Business Journey

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Reflecting on my 2017 - what a ride...

Reflecting on 2017 I have to admit, although it was a whirlwind of a year that pushed every boundary I had, we certainly achieved amazing things.

Three things stand out.

I began touring regularly and upscaled my ability to impact so many more women in positive ways.

Was it a risk? Absolutely, and a massive learning curve - but it paid off. I met so many amazing women, I am just so very grateful that I found the courage to get uncomfortable. Yes, it was VERY uncomfortable.

Standing in front of hundreds of women and having the confidence to share my message and my voice took courage, that I wasn’t sure I could maintain and determination, that I wasn't sure I was capable of... until I did it. There is a level exposure and vulnerability that would be hard for the best of us but I believe is even harder for a woman - because everything we are taught from a very early age is the complete opposite of what I was doing. But I dared to do it anyway, risk being shot down, ridiculed, even hated.

99% of feedback was ridiculously positive (yay!) but I did get that 1% that made it their mission to criticise and judge. I chose to see the criticism as a gift. It forced me to get to know myself better, to remain positive even when it felt hard and to stay focused on my “why” - the reason I was doing it all in the first place.

What else happened?

My book became a #1 bestseller. That was a surprise and so humbling and exciting! Again, because it was a tool I was hoping would help to make a difference and it did. I spent time, energy and effort writing it and it was so wonderful when I found out that women were reading it and finding it helpful. I received lots of amazing emails and pms. What can I say, it was a really cool time! :)

We launched an online Academy to help support women who couldn't afford to work with me directly. It looks amazing and we are steadily growing it and connecting with some beautiful ladies online and helping answer those burning questions that they need answered to succeed in business.

We also brought in more staff and contractors and made a whole bunch of changes and grew and grew and grew. What a journey! I'm not going to lie, sometimes it was full on and it had me questioning what the hell I was doing but I had a fierce "why" and a full on mission and I am never one to give up without a really good reason.

It's a fire in my belly and to be honest sometimes that fire burns - in a not so great way - but most times, if I focus on the right things, it warms me and helps me succeed in ways I could never have imagined.

We're making even more changes and taking more risks this year and it's exciting - not for the faint hearted - but exciting none the less. I'm going to be making big announcements soon - so stay tuned for the next phase in building this crazy passion of mine.

I truly hope your 2018 delivers gifts for you and provides a level of abundance that fills up your soul.

Let me know what you’re up to for 2018 below in the comments - I’d love to hear what you have planned. :)

Have a beautiful day, beautiful you.
Marnie xx


Find Your Business Purpose

Any woman can start a business.

It takes a special woman to build a successful business.

Which prompts the question: What separates the triumphs from the failures?

Is it capital? Or financial backing? Or a wide bank of knowledge? Or the quality of your product?

I know, for a fact, that it's something else. Something less tangible, but more pivotal. Something hard to define, but easy to implement.

It's the finding of your WHY, or your purpose…and then exercising it, every day, in the form of a business.

You know it when you see it: Female entrepreneurs who are excited to get to work and who eat, sleep and breathe their businesses—because it comes naturally, and they wouldn't want it any other way.

You want that, too. You want to live out your purpose through a prosperous business.

There's just one problem: You're not sure what that purpose might be. You have a desire to be in business, but you're not sure what would keep you focussed and excited about going to work every morning. You're not sure what you're good at, and what you would be happy doing for the next ten, twenty or thirty years.

This is a heavy question for any woman, and nearly as profound as What is the Meaning of Life?

There's no need to worry, though. You have a purpose. Everyone does. You've just got to find it.

