Your bucket list is a holistic reflection of all the things that are going to bring you joy and happiness.” Ben Nemtin


Having a bucket list is a really powerful way to help you realize your dreams. In this episode, Brian interviews Ben Nemtin, star of MTV’s The Buried Life and co-founder of The Buried Life movement. Ben shares how after he struggled with depression growing up and was forced to drop out of college, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three childhood friends. As they searched for more purpose in life, they managed to achieve the unthinkable and, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger to cross something off their list too.



  • What inspired Ben to start his quest.
  • His greatest bucket-list achievements.
  • Why he wants to destigmatize the conversation about mental health.



The Bucket List Journal


“What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?” by Ben Nemtin, et al


The Buried Life, TV series


“The Buried Life,” a poem by Matthew Arnold


“How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie



“The only way that we cross things off our list is through the help of other people.” Ben Nemtin


“I think purpose is one of those things that brings you that sense of well-being. And that’s really what a bucket list is, it’s all the things that are going to bring you that sense of purpose.” Ben Nemtin


“A bucket list is bringing you back to your true self when everything else is pulling you away from that in life. And you just need reminders and devices to bring you back to those things that are truly going to bring you joy and happiness.” Ben Nemtin


“Surround yourself with people that inspire you.” Ben Nemtin


“I think that the good life is being authentic and honest with who you are and what you want and following that, even when it’s hard. And serving others so that they can they can live their good life as well.” Ben Nemtin

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