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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.

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 Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

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]

 
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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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

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Bill Tai Bill Tai venture capitalist. kiteboarder. dream achiever.

Bill Tai rides the waves of the stock market as a successful venture capitalist and the waves of the ocean as a sponsored kiteboarder. [www.about.me/BillTai]

If I’m not helping people achieve their dreams, I’m exercising.

I was a mess when I was a little kid. If I’d been born later, I’d probably have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. My mother would complain that there was always a part of my body that was moving. Sitting at the dinner table, she’d put her hand on my leg to stop it from moving, but then my other leg would move.

My parents used to be horrified at my bad grades. When I was in third grade, they were called in for a conference with my teachers, who told them I was getting Cs, even though I tested really high on the standardized tests. “There’s something wrong with your kid,” they said. They spent the next five or six years trying to fix me.

Then I started exercising, and everything was fine. I was able to channel my energy better and get on track. My personality mellowed out. And sports sucked up all my time and so kept me out of trouble. In high school, I worked out after school and did sports and then was too tired to do anything else.

Exercising has led to a life of great fitness. It helps me burn off excess energy. I didn’t know that consciously at first, but as I kept exercising I saw that I was changing. The reward of exercise for me is the magical thing that happens in my head.

Twenty or thirty years ago, society spent a lot more time trying to put people into boxes. If you didn’t fit into the box, something was wrong with you, by definition. But no matter how messed up someone is and no matter what stage in life they’re in, if they find their passion, they just go.

I was always insanely focused on my own stuff when I was younger – in a hurry to achieve and in a hurry to finish everything. I founded and ran couple of companies. That can be really hard. You can’t do everything by yourself. Once I got to a certain point, it felt more rewarding to help other people.

Being in the position I’m in now allows me to experience the joys of creating a company without having to partake significantly in the agony. So I feel like I’m in a good spot.

What’s meaningful to me is a life filled with enrichment and creating value, interacting with creative and interesting people on a daily basis, and putting myself and my network out there to help them achieve their dreams.

– Bill Tai

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