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Wonder: Your example is everything – a lesson from Paulo Coelho

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” ~Paulo Coelho

I listened to Krista Tippett interview Paulo Coelho this week. I was struck by the sadness of his early life followed by the triumph of his success as a writer and philosopher. What surprised and inspired me most, was his lack of bitterness. Not once did he sound like he felt sorry for himself, even when he was raw and honest about his brutal childhood. It made me look at his beautiful prose in a whole new light. His stories come from within. He doesn’t think the world owes him anything. He’s not afraid to love. He doesn’t look to anyone or anything external to define him. There is a sparkle to him that comes through in every word, in every medium. To me, he is the prime example of a life well-lived and well-loved.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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