Sep 27, 2017
Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer,
speaker, philanthropist and has a series streaming on Netflix
called, the Kindness Diaries. He discusses his metamorphosis from
an extremely shy person to a fearless world traveler who relied on
kindness from strangers to help him on his journey. On the
outside, Leon had everything. On the inside, he felt he nothing.
Leon believes the crazy ideas can be the best ideas, and it’s is
about smiling at the world and seeing what happens when the world
smiles right back at you. Listen in to learn how to how
connecting with yourself, is what helps you connect with others
through compassion and empathy to realize… it’s not about you!
[2:01] Leon had dreams of adventure, but grew up to be a broker.
Unsatisfied and depressed, he continued in place until he watched
the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries. His adventurous desires
were reawakened and he quit his job and traveled the world, relying
on kindness for support. The kindness of people became a large part
of his journey.
[5:28] While hitchhiking across America, Leon experienced
extraordinary acts of kindness. He concluded that all people have
kindness, but they need to connect to it. There is a generosity of
spirit in Americans that is not portrayed in the media.
[8:24] Leon’s emptiness came from being bullied as a sensitive
boy. As he grew, he allowed society to guide his decisions, but it
was pain and depression that forced him to break free and start a
life of adventure. He advises people to share their pain with one
person who will listen without judgment. Leon made commitments to
fix himself, and come to a place of kindness and empathy.
[16:31] When you are really seen, you feel it. You feel that the
other person actually gets who you are. Social media is not a
substitute for human-to-human connection to truly feel each other’s
[23:33] Kindness is not weakness. Leon offers the example of
Muhammad Ali, as a man who touched people’s lives with kindness
from the heart. You can be strong and still be kind.
[25:00] Trust comes by intuition. You find yourself in a
situation and you quickly determine if it’s a safe situation or
not. If not, you extricate yourself as quickly as you can. If it’s
a safe situation, then you try to connect with the person by
finding something in common that interests you both deeply.
[31:07] Leon gives to people who need help from his own
resources. He creates opportunities for people to grow, develop,
and flourish. He works to empower people.
[38:27] Leon’s most unexpected situation came in Pittsburgh. He
asked a man in the park if he could stay in his home that night.
The man turned out to be homeless, but he said, stay with me
tonight, and I will feed you, and protect you. Leon’s rational mind
said no, but his intuition told him to do it. He learned you don’t
have to have a lot on the outside to have a tremendous amount on
[41:09] After their night outside, Leon was able to offer the
man an apartment and an opportunity to go to cooking school. Tony
accepted and took the opportunity. They changed each other’s lives.
Leon learned from him to see the kindness inside a person, and not
just what is outside. Tony has made some serious mistakes since
then, but he is working his way back from them.
[44:05] Leon knows he’s not a perfect person. He’s relatable
because he’s just like you. He says human nature makes us all the
Netflix: The Kindness
Diaries on Netflix