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  • Hey there, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and a life that

  • you love. You know, over the past 5 years this show has been an incredible part of my

  • life. I am so grateful to you, our audience, for tuning in each and every week and you

  • watch us and you support us and that is amazing.

  • Weve done over 250 shows so far, which blows my mind, and I have learned so much

  • both from the actual making of the show and from what you bring back to it each week.

  • So today I wanna share 7 lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

  • Lesson number one is starting small leads to big success. So people often say to me,

  • Oh, you know, that show, it’s easy for you to do because you've got this big team.

  • What about me? I’m just starting out.” I’ve gotta tell you, my videos started with

  • just me and my webcam in my kitchen. There was no editing, there was no lighting, there

  • was no highlights in the hair, there was no nothing. And my team evolved very, very slowly

  • and organically over the years. So no matter what youre trying to do whether you wanna

  • start a show, you wanna start a business, youre trying to form a new habit, or even

  • if youre trying to start a new career, starting small is something I so recommend

  • because those small, consistent steps always lead you to big places. Which brings me to

  • lesson number two.

  • Lesson number two: consistency is not an accident. So a lot of people ask, how do you do this

  • each and every week without fail? Well, I’ll tell you. The consistency of our show is just

  • simply not an accident. We plan our entire year around MarieTV and we shoot about 4 to

  • 5 times a year and everything that we need to do to make this show come to life is actually

  • scheduled out months and months in advance, from writing days to booking the crew to securing

  • our interviews. And once we get everything lined up it is just a go. I mean, no questions

  • asked, things are pretty much non-freaking-negotiable. Unwavering commitment is really what makes

  • consistency happen. So no matter what the size of your project, if you want to get it

  • done you have got to put it in that calendar. And if youre fully committed, I promise,

  • your life will bend to support it.

  • Lesson number three: get real used to Murphy’s Law. So if you don't know what Murphy’s

  • Law is, it states that anything that can go wrong, will. And after 5 years of doing this

  • show I can tell you, it does. I mean, lights blow out, we blow fuses, I get sick, rented

  • furniture just doesn't show up, helicopters and firehelicopters and firetrucks ruin

  • take after take, and often I can’t seem to pronounce really simple words. (Those bloopers that you see, those are real.)

  • My point here is that no matter how much you prepare, things will go wrong. Like, major

  • things. All the time. Youve gotta stay flexible, youve gotta keep your sense of

  • humor, and remember my life motto which is everything is figureoutable.

  • Lesson number four: you can’t make everyone happy, and it’s a losing game to try. Oh

  • my goodness, this lesson has been so deeply seared into my soul from MarieTV and our other

  • work. So let me repeat, you cannot make everyone happy and it is a losing game to try. There

  • are tons of people who tell me, “Stop doing the goofy stuff,” because they think it

  • detracts from my credibility or that it just makes me seem narcissistic. Or, “Why y’all

  • fancy now? Can’t you go back to the brick wall?” And then there are tons of other

  • people, like my mom, who say, “Can’t you just dance and sing more or can’t you do

  • even more silly stuff or can't it just be all bloopers?”

  • When it comes to your creativity, you have got to do what you wanna do. Make everything

  • about what makes you smile, what makes you laugh, what do you consider joyful? That’s

  • what’s most important for anything that you're doing.

  • Lesson number five is let yourself evolve. So if youve watched any of my earlier work

  • you know that I was very comfortable using, shall we say, colorful language. But over

  • time not only did I grow and change, but, more importantly, so did my audience. And

  • I started to realize that a lot of parents were watching MarieTV with their kids. And

  • then I started to notice a lot of teenagers and young people watch the show on their own

  • too. So for me, I really just made a conscious decision to adjust my language and do warnings

  • if we happen to have episodes that are a little more on the racy side. Not because I’m trying

  • to cater to everyone, but because those young people are really important to me.

  • Lesson number 6 is only work with the best. So this isn’t necessarily about hiring the

  • most expensive people, it’s about only working with A players, with drivers, with people

  • who are 100 percent committed to doing an extraordinary job, no matter what. So I’ve

  • gotta brag on my crew for a second. I love them so much and one of the pieces of feedback

  • that I hear all the time when people come to MarieTV or they interact with my company

  • is they say, “OMG. Team Forleo is amazing. Everybody is so kind and theyre funny and

  • theyre present. Where did they come from?” And I’ve gotta tell you, great teams don't

  • happen by accident. I’m super clear on my standards, I also consider myself really fortunate,

  • but youve gotta know that if you surround yourself with people who just get it and,

  • most importantly, get you, you can create extraordinary things.

  • And lesson 7 is stay true to your vision. So over the years many people have tried to

  • get me to take on sponsors or sell advertising or they wanted me to pitch this show to a

  • real TV network. Those things are all fine and they might be awesome for other people,

  • but that just hasn’t been my vision. You know, everyone says, “But you should really

  • consider that. It’s a great opportunity.” Just because something is an opportunity,

  • it doesn't mean it’s the right opportunity for you. So no matter what youre creating,

  • it’s really important to be ultra clear on what success looks like and feels like

  • for you. It’s fine to listen to other people’s ideas, but at the end of the day please trust

  • yourself. You know what’s best for you.

  • You know, every episode weve done, every guest weve had on, it’s all grown out

  • of my hope to make something fun and useful and inspiring for you. And this is why were

  • still here over 250 episodes later. So thank you so very much for watching and supporting

  • and I hope well do another episode like this after the next few hundred.

  • Now I would love to hear from you. Which lesson from today really hit home, and how can that

  • make a difference in your business or your life right now? Or if youve been in the

  • trenches really creating something consistently for a while now, what’s the single biggest

  • lesson that youve learned so far?

  • As always, the best discussions happen after the episode over at the magical land of MarieForleo.com,

  • so go there and leave a comment now.

  • Did you like this video? If so, subscribe to our channel and I would be so grateful

  • if you shared this with your friends. And if you want even more resources to create

  • a business and life that you love, plus some personal insights from me that I only talk

  • about in email, come on over to MarieForleo.com and make sure you sign up for email updates.

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

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

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