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Meet Yali Sharon of Live Unbound in Silverlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yali Sharon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I used to wake up in the middle of the night imagining the incredible life I could be living if only I could stop putting off doing the things that are most important to me. Those things were exploring and creating. I wasn’t traveling much, saying no to adventures all the time figuring there’ll be plenty of time for that in the future and I certainly wasn’t striving to do my best work.

Instead, I was chasing a secure future and hiding from my true calling. A lifestyle that diminished my passion, crippled my abilities and kept me far away from my most authentic self. I was filled with self-imposed limitations – false beliefs causing paralyzing doubts, irrational fears and an inability to take action. In studying this concept I came across this powerful analogy »

To keep an elephant in place, handlers use small ropes tied to the ground with tiny sticks. The strange thing is that an elephant can easily break away from the rope but it chooses not to. That’s because when the elephant was younger and smaller the same size rope was used to tie them and at that age, it’s enough to hold them. They tried to escape for a while and eventually gave up. When they are older and stronger they still obey the limitation, even though it no longer exists.

The more I thought about this the harder it was to abide by the boundaries that I always believed were impenetrable. Instead of holding onto the notion that I’m tied down, I started tugging on the rope a little. I often found that my limitations were not real, just a baby-elephant-like conditioning. Live Unbound was born out of a desire to inspire others to do the same.

Follow your fears » Commit to the frightening work of exploring your capabilities.

I know I’m not the only person who knows what being bound feels like. There are lots of athletes stuck behind a desk, writers who don’t write, adventurers who don’t travel or photographers who only take pictures on their phones. Most of us are familiar with that voice in our heads that says “stop!” whenever we’re about to embark on a pursuit that has meaning, value and of course risk. Live Unbound is an antidote to this resistance. A reminder to shine a light on what makes you unique and treat life like the great adventure that it is.

That’s exactly what I strive to do everyday and I’m so grateful to have the support of the LU family – a community of explorers all riding together on parallel paths; encouraging, energizing and inspiring each other to reach new heights.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest hurdle was embracing vulnerability. Sharing personal stories that expose weaknesses and failures. Taking on risky projects without knowing the outcome. Getting the courage to dive into a world of unpredictability and hope that everything will align.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Live Unbound – what should we know?
There are lots of athletes stuck behind a desk, writers who don’t write, adventurers who don’t travel or photographers who only take pictures on their phones. Most of us are familiar with that voice in our heads that says “stop!” whenever we’re about to embark on a pursuit that has meaning, value and of course risk.

Live Unbound is an antidote to this resistance. A reminder to shine a light on what makes you unique and treat life like the great adventure that it is. Live Unbound is a community of seekers all riding together on parallel paths; encouraging and energizing each other.

As a company, we create films, writings, design and events all geared to inspire to reach new heights.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Inspired by Seth Godin, Alan Watts, Jeb Corliss, Steven Kotler and action sports athletes who push their limits.

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