Brilliance Archives

Each day, we ask our Luminary to answer, “If you only had 500 words to share, what wisdom would you want to pass on to humanity? What have you learned that matters, and what doesn’t?” We’ve featured wisdom from Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Marci Shimoff, Debbie Ford, Neale Donald Walsh, Mariel Hemingway, Jack Canfield, Janet Attwood and hundreds of additional Luminaries…. and it’s all available to you for FREE in the archives below!


You Hold the Power to Change

You underestimate your ability to modify the person you are. While humans are spiritual and complex creatures, they are also simple machines, and everything about us can be parsed down to a one or a zero. Your being is a collection of points of data that you are free to manipulate to a large degree, and if you are dissatisfied with yourself, it’s likely that the power to change is entirely within your hands. Anything about your person which you lack, but which is demonstrably obtainable by human beings, is obtainable to you. Confidence? You can build it. Defy the voice that… Read more.

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness allows us to be fully present in this moment, right here, right now. Forgiveness enables us to wholeheartedly embrace what is and to be at peace with our past and fully engaged with the present. Making peace with our past is the most immediate way we can experience the abundance that is our birthright. Without forgiveness there is always something pulling us out of alignment with ourselves and with life; it is an energy drain in our system. Until we have made perfect peace with all that has occurred in our life, and with all the people who have… Read more.

The Freedom of Not Knowing the Answer

Not knowing can be paralyzing. The fear of someone asking me a question I couldn’t answer was overwhelming. I was driven to be the one person who knew all the answers. I learned in the corporate world that if we don’t have the answer right now, some one else “smarter than” us will. It can be a career killer. We are taught that knowledge is valuable, which is wonderful, BUT, if we have core beliefs that revolve around us feeling less than, that can translate into “if I don’t know enough, I am not valuable”. Somehow, along the way I… Read more.

A Simple Guide to an Honest Heart

The more we give to others the happier we become. It can be as simple as a smile, a helping hand, a listening ear or a prayer. These little things can change a person’s entire life. There is always good even in what seems like the worst situation. That might not change the way you feel, but it will eventually be understood. You can find comfort in the fact that one day, that moment will be the reason you are where you are. A messy house doesn’t mean you’re a failure- it means that you’re enjoying your family and living… Read more.

What Will You Be Remembered For?

Spend as much time as possible following your passions. Time, after all, is our most valuable resource. Why waste precious days and years doing something that doesn’t make us happy? Often, we are judged based on how much money we make from our job, how big our house is, or what kind of car we drive. The reality though, is that none of this matters in the long run. People will only remember you by the type of impact you had on the world. Take Nelson Mandela, for example. He is remembered as one of the most revolutionary people in… Read more.

We Are All One

In the end the question becomes ‘where to begin?’ Do you remember your beginning? The innocence that heated every breath? Don’t be afraid to go back to that in some small way. Let yourself be open. Open your heart to the fact that we are all one. We, and everything, are all connected beyond the scope and understanding of the brain. Trust your heart to lead your life. It is more capable than you know. Your head analyzes the sensible route. A road paved by fear, for it is only logical to take the path of least resistance and avoid unnecessary risk…. Read more.

Loving-Kindness as a Path to Inner Peace

Many of us spend much of our lives searching for happiness and peace of mind. However, some never find them, and the reason is that they’re looking in all the wrong places. They think they’ll be happy once they acquire a certain amount of material wealth and possessions. While these things can bring us temporary pleasure, they don’t bring us real happiness, or peace of mind. If we want to be happy and at peace, then we need to look somewhere else. A wise prophet once told us many years ago that whatever we sow, so shall we reap. Those… Read more.

Start Something New

Far too often in our daily lives, we have all heard that “It’s never too late” to start something new. For me, that mantra simply isn’t how I want to live the rest of my life. Life is too short and too precious to give myself an excuse to put something off until tomorrow. Instead, I firmly believe… It’s never too early to start something new. Just imagine for a moment consciously living your life looking forward to accomplishing something new instead of regretting what hasn’t even happened. Maybe this involves reading a new novel, listening to a new album,… Read more.

Live Your Purpose

The God of the Universe breathed power into you. You are alive. So live. Because you have received power from the greatest Power you have the ability to overcome, to move forward, to effect change, to make a difference. Do not squander your power. Certainly, joy comes when we extend compassion and service. But sometimes. Sometimes you have to come first. We worry it’s inappropriate, selfish, or even narcissistic to ever consider putting ourselves first. For whatever reason, sometimes we relegate ourselves to the end of the line. Maybe we feel we’re not worthy. Maybe we feel undeserving. Maybe we… Read more.

12 Principles to Rock Your Life

1) What matters in life is finding and maintaining a connection with the most brilliant version of yourself—beyond your physical body and who you know yourself to be. Developing a strong connection with the divine is essential for trusting your own knowing and following your intuition, which will always show you the right path. 2) The question of whether you are worthy is irrelevant because your worth is already established simply by your presence here on earth. When you stop taking things personally and allow your bright light to shine, you cannot help but become magnetic to the right people… Read more.

