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
Having grown up in Las Vegas, I was surrounded by distractions. Couple this with having parents of limited resources, I faced several unique challenges and a divergent set of paths. Do I settle for this life or create one that is better and more “me?”
I started playing competitive basketball at a young age and learned the power of a strong team very early on. My fellow teammates complemented me and helped me learn and grow. This led to state-level championships, and I was fortunate enough to see the power of team as a key ingredient of success early on.
During my freshman year of college I picked up the book “The Dharma Bums” by Jack Kerouac. It dramatically changed my perspective and triggered a very authentic spiritual spark inside of me. In the book, the protagonist travels the country and finds himself through experience and genuine connections with individuals that he finds along the way. In a sense, he added members to his “team” throughout his journey.
During my junior year of college, I became a personal trainer at an upscale gym in West Hollywood that catered to senior executives, celebrities, and creative leaders. While I still played basketball, I found myself forming a new “team.” On this journey, I met so many amazing people including my mentor. We created a daily practice of soul workouts, where we begin each day with a specific intention and end with reflection.
With time, our “workouts” became stronger, and I simultaneously founded a social media platform, LeaderLife, where I began to share mind-body-soul integration techniques for my clients. In a lot of ways, this became my new-age Dharma Bums journey, where I interpreted my own life into a journal of meaning with my followers. It has since grown to include people of all ages. I found my team in life moving from a set of basketball players to a whole collective of mentors and social media followers of all backgrounds who share an authentic passion toward self-actualization. With this ever-expanding dream team, I have been blessed with extraordinary growth and awakening into my authentic and true self.
By being open and letting the right people in, you can create the world you want and a meaningful journey. Who makes up your dream team?
– Eric Leider
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self acknowledger. dream reviver. bakery investor.
Nick Bassill is a serial entrepreneur, author, and the founder of Launch America!, a social networking, coaching, and advocacy site for start-ups and small businesses. Nick's passion is helping men and women fulfill their American Dream. [www.LaunchAmerica.org]