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  • Hey it’s Marie Forleo and youre watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business

  • and a life that you love. And today is Q&A Tuesday and that means today’s question

  • comes from Miss Kristen and she writes:

  • Hi Marie, here’s my Q. What is something you know now that you wish you’d known earlier

  • to help get where you are today? Thanks so much, Kristen.”

  • Kristen, this is a fantastic question. You know, it’s in my DNA not to have regrets,

  • so everything that I experienced kind of on my whole path, for me, it’s been quite perfect.

  • All the missteps, all the mistakes, theyve helped make me stronger and it’s actually

  • made me more equipped to help and support people today. But when I really thought about

  • your question one thing came to mind.

  • You know, I think about all the time that I wasted that I can never get back trying

  • to figure out what to call myself. So youve got to realize, when I first started out as

  • a coach I was also a bartender and I did fitness and I did hip hop through Crunch and with

  • Nike. Now, I spent tons of time and I would torture Josh on these beach walks practically

  • crying trying to nail my elevator speech. I mean, was I a business coach, was I a life

  • coach, was I a productivity coach? Do I tell people about Nike and fitness? What about

  • my love for marketing and spirituality? I mean, am I the hip hop life coach?

  • Ok, so I actually didn't do that then but I’m really happy I did it now because it

  • was fun. So here’s the thing, what I didn't realize way back then was the thing that’s

  • so much more important than some canned elevator speech was the depth and the quality of my

  • work. I wish I could tell my younger self, hey, just keep growing, keep focusing on serving

  • more people, improving your skills, and everything will be just fine. Now, I know of course some

  • people can easily describe who they are and what they do in a quick sentence and that

  • can be really, really useful for getting ahead, but for me that’s never been the case and,

  • to be honest, it’s still not the case now. But it has never held me back. So if I could

  • tell myself, my younger self, one thing it would be this: forget about the speech and

  • enjoy the beach.

  • Now, even with all that said I really wouldn't change any of it because, number one, that

  • experience really helps me relate to multi passionate people who struggle to fit themselves

  • into a conventional box, much like me. And, of course, number two, I get to love on Josh

  • even more because he was so patient with me when I ruined so many of our romantic beach

  • walks. So let’s wrap this up with a tweetable.

  • If you could avoid all your mistakes, you’d miss everything you learn from them.

  • That was my A to your Q Kristen, thank you so much for asking it. And now I would love

  • to hear from you. What’s one thing that you know now that you wish you’d known sooner?

  • As always, the most awesome discussions happen after the episode over at,

  • so come on over there and leave a comment now. Don't be shy.

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  • gift that only you have. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll catch you next time on MarieTV.

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