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Afraid to jump into a brand new project or career? Diving into the unknown can keep many of us of frozen in fear. If that’s you, today’s guest will inspire you not only to embrace change but use it to your advantage. 

Cortney Novogratz is a celebrity designer you may know from the hit reality shows, Bravo’s 9 By Design and HGTV’s Home by Novogratz. The world followed her and her husband, Robert, as they worked on design projects across the world — all while raising seven kids. Her whirlwind career made her a master at seizing new opportunities.

While Cortney and Robert’s career started as a hobby, their part-time passion blossomed into a thriving business. Now Cortney has 25 years as a creative entrepreneur under her belt with many more in her future. 

Her secret?

A willingness to embrace change and enthusiastically try new things.

You can't be a perfectionist. The world is not perfect. You can really have strong opinions and try to make it the best you can but you have to let go a little bit. @thenovogratz
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It’s what gave her the courage to buy and renovate a condemned building with no formal training. It’s how she found the strength to move her nine-person family from home to home in both New York and Los Angeles. It’s guided every business decision, partnership, collaboration, and move Cortney and Robert have made.

And it’s what she hopes to pass on to her kids and dreamers like you. 

Join our conversation and learn:

Celebrity Designer Cortney Novogratz Reveals Her Career Secrets - YouTube

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Once you’ve had a chance to watch, Cortney and I would love to hear from you. 

What’s one new skill or idea that you’re holding out on trying? What’s one action you can take today to make it a reality? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because tens of thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and encouraging this community with your voice. Your kindness and compassion never cease to inspire me!

Keep this top of mind: you do not have to have everything perfectly planned out before you start your next chapter. 

Growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. Growth happens when you face and embrace uncertainty, and when you venture into the messy, terrifying, unchartertered, groundless territory ahead. 

Never forget, everything really is figureoutable

P.S. Want help bringing your next Big Idea to life? Pre-order my upcoming book, Everything Is Figureoutable and get access to an exclusive live training with me. Plus, I’m going on book tour and would LOVE to meet you in person. All details and ticket information at this link

With SO much love ,

XO

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Do you work your buns off every day and yet… still feel like you’re never doing enough?

Today’s guest will change everything you once believed about productivity, your worth, and the value of 40-hour-plus work weeks. In Kate Northrup’s new book, Do Less, she makes a science-backed argument for a slower paced, more meaningful life — without sacrificing your ambition or results.

Kate is an entrepreneur. After becoming a mom for the second time and managing a series of health issues, she was forced to do less. In fact, her life required her to cut her workload in half. That’s when something surprising happened. She was able to achieve the same results while working half the time. How exactly did she do it?

Learn How to Do Less with Kate Northrup

Today on MarieTV, Kate Northrup shares the counterintuitive, science-backed productivity strategies she’s learned along with the time management myths you must stop believing if you want a less stressed, more energizing life. Spoiler: doing less has nothing to do with dialing down your ambitions, settling for less, or living a life of leisure.

Do less of the things that don't matter, so you can do more of the things that get you results. @katenorthrup
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No matter your circumstances, you’ll find productivity strategies here that will help you regain a greater sense of ease, purpose, peace, and control over your time and life.

Join our conversation and learn:

  • How some companies are achieving higher rates of success and productivity, while lowering employee burnout.
  • The “Do Less Filter” you can use to get the same results in half the time.
  • Why managing your energy is even more important than managing your time.
  • How to know what work is essential, and what’s just keeping you “busy.”
  • How to stop measuring your worth based on how much you accomplish each day.
  • Why refusing to ask for help actually hurts your relationships.

Yes, there is an alternative to feeling burned out and overworked. You can do less, and devote more time, energy, and focus to what really matters.

‘Do Less’ — Kate Northrup’s Unorthodox Advice for Ambitious Women - YouTube

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Once you’ve watched, Kate and I would love to hear from you.

What’s one area of your life that you want to do less, but are afraid to try? What would be the worst case scenario if you experimented with doing less for a week? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because tens of thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough. Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, and adding your voice to the conversation.

