Embracing Our Strengths: Marie Forleo

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 we checked out Marie Forleo’s “Q&A Tuesday” on her Marie TV YouTube channel. She addressed the following question from one of the viewers of her show:

“What suggestions do you have for someone who is a kind and positive person yet does not want to be viewed as a liability who is weak and naive?”

Marie’s reply went as follows: “Positivity is a powerful strength. Suppressing who we are is not an option. The future of business is about being more connected to our humanity, not less. This includes our positivity, kindness, enthusiasm, vulnerability, and most importantly our heart.”

Marie goes on to mention, “As human-beings, we need the right conditions to survive and thrive. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It’s vital that we put ourselves in the right eco-system, one that gives us the chance to flex our strengths. When we put ourselves in the right conditions, we blossom. When we put ourselves in the wrong conditions, we wither and die.”

Lastly, “When we know what makes us strong, it’s important that we don’t settle for less. There is no prize for suffering. We must embrace our strength of positivity and be it daily. Our enthusiasm for life is contagious. It also gives other people permission to be kind, positive, enthusiastic leaders too” says Marie.

What we love the most about Marie’s message is that it covers many critical points when it comes to realizing our greatest potential. Embracing our strengths, regardless of how other people may view them is always vital. Not only is embracing our strengths vital to our success, it is also vital to our overall well-being!

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

7 Days of Wisdom (Episode 21)

7 Days of Wisdom is an original weekly video series presented by A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group and hosted by Aquaus Kelley. Our mission is to foster growth and create a community of success and significance. Through sharing meaningful advice, knowledge, and insight gathered throughout our daily experiences, we aim to empower, encourage, and inspire our community to achieve their most passionate aspirations.

In This Weeks Episode We Discuss:

  1. Victimization (1:34)
  2. Valuing Our Dreams (4:38)
  3. Quotes of The Week (7:17)

This Weeks Resources Include:

  1. Overcoming Obstacles: Tim Storey
  2. The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy (Book)

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

How Might We Discover Our Passion?

Are you currently asking yourself, “How do I discover my passion?” If so, then this post is just for you. Two weeks ago, I was listening to a 7 hour business mastery course and this very same question was addressed. To spare you the 7 hours, let’s hop right into it!

1. What Are We Curious About?

We must ask ourselves, “What are we curious about?” It’s important that we make time to go out of our comfort zone to wander, explore, and discover new things. As a former record executive and the author of “The Tanning of America”, Steve Stoute says, “Without curiosity, there is no innovation.”

In order to seek purpose internally, we must be curious externally. Be a scientist, poke around, run experiments and tests. We must see what works for us and what doesn’t. It’s the only way to differentiate what we like from what we don’t like. Just because we may be “adults” certainly doesn’t mean that we can no longer explore!

2. Create a List!

Once we’ve gone through the discover phase, it’s important that we create a list of the things we actually enjoy. What interests us the most? Why? Can we invest in it as a hobby? Better yet, how can we go about turning it into something that we can do for a living? These are all essential questions that we definitely must ask ourselves.

3. Ask People What We Are Good At:

Asking people what we are good at is probably one of the best ways to identify our own personal strengths. Once we know what we are good at, it helps us to focus more on the direction most suitable for us to pursue in life. Let’s view it as helping to narrow down our road map. For some people, discovering our passion may be difficult. For others, narrowing down our options may be of more importance. Either way, once we know what we are good at and what we actually enjoy doing, we are then in a better position to discover our passion point(s).

How Did I Find My Passion?

When I was a child, I was infatuated with architecture and construction. I would always be amazed at how structures were built and developed. I loved playing with legos more than anything else. I was enamored with the idea of connecting little tiny pieces of plastic together in an effort to form a finished product. As I had grown older, I eventually gravitated over to drawing, playing sports, and creating music. Today, my creative outlet is essentially a combination of all of my childhood endeavors. Instead of connecting legos and building blocks, I connect people and build brands.

Find your PASSION! #ALOVERSAmbition

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.