Using Your Difference to Make a Difference & The Power of Multiculturalism W/ Tayo Rockson
Greetings, superfriends! Welcome to this week’s show. My guest today is Tayo Rockson, a “third culture kid” using his difference to make a difference. Growing up on four different continents, he has been able to bring a unique perspective and inspirational stories that empower people to make a difference in this world. Through his company, UYD media, and his podcast, As Told By Nomads, he inspires people to live alternative lifestyles and use their own special skills and advantages to get the most out of their lives. In short, he’s all about cross-culturalism and inspiration, and we love that stuff here at Becoming SuperHuman. He’s also an avid writer and blogger – in fact, you may have read about him on Huffington Post or Entrepreneur.com, and you might have even heard of his book – the Ultimate Guide to TCK Living.
In this episode, we talk about this crazy beautiful and increasingly multicultural world, and how to stake your claim and shine in it. We also go into some great stuff about life purpose and entrepreneurship. It’s a lighter, easier, and more casual listen than some of the more intense and geeky human optimization stuff we’ve discussed on the show recently, but definitely no less valuable or worthwhile. Hit the comments below to let us know if you want to hear more of these casual “conversation” types of episodes!
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In this episode, we discuss:
- Tayo Rockson’s childhood on 4 continents, and his journey as a global nomad
- “Third Culture Kids,” the target audience of Tayo’s work, and what they’re like
- Tayo’s journey from running a “side hustle” to doing what he’s passionate about full-time
- What has Tayo Rockson learned from speaking to all the TCK’s he’s worked with?
- What is the “D. B. C.” system, and how does Tayo use it to cross cultural boundaries?
- Can people who don’t have a multicultural upbringing learn to harness these skills?
- Why is cross-cultural communication one of the most important skills for professionals today?
- The idea of a “culture of no culture” used by global cosmopolitans to collaborate
- The incredible story of an Israeli Paralympic athlete using her difference to make a difference
- The idea that we all have a difference, and some examples of how we can use them to achieve success
- The idea of validating your business idea versus persistence and seeking your dreams
- The importance of mentors (and following your gut)
- What Tayo Rockson is working on now!
- What is the one lesson Tayo Rockson wants you to take away from this episode?
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Jonathan’s appearance on As Told by Nomads
- INSEAD, the business school Jonathan studied at
- Global Cosmopolitans by Linda Brimm (a professor of Jonathan’s)
- Keren Leibovitch, an Israeli Paralympic medalist who used Pilates to re-gain the ability to walk
- Our previous episode with the über-inspirational Mitch Matthews
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, one of Tayo Rockson’s favorite books
- NoTube, a startup run by a friend of Jonathan’s that weens children off of feeding tubes
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
- The Startup Owner’s Manual by Steve Blank
- Tayo Rockson’s personal website and his company website,
- @UYDmag and @tayorockson are both on the Twitter Machine!