The World’s Worst Advice for Ambitious People

Before I say anything else, I must say THANK YOU.

The love and support you shared for me, my dad and my family was truly overwhelming. I read every comment and every note that came my way, and each one fueled me with hope and possibility.

I am so deeply appreciative of your humanity, your kindness and generosity. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this.)

And, I’m happy to report that my amazing Pops is doing so much better now. We’ve been getting positive feedback from the team of docs he’s working with and I’m incredibly optimistic about the road ahead.

Now onto today’s episode. This Q&A got me super fired up. It has to do with something I’ve heard throughout my life (though thankfully not much anymore).

When you’re hungry for success, don’t let anyone feed you crap about slowing down. Click To Tweet

And anytime someone would say this two-word phrase to me, I wanted to slap them silly. Not because I didn’t think their intentions were good, but more because I didn’t feel understood as a human being.

Have a watch and learn what I believe is the world’s worst advice for ambitious people. As you’ll hear me say in the episode, I’m not talking about burning yourself out or doing anything that would negatively impact you or your relationships. We need to make that uber clear, OK?

What I am talking about is a natural and very healthy hunger many of us have to create, connect and contribute. It’s an insatiable sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for life. For doing things, making things and discovering things that spark joy.

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Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This? One Thing I Wish I’d Known Sooner

A few weeks ago, I got the worst text of my life.

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My dad, who had seemed to be in good health, passed out cold in a bank. He was rushed to the ER. They discovered his kidneys were failing.

To say the past few weeks have been challenging is an understatement.

I’m here with him and my mom now. He’s on the mend but he’s still got quite a road in front of him with surgery, treatments, etc. (And yes, we’ll take all the prayers and healing vibes you’re willing to send.)

If you could avoid all your mistakes, you’d miss everything you learned from them. Click To Tweet

Naturally, I’ve been thinking a lot about the fragility of life lately. I’ve also been thinking a lot about time. How we spend it, and how absolutely precious it is. Because once that resource is spent, we can never get it back.

One of our MarieTV viewers asked a question that I’ve heard a lot, but haven’t answered until now. “Marie, what’s the one thing you wished you knew sooner?”

My answer is in today’s episode. It speaks to how I wasted an enormous amount of time early on in my career struggling with something that, ultimately, didn’t matter.

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What to Do When You Feel Useless and Alone

This 15-year old girl’s email really touched my heart. What she’s struggling with right now is something many of us wrestle with — no matter what our age.

What do you do when you feel completely useless and alone?

That mean voice in your head is not you and not true. Click To Tweet

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, how many friends you have or how “successful” you may appear to be.

We all feel disconnected from time to time. And if we listen to (and believe) the voice in our head, we can quickly spiral down into darkness.

In today’s episode, learn three ways you can get back on track anytime you forget your intrinsic value and question your worth in this world.

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How To Find Your Special Gift, Even If You Don’t Think You Have One

Over the weekend I had a chance to hang out with my (very awesome) parents. Josh and I took them to this little 1950’s style diner in Venice beach.

The kind of place with James Dean posters on the wall, where you can get a real chocolate ice cream soda and outstanding homemade apple pie.

My dad said, “Remember that time you called us crying because you wanted to quit your job on Wall Street, but you didn’t know what else you were supposed to do with your life? And remember what I told you? Doesn’t matter how long it takes. You got to find something you love. Look at you now…”

Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need. - Frederick Buechner Click To Tweet

Yeah. I know that ‘find something you love’ may sound like trite advice, but I believe his words hold truth.

Because I knew in my heart that no matter what I wound up doing in my professional life, I’d work really, really hard to become the best I could be.

It made sense that if I was going to work that hard, I had to find something that really aligned with who I was as a human being.

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How To Define Success For Yourself, No Matter What The World Says

“No, I’m 100% sure Mom. When I’m old enough to drive, I want a blue van with smurfs painted on it. I don’t care what people will say, that’s what I want.”

Yeah. That was me defining success at age 7.

Though I never did get that blue smurf van, I’ve been happily defining and re-defining what “success” means to me as long as I can remember.

Success is liking who you are, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. - Maya Angelou Click To Tweet

That’s why I was thrilled when Claire, one of our readers, wrote in because she was feeling a bit torn between a more traditional view of success (big money, big job, etc.) and the unique calling of her soul.

Taking the time to challenge assumptions — both societies and our own — is something I feel very strongly about. Especially as it relates to such a relative and often loaded concept as “success.”

Because when you have the courage to question what you’re doing and, more importantly, why you’re doing it — you stay on your edge of innovation, truth and lasting fulfillment.

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