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Daniel Kaluuya: How to Respond When No One Believes in You & Why Other People’s Perception of You is Not Your Reality

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Do you want to know how to respond when no one believes you?

Do you know other people’s perception of you isn’t your reality?

Today, Jay Shetty sits down with Daniel Kaluuya. Known for his role as Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s American biographical crime drama film Judas and The Black Messiah, Daniel won the 2021 Academy Award, British Academy Film Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role. His feature film writing debut with Netflix, The Kitchen has received positive reviews.

While football is a well loved topic between Jay and Daniel, the conversation shifted on Daniel’s earliest childhood memories that left an indelible mark on his life. We uncover the roots of his resilience and determination and his unwavering interest in writing. 

Daniel looks back into the challenges he faced for having dark skin and offers his insights on how to change our mindset around racism. We will learn about the cost of chasing our desires, the inspiration behind “The Kitchen”, and the transformative power of bringing ideas into existence. Together they unpack the importance of making peace with people’s perceptions, and the courage it takes to share your work and passion with the world. 

In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • How to pursue your passion
  • How overcome your limits
  • How to turn ideas into reality
  • How to develop resilience

Join us on this soul-stirring exploration of life, growth, and the resilience that lies within each of us.

With Love and Gratitude,

Jay Shetty

What We Discuss:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:19 Earliest Childhood Memory That Changed Your Life
  • 06:07 What Would You Do When No One Believes In You?
  • 08:51 How the Interest in Writing Started
  • 11:52 Learning the Art of Improv
  • 14:25 Shared Love for Football
  • 19:27 Getting Shamed for Having Dark Skin
  • 23:37 How to Change Your Mindset Around Racism
  • 25:41 Standing Up For the Decisions that You Make
  • 27:46 The Cost of Wanting Something is High
  • 30:25 The Inspiration for The Kitchen
  • 33:54 Exposing Why People Live the Way They Do
  • 38:36 Overcoming the Fear of Making an Idea a Reality
  • 43:16 The Power of One Idea
  • 48:21 How Bringing Things into Existence can Change You
  • 52:29 Making Peace with People’s Perception of You
  • 58:51 Sharing Your Work and Passion to the World 
  • 01:01:36 Daniel on Final Five

Episode Resources:

Daniel Kaluuya | Instagram

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