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 most meaningful things to me are compassion, understanding, cooperation, sharing, loving, and connecting. There are certainly moments when I’m not in those places, when the critic shows up and allows fear in. How I get back is through a deep sense of trust and faith that God is on my side. I use very practical ways of getting through. I take time out and reassess. I go inward and access my heart and bring love forward. Then take that out into whatever the situation is.
The first thing I do is ask myself, How do I take care of myself in this situation? Maybe I do it by going to the gym or going for a walk along the beach. There’s something replenishing about physical action. I make sure I’m eating healthy foods that support my body and my psyche, and I do spiritual exercises.
Spiritual exercise is like a crank for me. It starts the process of getting back into the flow, back into a better attitude. The practice I do is to chant sacred tones, which helps me let go of my physical and psychological conditions, and moves me back into what I consider one consciousness, where I find myself to be just fine.
God has bankrolled us with natural, body-born gifts. If you’re struggling to know what’s meaningful, look at what you do naturally. When you were very young, were you physical and coordinated? Were you artistic and creative? Did you play by yourself or with others? Open up to those natural gifts and start accessing them more. Ask how you can bring them forward into your life so you’re using your strengths and building confidence around them to create a balanced life here on Earth.
Joy is a deep emotion. It’s fundamental. I don’t have joy unless I have a connection with God. I’m interested in knowing more about what that connection is, how it functions, how I function within it, and how I can share it in a pragmatic, practical way.
I call myself a strategist, supporting people in building commercial value around their natural gifts so they can take care of themselves. I support people in the entrepreneurial world and in their own lives to strategize with their values intact.
My life is about learning to love it all. That’s my sun. My strategy for managing myself and my life in the world is that anything moving toward the sun that’s not of the sun will melt, but anything in the likeness or frequency of the sun becomes part of it.
– Mark Harradine
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avid creator. free time scheduler. man of action.
Richard Arthur is a Navy commander, filmmaker, and self-described "opinionated bastard." He has worked on NCIS, Commander in Chief, Hawaii Five-O, several features and he has just returned from a humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia aboard the hospital ship, MERCY. [www.ricarthur.com]
early riser. mystic identifier. self opener.
Bob Walter is an editor and executive with several not-for-profit organizations, including the Joseph Campbell Foundation, an organization that preserves, protects, and perpetuates the work of influential American mythologist Joseph Campbell. [www.jcf.org]