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Made to Move Us: An Interview with Stu Larsen

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Stu Larsen is a talented musician, known for songs like San Francisco and Thirteen Sad Farewells. He’s also no stranger to sharing the stage with other amazing artists, like Ed Sheeran, The Once and Passenger (you may have seen that little YouTube hit Passenger – Let Her Go that’s been watched more than 2.5 billion times). I approached Stu Larsen about doing this interview after one of his shows in Toronto. It was the 2nd time I’d seen him perform and I was so blown away by the experience that I knew I needed to have him on the podcast to find out what makes him, him. I sat in silence after we recorded this episode and reflected on what I had learned about his life as an artist and world traveler. He truly is the sort of person that makes you stop and take a deep breath. His love of creating music and capturing the world around him is so pure, as is the joy he gets out of simply being alive. I urge you to listen to every album by Stu Larsen and every word of this conversation. There is beauty and honesty in what he has to say and his perspective on life just may change your own. HIREDHIPPO PROMO As promised, here is the link for candidates looking to sign up at HiredHippo: https://bit.ly/2UiHV1J If you’re an employer looking for your next great hire, head to https://signup.hiredhippo.ai/employers/. Enter promo code MADEFORTHAT for a 50% discount for a year with the option to cancel at any time. If you’d like a free trial, you can email the CEO directly at adam@hiredhippo.ai with the subject line MADEFORTHAT.
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Life Without Borders: Michael Graziano, Global Degree

I first met Michael Graziano at Flight Centre Canada‘s head office in Vancouver, BC (my former place of employment). For three years we sponsored his show, Global Degree, simply because it was one of the most inspiring and entertaining initiatives we’d seen in a long time.

What is a Global Degree?

The concept of the show is both simple and outrageously ambitious – Michael is on a mission to travel to every country in the world. His drive to achieve this goal is rooted in his desire to improve the post-secondary education experience, hence the name Global Degree.

He has already made his way to 106 countries, capturing the excitement, and most importantly, the enlightenment that travel brings each of its pursuers. I’ve watched him tear down walls of ignorance, find friends in the unlikeliest of places and fearlessly cross borders some of us wouldn’t even dream of approaching.

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If that isn’t impressive enough, Global Degree has managed to build a social media community of more than 1,000,000 followers, and their videos have a collective view count of over 70 million.

 
More Than a Milestone
 
He is also no stranger to public speaking, with international engagements under his belt that include the impressive Hostelworld Conference held in Dublin, Ireland in 2015.
 
His ability to unforgivingly forgo society’s standards for an acceptable career path is resulting in an upgrade that our outdated education system desperately needs. His mission is not only share-worthy, it’s revolutionary for today’s youth. 
 
 
 
 
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The Global Degree Academy

 
Michael Graziano’s influence extends far outside the realm of social media. He bravely took on a project most would have written off as an impossible feat and built the Global Degree Academy, making it feasible for anyone to earn a post-secondary education while traveling to every country in the world. Don’t believe me? I’ll leave it to Michael to explain…
 
 
 

 

Michael Graziano’s Book Recommendations

 
 
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
 
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
 
Want to continue following Michael’s journey? Find him on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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