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Van Lathan

How To STOP Seeking Validation & START Defining Your Life By What Matters


Bestselling & award-winning author, Yann Martel, says that choosing to live life with doubt is the same as choosing immobility as a means of transportation. It’s okay to have self-doubt – it’s natural and happens to the best of us. What isn’t okay is letting that self-doubt inhibit your actions and stop the critical steps you need to take to get your life to the next level. 

Instead, whenever a feeling of doubt arises, take a moment to identify where it’s coming from and then lean into that feeling even if it’s uncomfortable. Where does it stem from? What evidence do you have that would disprove that negative thought? Facing that fear will put you on the path to healing from the scars that caused it, and help unlock your full human potential.

My guest today went headfirst into the doubt, fear, and insecurities that held him back since he was a child. By taking action and control over those areas, he was able to lose weight, reshape his sense of self-worth, and begin to develop unconditional self-love. I’m excited to share this one with you all today. Please help me welcome the one-and-only, Van Lathan, to The School of Greatness!

“We made a movie, we won an Oscar. Some people hated it...Who’s right?” @VanLathan  

Van Lathan Jr. is a producer, media personality and host, from Baton Rouge, LA. Beginning his career working on film sets, such as, The Reaping and Failure to Launch, he’s most recognized from TMZ, where he worked as Senior Producer for nine years.

Currently, Van can be heard hosting the Higher Learning Podcast and Ringer-Verse Podcast, where he combines wit and humor to discuss news, politics, entertainment, sports and even superheroes. Van’s debut book ‘Fat, Crazy & Tired’ (April 2022), hilariously documents his journey with weight loss and anxiety, and explores the real reasons behind our unending physical and mental health battles.

As a producer on the Best Live Action Short Film, Two Distant Strangers, Van won an Academy Award in 2021, and continues to develop both film and television projects with his production companies 4116 Productions and Six Feet Over Productions. This Fall [2022], Van will host Hip Hop Homicides, a look into unsolved murders in the hip-hop community, produced by Curtis “50-Cent” Jackson and Mona Scott Young.

If you’re ready to learn how to reframe your identity for the better, and start the journey of healing and transformation, then I think you’ll gain value from this conversation with Van Lathan. He’s had such an interesting experience in the field of entertainment and beyond, and I had a great time getting to know him. And now, let’s jump into Episode 1,260 of The School of Greatness!

“Disagreements are incredibly valuable, but when you have resentment in your heart, disagreements are not disagreements. They are declarations of war.” @VanLathan  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • On a scale of 1-10 on self-love, where are you?
  • What’s the number one thing you need to let go of?
  • Why do you feel the need to ask others how you are doing? 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to make sure you’re defining your life by the right things.
  • How to be ready for an opportunity that’ll change your career.
  • How to begin loving yourself more.
  • Why we have to stop seeking validation.
  • Plus much more…
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