I’m so excited to share this interview! I talked to my dear friend Marie Forleo about her new #1 New York Times bestseller, Everything Is Figureoutable.
In 2017 I wrote a blog post about how Marie’s mantra, “Everything is figureoutable,” was the most important business tip I’ve ever gotten. Whether you’re in business for yourself or want to change the way you show up for your job, you have to carry this mindset with you.
It goes far beyond work, too. When you have limitations, doubts, and feelings of “I can’t” or “I’m not good enough,” you’re going to block your success and happiness.
The mantra “Everything is figureoutable” sends a message right into your veins that says: Yes I can. There will always be a way. There is always a path of the highest good.
Gabby and Marie Q&A about Everything Is Figureoutable
Keep reading to discover…
- What practice makes it 42% more likely you’ll achieve your goals
- How “Everything is figureoutable” has guided Marie since childhood
- Why we have to start before we’re ready
- A 4-step process to help you move through fear
Gabby: When did “Everything is figureoutable” become your motto, and how has it helped you?
Marie: I owe “Everything is figureoutable” to my mom. She’s one of the most resourceful and industrious people you could ever meet. Constantly busy, and knows how to stretch a dollar as far as it will go. As a kid, I remember always coming home to her in the middle of some big project. From fixing a cracked bathroom tile to a leaky roof, inexperience never stopped her — and this was pre-internet, pre-Google and YouTube!
She used to say, “Nothing in life is that complicated. You can do whatever you set your mind to if you just roll up your sleeves, get in there, and do it. Everything is figureoutable.”
This phrase and philosophy took root in my soul. Since then, it’s become the most powerful driving force in my life. It’s the foundation of everything I’ve made, overcome, and accomplished.
It’s helped me land every job I’ve ever had. It’s helped me climb out of debilitating debt, extricate myself from dead-end relationships and save my most precious ones, often in record time.
It’s what gave me the audacity to start a business at 23 and build it into a multimillion-dollar, socially conscious education and media company from the ground up — with no clue, experience, investors, graduate degree or connections. It’s what fueled me to start filming videos using my first-generation webcam, which would later evolve into an award-winning online show seen by tens of millions of fans in 195 countries.
I don’t say this to brag. I say this because deep in my bones I am that certain everything really is figureoutable.
How does the “Everything is figureoutable” approach shift the way we work through obstacles, difficult situations, major life changes, and even daily life?
A lot of folks will say that in order to reach your biggest dreams, you need to play Sherlock Holmes and hunt down every negative, limiting belief you might have rattling around in your mind. You have to dig through your childhood and your past and find every crappy belief and then work to change it.
But you don’t have to do all that work! Instead, you can save a TON of time and energy! All you need is this one core belief, everything is figureoutable, which acts like a master key that unlocks every imaginable door in the castle of your consciousness.
It’s like throwing a switch, like turning a light bulb on — one that instantly illuminates a field of infinite potential in your brain! Like toppling the first domino, this one belief sparks a cognitive chain reaction that expands all other possibilities. Once you embrace this belief both functionally and operationally, not just conceptually, there is nothing in this world that can ever stop you again.
You can use “Everything is figureoutable” to solve mundane problems like a busted washing machine or a flat tire. You can use it to build a company, reshape your health or create financial freedom. You can use it to save (or end) a relationship, or create the most magnificent, passionate love story of your dreams.
You can use it to find your way out of chronic stress, grief, anger, depression, addiction, anxiety, hopelessness and debt. You can use it to invent a breakthrough technology, learn a new language, become a better parent or a stronger leader. Most importantly, you can use this idea with others to create positive and significant change.
What can you tell us about this practice that makes it 42% more likely you’ll achieve your goals?
A study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University of California, shows that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
You’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
As basic as it seems, most people still don’t write down what’s most important to them. If I was considering making a bet and you told me that if I wrote that bet on paper, I had a 42% HIGHER chance of winning — I’d do it! Who doesn’t want those kinds of odds?
Even without this study, writing down what you want is common sense. In our endlessly distracted world, writing down what’s most important is a deceptively easy way to stay focused.
Not to mention it’s what we naturally do in every other area of life when we want to produce a result. If you’re renovating your kitchen, you don’t just wake up and take a sledgehammer to your sink. You design a plan on paper first. Think about any professional project you’ve been a part of. Contracts, work agreements and purchase orders turn everyday ideas into reality.
No matter what you want to figure out, one thing is for sure: Writing it down is a fundamental step to making it real.
We both have a strong belief in abundance, and an abundance mentality is woven into our teachings. How does this show up in Everything Is Figureoutable?
In Everything is Figureoutable I talk a lot about how beliefs are the hidden scripts that run our lives. Every belief has a consequence. So when you change a belief, you change everything.
Similar to adopting an abundance mentality, “everything is figureoutable” helps you overcome perceived limitations.
Growing up, many of us learned beliefs that limit our potential. “Everything is figureoutable” crushes those faulty beliefs in one fell swoop. It’s a master key belief that unlocks every imaginable door in the castle of your consciousness. It will help you see those false beliefs for what they are, and train your brain to think more creatively and positively.
