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
In the last few years I’ve tried to look at what’s valuable, not in terms of financial wealth, but true wealth – the people I’ve touched and been touched by. For me, it all comes down to relationships. My family is everything. They mean the world to me and the older I get the more I realize how fortunate we are if we have a few people we can really count on.
About 16 years into our marriage, we lost a child during pregnancy, which was a horrible experience. After that, my wife and I drifted apart and separated. I was sure the marriage was over. Then, when I was faced with having to decide whether to move back to Atlanta for work, leaving my wife and children in Los Angeles, something shifted. My mentor at CNN sat me down and said, “Listen, at the end of your life, no one will care whether you had another show on CNN. They’ll care what kind of person you were. So fix this. You’ll have so much more in the long run.” I realized then that I was facing a choice between career and family. I chose my family. On our 20th anniversary, I asked my wife to marry me again and she did.
The other day, as we were driving in the car, my 13-year-old son put his hand on mine. Those moments with people I love make me feel so special. I grew up in a broken home and always vowed to be a parent who shows unconditional love and would never make my child choose between parents. Even when my wife and I separated, we agreed to be supportive of each other as parents. The most important job I’ve ever had and will ever have, and the one I’m most proud of, is being a dad.
Every morning I review a checklist of what I’m grateful for, so I don’t take things for granted, so I’m optimistic and positive about my life. Much of what I cover as a news reporter focuses on tragedy, and yet out of that we have to find the lessons to be learned and be grateful for what we have.
I’ve tried to change the way I live as a result of my experiences, to show my kids how to do that by my example. Even after I’m gone, I want them to know that if they face struggles, like I have, it’s not the struggles that define them, but how they respond to them.
– Jim Moret