I’ve been afraid of changing, because I’ve built my life around you.
Hey, it’s Marie Forleo, and you’re watching Marie TV, the place to be, to create a business and the life that you love. And today’s Q and A Tuesday. And that means today’s question comes from Ms. Kristen, and she writes, “Hi Marie, here’s my Q. What is something you know now, that you wish you’d known earlier to help get where you are today?” Thanks so much, Kristen. Kristen, this is a fantastic question. It’s in my DNA not to have regrets. So everything that I experienced kind of on my whole path, for me it’s been quite perfect. All the missteps, all the mistakes, they’ve helped make me stronger and it’s actually made me more equipped to help and support people today.
But when I really thought about your question, one thing came to mind. I think about all the time that I wasted, that I can never get back, trying to figure out what to call myself. So you’ve got to realize when I first started out as a coach, I was also a bartender, and I did fitness, and I did hip hop through Crunch, and with Nike. Now, I spent tons of time, and I would torture Josh on these beach walks, practically crying, trying to nail my elevator speech. I mean, was I a business coach? Was I life coach? Was I a productivity coach? Do I tell people about Nike and fitness? What about my love for marketing, and spirituality? I mean, am I the hip hop life coach?
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Okay. So I actually didn’t do that then, but I’m really happy I did it now, because it was fun. So here’s the thing, what I didn’t realize way back then was the thing that’s so much more important than some canned elevator speech, was the depth and the quality of my work. I wish I could tell my younger self, “Hey, just keep growing, keep focusing on serving more people, improving your skills, and everything will be just fine.” Now I know of course some people can easily describe who they are, and what they do in a quick sentence, and that can be really, really useful for getting ahead. But for me, that’s never been the case. And to be honest, it’s still not the case now. But it has never held me back. So, if I could tell myself, my younger self, one thing, it would be this, “Forget about the speech, and enjoy the beach.” Now even with all that said, I really wouldn’t change any of it. Because number one, that experience really helps me relate to multi-passionate people who struggle to fit themselves into a conventional box, much like me.
And of course number two, I get to love on Josh even more, because he was so patient with me when I ruined so many of our romantic beach walks. So let’s wrap this up with a Tweetable. If you could avoid all your mistakes, you’d miss everything you learned from them. That was my 80 year cue Kristen, thank you so much for asking it. And now I would love to hear from you. What’s one thing that you know now, that you wish you’d known sooner? As always, the most awesome discussions happen after the episode over at MarieForleo.com, so come on over there and leave a comment now. Don’t be shy.
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