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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Feel Like It’s All Been Done Before? Watch This.

What we’re talking about today is often a #sbd dream killer.

(#sbd = silent but deadly. Usually used to describe farts, but equally applicable to habitual mental patterns that limit your experience of success and happiness in life.)

This particular thought pattern often lingers in our minds and gets triggered when we compare ourselves to others. Sadly, it also leads to chronic creative wuss outs.

That’s when you never actually create anything because you’re too afraid it’s all been done before. The thought loop usually goes something like this…

“Whenever I see someone doing the same thing I want to do — it takes me down! It’s a confirmation there’s nothing unique or original about me or my ideas. I’m a fraud. And, they’re all light years ahead of me. What’s the use in trying anyway? It’s all been done already.”

Sound familiar?

Somewhere someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer. @LouiseHay Click To Tweet

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Great Branding You Can Smell From Miles Away

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for poo jokes.

Yes. I know it’s not the most sophisticated topic in the world but then again, I never said I was the most sophisticated person. But stick with me for a minute…

Because if a brand that focuses on poo can accurately be described like this:

Courageous. Joyful. Undeniably Useful.

If you want a fresh brand, don’t give a crap about someone who thinks you stink. Click To Tweet

There’s some creative magic happening that’s worth paying attention to.

In today’s episode you’ll discover three inspiring lessons from a small brand that’s causing a big stink in the marketplace. I really think you’ll appreciate their inventiveness, humor and unwavering commitment to keep doing what they do best.

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How To Be Fascinating with Sally Hogshead

Do you ever wonder what makes certain people captivating, and others…

Not so much?

Often, it has nothing to do with someone’s age, looks or even talent, but rather an innate ability to get and keep other people’s attention.

Kind of like an “it factor.”

You don't learn how to be fascinating, you unlearn how to be boring. @SallyHogshead Click To Tweet

Now what if I said that you have this certain “it factor” too but you probably don’t know it and worse, you’re not using it to your full advantage.

Hopefully, you’d be intrigued enough to keep reading…

Because my guest today, Sally Hogshead, is the world’s leading expert on the science of fascination and she’s going to show you six steps to be more fascinating.

Now before you balk, please understand that this isn’t about changing who you are.

This is about understanding and embracing the distinct advantages you were born with and being more of that.

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How To Create Your Brand & Find Your Voice

This week, I’m back in the city for the first time in a long time.

I’ve been blissfully beached out in Sag Harbor for nearly a month, but I’ve come back to my beloved concrete jungle for a week of massive creation time related to MarieTV.

Before we head into this week’s episode, I just want to say a HUGE and heartfelt THANK YOU for subscribing, reading, watching and supporting.

When I first started MarieTV 22 months ago, I had no idea what it would turn into (I still don’t) and I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t :)), but what I do know, is this.

I love the challenge of figuring it out and I’m committed to delivering you the very best I’ve got.

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