What to Do When You Can’t Choose Between Two Business Ideas

Transcript 0:00 It was so aggressive. 0:01 You liked it though. 0:02 A little bit. 0:06   Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching 0:14 MarieTV, the place to be if you want to create a business and life you love. 0:20 And I think you do. 0:21 Now, if you are a multipassionate

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It was so aggressive.
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You liked it though.
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A little bit.
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  Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching
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MarieTV, the place to be if you want to create a business and life you love.
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And I think you do.
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Now, if you are a multipassionate entrepreneur who is torn between two business ideas, this
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episode is for you.
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Today’s question comes from Tiffany who writes:
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  “Hi, Marie.
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Your videos have truly kept me afloat and motivated.
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Like you, I consider myself a multipassionate entrepreneur.
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I’m a full time bridal designer just getting my company off the ground.
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In addition to my bridal business, I love self care and motivating others.
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Sometimes I feel like I have too many passions and I always hit a wall not knowing what my
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next steps are.
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I’d love to know: how can I focus on building my bridal business and still build a platform
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for my personal self care/motivation business as well?
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Thanks so much, Tiffany.”
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  Tiffany, I love your question.
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And you are so not alone in this struggle, girl.
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Most creatives have more than one thing they want to focus on and it always creates some
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challenges.
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Now, there’s no one size fits all answer to this question, and in order to find the
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best path ahead for you, the first thing you’ve got to do is get really clear on your goals
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– both in the short term and the long term.
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  So for instance, if fast growth and a greater
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chance of higher revenue more quickly are really important to you right now, focus on
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just one business.
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I mean, give your everything to that business and trust that you can always start a second
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business or you can transition to another business a little further down the road.
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  Now, on the other hand, if you’re like me
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and you must, must, must do more than one thing because both these ideas are just burning
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a hole right through your heart, know that you can do that but there are consequences.
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Now, the positive ones include being able to strengthen different skills and learn more
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about what you like and what you don’t like.
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But on the downside, you need to be okay with growing each business perhaps a little more
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slowly, likely making less money, and you’ve got to embrace the fact that your life will
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probably be a little more messy and chaotic.
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  Now, here’s an analogy that might help you
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decide.
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Let’s think about this in terms of one of my favorite topics: food.
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You can either have one main dish business or a main dish business with a little side
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dish business.
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  Now, each of them has their pros and cons.
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So, for example, if you choose just one main dish business you keep things really simple.
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Right?
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I mean, everything is on one plate and you always know your next steps or your next bite.
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It allows you to really focus.
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You can really dig in and most of the time you can move a lot faster.
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You do run the risk of a little bit of boredom though.
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Now, if you want a main dish and a side dish business, then first you need to decide which
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business is going to be the main and which is going to be the side.
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Next thing, you’ve got to realize you’re always going to be going back and forth between
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the two plates and the meal will likely take a lot longer.
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  So it’s often more fun when you’ve got
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two dishes because there’s variety, but you never know.
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You might wind up liking a side dish more than your main dish.
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  Are you still working on that main business?
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  You know what?
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I’m done.
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  Would you like it to go?
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  Nah.
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Not really feeling it.
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  Was there something wrong with it?
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  You know, it was fine.
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I’m just really loving this side business.
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You know, can I get this one as an entree?
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  Certainly.
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Everybody is loving their side business.
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  The bottom line, you have a menu of really
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great choices in front of you.
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And all of them, quite frankly, can be satisfying and fulfilling in their own way.
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Now, the secret to making the best choice is to really step back, get ultra clear on
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what you most want in your heart both in the short term and the long term, and then make
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a choice and have total faith that you are on the perfect path for you.
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  And Tiffany, so you know, I actually have
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a lot more to say on this topic.
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I created specific exercises and tools and worksheets especially for us multipassionate
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muffins.
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It’s all in an online program called Start The Right Business.
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  And the thing that I love most about this
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program that I haven’t seen anywhere else is that it helps you try on different futures
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and get crystal clear about your goals and your values and your unique vision so you
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can bring it to life through a custom-designed business that’s perfect for your strengths
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and for the kind of life that you most want to have.
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You should really go check it out.
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It is beyond powerful and it’s literally guaranteed to help.
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You can learn more at StartTheRightBusiness.com.
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  Now, let’s land this plane on a Tweetable.
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  “The first step to a successful business
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is getting clear on how you define success.”
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  And that was my A to your Q, Tiffany.
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I really do hope it helps.
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Now I would love to hear from you.
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Have you ever felt torn between two businesses or two careers?
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Are you going through that right now?
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 So I want to know.
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If you are going through that right now, what’s your biggest takeaway from this particular
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episode?
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And if you’ve been there and done that, what wisdom can you share with Tiffany and
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everyone else based on your experience?
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Leave a comment below and let everybody know.
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  No.
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We don’t.
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We don’t get Marie giggly.
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  Zach, put your farts back in your butt.
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  I wanna go Hulk them and go like, “I crush
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you all.”
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  Does anyone know what a delicate flower I
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am?
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