On a Living Spree

Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Burnout, Wellness | Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

Look at your calendar now. This is your “before” picture—what do you see? If it’s not full of valuable experiences, don’t expect them to appear out of thin air. You have to put them there. That’s what living intentionally is all about.

For example, in our Life Experiences Survey, thousands of people said that skydiving was one of the top three things they wanted to do in their lifetime. What’s interesting is that skydiving isn’t really very hard to do. Is it scary? Hell yeah. But it’s available in most places and only requires a few hours and a couple hundred dollars. Anyone can manage that, even if it takes a year to save up the money. But most people have it on their mental “someday” list, so they never bother to actually find out what it takes or make a plan to do it.

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Burnout, Wellness | Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

You already know that serving others feels good. But that warm glow isn’t in your imagination—it’s actually measurable in your body. When you give to others, your brain releases all kinds of feel-good hormones (just like novel experiences, but apparently even more). Giving is associated with lower stress and blood pressure, as well as less depression. One study found that seniors who volunteered tended to live longer, even after accounting for their age, health status, and lifestyle habits. 

On the emotional side, researchers consistently find that giving leads to greater happiness and satisfaction. One study published in the Journal of Economic Psychology found that people who spent money on others reported higher levels of happiness than those who spent money on themselves. Another study published in the journal BMC Public Health found that people who volunteered had lower levels of depression and higher levels of well-being compared to those who didn't volunteer. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who performed acts of kindness for others experienced an increase in positive emotions and satisfaction, and a decrease in negative emotions.

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Burnout, Wellness | Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

My work focuses heavily on your life, but in the end, it’s about way more. The richer you are in experiences, the more you have to give to others. The more joy, love, and wisdom you cultivate for yourself, the more you spread in the world. You become valuable to others when you share your experiences with them, thus creating opportunities for them to build their own experiential wealth.

When you’re gone, the only thing that remains behind is what you’ve given to others. That’s how you can live forever: through the impact you have on other people. In the end, serving others is the most powerful way to feel your life is well spent.

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Burnout, Wellness | Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

Money is a means, not a meaning. Wealth influences a small variance in levels of happiness, and the pursuit of wealth itself doesn’t create happiness. Most importantly, you do not have to be wealthy to have an experience-rich life. Some of my most memorable and valuable experiences happened when I was flat broke. 

This may sound like I’m just placating you. Don’t get me wrong—if someone said to me, “You don’t need to go on a safari—just go to the local zoo instead!” I'd probably want to punch them in the face. I certainly know that big, expensive experiences can be some of the most magical, and you should absolutely seek ways to plan and achieve them. For example, gorilla trekking in Rwanda wasn’t cheap—it took us a long time to plan and save for it—but it was an extraordinary experience.

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Here's Your Permission Slip - the Story of LSTN and Delta Air Lines

When you were a kid, you needed permission for everything. Permission from your parents to watch TV, permission from the teacher to go to the bathroom. Raise your hand, get in line, wait your turn. Obviously, that goes away as you get older… but maybe not entirely. 

Because many adults act like they’re still waiting for permission to do what they actually want, especially when what they want isn’t so easy to reach. They tell themselves they can’t, for all kinds of reasons. It’s not the right time, they’re not ready, they’re not good enough, it’s a silly idea, it’s not prudent. No one else around them is doing that kind of thing. It would be selfish or reckless or arrogant to try.

How would you feel if we said right now that you have permission? 

Here it is, in black and white: your permission slip. You have permission to take an acting class, go to Bangkok, paint a mountain landscape, learn to make Ethiopian food. To ask for a promotion. To try something new. To change. Even to fail. 

