“ You Are Your Best Medicine” 5 Leadership Lessons With Dr. Kien Vuu
“To be a billionaire, find a way to help 10 billion people. The value of anything basically stems from serving and giving back to others. Help others and financial abundance will follow.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kien Vuu. He is an Interventional Radiologist/Oncologist at UCLA and has founded the Live Again Project, an online platform of transformational cancer stories. He is also on a mission to end chronic disease around the world through media and entertainment.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I am boat refugee who is the only surviving infant on a boat voyage from Vietnam, surviving dysentery and rickets on a boat for 8 months, then another 3 months in a Philippine refugee camp. I had overcome poverty to become a successful physician, however, through the hustle and ambition of attaining the American Dream, I had forgotten who I was authentically. I’ve also neglected my health and became overweight, diabetic, and was on prescription sleep medications. I began a journey of self-healing and personal development that led me to discover my own healing powers; through a healthy mindset along with changes in diet, exercise, and sleep, I have cured myself of chronic disease. I now want to empower others to do the same and use media and entertainment as a vehicle to inspire change.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company
I continue to be amazed by the many patients that have taught me what true health really is. Many patients with bad prognoses were able to defy the odds in their shift in thoughts and mindset. Bruce was an advanced liver cancer patient with diabetes that had recurrent tumors. After mending relationships with his family and living in a state of gratitude, he is currently in remission for over 2 years.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
Health and medicine is usually presented in a form that evokes fear in viewers. Our content blend health and medicine with fun and laughter and empowers people to own their healing powers, and has our viewers discover the very best medicine lies in themselves.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I am in deep gratitude of the many patients who have shared their personal stories with me. They have truly taught me the deeper meaning of life and inspired me to share my unique gifts with the world. There is one patient in particular, Ishmael, a 43 year old terminal pancreatic cancer patient. He had only months to live but approach every second of every day in love and gratitude and chooses to spread love and joy with every moment.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’m deeply blessed with the gift of life. I think my personal struggles and my medical background can bring hope to a world where chronic disease is rampant. I hope that my message can remind people that health is really love, community, and laughter and that as we heal ourselves, we also heal the world.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. Always focus on the people you’re here to serve. That should be the only measure of success you life by. I’ve certainly been sidetracked focused on other measure of success (i.e. revenue or subscribers); such focus can sidetrack your business on what it’s really meant to do.
2. Every presumed failure should be seen as an opportunity to learn and grow. There have been many times I’ve wanted to quit to take the safe route to pursue my dream, but as I adopted this new mindset, it’s given me the resolve to continue.
3. It’s ok to fake it til you make it. Every struggle and triumph evolves you in the better person you are meant to become. I’ve often times felt like an imposter trying to evolve in the person I’ve wanted to become, but we all have a starting point as we evolve. There is no page 100, without page 1. I had to give myself permission to act and own the person I was aspiring to be.
4. To be a billionaire, find a way to help 10 billion people. The value of anything basically stems from serving and giving back to others. Help others and financial abundance will follow.
5. “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life to give it away.” Picasso. This has been my mantra. My patient Ishmael reminded me of my life’s purpose, I will spend the rest of my time to share my gifts with as many people as possible.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)
I’d love to have a meal with Oprah Winfrey. I can really admire her strength and resolve through her life’s struggle. She is someone that has taken her struggles and elevated the consciousness and vibration of the world. I owe my courage to pursue my dreams by her example.
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!