30 Jan Vishen Lakhiani
“It all started with $700 and a beat-up Toshiba laptop in Starbucks,” said Vishen of how Mindvalley was first started. Today, Mindvalley is a team of 200 employees from 40 different nations with a wide range of businesses and products launched under its wing.
- NATIONALITY: Malaysian
- SUMMARY: The creator of Mindvalley
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Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Vishen moved to Michigan, USA in 1995 to study at the University of Michigan, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.There he discovered AIESEC, a non-profit student run organization dedicated to nurturing young leaders into becoming global leaders who want to make a difference in society, and eventually became the Vice President for the USA team, in charge of nominating and sending AIESEC students abroad for internship programs.In 2001 he moved to New York to work for a technology company in the legal industry
Vishen Lakhiani has seen his life change twice before his eyes simply by focusing his mind on it. The first time was when he was 17 years old and relentlessly bullied in school for bad skin. Having read that your skin is the easiest organ to affect with the power of meditation, he began practising for 15 minutes twice a day, everyday, focusing on clearing up his acne. It worked. His life changed in that instant; with his new clear skin, he also found a new confidence in himself. The second time was when he was 26 years old, broke, depressed and sleeping on a couch in Berkeley, Silicon Valley, having lost everything to a failed tech startup.
Applying what he learnt about empathy, visualisation and setting intentions to his new job as a software sales personnel, he doubled his sales in one week, before doubling it again in a month, and again the following month. Thus began an unstoppable mission for Vishen to create a company that will not only hone the best in an individual, but show that one can be as great as one dares envision, if only one knows the way to unlock these abilities. And that was how Mindvalley came about, a global company on transformational education headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The unlikely and unfortunate series of events that led Vishen to return to Malaysia and start Mindvalley from a humble Starbucks in Bangsar began in 2003, when America was still reeling from the pain of September 11. Eighty-eight thousand men from Muslim countries were put on a special registration list, the same Muslim ban current President Donald Trump is trying to bring back. Vishen was one of them.
Through Mindvalley, he builds businesses that innovate on transformational education geared towards positive impact for all ages, through mediums that range from digital publishing, educational technology, online learning, mobile apps, content, events and more.
The company’s mission is to empower people to live healthier and happier lives, unleash their fullest potential and Be Extraordinary by introducing them to tools and ideas that are currently missing from traditional education systems.
As you can see Vishen Lakhiani did not simply land in the position he finds himself in today. He gained experience, gave things a go, failed, succeeded, pushed through barriers, realised his passion and began the pursuit of happiness.
“Science shows that what you believe to be true, often becomes true for you.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
“What I’m trying to do is assemble the world’s greatest teachers and help people understand themselves so they can be the grandest versions of the greatest visions of themselves.”