Why Authenticity is the Key to Success with Max Amini

Why Authenticity is the Key to Success with Max Amini

"The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity." - Tony Robbins

No matter who we are, where we live, or what opportunities are presented to us, the majority of us find it difficult to feel truly successful in life. Success can feel elusive, ambiguous, and fleeting. However, I think that it is in the elusiveness of succeeding that we can find its true meaning. 

Achieving success can feel painfully difficult when we are trying to achieve someone else's version of it. You can hit every milestone along the way, but if you're traveling on someone else's path, you will never feel like you've reached the right destination - the destination that makes you feel truly fulfilled and successful. 

So, what's the solution? Authenticity. Staying true to who you are, what you value, and why.

Today’s Guest: Max Amini

If anyone knows the value of authenticity, it's my guest on today’s episode of NextPlay, Max Amini. Max is an edgy Iranian-American stand-up comedian who uses his comedic talents to push the envelope on socially relevant and controversial topics. His talent for storytelling has helped him shift perspectives and preconceived notions about cultural stereotypes among his audiences. 

Max's list of achievements is impressive, but he hasn't gotten this far without his fair share of criticism, pushback, and disapproval. In today's interview, I ask Max about how he deals with the hate and harsh critique and still manages to find success on stage and maintain his undeniably positive energy and sense of humor.

His answer is simple: Discover who you are and be authentic. 

NextPlay Episode 7

In this episode with Max, we dive deep into why finding your authenticity and holding true to it is so critical for defining success in your own life and reaching it. We discuss how he has stayed true to himself despite challenging cultural stereotypes, negative feedback and opposing societal expectations. You’re going to love the advice that he shares!

Click Here to Watch Episode 7 of NextPlay with Max Amini

What You Will Learn from Max:

  • How he overcame the challenges of being a Persian comedian
  • The key to maintaining a positive mindset
  • Why authenticity is crucial for succeeding as an artist
  • How he found acceptance as an Iranian-American post 9/11

“You can’t be a good artist unless you really know the essence of what you’re about and who you are.” 

  • How he delivers value to his audiences through comedy
  • Why he chose to focus on film projects
  • How he pivoted his comedy during the pandemic
  • What he’s working on as his NextPlay

“Any good artist gets to a place where they stop walking on eggshells and caring what people think. You show up, you do you, and that’s the gift.”

NextPlay x Gifting Hearts

Don’t forget to grab some exclusive NextPlay x Gifting Hearts merchandise.

NextPlay is all about purpose, and so for each episode, I team up with my guest to create exclusive merchandise for charity. 100% of the proceeds go to the charity of my guest’s choosing. 

This week, all proceeds for the sales of NextPlay merchandise go to supporting Gifting Hearts, Max's organization that supports underprivileged individuals and the differently abled who are pursuing a career in the arts through scholarships and other opportunities.

Shop NextPlay x Gifting Hearts merch here!


About Milan

Milan Kordestani is a versatile entrepreneur, writer, and founder of several companies oriented toward giving individuals control over their own discourse and creation. At just 22 years old, Kordestani has focused his vision through entrepreneurship that prioritizes transparent practice, civil discourse, and respect for creatives.

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