On Purpose with Jay Shetty
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A Lot or a Little?
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that On Purpose with Jay Shetty is one part celebrity talk show, one part self-help motivational speech. Episodes range widely in content and tone. Some guests are specialists and professionals speaking on topics that they have given careful thought to. Others speak more personally, sharing reflections on life born from experience. Kids may be interested in the show because of famous interviewees and parents should note that not everyone featured offers the same caliber of advice to listeners. Shorter episodes without guests focus on host Jay Shetty's musings on life, often formatted to be memorable and pithy, as in "2 Transformational Habits to Change Your Mental State." Unlike some self-help content that lingers on the details of previous trials and traumas, these episodes tend to be fairly broad and action-oriented; however, they minimize the hard work and slow pace of growth in a way that might be misleading for young listeners. Despite billing himself as a former monk, Shetty is a businessman at his core and episodes include several advertisements with direct calls to action. Generally, the products being sold are not directed at kids.
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What’s It About?
ON PURPOSE WITH JAY SHETTY offers episodes in two formats: half-hour-long monologues on specific topics and long, meandering conversations with celebrities and professionals. In the shorter episodes, host Jay Shetty focuses on concrete steps and ideas to help listeners make changes in their lives. These episodes feel loose and unscripted, as though Shetty is having a friendly chat with the listener. Interview-based episodes include conversations with people ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Gabor Maté. Shetty is a versatile host who happily dives into the weeds with guests working in fields related to mental health and self-improvement while asking probing questions about personal practices like journaling and prayer to his celebrity guests.
Is It Any Good?
More a guide on the quest for self-optimization than an exploration of the deep question of purpose, as the title suggests, this show espouses a kind of glossy corporate mindfulness that host Jay Shetty has made a living selling. Half-hour motivational talks with clickbaity titles like "#1 Daily Habit to Transform Your Life & How to Set Intentions That Actually Work," claim to offer listeners quick fixes to their personal struggles. While the show does bring on psychology heavy hitters like Esther Perel and Gabor Maté, episodes more often feature celebrities, billionaires, and other members of the self-help industry with dubious qualifications and something to sell. Indeed, the issue of authority extends to Shetty himself who, despite branding himself as a "former monk who is making wisdom go viral," has actually spent the bulk of his career in marketing and social media strategy. Listeners should be careful to keep a critical ear out and consider the values underlying advice that prioritizes material wealth and traditional markers of success.
This is not to say that the show is without useful insights. On Purpose boasts high ratings from listeners who find much support from the podcast. Shetty's solo chats may be helpful for listeners seeking guidance on specific challenges they are facing. His suggestions are thoughtful and clearly organized, despite being delivered in a loose, conversational tone so that listeners have short and sweet takeaways. Those who enjoy celebrity interviews will likely enjoy Shetty's kind and generous hosting style, which invites his guests to be vulnerable and honest.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what elements of guests' personal philosophies resonate with their kids. Why do they agree or disagree?
How do you decide whether someone is a trustworthy source of advice? What is the role of personal experience? What is the role of professional study?
What are some personal goals and aspirations that you want to work toward? How are you currently making progress toward those plans? What could you adjust in your daily life to strategically move toward your goals?
- Release date: February 1, 2019
- Genre: Mental Health & Wellness
- Average Run Time: 50 minutes
- Website: https://jayshetty.me/podcast/
- Host: Jay Shetty
- Publisher: Independent
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: December 21, 2022
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