and embodying the dream for your life that you have in this moment, rather than one from the past… Life changes you, your dreams are bound to change, too. But well done on Marie-Pierre for following her dream, I hope it works out well for her. Thanks to you Marie and all the MF team for all the good advice and good vibes you put out there for us! Much love xx

  6. Ayse Betul Tekeli

    this session is very inspiring, thank you for this post.

  7. So I want the t-shirt…
    Simplify to Amplify
    Thank you for this!!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Heck yes Michelle! What an amazing idea. For now, definitely keep it written in a visible place so you can see that reminder all day long.

  8. The decision about PhD/Astronaut is so difficult, and EXACTLY why I started my business to help people follow a path which is right for them right now. Such an emotional space to be! It’s okay to have multiple interests and I loved watching Marie pick out those moments “wait a second, tell me about THAT” because that’s exactly what I do to help people find those values and true passionate sparks inside, without being overwhelmed by all the outer-world-daily-expectations. Also inspiring to see her doing what I do.

    “It’s the indecision in life that kills us.”

    I always wanted to teach, but not as a ‘teacher’, but more about life stuff than “geography” or one subject.
    And now I work with Young Offenders by day and coach lifelong learners, wild creatives and practical dreamers to follow their inner fire which whispers to them that they are Meant-For-More. And I love it <3

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Katy-Rose! Thank you for the beautiful work you’re doing inspiring people and helping them create the life they dream of. It’s a life-altering gift you’re sharing with the world. 🙂

  9. Nancy (2018 B-schooler!)

    To Marie who dreams of space: I lived in Houston where I actually knew some astronauts and my advice ( if she hasn’t already) is to reach out to someone who has gone through the program. Mae Jemison might be one because she was a female and could give her the lowdown on what the program really involves. It would be another way to info gather so she can make an informed decision and to find out what it really entails. Good luck!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s really smart, Nancy! Thank you for sharing this great tip. It’s so cool that you know a couple of astronauts and we love that you’re a B-Schooler. 🙂

  10. Tha Keo

    LOVE YOU AND YOUR WORK..’Following through!!!’ Thanks ‘As Always’:)! and listening to our actions we are taking slowly but surely!!!

  11. Marilyn Graves

    Hey Marie,
    Loved the live questions especially Marie-to-Marie, and your wise responses. We all have childhood dreams that we haven’t let go of in adulthood. For me, marriage, kids, and divorce happened and the dream didn’t let ME go. Maybe then wasn’t the time. Maybe I wasn’t ready, but I’m still breathing and can now get back to that childhood dream.
    Marie, thanks to you, I’m getting smarter.

  12. Pierre

    Hey Marie, again I would like to thank you for this subject. Decision making, getting start even small steps which to me make sense.
    I wish I cut you live today but next time.


  13. Isabel

    Hey Marie,
    I have a hard time deciding between two options.
    I got tired of waiting for a decision and started two.
    You could display two or three videos about follow – through?
    I love this episode. Congrats from Brazil.
    Marie, thanks to you for this.

  14. Love the advice regarding making a decision based on where your life is now. Sometimes these childhood dreams become habits of thought that don’t really serve you anymore.

  15. Melissa

    Marie (and Greg!! ? and Team Forleo )
    This is exactly what I needed to hear (and many others I bet). Thank you so much for this episode!!! Loved all the calls and one that particularly resonated was w Chrystal and it was truly a buncha “a-ha” moments. I’ve written down and am constantly thinking about “Simplify to Amplify” and “Start Before You’re Ready” (which have helped a lot!) However listening to you walk through those specific suggestions as you repeated those mantras, within the context of Chrystal’s specific situation, brought even more clarity on how to really put them into practice (you’re really “not playing” when ya say them haha!)
    I am a 30 y.o. actress (also multipassionate, secretly aftaid of losing time for other interests and for activism) but I can fit those in my life and still make acting the main focus now. I need to get off my buns and actually get a headshot and take many other actions. I will start small though and keep taking consistent action. The call with Chrystal will really help as an example of how to take action and to get going. Thank you!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Wow Melissa, what a powerful response! We’re so glad that Marie’s words have been on repeat in your mind for so long, and that this call especially brought to the surface some clear and specific actions for you to take. Have fun getting glammed up for your headshot!

