My three-year spiritual journey from “successful” Type A startup founder to joyfully “lost” — why I’m never going back

Today is my 40th birthday. I made my first million dollars after turning thirty-one. By thirty-seven, I had sold one company, and my new tech company was, in startup bro talk, “crushing it.” Sales had grown over three-hundred percent for the third straight year. I lived with my new fiancée in a waterfront condo in Williamsburg, with a beautiful view of Manhattan. This was a few years ago. I should have been loving life, but I wasn’t. None of it felt right. I didn’t feel right. I wasn’t even sure what feeling right felt like.

After thirty-seven years of…


Here’s how we can all win and learn from these challenging times

Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. — David Foster Wallace

I’ve stayed silent about this election until now.

As the outcome of the election becomes clear, the future of this country and the world remains increasingly less so. For many, 2020 has brought a great deal of uncertainty…


What is being revealed by COVID, #blacklivesmatter, and all that is now coming to light?

Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face — Mike Tyson

Look around. Everywhere you look, things don’t quite look the same. Did our World just change overnight? Everywhere you turn, everything you read, everyone you speak with, there seems to be a different explanation for what is happening.

Did our World just do a 180 in the blink of an eye? Of course not, we are merely witnessing what happens when the illusion starts to fade right before our eyes. Sure, some cracks always existed… this time feels different.

So what exactly is happening, and what…


The Corona virus is waking people up in much the same way as psychedelics.

Our world and our lives are being shaken at a mass scale that most have not witnessed in our lifetimes. While I am far from immune to what’s happening all around me, it often feels quite familiar. In particular, it feels as though the work I’ve done with psychedelics over the past decade has been preparing me for much of this.

One of the benefits of intentional psychedelic use I’ve experienced is the breaking down of rigid ways of looking at the world and ourselves. …


Why dating, apps, and casual flings may be preventing you from finding yours

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. — Rumi

Today is the one-year anniversary of our first date. In less than two months, we will be married in Costa Rica. I honestly cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with my fiancée Jeanette. It won’t be my first marriage. I wrote about that in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Divorce. But, I never had the alignment, clarity, and commitment I now feel. And looking back, I understand why.

This relationship…


How these mind altering substances will play a leading role in building a better world

The future ain’t what it used to be. — Yogi Berra

The psychedelic ayahuasca has played a tremendous role in my life. As a successful startup founder and someone most would view as quite “buttoned up,”, I had initial hesitation to writing about the unconventional role plant medicine has played in my journey. That was a year ago.

Today, I am moved by how profound an impact ayahuasca has had in my life. I am convinced of ayahuasca’s ability to positively impact humanity.


Talking about balancing life and business on The Freedom Chronicles

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I taped Freedom Chronicles earlier this year and loved being on this podcast. Listen in as we discuss business, relationships, spirituality, purpose and other juicy topics.

Here are the notes from our podcast:

What happens when you chase financial success, achieve it and then realize that things don’t feel quite as good as you thought they would? Brandon Evans is the CEO and co-founder of 1Heart, a conscious start-up studio who found out the answer the hard way. Brandon previously built two $100 million companies, but after achieving financial success…


A year after my first post on Medium went viral, I’m still “Lost” and that’s on purpose.

Wisdom begins in wonder. — Socrates

Today is my 41st birthday. Last year, I wrote my first post, Lost on Purpose, here on my 40th birthday. It instantly went viral. To date it remains my most read post. Despite being a super long 24 minute read, it’s been seen by over 25,000 people and counting.

Each week, I continue to get people writing me, telling me about the impact that story has had for them. The response from that story inspired me and has led to many of the initiatives I am currently involved in. In particular, it was a…


5 Lessons to create with more fulfillment and less stress

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If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely, you will be free. — Ajahn Chah

Building a startup is a grind. Or so they say. But, what if there was a different way?

Most entrepreneurs are Type A’s. This means we are constantly pushing ourselves to our next big goal, next milestone. While you very well may achieve business success as I did, you’ll likely be left thinking “what’s next”. This constant push towards new goals will eventually…


Why Type A’s and Psychedelics Are a Perfect Match

What happens when you mix twenty-five startup founders, creators and business leaders with the most transformational psychedelic on the planet?

We weren’t sure either.

But something kept calling us, telling us this was a good idea. Still, it was not an easy decision. I documented our initial struggle in launching the first 1heart Journey in an earlier post.

Hosting 25 powerful leaders during potentially the most transformational week of their lives weighed heavily on us. We knew those attending would be forever changed.

We knew that transformation trickles infinitely outward: the lives of those they touched would likely change as well.

My personal experience with ayahuasca began over three years ago. I documented my initial journeys in my first…

Brandon Evans

Recovering Type A | Aspiring Type Be | Chief Elevation Officer + Co-Founder @ 1heart.com | Coach & Guide to Heart-Led Entrepreneurs | Getting Lost on Purpose :)

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