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

 

roots

Ana Elisa Miranda Ana Elisa Miranda

Ana Elisa Miranda is an English teacher and a Brazilian expat in Belgium. [www.anaeasletras.blogspot.com]

I was born and raised in a small town in Brazil. It was peaceful and safe, but nothing exciting really happened. Most of my family lived their whole lives there and their roots were buried deep. However, as I grew up, I wondered what else there was to see in the world. And most importantly, what else was there to be. Continue reading ...

brat

Maurina Scott Maurina Scott

College freshman Maurina Scott is the daughter of an active duty military member. She has moved frequently, lived overseas, and embraced a life of exploration. Her dad recently returned from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. [www.twitter.com/Maurina_Scott]

Five deployments later, I'm older and every goodbye gets a little easier. I get into my routine and worry less as time goes on. But that feeling I get when my dad comes home never changes. Continue reading ...

family focus

Daniel Milstein Daniel Milstein

Daniel Milstein recently chronicled his rise from cleaning bathrooms while enduring hunger and relentless bullying to becoming the #1 loan officer in the U.S. and head of one of America's fastest-growing finance companies. [http://danmilstein.com/book/]

I was on a fast-track, trying to make a buck, to rise up the corporate ladder but when my daughter, Julie, was born, it really made me stop and think about what was truly important in my life. Continue reading ...

kiss sorrows

Jennifer Boykin Jennifer Boykin

Jennifer Boykin's vision is to "rebrand a gazillion crones." She speaks, teaches, and writes as the Creative Visionary and Chief Rabble-Rouser of the MidLife Reinvention site Life After Tampons. [www.LifeAfterTampons.com]

Two years ago, I married an Italian man with three sons, so between us we have six sons. All my life, I’ve been around male energy. As I’ve started embracing more of the feminine in my mid-life, I’m being reintroduced to myself. Continue reading ...

blessings

Jeff Semigran Jeff Semigran

Jeff Semigran is a senior at UC Berkeley studying environmental and civil engineering. He is an alumnus of the Teen Insight Seminars and Leadership series. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university

The loving people I’ve been surrounded with throughout my life have shaped a lot of who I am today. Each one has taught me something that I’ve either consciously took as a lesson or subconsciously, looking back, used for my growth. Continue reading ...


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  • Ashley Tudor
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    Artist and published author Ashley Tudor is a design strategist who helps create new businesses and innovate in the area of health. [www.sweetpotatopower.com]

     
  • Mudimo and Jane Okondo
    Mudimo and Jane Okondo Mudimo and Jane Okondo therapists. body developers. naked communicators.

    Mudimo and Jane Okondo have been exploring well-being for over 20 years and are passionate about supporting people and communities, using a diverse toolkit that includes somatic and psychotherapeutic therapies, coaching, and creativity. [www.okwellbeing.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]

     
  • Gordon Myers
    Gordon Myers Gordon Myers empowering dad. motivating coach. difference maker.

    Gordon Myers is a Namibian life strategist living in Los Angeles. He teaches teenagers how to create their own luck regardless of their current personal circumstances. [www.streetsmartkids.com]

     
  • Hayley Holmes
    Hayley Holmes Hayley Holmes character enthusiast. rollerblader. applause inducer.

    Hayley Holmes has turned her love for entertaining into a dream come true in Hollywood. She's a small-town girl who looks for new adventures every day and is enjoying the ride. [www.hayleyholmes.com]

     
  • 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.

     
  • Christiane Northrup
    Christiane Northrup Christiane Northrup body whisperer. wellness watcher. menstruation embracer.

    Christiane Northrup, MD, is a board-certified ob/gyn and a visionary pioneer in the field of women's health and wellness. She is a bestselling author and the host of seven successful public television specials. [www.drnorthrup.com]

     
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How much of your life do you try to control?

Every second of it. Once in a while I’m open to change. I mostly roll with whatever life gives me. I have no control whatsoever.

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  • Jon Rose
    Jon Rose Jon Rose clean water champion. pro surfer. global changer.

    Jon Rose founded the non-profit organization Waves for Water, which works with world leaders and strategic partners to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. [www.wavesforwater.org]

     
  • Taryn Miller-Stevens
    Taryn Miller-Stevens Taryn Miller-Stevens storyteller. curator. globe-trotter.

    Taryn Miller-Stevens believes the world can be transformed by sharing gifts and stories across generations. She's currently globetrotting and curating retreats for big dreamers and doers. [http://flavors.me/tems]

     
  • P. Frank Williams
    P. Frank Williams P. Frank Williams people watcher. public connector. everyday life inhaler.

    P. Frank Williams has won Emmy and Image awards. He produces entertaining and inspirational TV, film, and web content, including the BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and a music bio series. [www.prophetfromit.com]

     
  • Jenny Shih
    Jenny Shih Jenny Shih coach. belly follower. superhero.

    Jenny Shih is a coach and consultant for right-brained, creative entrepreneurs. She helps "big idea" people implement their world-changing visions. [www.jennyshih.com]

     
  • Antonio Neves
    Antonio Neves Antonio Neves storyteller. question asker. catalyst.

    Antonio Neves is an award-winning broadcast journalist and the founder of THINQACTION, where he coaches young professionals to transform potential into performance. [www.thinqaction.com]

     
  • Michelle Welsch
    Michelle Welsch Michelle Welsch possibility enthusiast. forward mover. creative renegade.

    Using her psychology background and experiences – in settings as diverse as jails, middle schools, and boardrooms – Michelle Welsch founded Project Exponential, a series of curated networking experiences delighting people into personal growth. [www.projectexponential.com]

     
  • Vicki León
    Vicki León Vicki León curious writer. time-traveler. knowledge cultivator.

