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I am incredibly excited and grateful your path has led you here. Life is magical and your experience of it should be nothing but that. 

My mission is to empower you to Be You… to release any self-limiting beliefs and to help you return to your natural core of love, peace, and well-being, so you may experience life from the perspective of your truest self.

I look forward to being a part of your journey, as much as you are part of mine.

Much love,

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Q&A with Chris Cirak

Interview by Andrea Nara

We’re most impactful when our words and actions reflect the obstacles we have overcome and the wounds from which we have healed. That’s why all too often our personal struggles turn into our mission to contribute to the greater good. That’s when we’re authentic and are able to inspire others. It is from this place of authentic connection to self that I felt empowered to write Be You.

I had a very cosmopolitan upbringing, going to international schools, being exposed to many different cultures, and living abroad in my formative years. Being constantly uprooted was a major source of stress for me in my youth, but it also provided contrast, in that I was never indoctrinated into one kind of thinking, culture, and lifestyle.

As a result, I developed a keen interest in understanding what makes us tick as humans. In my ensuing career as a designer and researcher, and later teacher and lecturer, I felt drawn to creating experiences that are joyful, meaningful, and accessible. Because, ultimately, everything we desire is within our reach. In fact, it’s already there. Our mission is to listen to that desire, peel back the layers that are blocking us from realizing it, and live our most authentic life.

Around the time of what is often described as a midlife crisis, I experienced a rather significant shift from the headspace to my heart space. It didn’t come from hitting rock bottom, as is often the case. Rather, my professional and personal life was thriving. Life was very good. But there was a voice inside that grew louder and louder, that demanded that I keep expanding. I think we all have that innate desire for expansion, if only we listen to it. Letting go of the life I had created wasn’t easy – growth never is – but over the next few years, I completely immersed myself in the subject of personal growth, of nurturing my inner life. From that, the greater mission of Be You arose.

It wasn’t a single moment, but there was definitely an initial period of several months of intense soul-searching and self-discovery. And since then, it has continued. It becomes your new normal. The only depends on how much you resist it.

In hindsight, I could never have dreamt up the road that life has taken me down to become the person I am today. And that’s what the book is about. Staying open to all possibilities. Letting life reveal you to yourself. Because that’s what it does. We just have to get out of the way.

In the case of Be You, I had been journaling for a long time before suddenly it became apparent my writing was turning into a book. It was never planned. All the credit goes to the many angels who appeared, helping illuminate my path. So when that time comes for you, embrace it, seek out your truth. It is bound to find you. Because it is you.

I’ve explored every known practice and have followed all the great teachers of our time… Eckhart Tolle, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Deepak Chopra, Sadhguru, Byron Katie, Marianne Williamson, Brian Weiss, as well as some of the great younger voices out there, like Brene Brown, Russell Brand, and Jim Carrey. Too many to mention. Overall, it’s a wonderful time for self-discovery. It’s important to recognize that different things resonate at different times of your journey. No one thing holds your ultimate truth. It’s more like different things hold different parts of your truth.

“Guru” is a heavy-handed word. It’s best to stay away from labels altogether, as they become limitations for our growth. I am a facilitator of self-discovery. We are all already perfect and complete, it’s only how we perceive ourselves that contains flaws and limitations. Most of it comes from the self-judgment we have been imprinted with by our environment, our lineage. My role is simply to help shed the light of awareness onto any self-limiting beliefs so that the person you are designed to be can emerge. 

Some of my best life skills have come from learning to navigate corporate environments. I think that’s why I can connect with creatives, as well as MBAs. Ultimately, it’s about connecting with our shared humanity, seeing ourselves for who we truly are.
My talks, retreats, etc provide a safe environment to go within and connect with the person you are meant to be and to develop the tools and insights to take that person back into your life and make changes. Be You is a method you can start implementing immediately to positively impact your life quality on all levels. It doesn’t matter who you are… executive, entrepreneur, stay-at-home parent, or just living your life… all your joy and prosperity flows from your ability to be you.

A delightful treat!

Be You is written so conversationally and with such wisdom that I practically highlighted every word. But whether you are spiritual or not, your feelings are your clue as to what might be out of place in your life or, on the flip side, what is going well in your life. Highly Recommended to all the lovers of non-fiction.

