The Speakers Bureau, cornerstone of the Outside/In Initiative at Kaplow, kicked off this week with Agapi Stassinopoulos, author of Unbinding the Heart. Agapi shared wisdom and advice on how we can all reach our creative, spiritual and intellectual potential in front of a standing-room only crowd. Weaving in life lessons from her Greek mother, as well as personal stories about her own journey from actress to author and internationally known speaker, Agapi asked us to consider, “What would happen if you lived as if your story mattered?”
“Spandex is good for your hips, not for your heart,” Agapi joked with her trademark humor and warmth. “My mother taught me that the most important thing in life is to find your unique gift. When you do what you love, you will excel at it.” Agapi also spoke about the importance of community. “Share what you want to accomplish with your friends and you will build a tribe. Ask other people to help you. When you have a passion for what you believe in, you can be shameless.”
At the heart of Agapi’s message was the importance of authenticity. “One of the greatest gifts we can give is being personal. Be who you are,” she advised. “When you are authentic, it is disarming.” Anyone who has met Agapi can only agree.