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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 Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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 Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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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]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

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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]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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 Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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 Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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]

 
Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Amber Krzys Amber Krzys body image expert. passionate voice. true beauty embracer.

Amber Krzys is on a mission to change the way women see and relate to their bodies. Bodyheart, which she founded, is her way of doing that. [www.bodyheart.com]

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Connection comes from living life to the fullest. Living life to the fullest is about the rush of energy and excitement I get from new experiences. It’s about feeling the feelings that let me know I’m alive – by facing a fear, doing something I never thought I could do, or learning something new.

Life is meant to be experienced. The more I can get inside those feelings that let me know I’m alive, the better. Connection is a part of this because I always feel like life is sweeter when I share these experiences with someone else. It’s nice to create memories together and connect with other humans.

Part of being here and being human is getting beyond the ego, beyond the mind. The mind likes to play tricks. For me, issues that come up and throw me off track usually boil down to some form of thinking that I’m unlovable and not enough. Then I tend to get stuck in that cycle of thinking. When I’m in that place, I feel like I don’t deserve good experiences or the love and joy that would come from them.

When I become aware that I’m spending a lot of time at home, that’s a signal for me that I’m working too much and not seeing enough of my friends. What helps me if I’m wallowing in self-pity or too much work is giving myself a time limit on the wallow. Maybe it’s 48 hours or 72 hours, but after that I’ll wake up and have a rebirth and a new start. I’ll reconnect with the idea of saying yes to life.

Even though I’ve always been able to easily have conversations, I sometimes find myself putting off doing something with people. What often happens is that when I face whatever fears I have and finally get together with people, I have a great time. I end up being so grateful and feeling so much more alive.

I’m very curious about people and their stories. We each have a story, of course. For me, our stories are about truth, which is inspiring. Sometimes we have truths we want to keep secret, truths we’re ashamed of and want to hide, truths we’re afraid others will judge us for. When we have the courage to share those truths, that’s when we really live. That’s when life is juicy.

– Amber Krzys

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