Introverts, Empaths, & Homebodies: How to Succeed in Business without Changing Who You Are

Not sure you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

If you’re an introvert, empath, homebody, or just plain shy, read this twice:

You don’t have to be an outgoing, type A go-getter to start and grow a successful business.

I promise.

Thick skin and charisma aren’t prerequisites for success. They are skills you can build without changing your personality or compromising who you are. 

In today’s MarieTV, media strategist and B-School grad Angela Chee helps me answer this far-too-common listener question from Tamara:

“I have this irritating belief that I just don’t have entrepreneurial skills. I’m quite shy. I’m not the pushiest of people. I’m introverted. I feel like all these qualities are NOT good if I want to be a successful business woman. Can people like myself still create a successful business?”

“You already have everything you need to succeed. You just need to amplify it.” @AngelaCheeTV Click To Tweet

This dangerous myth about “what it takes” squashes thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs like Tamara before they even get started.

Don’t let it stop you, too.

Watch now and learn how to:

  • Gain the business skills you need without changing your personality.
  • Build unshakeable confidence in your unique voice.
  • Get over your fear of being on camera — for good.
  • Grow a mega-successful brand without leaving the house.
  • Delete the destructive stereotypes that hold you back.
  • Be 100% yourself and THRIVE in business.

If you dream about starting a business but struggle with self-doubt, watch this episode now.

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DIVE DEEPER: If you’re a business owner (or want to be), get your butt into B-School right now because we’re doing our first ever summer session! I’ll be with you every single week to help you make more money, make more impact, and have more freedom than you ever imagined possible. Go to to learn more and enroll.

Now, it’s your turn.

Take a moment to think about the biggest insight you had from today’s conversation. More importantly, brainstorm what you can do to turn that insight into action starting right now. Because where inspiration meets action? That’s where all the magic happens.

Take the first step by answering these two questions in a comment below:

  1. What assumptions about successful entrepreneurs are holding you back?
  2. What qualities do you already have that would make you an amazing business owner?

Sure, you could just think about your answers. But I STRONGLY urge you to leave a comment below because amazing insights come when we share our thoughts and ideas with others. Share your answers in a comment and — for bonus points — respond to another aspiring entrepreneur with some encouragement!

Remember, we all have new skills to develop and business lessons to learn, but that does NOT mean you need a new personality to succeed. Who you are right now is absolutely perfect.


What Happens When Your Wildest Dreams Come True? Just Ask This Flower Farmer

Everybody’s got problems.

But imagine if your most pressing dilemma was this:

All your wildest dreams have come true… so what’s next?

For Erin Benzakein — B-School grad and founder of Floret Flower Farm — this is the question she’s asking herself. But it didn’t start that way.

In her words, “It started in my backyard and it stayed in my backyard for years. Really just me fumbling along, making a thousand mistakes, not making any money, killing so many plants, just really sucking at it for a long time.”

Fifteen years and 40,000 handmade bouquets later, Erin is one of the nation’s leading farmer-florists. She’s authored three books including Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, which won the American Horticultural Society’s book award, the New York Times Bestseller A Year in Flowers, and her most recent, Discovering Dahlias. She’s received the Martha Stewart American Made Award for floral and event design and is now the star of Growing Floret, a new reality show on the Magnolia Network.

Don't lose heart if you're not good yet, just keep getting back up. ~ Erin Benzakein, Floret Flower Farm via @MarieForleo Click To Tweet

But my favorite thing about Erin? Her honesty and wisdom about what it really takes to stay true to your heart and make it as an entrepreneur.

In today’s MarieTV you’ll learn:

  • The power of saying NO to your customers.
  • Where to look for answers when you have no idea what’s next.
  • The scariest part of entrepreneurship — and how to cope.
  • How to use debt as a HUGE motivator.
  • Erin’s ten-year roadmap to becoming an “overnight success.”
  • How to follow your heart when it doesn’t make sense.
  • Plus, how B-School transformed Erin’s business! 

If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to turn your unlikely dream into reality, today’s episode is a must-watch.

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DIVE DEEPER: Ready to bring your dream business to life? Learn more about our flagship program B-School and enroll for Summer Session now while you still can!

Now, Erin and I would love to hear from you.

Do you have a hobby or idea you’d love to turn into a business? Is your heart tugging at you to try something but you keep shrugging it off? 

Leave a comment below and let us know.

No matter how unlikely your dream seems, the bravest thing you can do is listen to your heart.


Can Your Daily Intentions Change Your Life? Gary Zukav Says Yes.

Do you want a life of spontaneity, joy, and intelligence? Or one of pain, frustration, and suffering?

The choice is yours.

While you can’t always control your external circumstances, my MarieTV guest today will show you how to access something WAY more powerful.

Gary Zukav is a modern spiritual teacher and the author of four consecutive New York Times Best Sellers including The Seat of the Soul and Universal Human. He’s known for his profound insights about human consciousness and appearing on the Oprah Show more than any other guest.

“No one has a choice about what they're going to feel next. But you do have a choice about what you're going to do then.” @gary_zukav Click To Tweet

In today’s episode, Gary speaks openly about his early struggle with sex and drug addiction, the advanced physics meeting that changed his life, and how each of us can choose love over fear in our everyday lives.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to know what you were born to do.
  • The sentence that radically changed Oprah’s life.
  • Where emotions come from (this might surprise you).
  • The most powerful force on the planet — and yes, YOU have direct access.
  • How to tap into your multisensory perception.
  • The important difference between intentions and outtensions.
  • 3 body parts that hold MASSIVE emotional wisdom.
  • How to choose love in every situation. 