So many of us feel a constant sense of anxiety and dread, fearing that no matter how many hours we put in, we’re still not doing enough.

But what if that notion is a lie? What if it’s a destructive, dangerous cultural myth that we need to break?

As Kate says, “The world doesn’t need you busy, the world needs you here. And that’s enough.”

With so much appreciation and respect ,

XO

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Do you love the story you’ve created for yourself? Or are you following someone else’s script?

Today’s incredible guest knows a thing or two about crafting the perfect story. For twenty years, Sheri Salata was the Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Co-President of Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She’s a master storyteller.

But after years of success — at her dream job no less — Sheri realized there was one story she didn’t like: her own.

This revelation brought Sheri to a crossroads. What could she do after already experiencing a “dream-come-true career?” What did she really want? What dreams did she have tucked away — ignored for so many years?

I will dream my life as if I will live to be one hundred. I will live my life as if this day is the only one I get. @SheriSalata
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Sheri decided to write a new chapter.

In this special edition of The Marie Forleo Podcast, Sheri Salata discusses her life after Oprah and how it started — all told eloquently in her new book, The Beautiful No. If you’ve ever faced rejection or felt in your gut that it was time to make a change, this conversation is for you.

You’ll learn:

  • Why Sheri was an unlikely pick to work for Oprah (she says it’s a miracle she even got the job).
  • How to trust the process and embrace each ‘Beautiful No’ you receive.
  • Sheri’s best advice for finishing a creative project, especially if you’re struggling through it.
  • The radical decision she made three years ago — and how it changed everything.
  • What to aim for instead of work/life balance.
  • The cultural myth about women over 50 that Sheri wants you to stop believing.

This conversation will make you laugh and inspire you to look at your life with fresh eyes. Don’t miss it.

Sheri Salata on Writing Your Own Story & Embracing The Beautiful No - YouTube

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Once you’ve had a chance to listen, Sheri and I would love to hear from you.

What’s one insight or takeaway you got from this episode? What harmful story are you telling yourself right now — and what’s one action you can take today to change it? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and encouraging this community with your voice. It matters and it makes more of a difference than you know.

The story you tell yourself is everything. You really can create a life you love and you don’t have to fit into someone else’s box to do it.  

I’m filming more MarieTV Call-In Shows on Monday, June 17th from 2-4pm eastern. I’d love to talk with you live!

With SO much love ,

XO

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What does it take to move through soul-shattering grief? Can your creativity expand and flourish not in spite of but because of your most painful experiences?

Elizabeth Gilbert’s answer is a resounding YES. She wrote her brilliant new novel, City of Girls, while caring for the love of her life, Rayya, who passed from pancreatic and liver cancer in early January 2018.

“What am I going to do now?” Liz asked herself. “How am I going to create safety and the feeling of being seen in a Rayya-less world? Interesting challenge.”

City of Girls is her response. It’s glittering, hot, funny, and drenched in pleasure — and not at all the story you’d expect to come out of someone who’d just lost the love of her life. “I want this book to go down like a tray of champagne cocktails,” she says.

You don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. @GilbertLiz
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Set in the 1940’s New York theater scene, City of Girls tackles the antiquated idea of a ‘ruined woman.’ It sets forth a new narrative, celebrating the power of female desire and love. Like her other monster hits, Eat Pray Love, Big Magic, and The Signature of All Things — it’s a rollercoaster of truth and delight. I dare you to put it down.

In this moving conversation, Elizabeth inspires us to hold life more loosely, be lighter with our choices, and ultimately treat every setback as a creative challenge. You’ll also discover:

  • Why desire is just as important as consent when it comes to female sexuality.
  • An inside look into Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing process (spoiler: she doesn’t know the story ahead of time).
  • What four years of meticulous book research actually looks like.
  • Why the opposite of depression isn’t happiness.
  • And the surprising daily habit that helped her metabolize grief.

Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most dazzling and luminous writers of our generation. She invites us to challenge the rules, hunt down adventure, and bear hug the highs and lows of life.

