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.”

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2018 University of Utah Commencement Address

What People Are Saying


5x #1 NY Times Bestseller, Host of The Tim Ferriss Podcast, Angel Investor, Speaker

If you want a lesson in boldness, and to cross things off of your bucket list, there is no better teacher than Ben Nemtin.


President, Camden Property Trust

The feedback from our employees was phenomenal. Many said Ben was the best speaker they had ever seen.


44th President of the United States

I like the way you help folks, keep doing what you’re doing.


Market President, CIGNA HealthCare

Ben’s was the only segment that received a 100% approval rating. People were sincerely moved.


Leadership Development, Lululemon Athletica

Ben’s work is as personal as it is universal. Beyond living a joyful, bold life, the underlying message he has imparted onto our people is to curate a life of mental wellness, and that self-care and care for others are indivisible. His is a message of heart and humanity.


VP of Global Marketing, Levi Strauss & Co

Perfect alignment with our corporate values, authentic and inspiring.


Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist

I think what you’re doing is truly so inspiring.


Senior Athletics Director, Stanford University

I must say that Ben personally brought me to my knees with emotion when he spoke about the journey of life and going for what we all feel is truly important.

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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".

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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