John Kerry

Must Read

Amazingly woven like an interesting spell. I didn’t think this book would be this good. It was engaging, a total different piece of art from every aspect. It sets a very high bar for whatever he does that comes next. Must Read.

Nishant Yadav

Five Stars!

One of the best books I have read this month!
Highly recommend it! I only leave positive feedback and reviews when I love the book.
A must read for sure

The Reviewer


The awesome subject of self-realisation needs to be rolling off people’s tongues more than the latest gossip and lists of personal problems.

You are not who you think you are and life is not what you think it is – self-realisation is what you need, it’s all you need!

Anjali Nolkha


One major thing that I adored about this book was it talked about mental health. We all know how important it is to take care of yourself in this modern world.

I think that almost every reader out there would enjoy this one. It was a perfect mixture of knowledge, fun and was extremely thought-provoking.

Aleena Treesa

Thoughtfully Crafted!

Be You is all about empowering the reader to be their best self. It breaks down the basic knots and barriers faced on this path and emphasizes the importance of self-love and clearing stuck feelings. I recommend this book to everyone.

Camelia Bhaskar

Beautiful and Motivational!

I wish I had this book when I first began my journey. No complicated language or over-explanations like in so many other self-help books. If you are just starting on your self-transformation journey or need a great motivational lift, this book is definitely for you!



Be You will compel you to reflect within yourself and around you. This book mentions many things that are not new however the approach of the book is really commendable. I will recommend this book to every reader who doesn’t like to read self-help book which are written in a typical manner.

Bindu Bala

Get this book now

This book helps us in seeing our true self and what are we truly capable of. How to get over our emotions, feelings, and mental health crisis. Each chapter will help you deal with one emotion or problem, one at a time. Be it- depression, forgiveness, loneliness, trust, faith, etc. This book will keep you motivated and most importantly, will help you in understanding and accepting your true self. As the author said, I quote, “Be happy. Be free. Be you.” Get this book now. I 100% recommend this. MUST BUY.

Prashant Singh


The book is all about enlightenment and nurturing your brain with powerful words. The more you reach inside this book, the more you respect your self-esteem. It is filled with motivational quotes, each connecting your mind and soul. The knowledge it shares with the readers is marvelous.

Deependra Singh

Wow! This was my first word after finishing this book.

I can’t express that feeling when I realized that this is the book I was searching for since forever. I felt, this book is especially for improving the quality of our life, this book is for happiness, for your growth, and self-realization. This will surely empower you to improve your quality of life by following a simple, step-by-step approach to reacting less and thriving more.

Shiny Jain


I enjoyed how author Chris Cirak tackles the more challenging topics and puts them into words anyone can understand. I admit, at first, I was thinking understanding the sections may be a challenge for me. However, I found it was very down-to-earth. I not only can comprehend this book. I can understand it—Bravo to author Chris Cirak on Be You.


One of the best books on self-help

I think this is one of the best books on self-help and irrespective of your genre, you must read it. This book is informative and the quotes and highlights are very inspiring and motivated.


Filled with Timeless Wisdom

Every page in “Be You: The Journey of Self-Realization” is filled with timeless wisdom. This is one of the most profound books I have read in a remarkably simple format.
A true healing and transformative guide for anymore looking to understand life, Self, and beyond with simplicity and compassion.

Valeria Teles

An Incredible Instructor

Chris is an incredible instructor. He has taught classes in user experience I, II, & III, Design Thinking, Design & Creative Writing, online and in-person. He is a true ambassador.

Scott Huntchinson, Program Director, UCLAx

A Godsend!

Chris is a godsend for the UX Certificate Program [at UCLAx]. He has helped us shape it into what it is today. He is truly passionate about what he does, and his students truly enjoy his classes. He’s been a pleasure to work with.

Alexandra Ibrahim, Program Representative, UCLAx

His Knowledge is Extensive

Chris is very generous with his time. He’s responsive, his communication skills are excellent, and his knowledge of the field is extensive.

Student Review, UCLAx


Chris is amazing at communicating positively, and does an amazing job getting the audience to participate!

Participant Review, UCLAx

Very Satisfied!

I’m very satisfied with Chris as an instructor. His communication skills are perfect. He answered all my questions in a professional way, quickly, and provided additional suggestions to improve my skills.

Student Review, UCLAx

Truly Happy!

I’m truly happy with Chris’s coaching. I also highly recommend his courses.“

Carla H.