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Have you ever had a conversation like this in your head?

You: Ooooh, that __________ (dance, career, business idea, project, outfit, etc.) looks amazing. I want to try that.

Also You: Are you nuts? That’s so impractical.

That’s too much.
That’s impossible.
That’s weird.
Stay in your lane.
You’re too old/young/inexperienced/washed-up/etc.

Just like that, you shut yourself down. You reject your own creative impulses and dreams before you’ve even had a chance to explore them. Besides missing out on some potentially life-changing adventures, there’s another more insidious consequence.  

You’re teaching yourself to ignore your inner voice — without even realizing it.

What Is Your Inner Voice & Why Do You Need It?

Your inner voice is that still, small voice within that exists to help guide and direct your life. Your inner voice is wiser, kinder, and more intelligent than the whiny, repetitive, often negative mean-girl voice that blabs constantly in your head. 

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Another name for your inner voice is your “gut feeling,” a bodily sense that can be hard to put into words but exists to help you navigate your way through any tough decision.

But when you get in the habit of letting external opinions or the fear of failure or criticism guide your decisions — a number of things can happen.

You might struggle with self-doubt, feel conflicted about what you really want in life, or experience anxiety as you strive to constantly choose the “perfect” opportunity.  

On today’s MarieTV Live Call-In Show, we work with two brave women struggling with these exact issues. 

You’ll hear from Susan, who’s turning 50 and needs clarity on what to do in this new stage of her life. And from Sophie, a multipassionate artist, teacher, and body healer who’s trying to figure out how to reconcile her creative work with her love for teaching.

If you’re struggling to listen to your heart instead of your head, this episode will help.

3 Ways to Tap Into Your Inner Voice 

It’s never too late to start listening to your inner voice. As mentioned in the show, these three exercises will help:

  1. Move. Movement is a powerful vehicle to help you tune into the wisdom of your body. Any type of brisk exercise (dancing, running, walking, swimming, etc.) clears the chatter of your mind so you can more clearly “listen” to your inner voice or “gut hits.” 
  2. Write in a journal, and don’t edit. Put pen to paper and do a brain dump. Resist the urge to edit or judge. Get all of your ideas, dreams, and possibilities on the page. Do this often, and I promise you’ll feel more connected to your true self. In my book, “Everything is Figureoutable,” you’ll get an in-depth series of journal exercises designed specifically to help you find clarity. 
  3. Choose curiosity over fear. Fear is a valuable asset — it keeps you from walking into traffic — but it’s not the voice of your heart. Curiosity, on the other hand, calls forth a sense of playfulness, openness, and wonder. From that emotional space, you’re much more likely to hear your inner voice.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. 

Have you ever struggled to know what you want? What tools or practices have helped you listen to your inner voice? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

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

Thank you so much for watching and sharing. Keep listening to your inner voice. It’s there to guide you to your most expressive, joyful, and fulfilling life. 

With SO much love ❤️,

XO

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139 comments

  1. Anthony Emmanuel

    It is extremely alluring to see how you have design your life, to have positive change to the people around the world, your service to humanity is a true dedication. With your inspiring articles, you have really done a great job. When everything is Figureatable you can achieve the milestone.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Thank you, Anthony! We’re so happy this episode resonated with you. It’s true –– everything IS figureoutable!

  2. the first caller’s story really resonated with me. i am 43 and was a working artist. then life happened and, out of nowhere, my heart gravitated towards pursuing medicine. for the past two years i have been prepping for it and this year i apply to medical schools. all this is to say, i still doubt myself because as women we are to follow a certain script and if we deviate from that, sense of self-doubt comes in. i am lucky to have parents and siblings that support me. i am grateful for the wisdom Marie shares through MarieTV and her work…

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so exciting, Sidrah!! We’re cheering you on and have our fingers crossed that you get into the perfect medical school. 🙂

      • Ambika

        Hi there!

        Its so crazy that because of this episode I realized that I have tuned out my inner voice. After graduating from college, I felt a lost sense of purpose. I listen to other people’s advice and keep going in life. I sometimes forget that I know my potential and capabilities better than anyone else on this planet.

        Thanks for the insight Marie and Team Forleo ❤

        Love,

        Ambika

        • Ambika

          Sorry, I meant to make another post 😅

  3. Hi Marie
    I liked the first interview with lady who just turned 50. I’m going to follow your advice too. I’ve been thinking of doing something different as what I have done in the past in my Natural Health business hasn’t worked, or I’ve been doing it wrong. I’ve lost the passion for it, might need to reinvent myself

  4. This episode was a especially wonderful. Marie, your genuine, generous spirit is so palpable and rare. I have so much gratitude for the work you do – and for the beautiful fact that people like you have found/created a way to live on their purpose! You are a gift! Thank you!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Laura! Your sweet comment means everything to us. <3

  5. Najwa

    Thank you soooooo much for this amazing video: I really needed this video and I needed the advices you gave the two phone call. I will start dancing from tomorrow.

  6. I love the saying Clarity comes from engagement, not thinking. Thinking actually keeps one from moving forward, as when you overthink, you think yourself right out of acting on your thoughts. Thank you for your wonderful way of helping people get out of their heads, and allowing them to reach for their dreams via their intuition.

  7. I absolutely loved this episode. Like the first caller, I think what holds me back from pursuing what my heart wants is that my brain throws out all the social constructs I’ve been taught, especially about playing it safe. My parents came from homes with a lot of penny pinching, and got stability from very stable and dependable jobs. They always encouraged me to also choose something with a consistent paycheck, schedule, and benefits. I’m sure this came from a loving place, but I’m now realizing that I might have picked a career very early that isn’t fulfilling me creatively. From now on, when I feel myself pulling back from my next step I’m going to ask myself if I’m listening to my heart or my brain, and what the real message is.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Your heart may not always tell you to do what makes the most sense on the surface, but it’s always right. 🙂

  8. Suzie

    It’s my birthday. I’m not even 30, but the call with the 50-year-old woman was exactly what I needed. (And my name is also Susan!)

