We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Marcie Beigel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Marcie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Running my own business has been full of ups and downs. There are moments, like when I was first on national television as a parenting expert or when I published my first book, that I hear this quote in my head. These are the moment that affirm that there is more capacity inside of me than I know. It reminds me to keep pushing to make the big impact I dream of. In other moments, like when someone comments on youtube that my new video is stupid or when I have a speaking engagement and everyone is on their phones, that I hear this quote in my head. I am reminded that this is the time to be brave, to be strong and to learn. My business has been successful because I keep going! This quote has helped me stay on track every step of the way. In the down moments, I reflect and learn and grow. In the up moments I celebrate the new benchmark of possibility.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I never dreamed of running my own company or starting a business. My dreams were always about helping kids be better understood. The fire in my belly was to bring more harmony and joy to families and enhance learning in classrooms. It was through providing this work that I found myself running my own company. People would find me, share the struggles they were facing and we would make a plan to work together. This happened over and over and over again, until one day I realized I had a private practice and needed to make it official. This felt like a new new behavior challenge. This time I was learning to do something new, not my clients. Yet, I found natural curiosity pushed me forward, just like it did with children. Building my business has been a puzzle to solve. I stay strong in the belief that everything is possible, just like with my clients, it just sometimes takes trying a few different pieces together before I find the right match. Just like there are no bad kids, just bad behavior or choices. There are no bad businesses, just lessons to learn. I have used the same formula with my clients as I do with my business: 1. Knowing all behavior change 2. Identifying my starting place and desired outcome 3. Determining the steps needed to make the change 4. Taking action. Building my business has not always been easy. It is my love for children that has kept me going. It is my passion for making change, so all members of a family can be happy, that pushes me to grow and do more.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is an interesting question given that I live in Brooklyn, New York and we have been shut down for many months. New York is a magical city at any time! The first night, I would probably have us stay in because catching up in my cozy living room is one of my favorite things to do. Order in some sushi, get a bottle of wine, put on some good music and share stories that feel different sharing in person. Saturday heading to Prospect Park and hitting the farmers market on our way to an outdoor yoga class. Then picnicking in the grass after. Spending the day in the park can go faster than one might think – a few game of cards, some delicious veggies and cheese from the farmers market and then blowing bubbles (yes, just like a 3 year old) is balanced with lying down and watching the clouds pass. Evening in New York is full of possibilities, it would all depend on what food my best friend wanted to eat because New York has it all. Though, when open, we would head to Time Square to have a delicious dinner and then watch a broadway. Feels like a classic New York evening and always makes my heart happy. What’s left for Sunday? Bagels for breakfast, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, getting dumplings in Chinatown and roaming around Soho. People watching would have to be part of the days activity, which is done best when also make up fabulous stories about the lives people lead as they pass you by. The energy of the city has changed and yet, my love for this city has not – Come visit anytime!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents! As a child my parents always encouraged me to do more and never limited what was possible for my dreams. Today, they are my biggest cheerleaders championing each success and supporting around each hiccup.
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