SUCCESS Stories Episode 111: Living Your Purpose With Vishen Lakhiani
Vishen Lakhiani is one of today’s most influential minds in the fields of personal growth and human consciousness. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, the world’s leading online personal growth education company, and the driving force behind several top-ranking health and wellness apps. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of 2017’s The Code of The Extraordinary Mind and, most recently, 2020’s The Buddha and the Badass: The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work.
In The Buddha and the Badass, Vishen writes about becoming a visionary to change the world, by changing the way we run our businesses—from existing for the sole purpose of making a buck to existing for the purpose of doing good for humanity.
In 2003, Vishen had to leave America because he was put on a Muslim watch-list. He realized then that his dominant value was global unity and decided that he would do everything he could to create a company that was borderless, which is why, today, Mindvalley employs people from 60 different countries and supports unity politics.
Vishen runs his company based on what he truly believes in—because as he says, real leadership means knowing what your values are. Listen to the full episode to hear Vishen’s story and to learn more about the core values he built Mindvalley on, as well as the lessons he teaches in The Buddha and the Badass.
A few lessons from Vishen…
- We grow through pain—a momentary discomfort that shaped you and evolved you—or we grow through insight—a contemplative exercise through which you gain wisdom. The art of being human is not to reject pain; it’s to ensure that in your life you’re creating enough room for insight—to create the Buddha in alignment with the Badass.
- There is a vast difference between an entrepreneur and a businessperson. Businesspeople do it for the dollars. Real entrepreneurs do it to push humanity forward, to make the world better.
- Leadership means knowing what your values are. Think about the peak moments of your life—the moments of sheer elation and sheer pain—to understand the narrative of your life, which will help you understand your values and how you can infuse that into your business.
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