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Want to Hire Your Dream Team? Offer These 5 Unusual Perks

Did you know that people rarely leave Team Forleo? (Not in a Hotel California kinda way, just in a super happy employees kinda way ? ? ? ?.)

We have a phenomenal team and I love them like family. But getting here hasn’t been easy.

Over the years, I’ve made a lot of painful mistakes and learned even more about keeping your team motivated and inspired.

I’ve always been creative with my company incentives — because I had to. Today I’m sharing five unusual ways to motivate employees by giving you a peek inside the best perks we offer at Team Forleo.

One of the biggest lessons is this:

Motivating employees isn’t all about money. These 5 perks make for a happy, productive team.

If you can’t offer big salaries, but still want to grow and hire your dream team, this episode’s for you.

You’ll learn:

✓ The easiest perk almost every company is ignoring
✓ Why you’ll catch my team making wacky sounds at each other
✓ How to make employees excited to tackle big problems
✓ The one benefit everyone fantasizes about and how you can make it happen

Even if you’re not looking to grow a team, what you’ll learn in this video can help you re-think what it means to be an A-player at work.

Pay special attention to #5 — you can incorporate this in your office without anyone’s permission and it can radically improve the quality of your worklife, fast.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Thank you so very much for adding your voice to the conversation. The dialogue and connections that happen in the comment area are truly priceless (and yes, we read them all).

If you have friends, clients or colleagues who struggle to find the right people for their team, share this post. The world needs more happy, engaged and passionate teams!

All my love,

XO

Franchesca Ramsey Gets Real About Creating a World-Changing Career

You might know Franchesca Ramsey from her MTV web series, Decoded. Or maybe you’re one of the thousands anxiously awaiting her new show on Comedy Central.

When a mutual friend connected us, I was so delighted to learn that Franchesa’s been a MarieTV viewer for years.

One of the countless things I love about Franchesca is that she’s the perfect example of a thriving multipassionate entrepreneur.

She’s built a flourishing career combining beauty, comedy, activism and graphic design. Not everyone would think they’d be able to put those together, but they work in tandem beautifully.

We sat down to talk about her multipassionate career and how she found the courage to run with it. In this episode she shares:

  • The impulse that convinced her to start vlogging, even though more than one person thought she was nuts
  • Why her wide-ranging interests helped her stand out from the crowd
  • How to keep doing the work, even when people don’t like you (and how to define success for yourself)
  • The 4-word mantra she uses to turn jealousy into action

If you want to use your many gifts to change the world, but still feel like you “have to choose just one,” this episode is for you.

Once you’ve watched, I’d love to know:

Has there been an idea you’ve been harboring in your heart or something you’ve wanted to create but have been too afraid to try?

If you’ve got something you want to put out into the world, please tell us about in the comments below.

There’s undeniable magic is writing things down, especially in public. The simple act of declaring it in writing can often help you start seeing progress towards your dreams.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Thank you so very much for adding your voice to the conversation. Your kindness, support and enthusiasm are genuine soul food.

All my love and appreciation,

XO

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid

This past weekend, I had friends over for a scary movie night. We screamed, jumped and ate more than our fair share of popcorn. That kind of fear can be exhilarating and fun.

But fear can also be debilitating. Especially when it holds you back from doing (or continuing to do) the big things you want to do. From tackling those important projects, tasks and changes that you know, in your heart, must be done.

All of us, no matter how experienced or accomplished we may be, have fears that can hold us back. It’s part of our shared humanity.

But the quality of your life and, ultimately, your destiny will be determined by whether you’re willing to continue to face those fears and move through them — or not.

And second, describe how your life will be different if that fear was a non-issue.

First, you’ll become aware of what you’re truly afraid of.

In this MarieTV, I’m asking two powerful questions that can help you continue to stay on a path of growth, learning and contribution, even if fear has kept you frozen in the past.

First, you’ll become aware of what you’re truly afraid of.

And second, describe how your life will be different if that fear was a non-issue.

You can’t change what you’re not aware of. You owe it to yourself and the world to keep growing.

Now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, answer both questions:

  1. What’s the exact fear that’s holding you back?
  2. What would you create or attempt to change about your life if that fear wasn’t an issue?

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Thank you so much for reading, watching and allowing me into your world. Your willingness to contribute to these conversations makes this one of the bravest communities in the galaxy.

If you have friends, clients or colleagues who want to move past their fears, please share this episode.

With so much love,

XO

Why Play Is More Than Fun

In our productivity obsessed culture, we’re either constantly working or feeling guilty because we think we should be. Scroll your social feeds and you’ll probably find references to #hustle, #nodaysoff or some type of work related #grind.

Don’t get me wrong. I work very, very hard. Always have and always will. It’s part of my DNA. But I play hard too.

In recent years, our society has put such a high valuation on productivity that we’ve developed a pervasive failure to appreciate the transformative effects of play.

As Dr. Stuart Brown, a pioneer on the research of play remarked, “The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.”

