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  • Oh, can you chug that, by the way?

  • I can't.

  • Ifyeah?

  • Okay.

  • I'm sorry I said no.

  • Yes and no.

  • Hey, what's up there?

  • It's Marie Forleo, and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business

  • and life you love so damn much.

  • And today's question is about feeling anxiety about your future, especially if you're

  • a freelancer or an entrepreneur.

  • Today's Q comes from Ashley who writes:

  • Hey, Marie.

  • I have serious ambitions, and I'm afraid that if I slow down to smell the roses and

  • accept where I'm at in life that I'll become complacent and lose any bit of momentum

  • that I may have right now.

  • I'm constantly worried about the future because I'm a freelancer and there are no

  • guarantees.

  • How do I calm down and stop this thought process?

  • Thank you so much, Ashley.”

  • Ashley, my darling, this is a fantastic question.

  • First, after you finish this video you have got to watch this one we did called 3 Steps

  • to be Super Driven and Still Have Inner Peace.

  • That's gonna give you some of the tactical steps to help with some of that anxiety.

  • But don't watch that one yet, because there's a few more things that you, my dear, need

  • to hear.

  • Number one is this.

  • I think you should double down on your ambition.

  • I love that you have serious ambitions.

  • And you're right, if you accept where you're at in life you will lose momentum.

  • That's just the truth.

  • Personally, I don't think that anyone should ever accept where they're at in life.

  • It doesn't matter if you're just starting out or if you've already hit some really

  • big goals.

  • Because when you lose your hunger, you lose your edge, and it is as simple as that.

  • Now, here's the deal.

  • If we humans don't have something meaningful and challenging to work on, we all tend to

  • get lost pretty darn fast.

  • And I'll tell you something else, we can go to some pretty dark placesat least

  • I know that's true for me.

  • So there is some nuance to this, and it's really important that you get it.

  • So you can be ten thousand percent grateful for what you have right now.

  • You can smell the roses, so to speak, and you can be super hungry and psyched about

  • what's coming up next.

  • Those two things are not mutually exclusive, and it's really important that you get that

  • fact in your noggin.

  • Number two, so the second thing that you mentioned was about being a freelancer.

  • Right?

  • And having no guarantees.

  • Well, guess what, my friend?

  • There are no guarantees for any of us.

  • I mean, think about this for a second.

  • People get laid off from jobs every single day.

  • Right?

  • Businesses: they get crushed.

  • Every industry from music to entertainment to healthcare to science.

  • I mean, all of them are being constantly disrupted and remade from the bottom up thanks to technology

  • and other forces too.

  • And that's only gonna accelerate as time goes on.

  • Now, I think you know this, but it's really important to say: guarantees do not exist.

  • And the safest bet that you can make is on yourself and your creative output.

  • I mean, you're already an award-winning filmmaker.

  • I took a look at some of your work and, I've gotta say, you are really good.

  • But let me tell you, you have got to keep going, because the more time you spend creating

  • right? – the less time you have to feel worried or anxious about the future.

  • And number three, the final thing I want to talk to you about todayand this is so

  • importantthis is about money.

  • Look, my friend.

  • You signed up for a career in the arts.

  • That means that you opted in for a life, at least for a little while in the beginning,

  • of inconsistent income.

  • So that means you have got to be so smart about money, Ashley.

  • I want you to do this.

  • I want you to start taking pride in living on the cheap.

  • Always, and I mean always, spend less than you make, especially when you start making

  • some good money.

  • Don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses, buying all the fancy things, or any of that

  • BS.

  • It is not worth it.

  • And I mean this from my heart.

  • This is so important, especially as a woman, Ashley.

  • You need to pay attention to your money and commit to yourself that you are gonna learn

  • about how to earn it, how to save it, and how to grow it.

  • And don't worry, on this topic we have so got you covered.

  • I mean, check this out.

  • We've done so many amazing episodes about money.

  • I'm gonna put all the links right below in the blog, but here's the thing.

  • I've personally found the best way to stop worrying about money is to take action and

  • take control of it.

  • That was my A to your Q, Ashley.

  • I really do hope it helps.

  • And now I want to hear from you.

  • So from the three things that we talked about today.

  • Right?

  • Talked about doubling down on your ambition, we talked about really embracing the fact

  • that there are no guarantees for any of us, and, of course, we talked about being smarter

  • and more proactive about your money.

  • Which one is most important for you to focus on right now?

  • Let's talk about it in the comments below.

  • Now, as always, the best conversations happen after the episode over at the fantastic land

  • of MarieForleo.com, so head on over there and leave a comment now.

  • And while you're there, be sure to hop on our email list and become an MF Insider.

  • You're gonna get instant access to an audio I created called How To Get Anything You Want.

  • It is so damn good.

  • You're also gonna get some exclusive content, some giveaways, and some updates that I don't

  • talk about anywhere else.

  • Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams, because the world needs that very

  • special gift that only you have.

  • Thank you so much for watching, and I'll catch you on the next episode of MarieTV.

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  • I'll be over here.

  • Listen, I'll be over here.

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