Trevor Noah ON: For People Who FEEL LOST In Life, WATCH THIS To Find Yourself | Jay Shetty

Last updated: May 31, 2023

The video is an interview with Trevor Noah discussing his life experiences and how they have shaped his identity, with a focus on the concept of having or not having certain things.

The video is an interview between Jay Shetty and Trevor Noah, where they discuss how experiences in childhood shape who we are today. They talk about the importance of letting go of attachments to our past selves and how having or not having certain things can shape our perspectives and actions. They also touch on the idea of gifts and gaps, where certain experiences can be seen as gifts while others can be seen as gaps in our lives. Overall, the video aims to provide guidance for those who feel lost in life and are searching for ways to find themselves.

  • People are attached to the idea of who they are, often based on what their parents said about them.
  • Stories become a huge compass for people's lives.
  • Reflecting on human experiences that shaped who he is today.
  • Reflecting on experiences that shaped Trevor Noah's identity.
  • Realizing how much of one's identity is defined through the lens of having or not having.
  • Reflecting on gifts or gaps in one's upbringing.
  • Reflection can lead to personal growth and understanding of oneself.
  • Trevor Noah tries to eliminate the concept of good or bad in his life.
  • Trevor Noah believes that healing and processing is important.
  • Trevor Noah talks about how his experiences growing up in South Africa shaped his identity.
  • Trevor Noah discusses his thoughts on being grateful for everything, including suffering.
  • Trevor Noah talks about the difference between the philosophy of being grateful for everything and the practice of that philosophy.
  • Trevor Noah talks about how he adapted to change in his life.

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Attachment to Identity

  • People are attached to the idea of who they are, often based on what their parents said about them.
  • Being afraid to let go of this attachment because they don't want to lose themselves.
  • Stories become a huge compass for people's lives.
  • Interview with Trevor Noah, who reflects on his life experiences and how they shaped his identity.
  • Reflecting on human experiences that shaped who he is today.
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Shaping Experiences

  • Reflecting on experiences that shaped Trevor Noah's identity.
  • One of the earliest memories is his mother reading the Bible every day and how it pertains to her life.
  • The same experience reveals a different part of oneself depending on where they are in life.
  • Not having food, money, or luxury items shaped how he sees and moves in the world.
  • Realizing how much of one's identity is defined through the lens of having or not having.
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Gifts or Gaps

  • Reflecting on gifts or gaps in one's upbringing.
  • Gifts are things handed down by parents or family.
  • Gaps are things that were not present, such as a lack of presents or luxury items.
  • Having or not having certain things can shape one's identity and perspective on the world.
  • Realizing how these gifts or gaps can impact one's life and identity.
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Importance of Reflection

  • Reflecting on one's experiences and how they shape their identity is important.
  • Stories can serve as a compass for one's life.
  • Realizing how much of one's identity is defined through the lens of having or not having.
  • Understanding the impact of gifts or gaps in one's upbringing.
  • Reflection can lead to personal growth and understanding of oneself.
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Perception of Good and Bad

  • Trevor Noah tries to eliminate the concept of good or bad in his life.
  • He acknowledges that everyone has good and bad experiences in their childhood.
  • He believes that it is subjective to determine whether something is good or bad.
  • He tries to adapt to situations based on his experiences.
  • He thinks that awareness is important to observe and acknowledge things without judging them as good or bad.
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Awareness of Different Experiences

  • Trevor Noah had an awareness of different experiences from a young age.
  • He visited India when he was nine years old and saw slums for the first time.
  • He saw a girl with no hands trying to scrape the body out of a trash can.
  • He felt helpless and wanted to help but didn't know how.
  • He realized that his experience was different from others and connected the dots.
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Healing and Processing

  • Trevor Noah believes that healing and processing is important.
  • He grew up in a world where there was no time or resources to heal.
  • He was comfortable accepting his world as it was for a long time.
  • He works on healing every day.
  • He acknowledges that everyone has different experiences and processes them differently.
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Adapting to Circumstances

  • Trevor Noah believes in adapting to circumstances based on experiences.
  • He didn't have the latest Nike sneakers or Adidas shoes when he was young.
  • He tries to eliminate the behavior that was influenced by his past experiences.
  • He acknowledges that his new lifestyle may require an upgrade or downgrade in his behavior.
  • He tries to live with the same beliefs, values, and systems that he had from back then.
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Experiences shape identity

  • Trevor Noah talks about how his experiences growing up in South Africa shaped his identity.
  • He discusses how he created a narrative in his head that the bad things happening to him were not bad because they were happening to everyone.
  • He acknowledges that the bad experiences created coping mechanisms and tools that he uses in his life every day.
  • He talks about accepting those parts of himself while not glorifying the things that happened.
  • Trevor is not grateful for the suffering or pain, but for the resiliency that it created in him and his family.
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Gratitude and suffering

