April 30, 1973
- Known For:
About Leo Babauta
Leo Babauta was born on April 18, 1973, in Guam. He attended school in Guam before moving to California. As an adult, Babauta realized he had a passion for writing, so he quit his job and started his first blog, Zen Habits, in 2007. The blog initially focused on his journey to simplify his life and eliminate stress. However, it soon became a popular platform for personal development and productivity, including topics related to healthy eating, exercise, quitting smoking, and losing weight.
Today, Babauta lives in California with his wife and six children.He’s a vegan, endurance runner, and entrepreneur who’s focused on continuous improvement. He has a large following across platforms including Twitter (where he has 175,000 followers) and his blog, Zen Habits.Zen Habits has over 200,000 subscribers and has been named one of the “Top 25 Blogs” by TIME.
Writing Career, Books, and Blog
Babauta’s writing style is simple and direct, with a focus on topics including stress management, minimalism, creativity, and habit formation.
In addition to writing the Zen Habits blog, Babauta has authored several books that focus on personal development, productivity, and simplicity. Here are some of his most popular titles:
- The Power of Less: In this book, Babauta shows readers how to simplify their lives and get more done by focusing on essential tasks and eliminating distractions.
- Zen to Done: This book is a step-by-step guide to help readers develop and maintain habits that will increase their productivity and reduce stress.
- Focus: In this book, Babauta provides practical tips and strategies for improving focus and concentration, which can help readers achieve their goals more effectively.
- Essential Zen Habits: This book is a compilation of some of Babauta’s best articles from his popular blog, Zen Habits. It covers a range of topics, from mindfulness to habit formation to minimalism.
Zen Habits, as well as Babauta’s books and courses, focus on principles and ideas including:
- Living with less
- Being non-reactive
- Social justice and charity work
- Alternative schooling
- Weight loss and vegan lifestyles (he lost 80 lbs and also quit drinking)
Additionally, Babauta is the creator of several mastermind programs and online courses aimed at helping people simplify their lives and develop better habits. Some of his courses include:
- “The Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness”: This six-week course helps people develop a daily mindfulness practice. The course covers topics such as breathing techniques, mindful eating, and how to stay present in the moment.
- “The Sea Change Program”: This 12-month program shows people how to make significant changes in their lives, such as by simplifying, exercising, and communicating more effectively in relationships.
- “The Zen Habits Mindfulness Master Class”: This four-week course teaches advanced mindfulness techniques, such as how to deal with difficult emotions and how to stay focused in a distracting environment.
- “The Habit Course”: This is aimed as helping people create and stick to new habits, such as by identifying triggers, setting goals, and creating a support system.
Zen Habits Podcast and Speaking Engagements
Babauta hosts a podcast called Zen Habits, where he interviews experts in the field of personal development. In addition, he’s a popular speaker on other podcasts and a creator of mastermind courses where he educates people about tools for well-being and productivity.
Zen Habits features interviews with experts in the field of personal development, health, and mental well-being. In each episode, Babauta and his guest discuss topics such as sustainability, fitness, running, and work-life balance. Some popular episodes include:
- “The Art of Letting Go”: In this episode, Babauta speaks about the benefits of letting go of material possessions and simplifying your life.
- “Creating Habits That Stick”: Babauta talks to James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, about how to create habits that are sustainable and long-lasting.
- “The Mindful Athlete”: In this episode, Babauta talks to George Mumford, a mindfulness coach who has worked with several professional athletes, about how mindfulness can improve athletic performance.
Leaders Media has established sourcing guidelines that rely on credible, expert-level, and primary sources for articles about people and companies. Articles are frequently edited by staff writers. Learn more about our mission, editorial ethics, and how we source references in our editorial policy.
- Liong, L. My Story. Zen Habits. Retrieved from https://zenhabits.net/my-story/
- Babauta, L. [Leo Babauta]. LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/leo-babauta-zenhabits/
- Babauta, L. Fast Company. https://www.fastcompany.com/user/leo-babauta
- Babauta, L. Zen Habits.https://leobabauta.com/
- Zen Habits [@zen_habits]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/zen_habits?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
- Babauta, L. Amazon.com: Leo Babauta: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/stores/Leo-Babauta/author/B002BO7RLI?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
- Davies, S. T. Essential Zen Habits. https://www.samuelthomasdavies.com/book-summaries/self-help/essential-zen-habits/
- Babauta, L. Share Your Story. Zen Habits.https://zenhabits.net/share/
- Good Life Project. (2019, January 7). Leo Babauta: The Zen Habits of Happiness and Success [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PNcrB7Scro
- Babauta, L. Books. Zen Habits. https://zenhabits.net/books/
- Babauta, L. (2011, January 18). 27 Non-School Skills Children Need. DailyGood. https://www.dailygood.org/story/303/27-non-school-skills-children-need-leo-babauta/
- Babauta, L. (Host). (2020-present). Zen Habits Podcast [Audio podcast]. Apple Podcasts.https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/zen-habits-podcast/id1520903122
- This Epic Life. (2018, June 26). Leo Babauta: The Zen Habits Master. https://www.thisepiclife.com/leo-babauta/
Any reader who wishes to provide any additions or revisions to this article, including updating any out-of-date information, please email [email protected].