Shonda Rhimes discovers how peace and joy increases productivity

By February 18, 2016Blog, Daily Declarations

After many years of working, sacrificing, and praying I secured my dream job at LaFace Records. I was responsible for the marketing of one of the biggest selling female groups of all time, TLC. Lisa “LeftEye” Lopes and I were in West Palm Beach, FL for the video shoot for Lil Kim’s song “Ladies Night”. The shenanigans that happened during this video shoot were beyond what I was willing to deal with anymore.

I left West Palm Beach and flew to Los Angeles for the video shoot of Usher’s smash breakout hit, You Make Me Wanna”. I was so drained that when we landed in LA, the flight attendant had to wake me up. The plane was empty. I was sitting in first class and didn’t even wake up as the full flight of people walked pass me. I went to my dear friend Tashion Macon’s place, laid on her floor for hours and she prayed with and for me. I called my boss and shared with her that I couldn’t make it to the video set.

I returned to Atlanta that same night on the redeye and sit in my apartment for several days in the dark, crying, praying, crying and praying.  When I finally turned the lights on I was very clear, I loved my career but I also wanted a life. I called LA Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds the next day and I resigned. I loved my job. I loved the people I worked with but I was burned out and empty. My hair was falling out and I was unhealthy.

This started my journey of developing my proven transformational program, 9 Principles of Exponential Living®. These 9 Principles serve as the guide that empowers us to pursue peace, choose clarity, and live courageously so we can integrate our personal desires into our life without detriment to our career achievement.

Shonda Rhimes’ Ted Talk showcases her powerful journey of discovering Exponential Living®.  During her “year of yes”, she lived outside of her comfort zone and discovered her vulnerable strength. And along the way, realized two powerful truths:

  • Her commitment to personal development fueled her professional growth
  • Her inner peace increased her productivity

To experience this transformational awareness, we must commit to the following:

  1. Give yourself permission to trust an unknown future
  2. Accept where we are, what we are missing, and what we have to give up to go up
  3. Expand our definition of success

Shonda discovered that making time for other experiences in her life, other than the “hum” of working, didn’t minimize her love for working hard and achieving greatness, it expanded her capacity to experience greater joy and a more fulfilling life.

And that’s Exponential Living!!!

Sheri Riley
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Sheri Riley is a wife, mother, daughter, and entrepreneur and we all know this is not easy, but she’s discovered how to make it simple. After 20 years of creating marketing strategies for Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton, Converse, Nike, NBA, and Turner, she now serves as an Empowerment Speaker and Life Strategist. She speaks around the world, sharing her message of "Peace is the New Success®". Her award-winning book, Exponential Living® -Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are® (Penguin Random House) is the guide to integrate your personal desires into your life without detriment to your professional achievement.

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3 Comments

  • Chupacabra says:

    For Rhimes and luckily, for us all the solution to work that has gone stale is surprising simple. It s play, she says. It s finding joy.

  • RMAU says:

    But even Rhimes couldn t hold on to her hum forever. It stopped buzzing in her ear when she found herself overworked, overused, overdone, and burned out, she says. What do you do when the thing you do the work you love starts to taste like dust? Rhimes asks.

  • WomensNews says:

    But even Rhimes couldn t hold on to her hum forever. It stopped buzzing in her ear when she found herself overworked, overused, overdone, and burned out, she says. What do you do when the thing you do the work you love starts to taste like dust? Rhimes asks.

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