Month: August 2018

Reframing Your Mind With Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?’ and the star of the MTV show The Buried Life.

In a pit of depression, Ben and his three best friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a soccer field, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams.

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Instagram | Linked In | Twitter | Facebook

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Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Building Your Foundation First With George Khalife

George Khalife is a sales & marketing professional. By day, he works with entrepreneurs, and by night he becomes one himself.

George is the Co-Founder of BookBack (an app for university students to buy/sell books), host of the podcast “Let’s Grab Coffee” (where he interviews successful people across different industries), and Consultant to various startups (helping them refine their story, build a social presence, and grow traction for their brand).

Follow George’s journey on Instagram & Linked In

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Unlocking Your Human Potential With James Madhier

The first LIVE audience KYŌ Conversations Podcast including the full Q&A. This conversation is all about human potential and how to move forward when your human spirit is challenged to its core.

James (Thuch) Madhier is originally from South Sudan, where he lived until age 15 before relocating to a Refugee Camp in northern Kenya during the Sudanese civil war. He then came to the University of Toronto in 2014 through the World University Service of Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Program where he also founded Rainmaker Enterprise.

James has been highly involved in international cooperation and transformative social justice work, notably with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC), and European Union.

Bringing dignity to the world, one drop at a time –

Help install Rainmaker’s first pilot site – Donate Here

Follow the journey with James on Instagram

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

The Millennial Mindset with Kieran Mathew

Ambition is something that cannot be stifled in some people. These people often go on to create helpful and imaginative products and services. Or, in the case of Kieran Mathew, you use that ambition to fuel others to create, educate, inspire, and innovate.

The Person

Kieran is, at his core, an entrepreneur. To round out his qualifications you can add speaker, advisor to startups, and leading youth marketer who has been featured in many publications. Drawing on his university experience where he became deeply interested in marketing, he discovered that nobody knows the student market better than the students themselves.


“Nobody understands the student market better than students themselves.”


During our conversation Kieran casually dropped the figure that the average 20 year old sees about 15,000 marketing messages a day. Knowing this, and seeing the lack of conversions that should come with that many impressions, the idea was born that marketing agencies needed appropriate representation on campus in order to get their message across in a way that would increase conversions, brand loyalty, and recognition among students.


“I saw what young founders were going through and it didn’t scare me away, it actually made me excited to try and do it myself.”


The Idea

Amplify is “a full-service marketing firm which helps brands thrive on university and college campuses.” Amplify was born of necessity to create a network of students to help inform creative at big brands who have their sights set on the student market. Kieran noticed that brands were not actually talking to their consumers enough, especially in the student market. This disconnect was the catalyst for creating a close-knit group of people who could bridge the gap between the student market and the brands trying to reach them—a win-win all around.


Kieran is no stranger to mindfulness practices. His grandmother meditates for five hours a day. He jokingly punctuates that with “and I slept 5 hours last night”. Though his busy schedule does not afford him five hours a day to devote to mental fitness, he takes the time whenever he is able to just be aware.He says that mindfulness or self-awareness doesn’t have to take 5 hours or even 30 minutes, but is just a matter of taking in what’s going on around you and internally, being present to it. As he scans the room, he makes note of the little details that might escape some and is conscious of what he’s feeling and thinking.

When asked what mindfulness means to him, he pauses thoughtfully before articulating “Mindfulness, to me, is just having an understanding of self and the present.” He elaborated sharing that “Mindfulness is being present to your thoughts, experiences, and feelings but understanding that they are not the self. It is looking internally to see that you are the unchanging observer of all.” Kieran likes to focus on the process of asking questions. When faced with a situation that is causing grief or stress or otherwise consuming too much mental energy, he will ask himself “What am I actually feeling and what thoughts are making me feel this way?” When you take the time to understand what’s happening, what the feelings mean, and what the triggers are, it becomes easier to isolate those feelings and further explore them at a later time through meditation.


“Meditation enables you to, in some cases, get to a state in which you are comfortable with those triggers”


On the topic of journaling, Kieran is aware of the stigma attached to that particular word and how it often evokes images of the young girl writing about her crush in her diary. His aim is to find unique ways to reframe the topic in ways that might change someone’s perspective on it.

When asked what a life well lived would look like to him, it boils down to three salient points:

1. Maximizing impact for young people — They are the future and their experiences and interactions will be what shape the next generation of leaders, innovators, and educators.

2. Shift the conversation from “Why this won’t work” to “How can we get this done” — Entrepreneurs often approach those close them with their ideas and more often than not the responses are “That won’t work”, “It’s already been done”, or “That’s very expensive”. Working around these questions to remove the doubt and negativity help ideas flourish in a supportive environment.

3. Being impactful in helping people execute their ambitions — Supporting not just ideas, but the process of building ideas, is key in the development of any entrepreneurial venture.

Kieran’s Questions for Kyō:

  1. What is actually happening?
  2. What am I feeling?
  3. What am I assuming to be the truth?


Follow Kieran’s journey : Linked In | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Check out what Amplify is all about 👉🏻

Always Fall Forward With Cryptocurrency Investor Michael Shimeles

Michael Shimeles tried multiple side hustles, dropped out of university and lost a ton of money doing network marketing, nothing seemed to work for him.

Until things changed… when Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency entered his life. Michael mentally went all in and fell in love with learning and trading. Now he strives to help others understand this new world while investing with purpose and meaning.

Follow Michael’s journey on Instagram & Twitter
Join the investors group – To The Moon

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Who Am I Not With Sah D’Simone

Some people have a contagious spark about them that compels you to want to be around them; an allure that evokes an aspiration to share in their knowledge; and an energy that excites and motivates.

Sah D’Simone is one such person. His early life struggles with anxiety and depression fueled a lifelong fascination with personal transformation. Sah is passionate about researching and integrating the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern science.

Follow Sah’s journey on Instagram & Facebook and check out his work at

Sah’s new book – 5-Minute Daily Meditation

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud