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Interviews on Purpose with guest Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a Drama Researcher, an international leadership speaker and Consultant and the Founder of Reality-Based Leadership. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of Life’s Messy, Live Happy and No Ego. She was voted World's Top #1 Leadership Professional for 2021 and has spent 25 years cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership that has evolved teams at many of the top Fortune 100 companies globally.

You can visit her at, or find her on Instagram @CyWakeman

What is your purpose in life?

To help others live happy, even in a messy world.

Where does this come from and how did you discover it?

Very early in my life I had a sense that much of the suffering of others was optional and self-imposed. That although pain is inevitable in life, our suffering comes from our stories not our realities.

How does this purpose uniquely play out in your everyday life and work?

I have dedicated my career to researching and quantifying the amount of drama at work and teach strategies to modernize leadership philosophy to transcend our egos and realize that our natural state is happiness and collective genius once the drama is gone.

How do you remain vibrant, encouraged and energized?

Self care - dedications and practices to renourish, replenish and restore such as meditation, hiking, time in nature, reading, poetry, listening to podcasts, solitude and acts of creating.

What is success?

Feeling deeply content that I have enough, am enough and loving others in a way that they are convinced that they are enough.

What is one thing that you do everyday that is a necessity for your success?

The universe is kind and requires little of me except my surrender - there isn’t anything that is a necessity for me to assure my success - it happens with or without my permission….that being said, I am at my best when I schedule only that which I can do peacefully.

Any other thoughts or words of encouragement for those on the path of discovering their purpose?

For those wondering what their purpose is there are clues all around - notice what builds your energy or depletes your energy and look to what you loved being involved with when you were a child. You once knew your purpose so retrace your steps back until the age you remembered..

Thanks for reading!

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