Elizabeth Gilbert on “City of Girls” & Her Biggest Creative Challenge Yet - YouTube

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s Moth talk (the one I referred to in this episode) can be found here.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, Liz and I would love to hear from you.

  1. What’s the biggest insight you’re taking away?
  2. What’s something you could do today that would bring you enjoyment, elevation, or transcendence? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Share as much detail as you can. Hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone needs to see things from a fresh perspective.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and encouraging this community with your voice. AND, if you’re looking for your next novel, get your hands on City of Girls now.

Our lives are ours to create.

As Liz so beautifully demonstrates, no one gets to write your story but you.

With SO much love ,

XO

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If shame and stress bubble up anytime you think about your finances, you’re not alone. Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck and have less than $1,000 in their savings account, according to Bankrate’s January Financial Security Index survey.

But David Bach, today’s MarieTV guest and brilliant money expert, says that most of us don’t have an income problem, we have a spending problem.

Imagine achieving financial freedom. Guess what — it’s likely within your reach if you put three simple (and painless!) money habits into place right now. David Bach is here to walk you through each habit in his new book, The Latte Factor.

For instance, you could be a millionaire simply by saving as little as $5 a day. Or, you could simply feel richer with your same income — just by changing the way you manage your money.

What Is The Latte Factor And How Will It Help Me Save Money?

David has written nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers including The Automatic Millionaire, Start Late Finish Rich, Smart Couples Finish Rich, and (my personal favorite) Smart Women Finish Rich.

You’re richer than you think, you’re more powerful than you know, and small amounts of money can change your life. @AuthorDavidBach
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But The Latte Factor is different. It puts all of David’s financial wisdom into a parable, making personal finance more accessible and relatable than ever. In fact, he wrote it for the 98% of people who have no interest in reading a book about finances.

Told from a 27-year-old woman’s point of view, The Latte Factor will inspire you to take a closer look at your daily money choices… and see that you’re far richer than you realized.

Join our conversation and learn:

  • The money myths that keep people (especially women) from living the life they really want.
  • Why your income problem is probably a spending problem.
  • How $5 a day could change your entire life.
  • Why you don’t need budgeting (or even willpower) to build wealth.
  • How to live rich now without a bigger income
  • Why “listening to your soul” is the missing link between you and financial freedom.

If shame or frustration has held you back before, it’s not too late. You can achieve financial freedom and avoid life’s biggest regrets at any age and on any income.

3 Painless Habits That Build Wealth with David Bach’s “Latte Factor” - YouTube

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, David Bach and I would love to hear from you.

What’s one insight or key takeaway you got from this episode? What’s your soul telling you about where you want to put your money? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and encouraging this community with your voice. It matters and it makes more of a difference than you know.

I promise, you have everything you need to start building wealth and managing your money right now. You don’t need to wait for anyone to save you. Keep going, keep learning, and you’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of.

With SO much love ,

XO

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Ever feel like you’ve run out of content ideas? Like you’ve hit a wall and have nothing fresh or interesting to say?

If you consistently write blog posts, email newsletters, podcasts, videos, or social media content, you may feel this unending sense of anxiety and dread.

“What do I write about now? What can I post that hasn’t been said a million times before? Is this it? Have I reached the end of my creative career? What am I even doing with my life?!?!”

I know folks who are making themselves sick and stressed because of this constant content treadmill. They don’t yet have the right mindsets or habits in place, and they’re burning out.

Good news. It doesn’t have to be that way!

As someone who’s been creating content consistently for nearly twenty years, trust me when I say: Not only can you overcome this common form of writer’s block, but it’s possible to generate relevant, high-quality content on a consistent basis.

In this MarieTV you’ll learn three principles that will help you become a content idea machine — turning casual readers into raving fans.

Once you’re done, scroll down for an unforgettable formula and a whopping 100+ writing prompts to help you plan 365 days worth of blog posts, newsletters, social media updates — even podcast and YouTube episodes!

