You Don’t Have to Choose Between Success & Your Soul
Every February I spend a few weeks talking about what I’ve learned about business and life since becoming an entrepreneur in 2009. I strive to include advice and inspiration that will be helpful to you, whether or not you own your own business. I promise to be real, revealing, and giving. Today, I want to start off with part of my business story, and what to do when you need to depend on your business financially – because many of us can’t afford to have an expensive hobby!
On a Tuesday morning in June of 2011, I stood alone amongst a huge pile of moving boxes in my new living room that I now shared with my husband of three days after “following him” to San Francisco from New York. Jonathan started his 6-year surgery residency that day, and I stood there wondering why I’d left my seventeen in-person health coaching clients, friends, and family to come to a city where I knew one person. Some honeymoon.
I spent about a week eating chocolate and feeling bad for myself and then got to work on building my new life. Here are a few things I knew I needed:
The first step for me in going “all-in” was educating myself. If I was going to make the kind of money I wanted and have the kind of impact I wanted to have, I had to learn how to get my message out there in a big way.
I had met this amazing woman, Marie Forleo, when I lived in NYC, and I was instantly drawn to her growing success, no-bullshit approach, and obvious marketing chops.
So in February 2012 I took her free marketing training (you can take it yourself here) and then enrolled in her online marketing program, B-School, and learned everything I could about creating and growing an online business.
Using the skills and strategies I learned in B-School, I created Live More Weigh Less, and 28 people enrolled that first year. Now, six years later, I have almost fifteen hundred graduates.
Learning about online business and marketing not only allowed me to do what I care about, but it gave me the skills to build a company that supports my family in the way I desired, on my timeline.
It doesn’t take a rich partner, a handout, or luck to have the life you want. It takes knowing that YOU can create anything you want, plus hard work, education (this is why I partner with Marie every year), some natural talent (you’ve got it, don’t worry), and magic (more on this in a few days).
If you also want to create a business you can depend on but still need the foundations of business and marketing to really soar, I highly recommend you take Marie’s free training. This is what you’ll learn in the first video:
You can watch it here. It’s totally free!
For me, creating and building an online company wasn’t about having extra cash or something to fill my time (although I actually think those are great reasons to have a business), it was about taking the lead on my family’s financial picture while Jonathan was in training and giving us something to depend on as we grew from a family of two to four. Now with two toddlers and one on the way, I’m so grateful I have a career that allows me to make my own hours and be with the kids when I want and need to be. None of this has been easy or stress-free, but I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.
The steps Marie teaches in this video are the exact ones I took to create a successful business in 2012 and grow it into the international company I have today.
Being a proud graduate of B-School and a partner, I am offering an incredibly unique, soulful bonus when you enroll in B-School through me this year. Enrollment isn’t open until February 20 but you can get a sneak peek in the P.P.S.
P.S. In this video Marie talks about the benefits of being a “multi-passionate entrepreneur” and how it set her and her business free. If you ever feel like you can’t be put in a category or find a niche (like me), you have to watch this video.
P.P.S. Every year I offer a bonus when I partner with Marie for the women who want to enroll in B-School through me. This year I’m excited to serve women entrepreneurs in the most creative, spiritual, and intimate way I could think of. I can’t wait to share the details with you next week.
I’m a proud affiliate of B-School, and although I may earn a referral fee based on my recommendation, I only share programs that I have personally experienced first-hand and really believe have the power to help you create the life you deserve.
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