    Thanks to Marie for releasing this episode on this particular day. I’m ready for the next year.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Happy Birthday, Suzie! It sounds like this episode was a gift from the universe. 🙂 We’re so glad it was helpful.

  9. Fiona

    I Love your inspiring words. So much resonated with me, especially the part where you use your heart not your brain to move forward. I have just sketched my next idea tonight and got moving on it.
    Love your messages and videos.
    Thanks
    Fiona

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s awesome, Fiona! We’re cheering you on with your new idea!

  10. I just turned 50 as well and am finally putting my passion into practice and figuring things out as I go. Knowing that I don’t have a full mapped out plan is okay and as long as my motives and what is in my heart is in check – then I have faith that I am on the right path. Thanks Marie for a fantastic episode.

  11. Diana

    Thanks for the advice. I’m going to write my ideas and dreams on the page!

  12. I just started a new adventure at 52, and it is slow going. Your motivation this morning is just what I needed. I can’t wait to start journaling and brain dumping to “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”. I want to dream big! This is my chance to say “yes” to me! Thank you so much for your contagious enthusiasm!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      You got this, Laurie! We’re thrilled you’re expressing your big dreams––that’s the first step to making them happen. 🙂

  13. Julie

    I love the emphasis on getting out of your head, listening to your heart, and feeling your way through instead of thinking your way through. I am a former over thinker, addicted to logic and doing the “right” thing. Did not even have an awareness of my inner voice. Once I got tuned into that, everything is just easier and I found my joy again.

  14. Amazing!!!
    I’m such a huge advocate for dance as a tool for grounding you and connecting you to your true self!!
    #danceasyouare
    Love to you all 🙂

  15. Wow! Just wow! I love this episode and its so poignant right now. First of all just want to say how brave amd courageous both women on today’s calls are. And you and Marie along with all the team! I’ve just taken the very brave step of quitting my career in procurement to transition into a hearfelt career which I know will be multi-passionate – but I am started with Pilates, teaching it as a way of improving health, daily movement and vitality (my business is Vitality Naturally). I don’t know yet what the other elements will consist of and I love the dance and journalling suggestions to tap into that inner voice – something I have struggled with. I have lead life via my head so far but no more. This is, of course, causing major disruption in many areas of life but I’m stepping up and trusting my intuition! You are such a fabulous inspiration so thank you!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Congrats on taking the big leap, Carli! We’re so proud of you and we can’t wait to see what beautiful adventures the future has in store for you. 🙂

  16. Hi Marie,
    I just found you this past year, and I enjoying all the fun and wisdom you share. I am just starting a business this year and I’m in my sixties! Unfortunately, more people think I’m crazy than supportive, but that doesn’t stop me from moving ahead. For some reason, I woke up with all these self-doubts and not good enough feelings…. then BAM, you had this episode! The universe is speaking through you, and it’s loud and clear. Thank you so much for what you do. I hope to see you on tour, but if not, of course, I’ll be getting your book. So grateful.

  17. Kathryn

    I so loved this episode, thank you! In my twenties my Dad accused me of being a quitter because I dabbled in things. His words did not resonate. What I knew to be true was, just as you said, I was “seeking clarity through engagement!”
    As always, thank you callers for your willingness to be vulnerable in such a public space; it is so appreciated and you are helping more people than you know.
    Surrounding you, Team Forleo, your callers and audience in love and light!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you stayed true to yourself, Kathryn! The only way to know whether you want to do something is to try it, so it’s wonderful you’re not afraid to try new things. 🙂

      • Kathryn

        Thank you for the reply and acknowledging my courage!

  18. Patricia

    I open my inbox with so much joy and anticipation each Tuesday! Thank you for these weekly gifts. Marie, your response to the second caller shifted something inside of me. When I heard and felt you say that there is no one right way and to release the restraining thought that if we don’t find that one right way then everything will fall apart. That is the exact spot I am in, in my head, and thank you for the loving reminder to trust the gut and take it on one piece at a time. Keep dreaming!

  19. Great episode, as usual. I love when you said not all passions need to be monetized. I am also multi-passionate and that just freed me to be more creative and explore even more. So, thank you for your insights they are greatly appreciated!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yay, Sandy! So glad to hear that.

  20. Jess Duda

    Regarding the artist animator, body worker, educator, she could develop an animated kids’ web series for them to learn the body work as social emotional skills. I agree that she has a fabulous voice, I thought the same….so consider narrating the web series. I bet the BBC or PBS Kids would love it. Good luck!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Now there’s a cool way to combine passions!

  21. I think of age as a “level”. I’m about the ‘level up’ my experience (xp) to be level 29! And I definitely feel better at nearly-30 than I did even at 24/25!

    I love using the “wouldn’t it be cool if?” prompt. So many possibilities live behind all the “shoulds” of modern expectations <3

    As a teacher in my own role as a mentor for soul-searchers who constantly reinvent themselves, I totally feel the "you know when you're a teacher" even when you don't quite know how it will look!
    And I very much focus on finding "YOUR right path" which, when i've got my clients to pay attention, is breaking down the diea that there is just one path 😀
    So useful to remember that there is no such "one possible way" or anything. Especially as a fellow Brit not fitting into the box!

    Amazing episode, as always <3

  22. Rochelle Nardelli

    I LOVE THIS EPISODE! so serendipitous. and dancing – that’s what I tell people so many times… hahaha…. even on the days when my back is bad (I have degenerative discs) I find some way to get myself moving… I appreciate how you said to use this with the journaling to dig into the inner voice/soul. Very helpful and hearing someone like you say it – is paramount. More than anything I wanted to say thanks so much for all you share with us. I take it to heart and will do this “exercise”….

