Dan Schawbel recently spoke to the wondering Gabrielle Bernstein, who is the New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. She also wrote Add More ~ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie. She’s been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader. Forbes named Gabrielle one of the Top 20 Best Branded Women and YouTube named her one of their Next Vloggers Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect. Gabrielle has a weekly radio show every Wednesday on Hay House Radio and is a featured curator for Opensky.
In this interview, she talks about how she’s developed her career, the biggest obstacles that she’s had, why she focused on spirituality, how people can get back on track in this bad economy and more.
You’ve created your own media empire over the years. How did you originally get into this career path and what were some of the biggest obstacles when you first started out?
I started my entrepreneurial journey right out of college. At the age of 21 I incorporated my first business, a PR firm based in New York City. I successfully ran that business with a partner for five years, but all the while I felt there was something missing. In 2005 I made major changes in my personal life that led me to shift gears. At that time I put down my PR business and began working as a life coach and speaker. I gave talks on what I was experiencing in my own life and shared the incredible lessons I was learning. Through my own spiritual journey I was guided to teach others how to crack open their authentic truth.
Over time, my lecture circuit grew. I witnessed a new Zeitgeist emerge: Young women were choosing real happiness over the party scene and fancy shoes. It has been a true pleasure to be at the forefront of this shift.