  16. Fabulous episode. I’m going to narrow down my response to the overwhelm in moving forward and taking action. I got it, thank you for the reminder. Here is what I’ve realized while listening to others and their situations. I’m good for a couple of weeks. I take action to move ahead, then stall out. I’ve got to keep going when I have a win, knowing that the next step, I’m not comfortable with, yet I just had a win, with an uncomfortable step.

  17. Mel

    For me, I know exactly what I want to do, but on days when things are hard and the going gets tough, I start to doubt all of it. I question my decisions, how long I can actually keep going, etc. The two foot analogy really resonated with me, because what I realized is that sometimes I have one foot in my doubts, and the other in my dreams. Even though I know there’s no way I’m going to give up on my dreams, the doubting foot tends to hold me back.
    So I’m going to hokey-pokey that doubting foot right back beside the dream foot! Thanks Marie and Greg!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yes Mel! It’s so much harder to straddle two different rooms than to stand fully and confidently in one, and make it your home. And the best part is that if ultimately you want to hop back into that other space down the line, you’ll still be able to. We’re wishing you all the best, and love your hokey pokey image!

  18. Mariska Lehman

    Hello all,
    Interestingly, all three questions resonated with me and they all came at the perfect time. Congratulations to all three callers for their success (just wanted to add that)! When I was a kid, I wanted to be a business woman/Olympic gymnast – Dominique Dawes was my hero! Unfortunately, my dream of being a gymnast was squashed when I grew to be so tall that my legs were dragging on the floor on the uneven bars. Nevertheless, I always wanted to be involved with sports somehow, preferably as an athlete. Much like Marie, I was given an opportunity from the universe to pursue my childhood dream (in another way) when I started doing triathlons and qualified for the national age group championships this year. I never really thought of treating it like a pro since I did it for fun but I love it so much that I’m getting more serious about it. I feel like I’m living my purpose when I’m training and going to the events. Thank you for the inspiration! In addition to that, I working on launching my mindset coaching business (focusing on athletes and business owners)and just hearing the advice about building relationships was so awesome for me. I feel like that’s where I am and I get easily caught up in the “OMG there’s so much to do!!!” that I haven’t taken as much action with the relationships as I really should be. Thank you so much for your help! Can’t wait to get connecting!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Mariska, it really sounds like you’re feeling excited and keyed up to take a few deliberate steps forward. This is fantastic! The confidence that comes from implementing one or two essential tasks is unmatched, and we’re cheering you on as you keep moving into spaces that feel inspiring and fulfilling.

  19. Marie – future astronaut!

    I studied science in university and you got this! What I have learned is that there is a language to learning. Once that code has been cracked, you will be well on your way!

    To set yourself up for success – I would like to suggest hiring a tutor! Why not? I struggled with math in middle school and with an excellent tutor I did very well. I was taught more advanced material which made the course work seem easy – and I realized something about how I learn – I need to see the big picture first. I need to see the more complicated first before I can understand the steps before. My high school marks were good enough to get into aeronautical engineering (I chose environmental biology instead though). I too had wanted to be an astronaut!

    You have the support from your husband – nothing is stopping you but you!
    What a great example to show your children. 🙂 No matter what you decide to do.

    Honestly, it’s all mindset and determination! Where there is a will – there is a way!

    Fun Fact: I met Roberta Bondar* when I worked at the National Gallery of Canada and she signed my plant project book. It caused some excitement in the biology department when I submitted my book for review. 🙂

    * Canada’s first female astronaut and first neurologist in space. 🙂

    Canada’s current Governor General, Julie Payette, is a former astronaut. 🙂

    Would love to keep track of your story. 🙂 Wishing you success and joy in all that you do!

    – Heidi 🙂

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We love your enthusiasm and encouraging notes Heidi! Thank you for adding so much vigor and beautiful ideas to the conversation. 🙂

  20. Claire

    Hi everyone
    Thank you for this inspiring episode and all your comments.
    I was struck by the fact that making decision for Marie became difficult since she became a mum. I am a mother too, strugling to find my path. I read this great book of Brigid Schulte : How to work, love and play when no-one has the time. She describes how many women trap themselves unconsciously trying to be the “ideal mother” which happens to be a totally unrealistic, unachievable thing. She also interviews an anthropologist who explains that kids cannot be raised by a couple only but need several adults to take them in charge.
    I just want to tell you Marie that you can pursue your dream of becoming an astronaut and still be a great mum, even though not being all the time with your girl. Plus giving them through example the freedom to live their own dream and not become self-sacrified mums.
    Again thank you Marie-s for sharing questions and advices !
    With love

