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Peace and Possibilities

Oct 13, 2021

I am so thrilled to be sharing (and celebrating) my 100th podcast episode with all of you! I am interviewing one of my lifelong inspirational mentors, Marci Shimoff.


As little girls, she and I had something in common.  We both wanted to be dancers.  She used to dance around and dream of becoming a dancer. I did the same thing in my living room, in front of a wall, covered in mirrors. I would coax my sisters to perform with me with the stereo blasting. I just loved moving to the music. I still do!


Marci Shimoff and I were also both always personal growth junkies. I didn't know that's what it was called when I couldn't get enough of psychology class in high school.


She shares how, at age 13, she went to see an inspirational speaker named Zig Ziglar and knew that was what she wanted to do.  It impresses me that it had that impact on her at such a young age.  But when you know, you know.


So she followed the breadcrumbs, little by little, obtained a Masters in Training and Development and eventually built a business speaking and inspiring thousands of people every year.  She's doing what that young lady at 13 just knew she was born to do!


And she kept keeping the juice flowing. Those creative juices that contribute to your purpose and keep you in the flow of life.


To find a purposeful career she urges us to be SUPER honest and ask yourself these questions:

  • What is your heart telling you?
  • What makes you feel alive? (Write down 10 things)
  • What makes you feel on purpose?
  • Not how do I get there, but what can I do right now?


Ultimately though, believing and persistence is the most important part. Jack Canfield eventually went to 143 publishers who rejected his Chicken Soup for the Soul books before he got a yes from one lone publisher.  If he and Mark Victor Hansen had given up, that popular series of books would not exist, nor would Marci have co-authored several books in this series (and it's the best selling non-fiction series of all time)! How's that for persistence?


When contemplating the past, Marci wished she had learned younger to relax, and that it would all work out.  And to believe in herself.


She urges us to honor our wins and successes, instead of judging ourselves.  We grow much, much faster from celebrating our wins!


Finally, Marci reminds us that although maybe you can't create the miracle, you can create the conditions for miracles to flow into your life. She spends every day making sure people know this.  I am so glad she does!


We are all here to use our strengths and live a miraculous life. We are meant to thrive! Never give up!


Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher and an expert on happiness, success, and unconditional love. 

Her books include the international bestsellers Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason.  Marci is also the woman's face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, as co-author of six books in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

With total book sales of more than 16 million copies worldwide in 33 languages, Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.

Marci is also a featured teacher in the international film and book sensation, The Secret and the host of the PBS TV show called Happy for No Reason.  She narrated the award-winning movie called Happy.

Marci delivers keynote addresses and seminars on happiness, success, empowerment, and unconditional love to Fortune 500 companies, professional and non-profit organizations, women's associations and audiences around the world.

Marci is currently leading a one-year mentoring program called Your Year of Miracles.  Her opening seminar has been heard my more than 200,000 people.

Marci earned her MBA from UCLA and holds an advanced certificate as a stress management consultant. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top transformational leaders.

Through her books and her presentations, Marci's message has touched the hearts and rekindled the spirits of millions of people throughout the world.   She is dedicated to helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives.

My Book:

Peace, Possibilities, and Perspective:
8 Secrets to Serenity and Satisfaction in Your Life and Career