When that happens, there’s nothing in this world that can ever stop you again.
One thing you talk about in the book is how we need to start before we’re ready. This is such an important lesson! As you say, all too often we let fear keep us from taking action, even when we’re actually more than ready.
Look. You NEVER feel ready to do the important things you’re meant to do.
Learning to start before I’m ready has profoundly impacted the entire course of my business and life. These days, I run toward projects that make me uncomfortable, and not once has starting before I felt ready failed to produce valuable results, even when I’m afraid.
But here’s the thing: That voice of fear is a one-trick pony. It wants to tell the same old tired story of how incapable you are. Don’t be seduced. The faster you train yourself to disobey that voice, the faster you’ll fortify your ability to figure anything out.
Action spawns courage, not the other way around.
The “start before you’re ready” strategy means exactly what it says. Stop thinking and start doing. Make a move. Any move. Send the email. Register for the class. Pick up the phone. Schedule the meeting. Have the conversation.
Make a move, no matter how tiny. This approach will fast-track your learning and growth every time. Because all progress begins with a brave decision.
What’s your biggest insecurity? How do you work through it?
I always battle feelings of insecurity when I enter uncharted territory. That’s part of starting before you’re ready!
When I was 23 and thinking about becoming a life coach I had thoughts like, “Who in their right mind is ever going to hire a 23-year-old life coach?! You’ve barely lived life!! Not to mention you can’t hold down a job. You’re a mess. You’re in massive debt. You have nothing to offer anyone. Who do you think you are? Are you nuts? This is the dumbest, stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. And can we please talk about how cheesy ‘life coach’ sounds?”
Same thing happened when I decided to take up dance at 25, or started posting videos on YouTube. I felt it many times while writing Everything Is Figureoutable.
Even though I’ve learned to trust my gut over the mean girl voice in my head, fear is still there. But I’ve learned that fear is not the real enemy. Waiting to stop feeling afraid is.
Guess what? Everyone feels afraid. My career has afforded me a front-row seat to some of the most creative, accomplished people on the planet. Regardless of wealth, fame, or perceived power, they all experience fear on a regular basis. You’re not broken or weak if you’re afraid. You’re human.
You’ll always feel afraid or have moments of insecurity. The only way through it is to keep going. Action is the antidote to fear and insecurity.
What’s your #1 key to success? What did it take to become the Marie Forleo who inspires so many people today?
I’m so proud of all the programs and ideas I’ve helped bring into the world, but I’m no sage from the stage. I’m a guide from the side. I’m growing, evolving and learning along with everyone else.
The key for me has always been to make it about what you can give, not what you can get.
If you want to supercharge your ability to overcome obstacles, reduce stress, and create outstanding results, go beyond yourself. Think in terms of we, not me.
Few people realize the ripple effect they have on the world around them. I end every MarieTV episode saying, “The world needs that special gift that only you have,” because it’s true.
No other person has, or ever will have, the unique blend of talents, strengths, perspective and gifts that you have. You were born with an innate power to create change, both in your life and in the lives of others.
Leaning into it, and opening yourself up to learn and grow — that’s where the magic happens.
Insight to Action: A Challenge from Everything Is Figureoutable
Here’s a 4-step exercise from Everything Is Figureoutable that will help you move through fear.
Fear is one of the most misunderstood F-words. Left unexamined, it’s a dream killer. A soul squelcher. The grand master of mediocrity. But fear, like everything else, is figureoutable.
One reason our fears become so debilitating is that they’re vague. We don’t slow down enough to thoroughly question them or assess their probability—so we have no idea how likely they are to come true. Nor do we have a practical plan to respond if they did.
It’s the equivalent of closing our eyes, sticking our fingers in our ears, and screaming, “LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!”—in the hope that our fears will magically disappear on their own. Avoidance doesn’t extinguish your fear, action does.
- What’s the worst-worst-worst-case scenario you imagine could happen if you moved ahead on your idea? Could you lose your job or business? Disappoint family or loved ones? Get all your deepest fears out of your head and onto the page.Keep going until you hit your fear’s rock bottom. Then ask yourself, “Okay. So what’s the worst thing possible if that happened?” Push yourself until you get to the basement of your fear.
- Review what you’ve written. How likely do you think it is that this full-blown nightmare will occur? On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being not at all likely and 10 being guaranteed), how probable is this?
- Now write out the exact steps you’d take to recover and rebuild if the worst of the worst did in fact happen. If you had to, how would you get back on your feet?
- Flip the script. What’s the best-case scenario? What are all the possible payoffs — the upsides — that could come from moving ahead? Write down as many as you can.
See Marie and me on MarieTV!
It’s so much fun to launch a book at the same time as one of your best friends! Marie and I have had some really good conversations lately, like when I went on MarieTV in September to talk about being a Super Attractor and how to reclaim your joy when you feel like giving up.
If you want to keep the party going, you can watch below!