Wanna Go Pro? One Potent Question.


Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending Marie Forleo’s Rich Happy and Hot LIVE conference in New York City.

I’m back home now, but I’m still shimmering with electricity. (If you were there, you’d understand.)

My next few posts will be heavily inspired by the exercises + ideas that I was exposed to at the 3-day event.

Let’s start with this intriguing question — which sprang from the lips of Marie herself:


“If you were the BEST in the world at what you do, how would you BEHAVE?”


: Would you wake up at dawn, set your intentions for the day, and get crack-a-lackin’?

: Would you spend 15 minutes an hour on Twitter, or 15 minutes a day?

: Would you obsessively check your email, or would you keep your inbox CLOSED for the majority of the day, so you can frickin’ WORK?

: Would you agonize over other people’s careers — people who seem more successful and popular than you — or would you celebrate their successes and learn from their models?

: Would you send gawky, icky groupie-style fan mail to people you idolize, or would you approach them respectfully, as your peers?

: Would you waste valuable energy fretting and frittering with minutia (document formatting, toilet cleaning, button mending), or would you hire professionals to help you create “white space” in your life?

: Would you accept every new client, opportunity and request that comes your way — or would you choose your projects with gracious discernment?

: Would you say YES to dinner with an unexpected advocate, mentor or collaborator?

: Would you say NO to (most) unpaid gigs and pro bono requests?

: Would you move to a larger city, and start playing BIG?

: Would you build humanitarian structures, scholarship funds and charitable events into your business model?

: Would you blog about what you ate for breakfast — or publish articles with resonance and legacy potential?

: Would you raise your rates?

: Would you take a sabbatical?

: Would you sell your TV?

: Would you write a book?

: Would you hire an assistant, or find an intern?

: Would you do what you say you’re going to do?

: Would you make yourself more accessible, or more elusive?

: Would you hire an outsource business partner? An image consultant? A virtual decorator? A voice coach? A brand positioning strategist? An intuitive? An astrologer?

: Would you take, teach or curate a course?

: Would you slice negative people out of your life?

: Would you learn to meditate?

: Would you change your name?

: Would you make eye contact?

: Would you hold yourself accountable?

: Would you treat your TIME as the invaluable, finite, non-renewable resource that it is?

: Would you change, slash, or straight-up kill your to-do list?

: Would you fill your days with objects, scents, music, textiles, fonts, colors, literature, systems, foods, festivities, experiences and HUMANS that make you feel strong // vibrant // galvanized // greater-than?

Would you scrabble along, or would you SOAR?


Think about those questions.

Then … go be MORE.




Fantastic post Alexandra! Love all these questions. So thought-provoking! I was bummed that I couldn’t attend RHH – so really appreciate the inspired-by-RHH theme. It sounds like such a powerful event. Maybe next year. But in the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through posts like this.
XO Piper

This is my absolute favorite post, and the one I think speaks the most to ALL entrepreneurs, not just ones in your field, because it definitely resonates with me.

Oh, so many juicy questions.

I’m sending this to my networking group.

Too good NOT to share!

Brilliant, what an awesome set of questions- i will soar thanks for asking :)

The fact that I’m almost in tears reading this means that I have some tough decisions to make…but they will bring me closer to my dreams. Thank you for this post.

Oh I love this post! And Marie Forleo totally rocks too.

Several Things.

1. I did write a book! http://wildwomanfundraising.com

2. I did cut negative people out of my life! Yay!

3. I do write blog posts with legacy potential. 5 days a week.

4. I did change my name.

5. I did start saying no to pro bono requests.

6. I did raise my rates.

7. I did learn to meditate.

8. I did teach several courses this year, and I’m going to teach more!

9. I do realize that time is our most precious resource. More than money.

10. I do hold myself accountable. And I love it!

I hadn’t considered killing my to-do list. But that is a post I am going to go read right now!

Rock on Alex! Keep sharing the wisdom please!


PIPER :: You can live vicariously through my blog, anytime. And I’ll do the same, in reverse.

KATY SNOW :: Wowza! High praise, from a lofty lady. Grazie.

GLAD :: Share away! And thank you kindly.

SUZIE CHEEL :: Soar away! I’ll peek at you in the sky.

ALISHA :: I’m a big fan of tears. And dreams. And tough decisions. Stick around, lady. I like your style.

MAZARINE :: I gotta read yo’ book! I know puh-lenty of women in the non-profit / fundraising world who could heavily use your insights. Rock on.

Alexandra Franzen on Nov 30, 2010 Reply

THIS IS AMAZING. I missed this. Why, Clifford? ( old Howard saying, no one knows where it came from )

Such a great article!! Love all of these insights. I’m definitely inspired to wake up tomorrow and be my best self. THANK YOU!

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