  21. I earned my Ph.D. and I was totally cheering on the first caller Marie to go be an astronaut! Just how her voice lit up when talking about it and wanting to pursue her passion. So incredible and real. Thank you for sharing!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yes! True passion is undeniable, so her voice couldn’t help but light up. 🙂

  22. Peter Christiansen

    Hi Marie! Needless to say that you are a fabulous/energetic woman. Thank you very much for sharing your gifts with us…..
    It can be sometimes difficult to make crucial decision. However, I would humbly suggest to Marie to choose what she loves to do or to become an astronaut regardless the obstacles she may face.

    With much love,

  23. Rose Ponthokkan

    I have been watching Marie TV for over a year. Marie seems to be slowly but surely growing in on me. She has inspired me in more ways than one. One thing particularly, that I have noticed is the very obvious fact of how articulate and precise Marie’s linguistic delivery is. I am from India and English being my second language, I am curious to know if Marie has worked on honing this skill. If yes, could she possibly give me some advice and action points so I can also get better at this? Thank you!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Rose! Although I’m not sure if Marie has ever taken formal voice or speech lessons, they’re really great tools for so many people. If you’re feeling inclined to take a class, we absolutely support that. There’s also a great episode of MarieTV on public speaking if you want to check that out:

  24. The technique of checking to see how it feels in our body to make a decision or another so that we can get out of the ‘stuck’ was amazing, Marie!


  25. Antigone

    I’ll simplify to amplify in terms of my website! I need to stop overthinking and trying to make my website to look perfect before it’s ready, hence prograstinate(for 2 years now i haven’t done any progress because I wanted to design it as best as i imagined it).
    I need to just get it done, as sumple as possible at the beginning. Start before I’m ready! That’s the biggest inside for me! Thank you Marie xxxxxxx

  26. When I was born I was a painter. I studied watercolor since childhood. I went to art school on the presidential scholarship and had a show at the “Tibet House US” | The Dalai Lama’s Headquarters in NYC. I was becoming a very successful international Artist at a young age. About five years ago, I started watching you Marie and it made me realize I wanted to go back to school and learn more about computers. Much like how eye care has changed since the 80’s, so have computers! I used to think I hated working on screens and would never be a digital artist or graphic designer. I used to sit and stare at all the digital publishing and Photoshop job listings on the internet and wish that I had the skills to apply for them and make those big salaried creative decisions! Now two years of school and six countries later, I have my own international media company that serves a niche industry and have six full time contractors! I work on amazing interactive devices that I could have never imagined back then. I am so happy I didn’t rule tech out of my professional experience just because of the current industry standards. My art is now designing industry and it is more beautiful than any painting I could have ever created. Sometimes childhood dreams are the seeds of new worlds. Thank you so much for giving me the knowledge and clarity to come this far in my career. I will always be watching! I have been thinking about doing your B School and Copy Cure for years and I know this year is the one. Much Love. Sarah

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      AMAZING, Sarah! We’re so proud of you for listening to your heart’s calling and not being afraid to learn new skills to make your dreams happen. Keep up the beautiful work! 🙂

  27. Verusckha

    Marie makes my problem seem smaller (yessss) and my decision rather easier. Unlike her who loves her job, I am an engineer and I hate it. I really want to dance, like ballet, but I’m 25 years old (old in dance years). I have tried shrugging my dance dream off to build my engineering career, but I can’t.

    I will enroll for a dance class this month, even if I’m the oldest in the room. And I will register for a Project Management course which is complimented by my engineering degree (not a complete waste, yesssss) .

    I am doing this. I am.
    P.S. If anybody wants to hold me accountable, please feel free to get in touch.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      This is fantastic, Verusckha! And 25 isn’t too old to become a professional dancer. Marie was 26 when she decided to become a professional hip hop dancer and it worked out, so you just never know. 🙂

  28. Hi Marie and Greg,

    Thank you for sharing the Q & A call. The call that I enjoyed the most was the chef. I can relate because I have a degree in hospitality and have had a least 20 different jobs (not exaggerating, I am kind of a crazy person when it comes to working – yet I find I focus on the wrong things for myself) and a handful have been with catering companies like Aramark. One in particular was at the University of Delaware when I was a student there with Aramark and we would work parties at the President’s house. These were the premier events and I loved working them. Great food, posh residence, interesting people; sometimes we would see the same people at these events and they got to know us and vice versa. Anyways – I share all of this because those were the catering gigs I wanted to be apart of – roll with the intellects and fancy pants. I felt a little bit at home there, even though I was the hired help. Therefore I could relate to the caterer because the type of customers matter. They matter to your business, they matter to your bottom line and they matter to your frame of mind. Go get the ones you want!!