    Grateful for you…
    Rochelle

  23. Nadia

    Marie, thank you. My eyes began welling up with tears during the first call and the ducts remained amply hydrated throughout the duration of the episode. You spoke directly to what I needed to hear today. I was a huge fan of yours (everything you produce and share so generously with your audience) back in 2015 when I attempted to make a living coaching (with a unique slant that changed a few times as I clarified my niche). I have since taken a bit of an unexpected detour back into the classroom, teaching math, but this upcoming year will be my last. I don’t know what exactly led me to come watch this episode today, given that I have only been to your website a handful of times in the last few years. No matter the reason, I want you to know just how grateful I am to you. Your graceful authenticity is such an inspiration. It’s a dream to learn from you more directly and enroll in B-School one day, so whenever I am able to make that happen, I hope you will still be running the program. I have been taking some much-needed time over the last few weeks to listen to the pulls of my heart, and the journey is continuing to unfold. I don’t know where it will lead, but watching this episode today was incredibly timely. Thank you doesn’t quite seem enough, but truly, thank you.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      This is so wonderful to hear, Nadia! We’re really glad you’re taking the time to listen to your heart––it never leads you astray. And don’t worry, B-School isn’t going anywhere. 🙂 We’re honored you enjoyed this episode and hope you’ll stay tuned for more! You never know what pieces of wisdom will speak to you.

  24. Lisa Kai

    I love the question to reconnect with the inner voice – the heart. I wrote it down and put it by meditation space and on my desk to look at when I feel stuck, overwhelmed and all that crazy outside world stuff that goes on to keep us away from living our lives.
    I also loved that you talked about movement and engagement instead of staying in our heads. My latest lesson has been one of this – It is so much more stressful and fear based to think about what to so, than actually DO it!
    Thanks so much!

  25. Janet Leslie

    brilliant episode as usual Marie and Co, hmm London is lovely but you should come up to Scotland then I might be able to see you in person one day!!! lol

    keep up the good work that you do, thank you xxx

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      We’re still working out the details for Marie’s international book tour, so stay tuned! 🙂

      • Hazel

        I second the request for Scotland!
        Thanks to the whole Marie team for all the videos – they are always full of joy as well as great advice.

  26. Excellent episode, and LOVE the shirt, Marie. 🙂

  27. Thanks Mandy!

  28. I loved the movement and engagment element of the conversation. I think we all have a tendency to overthink and be in our heads and this encourages me to continue to engage and be even more curious. Thanks for this great Marie TV segment.

  29. shirin

    Thank you for sharing this interview. Lately, I have been doubting myself but after listening to both the interviews, I feel I can tackle the issues that I need to deal with. I like how positive and full of energy you are.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yay, Shirin! You got this!

  30. Loved both of these ladies and their stories! I personally can connect with thinking outside a box and following the heart over the head. I also meditate and do yoga which totally uplifts and inspires me. My book has brought me some income but blogging is my true passion. I love to inspire and motivate others to always follow their intuition so this episode was spot on! Thank you always Marie for such insightful MarieTV episodes!

  31. Preeti T

    Loved this episode! I needed to be reminded that “Clarity comes from engagement not thought”! This reinforcement has me kicking going to the actual paint store and talking to the expert there than sitting in front of my laptop and aimlessly searching for “best neutral farmhouse paint colors”! Thank you again!
    PS: Have signed-up for your book tour on Sep 16 in Naperville! Can’t wait to see and listen to you in person!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Preeti! We’ve got our fingers crossed the perfect color will speak to you at the paint store. And we can’t wait to see you on the book tour! It’ll be here before you know it. 🙂

  32. Vicki

    Woke up this morning at 4:30 and one thought stressed me out and could not go back to sleep. Talking to my husband I realized I am seriously doubting myself. Just turned 50, and am finally working my Health Coaching training I received 7 years ago. It’s not easy branching out because we are not financially secure in any way shape or form, and I doubt my abilities to draw clients, and sell my health products. The past efforts have shaped this thought. Although, I have dived in already, this was just what I needed to hear. Thank You so much!

  33. julietta fiscella

    I think that each one of us has a soul purpose or signature. The thing that gives us joy, that we can do it all day, gives us excitement, and passionate about, is what we are to do. That being said we need to embrace every part of us.
    I am a physician, fashion designer and dressmaker and I am embracing every talent. My passion though is for fashion and design. These two gifts are effortless.
    I have launch an instagram site where I can share my passion with the world.

  34. Oh my! I turned 50 in April of this year and I’m currently in the process of separating from my fiance, selling the house and moving on. I have had to take on all the responsibility for this process and it is HARD!! Deep down I know it’s absolutely the right thing to do – and not just because of the booming voice from the universe that told me to leave him last year – but at the same time it’s really not where I thought I’d be in life right now – 50, single and moving back into a rented flat that I’ve recently learned I officially can’t afford because my salary is too low and rental prices have skyrocketed because no-one can afford to buy anymore! But then I was exposed to way too much fairytale princess meets handsome prince and lives happily-ever-after, on his means and income of course, bullshit as a young girl! So, I have to keep reminding myself that I’ve been conditioned by societal ‘shoulds’, and my low expectations for females catholic upbringing. Also on the plus side, my current work circumstances are enabling me to stand up for myself, something I’ve done too little of most of my life, and realise my power to the point where tomorrow I’m asking for a pay rise and if I don’t get it I’m leaving. Simple as. I know on the other side of all this will be the realisation of my true self, true purpose and all the goals that I set out for myself on the vision board I made last year, unhindered by someone else’s expectations of what I ‘should’ be (a housewife!). I’m having one of the hardest weeks of my life at the moment but I’m so looking forward to, and so grateful for, what’s on the other side. 😉

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      Maria! Your courage and confidence in the middle of such a big transition is nothing short of amazing. We can’t wait to see what this new chapter holds, and what you discover about yourself in the process. Keep us posted, and know that we’re rooting for you as you ask for that pay raise!

