The Buried Life
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die, the star of the MTV show The Buried Life, and an internationally renowned keynote speaker. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC News, and more.
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. 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.
Ben weaves the compelling story of how “The Buried Life” started with 100 impossible dreams scribbled on a piece of paper in a dorm room and quickly grew into a global movement of millions. He skillfully connects his story to the fabric of our daily lives, touting why you can’t afford to be complacent and to aim high, achieve and actively make an impact on the world. Audience members share their biggest dreams with each other and with the group, sometimes courageously for the very first time. Ben shares his signature ‘6 Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your Bucket List,’ leaving folks not only inspired but also equipped to tackle any personal or group goal. Ben fires up crowds to start living life to their full potential – it’s never too late to start your list!
The future of corporate culture is being shaped outside of the office. Ben knows firsthand that pursuing your passions brings purpose, fulfilment and happiness into your life. The simple truth is, you won’t get your employees to devote themselves fully to your company if you aren’t helping them achieve their dreams. By encouraging and facilitating employee dream realization, you can bring about a healthy work-life balance which is the key factor in determining employee happiness. Ben’s program educates audiences about the importance of a bucket list and inspires them to act on it. The tools he leaves behind allow employees to turn their enthusiasm into action, with the help and encouragement of their employer. Employee dream realization increases retention, aides recruitment and aligns work-life balance which leads to happiness.
He is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author, starred in his own MTV show, met President Obama at the White House, has been interviewed by Oprah and has been chasing his dreams for the past 10 years. He also struggles with depression. You might not guess that this is a struggle for Ben and that’s exactly why he wants to talk about it. In college Ben was hit with a crippling depression that forced him to drop out of school and retreat into his parents house. It wasn’t until his friends pulled him out of the darkness by forcing him to join them on a summer abroad that he finally started feeling back to himself. Ben began learning what he needed to be healthy and what support he needed to live a balanced life. This meant change and that change manifested itself in The Buried Life, a commitment to finally follow his buried passions. Ben is a mental health advocate who believes the stigma of mental illness must be broken. By opening up about his own vulnerabilities, he gives others the courage to talk about their own. Ben shares the tools that help him cope with the ups and downs of mental illness and stresses, indicating that it’s ok to talk about what’s going on inside. His astounding story and authentic levity give audiences hope and normalize mental illness in a healthy and vibrant way.