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Greeks Gone West: Meet the broker who ditched it all to become a nomad on a kindness quest

18 December 2015

Leon Logothetis is a TV host, producer and author who left a successful career as a broker in the city of London for a life on the road. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International, and author of the Amazing Adventures of a Nobody. His new book The Kindness Diaries, published by Reader's Digest, is available now and chronicles Leon's circumnavigation of the globe on kindness.

Leon's adventures have taken him all over the world, often by unconventional means. In one case, he bought a 1985 model London taxi, named it the "Kindness Cab," and drove from New York to Los Angeles, doing good deeds along the way. He drove a veteran to get cancer treatment, and took out a family going through tough times out for ice cream. At the end of his journey, Leon donated what would have been the fare he earned - $11,500 – to charity.

Leon Logothetis has based his books, shows, and global adventures on one theme: that people are essentially good, and you can do anything with the kindness of strangers and human connection, as Leon learned when he traveled across the country and across the globe on less than $5 a day.

Now Leon wants to spread the kindness around, and has left his home in LA for a while to organize the #GoBeKind tour across the US.

In his own words...

On how he changed his life:
"I watched the movie 'The Motorcycle Diaries,' which was about Che Guevara travelling across South America relying on kindness, and I decided that I was going to quit my job, and start travelling the world. I had a friend who was in the TV world, so I said to him that I want to do something where I am travelling around the world and I am relying on kindness. So we came up with this idea, went and did the show, and I got very lucky, cause it's not every day that one of the big TV companies comes in and says: 'Yes, we'll purchase it.' That's what happened. National Geographic came in and bought the show."

On his future plans:
"There is a show that I'm working on, and that's called 'The Kindness Diaries,' and it shows me travelling all around the world on a vintage yellow motorbike with a side car, relying on kindness, but giving kindness back. For example one of the life changing gifts was meeting this homeless chap in Pittsburgh, he put me up for the night, he protected me, he fed me, he gave me some clothes, and the next morning I was very fortunate to be able to put him in a house and send him back to school, he wanted to become a chef."

On his life's motto:
"My role models and my inspirations really come from books and movies, and I am inspired by a desire to live fully. It's very important not to live a life that's half-lived."

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