Nathan's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    UK Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Berkeley, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

NATHAN GRAY

Founder/CEO
Earth Train

“If you get comfortable anywhere before the age of 25, you've completely messed up.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Desire Experience Exploration Family Hard Work Passion Regrets Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

agriculture, being off balance, changing the world, comfort, comfort zone, confusion, creating institutions, environment, farming, Latin America, making a difference, negative consequences, reflection, Regret, rest, satisfaction, supermarket chain, travel, United Nations

BIOGRAPHY:

  • At age 15, he won an award that sent him to travel all over the world.
  • He thought he'd found his life's work: he'd travel, learn new languages, then work at the United Nations.
  • Happily, he says, he didn't take that set, comfortable path; instead, he "stumbled" and had "an enriching and confusing bundle of experiences."
  • He says his unique struggles are what prepared him to create new institutions that would affect change and make a difference.
  • Says that it's in being off-balance that you truly see, so you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • On the other hand, he also stresses that it's important to set aside time for meditation and self-reflection.
  • His greatest regrets are not spending more time with his family and not giving himself more time for quiet reflection.
  • He says that you have to reconcile how to push yourself, but also give yourself enough time for "true rest."

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