Lisa NicholasMany of you may be familiar with Lisa Nichols – amazing best-selling author, featured teacher in The Secret and all-round inspirational success…(or perhaps Wonder Woman in disguise?). In this interview, she reveals why she’s been dubbed the “Breakthrough Specialist”, how she knew what her calling in life was, and more about her latest workshop which she’s running at Awesomeness Fest 2012.

On Thursday, we’ll publish Part 2 of our interview with Lisa, where she takes us beyond her entrepreneurial skills and discusses what keeps her grounded, and what happiness means to her.

1) You’re a best-selling author, a popular public speaker, a powerful coach and teacher who was catapulted to popularity across the world because of your participation in The Secret. You’re also about to take your company public. You must have many moments where you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s all real – can you tell us a little about how you got to where you are?

I believe God called me to inspire the world. When I began this journey, I ignored that call because I wanted to be the bomb.com in the small world of LA where I lived. It was easier and safer, but eventually I had to overcome the negative chatter that ran constantly in my head and answer the call to greatness.

This chosen path looks wonderful to those reading the latest chapter of my life; however, I’ve had to endure a lot to create this life. From being kicked out of college to raising my son as a single mother (and needing the government’s assistance to do so), there were many times where I was afraid, lonely, hurt and ashamed – and in spite of it all – I was still called.

When you are called to use your voice in a mighty way, nothing will allow you to rest until you do exactly that. Circumstances will press you until greatness rises out of you.

I’ve inspired millions and traveled the globe. It’s been an honor to share the stage with Oprah, Larry King, Jack Canfield and many other inspiring individuals. However, the reality is that I ran from this platform for years because I didn’t fully understand all that it entailed.

My company goes public in just a few months and my heart leaps at the idea, let alone the reality of it happening. I realized a long time ago when I was working with teens in LA thinking this is big enough, I’ve done my duty but yet, still heard something calling me higher. In that moment, I learned that:

“If your knees aren’t knocking and your teeth aren’t chattering, if you don’t stand in the mirror and say, what the heck have I done – you’re simply not playing big enough.”

I’ve gotten to where I am by accepting that while I’m not perfect, I still have an important role to fulfill in this world. So, with unwavering faith, I’ve known that everything up until this moment continues to prepare me for the fulfillment of my purpose. My answer has always been and will continue to be, “Yes. YES!”

2) You’re one of the amazing speakers at Awesomeness Fest 2012, however you’re also running a workshop “Creating A No Matter What Mindset for Success” for those who want to manifest quantum success, can you tell us what you’ll be speaking about at Awesomeness Fest 2012, and a little more about your workshop?

When I was 19, I delivered my first speech. I remember the clear instructions from my professor: “Make eye contact, test the waters and close with power.”

I was so excited to share my story with the room. I saw their eyes dance with me throughout the entire message and I knew I’d done a great job. When I received my grade, it said “D Minus.” Not only that, my professor wrote, “Miss Nichols, it’s my recommendation that you never speak in public. I recommend that you get a desk job.”

I was devastated. I accepted what he said as truth and it changed the course of my life.

I created the “Law of No Matter What” for people like me, who at some point in their lives have been discouraged, misguided, knocked down and nearly knocked out.

When you’re in the heartbeat of your journey with real life situations and sometimes brutal situations – intellectual concepts and complex theories do not serve you. You need someone willing to step out on the skinny branch of life with you, stand in your face, call you forward and help you declare, “I can get through this, no matter what!”

This workshop at Awesomeness Fest is not for everyone. It’s for the world-changers and global leaders (even those who don’t know that’s what they are yet) – but it’s for those who want to be unstoppable in their life, and relocate their mental zip code to new levels, new heights and new realms of possibility.

I work with leaders who desire to turn up their success magnet to attract abundance in every area of life while truly living a life they love.

I’ll be honest. This session isn’t a kumbaya session. If you come, prepare to do the work. I’m called the “Breakthrough Specialist” for a reason.

I’m bringing my team with me and we’re rolling up our sleeves, ready to take you through an experiential and interactive course that will shift the trajectory of your future.

If you haven’t registered, for Awesomeness Fest 2012, do it now! This program is usually valued at $997, however I’m doing it for free for attendees of Awesomeness Fest 2012 because of my love and passion for this community.

Want to learn more about Lisa? Keep your eyes out for Part 2 of her interview on Thursday, where she reveals what makes her the charming inspiration that she is, and how others can reach their true potential too.