Danielle LaPorte: How to Ignite the Soul of Ambition

Posted by admin on 9/5/13 in Inspiration

Feeling stuck in a situation and don't know how to gracefully disentangle yourself?  Or maybe there is a project you've wanted to start, but haven’t found the courage to begin. In this Speakeasy from Whistler 2012, Danielle LaPorte shares a means of igniting action by rekindling your passion, and finding your own way to achieve your ambitions.

Danielle began her talk by explaining the first step to accessing our ambition.  She explained that the first necessity is always recognizing how we acknowledge our ambition.  "Defining what we want and why we want it," says Danielle, "is the earliest effort we can make to realize our desires."

“My request and prayer used to always be ‘make me useful,’ which presupposes I’m not already useful.  I'd pray and pray, 'make me useful.'  But when I got clear, my vibration completely changed. I thought ‘I want to be useful.'  The energy changes from asking for something bigger that’s out of me to me and regonizing my own desire.”

“When I could switch from prayer to just what I want, my intention, it got really clear that my desire is my prayer. I’ll say it again: your desire is your prayer.  Your prayer becomes a commitment to fully wanting what you want and giving yourself permission to desire what you desire.”

2116 For many of us, after committing to a plan, a job or relationship, we think it seems cowardly or unreliable to bail. Danielle explains that we often mistake the strong decision for the choice of sticking it out, hoping the road will come up to meet us, instead of exiting to find a better route. This is a fear that is born in the ego, and she advocates we find the courage to "make the 11th hour change."

“Excellence is about being a little unreasonable, if you’re going to create, you have to be a little bit crazy.  You have to have the the courage to make the 11th hour changes – to call the wedding off, to get up on the stage when you weren’t expecting to – [making those decisions] is the difference between “meh” and totally awesome. If you can park your ego and your fear of looking like a flake or a prima donna, that’s where the sweetness is,” she explains.

"9 out of 10 people will say they want to feel successful.  That's not enough," says Danielle, "get underneath that success.  What is success for you?  Too many people have ought into other people's definition of success.  Getting clear in your feeling of desire increases the liklihood of getting what you want." 


~Danielle LaPorte is the outspoken creator of The Desire Map, author of The Fire Starter Sessions (Random House/Crown), co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, and soon-to-be publisher of DANIELLE Magazine, launching in early 2014. She writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality,” and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes. For more info and updates, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


Wanderlust Festival is indebted to Hay House who helped us realize the entire 2012 Speakeasy Lecture Series across all four festivals (Stratton, VT in June 2012; Copper Mountain, CO in July; Squaw Valley, CA in late July; and Whistler, BC, Canada in August). With Hay House's amazing roster of speakers (which you can witness in person at their incredible "I Can Do It" events), it's no wonder that they helped elevate the conversation at Wanderlust's Speakeasy this past summer. We encourage you to stay tuned to the Hay House FB feed to make sure you know the next time one of their authors is speaking near you. 
Stay tuned to our Wanderlust networks (
Youtube | Facebook | Twitter) to catch our weekly Speakeasy Video releases from the likes of Dr. Wayne DyerMarianne Williamson Shiva ReaSeane Corn Irshad Manji, and Waylon Lewis (from Elephant Journal) and so many more.

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