    Secondly, I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up. I LOVE dolphins and animals. In fact I cry a lot when I see the beauty of animals. Can’t we just be surrounded by 20 dogs daily 🙂 LOL.


    • Tha Keo

      I totally agree Radell!!!!:). You just made me smile so big! THANKS XOXO!!!

  29. Karen Drosnes

    “Simplify to Amplify!” Needed this so much today as I am (feeling) so overwhelmed with all I need to do (in my head) to create the coaching-motivational speaking career I have been dreaming of for like… FOREVER! I spend waaaay too much time on things that have nothing to do with my business. I received something from each “call.” Thank you Marie F and team… as always YOU ROCK!!!!

  30. Michelle Y

    Absolutely loved it! I loved to see you in action for the first time (I usually watch your interviews), the way you helped Antropologist Marie go through her doubts and thoughts without necessarily telling her what to do but listening carefully and being empathetic about her situation was just great! I not-so-secret dream is to do exactly that, coach people to help them through tough decisions and listen to their needs and thoughts. I already do that with friends and intuitively I think I am using a lot of the approached I saw you using today.
    My fear is how do I get my self out there as a “coach” without a coach training and without any seemingly impressive achievements? Any advice on that?


    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so cool, Michelle! It’s great to hear you’re passionate about helping people navigate tough decisions. Marie does have some advice on becoming a coach, which I hope you’ll find helpful:

  31. Signing up for The Copy Cure this week!!

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      We can’t wait to welcome you, Kelly! This is a GREAT time to join us. YAY!

  32. Loved this episode. I am a B School graduate, still working on projects and implementation but have come a long way. I started reaching out to people on my list to help me narrow down my ideal business and have gotten some amazing recommendations as well as great advice and names of others to call. Continue on your path even when you think it is impossible. I use meditation to re-center if I start to let my ego take over my thoughts as well as ask for divine guidance, asking very specific questions to reach my goals. Create that vision board and see yourself in that light doing what you love. Ranching, farming, and sustainable food has always been in my life and I too am looking to put that all to work for me. Best of luck to all. Be the love and light and shine bright in your own eyes.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Jeanine! Congratulations on putting everything you’ve learned in B-School so far into practice– you rock! We can feel the wheels turning and we can’t wait to hear how your business and ideas continue to evolve. Keep going for your dreams– we’re cheering you on!

  33. Marie and Marie!!!!!
    You guys gave me chills and water in my eyes! This was so good and moving and it felt like freedom!
    Thank you so much ????

  34. So dig this style Marie! Dope AF 😉 It’s great to see you think on your toes and help people navigate those sticking points with great insight and coaching. One thing that really stood out… keep it simple. We LOVE to make this complicated and it’s one of the biggest trip-ups when we want to get something off the ground. The point of starting before you’re ready and keeping it simple are such universal nuggets to use for anything. Keep on bringing the awesome 🙂

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      You got it Jeff – simplicity is key in almost every area of life! The more you tackle the pared-down version of something, the more space you’ll create to add on as you’re ready. We’re wishing you all the best as you take the next bold leap in your life 🙂

  35. This was another FABULOUS show! I wanted to share my story of simplifying and to start before I was “ready.”
    I recently launched my first membership and I only had 78 people on my list.
    In my eyes, the launch was a big success because I enrolled 10 women in my membership and I am now getting some positive feedback and traction! It’s small, yes, but then again, last month my membership was non-existent! And now, I can actually start helping women live their optimal life.
    So, I didn’t wait until my list was at 3000.. I just did it and made as many connections as possible!
    Love you guys!
    Daphne Wallbridge
    B-Schooler, class of 2018

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We LOVE hearing stories like this. And look at the impact you’re making on those women you enrolled. The best thing about starting small/before you’re ready is that there’s always space to work your way up. We’re cheering you on 🙂

  36. Shaleahia Hennix

    I feel like this question has been asked 1000 times already, but watching this video and hearing all of the great advice Marie gave (and the emotion in astronaut Marie’s voice), I feel I’m in the right place. I’m 23, a B School alumni, and for the past 6 months I’ve been teaching myself graphic & web design as well as brand strategy. I’ve completed two pro bono projects with women who are now in love with their brands & websites, but I discovered through working with them that I really enjoyed the strategic portion more than the design work.

