If you don’t know who Marie Forleo is, or haven’t heard about her new book, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy. Obviously, “Everything is Figureoutable” talks about everything being figureoutable. It addresses some of the obstacles we all face in figuring difficult things out.

About the book

The book consists of 10 chapters. Each chapter contains a set of exercises for you to complete, encouraging you to take action. It’s not a book that you read, feel warm and fuzzy about and then forget about in a couple of days. It’s something that you’re going to read and want to put into practice as soon as possible.

Is this a new concept?

Now the idea that “everything is figureoutable” may not be completely new. Richard Branson is quoted as saying, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” Albert Einstein, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” and even Tina Fey, “There are no mistakes, only opportunities.” all saying that even though it seems difficult, you can figure things out.

Re-wiring your brain

It all comes down to neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability your brain has to continuously re-wire and re-program itself. Which gives us all the ability to learn new activities, skills or languages even well into old age. It turns out that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

Neuroplasticity seems to be something that most entrepreneurs understand well. No-one starts a business knowing exactly what to do – but they figure it out as they go along. When an entrepreneur faces a problem, they face it and look for ways over, under, around or through it. While most people stress over challenges, entrepreneurs thrive on them. Entrepreneurs use challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.

Conclusion

Back to the book, while a lot of the concepts weren’t completely new to me, some sections really resonated. There are stories throughout the book of people who’ve faced seemingly impossible things, which makes you think, “if they can figure it out, so can I.” And especially in the country we live in, there are plenty of examples of people who’ve overcome tremendous challenges. Challenges which make mine seem small and relatively insignificant. 

The main take away for me here is that it’s not about pretending the hard stuff doesn’t exist, it’s about facing it. “Everything is figureoutable” does NOT mean “everything is easy.” It’s not about easy. It’s about possible.

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