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.

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 Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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 Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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

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]

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

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 Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

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]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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 Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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 Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

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]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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 Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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 Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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 Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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]

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

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]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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

 

leap of faith

Melvin Robert Melvin Robert street dancer. teenager inspirer. brave decider.

Always the consummate student, Melvin Roberts is committed to the quest for knowledge and human uplift. He's making his dreams come true with the debut of his one-man show in Hollywood. [www.plays411.com/secondact]

Just the right time
To step out on faith
To live
To love
To journey
To discover
To dance
To be
To learn
what is me.

When I wrote that poem, I’d just made one of the toughest decisions of my life. After eight years as a high school teacher, I’d decided to quit my job and pursue my lifelong dream of being a musical theatre performer.

After college, I became a high school educator. It’s a great privilege to be present as someone navigates his or her way through adolescence. My students taught me more about the skills we all need to exist in this world: kindness, boldness, silliness, patience, mutual respect, presence, and unconditional love.

But, one day, I woke up and realized it was time to stop being afraid of going for my bigger dream that still bubbled within. It was time to give up the security I had and pursue a career in musical theatre. Making that decision was the hardest and scariest thing I’ve done in my life.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved to sing, dance, and perform. I’ve always heard music in my head and imagined musical numbers – with solos and grand choreography. I don’t hesitate to act them out as often as I can in real life – sometimes even singing and dancing as I go down the street! Singing and dancing is who I am. It’s my calling. But it’s taken me a long time to accept that.

So many times I wanted to run back to the validation, security, and comfort of my old job. I didn’t. Instead, I found validation, security, and comfort within. I worked on the most important person in my life: me. I prayed. I learned the incredible value of gratitude. I learned to have faith and to trust myself and my process.

Deciding to embarking on this journey was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve enjoyed success and played some of my dream roles, roles I previously only played in my head as I sang and danced my way along the sidewalk. I’ve even had the opportunity to work with the legendary Debbie Allen.

Dr. Robin L. Smith said, “Courageous people are intimate with fear. Go to the place that scares you the most, your power is waiting for you there.” The hardest thing to do is to step out. Faith and trust go a long way. And you never know what’s waiting on the other side.

Melvin Robert

Comments

Explore More Meaning

  • Olivia Fox Cabane
    Olivia Fox Cabane Olivia Fox Cabane leadership lecturer. lover of the world. broccoli advocate.

    An expert in the fields of charisma and leadership, Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT and the United Nations. She helps people become more persuasive, influential, and inspiring. [www.AskOlivia.com]

     
  • Mark Simmons
    Mark Simmons Mark Simmons author. entrepreneur. playful brit.

    Mark Simmons is an author, branding expert, and entrepreneur who believes in the power of ideas to change the world. He founded the social enterprise useless.org. [www.useless.org]

     
  • Samira Asemanfar
    Samira Asemanfar Samira Asemanfar entrepreneur. nail fashionista. people lover.

    In 2006, entrepreneur Samira Asemanfar founded Bellacures, the first high-end, branded nail salon in Los Angeles. Since then, Bellacures has developed a devoted clientele and received countless accolades. [www.bellacures.com]

     
  • Matthew Joyce
    Matthew Joyce Matthew Joyce higher self guide. spiritual integrator. dolphin whisperer.

    Matthew Joyce is a spirit guide. He founded Higher Self Guides to remind people that divine spirituality isn't just for mystics. It's for you, too. [www.higherselfguides.com]

     
  • Cirelle Raphalian
    Cirelle Raphalian Cirelle Raphalian artist. poet. spiritual seeker.

    Cirelle Raphalian is a mother, poet, artist, and administrator. She holds a Doctor of Spiritual Science degree from Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy.

     
  • Bob Proctor
    Bob Proctor Bob Proctor author. living master. attractionist.

    Bob Proctor is widely regarded as one of the living masters and teachers of The Law of Attraction. He's worked in the area of mind potential for over 40 years. [www.bobproctor.com]

     
  • Ingrid Vanderveldt
    Ingrid Vanderveldt Ingrid Vanderveldt sustainability advocate. entrepreneur. fosterer.

    Ingrid Vanderveldt is an entrepreneur, TV personality, and passionate advocate of working with women to foster a more sustainable future. She consults with Fortune 500 companies on their WOMEN + GREEN initiatives. [http://ingridvanderveldt.com]

     
  • Rick Jacobs
    Rick Jacobs Rick Jacobs chairman. advocate. progressive changer.

