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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

Ep 177: Experiential Billionaire with Bridget Hilton & Joe Huff

Episode 177: Show Notes

Is the pursuit of monetary abundance leaving you unsatisfied? Are you worried about having regrets in life? In this episode, we embark on an incredible journey with Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff, the authors of the inspiring book, Experiential Billionaire. While they're not actual billionaires, their wealth lies in the extraordinary experiences they've pursued.

Join us as we uncover the profound impact of experiences on their lives and how these experiences have made them wealthy in more ways than one. Bridget and Joe are far from privileged individuals. Hailing from blue-collar backgrounds in Flint, Michigan, and Southern California, they initially followed conventional career paths.

What makes their story so intriguing is how they transitioned from the nine-to-five grind to becoming fervent proponents of experiential living. In this conversation, we explore the idea of building momentum in life through novel experiences, why playing it safe is a dangerous thing to do, and how the value of experiences outweighs any monetary abundance.

We delve into the pivotal moments in each of their lives that got them on the path to pursuing experiential wealth, the motivation behind writing the book, and how they are able to continually take leaps of faith in themselves. We also discuss their entrepreneurial journeys, the concept of a “treasure map”, the principles and framework of an Experiential Billionaire, the steps to living with no regrets, and much more! Tune in and discover a different kind of wealth that will change your life for the better with Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Joe and Bridget’s lives growing up and how they got to where they are today.

  • Bridget shares the time she got arrested and how it impacted her.

  • What kept her inspired to continue taking leaps of faith and believing in herself.

  • Find out why Bridget lied to get a job that paid no money.

  • Joe shares how getting expelled from school affected him.

  • How Joe’s dad almost dying spurred him to re-evaluate his life path.

  • Building momentum in life through novel experiences.

  • Discover why playing it safe is the most dangerous thing you can do.

  • Learn what inspired Joe to take a leap of faith in himself.

  • Forging life-long connections through experiences and the benefits for business.

  • Creating a “treasure map” and how this led to Joe and Bridget crossing paths.

  • The motivation behind starting LSTN and helping 50,000 people to hear.

  • We unpack the concept, framework, and principles of an experiential billionaire.

  • The role of radical responsibility in becoming an experiential billionaire.

  • Joe explains the idea of believing in make-believe.

  • Examples of the everyday joys that make for an experiential billionaire.

  • Their inspiration for writing the book, the writing process, and challenges along the way.



“We're living in such an amazing time, especially now, where you can go online and learn from literally the best experts on anything in the world. That's so cool.” — Bridget Hilton [0:13:10]


“I got sent home to tell my parents that I was going to get kicked out of school. It was a really pivotal moment in my life because that was really when I started to take a more serious look at where my life was headed, and what was going to happen.” — Joe Huff [0:21:08]


“Show me your friends and I'll show you your future.” — Joe Huff [0:21:25]


“That's the thing I want to make sure to be clear and share is that the health situation my dad faced probably wasn't avoidable, but the regret he would have had, or had at the time for all the things he didn't do, that's the thing that's avoidable.” — Joe Huff [0:26:23]


“No matter how big or small the thing is, if you break it down into steps, you'll always be surprised at what you’re able to accomplish. That inspired me to have the confidence to try more and more things.” — Joe Huff [0:34:58]


“This whole inside joke has been going on for a long time. But it turns out, it is real and that is really how we feel and we feel like we've just lived these lives that are so full of riches that we're living like a billionaire, or better than.” — Bridget Hilton [0:57:22]


“The sad truth is your time is finite. You just haven't realized it or made that connection in a real enough way. You don't know if next year is guaranteed.” — Joe Huff [1:04:02]


“It's hard to do anything big. Now that it's done, I can look back and I'm so proud of this book and it's the greatest thing I've ever done in my life.” — Bridget Hilton [1:18:55]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Experiential Billionaire

Experiential Billionaire on Instagram

Experiential Billionaire

Bridget Hilton

Bridget Hilton on Instagram

Bridget Hilton on LinkedIn

Joe Huff

Joe Huff on Instagram

Joe Huff on LinkedIn


Castaway Kids


Light Watkins

Light Watkins on YouTube

Knowing Where to Look

The Happiness Insiders Community



About Bridget Hilton

Bridget Hilton creates tools to help teams and leaders connect in the workplace through rich experiences and shared goals. Her keynote helps Fortune 500 companies navigate topics of mental health and wellness, burnout, employee belonging and connection, inspiration, motivation, and goal setting. Her book Experiential Billionaire and card deck Treasure Maps is out now. She is located in Los Angeles, CA and is booking keynotes and workshops worldwide now.