Big Sean unveils his new book: “Go higher”

Five practices for purpose, success, and inner peace
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In an exclusive interview, hip-hop sensation Big Sean opens up about his latest venture: a self-help book that promises to elevate minds, hearts, and spirits. The Grammy-nominated artist, who recently embraced fatherhood, shares insights from his journey, his new book, and the transformative power of purpose.

The journey to “Go Higher”

Big Sean, born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, has always been candid about his mental health struggles. From battling depression to managing anxiety, he’s navigated life’s peaks and valleys with resilience. Now, at 36 years old, he’s stepping into a new role: author. But this isn’t just any book—it’s a guide to inner growth and well-being.

"I remember when I spoke up about it, how big of a deal it was,” Sean reflects. I didn’t even realize. I thought I was just keeping it real with my audience and, like, how I felt… You know, life is full of ups and downs, and that’s the beauty of it all."

The turning point came during a podcast conversation with Jay Shetty in 2022. Shetty, a renowned motivational speaker, urged Sean to share his wisdom beyond music. 

"You’ve got to write a book, bro, Shetty insisted."

And so, Sean embarked on a mission to distill his experiences into actionable practices.

“Go Higher”: More than a book

Sean emphasizes that Go Higher: Five Practices for Purpose, Success, and Inner Peace isn’t your typical self-help tome. It’s a workbook—a companion for those seeking clarity, resilience, and fulfillment. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Purposeful Practices: Sean unveils five key practices that have shaped his journey. From morning rituals to mindful reflection, these practices offer a roadmap to purposeful living.
  2. Self-Acceptance and Wellness: Through candid storytelling, Sean shares how he found self-acceptance and mental wellness. His vulnerability invites readers to explore their own paths toward healing.
  3. Inspiration from the Greats: Sean draws inspiration from timeless self-help classics. Books like The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra have influenced his approach to life.

A foundation for wellness

Sean’s daily routine involves journaling and meditation. 

"Being young and Black, and trying to give myself a foundation to build upon,” he explains. “I feel like my book summed up a lot of those books I read."

His commitment to growth extends beyond himself—he hopes to empower others to embrace their unique paths.

As Sean prepares to release Go Higher this October, he leaves us with this message:

"This book is about more than success; it’s about inner peace. It’s a toolkit for anyone striving to rise above challenges, find purpose, and create lasting change. Let’s go higher—together."