My name is Leon Logothetis, I’m a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. I used to be a broker in the city of London where I felt uninspired and chronically depressed. I gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the movie The Motorcycle Diaries and the need to connect with others through travel. I have visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent.
I’ve written 3 books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody and The Kindness Diaries that are in stores now. My new book Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live, published by Readers Digest, is available December 2016.
When and why did you start writing?
I’ve always had a fascination for reading and storytelling. Professionally I started writing in my mid-twenties but I’ve been trying to tell stories in one way or another from childhood. I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish so much in my life and I wanted to connect with people who may never get the chance to pursue their dreams. Writing for me is a way to tell others to never give up on happiness, to never give up on the opportunity to dream, and dream big.
What inspires your writing?
Growing up my life was plotted out for me. I was to do well in school, go to university, get a job in finance, and spend the next fifty years of my life sitting behind a slab of wood, watching the rain-slicked streets of London from thirty floors above. For a long time, I followed that script, until one day, I finally realized I was living someone else’s life—a good one—but not one of my own choosing. I watched a film that would change my life forever: The Motorcycle Diaries. In the film, Che Guevara was doing what I had always longed to do, travel the world and connect with others. I left the theater and never looked back. I knew I had to share these experiences with others and writing was a way for me to do that. It’s a way for me to reconnect with my experiences as well as pass any wisdom I have learned onto the reader.
How would you define creativity?
Creativity is anything that makes you feel like you’re doing something bigger than yourself. The more creative you get the bigger the idea can feel until it has to come out of you one way or another.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
I tend to seclude myself when I write, I have an overall idea of what I want to get across and slowly figure out how to connect the pieces together. A lot of my writing comes from my experiences so I keep a journal and notes that I can come back to when I’m ready to start my book.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Practice, practice, and more practice. Writing is like an instrument, the more your use it the better you get!
What do you believe make for great writing?
Great writing makes you forget you’re reading. If you’re fully immersed in a piece of writing you can’t stop, you have to turn the page, you have to keep going.
Which writers have influenced your writing?
Alice Miller, Paulo Coelho, Herman Melville, Malcolm Gladwell, Masaru Emoto, Seth Godin, David Deida, M. Scott Peck, Eckhart Tolle and Richard Bach to name a few.
How do you measure success as a writer?
Success is something that changes with every piece you let others read. As soon as I’m done with a book I think, “okay what’s next?” I begin to wonder what other stories I can tell and how I can tell them. So the bar keeps getting higher the more I write. That’s success in my opinion, the yearning to keep writing and the sense of accomplishment that comes when you finish a piece.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
I think every writer has gone back and looked at their first draft and been very critical of it. I’m no exception but you have to start somewhere, even if you think it’s awful at first, you tend to save the best bits from every draft.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
Feeling exposed. My books are based on very personal experiences and once the final draft is approved that’s it, no going back. There’s always a little voice in the back of my head questioning if I’m saying too much or what will people think.
What traits do you feel make a great writer?
Perseverance is something I think great writers have. They push forward and at the end have something tangible that could possibly live forever.
Describe your latest book to our readers
The Live, Love, Explore: Discover The Way Of The Traveler A Roadmap To The Life You Were Meant To Live is part travel memoir, part inspirational call to action. It’s a way to find meaning and adventure in our everyday lives and discovering the life we were always meant to live. It has simple and intuitive exercises for the reader to complete as they go along the journey with me. Travelling (both the great journey outside and the even greater journeys we can take within) is a great way to connect with others and the book is filled with the wisdom I’ve learnt whilst connecting with everyday people all over the world. It’s about finding a way to live your life fully and without regrets.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
My hope is that people will learn from my experiences and start on the path to living their best life. That they embrace the simple exercises in the book and that their answers can serve as a guide now and in the future. When they feel lost they can go back to their answers and use them as a mantra to keep going. If everyone can at least know they have the right to dream then I truly feel like the book has made an impact.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Never, ever, ever give-up. No matter how difficult things get you’re not alone, but if you give up it’s over, literally. So many times in my life I second-guessed myself but I never gave up writing. You have to take that first step even if that means just getting up in the morning and writing one page a day. This simple act can get your mind working and eventually one a day turns to five, then ten and so on.
Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?
What’s next for you?
It is my intention to continue my travels and share my experiences with kids across America. I want people to realize that they have the power to change their lives, and with a little help from someone who has experienced their pain, they can succeed…
Part travel memoir, part self-help book, Live, Love, Explore is a guide to finding meaning and adventure in your everyday life and discovering the road you were always meant to walk
Leon Logothetis’s life was well plotted out for him. He was to do well in school, go to university, get a job in finance, and spend the next fifty years of his life sitting behind a slab of wood, watching the rain-slicked streets of London from thirty floors above. For a long time, he followed that script, until one day, he finally realized he was living someone else’s life—a good one—but not one of his own choosing.