Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and a life that you love. If you write or create anything in the world, I’ll bet you’ve had this thought at least once: darn it, I was going to write about that, I was going to talk about that, I was going to make that. This happens to all of us. We see a blog post or a movie or a book that comes out with the exact idea or topic that we wanted to express.
Or maybe you’ve heard about something or read about something a bunch of times and you wanna write about it too, but you stop yourself because you feel like there’s no room for you. It’s all been covered better and by more experienced and more famous and more articulate people.
Well, today I want to take a closer look at that paralyzing notion and show you why it is total garbage. So a little story for you here, this is something that I do to Josh all the time and it drives him bonkers. So Josh tells me about really good things over and over and over again and, trust me, I know he’s smart and I take his advice often. But for whatever reason, on some topics if I hear it from him it just doesn't sink in.
So, for example, back when we first met and I was still eating Spaghettios out of a can he would say, “Hey, Marie. You know, we should really start juicing and taking these great vitamins and supplements,” and I was like, “Yeah, whatever hippie dude. Just pass me that mac and cheese.” Now, he’d wait a while and then he’d bring it up again. He’d say, you know, “Hey, Marie. Well, what if we got a juicer?” And I’d be like, “Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I don't think so, too expensive.”
So this goes on for a few years until I met my dear friend Kris Carr. She’s the author of several New York Times bestselling books like Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Juice. Cut to, “Hey, Josh. I met the most amazing woman. You know what? We have got to start juicing and we should really start eating more salads and taking these vitamins and supplements. You know what? We should’ve been doing this forever ago.”
Now, of course, Josh was like, facepalm, “Marie! I’ve been telling you about this for years. Why couldn’t you hear it from me?” And that is exactly my point. No matter how many times an idea has been expressed or it’s been shared in the world, sometimes it just takes that one person expressing it in their voice for it to actually get through, and you are that person for somebody.
So don’t let this idea that it’s all been said or it’s all been done before take you out. Do not let it stop you before you even begin. Know this, you can make any topic or any idea fresh and your own by remixing it with your personality, your stories, and your voice. It coming from you could be that tipping point that gets someone to say, “I finally get it. That’s it. I am doing it.”
And if you want to make sure that you never let this idea stop you again, remember this tweetable:"It doesn't have to be brand new, it just has to come from you."
And if you’re suffering from a debilitating case of it’s all been said before syndrome and you want to learn how to express your own ideas in your own, unique way, in your voice, you’ve got to go to TheCopyCure.com right now. So just enter your name and email, you’ll get some amazing, free writing tips and I will say, the full program is outstanding.
Now I would love to hear from you. Have you ever read or heard about something a gajillion times but you never really got it until you heard about it from one special person? Let me know your story in the comments below. Now, as always, the best discussions happen after the episode over at MarieForleo.com, so go there and leave a comment now.
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