In Her Voice Ep. 32: Orly Wahba on Kindness

Orly Wahba is an educator, speaker, entrepreneur, author and community activist passionate about inspiring and motivating people to be the best that they can be. Since her teenage years, Orly has worked extensively with tweens and teens as well as local charities in her community providing a helping hand for those who need it most.

Orly began her career in Kindness as a Middle School educator at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY, teaching the children to embrace unity, build their self-esteem, and use the power they have to influence the world for good. Orly is well known for incorporating and integrating ideas of kindness, love and respect in the hearts and minds of her students both in and out of the classroom setting. She is often quoted as saying, “Kindness, don’t just do it…LIVE IT!”

Yearning to make a larger impact with her philanthropic work and after having been inspired by a small sign on a plane labeled “Life Vest Inside” Orly founded (2011) Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, empower and educate people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness. Life Vest Inside encourages people to embrace the incredible power of giving and recognizes that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat.

LVI shot to national attention when Orly’s short film Kindness Boomerang went viral, receiving more than 100 million views and coverage in media outlets such as The TODAY ShowNBCCBSADWEEKInternational Business Times and more. In 2013 Orly was invited to speak at TED about the Power of Kindness.

Most recently Orly published her first work, Kindness Boomerang, a lesson-a-day book focusing on developing the kindness muscle.

Here are a few of the big topics we talked about:

  • How kindness creates empowerment

  • What she learned by going all in on her big dreams.

  • The fear of actually pursuing the dream.

  • How we begin to doubt our abilities to fulfill our dreams

  • Orly tells the story of how losing her home in a fire during high school spiraled into a deep depression where she almost lost her dreams and who she was.

  • The power of giving to heal ourselves.

  • The difference between giving from strength and giving from weakness.

  • Taking ownership of our emotions and allowing ourselves to feel our pain.

  • Learning how to give inward so we can give to others.

  • The importance of having a daily checklist that is about self-care and giving inwardly.

In Orly's Voice:

“Kindness has the power to go from one person to another seamlessly and creates a ripple effect.”

“When dialogue happens, connectivity takes place and change ensues.”

“When we lose that faith, coming back to finding it within ourselves insures that no one will ever be able to take it from you again.”

“The more I gave, the more the pieces of me began to heal.”

“Giving helped me to see myself again.”

“We need to allow ourselves to feel the pain.”

“Kindness is not an action, it's a way of life.”

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