    Rick Jacobs is an investor, business executive, and chair of the Courage Campaign, an organizing network that empowers activists to push for progressive change and equality in California and across the country. [www.couragecampaign.org]

     
  • More

Contributors

  • Christine Grumm
    Christine Grumm Christine Grumm consultant. potential unleasher. transformer.

    Christine Grumm, formerly President and CEO of the Women's Funding Network, now heads the Chris Grumm Consulting Group. She's dedicated to helping her clients unleash their potential to transform the world.

     
  • Jane Grossman
    Jane Grossman Jane Grossman Consultant. Game Player. Team Builder.

    Jane Grossman, Catalyst of A Sustainable Way, works with individuals and work teams, helping them reach new levels of excellence and satisfaction. [www.asustainableway.com]

     
  • Ariel Joseph Towne
    Ariel Joseph Towne Ariel Joseph Towne Feng Shui Expert. Writer. Alchemist of Possibility.

    Ariel Joseph Towne is the author of Serene Makeover: Inner Edition (Feng shui your life from the inside out), which empowers us to address our "inner house" and make changes that can affect all levels of our lives. [www.thefengshuiguy.com/serene-makeover-inner-edition]

     
  • Jennifer Lehr
    Jennifer Lehr Jennifer Lehr child advocate. breath taker. ketchup hero.

    Jennifer Lehr is a mom, author, child advocate, and a student of unconditional parenting. [www.goodjobandotherthings.com]

     
  • Gregory Stebbins
    Gregory Stebbins Gregory Stebbins sales psychologist. president. connector.

    Gregory Stebbins, Ed.D., is the co-founder and president of Insight University.

     
  • Jennifer Pastiloff
    Jennifer Pastiloff Jennifer Pastiloff inspiration seeker. laughing yogini. true listener.

    Jennifer Pastiloff is a lover of life, laughter, poetry, yoga, and a really good glass of wine. She created Manifestation Yoga, which is all about causing serious breakthroughs in life without being too serious. [www.manifestationyoga.com]

     
  • Holly Sidell
    Holly Sidell Holly Sidell Healer. Writer. Astrological Empowerer.

    Holly Sidell is a writer, spiritual fitness teacher, and astrological empowerer who inspires you to choose your own Happily Ever After. [www.hollysidell.com]

     
  • Michael Neill
    Michael Neill Michael Neill bestselling author. childhood reconnector. messy laugher.

    Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and creative sparkplug to CEOs, celebrities, and royalty. His books have been translated into thirteen languages around the world. [www.insideoutrevolution.com]

     
  • Leah Matalon
    Leah Matalon Leah Matalon practitioner. teacher. constellationista.

    Teacher, practitioner, and family constellation facilitator Leah Matalon has practiced Process Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, and Lymph Drainage Therapy for over 25 years. [www.leahmatalon.com]

     
  • Kaitlyn Keyt
    Kaitlyn Keyt Kaitlyn Keyt polarity balancer. nature telepath. emotion revitalizer.

    Visionary Award-winner Kaitlyn Keyt is known as a tree-talking intuitive scientist, spending her time interviewing nature for the answers to life's big questions. She founded VibesUP, a resource for Vibrational Energy education. [www.VibesUP.com]

     
  • Tami Simon
    Tami Simon Tami Simon publisher. meditator. connecter.

    Tami Simon is founder and publisher of Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company whose mission is to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening. [www.soundstrue.com]

     
  • Richard Simmons
    Richard Simmons Richard Simmons fitness expert. health advocate. icon.

    Using his unique wit, passion, and enthusiasm, Richard Simmons, the nation's most revered fitness expert, continues his crusade to encourage people to take control of their fitness destiny. [www.richardsimmons.com]

     
  • Chris Guillebeau
    Chris Guillebeau Chris Guillebeau writer. traveler. unconventionalist.

    Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people on his website. His focus is on helping unconventional people do remarkable things. [chrisguillebeau.com]

     
  • Sophie Chiche
    Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

    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]

     
  • John Schindler
    John Schindler John Schindler fisherman. tree surgeon. renaissance man.

    John Schindler is a renaissance man. He served in the Army and he owned a natural foods grocery. He's a master butcher, tree surgeon, chef, baker, ?sherman, loving husband, and father.