Out of Content Ideas? 3 Ways to Generate Fresh Ideas — FAST - YouTube

SERVE: The Quickest Way to Avoid Writer’s Block

Want to churn out a steady stream of content that’ll have your customers hooked on your every word? The following five strategies are your ticket to never running out of ideas. So you never forget it, these five content strategies also are an acronym — SERVE.

Why SERVE? Because the secret to long-term success is focusing on what you can give, not what you can get. Make your business about being of service; about contributing beyond yourself; about making a real difference to others and I promise, you’ll find endless topics to write about.

Even when you feel tapped out of ideas, there’s always another way to serve. There’s always someone who could use a helping hand, a reminder, a kind word, or encouragement along their journey.

SERVE stands for…
Solve a problem
Explain your industry
Reveal your secrets
Visualize!
Embrace your quirks

If you put your focus where it matters — on your customers — your content will become instantly more valuable and effective. Next time you experience writer’s block or feel tapped out of ideas for content, remember this:

Generate A Year’s Worth Of Content Ideas For Your Blog, Newsletter & Social Media Posts With SERVE (& 100+ Writing Prompts)

Content that SERVES is content that SELLS.
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As you explore each element of SERVE, take advantage of the 100+ writing prompts that follow. Write down any ideas, thoughts, or “ahas” that pop up. They’ll give you a hit list of content ideas you can use for months and even years down the road.

Now let’s get ready to SERVE!

1. Solve a Problem

The easiest way to serve your audience is to answer their questions — big ones, small ones, and yes embarrassing AF ones. Comb through comments on old blog posts, social media accounts, forums like Quora or Reddit, even old emails from past clients. Identify what people are struggling with and step in with your knowledge, experience, and expertise to solve their problem.

Get started with these prompts:

1. What are 25 common questions people ask you about your business, product, service, or area of expertise?

2. If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing for your audience — what would it be and why?

3. When it comes to your area of expertise, what specific mistakes are you constantly educating people about?

4. What false beliefs keep people from working with a business like yours?

5. What three books do you wish every one of your customers would read and why?

6. What expensive or heartbreaking mistakes do people often make when working with someone like you?

7. What are signs that someone is getting a good deal, product, or service in your area of expertise?

8. What are signs that someone is getting a bad deal, product, or service in your area of expertise?

9. How might someone save money, time, or effort by working with a business like yours?

10. Write a checklist your audience could use to produce an outcome they really want.

11. What are the top five hurdles people experience around your topic, product or service area, and what are the best ways to overcome them?

This is also a lens I look through when I consider a guest for MarieTV. When well-crafted, interviews with experts who can help your audience solve problems make for winning content. Stuck for ideas? Think about what books, podcasts. or interviews have helped you the most.

2. Explain Your Industry

Going to a concert is exciting, but going to a concert with a backstage pass makes it unforgettable. (Think about Beyoncé’s Netflix film Homecoming!) When you share the inner workings of your business, your audience will forever remember you as an expert they can trust. Don’t forget, your industry is often a mystery to the people outside it, and mystery makes for intriguing, memorable content.

Try some of these prompts:

12. What’s the most common misconception about your industry?

13. What breaks your heart about what you do?

14. What lights you up about what you do?

15. What’s your industry’s biggest controversy right now? Share your opinion.

16. Who’s your mentor? What lessons did he or she teach you?

17. What industry terms tend to confuse people, and how can you explain them in a way that’s really easy to understand?

18. Write a myth vs. fact post about your profession.

19. What’s the weirdest thing anyone’s said or asked about your business?

20. Is there anything you thought you could never achieve in your career or business… but you did?

21. What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve received about your career or business?

22. What do you tell yourself you “can’t” do? Are you right?

23. What’s one positive thing someone said to you that changed your mind about something?

24. What are three major changes you’ve noticed in your industry this year and why is that important for your audience?

25. What’s the best customer service experience you’ve had and what did you learn?

26. What questions do you wish your customers would ask you?

27. What’s your most inspiring customer success story?

28. How did you get started in your career?

29. What are your dreams for your career?

30. Who do you look up to in your industry and why?

31. What was your first big personal or company failure and what did it teach you?

32. Which industry experts could you interview that would bring even more insight?

33. What predictions do you have for where your field or industry is going?

3. Reveal Your Secrets

We humans are hardwired for connection. That’s why our brains respond so well to stories. Share your secrets — the moments, the events and the thinking behind what you do and people will feel more inclined to do business with you. This also makes for irresistible copy and leads to greater engagement with your audience.