    Author-historian Vicki León delights in writing about the hidden side of history in The Joy of Sexus and other books that have won rave reviews from Publishers Weekly to People. [www.vickileon.com]

     
  • Jon Love + Satya Narayani
    Jon Love + Satya Narayani Jon Love + Satya Narayani dream awakeners. unifiers. evolvers.

    Satya Narayani and Jon Love work with the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium of the Pachamama Alliance. They devote their lives to serving the greatest good by unifying home, community, their region, and the world. [www.pachamama.org]

     
  • Debra Oakland
    Debra Oakland Debra Oakland writer. joyful experiencer. courage advocate.

    Within six years, Debra Oakland lost her son, her unborn child, two brothers, and her father. Instead of giving up, she chooses to live in courage, joy, and power. [www.livingincourageonline.com]

     
  • Ken Torino
    Ken Torino Ken Torino change encourager. appreciative friend. fresh starter.

    Ken Torrino is a web relations specialist for Elliman, brokers for New York City real estate. [www.elliman.com/new-york-city]

     
  • Pamela Caffray
    Pamela Caffray Pamela Caffray milkshaker. pr maven. difference maker.

    Pamela Caffray's background is in trending, forecasting, PR, and event planning. She co-founded Milkshake to join her love of discovery and sourcing with her passion for giving back and helping others. [http://getmilkshake.com]

     
  • Norman Lear
    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]

     
  • 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]

     
  • Angela Dunning
    Angela Dunning Angela Dunning horse partner. contentment holder. inner critic silencer.

    Angela Dunning founded Equine Reflections in 2007 to share her passion for learning life skills through interactions with horses. In addition she writes and dances the Argentine Tango. [www.equinereflections.co.uk]

     
  • Kyle Rutkin
    Kyle Rutkin Kyle Rutkin authentic novelist. uncertainty embracer. dream includer.

    Kyle Rutkin was put on this world to write romantic comedies and inspire people to chase their dreams. His second novel is due for release in the winter of 2012. [www.kylerutkin.com]

     
  • Julie Stuart
    Julie Stuart Julie Stuart champion of insights. strategist. scribbler.

    Strategist and champion of insights, Julie Stuart combines the right questions with well-placed scribbles to envision what's possible for her clients and map out how to make what matters happen. [www.makingideasvisible.com]

     
  • Garret Kramer
    Garret Kramer Garret Kramer self-correcter. thought changer. inner explorer.

    Garret Kramer is the author of Stillpower and the upcoming The Path of No Resistance. His inside-out paradigm for performance excellence has been featured in various magazines, newspapers, and television programs. [www.garretkramer.com]

     
  • Brooke Burton
    Brooke Burton Brooke Burton writer. teacher. service connoisseur.

    Brooke Burton writes and teaches as a way of celebrating her love of the food and hospitality industry. She sees glamour in the whir of a busy dining room. [www.foodwoolf.com]

     
  • Anney Smith
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    Anney Smith is fueled by creativity, invention, and intuition. She's an executive and entrepreneur coach, designer, wife, and mom who blends left- and right-brained tools to ignite major transformations. [www.thesmithconnection.com]

     
  • Dave Elliott
    Dave Elliott Dave Elliott relationship guru. cupid assister. blessing counter.

    Dave Elliott is a relationship expert and coach who founded Legendary Love For Life. He develops content and products, and blogs for a number of relationship websites. [www.legendaryloveforlife.com]

     
  • Lisa Burke
    Lisa Burke Lisa Burke surfer. fashion designer. marine life crusader.

    Lisa Burke is a surfer, marine life activist, and fashion designer who founded the swimwear line Lisa Blue. Lisa Blue donates 25% of its net profits to helping protect whales and dolphins. [www.lisablue.com.au]

     
  • Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki
    Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki marketing expert. calfinder. community builder.

    Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski co-founded CalFinder, where he directs global sales and operations. Before that, he managed Varsity Painting, one of the largest construction companies in California. [www.linkedin.com/in/gabelunaostaseski]

     
  • Arielle Ford
    Arielle Ford Arielle Ford publicist. author. soulmate attractor.

    Arielle Ford has spent 25 years living and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. [www.arielleford.com]

     
  • Brennan Smith
    Brennan Smith Brennan Smith hypnotherapist. neurophysioligist. pattern shifter.

    Through his study of subconscious behavior patterns, Los Angeles hypnotherapist Brennan Smith realized that none of us is broken – we're 100% worthy of having the lives we want. [www.brennansmith.com]

     
  • Dan Bassill
    Dan Bassill Dan Bassill mentor. future brightener. serial optimist.

    Dan Bassill connects youth to a brighter future. He's the founder and CEO of Cabrini Connections, a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program serving students living in Chicago's public housing. [www.cabriniconnections.net]

     
  • Cheryl Bigus
    Cheryl Bigus Cheryl Bigus truth seeker. voice attendant. nurturing teacher.

    Cheryl Bigus works with women who've neglected their well-being. She helps women regain vitality and hotness in their lives without punishing themselves through diets of deprivation or extreme workouts. [www.naturalvore.com]

     
  • Ken Roth
    Ken Roth Ken Roth human rights activist. writer. justice seeker.

    Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. He's investigated and written extensively on a wide range of human rights issues. [www.hrw.org]

     
  • Monika Zands
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    After more than 12 years of consulting for multi-billion dollar businesses and receiving her Master's in Spiritual Psychology, Monika helps her clients with the strategies that can immediately improve their business and their life. [www.blueprintconsulting.net]

     
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    Spencer Miller Tweedy, 14-year-old musician, photographer, and blogger of fan-tastical exploits, performs regularly with his band The Blisters and has played the drums at Madison Square Garden. [www.spencertweedy.com]

     
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