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Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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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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Tessa Williams Tessa Williams ivy leaguer. playwright. core friend.

Recent Yale grad Tessa Williams has written numerous award-winning plays. Currently, she's working as a writer's assistant on an ABC television show. [www.facebook.com/tessaleighwilliams]

Life after graduating from college was a tough transition for me. I was lucky to have a strong support system during that time. I found out who my core group of solid friends were.

Even though I don’t get to see a lot of those friends, because we don’t live close to each other, we keep in touch through phone calls and emails. I’ve discovered that they really are the world to me. One of my girlfriends even got me to finish writing one of my plays. There was a time when I didn’t want to keep writing because I was a mess emotionally. She got me through it. That core group is absolutely the most meaningful thing in my life right now.

If I’m down, it often has to do with sitting inside too long, so I force myself to get out of the house. Sometimes I stay cooped up at home and it becomes a downward spiral. At that point, the best thing I can do is get dressed and go outside. Walking helps a lot. Even doing little things around the house helps. Today I fixed a doorknob and that spurred me on for the rest of the day!

Sometimes when I’m having a hard time I’ll call my sister. She’s inspires me and has since I was younger. It’s important to reach out and know that there’s solidarity out there. Everyone goes through weird times, but for some reason people don’t seem to be that vocal about it. Knowing that others have gone through the same problems or felt the same way lets me know it’ll get better.

I’m in a place right now where I’m just discovering the kind of person I am, the kind of person I want to be, and the impact I want to make in the world. I heard a John Campbell quote yesterday, which I’ve not stopped thinking about since: “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”

If I see the roadmap of my life laid out in front of me, chances are that’s not what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s comforting to know not to be afraid of the unknown. If I take it one step at a time, great things will happen.

– Tessa Williams

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