  35. Thank you, Marie,
    Wonderful as usual!
    I loved your ‘nugget’ that you don’t have to monetize everything. So much of what I do I would do anyway….. going to go with that and see where it takes me!

  36. Anna Stone

    This call came at the most perfect point in my life. Learning to access my voice, wants, and desires is a big journey I am on and all of Marie’s points really affirmed that I’m doing all of the right things to find my way to my core. My favorite part of today’s call was a nugget I didn’t know I needed but was so helpful. The idea that you don’t have to monetize all of your passions, the simple act of having them present and active in your life is enough. It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea of living your passion and feeling like you have to make a career out of every single piece, but things are allowed to exist simply because they bring you joy and that is more than enough. So, thank you <3

  37. LG

    Hi Marie, I loved this episode as it resonated in that I am trying to combine my “cooly logical” side and “vibrantly emotional outgoing human side”. I am like Mr. Spock except that I would’ve probably had to learn the human way to be. Secondly I have a lot of responsibility riding on my shoulders so of course I’m hesitant to try anything new even though I’m craving it. I sometimes feel kind of silly to be 52 and still not know what I really want to do. I also need to work on losing weight and getting healthy. I have also been tuning into Jesus and working on what he wants me to do. I have discovered that I love people. They’re my passion. I want to help, I want to make a difference and I want to motivate them and show them that there is so much more opportunity out there than they can even imagine. I am also creative and do crochet and I do it because I love to make beautiful things and I want to try to do things. I am also trying to make this into a business but I’m not sure whether or not I really want it to become a business. No I don’t have nearly enough time in the day to get to everything. I guess part of me is afraid of trying something new and not knowing how to make it happen. Right now I am taking baby steps and researching teaching English as a Second Language. I will be starting with volunteering at the library. I have also reached out to the universities as well as the certification agency to find out what I need to do and whether or not I truly need that additional certification or whether I can get the job with just the one course through the college. I am also looking at taking online courses so that I can work full-time and have income into the home. I also feel that Jesus wants me to be a guiding light and to help others. To help them see that there is a path that he has offered us that will guide us through much growth and learning.
    I guess my question is: “How do I get my different parts rowing together?” “How do I stop being afraid of trying?”.
    Thx so much for being you!

    LG

    • Diana

      LG…..OMG….this is so me…but I work so like a turtle….as I try to soak up everything needed to move forward. I’m narrowing it down and working on myself despite what my husband “Thinks” I should be doing and making me feel less than…….but not easy, marital problems…

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      How exciting that you’re taking those steps to teach English, LG! One of Marie’s mantras is “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought” — taking baby steps in different directions to see what resonates with you is the perfect way to gain clarity. This episode might really hit home for you: https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/03/courage-to-do-anything/

  38. Lovely,
    I’m yet another Susan and twenty years older than Susan on the call! But totally loving this stage of my life where I’ve found my genius calling after 20 years of direct preparation for what I am doing now. So true that engagement brings clarity. I tell my children and younger friends just do what draws you and follow that road to where it leads. Thanks,
    SMP

  39. I’m 64 and to be 50 again would be freaking GLORIOUS! News Flash! You will continue to say this throughout life so LIVE NOW! I’ve been slugging along for years and now, finally getting off my duff to start another business. My health and activity is #1!! Beyond ANYTHING movement is KEY! I like you Marie, LOVE dance! I’m loving the Batcha and Latin dance. Makes me feel sexy and alive. I hike regularly and bodyboard. Oh, and BTW, I was married for 26 years and divorced at 48 with a 6-year-old. I remarried a younger hunk when I was 53 years old. When I divorced I wrote down everything I didn’t want in a relationship and in life and got that cleared out THEN I got real and wrote a list of everything I DID want. I narrowed down my relationship list to 5 must-haves and 1 1/2 weeks later met my (now) husband. It’s been 15 years and life is good. Worrying about age is a waste of time STOP DOING IT! Keep moving and remember to keep having FUN!! xxoo

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      We ALL needed these reminders, Darris. Thank you so much for sharing your passion, we’ll be dedicating our Team Forleo afternoon dance break to you! <3

  40. Alex

    multi-passionate – that is me!!!

    i find myself saying-damn I wish I was passionate about that “ONE THING”!

    It was so freeing to hear Marie’s advice that not all of the passions have to be money makers to bring you joy…sometimes just go and do and feel the joy! Brilliant…just discussed this with my sister…complaining that I am stuck. I need to keep moving, stay curious, and listen to my gut!

  41. This episode was 100% ON TIME for me, Marie.
    I just recently overcame a few life struggles holding me back from achieving my dreams, and now I’m finally at liberty to pursue them, but I’m having a tough time understanding how to finally go about accomplishing what I want to do, and which passions to monetize, which passions to just keep in my life… you’ve answered all my present questions, and offered much-needed encouragement with this call-in episode.
    Thanks again, and many blessings to you and your crew for continuing to do what you do, Marie.

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      We’re so, so glad to hear this landed at just the right time for you, Krista. Thank you for being here with us.

  42. This was inspirational. I’m passionate about more than one thing but afraid to put myself out there as I always seem to be hurt by someone. I would love to figure out how I can use my empathy for others to help others?? I’m gonna dance more in my living room!!! Thanks for being you.

