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
The only constant we have in life is change. Of course, being human, I frequently forget that and latch onto ways of operating, people, things, even ideas, hoping they’ll stay “this good.” But they don’t stay the same. They get better. They look worse. And they transform beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
Those moments of change remind me to keep moving, stay open, and continue creating the positive changes I want to see in myself, in the lives of those nearest me, and, by extension, rippling out into the world.
When I’m at my best, I’m enjoying and delighting in spontaneous wonderful change. I’m seeing each day as a fresh blessing. I’m meeting each person where they are now, not based on yesterday. I’m revising and reinvigorating my systems – my external systems that keep me focused and on track, and my internal systems – like the beliefs I’m holding, the vision I’m co-creating, and the self-talk I’m feeding myself. All of these things make up my ever-evolving way of being.
I’m continually refining my way of being in the world and with myself. That means adding to my toolbox and giving myself refresher courses when I’ve fallen behind. How do I know which tool to pull out of the toolbox? I simply ask my inner knower – the one inside each of us who does know what’s meaningful, what’s not working, and what’s next, even when we’re tempted to hang out in uncertainty.
I believe in that extraordinary guide inside each of us, the one who’s ready and willing at any moment to point us towards a seemingly small step that perfectly aligns us with where we want to go.
When I surrender to the rhythm of life, also known as “God’s plan, not mine,” I get to respond to whatever’s happening with freedom, courage, and inspiration. That’s when life gets fun and I come alive.
“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” – Unknown
– Lisa Peake
Explore More Meaning
innovation guru. supportive dad. heart-filled husband.
Andrew Papageorge has built five businesses, one of which was sold to a Fortune 100 company. He has guided organizations of all sizes through thousands of innovations, and has written about personal transformation and business innovation. [www.gapzip.com]
friends alumna. folk singer. harmonic connector.
Maggie Wheeler is a mother, actress, voice-over artist, and co-director of the Golden Bridge Community Choir. Through her vocal workshop, Singing In The Stream, she invites people to step into to the joy of singing in community. [www.maggiewheeler.net]