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SHIFT2016 Catalysts & Contributors share their wisdom!

Belinda Liu is one of SHIFT2016's Catalysts & Contributors. She helped design and will co-facilitate Claiming Your Path – Living Your Purpose, one of nine Pathways during our day long Intensive in collaboration with Wisdom 2.0.  Her company:


is partnering with Wisdomprenurs during SHIFT2016 to create a unique conference experience.  One that invites participants to utilize technology to connect to them selves and other attendees in truly meaningful ways.

Here Belinda shares an article she wrote for Huffington Post on on purpose...

Insights From a Recovering Overachiever: 

Replacing Success With Purpose in Life and Work

     Artwork credit:  Arlene Kim Suda


Artwork credit: Arlene Kim Suda

Five years ago, could you have predicted what your life would look like now?

If you had told me five years ago that I would be leaving a stable career in education to venture into the wild frontier of tech startups, I would have thought you were crazy or confusing me with some other overachieving Asian American person.

For most of my life, I looked outward for external measures and benchmarks of success: money, title, influence and impact (the things that would make my friends envious and my parents proud). I made decisions by asking myself questions like:

  • What kind of impact did I want to have?

  • Where could I have the most power and influence in my work?

  • How much money could I make (if I worked really, really hard)?

Something strange happened five years ago when I turned thirty. Success stopped serving me. It was like a motor on a speedboat that suddenly stopped working or a bird that lost its homing device. It was completely terrifying. 


Belinda Liu is a teacher, connector, creator and explorer. She is the co-founder and CEO of HiveQuest, a startup on a mission to catalyze self-transformation and community-building through the intentional use of technology.

Want to learn more about her tiny human experiments or share your personal story? Connect with Belinda at belinda@hivequest.co or on Twitter @hivequest.

This Conference Changed My Life...

Literally. I started my first business when I was 21, I had almost no idea what I was doing.

I'm generation X what I used to affectionately call the lost ones.

Back then when I was putting in the toilet (yes it was pink) in the bathroom (yes it was ALL pink, a very cool pink I might add) of the bar/restaurant I was pulling into being, yes pulling; it wasn't cool the way it is today to be that young and starting something. In fact most people thought I was bat X crazy and I am, but that's beside the point.

I've come to realize that we, the Xs or at least I were and are a bridge, the one between the boomers and the millennials. A silent, loud, powerful, lost and found energetic pathway from now to zen, zen to now.

At 17, my father died. The day before thanksgiving and just before my 18th birthday. He wan't much older than I and he had spent his life following the screaming call he couldn't ignore. The scream the never ceases, the one that demands equal rights for all beings. He also walked around with a garbage can on his head and other such experiments trying to understand how to help children learn to read, played pool like a literal pro, drank beer and bushmills, and, well and and and...

The combination of my life history, including my father's death which brought me to my first teacher, the fact that my mom realized I was more interested in organizing things than coloring books and put me to work at the age of 10, meant my spiritual journey (the I need this to save my ass kind) and my entrepreneurial journey (the whoops I just feel in love or in a hole in the ground because I am so passionate about X combo kind) equated to my being on two very different paths.

That is until I stumbled into a Wisdom 2.0 Meetup at the suggestion of one of the people I love adore and admire the most in the world, Salem Kimble.

She said something like, I think this might be right up your alley, you should go and check it out.

I did and for the first time in my entire life, my two paths were married. It was a ceremony forged in fire because once I knew what was possible, there was no going back. I remember meeting Michelle Stransky, and having a sense of an instant sisterhood, kind of like cup of noodles but the healthy whole foods kind.

By the end of the night I have met Soren Gordhamer and had had so many incredible conversations with people that were just like me. I had found my tribe of tribes.

I ended the night by saying to Michelle, I believe in what you all are doing. If I can help in any way, please let me know. I'll mop the floors, no , seriously I mean it. I want to support this movement in any way I can.

I was lucky enough that she said yes and the life I had known, the life I imagined I would have, the movement that I would never be called to the way my father and mother had, shifted.

I began to hear the screaming.

I said yes. I keep saying yes. I will now never stop saying yes.

If you can attend this conference, I sincerely sincerely, sincerely urge you to take the step, the leap, the whatever it takes to be there. It is unlike any other.

Full disclosure: Wisdompreneurs is part of Wisdom 2.0's Wisdom Week, and we are offering an intensive. Paul Zelizer and I will be speaking at a breakout during the conference as well.


This conference in and of itself is an invitation to as my friend and colleague Nick Jankel says, to come out of the spiritual closet. believe me, it's worth it, or at least it was for me.

There is also another intensive focused on Women that Kerena Gordhamer-Saltzman is hosting, Kerena is an incredible force with a giant heart, a brilliant mind and and and. If you are interested in the issues that face women today, check out what she is offering. It's going to be a stellar experience.

Wisdompreneurs convenes at Esalen Institute 2016!

I am SO excited that we get to be at Esalen Institute October 10/9-14 2016!

50 Wisdompreneurs will convene in Big Sur for five days!

Echoing and mirroring the day long Intensive we are presenting in collaboration with Wisdom 2.0 in February!

Where we will take the day in February and dive into 9 (of many) pathways that we face as wisdom practioners, entrepreneurs, the intersection of both and most importantly as human beings being for a week long exploration in community, connection, wisdom and entrepreneurship.

Exploring the depths of these pathways, as well as an invitation to dive into the ocean itself, the natural hot springs, into what this sacred land, its community has held and offered for decades.

I first came to Esalen as a child, and returned at 27 spending a year there studying. I then met my second Teacher and this magical place became my second soul home for almost 20 years. 

This is long awaited dream of mine has birthed itself into REALITY!  YES!

Wisdompreneurs Presents: SHIFT2016

Wisdompreneurs Presents: SHIFT2016

Are you Ready?

If so... BAM!

Shifting the Paradigm - FOR REAL

Are you interested in:

Diversity and Inclusion?

The fact that none of us are getting out of here alive, facing that fact and awakening to the truth that we can choose to be more here now every single moment?

Social impact and leaving a trace?

The wisdom of wellness/balance and sell-care?

Infusing creativity into your personal and professional endeavors?

Gaining more tools inner and outer as a wisdom practioner, entrepreneur - let's face it - as a human being on planet earth?

Attending the launch of our first book?

The dark side of enlightenment?

I could go on but... we now have this kickin' website where you can read all about it!

Thank you Stefan Day for being a complete an utter rockstar, cohort, sanity port, crazy ass, anchor, hard working, full of heart, care and incredible wisdom teacher!


Additions to this incredible line up abound! Get ready for more and more and more and MORE every single day. Ain't no stopping us NOW!

Now for the thank yous!

Thank you to all of our sponsors (not it's not too late, so contact us if you want to play!), partners, catalysts and contributors...

and mostly to our community. There is a Rumi poem, in it there is a line, "that was for THIS" YOU are the THAT this is for.

Of course a very special thank you to Wisdom 2.0 for inviting us to play, we are truly honored.

To you, Paul Zelizer, the wind beneath my wings and the wings to my wind. YOU are the Co-Founder for me.