109: Leo Babauta: Mastering the Art of Change


Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger & author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog with a million readers. He’s also a best-selling author, a husband, father of six children, and a vegan.

He started Zen Habits to chronicle and share what he’s learned while changing a number of habits, including: Quit smoking (on Nov. 18, 2005), became a runner, ran several marathons and a 50-mile ultramarathon, began waking early, became organized and productive, eliminated his debt, wrote several best-selling books and ebooks, started a successful blog on simplicity.

Favorite Success Quote

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The art of life lies in constant readjustment to our surroundings.” – Kazuko Okokaura

Early Challenge

In 2005 Leo was overweight, smoking heavily, living with clutter and in debt.

Ah-hah Moment

Leo decided to stick to 1 change and finally quit smoking on November 18, 2005. He learned that little actions built up over time create strong habits that last. So he applied this method to running and a year later Leo ran his first marathon among many more since then.

Leo wanted to share the message of how to simplify one’s life and change through habits so he created the blog zenhabits.net which now has millions of followers.

Influential Books

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Connect with Leo Babauta

Kickstarter campaign for The Zen Habits book here


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