Focus On What’s In The Glass

Is the glass half full or half empty? I am 66 years old and have been blessed to have a good life, a wonderful family and a pretty successful career. At age 60 I discovered Asset-Based Thinking and since then I have found more meaning in work, determination, personal fulfillment, confidence and humility than I could ever have imagined. As I contemplated what’s ahead, I found it rewarding to look back through the lens of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) and imagine the upside of the future. What ABT has shown me is that the glass is neither half full nor half… Read more.

Your Dreams Are Waiting For You

Hello, old friend. (Yes, you. Really. You… reading this) We are writing to you because we miss spending quality time with you. Who are we? Your dreams — your unbridled zest for life, your spark of greatness. Did you even notice we’ve been missing? Sure, we drop in occasionally on birthdays, Christmas morning; sometimes we ride rollercoasters with you at theme parks. But, didn’t you know we’re supposed to be with you every day, every moment, even now? When you were very young, we were your constant companions, though that seems so long ago now. Granted, you’re not always miserable… Read more.

The Biggest Life Lesson of All- Love

Love is worth it. It’s been said a million times over for good reason. The immense gravity of love and connection is the biggest life lesson of all. It doesn’t need to look how anyone else says it should. It doesn’t have to check all the boxes that your family, your therapist, your friends, or society have laid out for you. What matters is that the love in your life touches your heart and resonates in your soul. Lean into it and let yourself be raw – in that rawness you will stretch your boundaries and live more deeply than… Read more.

Greatness Takes Time 

The greatest piece of wisdom I have gained from my experiences to date is that greatness takes time. We have all heard the saying that “patience is a virtue”. However, there is deeper wisdom in this statement and relevance to your life journey than you may recognize. Starting out as a keen and motivated young leader, I’ve been known to neglect this virtue. Perhaps driven by my passion and eagerness to create change, I have always tried to bring my ventures to fruition as quickly as I can. If someone was to tell me it would take over a year,… Read more.

10 Tips for Tough Times

Breathe deeply. Breathe fully. Trust life. Watch opportunities unfold before you; especially when things aren’t going according to plan. There’s an immeasurable universe we are a part of. Understand you will not know the answer to “why”. But you can gather information to use to keep moving forward in your life’s purpose. Have confidence in the decisions you make for yourself and family. • When choices feel right in the four corners of your home, then they are right for you. • Loving friends and family will honor your decisions. • If you begin to question your decisions, return to your home…. Read more.

Time to Wake Up and LIVE!

You have something special to share with the world. It’s up to you to figure out what that is and to share it with as many people as you can! If you don’t know what that is yet, take a look at the people you admire and the people you admire. Think about what it is they are being, doing, or having that you wish for yourself and go after those things in your own life. You must do this, even if it scares you, because you are here to help. Each one of us is here to realize our connection… Read more.

Follow Your Yellow Brick Road – Embrace Your Uniqueness

Embrace Your Uniqueness. Embrace the good and bad of yourself. Let yourself shine to the world and share your gifts. Each one of us on this planet is here to help another. Why hide your gifts from the world when you are what is needed. Embrace all that is a part of you and let the world see you. You wouldn’t be here otherwise. Accept all that is a part of you. Your wisdom is just as important as mine. We each have something different to share. Something unique within each person that no two people are alike. Take what… Read more.

Trust In Your Dreams

Trust in your dreams, for in them you will find what is real. Reality is not the day to day. It is not the ever-ending grocery list. It is not fretting about the layer of dust on the nightstand. It is not the balance of the checkbook. It is not dreading Mondays or celebrating Fridays. Look beyond what you see. Reality is the dream of love everlasting and unconditionally. The love of a parent, a child, a special person and the love of yourself; this is real. Dreams of celebrating life by using your talents to improve the lives of… Read more.

Just Because You Think It, Doesn’t Mean It’s True

Just because you think it, doesn’t mean it’s true. When you believe all of your thoughts, you will find yourself immersed in suffering because thoughts can be deceiving. Understanding and using this single concept in your everyday life, will ease your pain and lighten your moods more than you can imagine. Most people go through life thinking they are simply making observations, when in reality, they add to the facts and make judgements and form opinions. Those judgements and opinions are what create our unease. A fact would be something like, you ate a bowl of ice cream. This is… Read more.

The Power of Magical Moments

I can think of no better approach to living a fulfilling and meaningful life than to develop the habit of looking for the true magic that lies ever-present all around us—and within us—in each and every moment of each and every day. Occasionally we’re surprised by a magical moment. It’s when the joyful, uninhibited giggling of a three-year-old goes right to our heart—or when an unusually beautiful sunrise takes our breath away. But if we’re willing to look, these magical moments are waiting to be discovered in EVERY situation. Every moment is a miracle, and to the degree that we… Read more.

6 Ways to Keep Life in Perspective

Here are the top six pieces of advice that can increase the quality of life and easily keep it in perspective: 1) Nothing in life has any inherent meaning; it only has the meaning you assign to it. Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” You can actively change the meaning of any circumstance in your life to one that empowers you. The way to do that is by asking empowering questions. These questions will lead to empowering answers. Here are a few examples: What is good about this? What is funny about this?… Read more.

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