“Doing The Work You Were Born To Do” with Marie Forleo

by Grace Bonney

Last fall I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with life coach, teacher, blogger and Youtube star, Marie Forleo. She invited me to chat as part of her regular video series where she interviews people from all aspects of the business and creative community. I knew that anyone who’s worked with Oprah, Tony Robbins and Richard Branson would be on their game, but I was blown away by how fun, thought-provoking and honest Marie’s questions and conversation were. This was, by far, the most fun I’ve ever had during an interview and it left me thinking and planning all sorts of new ideas. I don’t typically post interviews I do here, but I so enjoyed all the real-life issues we talked about and how open and transparent she was — and inspired me to be — about the challenges anyone faces when running a business, especially online. So if you’ve ever thought about starting your own blog, business or just want to learn more about what it’s like to work online in an ever-changing landscape of social media and publishing, I hope you’ll give our conversation a listen. Thanks again to Marie and her whole team for making me feel so comfortable and at home on their set — and for the kind compliments about my shiny shoes that day. xo, grace

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  • I found your interview so inspiring. I teach school in Austin, Texas. I’m off enjoying Spring Break and took the time to listen this morning. With a quarter of the year to go I heard so many things I want to share with my girls (I teach in a girls’ school) next week. Be true to self. Enjoy what you do. Know you’ll need to make changes. Thanks.

  • loved every minute of this! I was feeling pretty low, and with no direction on how to achieve my goal and this inspired me so much

  • You are such an inspiration to the creative community! I loved hearing this interview. Thank you for taking a moment to share your words with us all. Loved all the take aways, too.

  • Thank you for sharing this with us! I’m so glad to see and hear all about your core business practices – very inspiring to those of us newbie bloggers. Blessings to you and your staff – keep up the great work!

  • Wow, Grace! That was such a natural, comfortable, smooth-flowing interview. Your insights are excellent and inspiring…can’t wait for the podcasts to start again. And I am super impressed by Marie Forleo–she is a skilled interviewer. Thanks for posting this!

  • I just found this blog after watching your interview with Marie, and is very inspiring. I’m looking for a lot of positive energy now because I’m starting my own business. Thank you for recharging me.

  • I’ve started following Maria the beginning of this year, and find she has some great motivating tips, but I’ve been following you for 5yrs now. When I saw the email that you were being interviewed on her show… Wow I was super thrilled to see the 2 worlds collide! It was interesting seeing the contrast and dynamic between 2 strong driven personalities, and the way you stayed true to yourselves. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing such an inspiring story. Such a great interview! :)

  • I was wondering where those amazing shoes were from :) Kept getting distracted with them every time they zoomed out in the video! I’m a blogger too, who started off 3 years ago, and am starting the process of hiring my first person right now. Loved hearing all your advice on blogging! Any tips on making your first hire? And do you have only contributing editors who write about different topics, or does anyone help you out in your day to day personal posts as well?

    • Hi Shinjini

      Thanks (they’re from JCrew).

      We’ve done a few posts on hiring, so I’ll direct you there to start. They’re a good jumping off point.

      No one else writes my posts on the blog or social media, I write all of my posts and always will. Each of our writers covers a different topic or area on the site, but there are a few topics where we have multiple people writing (like home tours). But in each of those cases, they write their own posts. Then Kelli, our copy-editor and team manager- comes in later in the day to edit each post the night before it goes live.

      Grace :)

  • This was such a great interview! You’re so well spoken in interviews, I loved hearing about some of your past ‘wrong directions’, it’s refreshing to hear people talk about what didn’t work for them and their businesses- and not always what did!

  • Some great advice, thanks Grace! I love what you said that just because you are doing what you love doesn’t mean it wont feel like a job, and how you and your team work from home.
    I will definitely be checking out more of Marie’s videos :)

  • Hello from Hong Kong. Love your blog and very inspiring interview. Really enjoy reading your contents everyday..

  • Really enjoyed this video! You are so well spoken and it’s clear that you still love what you do after all these years!