We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Cirak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what makes you happy? Why?
Many things make me happy. I’ve always had a variety of interests and passions. But it’s important to recognize that happiness derived from external achievements, e.g. career, family, wealth, prestige, is only temporary. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just an acknowledgment of the impermanent nature of life. The more we depend on things in our environment as the source of our happiness, the more we stress about losing them. Deep down we sense that we live in a world that is always changing and trying to keep it from changing is our biggest stressor. The key to permanent happiness is finding it within yourself. Everyone has their own unique blueprint and aligning with your inner voice leads to a deeper sense of fulfillment and happiness than anything outside can provide. The outside is just a reflection of your inner state of alignment, anyway. Once you’re happy being you, you’re free to enjoy all the external things – because your happiness no longer depends on them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My book “Be You” is the culmination of a career spent turning sophisticated topics into meaningful, accessible, and joyful experiences. It was motivated by the frustration I experienced in my own journey of looking for answers, and not being able to find them, or find them sooner. Be You breaks down the language barrier that prevents so many from gaining transformative insights. The goal is to empower readers to dramatically improve the quality of their life by following a simple, step-by-step approach to reacting less, and thriving more. Personally, it’s been a thrill to put this together. I think the mark of a labor of love is when you never think about whether it’s easy or not. As long as you stick to what resonates with you, along with an openness to receiving new insights, I think you’re in for a great ride.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles has something for everybody – both in the city and surrounding areas. The beach, mountains, snow and desert sands are within reasonable driving distance. Every block in and around L.A. has a unique vibe. While the tourist attractions like the Hollywood sign and celebrity tours are great fun, the best advice I think is to find a way to connect with locals ahead of time – not to plan things out – but to start vibing and allow ideas to form organically. If you land blind and start searching then, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed and miss all the hidden gems.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The list is far too long! To avoid the possibility of accidentally leaving someone out, I prefer to send out thoughts of gratitude, love, and kindness to all the angels in my life – they know who they are.