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  1. Elizabeth H. Cottrell on May 3, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Part of what makes you a leader, Mari, is your modeling of how to be authentic and true to yourself and others. In making this tough decision and writing this beautiful post, you have shown us how to face similar issues in our own life. You have certainly not lost a community…most of us will happily follow you where you go. I wish you all the best.

  2. billcovert on May 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Yesterday I walked along the beach at the ocean. We were there the whole day and I was reminded about the fact that everything ebbs & flows – the tides come in… the tides go out. And guess what? No one ever complains. That's life. As you mentioned Mari… “as one door closes, another door opens.” Now its time for you to enter the Dream Bar Cafe – it's a magical journey.

    Bill Covert

  3. Bill on May 3, 2010 at 5:27 am


    Thanks for your post and I appreciate your honestly. However, I think the most profound lessons learned in life are those discovered after making mistakes. This is “tuition”. Now I'm not saying you need to divulge all of the ugly warts but a little lesson on things to avoid would be great.

    While I applaud you making a tough decision I think the lessons learned from the mistakes you made and how other can avoid making these same mistakes would be very beneficial to your readers.

    After all, it's the bus you DON'T see that hits you. Right?


  4. Gina Carr on May 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Wow. I’m surprised as ISMA was soooo needed!

    However, I’m totally supportive of you pursuing YOUR dreams as you see them.

    I believe that you should “Create a Life YOU Love: Do WHAT you love with PEOPLE you love. In other words, Do what makes YOUR heart sing with people who bring YOU great joy.”

    As someone who has lived far too much of my life in “Limbo Land,” I understand that when it is time to move on, you MUST move on.

    I do hope that someone else will pick up the torch and carry it. A professional association that supports, trains, and certifies social media professionals is much needed.

    Best to you and always one of your biggest fans,

    Gina Carr

  5. virtualpartner on May 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Mari, what a leader. Truly, there is a difference between those who understand the tools, and those who innovate, lead and change what we know. You're amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us. I believe there is so much to learn from you and your approach about community building, business transitions, preserving relationships in JV partnerships, and just being positive and focused on the bigger picture. Hats off to you. Can't wait for more amazing insights from you. You gave, and still continue to give, heart and soul, and surely, this transition isn't easy – “divorce” of any sort – never is. So, heal, reflect, and get ready because tomorrow will have untold opportunities! We are still here!!! Cheers. Tiff-

  6. Matthew Newnham on May 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Hi Mari,

    I only learned about you less than a week ago, when Roger Hamilton included you in his list of 12 Top Star Profiles globally (

    Since then, reading your posts and those of others, I’ve come to feel I know you (at least at bit), as a really inspiring, wow kind of person with huge integrity and heart. Thanks so much for these trails across the sky, Mari.

    Best wishes from Edinburgh!

    P.S. What a fab idea to have a virtual book launch. I’ll be tuning in on Monday with excitement, and your launch has inspired me to host one for our own upcoming book (a global collaboration of social entrepreneurs sharing stories of working in your natural flow – as you are, actually), due out in a few weeks. Attribution is a core value for me, so I will ensure that we credit you publicly with the idea.

    You’re really shining a light on authentic attraction, Mari. Thank you.

  7. Val Wilcox on April 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    As you stated, there is always something new around the corner to create! thanks so much for all the great content you provided in the ISMA. You all were wonderful,

  8. Jenny Lens on April 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Part of me is sad, but the other part knows YOU have MANY plans. You asked if we ever feel that no matter how much we have accomplished, we’ve only just begun, so many other dreams (I am paraphrasing).

    I don’t even know how one person can do all you’ve listed above. You are such an inspiration and role model!! We must dance to the beat of our OWN hearts. Change is constantly good and inevitable.

    I applaud and admire your honesty, your willingness to change, and above all, YOUR GENEROSITY of spirit and deed. I look forward to sharing your new adventures. My best to you and all those who gave so much to ISMA!!

    Namaste, sweet, smart, classy LADY (and Mike, and all your wonderful contributors)!!

    • MariSmith on May 1, 2010 at 12:55 am

      Thank you, thank you!!! Indeedy, choosing to dissolve ISMA – and in a very public way – was essentially a business divorce. Fortunately, a very peaceful and smooth one. But, no matter what, it's just not possible to “please all the people all the time.” I don't like making waves… or risking upsetting people. But, I won't sacrifice my own happiness, or higher purpose, or integrity, or intuition. Onwards we all go.

      Big virtual hug to you dear Jenny.

  9. Donna Kozik on April 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Ah, those tough decisions impacting many …. you’re super brave, Mari! Thanks for being so transparent.

    And I look forward to following the release of your new book — and reading it!

    See you around San Diego!

  10. robynscheller on April 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Mari – I have always admired you and still do! You have made some hard decisions in your life (just in the year or so that I've been following you) and that takes a lot of courage. I love that you took a chance on the ISMA. I also love that you knew it was time to call it quits, for whatever reason(s).

    Please know that you are an inspiration to many; both in the Social Media world as well as in life as a strong, independent woman. I look up to you in many ways including your business ethics. I will continue to be a follower and supporter of you and your fabulous work as long as you are willing to let me (us) be a part of your world ? Good or bad times, I'm here to stay.

    Feel confident and strong ~
    Robyn in Valenica, CA/VARobyn

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