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The 4 Steps to Becoming Extraordinary

If you ask 10 people if they’re smarter than average, 9 of them will say yes. But the truth is that only 4 of them actually are.  The same thing happens when you ask 10 people if they have above-average looks.  Or above-average driving skills. You name it. It happens no matter what you ask.  … Read more

Simplicity Scales: Why Giving Your Customers Too Many Choices Kills Growth

I started Live Your Message in 2011 and it’s hard to believe that we’ve hit our 10th anniversary (get my top 10 learnings from 10 years launching and growing my business).  10 years is a long time to be online! You may have seen the memes: what happens in an internet second… but what happens … Read more

How to Start with the End in Mind: Key Elements You Need to Achieve Your Biggest Business Goals and Your Greatest Vision

Years ago, I was part of a group of up and coming entrepreneurs and we were excited about learning how to run a successful, profitable online business from the leader of the group (he happened to be a world-famous entrepreneur). I clearly remember him asking, “Who wants to know how I got a million-dollar book … Read more

How to Pivot Your Small Business Strategy During COVID-19

made in crisis

You may have heard that if the earth goes up in smoke, only the cockroaches will survive. Well I believe the entrepreneurs of the world will be right there with them, along with everyone else who benefits from the vital services and innovations we provide.  Entrepreneurs have the essential qualities of resourcefulness and resilience that … Read more

Why Your Entrepreneurial Journey Isn’t Going the Way You Want it To (and What You Can Do About it)

In early February, I hosted a dinner party for a group of my friends who happen to be entrepreneurs (this was back during pre-Corona days… feels like a lifetime ago!). As the host I wanted to start a meaningful dinner party conversation, so I asked my guests to answer 3 questions that reflected how they … Read more

How To Create an Online Course with Just the Right Amount of Content


Recently, someone asked me on Facebook, “Hey Marisa… how do you know how much is the right amount of content to put in your online programs, courses, masterminds, whatever you’re selling?” And I like to think of this as the 3 Little Bears Question: How do you put not too much or not too little … Read more

What the Muppets Can Teach You About Life, Love & Legacy

Remember the Muppets? If you grew up in the 70s, 80s or 90s like I did, then you have an extra-special place in your heart for this family of adorable furry creatures that loved dropping wisdom bombs like: “I don’t care what you think of me, unless you think I’m awesome. In which case you … Read more

[Entrepreneurial Survival Kit] What To Do When The Sh*t Hits The Fan

In January, I was invited to join Plat Plus, an intimate Mastermind led by Jeff Walker for 50 of the top online business and internet marketing minds on the planet. It felt crazy to take 3 days out to attend the first meeting just 2 weeks before our big annual live event — Message to … Read more

Moving Mountains with Quarterly Rocks: Why October 1st is your 4th & Last Chance to Make Big Things Happen This Year

We all get excited when January 1st rolls around. We create grand plans for the year to come. We create huge lists of what we’ll do and accomplish. Big goals and even bigger resolutions. – “I’m going to get into the best shape of my life!” – “I’m going to build my business to $100,000 revenue!” – “I’m going to … Read more

The 3 Chinese Curses: Shifting Your Perspective Towards Misfortune/Hardship

Have you ever heard of the 3 famous Chinese Curses? May you live in interesting times May you be recognized by people in high places (sometimes also reported as: May you attract the attention of the government) May you find what you’re looking for (often heard as “be careful what you wish for… it may … Read more