Danielle LaPorte: Starting Fires at Age 8
May 5, 2010
Danielle LaPorte intrigues me. I’ve dived into her spiritual and creative abyss on White Hot Truth. After meeting her in person, I realized that the lady really can start a Fire … one with inextinguishable flames.
Danielle’s new Fire Starter Sessions, a digital experience for people with the entrepreneurial spirit, releases worldwide on May 12th. The e-book combines logic with mojo, uniting your brand, vision, and soul along the way.
Inspired by both Danielle and this fiery project, I immediately wanted the scoop on her life as a kid. Childhood tells all. Danielle was playful enough to share her memories, from the days of magic and BIG HAIR, with me.
KZ: What was the first childhood experience that showed a glimmer of your entrepreneurial grace?
DL: Grade 8. I was class President. I lobbied to, for the first time in elementary school history, change a nominal fee for parents to enter our school carnival. “Can’t fight change … or kids” was my platform.
KZ: Who and/or what did you want to be when you were little? Any particular heroes at age 8?
DL: My Grade 2 Journal reads: I want to be Wonder Woman (loved those bullet proof bangles and her rad invisible plane), a Social Worker, a Disco Dancer, and a Poet. I’m all of those things today. My airplane is the internet.
KZ: What was your biggest challenge growing up?
DL: Getting in trouble for leading the pack.
KZ: What would 8-year-old Danielle say about you if she saw you now?
DL: You’re super smart. And your heart is pretty, I like your heart a lot. How come you don’t have a house in Morocco yet? You really should dance more. Wanna put on some makeup?
KZ: What was your favorite place to spend time as a kid?
DL: The wheat field behind our house. I lived on a farm. Being an only child, I spent hours and hours alone, walking on the railway tracks, thinking I could talk to hawks and fairies. Writing poetry. Looking for signs. Magic signs.
KZ: Describe your family’s home dynamic.
DL: Instant gratification and pretty happy getting by.
KZ: Best memory from childhood?
DL: In the Canadian Parliament they have “Pages” who are like errand kids on the senate floor. It’s a very competitive and prestigious little gig, and I managed to land myself a term as a Page when I was twelve. I wanted that so bad that I tired to sweat blood when I prayed at night. Getting it was a total rush.
I also have a lot of great memories of laughing with my mom and dad in the car and in the kitchen. Always at the expense of each other.
KZ: How would your classmates describe you in high school? What was your passion?
DL: Unique. Creative. Bossy. Very Big Hair. My passion: Figuring out how to get the hell out of my town. Big Hair.
*** Moving forward a few decades …
KZ: Describe 80-year-old Danielle.
KZ: What will change when you’re approaching 80? What will stay the same?
DL: Well, my boobs will be in their own province by then. Sigh. I’ll still be spouting off what I think I know. Evoking the truth. Avoiding cooking.
KZ: What will you have conquered by then that you haven’t yet?
DL: My fear of not reaching my full potential.
KZ: What style and business mantra will you rock in the rocking chair?
DL: Everything is progress. This I know.
Thank you for your time, Danielle!