Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, speaker, philanthropist and has a series streaming on Netflix called, the Kindness Diaries. He discusses his metamorphosis from an extremely shy person to a fearless world traveler who relied on kindness from strangers to help him on his journey. On the outside, Leon had everything. On the inside, he felt he nothing. Leon believes the crazy ideas can be the best ideas, and it’s is about smiling at the world and seeing what happens when the world smiles right back at you. Listen in to learn how to how connecting with yourself, is what helps you connect with others through compassion and empathy to realize… it’s not about you!
[2:01] Leon had dreams of adventure, but grew up to be a broker. Unsatisfied and depressed, he continued in place until he watched the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries. His adventurous desires were reawakened and he quit his job and traveled the world, relying on kindness for support. The kindness of people became a large part of his journey.
[5:28] While hitchhiking across America, Leon experienced extraordinary acts of kindness. He concluded that all people have kindness, but they need to connect to it. There is a generosity of spirit in Americans that is not portrayed in the media.
[8:24] Leon’s emptiness came from being bullied as a sensitive boy. As he grew, he allowed society to guide his decisions, but it was pain and depression that forced him to break free and start a life of adventure. He advises people to share their pain with one person who will listen without judgment. Leon made commitments to fix himself, and come to a place of kindness and empathy.
[16:31] When you are really seen, you feel it. You feel that the other person actually gets who you are. Social media is not a substitute for human-to-human connection to truly feel each other’s energy.
[23:33] Kindness is not weakness. Leon offers the example of Muhammad Ali, as a man who touched people’s lives with kindness from the heart. You can be strong and still be kind.
[25:00] Trust comes by intuition. You find yourself in a situation and you quickly determine if it’s a safe situation or not. If not, you extricate yourself as quickly as you can. If it’s a safe situation, then you try to connect with the person by finding something in common that interests you both deeply.
[31:07] Leon gives to people who need help from his own resources. He creates opportunities for people to grow, develop, and flourish. He works to empower people.
[38:27] Leon’s most unexpected situation came in Pittsburgh. He asked a man in the park if he could stay in his home that night. The man turned out to be homeless, but he said, stay with me tonight, and I will feed you, and protect you. Leon’s rational mind said no, but his intuition told him to do it. He learned you don’t have to have a lot on the outside to have a tremendous amount on the inside.
[41:09] After their night outside, Leon was able to offer the man an apartment and an opportunity to go to cooking school. Tony accepted and took the opportunity. They changed each other’s lives. Leon learned from him to see the kindness inside a person, and not just what is outside. Tony has made some serious mistakes since then, but he is working his way back from them.
[44:05] Leon knows he’s not a perfect person. He’s relatable because he’s just like you. He says human nature makes us all the same.
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Netflix: The Kindness Diaries on Netflix
“I ended up sitting behind a desk … On the outside I had everything. On the inside, I had pretty much nothing.”
After watching The Motorcycle Diaries, the dialog became, “There is nothing else I can do but leave.”
If some people have kindness, then it flows through all of us, and we’re just not connected to it.
If you listen to one thing from this podcast, it’s, “Share your pain.” Of course, it’s easier said than done.
“I made a commitment many years ago to fix myself. I made a commitment to come from a place of kindness; to come from a place of love.”
Many of us make commitments to our work and to our families, but we do not make commitments to ourselves.
“There were countless witnesses out there who have helped me be who I am. And that’s really what I want to be for others.”
If I can do it, then so can you.
When I give, I receive …
It’s a human need to be seen
Sometimes the crazy ideas are the best ideas.
Our true worth is not in our wallets, it’s in our hearts.
I have seen the darkest of the dark, and … the lightest of the light, and everything in-between, and we are all one.
Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. However, before this, he used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
The days of living and working behind his slab of wood (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.
The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!
Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International and, over the course of three seasons, sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom, and Europe on just 5 dollars, 5 pounds, and 5 euros a day, respectively.
He recently returned from filming his new TV show The Kindness Diaries, in which he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike Kindness One, giving life-changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers.
Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.
Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.
His books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody and The Kindness Diaries are in stores now. His new book Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler: A Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live, published by Reader’s Digest is available now.
These are the books mentioned in Leon’s podcast.
Amazing Adventures of a Nobody: A Life Changing Journey Across America Relying on the Kindness of Strangers