  43. Jenny

    Wow the comments….we are not alone in our journeys….I’ve been following you, Marie, for several years now…this episode is the most resonating….tapping into what my calling is…what I really really want to do…I’m fit and continually move in my new, outdoor recreation lifestyle moving to a ski resort community….I am building community and gaining credibility here volunteering, etc…now it’s the journaling…I’ve always known it’s important, but this episode has given me the motivation to start…it seems to be the missing ingredient to get me going into clarify and listening to my gut…thank you!

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      Love that this episode gave you a piece of the puzzle, Jenny! Thank you for being here with us over the years, it means the world to us. <3

  44. Mario

    Thanks this one really talk to me, because i’m often worry about taking the wrong decision.

  45. phoebe smith

    Amazing as always and perfect timing. I am always excited when you point out multi interests are OK because until you said that in a podcast from awhile back, I really thought I was broken because I couldn’t land that ONE thing to focus on to succeed…
    I turn 60 in Sept. and hope to have some new progress to report back to you before then… Just working on the FEAR…
    Thanks Marie and Team for all you’re doing for Us and ME!
    Phoebe

  46. Diana Cardenas

    OMG…this is exactly what I am going through at this very moment, and of course then some…I can totally relate to Nadia and Marie. While there are some differences of course. I work with my husband, have two children, one that is going off to college, so thats a huge breather to start doing my passion. I’m trying minimal to do get away from helping my husband, as we are not in a good space right now. My passion for empowering tweens to live their best lives is what gets me excited…the only thing right now, as I am having marital problems. I’m trying to live my best life but struggling…how can I teach girls this through my program, I thought. But figured it we are all in this journey together and will always trying to figure out till the day we die.
    Trying to keep my head up and not loose my way in all my marital problems….I really have to shift my mind….as I am working on….trust me…
    Thanks much Marie-
    Tearfully Diana

  47. Diana

    did I mention I’m 53…

  48. DNN

    Sometimes it’s the wrong choices we mae that ends us p with accelerated sucess and improved net worth later down the road because those life lessons we needed to experience in the moment ended up profiting us mentally and financially by making better sound judgment.

  49. Such a great episode. I’m a multi passionate creative. I’ve been successful as a clothing designer for over 20+ years, on my own and for other companies. I have a couple of websites where I carry my work and other lines, including the exquisite work by talented indigenous women artisans I work with in remote communities in the Amazon jungle.

    I also love to paint and sing, and I am sometimes invited to do vocals on others’ projects, like the film The Highest Pass or The Latin Project cd. I just love to experience life fully.

    Sometimes a well-meaning person will say you are all over the place and need to choose. But deep inside, I don’t feel like choosing one thing. I only get this one life to live an don’t wanna limit to just one thing!

    I’m in my 5th decade on this planet feeling and looking great. People often are startled when I tell them how long I’ve been here. So, I’m definitely doing something right! I surround myself with nieces and nephews, friends and family that fill my heart with joy. My husband and I live on the road full-time in our huge remodeled off-grid solar trailer where we work and travel.

    Thank you for bringing light to multi passionate creatives and beginning at 50+. I’ll check out your episode on late bloomers.

    You ROCK!!

    • Barchi

      Oh thank you for posting this Violeta, you are inspiring <3 Much joy and all the best to you!

  50. What resonated with me was the second caller’s dilemma about “putting it all together.” I realized during the interview that instead of lamenting that it was my problem, too, it I thought, “No it’s not. DAMN! I FINALLY got that sucker handled!” LOL!

    Marie’s “multi-faceted entrepreneur” moniker was my saving grace over two years ago. I’m a minister. I’m a wedding officiant. I’m a licensed social worker with a masters degree in social work. I’m a published author of nine books, magazine articles, and two columns. And, I’m also a career flight attendant, a husband, a son, a gardener, and a damn good cook! My blog, “Making Sense of Life,” has been around for over ten years. Thanks to Marie and B School I realized I had the answer to the multi-faceted entrepreneur question all along in my blog title! I have no elevator speech anymore. Now, when people ask me, “What do you do?” I answer simply, “I help people make sense of life.” That results in a blank stare, followed my a guffaw or snort, and, “How?” That opens the door to, “Well, what about your life doesn’t make sense, or is bothering you right now?” Once we start down that road I know what I need to tell them about me to help them help themselves.

    I know I’m a minority in Marie’s fan club, students, and subscribers, in that I’m a guy in a sea of powerful, amazing, awesome, and successful women. But please let her know (and who’s ever reading this) that her work, her writing, her professionalism wrapped up in a beautiful, raw, unapologetic package has resulted in my FINALLY having the life I want, doing what I love, and making some dough in the process. GREAT EPISODE!!!

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      You’re amazing, Terry! Thank you for being here with us, and for taking the time to share what Marie’s work has meant to you. I’ll absolutely pass along your appreciation and story to the rest of Team Forleo, and we’ll look forward to many more years of sharing inspiration with you.

    • Dari

      This is amazing, Terry! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story and inspiration! It’s refreshing to hear the male perspective, which confirms that we are all humans in the sea of life together. All the best.

  51. Michael Molina

    Wow, Marie, awesome! I love the way you love people; providing practical insight, relevant truth, imparted faith and obvious passion. Inspiring. I’m almost 50 myself.
    Thank you!!!

