Skits, Moonwalks & Mankinis: A Must-Watch Birthday Blooper Reel

Great news for all you weirdos out there.

You don’t need to fit in to succeed. It’s quite the opposite, actually.

The world needs you weird!

For my birthday this year, Team Forleo made a MarieTV montage of my silliest moments on camera. Like moonwalking across the kitchen floor, crushing a can of who-knows-what on the Jersey Shore, and enough mankinis to make your palms sweaty.

You’ll see all my quirks on full display in the MarieTV blooper reel below. And it got me thinking…

About how easy it is to fall into the conformity trap. To think you must dress yourself up — or tone yourself down — to get ahead. But that couldn’t be more wrong.

Over the last two decades of coaching tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in B-School, I’ve learned that your idiosyncrasies are your superpower. It doesn’t matter if you’re weird, quirky, adventurous, melancholy, shy, eccentric, or super passionate about DNA-splicing prehistoric dinosaur eggs.

The world needs you weird! Click To Tweet

When you embrace your “weird,” you can create, communicate, and connect more powerfully than ever.

Consider these reminders a friendly birthday PSA:

  • Having a sense of humor about yourself is crucial for big success.
  • Your quirks are your edge.
  • To be outstanding you must Stand. Out.
  • You get to create your own definition of success.

So please. Don’t hide who you are. You may have to learn, grow, and develop new skills. But you don’t need to change who you are to “make it.”

If you’ve been doubting yourself, this MarieTV blooper reel will snap you out of it.

Then keep reading below the video for my birthday wish this year.

View Transcript

DIVE DEEPER: Learn how to be true to yourself and find your special gift — even if you don’t think you have one.

For my birthday this year, I’d love to hear from you.

In a comment below, let me know:

  • One weird thing you love about yourself, and,
  • One way MarieTV has challenged, inspired, encouraged, or changed you.

Thank you for always being so generous, kind, and vulnerable in your comments. It means the world to me.

You are the reason I put my sweatsuit on every day and get to work. Until next week, stay on your game and keep going for your dreams! The world really does need that very special gift — no matter how weird it may be — that only you have.

XO

How to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts According to Kirsten Powers

That dreaded dinner table moment.

When cousin so-and-so says the thing that goes against your strongest values. Suddenly, instead of peacefully sipping your apple cider you feel springloaded to jump down his throat. But as my MarieTV guest Kirsten Powers says:

“You’re not going to solve the world’s problems over Thanksgiving dinner.”

So what should you do? Bite your tongue to “keep the peace”? Or speak up because it’s “the right thing to do”?

Kirsten Powers is here to help solve that dilemma for you. She’s a USA Today columnist, senior political analyst, and the author of Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts. After working for both CNN and Fox News, she’s used to being surrounded by people who passionately disagree. And she has good news for you and yours.

“You’re not going to solve the world’s problems over Thanksgiving dinner.” @KirstenPowers Click To Tweet

You can disagree vehemently, love them anyway, and have healthy conflict without ruining the holidays.

In this MarieTV, you’ll learn how to:

If you want more love and less friction at your next get-together, especially with people who push all your buttons, this episode is for you.

View Transcript

DIVE DEEPER: Learn three effective ways to opt out of family drama, plus my two magic words to “win” any argument, fast.

Now, I would love to hear from you.

What resonated with you most from this conversation? What ahas did this spark in you? And where can you have more grace for yourself and others?

Please share your biggest takeaway in a comment below.

And remember, we’re all growing, learning, and evolving. No one person has it all figured out. As Kirsten says, “Having grace means seeing the humanity and the wholeness of a person.” We’re all doing the best we can with the tools and understanding we currently have. 

I won’t lie and say it’s easy. But, it is possible — and I believe so so so important — to find a way to respect and maintain relationships with people who have different views.

A better world is worth it.

XO

No More Uncertainty! How to Know Your Next Step in Life

Now what? What happens after you “make it?”

When you graduate. Retire. Your kids grow up and leave home. You finish a big project. Heal from a chronic illness. Anytime you accomplish a goal or close a life chapter, you’ll likely face this same daunting dilemma.

In today’s MarieTV, I answer this relatable question from Ellen, a single mom who’s transitioning to an empty nest:

I’m having trouble finding purpose in life. A new direction. Where do I go from here?

Even if your circumstances are completely different, any big life transition will bring up the same inevitable worries: What’s next for me? Am I too old? What should I do now? Answering those questions can be scary and overwhelming or it can be fun and exciting — depending on your approach.

Now is the time for you to rediscover what's in your heart. Click To Tweet

In this episode, I’ll show you how to clear the confusion and find your new direction.

Plus, you’ll get my favorite practice to help you decide your next step. It’s unusual, but it taps into the wisdom of your heart to reveal what you truly desire, every time. This prompt alone has led me to personal breakthroughs and multi-million dollar business ideas.

If you’ve had trouble identifying what’s next in your life or career, watch now and try it for yourself.

View Transcript

DIVE DEEPER: Create your new life vision and learn how to make a career change at 30, 40, 50, and beyond.

Now, let’s turn this insight into action.

Grab a notebook, and set a timer for 15 to 20 minutes. Put away your phone, computer, and any distractions. At the top of a blank page, write down this sentence stem: “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”

Whatever springs up in your mind — no matter how bizarre it seems — write it down. Keep writing until the timer buzzes. Most importantly, don’t edit yourself! Let your imagination flow without squashing any ideas. If they seem impossible or unreasonable, write them down anyway!

