Former ‘Buried Life’ Star Ben Nemtin Helps Others Discover Their True Purposes
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Ben Nemtin, former executive producer and star of MTV’s “The Buried Life,” leads the fight against an issue that troubles everyone in a personal and unique way: buried dreams.
It refers to any dream or goal that has been abandoned — but not forgotten — such as singing the national anthem in front of an audience, throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game, or writing a book.
Earlier this summer, Nemtin developed a tool to make sure those dreams don’t slip through the cracks. It’s called The Bucket List journal, and it helps people write, track, and take actionable steps toward their goals.
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Nemtin knew this was an issue worth addressing after discovering a Cornell University study in which 76% of participants admitted that one of their biggest regrets in life was not having achieved their ideal self.
In other words, they were living for other people or a life they thought other people expected of them, Nemtin told Fox News Digital.
“I found that quite disturbing because three-quarters of the population will actually lie on their deathbed and realize, ‘I messed it all up, my whole life, I didn’t live it for me’ “, did he declare.
Nemtin, a keynote speaker who inspired employees at notable companies like Amazon, AMEX, Cigna, FedEx and GM at Microsoft to pursue their dreams, has made it his mission to reduce the percentage of people who die with regret things they did not do.
“The Buried Life takes its name from a poem written 150 years ago that talks about that human feeling that is…we all have those things that we’ve always wanted to do, but we don’t do them because the everyday buries them. . ,” he said.
Nemtin himself discovered the serious consequences of this behavior.
In the early 2000s, while attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and training to go to the Rugby World Cup, Nemtin suffered from crippling depression and was eventually kicked out of the team and the university. Looking back, he realized he was “living the high school dream”, but it wasn’t his.
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So he finally stopped to think about what he really wanted. He asked himself a question: “What do you want to do before you die?”
Fueled by a new ambition, he packed a van with three of his friends in 2006 and went on a mission across North America to check off 100 items on their to-do list.
However, for every item Nemtin and his friends, Duncan Penn, Jonnie Penn, and Dave Lingwood accomplish, they have made it their goal to help a complete stranger tick something off their list, like helping a young girl get her first prosthetic arm or helping a man meet his biological father for the first time. Suddenly, people from all walks of life started helping them achieve their goals and asking for help in return.
Their journey turned into an MTV reality documentary series called “The Buried Life”.
“We were surprised that people were inspired to write their to-do list because we were looking for ours,” he said.
Since then, Nemtin has been helping people realize their dreams. In doing so, he discovered that there are three major obstacles that keep people from pursuing their passion: fear, waiting for inspiration to strike, and there are no deadlines.
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The Bucket List Journal helps people overcome these obstacles so they can “get back to who they really are,” he said.
It starts by asking them to write down goals in 10 different categories of their life, such as travel and adventure, physical health, creation, work, and relationships. Then they are asked to write down their complete list and share it with others. The journal also invites them to write down their thoughts before and after completing each goal.
The diary forces people to take the time to stop and think about what’s important to them and to make sure they’re not living for others, Nemtin said. It also keeps you accountable to your goals, so you don’t wait for the perfect time to start.
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“You start building your own momentum and you start moving towards your goal,” he added. “Even though you don’t know how you’re going to achieve the goal…you start creating 48-hour action items.”
Over the years, Nemtin has seen countless people become inspired not only to create their own lists, but also to help friends, family members, and complete strangers complete theirs.
“The more people who do what they love, the more it will change the world,” he said. “When you do what you love, you inspire others to do what they love. And that’s the ripple effect.”
At times when people find themselves “buried” by their daily chores, they can turn to their journal to remind themselves that their dreams have gone nowhere.