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
Five years ago I met the love of my life. Two years later we got our own apartment together. Two months after that he met the love of his life. Guess what – it wasn’t me. (And cue the violin).
When we finally called “time of death” on our relationship, I was devastated and angry. I manifested my anger in a way that I am still trying to forget. I went out with friends, and I drank. Then I drank a little more. Then I did something completely unforgivable. I drunk Facebook posted. A lot. Yes, we were the tacky ex-couple who chose to involve our entire social media community on our charade.
The next morning I frantically deleted my activity, but the damage was done. Some friends reached out to support while I’m sure many others thought, “Who the heck does that on Facebook?”
There was one friend in particular who reached out. Moe. To be honest, we weren’t even great friends yet. As we quickly got closer, he called again one day to tell me about a job he was trying to help a friend fill. He knew I was feeling the financial slap that comes with going from sharing rent to going solo. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, rent is approximately the cost of a nice pad in Middle America, multiplied by a bazillion or so.
The job was working with the founder of a website. That founder was Sophie. That website was Life By Me. As I’ve grown with the company, I’ve learned more than I ever anticipated from Moe’s initial phone call. I’ve connected with yogis in New York, chefs in London, poets right down the street, and everyone in between. I’ve made friendships that will extend long beyond the ping of the love gone awry.
While a great wrap-it-up lesson to this would be to be patient and don’t fret because things always happen the way they should, we all know that’s a whole lot of easier-said-than-done. So fret less. Have a little more patience. And thank god for the friends who swim through the sea of posts in your online Amanda Bynes breakdown to lend you that helping hand. And if you have a chance to be that helping hand, do it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find my pal, Moe, and buy him a frozen yogurt. No one ever posts inappropriately on Facebook after froyo, right?
– Mikey Scott
- You don’t need to blast it on Facebook or Twitter, but how often do you tell others when you are going through a rough time?
- Would you be willing to increase the circle of people you confide in? If it’s 0, add 1. If it’s 1, and another. And so on.
- In what way can you help someone else today who might need it?