Rachel Goldstein: What or who inspires you most?
Marie Forleo: My inspiration always comes from different places. Sometimes it’s a piece of music or being in nature or seeing a film or reading a magazine. I find inspiration everywhere.
RG: Why do you do what you do?
MF: My motivation comes from a desire to make a difference in the quality of people’s lives.
RG: What makes you vulnerable?
RG: How did you go from Nike dancer to business mastermind?
MF: I’ve always been a multi-passionate woman, so my passion for business existed right alongside my passion for dance. As you advance in life, different passions can take the front seat, so for me, business is where my primary focus is right now.
RG: What made you want to create B-School?
MF: There’s a huge gap in the market for modern online marketing and business education for women that’s effective, fun, and gorgeous to engage with. I knew I could fill that gap. I also believe the world will fundamentally change the more women become economically empowered. When women live rich, in every sense of the word—financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually—everyone wins: you win, your family wins, your community wins, and the world wins. Many female small business owners have a negative association with marketing. They see it as slimy, non-ethical, or aggressive. I see marketing not only as a vital skill for small business success, but more importantly, as a vehicle to create art and connect deeply with and serve others to make the world a better place. I want to change how women think of and feel about marketing. It not only helps women get the results they want, but marketing brings out our best human attributes: true listening, compassion, honesty, and a spirit of service.
RG: Tell us about your first book, Make Every Man Want You: How to Be So Irresistible You’ll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself!
MF: While it’s got a cheeky title, there is more to this book than meets the eye. I call it a Trojan horse because you think you’re getting one thing (a sassy book about dating), but what you discover inside is much deeper. It’s really a guidebook to the art of living in the present moment. The deeper message is why it’s been successful. I’m proud to share that it’s in eleven languages worldwide!
RG: How would you guide the youth of today in hopes of providing a platform for a successful future in business?
MF: Business today is more personal than ever. It’s about pouring your soul into whatever you create. It’s about providing more value than anyone else in the market and focusing on creating strong, honest, and deep connections with your customers.
RG: How do you stay balanced?
MF: Exercise, green juice, meditation, and goofing around.
RG: When you go to sleep at night, do you feel accomplished that you are making a difference in the world? What makes you smile most?
MF: Beautiful cards, notes, and emails we get from our customers and larger audience telling us stories about the radical breakthroughs they’ve experienced in their business and life as a result of our work. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing other people’s dreams come true.
RG: What is your guiltiest pleasure?
MF: Staying in bed all day with my man, under the coziest blankets, with an endless supply of movies, books, and food.