  • Trevor Noah discusses his thoughts on being grateful for everything, including suffering.
  • He is not grateful for the act of violence or the suffering, but for the qualities like resilience that helped him push through.
  • Trevor believes that sometimes the idea of being grateful for suffering justifies what people are going through and can create the best, but it can also pulverize a lot of people into dust.
  • He thinks that the practice of gratitude is more aligned with being grateful for the qualities that helped you push through the suffering.
  • Trevor shares his recent experience of having a double inguinal hernia surgery and how quickly the body responds to trauma or pain.
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Philosophy and practice

  • Trevor Noah talks about the difference between the philosophy of being grateful for everything and the practice of that philosophy.
  • He believes that the practice of gratitude is more about being grateful for the qualities that helped you push through the suffering.
  • Trevor shares his recent experience of having a double inguinal hernia surgery and how quickly the body responds to trauma or pain.
  • He talks about how the body works to protect you from pain and trauma and how quickly it responds to it.
  • Trevor believes that the practice of gratitude is more about being grateful for the qualities that helped you push through the suffering.
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Adapting to change

  • Trevor Noah talks about how he adapted to change in his life.
  • He discusses how he had to adapt to the changes in his life when he moved to the United States.
  • Trevor talks about how he had to adapt to the changes in his life when he became the host of The Daily Show.
  • He believes that adapting to change is about being open to new experiences and being willing to learn from them.
  • Trevor thinks that adapting to change is about being willing to take risks and being willing to fail.
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Gratitude and Reflection

  • Trevor Noah discusses how he doesn't feel grateful for getting a hernia, but he is grateful for the journey he took during the experience.
  • He believes that any quality or value must be embodied by reflection.
  • He argues with people who believe that they have to be grateful for everything.
  • He talks about how people can become attached to their identity and the story they tell themselves.
  • He believes that it's important to learn from experiences and not be afraid to let go of things that may be holding you back.
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Identity and Belonging

  • Trevor Noah talks about how people can become attached to their identity and the story they tell themselves.
  • He believes that it's important to learn from experiences and not be afraid to let go of things that may be holding you back.
  • He discusses how humans look for certainty as safety and security.
  • He talks about how his definition of home is familiar and repeated interaction.
  • He believes that his friends, languages, and food are all part of his home.
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Change and Growth

  • Trevor Noah talks about how his home starts to grow and change.
  • He discusses how his experience in India felt like home to him.
  • He believes that it's important to be open to change and growth.
  • He talks about how humans are always changing, and it can be scary.
  • He believes that being open to change can allow you to exist infinitely and try to be whatever version of yourself exists.
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Reflection and Self-Discovery

  • Trevor Noah talks about how reflection is important for growth and self-discovery.
  • He believes that people should reflect on their experiences and learn from them.
  • He discusses how people can become attached to their identity and the story they tell themselves.
  • He believes that it's important to learn from experiences and not be afraid to let go of things that may be holding you back.
  • He talks about how being open to change can allow you to exist infinitely and try to be whatever version of yourself exists.
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Definition of Home

  • Home is a sense of the familiar.
  • It can feel like home in different parts of the world because of the reminiscent of one's own culture.
  • Home is where one feels they are living their purpose.
  • It is a place where one can wake up and feel like they are doing their purpose.
  • Home is where one feels comfortable and not uncomfortable.
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Trevor Noah's Purpose

  • Trevor's purpose is to help other people find their purpose.
  • He wants to expose people to different ideas, insights, paths, stories, and walks of life so that they can find their purpose.
  • He believes that not everyone's purpose looks like his.
  • His purpose is to be a vessel of exposing people to different things.
  • He feels that if he is doing that in a city or a country, he is home.
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Childhood Experiences

  • Trevor's dad was worried that he did not read enough.
  • He started giving Trevor biographies and autobiographies to read.
  • By the time Trevor was 16, he had read Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, David Beckham, and Dwayne Johnson.
  • He started collecting all these stories.
  • When he met a monk at the age of 18, he felt connected to the story, and that became his purpose.
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The Importance of Living Your Purpose

  • The only place higher than being in heaven or the spiritual realm is a place where you live your purpose.
  • Living your purpose gives a sense of comfort and keeps you going even when the day is tough.
  • It is a great purpose to have because there are always people to help and journeys waiting to be embarked upon.
  • Trevor talks a lot to his friends, and they are an important part of his life.
  • He feels comfortable talking to his friends and values their opinions.
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Trevor's Definition of Friendship

  • Trevor's friends are predominantly from South Africa.
  • He met his friends organically through different things.
  • He is terrible at making friends because he doesn't trust people easily.
  • He has an idea of putting something on that person where he may need them, which means that they may disappoint him.
  • He learns people and what they can and cannot do, and it's always situational for him.
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The Importance of Friends in Trevor's Life

