Whether you want to start a new business, career, or habit, these business lessons are beautiful reminders to keep going. You can apply these lessons to pretty much any area of your life.
“Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams. The world needs that special gift that only you have.” – Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo is a successful entrepreneur who runs “the best online business school for modern entrepreneurs.” She’s always a strong source of inspiration for me and (at least) thousands of others who watch her MarieTV show every week.
After hosting more than 250 episodes of her show, Marie has learned some invaluable life lessons that she so graciously shared with all who continue to watch. In the spirit of sharing, I’d love to share Marie’s seven nuggets of wisdom with you.
Whether you want to write a book, paint, create something, or live a happier life, these business lessons double as life lessons that will help you stay on your creative path.
7 Business Lessons from Marie Forleo
1. Starting small leads to big success.
Marie’s videos started with just her and her web cam in her kitchen; there was no fancy lighting and no amazing crew to help her. Her advice: No matter how insignificant they may seem at the time, give yourself credit for the small victories.
Great success is achieved by making small victories each day.
2. Consistency is not an accident.
Marie plans and schedules her videos months in advance. If you want something to happen, you need to be a conscious co-creator of your dreams. Put your dreams into action by putting them in your calendar, and turn your dreams into an affirmation that you live every day.“Unwavering commitment is what makes consistency happen.” @MarieForleo Click To Tweet
3. Get used to Murphy’s Law.
Murphy’s Law is an adage that says, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Unexpected things happen. Life happens. No matter how much you prepare, some things will just not go as planned. The point is to NOT get discouraged. Stay flexible, stay open to new ideas, and keep your sense of humor.Click To Tweet
4. You can’t make everyone happy, and it’s a losing game to try.
Don’t do what you do with the intention of pleasing 100% of your audience. You have got to do what you want to do. Whatever you consider joyful and however you define happiness is what’s most important to, and supportive of, your creativity.You must hold the key to your own happiness; nobody else can live your life for you. Click To Tweet
5. Let yourself evolve.
You will grow and change over time, and so will your audience. Make a conscious decision to adjust what needs adjusting, not because you need to cater to everyone, but because certain parts of your audience will become vital to the vitality of your business.In business and in life, allow yourself to evolve. Don't let perfectionism steal the journey. Click To Tweet
When a strategy or belief is no longer serving your creativity, it’s time to open your mind to new possibilities.
6. Only work with the best.
This isn’t about working with the most expensive people. It’s about only working with “A” players: People who are 100% committed to doing an extraordinary job, no matter what. If you build a great, supportive team, you will go far.Surround yourself with people who are on the same page as you. Click To Tweet
7. Stay true to your vision.
Many people will try to get you to do things that are not true to your vision. Be crystal clear on what success looks like and feels like to you, not to the masses. It’s good to listen to others’ opinions and stay open to differing views and new perspectives, but stay true to what your gut is telling you.
As Marie says, “Just because something’s an opportunity doesn’t mean it’s the right opportunity for you.”At the end of the day, you need to trust yourself. You know what's best for you. Click To Tweet
- What’s your biggest takeaway from these business lessons?
- What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned so far in your own journey, whether it’s in business or any other area of life?
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