Interview with Amber Rae (revolution.is)
revolution.is tells stories of remarkable people living unconventional lives. I interviewed revolution.is founder Amber Rae to find out more. This interview is the thirty seventh in a series of DW interviews. Big thank you to Amber for the interview!
How would you describe revolution.is in under 50 words?
At revolution.is, we tell stories of remarkable people living unconventional lives. Our aim is to motivate you to trust your gut, break rules that don’t matter, and be bold in the pursuit of your dreams.
What made you decide to start working on revolution.is?
I was the young girl who stayed up late with a flashlight, reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and doing what’s meaningful always deeply resonated with me. The idea for revolution.is came when I began my own personal journey. I quit my stable and comfortable job, sold all my belongings, gave nearly all my clothes away to charity, and booked a one-way flight from San Francisco to New York. I knew there was more for me to give, do, and learn in the world, and I set out to experience the answers. When I wrote about the experience, hundreds of people emailed me to tell me that my story had inspired them to take action toward something that mattered. This deeply moved me. In parallel with this, I was meeting a ton of incredibly inspiring people with remarkable stories and diverse journeys. I wondered how many more people I could inspire to take action through these stories. That’s when the idea was born.
What’s the most inspiring story you have come across so far?
This is such a hard question! Moses Sanga is definitely near the top of the list. He grew up in one of the poorest villages in the world. He didn’t have shoes until he was 13 and he didn’t see a television until he was 15. Despite this, he’s invented a technology that will give 40 million Africans clean energy by 2020. His story moved me to tears. If he can create change, so can you.
You believe that in order to change the world, we must first change ourselves. Give us an example of how you have changed yourself.
I imagine a world without a speed limit. Where human potential is not governed by what we’re told to be, the only fear is not giving enough, and the urge to share your gift cannot be restricted.
This is the world I imagine because this is the self I’ve created. To realize and actualize this, I’ve quit jobs, moved around the world, flown to cities on a whim without a place to sleep, cut off negative relationships, practiced meditation, done things I’ve hated to discover things I love, dated people who treated me poorly to realize what it feels like to be appreciated. And the list goes on (and is only getting started.) I’m obsessed with self-awareness and behavior change. And I believe it starts with me. If I want to teach others how to unleash their full potential, I first have to unleash my own.
In the last year you have been up to alot! Tell us about some of your achievements.
Yeah, this year was realllly intense. Intensely amazing.
A year ago this month, I was selected to help Seth Godin launch a new publishing experiment, the Domino Project. That was a wild ride. As the “Chief Evangelist,” I helped figure out how to get our ideas to spread as far as possible. I also had the opportunity to “CEO” Derek Sivers’ book, Anything you Want, which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.
In parallel to working with Seth, I launched two passion projects: revolution.is and The Passion Experiment. I was getting hundreds and hundreds of emails from ‘successful’ people each week telling me how they hated their jobs, felt stuck, and were unsure how to make change. They had gotten to a point where they said, “Shit. Is this what I’m really doing with my life?” That’s when I realized there was a need and business opportunity to help these people. As an experiment for myself, I came up with a 4-week program, called it “The Passion Experiment,” and launched the opportunity on my blog. Hundreds of people applied, are still applying, and it’s now my main source of revenue. Unexpected but awesome.
From July to October I worked with Ryan Allis, CEO and founder of iContact, to launch a new social media division of his business, iConnect. And from November to December, I helped the Unreasonable Institute figure out some internal communications type stuff. Both experiences validated that I was made to work for myself. Now I’m working 100% on my own projects.
What’s next for Amber Rae?
Scaling the message and impact.
I have over 50 stories at revolution.is. I’ve been writing and sharing content for years at Hey Amber Rae. In the last nine months, I’ve helped over 30 people make massive positive changes in their life. This is only the beginning.
I want to positively impact the lives of millions. I want to create a paradigm shift in terms of what’s possible, what matters, and what “work” even means. I want to show people how to align their natural talents and true passions with what the world needs. I want to encourage people to create their own rules, live naked, and go make something meaningful happen.
Can you convince the reader to click on revolution.is right now in under 50 words?
If you want to wake up motivated and fall asleep fulfilled because you’re fearlessly giving your gifts to the world, start here at revolution.is. These stories will inspire you and make you think.
Finished reading? Check out revolution.is!