Use these prompts for inspiration:

34. What’s a struggle you’ve overcome?

35. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made recently and what did you learn?

36. What do you wish you knew 10 years ago that you know now?

37. What’s a struggle you’re having right now that your audience could relate to?

38. What moment in your life changed everything? [or, fill in the blank. Everything changed when _________.]

39. What time in your life makes you wonder, “What was I thinking?”

40. What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever made?

41. Write about a time you faked something.

42. What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?

43. What’s the worst investment you’ve ever made?

44. What’s the most difficult conversation you’ve ever had?

45. Write about a time when you should’ve said “no” but didn’t.

46. Write about a time when you should’ve said “yes” but didn’t.

47. What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

48. What’s the most expensive lesson you’ve ever learned?

49. Have you ever done something ridiculous to fit in with a group of people?

50. Finish the sentence: “I’m still embarrassed about _______.”

51. What would you go back and tell your younger self?

52. Have you ever had a friend who wasn’t good for you?

53. What strengths do you see in other people that you wish you had?

54. What are weaknesses you have that you’re always working on?

55. Share a detailed behind-the-scenes about your typical day.

Secrets aren’t just about revealing your deepest darkest fears — they’re about revealing what you know, love, and use every day! Think about how much you appreciate that friend who gives the best recommendations about what to read, where to shop, and what music to listen to. Remember how quickly Oprah’s Book Club or Favorite Things became a hit!

This “Favorite Things” content writing strategy is popular for a reason — it gives people value while being endlessly customizable and unique.

I bet your audience would love to hear your answers to these questions:

56. What are you loving lately? Could be a single recommendation or a themed list.

57. Are you obsessed with a book, podcast, or quote right now? What about it resonates with you?

58. Roundup links to your favorite posts on a single topic or during a single week and tell us why we should read them.

59. Write about the tools you use (in your business or life) every day. What five could you never live without?

60. What Twitter profiles/blogs/podcasts do you think everyone in your field should follow?

61. What’s the best purchase under $20 that you made in the last 30 days and why?

62. What resolution do you make every year?

63. Which apps could you not live without?

64. When/where do you get your best ideas?

65. What five industry-specific books would you recommend to your audience?

66. What’s your most important habit?

67. What habit are you working on changing and why?

68. What’s the most interesting piece of scientific research you’ve read recently?

4. Visualize!

Help your audience visualize their future, fire up their imagination, elevate their ambition and define their core values with creative content pieces. This type of content is fantastic when people are primed for reflection, like at the start or end of the year.

Here are some prompts to get you started:

69. If you could put anything on a Times Square digital screen, what message would you share and why?

70. You have three wishes from a genie. What are they?

71. If you had half the time to do your job, what tasks would you delegate or get rid of completely?

72. If you could choose one age to be for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

73. If someone wanted a career like yours, what would you tell them?

74. If you could erase one regret from your life, what would it be?

75. If you had all your financial needs taken care of and never needed to earn another dime, what would you do?

76. If you could teleport to one place in the world, where would it be?

77. How would you survive during a zombie apocalypse?

78. If you knew you had three months to live, how would you spend them?

79. What’s on your bucket list and why?

80. What habit would you most love to magically acquire?

81. If you could pick a superpower, what would it be?

82. What natural talent do you most wish you had?

5. Embrace Your Quirks

You’ll find that some of your best content is hiding in plain sight behind your quirkiest traits or most nostalgic memories. For example, Everything Is Figureoutable — which is also the name of my next book, comes from a series of memories I had as a child.