  • Stand-up comedy is a really lonely career, and Trevor was petrified because he always thinks it can happen to him.
  • His friends became his recharge and the couch he could lie on and say nothing or everything.
  • Thanks partly to technology, he has been able to keep in touch with them.
  • He has a WhatsApp thread that is now 15 years old, and the same core group of friends has kept him.
  • He thinks that friends in life are like horcruxes, and we break ourselves into parts and give them to different people.
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Trevor's Identity as a South African

  • Trevor's identity is shaped by his experiences growing up in South Africa during apartheid.
  • He was born a crime because his mother was black and his father was white, which was illegal at the time.
  • He had to navigate different worlds and learn how to code-switch.
  • He learned how to see things from different perspectives and how to empathize with people.
  • He believes that his identity is constantly evolving and that he is always learning.
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The Importance of Being Yourself

  • Trevor believes that the most important thing in life is to be yourself.
  • He thinks that people should embrace their differences and not try to fit into a mold.
  • He believes that people should be proud of who they are and where they come from.
  • He thinks that people should be open to learning and growing, but they should never compromise their values.
  • He believes that people should be kind to themselves and not beat themselves up for their mistakes.
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Feeling Lost

  • Trevor Noah sometimes feels lost, stressed, tired, and burnt out.
  • He calls a friend who reminds him of who he is and what makes him happy.
  • Friends can help you find your purpose and passion.
  • Friendship is a choice, and it can be a core part of your world.
  • Understanding that illuminates how you interact with people in the world.
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Performance Loneliness

  • Trevor Noah talks about how he felt after his first event with his audience.
  • He had thousands of people shouting his name and validating him, but he felt a sense of loneliness.
  • He wanted to call someone, but it was too early in London, and his friends in LA were at the event.
  • His wife organized a surprise party for him with all his closest friends in LA, which was a relief.
  • He understands why people turn to drugs or other things to numb the feeling of loneliness.
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Friendship

  • Trevor Noah's mom told him that just because she's his mom doesn't mean she's his friend.
  • Friendship is a choice, and every other relation we have isn't.
  • Relatives can become friends or may not be friends.
  • Understanding this illuminates how you interact with people in the world.
  • Friendship can be a core part of your world.
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Chocolate and Gas Stations

  • Trevor Noah's drug is chocolate, and he eats it after every show.
  • Gas stations in America look like they've already been robbed, but in South Africa, they have amazing stores attached to them.
  • In South Africa, you can buy pies, drinks, and groceries at gas stations.
  • After every show, Trevor Noah drives to a gas station to buy chocolate and other things.
  • He can't listen to music or talk to anyone because he needs to decompress.
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Experiencing a Chemical Thing

  • Trevor Noah talks about how he used to feel lost in life.
  • He would buy chocolate to correct a chemical thing without realizing it.
  • He learned that chocolate releases dopamine and sugar, which can correct a chemical imbalance.
  • People experience feeling lost in different ways in their lives.
  • It's important to understand how our bodies and minds work together.
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Being Unrelatable to People

  • Trevor Noah talks about how becoming successful can make you unrelatable to people.
  • People often remember the beginning and end of a journey, not the middle.
  • When Trevor first came to America, he was hated by many people.
  • It's difficult to make yourself relatable to people who already have an idea of who you are.
  • People relate to you based on how they interact with you.
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The Brain and Body Not Being on the Same Page

  • Trevor Noah talks about how the brain and body aren't always on the same page.
  • When you run from danger, your body is still in danger even when the threat subsides.
  • It's important to understand how our bodies and minds work together.
  • When Trevor became successful, he didn't have a moment to exist in relatable.
  • People have one idea of who you are and how you are based on how they interact with you.
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Not Taking Success for Granted

  • Trevor Noah talks about how it's important not to take success for granted.
  • He tells his people not to forget how hard it was to get where they are.
  • People have one idea of who you are and how you are based on how they interact with you.
  • It's important to understand how our bodies and minds work together.
  • Success can make you unrelatable to people, but it's important to remember where you came from.
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Relationship Disconnect

  • People can misrelate to each other due to different perspectives.
  • This creates conflict, loneliness, and isolation.
  • It's important to find grounding and space to exist comfortably.
  • Trevor Noah is known as the vacation guy among his friends.
  • He makes an effort to plan trips and gatherings to maintain relationships.
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Revealing Your True Self

  • Trevor Noah tries to show his true self to people quickly to gauge chemistry.
  • He warns people that he makes more jokes in person than on Instagram.
  • He wants to quickly figure out if someone wants to be around him.
  • He is not concerned about revealing himself because he wants to know quickly if someone is a good fit.
  • He only reveals himself to people he thinks will be in his life for a long time.
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Challenging Relationships

  • If a team member doesn't get along with Trevor Noah, they can both move on.
  • He wouldn't reveal his true self to someone he doesn't get enough quality time with.
  • He is comfortable with firing team members who don't work out.
  • As a monk, he found it uncomfortable to confront people about their behavior.
  • He tries to approach challenging relationships with compassion and understanding.
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