  52. Lisa

    Marie,

    I watch your online shows all of the time, but this one really hit home for me, ” you have to feel your way” I’m a very technical person, I work in the science field so everything is in my head, so when begin to speak about being physical and allow that physical energy to motivate me and most important, trusting those feelings and thoughts that come from that physical movement, just bought tears to my eyes!!
    Thank you so much
    Lisa

  53. Ian

    Hi Marie,
    great show thanks so much! I am a newly starting coach (54 y/o) helping with Mindset and performance, and amazing to see how many people try and “think” their way to clarity, myself being the biggest example. What i saw in myself and now in my clients is that need to decide on what direction / path / career / purpose to take is really just our internal voice’s most cunning form of procrastination. No action means no fear of failure.
    Ian

  54. You’ve always been great…but, you have really come into your own and you so deserve it.
    Still with you Marie after all these years! You light up people’s lives…with your caring heart, good mind and bright smile. Thank you fellow human for giving us…you!
    Love and best wishes…always…smokeyg.
    This episode really got me…deep. Love those!

  55. This was my favorite episode yet! The callers’ dilemmas deeply resonated and Marie moved me to tears (as usual) with her spot-on, enlightening advice! One thing that particularly stood out was the response to “arguing” with your inner voice. SOCIAL CONDITIONING! OMFG, YES! it’s not the “truth” but the exact opposite. Damn girl, you da best! Thanks for always helping me reframe my mind and get more positive!!!!! <3

  56. Both topics from this episode hit home with a big OMG! I recently turned 54 & will be returning to college in Sept. to finish my BS. I’ll be pursue a degree in integrative health with the hopes of combining my love for health & wellness, my desire to help others and my passion for fiber & textile arts. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do it all, but I now have the renewed sense of purpose! Thank you!!

    • Sarah - Team Forleo

      Oohh, that’s so exciting Jean! Finding how it all fits together sometimes feels like a scavenger hunt…a clue here, a clue there, and at the end it all makes sense. We’re so glad this episode helped fuel you!

  57. Anne-Marie

    That episode what REALLY what I needed to hear today, it describes exactly what I am going trough right now. Im 24, multi-passionated, multi-talented and sometimes I feel a certain pressure to fit in a box. I wanted to be an entrepreneur since im like 12 but fear always kept me out of this world. I don’t have confidence in myself, im afraid I might not pick the perfect idea or project + I have trouble to put ALL of my passions together…It’s sad because I know I have so much to bring to this world… First thing I’ll do when I come home from work : DANCE ALL OVER THE PLACE !
    Thank you for being such an everyday inspiration, I know I’ll meet you some day 🙂
    Lots of love

  58. I really loved this video! So coming to you from New Zealand, I’m really grateful for your insight. Related with the second interview mainly and felt like I was Sophie… now that I’m in my 40s and a ‘multi talented entrepreneur’😉I have way less fear around it and allow the unfold to happen. I’m off to do a life coach course next and I run two businesses. My next step will be marrying it all, however that will look. Simone

  59. Lola Rodriguez Leal

    Marie you always enlighten my path.
    I can´t even find what I’m passionate about, so you gave me a real push with feeling it with my heart and not through my thought. I will begin doing that and see where it takes me. Thanks !!
    See you around
    Lola from Mexico City

  60. Oh thank god I watched this video – My head is so full with “What my next step is??”
    Do it, Don’t do it, … do it, don’t do it……. So Marie said “Take action”
    I does mean moving my children to a different school and area… but it FEELS right.

  61. I must say that I loved the “want to know what I’m doing today, tomorrow or next week?” answer to “What do you do?”

    Elevator pitches never felt right to me and I have a huge list of things I do

  62. Tamsin Bennett

    “Clarity comes from engagement not thought”

    A beautifully simple truth. I lock myself up in my head with reasons & justifications not to do something but when I’m in the moment engaging with something it feels so good and so easy!

    Marie, you always pop up at the right time – thank you!

    You are always very welcome in London and we hope you are coming here for the book tour?!

    Best wishes from across the pond xx Tam

  63. Beth

    To Susan: I saw the “new”doctor since mine was out. She is 63 and recently finished residency. She said she was a teacher for 23 years. She’d always wanted to go to med school so when she retired from teaching she DID IT. You can do what your heart tells you!!

  64. Dapo

    “Clarity comes from engagement not thinking”! Wow!
    Thanks Marie

  65. Dari

    Dear Marie, I love you! I’ve been following you for a little over a year now and I anticipate new interviews and episodes, always learn so much. I’ve ordered your book and can’t wait to read it! This episode resonated with me on many levels and I caught myself crying a few times overwhelmed by emotion, mainly joyful. Multi passionate, never too late to press restart and trusting the process…and dancing. I’ve been in the administrative and financial field for the past 12 years or so, but always wanted to do something artistic and different, but didn’t know. I found life coaching and you and now I’m working on transitioning to align my passions with my profession, going through life coaching program and also facing my fears of public speaking, joined Toastmasters and gave a couple speeches, and actually didn’t die, even failed my first one, but for the first time failure felt so good, I tried and didn’t die, people actually liked me. I’m so grateful for people like you and your team in the world and can’t wait to meet you one day! Love, Dari

  66. Marie Marie Marie!
    Thank you so much! This was great. My mom and I are sitting exactly where Susan and Sophie are right now. This episode brought me to tears and I took it as a big hug from the Universe. So comforting and cool to feel the sacred connection of women all over the world. Thank you for being the Vessel. Needed you, Susan and Sophie so much today. Xo

  67. If you personally ask me, I’m okay with putting up with uncertainty in building a business from scratch, watching it grow slowly but surely into a future million-dollar online venture as a “side hustle millionaire” in training.

    I was never content with the traditional employment scene. I don’t like getting up and going to work for someone that I make rich off of the hard work and sweat off of my back that never takes care of me financially.

