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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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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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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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true to me

Todd Shemarya Todd Shemarya agent. brand builder. in-tune daddy.

Todd Shemarya is the owner and CEO of Todd Shemarya Artists Inc, a boutique talent agency specializing in celebrity endorsements and lifestyle brand building. [www.shemarya.com]

What affects me most is what I’ve accomplished and the knowledge I’ve gained about helping people. I entered into this business of helping people not to become rich, but to make a difference and to do it my way, and I’ve been able to do that.

The most important thing is to know yourself, to know what’s right for you. When I’m true to myself, I feel good about it. When I’m not true to myself, I feel that something’s not aligned. There’s a voice constantly telling me if something isn’t right. I’m not perfect, so I don’t always listen to it. Unfortunately, without trauma we don’t grow. Everyone has to go through trauma in order to grow. It’s hard to see the good when we don’t see the bad.

It takes a lot for me to feel bad for someone else. I don’t feel bad for other people. I’ve been through it all and my attitude is that no matter what’s going on, you have a choice. It may not be an easy choice, but you have one.

Even with my kids, even through the tantrums, I never get too worked up. Sure, there are times when I’m tense, but I’m able to work it out. I talk things through with my kids. Maybe my choice is to leave them alone for a while. I tend to be in tune with people and able to work things out, to work on what’s best for them and what’s best for me.

A good friend of mine who’s an acupuncturist sent a patient to a big doctor that we both know well. That doctor did something that wasn’t right because she wasn’t paying attention. My friend told me, “I’m just not going to say anything.” I said, “But why?” She said, “Because she’s just going to lie.” I told my friend, “The bottom line is that if you do say something, she’s going to hear you. She may lie about it, but she’s going to hear you and in that way you’re going to make a difference. If you don’t say anything, nothing will ever change. I’m not saying it will change if you say something, but it has a better chance of changing than if you say nothing.”

– Todd Shemarya

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