Ben struggled with depression growing up and was forced to drop out of college. Searching for purpose, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three childhood friends.
They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to believe that impossible is truly possible.
Ben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life.
As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Today Show, Oprah, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC News, and more. Oprah called Ben and his friends “truly inspiring.”
2018 University of Utah Commencement Address
What People Are Saying
5x #1 NY Times Bestseller, Host of The Tim Ferriss Podcast, Angel Investor, Speaker
President, Camden Property Trust
44th President of the United States
Market President, CIGNA HealthCare
Leadership Development, Lululemon Athletica
VP of Global Marketing, Levi Strauss & Co
Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist
Senior Athletics Director, Stanford University
The poem that inspired the name
"But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After knowledge of our buried life;"
— The Buried Life, Matthew Arnold, 1852
25 Minutes of Ben Speaking Around the World
Ben Nemtin has received standing ovations from Fortune 100 companies AIG, Amazon, AMEX, Anthem, Cigna, Cisco, FedEx, GM, Microsoft, Nationwide, Verizon and more. Having presented to over 250,000 people worldwide, see why Inc. Magazine calls Ben’s live performances "Powerful and inspiring".
For every item Ben and The Buried Life cross off their list, they help a stranger cross something off their bucket list. Torri was born with one hand and her biggest dream was to have a bionic arm. The guys heard Torri's story and gave her the surprise of a lifetime.
19 Years Old and Hugging Dad for the First Time