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
I’m a very big relationship person. I believe in networking and in nurturing relationships. I’m exploring a lot of different things and working to connect with different people and inspire them in different ways.
I definitely have an outspoken approach when it comes to connecting with other human beings, but with writing, I’ve found that I’m a bit more on the conservative side because I’m more in fear of turning someone off or losing a reader because I don’t relate to them.
What’s my own perception of myself versus how other people perceive me? How does that affect the ways I relate to people? I’m still finding the balance of being me and representing the ideas I believe in while also trying to connect with many different people with different lifestyles.
I wake up every day with a full-time job to tend to, but also a million other things that I’m involved in. My life and my work and all the things I do are not just about me. They’re also about my friends and my family and all the people I’m connected with. That’s what I spend my days taking care of. My main priority is to go to bed every night knowing that I affected someone else’s life in a positive way – made them laugh or remember something or want to live in a different way that they’d like better.
I have such high expectations for my own life and for the people around me. I want the absolute best for everybody. I’m a little bit naïve in that sense, too – I always assume people are good and want to live life to the fullest. It helps me relate to people when I remember that living life to the fullest looks different for different people.
What gets me up in the morning is connecting with different kinds of people and working on a bunch of different projects. I’m on the go a lot, trying things out and writing about my life. I know that living my own life to the fullest makes me a better person for the people in my life, including myself.
- Renee Woodruff
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heart doctor. resilient dad. lesson seeker.
Dr. Terry Gordon, a Cleveland Clinictrained cardiologist who's nationally recognized in matters of the heart, practiced within mainstream medicine for over two decades. In 2002, he was named the American Heart Association's National Physician of the Year. [www.drterrygordon.com]