Marie Forleo and Cash Carraway on how to be successful

In February 2020, Marie Forleo, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author of Everything is Figureoutable, and Cash Carraway, award-winning playwright, screenwrite and author of Skint Estate, isited a school in Oval to discuss success and failure. They discussed the barriers individuals face, such as circumstance and opportunity, while debating whether anyone can be successful.

Resources

Age: Key Stages 3 – 5

Subject: PSHE

Topic: Success and failure

The following activities give KS3-5 students the opportunity to explore and discuss the question “can anyone be successful?” in terms of: talent, opportunity, vision, circumstance, and failure. The following activities can be used as standalone activities, or used together with the starter and plenary to form a complete lesson (approx. 1 hour 30 mins in total).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Is there truth in the statement “talent is universal, opportunity is not”?

  2. How can we “live life out of vision, not circumstance”?

  3. How can we fail successfully?

Activity one

Marie Forleo and Cash Carraway discuss whether potential barriers, such as class and privilege, affect an individual’s ability to succeed.

Activity two

Marie Forleo discusses the power of having a vision for what is possible in the future, instead of living out of your current circumstance.

Activity three

Marie Forleo and Cash Carraway discuss the inevitability of failing, but how failure is an event, not a personal characteristic.

The full Penguin Talk

About the authors

  • Skint Estate

  • ‘Brilliant, horrifying and really f***ing funny’ KATHY BURKE

    ‘Give[s] powerful voice to the often silent story that explains so much of Britain’s current fracturing’ OBSERVER

    I’m a scrounger, a liar, a hypocrite, a stain on society with no basic morals – or so they say. After all, what else do you call a working-class single mum in temporary accommodation?

    Skint Estate is the darkly funny debut memoir from Cash Carraway, a scream against austerity that rises full of rage in a landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges and peepshows.
    A voice that must be heard.

    ‘Cash’s brutal honesty will leave you wanting to make a change, stand up and be heard. A must-read’ VICKY McCLURE

    ‘Extraordinary ... Bursts with energy, wit and anger’ KEN LOACH

    ‘The new voice of a generation’ THE TIMES

    ‘Astonishingly brilliant … Raw, gut-wrenching and immensely moving’ RUTH JONES

    ‘A fascinating, shocking look at poverty and motherhood’ BILLIE PIPER

    ‘A howl of rage ... I loved it’ THE IRISH TIMES

    ‘The definition of edgy’ LIONEL SHRIVER

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  • Everything is Figureoutable

  • The New York Times #1 Bestseller

    'Millions of young women look to Marie Forleo as their inspiration for empowerment and achievement' Oprah Winfrey

    'This book delivers a knockout punch to whatever is holding you back' Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

    Do you ever have trouble finishing what you start? Do amazing ideas come to you all the time but after the initial excitement wanes you struggle to follow through? If you're creative and ambitious, the answer is likely yes.

    The problem isn't you. It's not that you're not hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven't yet installed the one key belief that will change everything: Everything is figureoutable.

    Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money, or just find two free hours in your day, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more positively and help you break down any dream into manageable steps.

    Inside you'll learn:

    - How to deal with criticism and imposter syndrome
    - Why it's crucial that you strive for progress not perfection
    - How to bounce back from failure
    - How to overcome a lack of time and money

    You'll also hear triumphant stories of everyday people using the everything is figureoutable philosophy to transform their life. Everything is figureoutable is more than just a fun phrase to say. It's a practical, actionable discipline. And it's about to make you unstoppable!

    Praise for Everything is Figureoutable

    'Smart, funny, and as brilliant as it is straightforward. LOVED it!' Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

    'Reading these pages I experienced the sensation of limitless possibility. This book will change lives' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and City of Girls

    'An unapologetic guide to solving your biggest problems and accomplishing your wildest dreams'
    Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS

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