If you want to learn how to turn would-be painful experiences into joy-filled ones, this episode is a must-watch.

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DIVE DEEPER: For more on the power of your emotions, learn 3 steps to channel anger into a force for good.

Amazing conversation, right? But here’s the best part:

Your insights from this MarieTV can change your life faster — if you repeat them.

Take a moment now to write down your key insights. Or speak them outloud. Share them with your dog. This step is SO important because repetition drives growth.

No pen and paper handy? Plop your ahas in the comments below. Tell Gary Zukav — and the tens of thousands of souls who come here daily for inspiration — your BIGGEST takeaway from today’s episode. More importantly, let us know how you can put your insight into action.

Because the intention YOU put in directly correlates to the results you get back — in every area of life.

In Gary’s words: “Your being here is not accidental. Your creative capacity is far beyond what you can now imagine. And if you give all that you can to Life, make that with a capital L, you’ll receive in return more than you can imagine.”

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for adding your voice and sharing your experience with this community.


How to Take Care of Your Business Without Neglecting Yourself

Does something really gotta give?

Or with the right productivity tip, will you finally unlock the secret to doing it all?

Yes… to both.

Yes, you can grow your business and show up for your family. Yes, you can nourish your creativity and your body. Yes, you can have kids and hobbies.

But slooowww down for a second.

Make sure in this frenzy to “get the most out of life” you’re not missing out on what’s most important.

In today’s MarieTV, you get to watch me coach an overwhelmed entrepreneur in real time. Mariella is a mom, entrepreneur, and introvert who asks:

My secret to doing it all is that I don't. Click To Tweet

“How do you maintain the balance between building your business, serving your audience, being visible, doing all the things — and make sure you’re physically and mentally balanced and nourished?”

Spoiler alert!

My approach to doing it all is… I don’t.

But I do have strategies, habits, and insights from 20+ years in business that you can use to make sure you always have enough time for what’s most important.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to get laser-focused on what matters.
  • Why neglecting your #1 asset keeps you miserable.
  • The fastest way to get back on track when you feel “off.”
  • 2 easy habits that’ll supercharge your creative output.
  • Why I call myself a “professional disappointer.”
  • The toxic lie that keeps you exhausted (and how to let it go).

If you want to do it all — grow your business, show up for your family and friends, and nourish your own wellbeing — without overdoing it, watch this now.

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DIVE DEEPER: Learn the 90% rule that puts you 100% in control — of everything.

Now it’s YOUR turn.

Can you relate to Mariella? Are you overstretched, spread thin, and juggling too much?

Nothing changes until you do. Take a few minutes to reflect and answer the same two questions I asked Mariella in this episode:

  1. What’s one activity that would radically transform your life if you did it more consistently? 
  2. What’s one thing that, if you let it go, would bring a surge of time, energy, or emotional freedom back to your life?

Don’t just think about your answers. Grab a pen and paper and write them down. Even better? Share your answers in a comment below to inspire someone else.

It’s time to stop hustling and start living.


Cash In On Your Creative Ideas with Multi-Million Dollar Toy Inventor Azhelle Wade

Ever had a weird product idea and thought, “Now THAT would be a great invention?”

You could be sitting on the next mass-market phenomenon.


Today on MarieTV, multi-million dollar toy inventor Azhelle Wade will show you how to turn your creative ideas into real products — that sell like hotcakes.

Azhelle spent ten years climbing the ladder in the toy industry working for companies like Toys R Us, Party City, Madame Alexander, and more. She’s a three-time patented award-winning designer who’s led multi-million dollar toy lines as the VP of brand and product development.

I assume I'll do it wrong. But I can do it. @thetoycoach Click To Tweet

When it comes to inventing and marketing new best-selling toys, Azhelle has literally done it all. Now, as The Toy Coach and founder of the Toy Creators Academy, she helps aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors make it to the big time.

Today she’s sharing her insider secrets — like the fact that big companies are actively searching for new faces and fresh ideas all the time.

What does that mean for you?

It’s time to take your weird (potentially genius) product idea off the creative shelf and into the real world… where people can BUY IT.

Watch now and learn:

  • How to find your multipassionate sweet spot.
  • 2 habits that’ll set you up for success as an entrepreneur.
  • The biggest mistake people make when pitching new products.
  • What to do if your idea gets rejected.
  • The pricing secret you must get right if you want to sell physical products.
  • A 4-word mantra to unleash your creative drive.
  • How to get the right customers to find YOU.

If you’ve ever been curious what it takes to bring a fun new idea to life, this conversation is a must-watch.

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Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast

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DIVE DEEPER: Too many product ideas? Follow these 5 steps to figure out what business to start. Then learn how to make time for creativity with Morgan Harper Nichols.

Now Azhelle and I would love to hear from you.

Do you have a favorite moment or insight from today’s MarieTV? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Whether you’re a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, work a day job, or are between gigs — your creative ideas deserve to be born. You already have what it takes to bring them to life.

As Azhelle would say, “Never say you can’t.” Every product you see, use, and enjoy every day started out as someone’s great idea.

Everything really is figureoutable.