An interview with social media phenomenon Jay Shetty about his career transitions, sources of inspiration, technology use, time management and best advice.
Welcome to the first episode of 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel (Subscribe on iTunes). As your host, my goal is to curate the best advice from the world’s smartest and most interesting people by asking them just 5 questions. Over the course of my career, I’ve interviewed over 2,000 people! For each interview, I ask 5 questions in about 15 minutes or less and final question has been consistent since I started: what are your top three pieces of career advice. This interview format has forced me to be thoughtful about each question I ask and also challenges the interviewees to give the best possible advice in as few words as possible.
This episodes guest:
Jay Shetty was born and raised in London. At the age of 18, he met a monk and after graduating from college, at 22 he went to live as a monk across India and Europe for 3 years. After moving on from monk life, he started to speak at companies, preaching some of the lessons he learned as a monk. Then, he became Accenture’s Social Media coach for executives and helped them with online branding and their digital strategy. After posting videos online, one was spotted by Arianna Huffington who invited him to be the Host of HuffPost Lifestyle in New York. Eventually, he left the Huffington Post and focused all of his energy on his own brand and content. Now with over 2 billion views, over 12 million Facebook followers, Jay is making his wisdom go viral and having the positive impact on the world that he desired many years ago. I’ve gotten to know Jay personally and I’ve never been more impressed with another human being. He’s able to give extremely deep life advice in an approachable way.
The 5 questions questions I ask in this episode:
- You’ve made many transitions in your life, from graduating from college to living as a monk to working at Accenture to your role at the Huffington Post to being a social media influencer. How did you decide when to make these transitions in your career?
- What are your sources for inspiration as someone who inspires others?
- How have you used technology to create deeper relationships with others and not let it isolate you/make you feel lonely?
- How do you manage your time so you can be fulfilled in every aspect of your life?
- What are your top three pieces of career advice?
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