    They both told me I’d be a great business coach, but I feel at a crossroads because: 1. I’m so young & unsure who will trust me as a business coach 2. I now have a portfolio showcasing work I no longer want to do (logo & web design) 3. I was supposed to launch this business last month, but because I was still wrapping up those two projects & am experiencing doubt, I don’t know what to do. I have no launch date in sight, and I know I’m not launching the cure to cancer, but I want to get moving on it sooner rather than later.

    Needless to say, I’ve already invested money I don’t have into this design business, even registered an LLC for it, quit my job in February, and I don’t know what to do. Do I still launch the design biz and then work my way up to a coach? Do I go full force into coaching from the very beginning? Any advice is appreciated! Do I get a full time job & study to be a coach & launch when I’m ready?

    • Shaleahia….
      You may be young and still have a lot to learn. But that does not mean you can’t help people. Coaching is about “natural progression” and meeting people where they are which means that the clients you work with need help in getting from point A to point B. If you are experienced enough for that, then you can help them. Also, there are a lot of beginners who need help and you would be perfect for them. Whereas expert coaches would not enjoy beginners as much because they get bored easily on helping people with basic fundamentals. For example, expert marketers don’t want to help newbie entrepreneurs with “How to buy a domain” and “How to set up a website”. Just know that whoever you can help, you will attract them and that’s all that matters. As long as you don’t misrepresent what you can deliver, you will be fine.

      • Shaleahia Hennix

        Thank you Sam for your encouraging words! You’re absolutely right in that there are people at each stage in business that I’m able to help. I’m taking your note about natural progression & meeting people where they are & running with it!

        Best wishes to you in your life & business

  37. Yes, it does not matter the business location if the food is amazing!

  38. Getting to know who is your ideal customer is a big work to do. Many startups take years of testing before landing to their ideal paying audience.

  39. Elisabeth

    I’ve always loved designing from clothing to landscaping to cake decorating, I also love health. In Australia there’s not so many jobs for that and its expensive to source in China. I do not have the education to do a degree in health as a cult upbringing taught to marry and be home.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      It sounds like you’re a multi-passionate entrepreneur––just like Marie! It may help to see if there are classes available at your local community college, technical school, or library to help you gain more skills that would allow you to do what you love. We’ve got our fingers crossed you’ll find something great!

  40. Iris Min

    While still a child, I almost had no toys. The family was not rich, but my dad inherited a whole library of adventure books. And you know, for me, books have become a separate world. I dreamed that someday I would become a writer. And now, 20 years later, my dream came true. Work is not for everyone, it is very painstaking and responsible. In the end I want to say that if you want something very badly, it will come true.

  41. Camille

    Hi Marie!

    I ‘m Camille from Puerto Rico. I wrote to you yesterday and expressed that I wanted a store to have vendors from Puerto Rico and Latin America, but after I heard your training on “How to get what I want”, and do all the exercises, I realized that I was and still am evading going after my real dream. Becoming a professional singer.
    Help me Marie!
    Camille, a Puertorrican in California

  42. Ma

    To Marie (the would-be astronaut): Sometimes it’s not about dreams or wants – as Marie Kondo would say “things that spark joy” in our lives! Pause thinking about being an astronaut for a sec and “research” on the profiles of the current Astronauts whether in space or in training – who are they and how did they become one – to gain insight into their journey and what the Space Program needs (problems they try to solve and if you can provide the solution on top of their Training expectations). As you do your research, ask yourself if you are getting inspired (joyful) or not? What’s the other option if you don’t make the cut – would you be happy working for SpaceX, Kennedy Space Center, NASA JPL, universities sending experiments to space? Or can your PhD research align with your Astronaut dream like groundbreaking study on planetary anthropology? Hope these help in your thinking. And lucky to share that I “used to work” for a company responsible for the Canadarm (on the ISS) and Radarsat (commercial sat) and that’s part of my life history now.

