Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

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 Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

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Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Carl Honoré Carl Honoré journalist. advocate. godfather of slow.

Journalist Carl Honoré has written for The Economist, The Observer, and National Post, but he is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. [www.carlhonore.com]

What gives my life meaning are human relationships and the feeling that the sum of my life leaves the world a better place.

I got into journalism early, wanting to make a change in the best way I could, given who I am and what I’m good at, which is words. I set out to write about injustice and how the world wasn’t working the way it should. I use words to change the way people think about the way they live and the connections they have with other people.

On a deeper level, I find meaning in human relationships, in the strength of the bonds I have with the people around me, starting with the people closest to home and moving out further and further. Making the world a better place makes sense because we’re all linked together. We’re all in the same boat going in the same direction.

Living in a fast-forward culture, we lose a lot. We lose joy and the pleasure of the moment, but we also lose sight of the big picture. We become very selfish and cut off from other people. There are certain things which, no matter how rushed you are or how fast your computer processor is, you cannot accelerate. One of those things is human relationships. You can’t make someone fall in love with you faster because you want to get married in June. Friendships, romantic loves, and family relations take time. They develop with a natural, universal tempo and rhythm. When we don’t nourish human relationships with oxygen so they can grow and blossom, we end up with a very superficial life.

My starting point, my realization that I’d lost my compass, was when I started speed-reading stories to my son. When I noticed that I was skipping lines and paragraphs I had an epiphany. I’d been devaluing the sacred moments when a parent sits down to read a story to their child.

One of the anchors of my days is reading stories to my children. They’re now 8 and 11, but I still read aloud to them. I cover the clock by the bed and we spend time together. It’s like being on a magic carpet – the rest of the world simply disappears while we go on amazing adventures together. We stop and have conversations about things. We huddle up together like we’re sitting around a campfire. Reading stories like this is, for me, the purest form of slowing down and being with my children.

– Carl Honoré

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