Use the questions below to get your creative juices flowing:

83. What movie can you recite by heart every time it’s on TV?

84. Do you remember a commercial from your childhood? What was it for, and why did it stick with you?

85. How many times in your life have you moved? What did you learn from it?

86. What’s your earliest memory around money?

87. Can you remember the first dream you had?

88. Who was your childhood best friend? Are they still in your life?

89. What teacher do you remember the most, and why?

90. Do you have any superstitions?

91. Who or what was your first love and why?

92. What’s your favorite meal and why?

93. What family photo do you remember best? Describe it and what it makes you think about.

94. Do you have a favorite day of the week? Why?

95. Do you consider yourself “lucky”? Why or why not?

96. Do you have a great, totally useless skill?

97. What did you want to be when you grew up?

98. If you could invent anything, what would it be?

99. Tell us what’s on your bedside table right now.

100. What’s the wildest story you always tell at parties?

101. What makes you happy every time you see it?

Remember, creating content for the sake of content doesn’t help anyone. And it certainly won’t serve your business long-term. Stick to SERVE, and you’ll generate valuable, relevant content for the life of your career.

*Pro tip — bookmark this page so you have it handy the next time you experience writer’s block!

Now That You Have Content Ideas, What Comes Next?

These prompts are designed to get your creative wheels turning. You should now have new content ideas for your next hundred or so blog posts, newsletters, social media posts, podcasts, and/or vlogs.

But you may already be wondering, “How do I take these content ideas and make them relevant to my audience?” Or even more important, “How do I gracefully transition to a sales message or promotion?”

There’s an art to this. It’s nuanced and depends on a variety of factors including the selling context, the medium through which your selling (email? Social media? Podcasts? Videos? IRL?), the strength of your offer, and how well you’ve established trust with your ideal customers — to name a few.

These are all elements we cover at length in our copywriting training program called The Copy Cure. It’s a writing program designed to help you write more powerfully, persuasively and in your unique voice.

We walk you through exactly how to take your best, most creative content ideas and make them highly valuable and high converting. You’ll learn how to captivate readers with irresistible headlines and write selling segues that feel natural and effortless.

We only offer this course once a year — and now is the time!
 Enrollment closes on May 15th.

Tomorrow, May 8th, I’ll be hosting a free writing class called “The 5 Writing Mistakes That Are Killing Your Sales,” so if you haven’t signed up yet, save your seat!

What’s Your Favorite Way to Generate Content Ideas?

Now I’d love to hear from you.

When you get stuck on ideas for fresh content, what’s your favorite way to generate new content ideas?

Leave a comment below and let us know. Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Hundreds of thousands of incredible souls come here for insight and motivation, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

Thank you so much for reading, watching and sharing your voice.

As mentioned, when it comes to some important things in life like love, cheese, money and — YES content — there’s always more where that came from.

Know someone who struggles to come up with new content ideas? Share this post.

With enormous love,

XO

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What if you could sit down with your coffee and pour out words that spark an aha, a revolution, or thousands of clicks to your “buy” button?

What if you stopped second-guessing yourself every time you sat down to write and the words just flowed — sounding as good on the page as they did in your head? Imagine: no more writer’s block, website shame, or devastating silence in response to your work.

Guess what? You can.

Those words — the words in your blog posts, emails, sales pages, headlines, business tweets, and all over your website — those are called copywriting. Or, “copy.”

They’re the words that inspire emotion and action. They’re words that sell. If you’ve been having trouble writing in a way that sounds like how you talk, and gets people to love and buy what you sell…

Good copy can work miracles in your business. And yes, you can write it.

Over the last few years, thousands of ambitious creatives and entrepreneurs have gone through our stellar writing program, The Copy Cure. Our students have seen enormous growth in comments, fans, and sales. Some even before they finished the course.

  • By Module 2, Mohamed had built an international community of over 6,000 members — from scratch! And in English, his third language.
  • In just 3 months, Carolyn and Cynthia went from $54,000 in sales to $119,000. Three months! And the only thing they changed was their copy.

If you’ve been a fan of this blog for any amount of time, you know how committed we are to serving our audience at the highest level.

