“Living what you are uniquely here to do in integrity with that, because if you're doing that, you're not going to burn yourself out. If you're doing that, you're going to have the impact that you're meant to give in this world. If you're doing that you're taking care of yourself, etc.” – Lopa van der Mersch
Lopa van der Mersch is Founder and CEO of Rasa, a brand of adaptogenic tonics often used as coffee replacements. Her background in molecular biology and yoga studies led her to seek a healthier alternative to coffee. She founded Rasa in 2018, and the brand now boasts 20 employees, a lineup of eight adaptogenic products, and a $5 million run rate.
Chapters in this bonus interview:
- Lopa’s daily habits and the integration of Kalari
- The CEO retreat and increased awareness
- On secondary attention
- Lopa’s favorite failure and definition of success
Links from this bonus episode
- Bill Gates' "think weeks"
- Second attention practice
- Anne Frank quote: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Lopa uses a combination of practices to help increase her awareness, curiosity, and strength. Among the practices she recommends are meditation, the “CEO Retreat” or “think week,” Kalari, and yoga.