The benefits of play go far beyond fun. Play helps us improve brain functionality, stimulate our imagination and deepen our relationships. That’s why I take an unapologetic stand for play in all its forms. Quirkiness, silliness, playfulness, laughter and humor — whatever helps you enter this magical state. In fact, I’ll argue that play is one of the most undervalued strategies for creative entrepreneurs.

Consider the word recreation. Re-creation. Which means to create again, to refresh, restore, make anew, revive or invigorate. What legitimate entrepreneur couldn’t benefit from more of that? To be clear: I’m all for focused work, long-term effort and consistent hustle. Those are 10,000% required to achieve your goals and keep growing.

What I am not for is a one-dimensional, narrow formula for success. What I am not for is burnout, depression and suicide. These are serious issues among creatives and entrepreneurs and we’re not talking nearly enough about them.

Amidst all our busyness, here’s the punchline so many of us miss. There is no destination in business or life. It’s all journey. All of it. Think about that before blindly opting in for a punishing, lonely version of grind till you die.

In this episode of Unplugged, join me as I get my play on. As long as you’re subscribed to our list, you’ll get a link to the next vlog which continues on this theme of play.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. A two-parter today:

1. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being play anemic and 10 being a total playaa, where you at?

2. What are some of your favorite play activities?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember to share as much detail as you’d like in your reply.

Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Thank you for taking this August Marie Unplugged adventure with me. Your love and support mean the world.

New to Unplugged? Watch episode #1 here, then #2 and #3  ? .

With so much appreciation,

XO

Self-Care Strategies for When You’re Overworked & Underachieving

Chances are if you’re human, you’ve felt overworked. Like there’s never enough time and you’re stretched to the max.

When you’ve got big dreams and you’re juggling deadlines, work, health and family — the last thing you want to hear is about the benefit of slowing down. But here’s the thing. Innovative breakthroughs rarely happen when you’re burned out.

My best ideas often appear in ordinary or even playful moments. They rarely (if ever) happen when I’m trying to force them. Nor do they appear when I’m in hyper-focused-got-to-get-it-done mode.

But making time for self-care strategies is easier said than done though, right?

Latham Thomas, author of Own Your Glow, is here to help. My dear friend and celebrity wellness guru was inspired to write her latest book after watching so many women prioritize everyone and everything above themselves — to the detriment of their own health and mission in the world.

Latham is no stranger to having a crazy-busy schedule. She runs her own business, has been named one of Oprah’s Super Soul 100 and one of Mind Body Green’s Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness. And, she’s done it all while raising her young son as a single mom.

In today’s episode of MarieTV, we cover:

  • A surprising and much needed upgrade on the popular, “Fake it till you make it” mantra
  • 3 powerful questions to ask yourself when debating whether to prune something (or someone) out of your life
  • The #1 way to reboot and reset yourself while you’re deep in work-mode
  • Why giving yourself white space is key to growing to your next level

After you’ve listened to this episode, Latham and I would love to hear from you.

What’s the single biggest insight you’re taking away from today’s conversation and how can you turn that insight into action right now? If you’ve got more than one, fantastic.

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration and your observation may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

And don’t forget…

Self-care isn’t just some airy fairy, self-indulgent concept. It’s a core component to becoming your most joyful, creative and effective self. Not to mention, you’ll be enormously more patient and present with family and friends, too.

This is about less force and more flow; less stress, more synchronicity. When you’re able to do that dance of hustle and flow, you’re less likely to get sick and more able to make the difference you were born to make.

As always — thanks for reading, watching and sharing. The conversations that happen here are true nourishment for my soul.

With tons of love,

Tiny Planes, 55ft Pole Jumps & Business in Fiji

You’re about to watch an episode of my vlog series called Marie Unplugged. These videos are totally different than my award-winning show MarieTV. If you prefer those, 325+ episodes are waiting for you. Vlogs by nature are raw and off the cuff. So wear headphones if kiddos are around because adult language is likely. Enjoy!


It’s easy to assume that people who regularly appear in public (i.e. make videos, teach courses, write books, act, speak, etc.) are fearless. That somehow they’re always confident and self-assured.

Au contraire.

In this episode of Unplugged, I’m taking you to stunning Fiji where I got up close and personal with some of my fears. You see, for the past few years I’ve worked with the talented Shopify team as a mentor for their Build a Business competition.

This year, they upped the stakes and focused on helping established entrepreneurs build even bigger businesses.

I was invited back to mentor winners — eight of the fastest growing businesses on Shopify — at an event in Fiji. Myself along with Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Joe Gebbia of AirBNB, Debbie Sterling and others were there to offer ideas, insight and support. We spent 5 days brainstorming and learning together at Tony’s award-winning Namale Resort.

While I went to Fiji to be a mentor, I left 10x more inspired about the future of our company. (If you’re an MF Insider then you know all about the game-changing lesson we put into practice during last week’s MarieTV shoot.)

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know:

  1. What’s the most terrifying thing you’ve done lately?
  2. Would you have climbed and jumped off that 55ft pole?

Share as much detail as you can. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a breakthrough.

