How to Set Boundaries, Face Your Fears, & Find Your Superpower with Luvvie Ajayi Jones

“Don’t make me a hero!”

Whenever you put someone on a pedestal — including yourself — you set them up for failure. Why? Because you don’t need to be superhuman to make a difference. Even a hot mess can change the world.

You just have to keep showing up.

Luvvie Ajayi Jones, who delivered the iconic TED talk Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, which has over 5 million views, is on MarieTV today talking about how to get crystal clear on who you are and what you stand for.

She’s the author of the New York Times Bestseller, I’m Judging You, co-creator of the #ShareTheMicNow global movement, and host of the Professional Troublemaker podcast. Luvvie’s new book, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual, is SO good I wanted to squeeze the darn thing cover-to-cover till its eyes popped out.

The thing that people want you to quell, the thing that they want you to be less of, it's typically the thing that you are gifted at. @Luvvie Click To Tweet

If you’ve ever wished for the clarity to know exactly who you are, and the confidence to show up as your full self in any room, this episode is a must-watch. You’ll learn:

  • How to set — and hold — healthy boundaries.
  • Why Luvvie turned down TED twice (before giving a talk that went viral).
  • The power of “Oriki” and being crystal clear on who you are.
  • How to be true to yourself — even when the world tells you not to.
  • The Game of Thrones secret to achieving your dreams.
  • What to do when someone says you’re “too much.”
  • How to distinguish valuable feedback from heartless criticism.
  • Why pleasing everybody is ruining your career (and what to do instead).

Watch this episode, then turn your insights into action below the video.

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DIVE DEEPER: Don’t let naysayers stop you from living your purpose! Learn how to deal with criticism & find your calling with Rha Goddess.

Wasn’t that AWESOME?

Growing up, Luvvie always got in trouble for running her mouth. Now she’s a celebrated speaker with a wildly popular TED talk. She says:

“So often the thing people want you to quell, the thing they tell you to be less of, is the thing that you are gifted at.”

Now Luvvie and I would love to hear from you.

In the comments below, answer these two questions:

  1. As a kid, what did you most often get in trouble for?
  2. What gift or superpower do you have that comes from this same quality?

Walking through the world with your light on isn’t always easy — you’ll face critics, fears, and your own self-doubt — but it’s worth the risk.

Because the world really does need that special gift that only you have.

XO

From Shark Attack to Super Mom: The Bethany Hamilton Story

Her biggest fear, the unthinkable… It happened. But instead of being the nightmare she imagined, it became the answer to her prayers. You may remember hearing about her on the news. 

At 13-years-old, Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a 14-foot tiger shark. But just four weeks later, she was back in the ocean, re-learning how to surf, and would later go on to win a national title.

In her words, “You don’t need easy, you just need possible.”

Bethany’s story has inspired millions through the blockbuster movie Soul Surfer, and the award-winning documentary, Unstoppable. (I also featured her story in Everything is Figureoutable about not letting any excuse hold you back!). I love how this Soul Surfer continues to face new fears and take on bigger waves — both in the ocean and the world.

In this MarieTV, we talk about how to overcome devastating setbacks, the power of following your fear, and why it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

The game is not to try and eliminate problems, it's actually to be strong enough to handle them. @bethanyhamilton  Click To Tweet

You’ll also learn:

  • How to handle an unexpected loss.
  • Why “working harder” won’t solve your problems — and what to do instead.
  • The power of owning your story (and sharing it the right way).
  • What science has to say about living a long, joyful life.
  • Why it’s never too late to restart those half-finished goals.
  • What really fuels success (spoiler: it’s NOT motivation).
  • The BIGGEST wave Bethany ever surfed — and why she craves it.

If you’re ready to brave the waves of your life with strength and grace, this episode is a must-watch. And don’t miss Bethany’s special gift to our MarieTV community below this video.

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DIVE DEEPER: Learn how to be your bravest self with Brené Brown & never let fear stop you again with Koya Webb.

Bethany is a shining example of how you can overcome adversity and stay true to yourself. But, she never claimed it was easy. She braved the surf again because “My love for surfing outweighed my fear of sharks.”

If you want to find the courage to face your fears? Let your passion make you brave.

Now, let’s turn this insight into action.

Don’t overthink this — just go with your gut-level response. In the comments below, share your answers to these two questions:

  1. What is one dream or “big wave” in your life that scares you?
  2. What could you accomplish if you let your love for your dream outweigh your fear of failing?

Remember, even though our culture loves to feature high highs and low lows, most of our successes and failures will NOT be as dramatic as national surfing titles and shark attacks.

As Bethany says, “You never know when your next success will be. You can will yourself to succeed as much as you want, but a lot of times you just have to keep putting along until it happens.”

Keep going for your dreams because the world really does need that special gift that only you have.

P.S. Want more peace and less chaos in your life? Bethany Hamilton is offering a special gift to viewers of MarieTV. Learn More about Bethany’s Be Present course and use the code MARIE to sign up for free.

XO

Gender Equality Hero: Hattie Hill on 30+ Years Empowering Women

She was the only woman in the room… Again.

In businesses across the country, this young Black consultant would shake hands with CEOs and look around the boardroom. Where were the women? Where were the people of color?

That’s when Hattie Hill, a pioneer of diversity and equity in global business and today’s MarieTV guest, decided to take personal responsibility to empower women and fight for gender equality.