  43. Sha

    I think the astronaut anthropologist call resonated most. Making a decision is usually the challenge. “If I choose this, will I miss this?” It’s the analysis paralysis that Marie discusses too. Also, so many options, what’s the best one to choose? I get ideas then keep starting over. (Like the website, and idea I’ve had forever) But I’m realizing a theme. And want to make best use of my skills, education, what I enjoy!
    When i was a child, I wanted to an actress and model.
    Now, I’m just trying to figure out how to earn an income from home while caring for a baby. Any helpful links would be great. For right now, I’m focused on what works and trying to build from there. “Simplify to amplify.” Thanks for that!!

  44. Hi, great episode (as always!) – This is for Marie who wanted to pursue being an astronaut. I’ve discovered that one of my “superpowers” is thinking outside the box. since NASA isn’t really funding significant space flight currently, it seems to me the next wave of space exploration is going to come from Richard Branson, Elon Musk or possibly Jeff Bezos’ endeavors. I’m not real familiar with Bezos, but I know Branson and Musk both think outside the box and I can see them being willing to hire minorities (you’re a woman) and even sponsor training programs for their candidates.

    The other person that commented anthropology could be coupled with space flight to position yourself uniquely is a “stellar” idea, and one worth expanding on. You could possibly become an astronaut that goes up in space to work for a time on the space station and do anthropological-type research! If you are a talented teacher (become a Ph.D professor) and stay abreast of Virgin’s and Space X’s programs, even write them to inquire about future programs for candidates to man flights. Who knows? They may perfect it enough to be able to begin offering orbiting space flights to wealthy individuals able to pay the asking price for the trip, and, guess what, they will need flight instructors to teach these clients the ins and outs of their trip and accompany them in the rocket. You may be able to be an astronautic intergalactic space flight captain!!
    Marie is right that we don’t know what will happen 10-20 years down the road. The global knowledge bank is doubled faster than ever before in history. It used to be that unless you were an air force or navy military pilot, you couldn’t get hired by NASA. They were all test pilots in the Apollo days when Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell flew to the moon. That won’t be the case in the future. People are doing things very differently now than ever before in history.
    Look at television and advertising as an example. Until infomercials on cable TV in the 90s and YouTube in 2003, the average person couldn’t hire advertising time on network TV nor produce their own shows. Now, anyone with a smartphone and some tech skills or a friend who has them, can produce their own show, start a production company, or relatively easily become a celebrity in their field.

    Good luck with BOTH of your dreams!!!

  45. Whats holding me back? Nothing actually. Perfect Timing is the answer to that. When I was a kid O
    I wanted to be a lawyer. I watched that film soulman and I wanted to go to Harvard being that I am actually an African American. But on a serious note Marie I want my dreams to be snatched into the forefront of this exceptional existence.

  46. Sheena Kristine

    I just wanted to be someone who inspires and is unafraid because I grew up usually being terrified and anxious. So, it really amazes me when celebrities are able to stand out being unafraid of many things. But I had transitions in life that challenged this thinking. Like whether fame is really necessary or not. Because I want to be great but hate the attention or some values being shared in media ( my aunt used to convince me to become a nun because of my personality). So, I am a confused woman. I want to be unafraid of many things. I want to write, study, act, dance, sing, paint, draw, invent and be revolutionary. But I also just want to be in that quiet space where I can think clearly, be productive and very creative, be secure and faithful, have happy relationships, have love for my family, know that I am not selfish, and gain a huge amount of respect.

    • Hi Sheena, thanks for sharing some of your thoughts with us. We encourage you to listen to your intuition. Think about exploring one of your interests at a time and see how that makes you feel. Wishing you the best on the adventure!

  47. OMG! This hit the nail on the head for me! I want to succeed as a writer and photographer and have been focused on bringing in money through VA work (safe, easy, lots of experience) or even looking at editing/proofreading as an additional income stream. Writing and photography are really what I want to do and this video made me realize I just need to go for it and stop focusing on learning other things that are less scary. Thank you so much to Marie the Astronaut for asking the question, and to Marie Forleo for walking her (us) through such a great process!

  48. Shane Smith

    Space Anthropology – I feel so much for her and her dilemma. Is her true love to be an astronaut and traveling in space, or is it about being a part of new findings in space? As someone who already has a PhD, I would recommend to her that she looks into studying what anthropology would look like if we found civilizations in space (present or past). How many do that already? Likely not many. She could be the first to do this and the person that NASA turns to.

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