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Marie Forleo on Resistance, Setting Boundaries and Accountability
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October 2019
Written by
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October 2019

Marie Forleo is a self-made multi-million-dollar entrepreneur who has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and Tony Robbin’s New Money Masters interview series. Last month Apple selected her book, Everything is Figureoutable, as one of the “Best Books of September,” and it hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list upon release. It’s a step-by-step training program to get readers thinking more creatively, bouncing back from setbacks more quickly, and standing confidently knowing that everything is "figureoutable.”

Her business training program, B-School, can be accessed online by participants worldwide, and MarieTV, where Forleo posts video content and interviews with thought leaders and entrepreneurs, has over half a million subscribers. 

It’s safe to say all eyes are on Forleo these days, so we rounded up some of her best interviews to help spread her wisdom here with our aspiring writers.

On Writing

“I encourage people as much as humanly possible to write with a pen and paper or pencil and paper, versus something digital. There’s a lot of research that shows that we actually learn and retain information better when we use pen and paper.”

This excerpt was originally published on Parade. Read the full interview here.

On Setting Boundaries

Forleo sees an epidemic of unhealthy hustling within our culture where we’re encouraged, if not expected to be available online and hustling 24/7. This is not healthy or sustainable, she warns.

“Machines are built to work 24/7, but not human beings. It's crucial that we put boundaries in place for ourselves, to have offline time, exercise and sleep, time with loved ones and friends and family that's not tethered to a screen. That's how we can start to get into the dance between being effective and productive with our time, and also being healthy sane human beings.”

This excerpt was originally published on Forbes. Read the full interview here.

On Resistance

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, all writers have hesitant thoughts about sounding like a know-it-all, and wonder if they have the right to write about a certain topic. Marie calls this resistance.

“I am a writer because I write,” she says. “I’ve never actually had any formal training. And when I first started, I was pretty darn bad.”

She recommends that aspiring writers keep this in mind:

“Writing is just talking in text form. And most of us don’t ever get talkers block – when we have something to say, we just say it. When you’re afraid to write, don’t think ‘who am I to say this?’ but ‘who am I not to say this?’”

This excerpt was originally published on Marie Forleo’s website. Read her full post here.

On Focus

Forleo believes that people are spending too much time consuming rather than creating, pointing to studies that show that human are spending up to five hours a day on our phones and digital devices.

“I like telling people to create before you consume. So rather than waking up in the morning and consuming your newsfeed or your social feed or your email inbox, take five to 10 minutes or 20 minutes, to create that change that you want to make. Take one step towards solving a problem that you really know you need to solve.”

This excerpt was originally published on Parade. Read the full interview here.

On Accountability

“You are 100 percent responsible for your life,” Forleo says in Everything is Figureoutable.  

In an interview with money mentor Denise Duffield-Thomas, Forleo was asked what she says to people out there who want to tackle their goals but keep on saying, “This isn’t my year. Maybe next year.”

You start getting to a certain age and I think it becomes more in focus,” Forleo says. “You will never be as young as you are today. There is no better time than this moment to get started on your dream.”

Your dreams take time, she reminds us.

The next year is going to go by no matter what and you’re either going to be closer to realizing your dream or not.”

Photo Credit: Eric Michael Pearson

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