As Hattie says, “You can’t advocate if you’re not in the room.” Not only was she in the room, but she made an entrance

Even if this is your first introduction to Hattie, I guarantee her career has impacted your life.

Hattie spent more than 30 years working with businesses across 70 countries to implement diversity, inclusion, and gender equity strategies. She’s worked with nonprofits, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies including IBM and Southwest Airlines, and has fundamentally shifted how modern organizations approach diversity.

Don’t you ever say what you can’t do — until you try.  @EngageHattie Click To Tweet

Not to mention, Hattie’s been a world-changing CEO herself… twice.

She served as president and CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and recently came out of retirement to head the T.D. Jakes Foundation, raising $100 million to boost economic growth in disadvantaged communities through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

This woman is a treasure. She’s got wisdom, power, strength, and soul — and is here to show us the important role we play in creating a more equitable world.

Watch now and learn:

  • The #1 hang-up that holds women back in business — and how to get past it.
  • 9 tell-tale signs you’re doing too much.
  • Why now is the BEST time to be an entrepreneur.
  • Fired up about equality? What it really means to be an advocate.
  • How to care about someone without carrying their burden.
  • 3 simple words to guide you when the going gets tough.

If you’re ready to learn how “diversity and inclusion” can be more than just a buzzword, this episode is a must-watch.

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DIVE DEEPER: Learn how to achieve your impossible dreams with Dr. Tererai Trent plus 12 ways to make your work meaningful.

Once you’ve watched, take a deep breath. It’s time to turn your insight into action!

As Hattie says, “When you stop and ask yourself, ‘Where can I make a difference?’ — that moment is magic.”

Let’s make this a magic moment.

In the comments below, tell us: What’s one insight, idea, or aha from this episode you can put into action today?

Remember, nothing changes unless we do.

Even when it seems small, every step toward a more equitable future matters.

When you hit the inevitable roadblocks? Or feel overwhelmed by the progress yet to be made? Remember what Hattie’s mama always told her: 

“Just keep living.”

XO

These 4 B-School Grads Built Thriving Businesses — During A Global Pandemic

Dream of making more money, having more flexibility, AND doing work that matters?

Sounds like time to be your own boss.

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, but are worried it’s not the right time or you might not have what it takes, today’s MarieTV will change your mind. In this live roundtable discussion, you’ll hear from four inspiring grads who had the business itch and used B-School to make it happen — even during a global pandemic.

Like the 64,000+ other entrepreneurs who’ve gone through B-School, these grads are real people working in a variety of industries.

They are not special snowflakes or superhuman.

They have families, kids, responsibilities, challenges, and have lived through the same pandemic, economic crisis, and political upheaval as the rest of us. None of it stopped them from growing profitable, purposeful businesses with B-School.

If you dream of starting your own business and wonder if B-School is right for you, don’t miss this LIVE MarieTV roundtable discussion.

These four inspiring souls will remind you that the world really does need that special gift that only you have.

To learn more about B-School and check out the free training series, visit us here. But hurry, doors close Thursday!

Never Let Fear Stop You Again with Koya Webb

Fear will always do one of two things:

Keep you stuck. 

Or make you fierce.

The result depends on you. Are your fears holding you back? Or are they helping you become fully engaged — living a purposeful life true to yourself?

Our guest today on MarieTV will help you recognize where you fall. 

Koya Webb is a celebrity health coach, activist, and founder of the international yoga school Get Loved Up. She’s also the author of Let Your Fears Make You Fierce: How to Turn Common Obstacles into Seeds for Growth

Koya knows a thing or two about fear. She writes, “I’ve lived in it. I know firsthand how abuse, depression, and suffering can make you afraid to live and crush your dreams.” But that’s just the beginning of her story.

Our perspective can bring us to a paradise, or it can keep us in prison. @KoyaWebb Click To Tweet

The truth is, “You are not a victim; you are a creator.”

This conversation made me laugh-cry and cry-cry as Koya told me about her promising path to the Olympics, her hilarious first time doing yoga, and the series of personal traumas she tried to ignore for years.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Reverse any limiting belief using 4 simple words.
  • Break the cycle of burnout (KEY for you overachievers!).
  • Recognize the voice of your intuition.
  • Release negative emotions.
  • Heal the childhood wounds that are holding you back.
  • Take back your time with a handy scheduling trick.

Whether or not you’re struggling with fear or anxiety, this episode is a must watch. Koya’s joy will lift your spirits, guaranteed.

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DIVE DEEPER: Learn 3 steps to be ambitious and still have inner peace and let the first lady of yoga, Colleen Saidman Yee, remind you that you’re enough as you are right now.

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

In the comments below, answer these two questions:

  1. What’s your biggest insight, takeaway, or aha from this episode?
  2. What’s one action you can take towards your dream — from where you are, right now?

You’ll never rid yourself completely of fear or self-doubt. There’ll never be a perfect time to pursue your dreams. There is only now.

As Koya says: “You can help people right now. You’re good enough right now. You don’t need an Olympic gold medal. You can start.”

Speaking of… if you’re looking to fast-track your growth, achieve extraordinary results, and save yourself years of expensive trial and error, B-School enrollment is OPEN.

Koya herself is a proud graduate and I’d be honored to support you in building the business of your dreams.

XO