A little fun fact: did you know Judd Apatow is a self-help junkie?? This comes as great news to me, because as one myself, I don’t have to feel like a weirdo about it anymore! Judd and I are in the same club and I’m totally fine with that. Perhaps I am also a comedy genius? But in that case only time will tell. (fingers crossed)
Anyway. As far as self-help and motivational coaches go, Marie Forleo needs no introduction. The woman has built an empire and has been named a thought leader for the next generation by none other than Oprah. The Oprah. If you don’t happen to know her, but love inspirational quotes and a kick in the butt when it comes to chasing your dreams, you kinda need her in your life. Her podcast is amazing, she interviews a bunch of super productive, highly ambitious, overachievers; her website is a bottomless well of resources and useful information. She’s all about hustling and making things happen. And yes, her life motto is everything is figureoutable.
I’m a big fan of the mindset. It basically implies that you can make anything happen. Anything is possible. BUT you have to work for it. Don’t panic, don’t lose hope. Instead, look at the situation from all angles, be resourceful and you’ll find the answer. The answer is always there, it might take a while, it might not be the answer you wanted, but it is there.
To be honest, as most self-help books, this one feels quite redundant at times, but I get it. You have to listen to the same message over and over again in order for it to stick. But sometimes it felt like I didn’t need to read the whole book to understand the idea. Having said that, it’s a great read. I love reading inspirational stories, it makes me feel like I can do anything, too. I love the message that anything you want is figureoutable. You just have to break it down into steps and tackle it one day at a time. It sounds easy, but it’s not easy, it’s simple. And that’s the thing, there’s no need for complication. One of the things she talks about in the book is the human tendency to waste energy on being indecisive and questioning their own motives, talents and abilities (guilty, so guilty).
When you’re stuck in a paralyzing thought loop of indecision, stop thinking and start doing. Make a move, no matter how tiny. Find (or make) a way to do a real-world experiment. Action is the fastest and most direct route to clarity. Discovering what you really want saves you endless confusion and wasted energy. Clarity equals power.
Life is hard, but sometimes things are simple, we just like to make them complicated. The decision to act is the hardest one. Once you commit, things start making sense until it’s not so scary anymore. Hesitancy just keeps you from doing exactly what you want to do because you’re wasting time being afraid.
Okay, you get the point. It might take me a thousand books to finally truly get the message and be a badass, everything is figureoutable queen, but until then, I’m grateful for books like this one. People like Marie Forleo pave the way and show us that we can be whoever we’re meant to be. We’re going through hard times, we need some light and encouragement, and to be reminded that we can do hard things.
Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book: