Monday, September 26, 2016

Our eighth nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize


Wow.  Our friend Shirin Ebadi has nominated One Billion Acts of Peace, the campaign I have the honor of co-chairing, for the Nobel Peace Prize.  I am honored and humbled.  Very humbled actually, because in my opinion, we have only just started.  We have now reached 11.8 million acts of peace, which sounds like a lot, but compared to our (very ambitious) goal of one billion acts of peace, we are only 1.18% successful so far.   Still, I am very touched and very grateful for this nomination.  The whole team is.  Thank you for your confidence in us, Shirin.  We will work hard to (retroactively) deserve your nomination.

This is our eighth nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Shirin joins seven other Nobel Peace Laureates who have also encouraged, inspired, honored and humbled us by nominating us for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.  Also nominated are my dear friends Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, the wonderful co-chairs of One Billion Acts of Peace, and PeaceJam, the organization founded by Dawn and Ivan.  The main difference between Dawn+Ivan, and myself, is that they actually deserve to be honored.  They are genuinely good human beings with beautiful souls who have devoted decades of their lives to service to millions (in contrast, I'm just some guy who looks good in a suit, almost).  This is the 16th time both Dawn and Ivan have been personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is really cool because all my other friends have been nominated only 15 times or fewer, I kid you not.

The work of Dawn, Ivan, PeaceJam and One Billion Acts of Peace need your support, my friends.  They have reached millions of people on a tiny staff and a shoestring budget, and they can use a little more funding to reach many millions more.  Over the years, I have donated more than $500,000 to PeaceJam and One Billion Acts of Peace (and I have no plans to stop).  I know the team will continue to do amazing work to create the conditions for world peace.










Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Search Inside Yourself for Two Bucks (and Get Change)



My friends,

HarperOne just informed me that the ebook edition of Search Inside Yourself is currently on offer at $1.99 until 5/23/16 at all ebook retailers- Amazon.com, BN.com, iTunes, Google Play.  Please take advantage of me while you can!



Saturday, April 30, 2016

How the Dalai Lama Surprised Me Again



Near the end of my most recent audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I put my palms together, bowed to him, and solemnly asked, "Your Holiness, what is the most important thing I can do for you and the Tibetan people?"

He replied with a huge smile, "When you meet Chinese people, you tell them you met the Dalai Lama a few times and he's very nice."

"That's it?" I ask.  "That's it," he replied.

And then he laughed out loud.

I so love that guy.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Donald Trump to be co-author of my upcoming book on Authentic Leadership




My friends,

We'll announce this officially soon, but I'm so excited about this I want you to hear it from me first: Donald Trump just asked to be the co-author of my upcoming book on Authentic Leadership, and I said yes!

It was a complete surprise.  Donald called me on my cell phone this morning while I was doing my morning yoga in my 42nd floor office in Trump Tower San Francisco.  Imagine getting a phone call from the Donald in the middle of doing downward-facing dog.  Hilarious, right?  Anyway, Donald said he heard from our mutual friend, Senator James Inhofe, that I was planning to write a book on Authentic Leadership, and he wants to be co-author.  I was like, "Wow.  Is it because of how much you like my first book, Search Inside Yourself?"  And the Donald said, "I hated it, I thought it was the worst shit in the world.  But I changed my mind.  Now I love it, I think it's the best shit in the world."  Classic Trump.  I love that guy.

I'm so excited to have Donald.  Donald is a model of Authentic Leadership.  He tells you exactly how he despises you.  He does not try to hide his racist or xenophobic thoughts.  He is honest to the extend of offending almost everybody belonging to an entire gender.  He never lets facts get in his way of expressing his authentic opinion of the moment, which may or may not be different from his authentic opinion on the same issue five minutes ago.  I can't think of anybody I'd rather co-author a book on Authentic Leadership.  Except the Dalai Lama, but he's kind of busy this weekend.


(April Fool, in case you have to ask.  I don't have an office on the 42nd floor in Trump Tower San Francisco.)