Eight years ago this month, I published the first issue of 24 Seven magazine. I had never untaken anything on my own of such magnitude.
What was once a seemingly crazy idea, has blossomed into more than I could ever have imagined. The magazine’s pages have been graced with the wisdom of so many inspiring and influential thought-leaders; people who are making a real difference in the world. And, each has entrusted me with his or her words.
I spend most days on autopilot, never really grasping the scope of where my brand is going. On some level I understand it, but on another, I am totally amazed.
This morning when I visited our digital hosting site, I learned that the October issue, from this site alone, was viewed more than 739,000 times. Nearly one million people opened my publication. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am humbled to know that this “little” digital magazine is touching so many lives!
The number seven is significant to many aspects of life. It is deeply rooted in much of what we do. Seven is considered by many to be a lucky number. There are seven days in the week, seven dwarfs, seven chakras, seven seas, seven continents, seven deadly sins, seven wonders of the world, seventh heaven, and the seventh inning stretch.
For me, the number seven is of major importance because it represents transformation, growth, and survival. You see, in this month (the seventh month of the year), seven years ago, I took a leap of faith and followed my heart, for the first time in my life.
A few weeks ago on a Sunday, I was flipping television channels when I stumbled upon an episode of Super Soul Sunday in which Oprah Winfrey was interviewing Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who had a near-death experience (NDE). Dr. Alexander was discussing how, prior to this event, he was not a particularly spiritual man and like other scientists, argued that NDEs were impossible and simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. He went on to explain that his brain was attacked by a rare illness and that the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion – in essence what makes us human – shut down completely and for seven days he was in a coma. Just as his doctors contemplated stopping treatment, he awoke. He then spoke about what he experienced during those seven days – a journey that changed his life!