From the monastery to the mainstream, ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty’ brings mindfulness to the forefront
For years, Jay Shetty has been spreading wisdom across the airwaves on his podcast “On Purpose with Jay Shetty.” The podcaster, author, lifestyle coach, and former monk hosts interviews with fascinating people on his podcast, all in the effort to help others find purpose. He and guests share stories and advice on anything from healing, to finding identity, to career growth and relationships.
New episodes are released every Monday and Friday, with the Monday episodes involving about an hour-long interview with a guest, and Friday episodes being 30-minute-long solo episodes. Shetty has been doing this since 2019, which means there are nearly 300 episodes to choose from, and they don’t need to be listened to in any particular order.
Also, you did read that first paragraph right? Shetty is a former monk. For three years, he woke up at 4 AM, meditated for anywhere from four to eight hours, studied their wisdom that goes back centuries, and served his nearby communities. When he left the monks, he set out to apply what he learned to the real world. Using their basic concepts of empathy, gratitude, and mindfulness, he found his purpose in helping others find theirs.
His podcast, “On Purpose with Jay Shetty” has grown to be one of the most downloaded heath and wellness podcasts in the world. Shetty and his guests give practical advice, covering a wide variety of topics that encompass wellness. His illustrious guest list includes the late Kobe Bryant, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, and Jane Goodall. He’s spoken with other remarkable podcasters like Esther Perel and Maya Shankar.
Shetty focuses on personal and professional relationships, as well as our relationships with our bodies and minds. Listen to Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the star of Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever, speak about imposter syndrome and navigating self doubt. Get advice from Liz Plosser on becoming a morning person and creating a morning routine that will work for you (that is, if you want to be a morning person, of course). Demi Lovato speaks about depression, healing, finding compassion for others even when you are not receiving it in return, and finding their own identity.
Kobe Bryant’s episode, from September of 2019, features Bryant at his most brilliant. The episode, titled “Kobe Bryant: ON How to be Strategic & Obsessive to Find Your Purpose” has Bryant speaking about his new role beyond the NBA of being a writer, producer, and overall storyteller. He speaks about finding purpose through inspiring others, hence his delving into the creative, storytelling world. Shetty compliments the strategy Bryant puts into everything he does, focusing on the long-term success over short term goals. Especially coming up on two years since Bryant’s passing, it’s an especially poignant and well-done episode.
No matter your goals, whether they’re for your career, mental health, lifestyle, mindset, or relationships, “On Purpose with Jay Shetty” is serving as a compass. Shetty’s mantra is making wisdom go viral, and we think he has achieved just that.