Play with this prompt until the timer goes off or until you just can’t write anymore. Then share your discoveries in a comment below.

If you’re still feeling stuck, lost, or confused about what to do next, make sure you grab your copy of Everything is Figureoutable. Chapter six is called “Define Your Dream.” The exercises you’ll find there will skyrocket your clarity, and help you know for sure what to do next, guaranteed.

No matter what life has thrown at you, it’s never too late. You’re never too old, too young, or too anything to dream again.

XO

The Writing Process Of A Bestselling Author: How To Be Consistent Without Burning Out

Too many dreams, too little time?

For my MarieTV guest today, “multipassionate” is an understatement.

Tina Wells started her first marketing company at age 16… accidentally. In college, she pitched enormous clients like Apple, Kroger, and The Oprah Winfrey Network and landed them! Then, while running Buzz Marketing Group, she wrote and published six books in three years — on the side — and has twelve more on the way.

How does she write and create so consistently? And, more importantly, how can you? The good news is that Tina isn’t a robot, superhero, or savante. The key to becoming a successful and prolific creator is not talent. In fact, it’s so ordinary, it’s often overlooked:

“Whatever it is that you want to do, you need a system.”

Because it’s your process, not your talent, that leads to extraordinary results. In today’s episode, Tina breaks down her own creative system. You’ll get the writing process and prompts that helped her create her best-selling tween fiction series, Mackenzie Blue and The Zee Files, and her upcoming middle grade book series, Honest June.

We all have within us an ability to be creative, we just have to unlock it. @tinacwells Click To Tweet

If you want to learn how to follow your heart and accomplish your most ambitious dreams, pay close attention to Tina’s story.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Tina became an “accidental entrepreneur” at age 16.
  • Where she got the confidence to pitch Apple & The Oprah Winfrey Network.
  • How to take 6 months off without losing momentum.
  • The career-defining question that sparked three best-selling book series.
  • The writing advice that helped Tina write six books in three years.
  • How to make time to write — even if you run a business or have a family.
  • How to trust your gut for life’s big decisions.
  • Why every successful writer needs a system. (Plus Tina’s go-to writing prompts!)

Watch now to learn the prompts and processes that’ll help you finally bring your writing out of your head and onto the page

View Transcript

DIVE DEEPER: Learn 8 secrets to write faster, and get my favorite writing advice from 7 best-selling authors including Seth Godin, Liz Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, and more.

Now, it’s time to turn your insight into action.

In the comments below, tell me: Do you follow a system or process to unlock your creativity? And if not, what’s one insight you can use from this episode to start one today?

To use my own proven writing system, check out The Copy Cure to see if it’s right for you. This course has already helped thousands of writers and entrepreneurs (including Tina!) breathe new life into their copy and new sales into their businesses. Enrollment closes tomorrow, so get in while you can!

Whether it’s my system or another, promise me that you will learn the skill of copywriting. You can do this. I believe in you. It is a 100% learnable skill. Because I deeply, truly believe it when I say:

The world really does need that very special gift that only you have.

XO

Writing Advice Every Creative Needs to Hear: 7 Best-Selling Authors Share Their Secrets

There’s something the world’s most successful writers need you to know:

That the right — and wrong — words can make or break your career, your relationships, and the fate of your deepest creative dreams. Before you say, Okayyyy Marie, you can stop exaggerating now…” Think about it.

With the right words you can…

  • Make someone fall in love, or tear their heart to bits.
  • Publish a novel that captivates millions, or loses people on page three.
  • Sell out your new program, or get nothing but unsubscribes.

What’s the secret to successful writing? In today’s MarieTV, seven brilliant, prolific, best-selling authors share their best writing advice — advice that’ll help you blast through your creative blocks and write like a pro. This diverse group of writers from age 27 to 77 have written everything from novels, memoirs, and poetry, to marketing and commercial collaborations. With 70 books and 28 bestsellers between them — their insights will help make you a better writer, guaranteed.

I do not want to go to my grave with 50 pages of an unfinished novel in a drawer. @GilbertLiz Click To Tweet

Watching this episode is like getting 100 years of writing experience in just twenty minutes!

You’ll learn:

  • How to beat perfectionism once and for all.
  • The difference between creative writing and copywriting.
  • The “Jeopardy Secret” to writing a bestseller.
  • Why you must start calling yourself a writer, even if you feel like an imposter.
  • What your writer’s block is trying to tell you.
  • Why overcoming resistance is more important than talent.
  • The ONE piece of advice every creative needs to hear.

If you want to become a better or more prolific writer, grab a notebook now and hit ‘play.’

View Transcript

Want more writing advice from the pros? Watch these MarieTVs for a deep dive with each brilliant author from today’s episode:

Now, it’s time to turn the spotlight back on you. In the comments below, let us know:

What’s the ONE thing that holds you back from being more consistent and prolific with your writing, and which piece of advice from today’s show can you apply starting now?

Remember, all the insights and aha-moments in the world mean nothing without action to back it up.

So if you’re serious about making higher profits and bigger impact with your words — and want my personal help with your writing — join us for The Copy Cure. Doors won’t be open long, so get in while you can.

You are a brilliant, one-time mega event in the universe — and the world needs your voice.

XO