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Marlo Scott Marlo Scott experience creator. dream believer. ex-hamster wheeler.

After a long, twisted trip through the corporate jungle, Marlo Scott transformed her passion for cupcakes and adventure into Sweet Revenge, an artisanal cupcake, beer, and wine bar in New York City's West Village. [www.sweetrevengenyc.com]

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At the very end of 2011, one of my dearest girlfriends gave me three questions to think about for the upcoming year: What are the lessons you’ve learned this past year? What do you want to leave behind? What do you imagine for your life in 2012?

I know myself very well, and in all prior years those three questions would’ve specifically had to do with work. But after four years my business was running at a level where it wasn’t dependent on me seven days and nights a week. That allowed me the freedom to invest my energies in life outside of work.

I got really clear about what I wanted to leave behind, and what I’d learned from past relationships gone wrong. I focused on the importance of finding my other half. Who was I looking for? I imagined the kind of person who would make a wonderful husband for me. Then, in January, I went out with him. I dreamed him up and he came true. Now we’re getting married and having a ball planning the rest of our lives.

Things happen when we get really clear about what we want. In 2007, after eight years of working in the media industry, I felt like a hamster on a wheel. Like a lot of folks, I worked in environments that were unhealthy and quite toxic. Life was not very fun.

I got quiet and spend some quality time thinking about the things that made me genuinely, extremely exuberant. I get a kick out of creating experiences, building a brand, and running a business.

It’s so important to be committed to the concepts we invest our time and energy in. Running a small business requires a lot of planning, but when we’re immersed in something that motivates us, it’s a whole lot easier to persevere.

We can’t rush it. If we try to force life to happen, something might happen, but it probably won’t be what we wanted. Instead, focus on the vision and let things happen when they’re supposed to.

After my third layoff, after a lot of preparation and tons of research, I wrote a business plan and brought my dream to life. My company, Sweet Revenge, is my cheeky revenge at working for bad bosses and ending up with a really sweet life.

– Marlo Scott

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