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
These Six Tools have made life so wonderful…
Tool #1: Having a Spiritual Path
Utterly disconnected from my self and under the considerable influences of Karma and Ego, by the age of 21 I’d become a full-blown drug addict. Since working the 12 steps for the first time in 1991 (and many times since), I’ve been in a 20-year process of personal growth. The 12 steps have given me a design for living and a foundation for spiritual growth. They are greatly responsible for the successful unfolding of my life to this moment.
Tool #2: Asking for Help
Throughout my life, I’ve sought out teachers to guide me through countless challenges. From psychologists to gurus, AA sponsors to nutritionists, and yoga teachers to ayurvedic physicians, these angels have educated me about the science of living. It’s so important to ask for help when we need it.
Tool #3: Communication
Right communication has the power to heal and transform. Poor communication can destroy. The words we use are more powerful than we can imagine, and communication can make the difference between harmonious relationships and painful ones. Talking things out whenever a situation brings up a challenge has proven to be one of the most valuable tools in my life.
Tool #4: Yoga
Yoga is the true breakfast of champions. It strengthens the body, calms the mind, and connects us to the infinite Universe. It is also delightful. Yoga helps us tap into the infinite pharmacy within – the endocrine system – and when the endocrine system works well, along with the rest of our body’s systems, really good things tend to happen.
Tool #5: Nutrition
Food is a source of joy in my life. It’s my fuel and my medicine. Food can be harmful or healing, depending on one’s relationship with it. My health and moods are directly linked to the foods I eat every day, so I pay particular attention to food. I love to eat organic fruits and vegetables, and feeling gratitude for what I eat is very important.
Tool #6: Spending Time in Nature
I enter Nature on a regular basis to reconnect with the purity and beauty of the landscape. I breathe fresh air, smell pine trees, ocean air, and experience desert winds. I sit quietly in Nature, free from the electro-magnetic hum from computers, cell phones, or city infrastructure. I do this regularly and it renews me. In Nature, I feel solitude and a deep visceral connection with God.’
– Tommy Rosen
Explore More Meaning
loss educator. transition encourager. hope infuser.
Carole Brody Fleet is a popular motivational speaker, helping people touched by the pain and challenge of loss, regardless of age. She's been a regular guest on local, regional, national, and international media programs. [www.widowswearstilettos.com]