Jay Shetty is an English author, former Hindu monk, and life coach of British Indian descent. As the host of the podcast On Purpose, his guests have included Alicia Keys, Khloe Kardashian, and Kobe Bryant, resulting in over 300 million downloads. He has appeared on many shows to discuss mental health and life purpose.
In business school, Shetty met Gauranga Das, a monk invited to speak at the school on selflessness and living a minimalist lifestyle. Shetty spoke with Gauranga after his talk and followed him for the remainder of Gauranga's lecture circuit around the United Kingdom. He spent four summers in India interning at corporations and training with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, known as the Hare Krishna movement and three years living a Vedic monk lifestyle at an ashram in Mumbai, India.
Shetty began his career at Accenture, working on digital strategy and as a social media coach for the company's executives. His work caught the attention of Arianna Huffington, who hired him to produce videos for the Huffington Post in New York City, during which time he created the most-viewed Facebook video of 2018. Topics of his video include relationships, wellness, mental health, and purpose. Shetty has interviewed Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, and through Huffington Post, Tim Ferriss.
Shetty was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2017. The host of the podcast On Purpose, Shetty reached 64 million downloads in his first year. On Purpose became the number one health podcast in the world according to Forbes.
In 2020, Shetty released the book Think Like a Monk. The book offers advice on reducing stress and improving focus, based on Shetty's experiences at the ashram. In September 2020, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Amazon named the book to their bestseller lists.
Jay’s upcoming book in 2023 is 8 RULES OF LOVE: How to Find it, Keep it, and Let it go.