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Are you doing what you are MEANT to do? Or just CONDITIONED to do?

I’m back from France, and my place is buzzing with WAY more action and energy than usual right now.

I’m in full-blown preparation mode, as I’m heading to Toronto next week to be a guest speaker at the National Women’s Show. I take the main stage at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 7, and I’ll also have a booth there for the full three days of the convention. I’m excited! (I’m also giving away a fabulous Gucci bag from the 2014 Fall/Winter collection…but more on that later.)

There is no denying this is a ton of work. Prepping for a big speech on short notice requires significant discipline and effort. There are also the logistics of pulling together a booth…you wouldn’t believe the hours of work that takes! And what to wear??

But you know what? Despite all the stress and bumps in the road, I’m enjoying every minute of it. Why? Because I’m following my passion, and I am doing what I know I was meant to do.

And that’s what I really wanted to talk to you about today: breaking from what you’re CONDITIONED to do, and start doing what you are MEANT to do.

Today’s Jacquie Straight Up is all about risk tasking, rule breaking, and living up to you own phenomenal potential. Click video above to watch.

As my loyal viewers already know, growing up, I was conditioned to believe by well intentioned and loving people that in order for my big, glamorous, and extravagant dreams to come true, I would need to marry a rich man.

That mantra went against who I was — I was born a natural leader! A normalphobe! A strong, feisty, and confident kid! But looking back now, I realize I did what I was conditioned to do (not what I was meant to do)…and I ended up with a wealthy man.

I had everything that society had trained me to believe I needed. I had a man and money to spare. But I was miserable.

Here’s why: I was not following my passion and my purpose.

I now know that happiness is the joy you feel when you are in pursuit of your full potential.

But in my earlier days, I had squashed and ignored my potential so well, that I couldn’t even catch a glimpse of it. Believe me, ignoring our potential is a one-way ticket to misery and regret!

And here’s what is really important: our happiness does not depend on finding a soul mate, on winning the lottery, having children, or turning the soul mate that you have into something he or she isn’t. Our happiness depends on us becoming all we were put on this earth to be. We were all born with a unique set of gifts and talents, and it is our purpose to tap into our full potential.

If any of this is striking a chord with you, I share a few key tips on how to actually find your potential in today’s video. One of my favorites is listening to and acting on your own intuition. And no, our intuition does not play it safe. It comes to us in flashes of brilliance, it’s the voice that pushes us towards our greatness. Most people ignore this voice, and miss out on their true purpose. I dig a lot deeper and explain more…click here to watch.

So today, are you doing what you are meant to do? Or are you doing what you are conditioned to do? It’s much easier to play it safe, but it can lead to a lifetime of regret.

And here’s a startling, sobering, and inspiring fact: the documented number one regret of the dying is this: I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. Wow.

Forget regrets. It’s time to start living a life that is true to yourself. It’s time to pursue your full potential! It’s time for long-term — and lasting — happiness.

I’m going to be talking more about rule breaking, risk taking, and becoming all you were meant to be in Toronto on November 7. If you are in the area at that time, I would just love to meet you.

As mentioned, I have a booth at the show for three days, so come by for a visit, and enter to win a fabulous Gucci purse. And yes, you have to stop by my booth to enter to win. (You knew I had to throw my fashion obsession in there somewhere, right?)

Thank-you for watching today’s video and reading this note. If you’ve liked it, please hit the like button and share with your family and friends.

And in the comments section below, let me know what you think. Do you have any tips on pursuing your full potential? Are you a risk taker and a rule breaker? Or, do you think you need to become one? I’d really love to hear from you.

I’ll see you next week!

Sending love and strength,


  • Emily
    Posted at 14:19h, 26 April Reply

    I’m just starting to live my own kiss ass life. Doing all the things I love to do and always wanted to try but was always a bit scared to try. I thought it was funny as well when you mentioned about loved ones saying you need a rich man to give you the things you want as when ever I mention about wanting anything people look at my husband and say you better start working harder to make more money then!!! And I think to myself well actually if I want it I will work hard myself to get it. Also great post thanks 🙂

  • Jacquie
    Posted at 10:33h, 27 April Reply

    Thanks so much Emily and congrats to you! Amazing hey, the stereotypes that continue to stick around even in the 21st century…I LOVE that you get it!!

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