24 Questions with Joze Piranian

JOZE PIRANIAN is a lifelong stutterer on the quest to confront his fears one stage a time.

After spending most of his life avoiding speaking out of the fear of being judged for being “different”, everything changed in 2017. He delivered a TEDx talk, received the award of “Inspirational Speaker of the Year” by Speaker Slam , performed stand-up comedy in North American and Europe and spoke at the 2018 Archangel Summit where he shared the stage with Arlene Dickinson and gave a talk in front of 2500 people.

Joze’s mission is to share his tale of overcoming adversity in order to to motivate people to face their deepest fears, overcome their obstacles (their “inner stutter”) and stop wasting their potential in order to become the absolute BEST versions of themselves

1. What does thriving mean to you?
Becoming the absolute BEST version of yourself

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?
The limitless potential of life

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?
Was: self-limiting beliefs

4. What gets you back on track?
Doing something that scares me, physical movement and reading non-fiction

5. What was an embarrassing/painful moment you can share?
Avoiding countless social situations/events out of the fear of being judged for my stutter

6. What did you learn recently?
Complex problems sometimes have simple solutions

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?
I was a a teenager who was socially anxious, insecure, controlled by the fear of speaking.

8. What was one of your aha/breakthrough moments?
Fear always remains. What can change however is your relationship to fear. You can go from “Fear = no, don’t do it!” to “Fear=yes, do it!”

9. Whats the one resource you would recommend?
Joining Toastmasters or doing Kundalini Yoga

10. What is your favourite quote?
The best way out is through

11. What are your top VALUES?
Continous improvement, discipline, respect the self and others

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?
Speaking on as many stages as possible at organizations, conferences and schools/universities worldwide

13. You write a book for your great grandkids, what principles do you want to pass on?
The importance of facing fears, seeking discomfort, and self-acceptance in order to become the best version of ourselves and avoid WASTING potential (which is one of the biggest human tragedies)

14. Who is one of the people that made an impact on your life?
My father who taught me the value of life being a continuous battle.

15. What are you thankful for?
Everything. Existence is a challenging but a beautiful gift.

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional/chaotic home what advice would you give them going forward?
Seeking to join a supportive community outside of your home. They will provide the support needed for you to thrive.

17. What is your favourite memory of this year?
Spending the holidays with my family overseas.

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
I do stand-up comedy, so yes, I have tons 🙂

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?

20. What rule should we be breaking?
Our own self-imposed limits

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
I don’t like thinking of life that way. One day at a time. Improving everyday, and enjoying the ride.

22. What is one small step you would recommend one take to improve their life?
Having a conversation with one stranger everyday or starting every morning with a workout

23. Who is the PERSON(S) you would like to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
(Jonathan Andrews)

24. How can people connect with you?
IG : @yeswayjoze

Website: www.jozepiranian.com