Jay Shetty

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Jay Shetty
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Born (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 33)
Alma materCass Business School, Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
Years active2013–present
Notable work
Think Like a Monk[1]
Spouse(s)Radhi Devlukia[2]
Awards11th Shorty Awards

Jay Shetty (born 6 September 1987) is an Indian-British author, former monk, and purpose coach.[3][4][5][6][7][8] As the host of the podcast On Purpose, his guests have included Alicia Keys, Khloe Kardashian, and Kobe Bryant, resulting in 64 million downloads.[9] He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[10] A Little Late with Lilly Singh[11] and Today to discuss mental health and life purpose.[12][13]


In business school, Shetty met Gauranga Das, a monk invited to speak at the school on selflessness and living a minimalist lifestyle.[9] Shetty spoke with Das after his talk and followed him for the remainder of Das's lecture circuit around the United Kingdom.[14] He spent four summers in India interning at corporations and training with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, known as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, and three years[15] living a Vedic monk lifestyle at an ashram in Mumbai, India.[16][17]

Shetty began his career at Accenture, working on digital strategy and as a social media coach for the company's executives.[18][19] His work caught the attention of Arianna Huffington, who hired him to produce videos for Huffington Post in New York,[18][20] during which time he created the most viewed Facebook video of 2018.[21] Topics of his video include relationships, wellness, mental health, and purpose.[5][22] Shetty has interviewed Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, and through Huffington Post, Tim Ferriss.[23][24]

Shetty was included on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2017. Shetty was recognized on the National Geographic Chasing Genius Council 2017[25] and the Asian Media Awards 2016 Best Blog.[26] Shetty has been featured on the BBC and has spoken to audiences at Google, Nasdaq, HSBC, and Barclays.[27] Shetty was the recipient of awards at the 2016 ITV Asian Media Awards[28] and the 2018 Streamy Awards.[29]

The host of the podcast On Purpose, Shetty reached 64 million downloads in his first year.[9] On Purpose became the number one health podcast in the world according to Forbes.[30][31]

In April 2019, Shetty was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Online Award at The Asian Awards and in May 2019 he won Best in Health & Wellness at the 11th Shorty Awards.[32]

In 2019, after criticism surfaced online about Jay Shetty not crediting sources of quotes properly, 113 questionable posts were removed from his social media profiles.[33][34]

Shetty was the cover story of AdWeek magazine's Young Influentials issue in 2019.[35] Shetty is the cofounder of a video production company, Icon Media, along with Alex Kushneir.[36][18]


In 2020, Shetty released the book Think Like a Monk through Simon & Schuster.[37][38] The book offers advice on reducing stress and improving focus, based on Shetty's experiences from the ashram.[14] In September 2020, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Amazon named the book on their bestseller lists.[39][40] Accused of plagiarizing quotes on social media, Shetty has been more careful with attribution.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Shetty, a British Indian, grew up in North London with his parents and younger sister.[14] He attended Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet[42] then went on to graduate from the Cass Business School at the University of London.[5] Shetty lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Radhi Devlukia Shetty.[41]


  • Think Like a Monk (2020) ISBN 978-1982134488[38][43]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The 75 Percent Rule for Success Jay Shetty Learned as a Monk". Inc. magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Jay Shetty: Some Of The Most Empowering Quotes By The Former Monk". Republic World. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Opting Out Of The Media Mind Game, An Excerpt From The NY Times Best-Seller 'Think Like A Monk' By Jay Shetty". CBS. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  4. ^ "How to manage worries during these uncertain times? Know from monk turned storyteller". Philippine Star. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Facebook Goes Global in Courting Creators, Including YouTubers". Variety. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Meet Jay Shetty, the Motivational Vlogger and Ex-Monk Who Has Fans in the Kardashians & Ellen DeGeneres". People Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Facebook Goes Global in Courting Creators, Including YouTubers". India Times. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Success In 10 Minutes: Finding Purpose with Jay Shetty Author and Former Monk". Forbes Middle East. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "'I'm living my highest purpose': mogul monk Jay Shetty on free market teachings". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Motivational Speaker Jay Shetty Stops by the Ellen Show for the First Time!". EllenTube. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc3wa7aZ5i4
  12. ^ "Meet Jay Shetty, a former monk making 'wisdom go viral'". Today. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Jay Shetty Offers Tips For Surviving Quarantine With Your Partner". ET Online. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "Jay Shetty: 'I want to help people find calm in the chaos'". Eastern Eye. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  15. ^ "How to Live With More Intention, According to Former Monk Jay Shetty". GQ. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  16. ^ "These 3 Indian-origin men are set to change the world for the better". Vogue India. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Jay Shetty: how to think like a monk (and make millions from mindfulness)". The Times. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  18. ^ a b c "Social media phenomenon Jay Shetty on his wild journey from monk to entrepreneur — and why he says being disappointed is a normal part of a meaningful life". Business Insider. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Influencer Jay Shetty says successful people share 3 traits". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Jay Shetty". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Surprise: A New Analysis of 777 Million Facebook Posts Reveals Positivity Outperforms Negativity". INC. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Jada Pinkett Smith Discusses Love Relationships with Jay Shetty". People. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Media". Forbes. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Meet Jay Shetty, the Motivational Vlogger and Ex-Monk Who Has Fans in the Kardashians & Ellen DeGeneres". People. Retrieved 19 Feb 2020.
  25. ^ Nunez, Christina (July 27, 2017). "An Ex-Monk's Advice on How to Follow Your True Path". National Geographic News. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "Jay Shetty: How He's Mastered The New Media Landscape". Forbes. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Jay Shetty". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  28. ^ "Jay Shetty Wins Espoke Living Best Blog Award 2016". Asian Media Awards. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  29. ^ "8th Annual Nominees & Winners". Streamys. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Jay Shetty Teaches You How To Think Like A Monk". Forbes. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  31. ^ "Social Media Star Jay Shetty On How To Think Like A Monk". Grazia magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  32. ^ "Winners of the 9th Asian Awards". The Asian Awards. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  33. ^ "YouTuber Nicole Arbour Exposes Internet Guru And Ex-Monk Jay Shetty, Accuses Him Of Plagiarism!". IndiaTimes. 2019-08-27. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  34. ^ "BeingIndian.com". Beingindian. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  35. ^ "On the Adweek Podcast: Jay Shetty Is Making Wisdom Go Viral". AdWeek. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  36. ^ "Influencer Jay Shetty's Icon Media sets shop in India". Exchange Media. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  37. ^ "Former monk Jay Shetty on coronavirus stress: Find things that bring you joy". AdWeek. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  38. ^ a b "Jay Shetty, Author, Former Monk - Brief But Spectacular". PBS. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  39. ^ "Bestselling Books Week Ended September 19". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  40. ^ "Opting Out Of The Media Mind Game, An Excerpt From The NY Times Best-Seller 'Think Like A Monk' By Jay Shetty". CBS. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  41. ^ a b "Internet Star 'Exposes' Award-Winning Life Coach Jay Shetty for Plagiarizing Quotes". The National. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  42. ^ "Award-winning vlogger, filmmaker, online personality and former monk Jay Shetty (OE 1999–2006) has now been named in the 2017 Forbes European 30 Under 30". Queen Elizabeth’s School. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  43. ^ "Jay Shetty: A Monk for Mondern Times". Success magazine. Retrieved 3 August 2020.