Episode 51

Published on:

27th May 2019

51. Michael Graziano - Having Global Gratitude

In this episode, Lance and Michael talk about expressing gratitude for travel! Michael guides the conversation on dealing with misconceptions of travel. He explains the value of meeting new people and experiencing the different cultures of these various nations. In visiting these nations and experiencing cultures, he has also done charity and volunteer work by teaming up with local sponsors.

Michael Graziano attempts to be the youngest Canadian to visit every UN nation in the world. Graduating with what he calls the “Global degree.” Over the past 5 years he has been over 120 nations through America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. He’ll be visiting the remainder of the nations this year. His videos have been viewed more than 75 million times with an engaged audience of 1 million travelers from all around the world. He has also founded Global Degree Academy which facilitates student group travel while completing online courses. 

Michael tells listeners: “You need courage to ask for big things and you need the gratitude to receive them. If you have gratitude, people feel good giving you thing and they will do everything in their power to give you things. If you don’t have gratitude, people don’t’ feel good giving you things and they’ll do nothing in their power to give you more.”


In this episode, you will learn:

  • About travel misconceptions and the value of other cultures
  • What it means to be a Global degree holder 
  • The power of Community
  • How different experiences teach people

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As an experienced veteran with adversity, Lance has faced some of life's most difficult challenges. Grinding his way through the hockey ranks to traveling the world as a bartender. Through his personal battle with drugs and alcohol for well over a decade, the tragic loss of his brother to suicide followed by the great loss of his father to cancer only a year later, Lance realized he had hit rock bottom. In the darkest of days, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life, one that would make an impact and inspire the masses, leaving the world in a better place than he found it. Lance has made it his mission to facilitate the message of positive change through adversity and encourage people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.