Marie Forleo is a wildly successful coach and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Her new book Everything Is Figureoutable is out now, and to celebrate, I’m re-releasing this podcast episode with Marie (originally ep. 72).
Marie’s entrepreneurial journey started in a flurry on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. She’d recently graduated with a degree in finance and picked the mayhem of the Stock Exchange over a job in a cubicle. However she learnt very quickly that she hated the idea of having to go to the same place day in and day out every single day for the majority of the year. Her intuition was screaming at her to get out, so she did, leaving the Stock Exchange for a variety of jobs including bartending.
How Intuition Drives Marie’s Business
Marie says that intuition is a core part of everything she does in her business, especially important things like marketing, hiring, pricing and product development. Growing up, her mom always taught her that if someone tried to talk to her and she felt uncomfortable, to trust that small little voice inside that says run or don’t talk to this person or whatever it is.
Intuition led Marie in many directions, and that’s why she became a multi-passionate entrepreneur. When she started her coaching business she also had a passion for dance, fitness and for hip hop. She knew that if she split her focus, everything would grow slower and she wouldn’t make as much money, but creatively she’d probably be fulfilled. That turned out to be true. Despite starting a dance career in her 20s (when some dancers are actually winding down their careers), Marie ended up choreographing hip hop for MTV and being one of the world’s first Nike Elite Dance Athletes.
Another core value that drives Marie is curiosity.
Curiosity is Essential
Marie believes that curiosity is integral to succeeding in business and life, especially in today’s environment where everything is changing so fast. She says, “If you believe that you already know everything, you’re going to fail. Whether you fail right now or you fail in six months, or you fail in three years, you are going to fall on your face.”
The Future of Entrepreneurship
Marie predicts that soon more and more people will have to behave in an entrepreneurial manner, even if they’re not necessarily founding a company. There are more freelancers than there have ever been, more people working with flexible schedules, and intrapreneurs are becoming increasingly valuable within organizations.
She also believes that we’ll continue to see an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, and that, “Business owners who are wise enough to bake social good into their business model from a very sincere and genuine place are going to thrive in the future.”
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