    I always wanted my own business because punching a time clock was never for me, though I did what I had to do in order to keep a job and a steady paycheck coming in. I believe in myself today to take my entrepreneurial mindset to the “public 9th step,” and continue “doing the transformation business work out of inspiration or desperation.” 🙂

  68. Sarah

    This whole episode is great but my favorite parts are:
    The arguments in your inner voices are Social Conditioning.
    “Explore possibilities from a space of curiosity not fear, from a place of play and creativity rather than restriction and fear.”
    “Clarity comes from engagement not thought.”
    When I seek counsel from people about what I should do next in my life I always get instructions/suggestions based on social conditioning. Blah. I have been known to self sabotage by choosing my course from a place of fear which always results in disappointment and resentment. I am trying to listen to my heart these days (if my inner school arm voice would quiet down) which is why I enrolled in B-School and The Copy Cure. Engagement all the way, the rest is “settling”.

  69. I was really encouraged by the tips you gave to Susan. I too have just started another chapter in my life. I retired from teaching music in the public school system last year. Now I am pursuing a career in voiceover work. I intend to watch the episode you suggested to Susan to maintain my momentum. I love what I’m doing but I have not landed many paying gigs as of yet. But watching Marie TV has been one of the voices that keeps me going and pushing forward.

  70. Susan, go for it, girl!!!

    That’s it!
    I’ll stop trying to fit acting into my French coaching business, I’ll just attend the acting workshops which I adore and have always been my favorite playground.

    Thanks, Marie!
    xo

  71. Pip

    The conversation with Susan has left me somewhat tearful as I recognise myself in her story. I’ve just hit 52 and hotly pursuing my real self. I have the opportunity to do something hugely adventurous that makes tummy flip flop when I think of it, I have no idea how I can make it happen but I know I really want to. I’ve been letting my inner critic shut down this desire because of cost and timing and and and. BUT, I really want to do it so this episode has helped me realise I can just focus on that excited feeling and then follow the prompts and allow it to unfold, take the inspired action as I feel it arise – thank you Marie.

  72. Gerret Lorenzen

    I am a 50 year old man, who had a life changing episode the other week, and started a journal.
    I also live in London.
    Double whammy mate!
    Great episode, with the perfect mix of practical advice from an emotional viewpoint.
    I have my passions (London, buildings and live music), and am setting up a website which will utilise at least one of these.
    Watch this space.

  73. Giulia Del Bene

    I am a 36 year old women. This episode resonated to me a lot. I am struggling to change my life completely. Starting from my work as chef in place that I don’t like anymore and it takes my energy to much. I need and want do something for myself put my different skills and passion (food organising event teaching travelling and storytelling) and realize my own business. But the biggest thing I want is find a way to stay with my partner that lives far away from me…. ( I live in Italy he lives in Vancouver Island) so thank you because it’s so true that there is no a right path but there are many…..and all path are right. Sometimes I feel completely paralyzed so maybe I can start dancing…..do you have any other suggestion? Thank you so much for your beautiful work

  74. Ramdeo

    My dear Marie ,
    This is a dance episode of life , after attaining ones capability to hear the voice of ones heart . But initially one has to pass through motionless episode . Most of us in the material world are dependent on our intellect and logic to take a decision , but your method impels one to go beyond. For practicing it , a little of patience and emotional maturity is required. Normally we are with the fast paced world. The goal as suggested by you requires pause and silence of mind to a deeper level. Normally mind dominates in material life but to embrace quality of hearing ones heart , spiritual life , spiritual discipline , and a habit of subduing our mind ,in favour of a higher awareness , for five to ten minutes of meditational / devotional approach is needed daily. . All these put together contribute to attain a lessor focused attention on inner and outer voice both. The process stimulates the cognitive and discriminative faculties of ones brain leading to realisation and fulfilment from ones allotted / self- induced action in life. It is a man making exercise , it is helpful in killing ones mammalian tendencies. I felt like dancing after listening you and your team. It is transformative and beyond the definition of words. A joy permeating experience indeed after having obtained this priceless asset . All my blessings , best wishes and all glories to you and your team. Hare Krishna ! With love – Ramdeo.

  75. Yeah l’ve been experiencing my gut feelings alright. Whatever one wants, it’s individual according to studies. Enough regards to you Princess Marie.

  76. Samantha

    I just had to jump over here after listening to the podcast version. I was listening while getting my breakfast together and had to stop to pull out my journal after listening to your conversation with the first caller. My heart felt like it stopped when you said “That’s social conditioning” when the caller said she was arguing with her inner voice. This is exactly what my mind has been doing while thinking about starting my business for real, instead of thinking and planning.

    Thank you! Your show is one of about 5 that I listen to every episode because of moments like this!

  77. Benson Modie

    Thank you so much for the wisdom! I am over 50 and have grown tremendously over the years to understand my inner voice/true-self, and this has really become the driving force in my life.

  78. This came at just the right time! Your words echo the truth. We just have to listen to our inner selves, stop editing ourselves and cramming unauthentic versions of ourselves down our throats.

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      Yes, Emily! So glad this came at the right time. You can’t go wrong when you listen to your inner self!

  79. I so appreciate this episode. I recently quit my corporate job to re-open my acupuncture clinic and I’m so glad I took the leap. But I ignored my inner voice for a long time before I finally decided to go for it. Journaling and seeing my therapist both helped a ton in realizing what my inner voice was saying. My favorite way to journal so that I’m non-judgmental of my own thoughts is to set a timer for 30 minutes and write non-stop the whole time. Even if I don’t know what to write, I write, “I don’t know what to write,” (lol) and in a couple seconds I’m back in the groove. By the end of the 30 minutes I’ve usually gotten all my thoughts and judgments out of my system and I get to the heart of whatever the issue is. 💙

  80. Excellent episode! I could relate to both callers! I’m focusing on how to spend more time with my passion for art and people and incorporate my technical training. I joke that I’m both a right AND left brain thinker. 🙂 . I love the idea Marie gave of testing all that I want to do in different ways – I’ve been looking for a career and/or free lance opportunities that combine what brings me joy, when another way to look at it, is piece part it out. I dig that perspective! Thank you Marie (and Zack too – love the energy you bring)!
    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  81. That was wonderful! I keep hearing it, but I think I finally understand. I cannot do my work in my mind. I have to engage and get better every time I do it. Thank you, Marie. I Adore you and the team and all that you do.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES, Aubrey! It’s such a powerful shift, and it does take practice. We know you’ll see the results of consistently engaging! We adore you right back, thank you for being here 🙂

  82. Linda Tinson

    Hi Marie,
    I have watched you for several years but never commented. This time I feel compelled to after this episode because I share the same “blocks” as the 2 callers. I loved the simplicity of your suggestions and will put them into practice.

