Impact & Leadership

Opportunities That Change Lives: Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn Discuss 'A Path Appears'

September 30, 2014

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Have you ever met someone you deeply admired and felt so excited you could barely talk?

Yeah. That was me last week.

Thankfully, the person I admired said nine simple words that put me ease and gave me an insight I’ll never forget.

“You and me — we’re both in the lighting business.”

Translation? When you have a platform (no matter the size), you’re always shining a light. You light things you feel deserve focus and attention.

That’s both a privilege and a responsibility. And one I take very seriously.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are Pulitzer Prize winning journalists and two extraordinary people I consider some of the best lighting pros in the world.

I could not be more honored to share our interview today, in celebration of their newly released book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities.

If you don’t already know Nick and Sheryl, you’re in for a life changing treat.

They’re the authors of one of my favorite books, Half The Sky and are bold advocates for a more equitable, compassionate world. Much of their work centers around the idea that talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

At the end of the day, most of us just want to matter.

We hope that somehow, someway, we get to use who we are to contribute to the greater good.

If you’ve felt called to make sure your life makes a difference in this world, today’s MarieTV is a must watch. Nick and Sheryl prove how each one of us really can make an extraordinary difference in this world, no matter who we are or where we come from.

I read their new book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity cover to cover and I could not recommend it more.

Their work is evidence based and filled with scrupulous research, top-notch reporting and unforgettable stories that will forever inspire your heart.

Because as Maya Angelou said, “As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did, and more than almost any other show we’ve done.

Please take the time to share this with everyone you know.

I’ll look for you in the comments on the blog.

P.S. One of my favorite stories from this episode is a controversial one about young Ugandan boys and their passion to raise money to support other young, needy boys — in America. Supporting the idea that everyone feels empowered when they give.  Listen for it!

With love and excitement,

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