Last year, our company did something big.

We took The Copy Cure, which had been doing well, and decided to make it 10,000% better. We analyzed over 16,000 survey responses from people who were struggling with their writing. Then we created even more training, tools, and exercises to help solve those exact issues, once and for all.

The response to the new program floored us. I was fielding DMs on Instagram and even my team members were getting texts from their friends.

Our students started sharing results like this:

We believe in the power of using the right words to create positive change in the world.

We believe your voice deserves to be heard. We believe that your message matters. We believe the world really needs that special gift that only you have.

That’s why we’re offering a handful of scholarship seats to The Copy Cure.

This Scholarship Program Is Based On The Honor System

Getting an education isn’t easy. My early journey was filled with work-study gigs and, frankly, anything I could apply for that might possibly ease the financial burden on my family.

Education is the most powerful tool we have to transform our lives.  

If you’re familiar with my work, you know I believe that talent is universal, opportunity is not. That means we strive to make sure everyone has the opportunity to benefit from what we create, regardless of economics. It’s why 99% of our creative work is offered free of charge.

To be clear, our company is a for-profit business.

Our paid programs not only fund the production of our free content but also pay the salaries and benefits of everyone on Team Forleo who works to help produce what we feel is some of the best, most inspiring, and educational training in the world.

We’re grateful to host an audience that spans 195 countries. We’re aware of the vast range of economic realities that comprise our beloved audience, both domestically and abroad.

This 2019 Copy Cure Scholarship Program is based on the honor system. Please, only submit an entry for a potential scholarship if it’s truly needs-based. I’m entrusting you — on your honor — to apply for a scholarship because, without it, improving your writing skills with a program like The Copy Cure would not be financially possible right now.

In our selection efforts, we strive to focus on creatives from underserved and marginalized communities. Check out the details below, and get started. (Act fast, because the deadline is Monday, May 6th at 3pm eastern US time.)

The Copy Cure Scholarship Program

What it is: Complimentary access to The Copy Cure digital program.

How to be considered: Read the following questions and post your answer in the comments below. Make sure your response is 250 words or less.

  1. What’s your biggest struggle with writing and why?
  2. What’s your business, career, or work dedicated to? Who do you serve and/or what’s your mission?
  3. If admission to The Copy Cure landed in your lap, how would stronger writing help you, your business, your family, and community? What tangible, specific difference would this make to you and those around you?
Everything You Need to Know
  1. You apply with a written comment below. Yes, it must be public. No email entries will count.
  2. We’ll award a handful of scholarship seats. A specific number is not predetermined.   
  3. The entry deadline is Monday, May 6th at 3pm eastern and the recipients will be announced on Friday, May 10th by 5pm eastern.
  4. No purchase is necessary to receive a scholarship.
  5. We’re the judges and our decision is subjective and final. We respect, love, and appreciate you more than you know.

Remember: We’re looking for heart, creativity, kindness, and the ability to follow directions. Show us how stronger writing will help you reach your dreams and create meaningful change.

XO

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“Should I go for it, Marie?”

After working with entrepreneurs for almost twenty years, I’ve learned to counter this question with, “What does ‘go for it’ mean to you? How do you respond to taking big risks? Because your answers to those questions are everything.

For some, “going for it” means quitting your 9 to 5 to put all of your effort into your business. Intense financial pressure doesn’t paralyze you — it fuels you. Those high-risk, “do or die” situations ignite explosive effort.

For others — and I would put myself in this category — “going for it”, especially in the beginning, means working multiple jobs, exploring more than one passion, and pursuing slower growth while minimizing financial risk.

No, it’s not as sexy as “burning the bridges behind you” nor does it support the mythical narrative of overnight success. But for many of us, slow and steady over time is the healthiest and most sustainable path.

The Hidden Benefits of Working Multiple Jobs

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When I was a 23-year-old, first-time entrepreneur trying to figure it all out, I used to dread when people asked me what I did for a living. Let’s just say my life-coach / hip-hop dancer / bartender / writer / fitness instructor reply got a lot of side-eye. But I wouldn’t trade those multipassionate days for anything. They helped me hone priceless leadership, time and energy management, and communication skills that I still use to this day.

