Want to change the world and impact millions of people… but not sure where to start, or how to overcome your self-doubt? Today’s podcast guest, Michael Trainer, is an expert on thinking big and taking even BIGGER action. And in this inspiring conversation, he’s sharing his genius advice for living your big vision, backing yourself, and bringing your dreams to life — no matter how “impossible” they may seem.
Michael Trainer is a social activist, speaker and social impact entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Global Citizen, a movement and music festival dedicated to ending extreme poverty in accordance with the UN sustainable development goals. The festival brings together over 70,000 people annually, features musical performances by leading artists (including Beyonce, Jay Z, and Coldplay) and has raised billions of dollars for programs serving the world's poorest people.
Michael is also the founder of Peak Mind, a social action platform that brings together the thought leaders of our time (including His Holiness the Dalai Lama) to inspire a new vision for leadership amidst the challenges and opportunities of our time. (Quite the résumé, right?!)
I could have continued this conversation for hours... Michael is a truly fascinating guy who has dedicated his life to helping people live up to their highest potential. His expansive style of thinking, and the way he sees possibilities where others might only see roadblocks is truly inspiring. I walked away determined to think, live and dream bigger — and I hope you do too!
So if you want to learn how to expand your sense of what’s possible, ignite a social movement, and impact millions of people around the globe, then buckle up… this conversation is for you.
In this episode we chat about:
- His story — from living with indigenous tribes in Sri Lanka, to creating Global Citizen and Peak Mind, to where he is today (07:04)
- What it takes to create a music festival that changes the world (08:34)
- How a brush with dementia led him to create Peak Mind (11:33)
- The surprising story of how he hosted the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday (14:36)
- What meeting the Dalai Lama taught him (17:48)
- How to embed your learnings (24:26)
- How to think big and expand your sense of what’s possible (29:17)
- Why knowing what season of life you are in is helpful for creation (31:21)
- The battery and black hole analogy (I loved this) (35:56)
- The unusual thing he attributes his success to (44:30)
- What he is working on within himself (49:16)
- The number one book he would put in the school curriculum (52:24)
- His daily routine for success, heightened productivity and inner peace (54:24)
- Plus so much more!
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