On Starting Fires, Magical Authenticity and Truth: Danielle LaPorte Interview

by Laura on 05/08/2010 · 1 comment

Blissful. Prompted. Loved. Challenged. Eager.

Five of the many words that describe my feelings when I foundDanielle LaPorte FireStarter Sessions Danielle LaPorte and her amazing creation WhiteHotTruth.com just months ago.

Upon discovery, I have since printed out many of her posts – some of them on my office wall, refrigerator door, and bedside table. I’ve forwarded them on to my mom, my sister, my friends, my co-workers. I’ve read them out loud to myself. She writes and speaks timeless inspiration I re-visit and re-absorb on a regular basis.

Her ripple effect doesn’t stop there. I’ve had entrepreneurial friends rave about Danielle’s Fire Starter Sessions. On May 12th (yes, a few days from now), Danielle’s new digital book, THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS will be released worldwide. Designed to help entrepreneurs rock their career with integrity, audacity and their truest strengths, it’s also created to give back, with portions of every purchase going to The Acumen Fund or WomenforWomen.

I remember emailing with Danielle a few months ago prior to a speaking engagement here in NYC where I moderated a panel on blogging. She wrote three words to me that I will forever remember. “You will shine.” (P.S. I did).

We recently caught up for a short Q&A. I intentionally asked some basic questions – and of course, Danielle gave  colorful answers. I’m excited to share it with you on the eve of the release of THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS.


Laura: You are inspiring so many of us with your brilliant words, your meaningful actions, your contagious spirit. What are some of your own sources of inspiration?

Danielle: Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit really fueled my fire to just make stuff and keep experimenting and pushing my own boundaries. Leonard Cohen makes me want to sell everything, move to Greece and get to the heart of my matters. The mind of Zen master Alan Watts is like, one of my favourite places to get lost. Singer/song writer Antony of “Antony & The Johnsons” breaks my hear as does Rumi. My six year old boy draws the best post modern kind of art. Oprah. Bono. Eve Ensler deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

Laura: What’s been the most rewarding part of your work to date? The most challenging?

Danielle: Rewarding: hearing someone’s dreams and ambitions is sacred stuff. My 1-on-1 work with my Fire Starter clients feels like a privilege, really.

Challenging: I really feel like my biggest challenges are behind me in some ways. I’ve burned a lot of vocational karma in the last few years and I’m really rocking my freedom. I’m looking forward to going deep, deep, deeper.

Laura: Finally – and it’s a very basic question – but who would you say is the person that has influenced you the most, if you look at your ongoing work that you share so magically with others?

Danielle: I worked for The Body Shop in my twenties and its founder, Anita Roddick left a very deep impression on me. She was fire itself. She used her commercial clout to make political change, she told evil corporations to go piss off, she campaigned for all sorts of justices, she reached out to orphanages in Romania. She was undaunted and outspoken and loving. And humble. I hope to be as indomitable and effective.


You can find Danielle on Twitter @daniellelaporte – but make your way over to WhiteHotTruth.com and soak in the goodness. And don’t forget to grab your copy of THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS. You’ll get a sneak peek chapter that, on its own, sparked a blast of new ideas for my own plans.

P.S. I only recommend what’s rocked my world. Danielle, I can’t thank you enough.

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