Here's how:

  1. Identify your Talents. This might seem silly at first. Of course everyone knows their own talents, right? Well, most women know what they like to do, but do they really know what they're naturally good at? Branch out and try new things. Look around to gauge what you're better at than the average person. Take note of what comes easily to you, that others struggle with. Ask your friends and co-workers where they think your talents lie. Make a list and put it to the side.
  2. Identify your Passion. This is the thing (or things) you think about all the time; the thing you can't wait to do after work or on the weekends. It's something you can talk about for hours and something you love to research and learn about. It doesn't have to be something you're really good at; it does, however, have to be something you're impassioned about. Keep this list handy, too.
  3. Identify the Intersections. Now, take both of those lists and name the places where your talents and your passions intersect with each other. This isn't about finding direct matches; instead, it's about thinking creatively about how you can combine the things that you're good at with the things you're passionate about to come up with something you can do better, with more energy, and more distinctively than anyone else.
  4. Identify your Skills. Your skills are the things you've worked to develop, and now is the time to list them and work out how you can use those skills to deliver the above-named talents/passions. It is possible that you don't currently possess the skills to make those deliveries (i.e. start a business). In that case, now is the time to identify the skills you'll need to acquire—either through research, practice or formal study.
  5. Identify your Values. You've got the underpinnings of your purpose in place, and now it's time to name the values you wish to demonstrate through your business. This will determine how you deliver your product or service.  Your values are those qualities you not only wish to see more of in the world (and that you hold close to your heart), they're the qualities you want to see in your future customers.

It's unlikely that you'll come up with your true purpose by simply reading through the above list. It is likely, however, that these five steps will give you lots of thinking points to support and inspire the uncovering of your purpose.

Always remember that a goal is not the same as a purpose. You need a purpose in order to reach your goals.

Are you driven to run your own business, but still struggling to find your purpose? I, too, struggled with purpose, and have found the formula for helping other women discover theirs. That formula is the basis for the Secret Women's Business Academy, and you can join here.

Have an opinion, advice or comment? Please share it with me below…

Have a beautiful day, beautiful you.


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Redefine Leadership, Every Day

How do you define leadership?

What comes to mind when you hear the word leader?

If you think of notoriety, wealth, power…then it’s no wonder you’ve been hesitant to call yourself a leader. It’s no wonder that leadership is something you’re placing far, far into your future. And if this is your thought process, then I can understand why you believe that leadership is something you may never achieve.

Here’s the truth: You’re already a leader.

Who says that a leader has to appear on television? Or have published a book? Or have thousands of followers?

Leadership is about showing someone else a better way, or helping them through a tough spot, or giving them the tools to make a positive change…and yes, that someone can be just one person.

There are countless ways that any one woman can lead in a single day, and I’m positive that you’re already doing many of them on a regular basis. However, you may not realise just how influential your behaviours are in the lives of those you’ve been leading.

Here are just a few ways that genuine leaders influence others, every day:

  • Lead by Example. Do you know what kind of leaders have the happiest, most positive and most productive teams? The ones who are the happiest, most positive and most productive leaders, of course. When you demonstrate, through words and actions, how you want your team members to interact with one another, with customers, investors, suppliers and other affiliates, you are leading.
  • Someone who is focussed on waiting for a break in conversation, so they can interject what they have to say, will never become an effective leader. However, a person who listens intently to what others have to say, digests what they’ve offered, and then uses language to show that she understands has great potential to be an effective leader. People take notice to who cares and who’s listening—and they tend to follow those people. This makes great listeners even better leaders.
  • Offer Advice. Leaders don’t interject their opinions into every situation; they do, however, offer sound advice (based on experience) when they’re prompted or when they genuinely believe it will be helpful. When the advice is good, it’s likely to work. And when it works to change a day, a week or a life, the giver of that advice will not only be remembered, she will be viewed as a leader.
  • Bring Something Valuable. What does an unhappy person need? Laughter. What does a struggling business owner need? Sound advice. What does a frightened child need? A strong arm to protect him. What does a lonely person need? A friend. When you give someone what they need, you immediately establish yourself as a leader. You saw a problem, you took initiative, you offered a solution, and you automatically made yourself memorable and recommendable…or in other words, a leader. Sometimes, you won’t even know you changed someone’s day. Just by going about your normal routine (which is leadership-centred), you have made a difference.

Being a leader (and having the right to call yourself a leader) doesn’t have anything to do with money, power or notoriety. All that’s required is the consistent, everyday awareness of your ability to be a positive influence.

Have an opinion, advice or comment? Please share it with me below…

Have a beautiful day, beautiful you.