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

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.

One way of making a difference is to provide a ray of hope. @NickKristof @WuDunn Click To Tweet

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.

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Using Humor to Create World Change w/ Maysoon Zayid

When I first saw this woman, I knew I needed to have her on MarieTV.

Naturally, I stalked her on Twitter and Facebook. When we finally connected, and she said yes to an interview, I pumped my fist in true Jersey style.

Courageous, funny, smart and beautiful are just a few of the many adjectives I’d use to describe Maysoon Zayid.

It’s about what we’re talking about, not what we look like. @maysoonzayid Click To Tweet

She’s a writer, actor, and comedian whose TED Talk “I got 99 problems… palsy is just one.” has been viewed over 5 million times and translated into 37 languages. You may also recognize her from Adam Sandler’s movie You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.

I love Maysoon because she’s blunt and bold, vulnerable and visionary and never afraid to tackle an issue head on.

If you’ve ever felt judged or marginalized because of who you are, hurt by what others say (especially online), or believed that something you can’t change about yourself is holding you back…

Today’s episode of MarieTV is a must watch.

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How To Change The World… And Still Have Time For Your Friends.

Do you ever struggle to find time for friends because you’re busy changing the world… or simply trying to keep it all together?

If so, you’re not alone. Friendship guilt is a common issue for ambitious creators.

No matter what stage of the journey you’re at, when you’ve got a fire inside of you to create something new and meaningful, the truth is — building something from the ground up takes time.

True friends can grow separately without growing apart. Elisabeth Foley Click To Tweet

And typically more time than most people (including ourselves!) expect.

Add in our other responsibilities (i.e. full-time job, school, sig. other, kids and fur babies) and it’s understandable that quality friend-time somehow gets relegated to the back-burner.

But is that just how it is? Is there a way to give our best to our creative quests, keep the basics of life running and still have quality time with friends too? That’s exactly what we’re diving into this week on MarieTV.

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Half the Sky: 3 Ways You Can Change The World Right Now

Many of us know that we’re here to contribute, to help make the world a better place, but sometimes we get stuck feeling small and insignificant.

As though what we think and what we do doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

We mistakenly believe our time to really make an impact will come someday, when we start making more money. Or someday, when we’re more experienced and better known. Or the most elusive of somedays, when we’ll have more time.

Today, I want to remind you how powerful you are right now.

When women are empowered, everyone wins. #halfthesky Click To Tweet

Because your time to change the world is here, in this moment. You don’t need anything more than the exact gifts and resources you already hold within you.

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