Ben Feder

"From Boardroom to Bali"


"Live your life deliberately. Live the life you want even if it involves trade-offs or potential risks." – Ben Feder

Today we have the author of “Take off Your Shoes”, Ben Feder, joining us on DENtalks Podcast all the way from New York City! Ben is the former CEO of Take Two Interaction – the gaming company that’s behind some of the best known video games like Grand Theft Auto and Civilization, however everything changed for him when he decided to take a sabbatical and move his family of 6 to Bali. We discuss the power of choice, the risks and tradeoffs for the choices we make, how you don’t have to be in the one percent to make these leaps in life, what things he still practices today from his time in Bali, and so much more. Ben is the perfect practical example of how changing your perspective and getting out of your comfort zone can create all kinds of change in your life – but it doesn’t always need to change your life. Ben is back in New York and is a senior executive for a Chinese Tech Company and is back in the hustle and bustle of his “old life” but with a new perspective. Don’t miss Ben’s personal practice where he shares a compassion practice we can all do!

“We came back to our old home, but we were all permanently changed people through our experience.” – Ben Feder



  • Compassion Practice


  1. What is your favorite book? Joyful Wisdom, The Brain that Changes Itself, and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
  2. What kind of meditation do you rely on the most? I have a daily meditation practice where I wake up at 4am and do a Vipassana meditation then go back to sleep.
  3. What’s your favorite self-care hack? Meditation, art, yoga, exercise, drink a lot of water and eat healthy.
  4. One piece of life advice: Live your life deliberately, live the life you want even if it involves trade-offs or potential risks – just do it.


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.