Vishen Lakhiani is one of today’s most influential minds in the fields of education and human consciousness.
He is the founder of Mindvalley University and its 2 million-strong student base – which is now expanding across schools in Finland, Silicon Valley companies, and universities worldwide.
Vishen’s book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, made the New York Times Business Best Sellers List, and hit the coveted #1 spot on Amazon five times in 2017. It has since won several awards and been translated into 20+ languages including Russian, Chinese, German and Spanish.
His mobile apps like Omvana have become the bestselling Health & Fitness app in 30+ countries. At Mindvalley, Vishen created the Quests learning platform: a next-generation method of online learning, which attains an unheard-of 60% completion rate on courses, in an industry where 8% is average.
Vishen is also the founder of A-Fest, the transformational festival described as the “TED meets Coachella” of the personal growth industry.
And finally, he is also the founder of Mindvalley University City Campus, where thousands of people move to a new city every year to immerse themselves in a 30-day campus dedicated to human transformation and co-creation.
Vishen’s next goal is to create the #1 education brand in the world, and reach 1 billion students – so humanity can experience the biggest jump in its consciousness since the dawn of the human species.
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We know that creating a life’s vision is key to success — but how do you start? I went to Kuala Lumpur to record this podcast with Vishen Lakhiani, founder of the personal development company Mindvalley and New York Times AND Amazon bestselling author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind. Vishen is a longtime friend, and I wanted to ask him one simple question:
How do you create a life’s vision? Where do you start?
Vishen grew up in an Indian family that wanted him to become an engineer. He ended up at Microsoft – a job he hated, but he didn’t have the courage to quit. So Vishen purposefully got himself fired just 11 weeks into the job, then moved to New York to work at a non-profit for under the poverty line. During this time, Vishen watched an interview with Jim Carrey. When Jim Carrey was broke and sleeping in a car, he wrote himself a check for $20 million. He carried that check around in his wallet. In 1994, Jim got his big break: a $700,000 check for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The movie hit #1, which helped him get a $7 million check for Dumb and Dumber. Then, Jim’s movie The Mask hit #1 as well – making Jim the first actor in the world to have three #1 movies in the same year. The next check Jim got? $20 million for a movie called The Cable Guy. In the interview Vishen saw, Jim said he believed he was creating this reality in this mind.
Vishen was inspired and wrote a check for $1 billion from himself to the world. He dated the check for 50 years down the road: 2049. Since then, Vishen has failed many times, but he’s always bounced back stronger than before. Today, he has built a life where he can give value to Mindvalley’s 300 employees and millions students because he has a singular massive vision delivering him forward. Listen in, as he shares his 3-step formula for creating a life with vision.
Download the Mindvalley Quest app and find the free Extraordinary by Design course to go even deeper into these three questions.
You can also purchase his book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, here.