Today is really a special episode and one I’ve been excited about for a long time. Naveen Jain is not only a good friend but also one of the most intelligent and impressive people I’ve ever met. If you haven’t heard of him (yet), he’s the entrepreneur and philanthropist behind Viome, the gut health testing company I’ve talked about several times on the blog.
What makes Naveen so inspiring is his drive to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation and giving back. And fun fact, his company Moon Express is the only private company with permission from the U.S. government to leave orbit and land on the moon!
Naveen Jain: “The Crazies Change the World”
Are your dreams so big you’re afraid to believe in them? If not, Naveen says it’s a sign you’re not dreaming big enough:
Dream so big people think your dreams are crazy. The crazies are the ones that change the world. Never be afraid to fail because you only fail when you give up. Everything else is just a pivot.
This is exactly what Naveen sets out to do every day. Keep going, think big, and solve the most pressing problems the world is facing. He believes it’s possible to find entrepreneurial solutions to address the biggest global challenges in health, education, women’s empowerment, and more.
Naveen’s newest company, Viome, promises to revolutionize healthcare. Since all the studies point to a root cause for most modern diseases — an imbalance in the gut — Naveen believes this gut testing technology will make health a given and illness a choice. With this picture of our individual body chemistry, we can learn how to avoid disease in the first place.
Naveen always has incredible things to say, so enough from me… turning it over to him!
In This Episode You’ll Learn
- the role of fear and failure in entrepreneurship
- why the private sector may have more power than the government to solve big problems
- what Naveen tried to teach his 3 kids about life (and how he did it)
- why the healthcare system isn’t broken
- how the gut microbiome determines our health
- why Naveen chose healthcare as his area of work… and his next project
- how Viome gut testing works, and my experience with it
- what the world’s top genetic experts told me
- the future of education (if Naveen has anything to do with it)
- Naveen’s top 3 tips for living a better, healthier, richer life starting today
- and more!
Resources We Mention
- Viome testing
- Anab Jain, TED Talk “Why We Need to Imagine Different Futures”
- Article, “An Entrepreneur vs. His Eye-rolling Teenage Daughter”
- Naveen Jain, TED Talk “Mindset of Abundance”
- Naveen Jain, TED Talk “Solving Grand Challenges Through Innovation & Entrepreneurship”
- Article, “Why Education is Ripe for Disruption,” Forbes
- 85: How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, & Change Makers
- 149: Saunacast: Genetics, Personalized Medicine and Random Health Experiments
- What Our Poop Reveals About Digestive & Gut Health
- How to Test Your Gut Microbiome (At Home Without a Doctor)
What did you think of today’s episode? Do you have other questions you’d like Naveen to answer? Let me know in a comment below, or leave me a review on iTunes. I read each and every one, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions!
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