"Her name is Amber Rae, and she's here to be a light for the world."
That's what my Mom said the day I was born.
After a near fatal car accident when I was in the womb, doctors said it was unlikely I'd make it term. My mom didn't buy it, and her conviction is one of the things I love most about her.
She raised me in the burbs of Chicago, and some of my fondest childhood memories include watching her build a business from nothing. She taught me to ignore conventions, trust myself, and follow my curiosities.
I've always been deeply curious about human potential, asking questions like: What holds us back? Why do we do what we do? How do we find purpose and express our gifts?
At age 11, I started my first online magazine (back in the AOL days), and fell in love with spreading inspiring ideas through the internet. I thought I'd be an Editor-in-Chief of a magazine one day, but with the internet, I didn't have to wait.
In college, I worked with Apple, creating strategies to get the word out on campus. I took those experiences to the digital agency world, where I worked with brands on their storytelling and marketing strategy.
I wanted more from life, so I moved to Silicon Valley to join the tech gold rush. While there, I started a blog to document my journey, work through my feelings, and ponder life's big questions. (I thought no one would read it; I was wrong.)
After many failed attempts at trying to fit my life into a conventional box, I left tech, sold my belongings, and followed an intuitive call to New York.
There I worked with Seth Godin, Steven Pressfield, and Derek Sivers on their books, accidentally started a coaching and retreat business, fell madly in love, and began to rediscover and reclaim the very-afraid-to-come-out-and-play creative inside of me.
Today, I'm the bestselling author of Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential (Macmillan), the creator of the global art movement The World We Want, and a teacher and speaker on creativity and personal growth.
I believe who we are and what we do are not separate. When we learn to infuse all of ourselves into what we create — the wonder as much as the worry, the compassion as much as the shame — we make work that's resonate and we build lives that are fulfilling.
I live in Brooklyn, NY (and around the world) with my fiancé, Farhad.
Called “A Millennial Motivator" by Fortune and "The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green, Amber Rae is an author and artist that teaches creativity and personal growth.
Her book, "Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential" (Macmillan) is a guide to navigate life’s challenges—projects that fail, imposter syndrome, feeling envious or anxious or stuck—all of those, “Am I good enough? Who am I to do this? What if I fail?” moments.
Her writing and speaking blends raw and relatable stories with actionable aha! moments, and has reached over 5MM people in 195 countries. She’s motivated audience at companies like Kate Spade, Lululemon, and charity: water to create beyond fear, and she’s advised leaders at companies like Adobe, IDEO, Google, Facebook, and Apple.
As an artist, she use art as a vehicle to normalize emotions and help us feel less alone. She’s created interactive and public art exhibitions in twenty countries across the globe.
Formerly, as Seth Godin’s “Chief Evangelist,” she helped him launch six best-selling books, and worked with brands like Apple, Dove, and Kimberly-Clarke on their global marketing campaigns.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NY Mag, ABC World News, Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., BBC, Mind Body Green, and Tim Ferriss's blog. She lives in Brooklyn, New York (and around the world) with her fiancé, Farhad.