Rogue or Broke: An Interview with Fire Starter Danielle LaPorte

August 13, 2010

In your bio you state that following the success of Style Statement: Live by Your Own design you built a big media presence and then went rogue – what does that mean for you? How has going rogue enabled your success?

Danielle LaPorteRogue was the only choice. Rogue or soul death. Rogue or broke. And it changed everything. EVERYTHING.

I was biking home from yoga tonight and thought, Wow, I’m really living the life I want to live. And of course, there’s so much more I desire, but each day unfolds more into my creative freedom and how I nourish myself and the people I love, and even the people I haven’t met yet.

Freedom is the ultimate nourishment.

You distinguish yourself as a writer vs. blogger, can you elaborate on that point?

I loath the word blog. It’s not pretty. But we’re stuck with it. That’s an aside, really.

Most specifically, I philosophize, and I mostly do that in writing, and I mostly present that on the internet. That’s the Big Real of what I do, and what so many of us do. We’re bigger than our “posts” and “tweets” and when you keep your eye on that, when you let your definitions of yourself be deeply accurate, it influences your creative approach.

What is your target audience for The Fire Starter Sessions?

Anyone who wants to do meaningful work and make money doing it. Being self-directed and entrepreneurial is a colossal bonus.

What would you consider the pros and cons of purchasing the ebook vs. booking a session with you personally?

With digital book, you can meander and dig in at your own pace. It can be an unfolding journey.

A 1:1 session with me is more like a jet plane tour. It’s very intense strategy, recognition, idea-raising, and it typically requires sometime time to process and execute on.

As you describe the FireSS, you seem refreshingly confident and passionate about your own work, do you have any advice for how to acknowledge and revere your own worth, and become confident enough to pursue the life of your dreams?

There’s an exercise in The Fire Starter Sessions called Glory Boarding. I’ll give y’all a sneak peek here:


Sing your praises. If you’re feeling too shy to blow your own horn, answer like your BFF or your mama would—or the other person who loves you most in the world. Go back as far in your life as you need to for evidence of greatness.

And as for the confidence part, start with blind faith. Build your Do Stuff Muscle.

In your advice to bloggers and those with start up webpages you tell them to blow their own horn, a powerful message, but do you have any further advice for those who worry that they are not good enough or are unclear about the message that they want to relay with their product?

Give yourself six month to get clear on your voice. Not six months of THINKING about what your message is, but six months of writing about and expressing whatever you think your message might be. You need to see it and feel it. And after you’ve had some experimenting time, then it’s time to get responsible and take your art and service to the next level. You’ve GOT to be clear about your message if you want to be of true service.

I get the sense from your affiliate program that you promote the idea cash/love idea of mutually benefitting from supporting others online, is this true? how has this benefitted you professionally/socially?

Commerce has to be mutual for it to be sustainable. And generosity is way more fun.

I also get the sense (mostly from personal communication with you but from White Hot Truth as well) that you are grateful and responsive even to your lowest common denominator. (ie. you respond to emails, follow back on twitter, thank people for promoting your business ventures) Is this a facet of your business plan? How does doing this contribute to your success both financially and professionally?Danielle LaPorte

I don’t have a business plan. I just want to be creatively expressed and loving. And, like, good manners are good karma. The result of growing my lil’ empire is that I’m less able to say “hey thanks” to each person, but I’m more able to influence good things for some people. It’s all about proportion…and the energy of gratitude.

And what I REALLY want to know is, what is your secret for being so productive and driven? Do you sleep? (I’m hoping you drink lots and lots of coffee.)

I’ve never had so much as a sip of coffee. Bizarre, I know. Just not into it.

Well, there’s no secret to being driven. I’ve got stuff to say and I want to say it. I’m committed to a bold life. I’m hungry for adventure. I’m achingly grateful for the love in my life and how it’s all rolling out. I desire peace and knowledge and cash and laughter.

Productive? Self compassion goes a long way in terms of productivity. So I work when I want and if that means later nighters, I do it. And I boogie off when I want, and if that means a road trip without email, then I make it happen. I skip TV altogether, I ruthlessly unsubscribe to anything that is medicore, I hang with happy people, I cry if I need to cry, I hire experts, I take lot’s of hot baths. It all works out when you’re doing what you do on purpose.

Much Love,

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions (with Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.

You can also find Danielle on FacebookPinterestInstagram and of course, Twitter @daniellelaporte. The Huffington Post included her Twitter feed in their list “12 of The Wisest Twitter Accounts Worth Following.”

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