As you’ll hear from the callers on today’s MarieTV Live Call-In Show, pursuing multiple streams of income at once can provide invaluable lessons.

If you take this unconventional route you’ll:

  • Manage time like a boss. Out of necessity, you’ll learn how to get things done faster and say no to the non-essentials. There’s a reason for the adage, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.”
  • Have freedom to explore a variety of options. As I’ve taught for years, clarity comes from engagement, not thought. Few people know the exact business they want until they start something. Exploring multiple income streams helps you decide what you most want to pursue.
  • Create from a place of abundance vs. scarcity. When you have enough money to put food on the table, you can serve from a place of generosity — not desperation. It opens up space in your brain to get creative, be innovative and ask questions like, “Wouldn’t it be great if…”
  • Master the art of perseverance. Nothing worthwhile is easy to achieve. Focusing on a long-term goal (especially an entrepreneurial marathon) cultivates discipline, patience, and maturity that will strengthen every area of your life.

That said, only you can decide which path is right for you.

How do you know? Listen to how our two brave callers, Pam and Mayssa, navigate this very topic. It’ll help you gain the insight you need to make your own choices.

Multiple Jobs Holding You Back? How to Make It Work - YouTube

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Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you.

What approach to growing your business is right for you? Have you ever worked multiple jobs? If so, how did it work to your advantage? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because tens of thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and encouraging this community with your voice. It matters and it makes more of a difference than you know.

Don’t let anyone make you feel small for taking an unconventional route to create a business and life you love.

With SO much love ,

XO

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Ever wish you had more time to do the things that really matter? That your calendar felt exciting and expansive rather than stuffed to the max? When was the last time you were able to take time off… and not dread coming back to a million emails or a to-do list that’s a mile long?

Whether you work in a traditional office, run your own business, or are a stay-at-home parent juggling endless responsibilities — “time freedom” can sound like a mythical phenomenon that only exists for the very rich or lucky.

But thankfully as today’s guest, Laura Vanderkam, will tell you: Time freedom is real.

Done is better than perfect because there is no perfect without being done. @lvanderkam
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Yes. It can be yours, provided that you’re willing to drop some bad habits and give yourself a much-needed reality check about how you’re actually spending your time. (Spoiler: The work Laura suggests isn’t easy, but it’s worth it 10X over.)

What is Time Freedom And How Do I Achieve It?

Time freedom means being joyfully productive without feeling constantly stressed about how much more you’ve got left to do. It’s not necessarily about doing “nothing” or just having a wide open schedule.

Instead, time freedom is that satisfied feeling of knowing you’re deliberately spending your time on what really matters and ignoring the rest. Rather than feeling anxious, you feel that 24 hours is enough. This, of course, requires that you’re clear on your priorities and you’ve become an expert at saying no.

With time freedom, off the clock will actually feel like off the clock.

As time management expert Laura Vanderkam shares, your love/hate relationship with your schedule isn’t about not having enough time. It’s about how you use the time you have. Laura’s written a number of books on this topic, including “Off the Clock,” which reveals the habits that can increase your productivity and decrease your stress.

Join our conversation to learn:

  • How to find untapped hours in the day to do more of what you love.
  • The perfect way to structure your day — and exactly when to tackle your toughest projects.
  • When to schedule your most speculative, soul-searching work.
  • Mindset shifts that will extend time, reduce distractions, and even improve your memory.
  • Which goals will turn into major time-sucks (and which will actually help you get more done!).

Laura Vanderkam: Time Freedom Habits From The World’s Most Successful People - YouTube

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

What’s one change you can make right now to experience more time freedom?

Leave a comment below and let us know. Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Hundreds of thousands of incredible souls come here for insight and motivation, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

Time is the most precious, non-renewable resource we have.

With care and intention, it is possible to get more of the right things done and experience less chronic stress.  

With enormous love,

XO

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