Team D is an ethnically diverse crew.
We are: from Ukraine; raised and living in the Philippines; Mexican American; from Lebanon, living in Paris; from Paris, living in Vancouver; pure Aussie; and there are a handful of us that are Canadian mutts (said with honour and affection).
There are two ways in which we are not diverse at all, two ways in which we are very much the same. One, we’re mostly women. We have one lucky dude on the bus.
Two, essentially, we can all subscribe to the same worldview. We have different religions and faiths. We have very different temperaments. But we can all agree on some paradigm basics.
They are as follows:
Everything happens for a reason. (Even if you don’t understand what that reason is.) We have faith in divine wisdom. (And yes, sometimes that faith wavers.)
Kindness is strength. Not weakness. In fact, we know from experience that kindness is a super power. We’ve built so many fulfilling and often mutually profitable relationships based on being decent and deeply caring. We laugh a lot with everyone we work with.
We trust people. And sometimes they prove us wrong. But vastly, we know from experience that humans will choose to do The Right Thing.
It’s your career. Your business. Your project. Your life.
That’s what leadership is. That’s how revolutions happen. You reach out to the mottled, gorgeous, very different (and sometimes difficult) people around you and you say, Hey! Who believes in kindness?! Or… Who thinks that beauty can heal the world?! Or… Who wants to use business FOREMOST as a galvanizing force for social change?!
And when those believers raise their hands, you treat them like family and you f-cking rally.
Your fellow idealist,
Hey, Fire Starter People! Is simple and lite, intended to help you shine at doing good work. You’ll get two brief emails a month. One is philosophical perspective for getting clear and staying determined. And the other monthly missive features a product, service, or how-to (from the people we turn to), and things we use to run our business — our first-hand experience.
Try it out HERE. And meet other Fire Starter People in The Fire Starter Sessions Facebook Group. There’s good work to be done. The world needs more people shining, and if we can do that more efficiently, all the better!
Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries.
Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son. You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.