    Thank you!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here. We’re grateful that you’ve been tuning into the show for so many years now and are happy to hear Marie’s advice to these 2 callers also resonated with you. We hope it helps, and will be cheering you on as you bust through those pesky blocks – you can do this!

  83. kanika batra

    amazing!

  84. Hey Marie, to answer your question on struggling to know what I want, it gets frustrating but I’ve learned over the years that what helps to listen to my inner voice is to turn off the noise around me and to stand still.

  85. Sometimes, it’s the wrong choices that end up later being the greatest life lessons and helping a person achieve “side hustle millionaire” status. Agree? 🙂

  86. Thank you for the episode – there is so much gold as always!
    Choose curiosity over fear. Something I struggle so much with but am going to focus on from now on.
    I’m going to write into my journal what would be cool if…. and explore these just to have fun and see what really resonates with my heart.

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Lenka, can’t wait to hear what you come up with after your journaling time!

    • Journaling and blogging is surely the way to staying mentally healthy. 🙂

  87. Found this video in the exact moment I was grappling with the same questions Sophie was. Marie’s perfect advice always seems to fall in my lap that way, right when I need it most. Thanks for giving me permission to be curious!

    • Maja - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad it found you right when you needed it, Laekan! Thank you for tuning in!

  88. Thanks for a great video. I am a girl from Denmark and have always wanted to go the startup way – However I have not have had the courage to do it. But i think i am going to reconsider!
    Anne Sofie

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      That’s fantastic, Anne, we’re rooting for you and can’t wait to see what unfolds for you in the future!

  89. Emma

    Thank you for a great episode, as always. The age topic is so important and it’s so refreshing to see it as “social conditioning”. On a side note – the episode also inspired me to start moving and to start dance or something similar. I’m struggling to find an app or so that I can use – do you have any recommendations?
    Thank you team Forleo

  90. Jillian

    I am 56 about to turn 57 and I have been working in Healthcare for 12 years and I.AM.BURNED.OUT but the security and awesome insurance keeping me from making a decision to better my life and life experience. My mind is so conflicted. I have wanted to go to cosmetology school for a good part of my life but a stigma by the family keeps me doing a desk job wasting away, sucking my soul. My mind tells me exactly what you mentioned…”I’m too old”, “It will be so financially difficult”. I am currently weighing the decision do I stay in a secure job crying at my desk more than I dare to say or do I cut the strings and dare I say be irresponsible and take a risk? There’s that voice again. I have a husband who is getting ready to retire and I am worried about making this decision at this point. So, that’s it. That’s my current story. I am still struggling to figure it out but the cosmetology school catalogue is sitting on my desk to remind me with thoughts of going some day, hopefully next year. I just don’t know.

  91. Hi there,
    for about 2 years I haven’t had Mary TV. Now this is the first episode after all that time and I feel deeply touched. The way you correspond to the questions, sharing own experiences, offering “small” steps, encouraging and nourishing every idea and attempt someone makes – won-der-ful!

    I am 55 now. Started a new episode in my life about 3 years ago. Made so many experiences that changed the picture I have of myself. 2015 I got my Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design and Photography). There are good ideas about what to engage in and whenever I find the courage to try things out, bring ideas to life, I get good feedback and everything. But still – when it comes to earning money – I feel like an impostor…

    So it’s good to be back and let myself be inspired by your enthusiasm and advice. Thank you

    • Maja - Team Forleo

      Hi Kerstin, we’re so glad you’re here! We have nothing but admiration for your courage to try new things and recognize that your life is your own work of art. We hope you always pay attention to that curious, playful part of you.

      You’re not alone in feeling like an impostor, that’s something all of us feel every now and then. Marie speaks to that in this episode below that you might find helpful:
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2019/01/impostor-syndrome/

      We hope it helps, and will be cheering you on big time!

  92. I workout every day and it’s the place where all my dreams start to surface and my creativity comes alive! and then I hear “you’re too old to start something new…” This episode/article really spoke to me!

    Wouldn’t it be cool if…

    I get to go through B-school in 2019 AND the Primal Health Coach Institute program!

  93. Mary

    Thanks Marie. I’m also job searching and trying to figure out what’s next. Having trouble making a decision to move or not, etc..I also love to dance so I’ll be dancing around the apartment tonight ..:)

  94. Constance

    The phrase ” you don’t have to monetize every single of your passion to live them fully and get happiness from it” was like a light bulb over my head! I feel like everyone is doing 3 different businesses at a time today and you are losing opportunities if you don’t do the same, but you are soooo right as long as you make enough money to live on one part you can just use it to enjoy the rest of what makes you happy (by volunteering or take classes or such… for the rest!) Thank you.

  95. Beautiful episode! Thank you!

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      So glad you enjoyed it, Nicoleta!

  96. Ella

    Wow! This was a HUGE epiphany for me! I have two passions in life and can’t decide what to choose. One is my dream job that I have which I have invested a lot of time in and where I make good money. The other is a project which is a part of the meaning of life, but not profitable (yet!). I have decided to create time for both and let it grow!

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