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
All my life I’ve known I was going to play big. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve had a sense of ambition and a desire to truly change and impact the world. But with that great ambition also came great dissatisfaction. And when there’s dissatisfaction, depression loves to makes an entrance. The depressive downside of ambition was counteracted for me by the sense of spirituality I developed in my late teens. I was always very introspective growing up, but something even bigger was bubbling up inside of me, and when I went to India for a month on a retreat, the floodgates opened.
That early spiritual foundation helped me when I got out of college and noticed that, as a friend of mine put it, things were not coming into balance. My family always told me how smart I was and had high expectations for me. After college, it hit me that looking for balance is a great way to find the best version of myself, one that’s not weighed too heavily with other people’s expectations and that includes the things I want in life.
For me, balance means full and unconditional self love. It means I can be and have whatever I want. I know the things in life that are good for me and sometimes I don’t choose them … and that’s OK. The beauty of balance is that I can do it all and not feel bad about my choices, because every moment is an opportunity to start all over again. That, for me, is the greatest balance.
I’m here to play a big game in life. I want to win and win big. The difference now, with balance guiding me, is that I’m committed, but not attached. I know I have the capacity to be happy at all times, no matter what. I make a point of indulging myself in all the pleasures I find in life, only now I do it with balance.
My goal is to spread the word about balance, about going after dreams and at the same time being satisfied with what is.
Do you remember when you were a little kid how much fun it was to play hide and go seek, but at the same time you never took it too seriously because it was all a game? Well … what do you think this is?
– Jorge Perez
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life coach. health strategist. affirmationist.
Life Coach and speaker Danea Horn is an expert at helping people design and implement strategies for a fulfilling life when facing health challenges. She developed the website Creative Affirmations: Redefining Positive for Real Life. [www.DaneaHorn.com]