The Awakened Leader with Gerard Adams

From An 8-Figure Startup Hustle To Living In Harmony & Fatherhood with Gerard Adams & Brandon Evans.


Gerard Adams became a millionaire by 24. And being a New York City hustler cultivated a knack for playing big games. But after selling Elite Daily for $50 million, he was left empty and depressed. 1heart and his Ayahuasca experience shifted his perspective and allowed him to embody that everything he needs for wholeness is born within rather than done ‘out there.’ It’s been four years since he participated in our Ayahuasca retreat, and he continues to embody the balance between hustle and harmony.


Episode Description:

In our first episode, our Chief Elevation Officer, Brandon Evans, interviews Gerard Adams from Journey 2. Gerard is an entrepreneur, branding expert, philanthropist, TedX speaker, and business executive. The two discuss how Gerard’s experience with Ayahuasca changed his life, helped him release self-judgment & better balance hustle & harmony, learn to embody self-love, & so much more.

Gerard is an American serial entrepreneur, millennial branding expert, philanthropist, TedX speaker, and business executive. He is best known as a co-founder of Elite Daily, which was sold to The Daily Mail in 2015 for $50 million dollars. Gerard has been named one of the top 100 most influential by Business Insider and became a self-made millionaire by 24.

Currently, he’s the Founder of Leaders Create Leaders, a conscious leadership training institute empowering and equipping a community of impact-driven leaders for a better future.


In this episode, we talk about:

  • How the acquisition of Gerard’s company left him depressed rather than fulfilled
  • The way his Grandmother helped him learn to love his whole self truly
  • The importance of playing big games
  • How creating a family feels like a ceremony
  • And so much more…
    Please enjoy!


About 1heart:

1heart is an all-inclusive human accelerator designed to fully elevate your mind, body, and spirit. Our 1 week fully immersive retreat and 7 weeks of virtual preparation & integration experience brings together high-performing entrepreneurs, CEOs, leaders, and change-makers with (sacred) ancient and modern modalities for intense personal growth to deeply align your individual and our collective purposes for maximum life fulfillment.

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DISCLAIMER: In sharing stories from leaders who have used plant medicine, including ayahuasca, to elevate their lives, we are not recommending it to you or suggesting that it will have the same results. Each individual will react differently to the medicine, which can be largely shaped by the set and setting of your experience as well as your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state prior to joining. If you’re interested in this or a similar experience, we recommend you do your own research and speak to others who have done it so you can best determine if it is a good fit for you at this time. Should you decide to do so, we strongly suggest doing so with great reverence and respect for the medicine and the powerful effects it can create in your life. We also recommend anyone working with this medicine spend time preparing themselves before their ceremony(s) and have resources lined up to support them in their integration post-ceremony(s).

Also, it is important to note that the plants and compounds mentioned in this post are still illegal in many countries, and even possession can carry severe criminal penalties. None of this post constitutes medical advice or should be construed as a recommendation to use psychedelics. There are serious legal, psychological, and physical risks. Psychedelics are not for everyone—they can exacerbate certain emotional problems, and there have been, in very rare cases, fatalities.