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Humble The Poet - Things No-One Else Can Teach Us: How To Learn From Losses

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School teacher to Spoken-word superstar

Humble The Poet is a Canadian author, rapper, and spoken-word artist.

In 2010 he left his job as a school teacher to pursue poetry and music full-time. Today his videos have millions of views and he tours the world, but he wasn’t always this successful or famous. When he quit his job to go all in, he got ripped off, lost all his money, and had to move back in with his parents.

It was then that he slowly started to figure out how he had to show up every day in order to be successful. He started writing and blogging and eventually self published a book from his blog. He realised he had to make his own opportunities instead of waiting for them. Once this clicked, the rest was history. His book turned into a an opportunity to film an Apple ad, which then opened more doors.

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Things No-One Else Can Teach Us

His latest book, “Things No-One Else Can Teach Us”, shares raw and honest stories about how a change in mindset can radically alter one’s outlook in life.

Humble the Poet is an exciting voice in the music and art world. He’s young but wise and I really loved talking to him. I think everyone can learn something from him and I’m excited to watch his career grow.

Enjoy this incredible episode with Humble the Poet.

Join us as we discuss:

  • His love for Toronto, and the music scenes in L.A. and London
  • Drake, Jessie Reyez, and Shawn Mendes
  • The difference between immigrant culture in Canada versus the U.S.A.
  • Kardinal Offishall, OVO Fest, and Canada Reads
  • Spoken-word, Ice-T, and the Black Eyed Peas
  • His parents, Punjab, and teaching
  • Somali Pirates, the Isreali/Palestine conflict, and pragmatism
  • 50 Cent, self-publishing, and Steven Pressfield


00:00 | Trailer.
02:42 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:46 | Brian’s introduction.
04:19 | Humble’s opinion of London and Londoners comparing it with New York and Los Angeles.
08:20 | Salutary lesson learned in LA.
10:53 | Praise for Toronto’s multicultural diversity and musical talent.
20:02 | Humble’s definition of Spoken Word
30:40 | What it is like being a first generation and how he started in spoken word.
1:05:30 | When Humble first realised he had made a success.
1:06:08 | Self-publishing his first book and the unlearning thoughts it contained.
1:12:15 | Learning the art of self-promotion of his performances.
1:19:46 | Why he didn’t pick the book it was expected he would and what it led to.
1:27:09 | Writing Things No One Else Can Teach Us.
1:29:13 | Coping with the explosion in his success in music, spoken word and writing.
1:43:29 | How his second book differs from the first.
1:52:17 | What Humble expects to be doing in the next five years.
1:59:32 | What scares him.
2:00:01 | What keeps him awake at night.
2:00:47 | Does the present state of the world concern him?
2:10:11 | Success secrets.
2:10:48 | Brian’s summing up.


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