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author
One of my favorite parts of travel is the level of optimism and gratitude I feel in the moment and more importantly afterward. I saw this clearly on a recent trip to India. After battling cows on Delhi freeways, waking up at 4 a.m. to be alone at the Taj Mahal, and meditating at Gandhi’s ashram, I headed to Mumbai to meet with local education and water filtration nonprofits. There I learned that the massive city was roughly 60 percent slums — millions of people living in makeshift houses of corrugated metal sheets, tarpaulin, and scrap materials. Despite the efforts of government agencies and NGOs, access to basic amenities like clean water and sanitation remained limited. Residents faced many challenges, including inadequate infrastructure, high rates of crime and drug abuse, and limited healthcare and education. The area was also prone to flooding during the monsoon season, which made life even harder.
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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting, Retention Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author
We’re taught from birth to measure wealth in currency, but Joe Huff and Bridget Hilton have created one of the largest surveys on life experiences ever done. And their research shows that the number one regret of the dying isn’t about money, it’s about the experiences people wished they’d had – but never did. Bridget and Joe have written a book called Experiential Billionaire that includes tools to show you how to live a life with a mountain of experiences and few regrets. You will not regret listening to this episode.
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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

Today is the National Park Services Birthday! One of my life goals is to go to ALL of them - so far, I'm at 27/63 (43%)! Who wants to come for the rest?

NPS was created on August 35, 1916 to "preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations".

It's one of my favorite things about this country. All entrance fees are waved today! Get outside :) 

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author
We’ve all heard the saying, “Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”It’s great advice…up to a point.It’s true that any day could be your last.And you definitely shouldn’t put off your dreams until “someday.”However, if you literally live as if you’ll...
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Bridget Hilton | Goal Setting Speaker
Cairo!!! Joe Huff and I check off a BIG one on our “someday” lists with an epic day at the pyramids. Climbing the tunnel up the great pyramid was my favorite part - I giggled the whole way up at how unexpected it was (and surprisingly unsafe aka fun for how big of a tourist spot this is 😂) LOVED TODAY!!! Worth every minute of travel, planning, money, etc for this experience I’ve been dreaming of for decades. Shoutout to my camel Charlie 🐫 and the best business partner/co-author/bff ever Joe Huff for meeting me halfway around the 🌍 to make a dream come true. Fun fact - the pyramids are the ONLY remaining ancient “world wonder”.
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An April Spent in India
An April spent in India. What struck me most about the world's NEWEST most populated country is the sheer amount of JOY and smiles EVERYWHERE. Blew me away.My highlights included battling cows on Delhi highways, seeing Taj Mahal at sunrise,...
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Checking off the Taj Mahal - a Dream Come True
Got the unbelievable dream of the TAJ MAHAL at sunrise for my birthday. The most breathtaking, mind boggling, perfectly made architecture in the world is beyond worth the trip, and its existence is far beyond my comprehension. Arrived at 5am for some time alone with this beauty and the gorgeous light through the morning. Grateful for my sweet guide who also took these 📸
6/7 World Wonders. ✔️🌏🇮🇳
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What I Learned From Traveling to All 50 States
According to research, half of all Americans see fewer than ten states in their lifetimes. I’ve never understood this; I still don’t. But I had a decent head start, growing up in the Midwest. Roadtrips as a kid let me see Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado. I then toured with bands as a teenager, when I first visited states like New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. My first “real” music industry job was when I covered territory including Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. When I moved to California I fell in love with the west coast and explored everywhere I could. I then decided to make this an actual goal after the 2016 election to form a deeper understanding of our country. When talking about this goal, people would be quick to state how many countries they’d visited, but not many people knew how many states they had been to, which I found to be interesting.
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Bridget Hilton
Foggy day dream come true. A visit to Rick Rubin’s legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu, where some of the greatest artists of our time have recorded, The Last Waltz was filmed, and which property includes Bob Dylan’s 70’s tour bus...
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Happy 10 Years to LSTN
I am mostly proud of having been the ground all over the world giving 50,000+ people hearing for the first time - and how that has impacted their own futures, families and communities. What a gift this has been in my life.

Secondly I am proud of how no matter what, we have always had fun doing it. It has DEFINITELY not always been easy but it has been full of moments with the most hysterical laughter and joy I could’ve possibly imagined. Selling millions of products is cool, but enjoying the ride is FAR more important.
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