This Motivational Thought Leader Will Help You Slow The Heck Down


New York Times best-selling author Gabby Bernstein hit rock bottom before going on to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers around. On this week's episode of Girlboss Radio, she dives into the nitty gritty of what it took to pick herself up and fight for the career she has today.

After watching Gabby Bernstein kick off the first two Girlboss Rallies this year, it’s safe to say that if you’ve never seen this woman speak in person, you’re seriously missing out (though you can certainly do the next best thing and catch both of her talks with a digital ticket). 

The number one New York Times best-selling author and favorite of Oprah exudes an electricity that’s palpable, to say the least. But perhaps more than anything, it’s Bernstein’s commitment to honesty that makes her so compelling. Because as much influence she wields as the author of six best-selling books and as a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Bernstein’s career trajectory was anything but streamlined. 

As an ambitious 21-year-old running her own PR company that serviced the nightclub and hospitality industry, Bernstein found herself in her living room one night, surrounded by strangers, deep in the grasp of an ongoing struggle with drugs and alcohol. And it was then that she knew she’d hit rock bottom and needed to make a change. 

“I wrote in my journal, ‘This is not where I’m meant to be. I need a miracle,’” she told Girlboss Rally attendees in NYC last month. “That was the day I realized that success is an inside job. I have been on a journey [ever since,] undoing the fear-based success systems I learned in the first five years of my career.”

On this week’s episode of Girlboss Radio, Bernstein and Sophia take a deep dive into how she went about accomplishing just that, staying sober for over a decade since and going on to become one of the most revered and respected motivational speakers of her generation. Check out the episode below and pre-order her newest book, Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life, which drops on January 2 (right in time for resolution-making season!)

On why it's never too late to put in the work:

“I don’t care how old you are. The moment we shift our perception, a miracle occurs.”

On why it's OK to hit the pause button and reflect every once in awhile:

“Give yourself permission to slow down. Speed up by slowing down.”

On asking for help at any (and every) point in your career:

“Wherever you are in your career, let people help you now.”

On letting your creative energy do its thing:

"Don't say ‘no’ to the creative force within you. Say, ‘Fuck it, let’s go.’”

On small victories translating to big wins:

“Those ‘yeses’ that you begin to cultivate one moment at a time become the career you’re meant to have.”

Word: Deena Drewis
Photo: Courtesy