Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
Energy is ELECTRIC. It’s a kinetic experience of being “turned on” by ideas, actions, and intentions. When I’m living in alignment with my strengths, I’m an unstoppable live wire. But when I take on a project or enter a relationship that’s misaligned with my values, I feel it – physically – as a full-body electrical outage. And frankly, that blows.
A year ago, I was a walking, talking, city-wide black-out. Ungrateful, unmotivated, underwhelmed by my chosen career track. I’d lost my spark, my sense of purpose, and – more critically – my sense of possibility. I was 25. I was dimming out. And I was terrified.
Then, in the midst of the Great Recession, I quit my 9-to-5 job and became a full-throttle freelancer. I hustled. I prayed. I polished my portfolio. I made peace with my worst-case scenario – slinging beer in a biker bar and eating saltine crackers for dinner. And my electrical currents began to crackle.
Reveling in the world of digital entrepreneurship, I found what’s most meaningful to me: helping extraordinary people package, present, and promote their gifts to the galaxy. By ecstatically rolling around in that realization, like a puppy with its belly to the sky, I discovered my own gifts and my inner electricity.
As a promotional writer, I’m constantly searching for evocative, underutilized words to weave into marketing materials for my clients. I recently landed upon the word voltaic: (adj.) pertaining to electric currents, especially when produced by chemical reaction. I became fixated on the word and found myself writing it on Post-It notes, in journals, on shopping lists … it became a textual mantra. A symbol for the life – and the world – I want to co-create.
The ability to design a VOLTAIC life – a life of unbridled enthusiasm and authentic engagement – is a privilege, a thrill, and the essence of entrepreneurship.
So, what’s meaningful to me? E-l-e-c-t-r-i-c-i-t-y. Soulful self-promotion. Supersonic storytelling. Sizzling synchronicity. Striking symbiosis. I want everyone on earth to feel like an active switchboard as often as possible. Screw light bulb moments … I want lightning bolts of brilliance!
– Alexandra Franzen