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
this is life
I came to a point in my life where I honestly thought I was living life … until I realized I was only going through the motions. I had my own company. I lived in a nice place. I did the things we’re supposed to do. But I wasn’t really living life. At that point, if I’d been asked what was most meaningful to me, I might have said, “Staying alive,” but that’s so different from really living.
I understood about living life when I was a child, but then I made the choice to do what was expected and I wasn’t very happy after that. My turning point came when I was mature enough to do something about it and realized I needed to.
That was a terrifying moment, because although I had the wherewithal to do something different with my life, I only knew one way to live. But something inside me said, very distinctly, this is not it. At that moment, I was walking down Broadway in New York City and I felt something like a tap on my head. My immediate response was that whatever this is, it’s talking to the wrong person. But it didn’t go away. That tap got much stronger. Through it, I was understanding that the path of success I was on wasn’t even a path – it was a dead-end street.
When I finally asked myself what success really was, the answer I got was to go 180 degrees in the other direction … toward horses. I’d had a little experience with horses as a kid, but here I was, 20 years later, with a sudden calling to go find some horses because that’s where I’d find the answer to my question about success.
Well, first of all, I’m in the middle of Manhattan. Second of all, I’m in the middle of my life. Third of all, I’m in the middle of my business. I can’t just go and find some horses and hang out and see what happens. … But on the other hand, why not? So I went to find some horses. Or, rather, they found me. One horse in particular found my heart. She put her soft little nose right on it and breathed and my heart started to beat again. I hadn’t even known it had stopped. She literally brought me back to life.
Then more horses showed up, and a magnificent man, and I was led to a piece of property in the middle of Colorado. They all kept telling me the same thing: This is life.
– Lisa Arie