     
  • Tinker Lindsay
    Tinker Lindsay Tinker Lindsay author. script consultant. wild imaginer.

    Tinker Lindsay is an author, screenwriter, script consultant, and conceptual editor who's written screenplays for major Hollywood studios and co-written a "mindful mystery" with Gay Hendricks. [www.dharmadetective.com]

     
  • Mike Riera
    Mike Riera Mike Riera speaker. author. parental philosopher.

    Mike Riera, PhD, speaks and writes on the topic of understanding teenagers and children. [www.mikeriera.com]

     
  • Amy Swift
    Amy Swift Amy Swift business expert. arbiter of style. smarty pants.

    Small business expert Amy Swift has helped launch thousands of businesses and ideas. She founded Smarty to give entrepreneurs authentic space to partner and grow. [www.smartypeople.com]

     
  • Susan Hayden
    Susan Hayden Susan Hayden library girl. love giver. social creator.

    Susan Hayden is a mother, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, montage artist, community builder, and grief center volunteer. She thrives on long walks and long talks, never-ending friendship, horses, Paris, good coffee, and Americana music.

     
  • Peter Hastings
    Peter Hastings Peter Hastings Filmmaker. Musician. Creative Explorer.

    Peter Hastings has worked professionally in film, television, theatre, and music for the past 35 years. Peter supports [www.onekidoneworld.org]

     
  • Ronit Herzfeld
    Ronit Herzfeld Ronit Herzfeld psychotherapist. spiritual teacher. social activist.

    Ronit Herzfeld is a psychotherapist, social activist, and blogger who uses technology to create innovative tools to shift humanity's consciousness. [www.ronitherzfeld.com]

     
  • Frank Gjata
    Frank Gjata Frank Gjata armor penetrator. tattoo trendsetter. bliss follower.

    Frank Gjata is a writer, coach, and bliss activist dedicated to creating fun, unique, and effective tools that guide people toward a world of bliss. [www.blississippi.com]

     
  • Agapi Stassinopoulos
    Agapi Stassinopoulos Agapi Stassinopoulos unbinder. love giver. greek goddess.

    Inspiring teacher and published author Agapi Stassinpoulos conducts seminars worldwide for men and women, empowering them to recognize their individual gifts and create the lives they want. [www.unbindingtheheart.com]

     
  • Yestyn Griffiths
    Yestyn Griffiths Yestyn Griffiths singer. songwriter. musician.

    Glass Pear is Welsh singer/songwriter Yestyn Griffiths, whose songs are about the fragility and transience of life and love. His songs have been heard on Grey's Anatomy, Bones, and other popular shows. [www.glasspearmusic.com]

     
  • Jason Silva
    Jason Silva Jason Silva celluloid visionary. abandoner of ordinary. awe seeker.

    Television personality, filmmaker and philosopher, Jason Silva has been described as "part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix." He recently launched a series of non-commercial micro documentaries exploring the co-evolution of human and technology.

     
  • Tahyira Savanna
    Tahyira Savanna Tahyira Savanna granddaughter. continuous grower. self pusher.

    Tahyira Savanna is a 24-year-old entrepreneur, talent manager, writer, blogger, dancer, and innovator. A Brooklyn native, she works every day to be a better person than she was the day before. [www.allinayearstime.blogspot.com]

     
  • Eric Handler
    Eric Handler Eric Handler truth distinguisher. moment enjoyer. blessed dad.

    Eric Handler is the co-founder of Positively Positive, an online multimedia platform known for its creative content designed to inspire readers to live fully and connected and to ignite the fire inside of them. [www.positivelypositive.com]

     
  • Jaclyn Welsh
    Jaclyn Welsh Jaclyn Welsh blogger. photographer. joyful spirit.

    Jaclyn Welsh is a blogger, photographer, and marketer who strives to walk through life with kindness in her words, joy in her spirit, and peace in her heart. [http://polkadotteapot.wordpress.com]

     
  • Craig Marshall
    Craig Marshall Craig Marshall clarity inspirer. core explorer. fear-facing dude.

    Craig Marshall was a yoga monk for 35 years. His visionary work has awakened thousands worldwide, teaching them how to face fears and draw on intuition to realize their full identity and deepest dreams. [www.gapzip.com]

     
  • More

Connection


© 2010-2024 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)