Disclaimer: This is a post about how Marie Forleo unintentionally humiliated me in front of thousands (if not millions) to help me get out of a scarcity mentality and develop an abundance mindset.

Let’s set the scene.

It’s a gloomy overcast day. Loud inconsistent droplets of rain are splattering on the roof. It’s around 3pm and I’m lying in bed skyping my boyfriend. And the tears are trickling down my face, because, that’s how it goes these days.

Some would call this the “quarter-life crisis.”

Imagine you’re broke, jobless, living back home with your Mother and no idea of how to change your situation because you are stuck in a rut.

Rock, meet bottom.

I had gotten myself into quite a state. My job situation was miserable, I wanted out, and so I misread it as a sign that I should quit and run my online business (that wasn’t producing money AT ALL) to make MILLIONS instead.

Once I had sky dived back to earth, no parachute, I realized I had to get real about my situation. I mean, it had gotten to the point where I couldn’t even afford a $20 haircut.

You know shits gone south when you can’t afford a damn haircut!

But I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I was useless and had no real value to give the world. I felt insignificant because I wasn’t making money, I wasn’t working and I wasn’t back home with my boyfriend.

I knew that the more I thought like that, the more dangerous those thoughts would get.

Because what do thoughts become if you think about them enough?


And beliefs are very difficult to change once you have them.

And that’s what I was dealing with. Beliefs. Thoughts. Mindset. MINDSET. That’s it!

I realized it’s my mindset I’ve gotta shift, otherwise NOTHING is going to change!

So, what did I do?

Well, I couldn’t afford to work with a mindset or money coach. Buying books was out of the question. And I couldn’t exactly invest in a wealth consciousness program with my credit card balance at $0.

So, I did what any self-respecting person would do. I went to Marie Forleo to seek council.


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And she came back with this..

How to create an abundance mindset


I remember that fateful day like it was yesterday. Little did I know that clicking the play button would change my entire outlook on life.

When I heard my name, my heart stopped.

“It’s.. my.. question.” I thought, dumbfounded.

As Marie read it out to the entire world, I felt myself slink further and further under my duvet.

I felt like this.

A sudden wave of humiliation washed over me.

I felt seen.



Like I’d just lead myself to a public slaughtering of some sort. Ned Stark style.

But there was nothing I could do, it was already done. I cringed. I squirmed. I felt like this guy at 2:20. And yet there was still nothing I could do. Nothing but accept it and move forward.

And then in that moment I realized that Marie had in fact confirmed my suspicions.


The reason I was broke was because I had chosen to let my thoughts of fear and scarcity overrule my ability to find solutions and abundance. The reason my life was the way that it was, was because I had lead my thoughts down a negative path, and made decisions based on that negativity only to find myself in the negative situation I tried to avoid!

I put Marie’s advice to work and within a matter of weeks I started to find solutions, money and ideas. And within a month, I was back home living with my boyfriend and receiving a regular income. All because I decided to choose to work on creating an abundance mindset.


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So, yup, Marie Forleo “humiliated” me in the best way possible. In a way that got me to see what I was doing to myself so that I could change the direction for the better.

Do you have a scarcity mentality or an abundance mindset? How do you believe this is affecting your business?

Elise xo

P.S – Guess who replied to this post? Yup, Marie herself! God I love her!


P.P.S – And then the mad love poured in from facebook too!

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  • Cheryl

    Wow what a story and I can’t believe she replied to you aswell. So glad you managed to pull yourself up and put and now look where you are!! P.s I’ve been there too with the haircuts!! 🙂

  • Elise!!! You continue to inspire me to put myself out there, ask for advice (and actually follow it).

    • Aww thank you so much Ana! Yes don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! People want to help you succeed! <3