Ms. Grano agreed to let Ms. Ray introduce her to three men a month, with the goal of finding her soul mate by the 12th month. Before she could meet more than a few potential matches, she heard Mr. Graziano’s voice in the media and marketing Clubhouse room.
“I knew he was the one I had manifested,” she said. His picture confirmed it. She had drawn up a list of her ideal man’s 100 traits, and Mr. Graziano — who is 6-foot-2, has long blond hair and wears jewelry and all black clothing — checked every box for physical attributes. To find out if he lined up with her less superficial ideal qualities, like kindness, she messaged him on Instagram to ask if he would be a guest on her podcast.
Mr. Graziano responded right away. “I was minding my own business in Vancouver when she reached out, and then I click on her profile and see that at the time, she had 2.8 million followers,” he said. She had also interviewed people he considers thought leaders. “She was what we call a titan.” On March 10, he went on the show to talk about Mindful Media, the company he started in 2020.
Mr. Graziano’s entrepreneurial journey started just before he dropped out of the Western University in London, Ontario, in 2011, while he was an exchange student in Copenhagen. In Denmark, he couldn’t find a job because he didn’t speak Danish. “Even Burger King wouldn’t hire me,” he said.
So he started a business promoting parties for American students. Back in Canada, he followed that up with a light-up T-shirt company. In 2014, on the last day of a solo backpacking trip through Thailand, he made a commitment. “I was meeting all these people from different places who told me how beautiful their countries were,” he said. “I decided I was going to go to every country in the world by age 30 or die trying.”