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About Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is the outspoken author of The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms (from Random House/Crown). A business strategist and inspirational speaker, she's the co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, and her next online program launches in November 2012, called, DESIRE: The Map to What You Truly Want.

Over a million visitors have gone to DanielleLaPorte.com for her straight-up advice -- a site that's been deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality”, and was named one of the "Top 100 Websites for Women" by Forbes.

Danielle has been featured in Elle, Body + Soul, Vogue Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, USAToday and BusinessWeek.com. She was a news show commentator for CBC, and is a former director of a Washington-DC think tank, where she managed a team of analysts studying global trends for the likes of the Pentagon and the World Bank.

A list of “Top 10 Blogs by Women That Might Change Your Life,” describes Danielle LaPorte like this:

“She’s confidently contrarian, feminine, decisive, and creative. She combines spirituality with sound business principles. She has an e-program, a line of chic, minimalist notecards, and gives coaching sessions at $1000 a pop. She’s been listed, ranked and quoted. At the core of her success is her ability to write. She writes beautifully, lustfully, and poignantly and is quite possibly the most talented and insightful writer publishing on the web. If you haven’t experienced www.daniellelaporte.com, you are missing the best of the web.”

The Ridiculous Pursuit Of Being Well-Rounded

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Multi-disciplinary, general studies, political correctness, easy to get along with, in moderation, “nice”… these are all ways that we polish off our edges to be socially acceptable and useful – even though it’s your edges that give you traction and make you interesting. Your “edge” – where the genuine You meets external reality, is where… Continue Reading →

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How To Make The Most Of Being Toast: Embracing Burnout

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“AND THEN SHE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD. IF HE WAS FIRE, SHE MUST BE WOOD.” – Joan of Arc, by Leonard Cohen (the most gorgeous version of which is sung by Jennifer Warnes) I admit it: I’m burned out. Fried. Toasted. But this time, there’s something satisfying and tasty about being… roasted by the life I’ve chosen. I’m reveling… Continue Reading →

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How To Kiss Up To Your Muse

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The Muse of love, art, cash, strategy, worship, desire, wellness, beauty, business plans. Don’t you adore her? Do you… adore her? Actively? Adore. Muses simply must be adored. They’re as grandiose as they are generous. They like to be respected. If you meet them half way, they’ll give you the moon, the breakthrough concept, the stroke… Continue Reading →

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How To Be Depressed

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“Depression was, indeed, the hand of a friend trying to press me down to the ground on which it was safe to stand – the ground of my own truth, my own nature with its complex mix of limits and gifts, liabilities and assets, darkness and light.” – Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak I… Continue Reading →

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Remedies For Discouragement

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Being true to yourself is not always easy. For fear of not being accepted, we tailor our personality, mince our words, and carve our opinions to fit in. It takes courage to be real… and it takes stamina because if you want the best out of life, it will demand the best of you, time… Continue Reading →

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Who’s Your Support Group?

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I felt it shelter to speak to you. – Emily Dickinson We gather in a group to be witnessed, to be supported, and to be both equalized and elevated in our struggles, gifts and ambitions. Common ground is very fertile ground … it is, what Emerson calls, “…the common heart of which all sincere conversation… Continue Reading →

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We Know You’re Busy, Now Shut Up About It

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“So sorry, I’ve been busy.” “I’m just so busy with…” “I’ve been too busy to…” Busy? Get in line. If I ever tell you that, “I’m so sorry that I’ve been too busy to…” then I’ll pay $500 bucks to your favorite charity and get you a year supply of Haagen Dazs bars. Of course… Continue Reading →

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The Divinity Of The Suck Factor

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“There will always be suffering. The trick is to not suffer over the suffering.” – Alan Watts, Zen master One of my best friends and I have a sick tradition. We get excited about each others’ hardship. One of us will be sniffling through an out-pour of angst about how wrenching a particular life lesson… Continue Reading →

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The “I Don’t Know” Conspiracy

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Tough spot, painful circumstance, official dilemma. A total jam. “I just don’t know what to do.” Hmmm. Then what? If you just don’t know what to do, then what are you going to do? Probably nothing. If you declare you don’t know then you won’t…know. You’ll just sway back ‘n forth in the lull of… Continue Reading →

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The Euphoria Of Admitting When It Sucks

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Some very cool things happen when I’m jamming with Fire Starters. Ah-a’s, elevated perspectives, connections. But my favorite phenomenon is when someone decides, with a nudge, to give up on what’s not working. Throw in the towel. Close shop. Call it quits. In the last month or so, I’ve witnessed two store closings, three blog… Continue Reading →

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Comparison Is A Killer, Cut It Out

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From the shape of our cells to the swirl of our fingerprints, each human is profoundly, almost incomprehensibly unique. In all the eons of time, amongst trillions of human eggs that have been fertilized and hatched … there is only one you: microscopically remarkable, positively unrepeatable, original, and…beyond compare. Role models are useful. They are… Continue Reading →

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How Have You Changed?

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“People change all the time and forget to tell each other.” Lillian Gershwin Change is a marvelous thing to celebrate. Acknowledging growth helps us to keep on growing. Taking stock of the leagues you’ve traveled is especially useful for those of us who drive ourselves so hard to be… whatever we’re craving to be. :… Continue Reading →

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