The Oscar-winner and entrepreneur behind the goop beauty and wellness brand opens up in the six-episode series, aimed at improving the relationships and sex lives of six courageous couples.
I wrote one very embarrassing story a few years ago and it got popular and I got a lot of views, a lot of s, and even a death threat.
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So I wrote more. I wrote the most brutal, revealing stories I could think of.
Really embarrassing and painful stuff. Entertain, honesty, and help, are my guidelines. Honesty is not good or bad. Truth is truth.
But then everyone gets polarized. It took too much energy to pretend. Why be fake? I wanted to help people. To show that the path to meaning is riddled with misery and failure, rejection and discovery.
Discovery about who you are. Many of us wake up scared, anxious, nervous.
Me too. Every day. Am I good enough? Will I survive? Will I thrive? Yes, yes. But then it got bigger. More people were starting to come to my blog. I was seeing the kind of worries people had.
We live in a time where many people are scared. Where so much uncertainty looms over our future. This is the problem I have with most blogs. In a world of mice, there is no one mouse with authority. I would feel the pain in my own body and try to tease it out with words. Sometimes it would come out, like a snake being charmed.
Then I would write my story. When did the question apply to ME! What did I DO to help myself.
Our true stories often show the dark side of ourselves. Without the darkness, how can we find the light? I simply told what happened to me. When I was depressed. When I was suicidal. When I was an addict of some form or other.
When I blew shit up. When shit blew up on me.
When I failed at businesses or relationships. When I lost control. When I had too much control. When I ugh, argh, and blahhed. I then wrote a book. I let that offer run for three months, losing money on every single person who took me up on that offer. But as I mentioned in the firstI wanted the message to get out to as many people as possible.
To help people. And it worked.
Just seven months later overpeople now have bought the book so far and rights have been sold in about ten countries. Some people ask me: why do I expose so much about my failures? Sometimes my own family and friends. Sometimes people who never met me. Writing honestly has cost me many opportunities. I did not grow up with a privileged background. I have nothing to fall back on. My opportunities and reputation are all I have and I put it all out there for people to use or mis-use.
Suddenly really special and magical people started to appear in my life.
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My idea muscle went on fire. I was sick of it. And when I started blogging, I was really going nowhere in life. Money is just a side effect of abundance. The real person who we are.
Nobody is smart. So they attack and unleash. They get angry and terrified at the same time. Sometimes they react to me through s. Sometimes blogs.
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Sometimes phone calls. Sometimes they indulge in the outrage porn so common on the Internet. The most precious thing we have is our life energy. Energy builds up all of the time. And when it builds up, the things that happen are beyond belief. It could care less. It wants us to have problems so it can see how WE solve them. I like to solve my problems.
And then write about how I did it in an entertaining way. I spend all day studying how other writers work. I do this now completely selfishly. Because of you.