Thank you SO very much for being here. Your comments and shares are everything to me.

With so much love,

XO

TEXAS WE ♥ YOU

You’re about to watch an episode of my vlog series called Marie Unplugged. These videos are totally different than my award-winning show MarieTV. Vlogs by nature are raw and off the cuff. So wear headphones if kiddos are around because adult language is likely. Enjoy!

The feedback on our latest MarieTV episode with Brené Brown has been spectacular! If you haven’t had a chance to watch it (or share it) yet — please do. It’s soooo damn good.

But there’s more to this story.

Once Brené and I got our schedules locked, I figured I’d see if I could interview even more people in the great state of Texas. We took our show on the road!

As you’ll see, we had the honor of visiting prior to Harvey. The strong people of Texas still need our support. If you’d like to help those affected by Harvey, here are two resources to consider: 

It’s hard to express just how energizing this trip to Texas was. I learned valuable lessons — about tacos, Buc-ee’s, bat poo *AND* about the undeniable power of trusting that still, small voice inside.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know:Have you ever said “Yes!” to something that would typically be a no? What was the result?

Thank you SO very much for being here. Your comments and shares are everything 

Share as much detail as you can. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a breakthrough.

It’s hard to express just how energizing this trip to Texas was. I learned valuable lessons — about tacos, Buc-ee’s, bat poo *AND* about the undeniable power of trusting that still, small voice inside.

Lewis Howes: What Our Culture Gets Wrong About Masculinity

For years, football-player-turned-lifestyle-entrepreneur Lewis Howes identified as a man’s man. He built his entire personality around what he now believes was a misguided definition of “masculinity.” It took a bloody fistfight in front of a police station to wake him up and inspire him to change everything.

In today’s episode, Lewis makes the case for why, as a society, we must reexamine what it means to be masculine.

As you know, I’m a fierce advocate for women with a largely female audience. That said, in order to create the world that we all hope to live in — one that is kinder, less violent, more peaceful and more equitable, we need everyone working towards those goals as one.

If there’s any part of you that hopes for a better world and wants a fresh lens on how to stay connected to your father, partner, brother, son or students who identify as masculine, I hope you enjoy this conversation.

You’ll hear Lewis tell the story behind his new book, The Mask of Masculinity, including:

  • His frightening wake-up call after years of aggressive behavior
  • The incredible shift that happened in his relationships when he finally
  • opened up and publicly shared his most painful childhood secret
  • Why success doesn’t always = happiness
  • How to better understand and stay connected to the men in your life
  • And much more

After you’ve watched this episode, I’d love to hear from you. What’s the single biggest insight you’re taking away from today’s conversation and how can you turn that insight into action? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration and your observation may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Just because someone seems fearless, doesn’t mean they are. When we’re stripped of our masks and can show up as is, magic happens. We can connect with each other more deeply and feel safe and supported in each other’s presence.

Thanks for reading and watching today — and for continuing to be a voice in this incredible community.

With all my love,

What to Do When You Feel Useless and Alone

This 15-year old girl’s email really touched my heart. What she’s struggling with right now is something many of us wrestle with — no matter what our age.

What do you do when you feel completely useless and alone?

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, how many friends you have or how “successful” you may appear to be.

We all feel disconnected from time to time. And if we listen to (and believe) the voice in our head, we can quickly spiral down into darkness.

In today’s episode, learn three ways you can get back on track anytime you forget your intrinsic value and question your worth in this world.

Extra credit! Comment below, or on social media, with the hashtag #5GreatThings and give a heartfelt shout out to someone you love. Tell them five great things you appreciate about who they are.

Did you ever feel like Ajah did when you were her age? Do ever feel that way now? Let us know how you deal with WKRAP of course – if you have something special you’d love to share with Ajah, comment below.

John F Kendi

It’s a beautiful chance to connect more deeply with someone you appreciate and express things that you may often think, but rarely say.

P.S. This is an episode that you may want to share with your closest friends and clients — especially those who could use a little boost of encouragement as they’re building their dreams!

The Mental Exercise That Can Turn Wishes Into Reality

I’m always fascinated by a little “behind-the-scenes” action. For example, I’ve loved hearing about all the mechanics that went into creating the Oscar nominated movie,

(Shout out to photographer Duane Michals for the tweetable inspiration.)

In general, I just really enjoy hearing how people come up with big ideas. So today, I thought I’d take you behind-the-scenes in my own thinking process and share a simple but powerful tool we use on my team to spark our best creative ideas.

You can use this exercise for business or personal reasons (which is why I love it) and it’s especially fun to do with people you love.

In this video, I talk about how this tool helped us conceive of and execute something we’re deeply proud of — our Live Your Dream campaign. There are 40 + case studies and you’ll see how this one simple question created this massive initiative for us.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Thank you so much for reading, watching and allowing me into your world. Your willingness to contribute to these conversations makes this one of the bravest communities in the galaxy.

If you have friends, clients or colleagues who want to move past their fears, please share this episode.

With so much love,

XO