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Dr Ali Abdaal is the world’s most followed productivity expert and author of Feel-Good Productivity, the brand new book that reveals why the secret to productivity isn’t discipline, it’s joy. In his podcast, Deep Dive, Ali sits down with inspiring creators, thinkers, entrepreneurs and high performers to help listeners build lives that they love.

Ali’s cheerful style, positive approach, and well-researched content have made him a trusted voice when it comes to productivity. The internet means that we have access to more knowledge and information than ever before - but it can also be overwhelming. So, Ali and his expert guests focus on simple, scientifically proven, and actionable steps you can take to make real changes in your life.

Ali’s a firm believer that happiness isn’t the result of success - in fact, happiness is the key to success in the first place. Ali made this discovery while working as a doctor in a chaotic hospital ward. In the past, hard work had been the answer to every obstacle in his life. But no amount of hard work was going to combat panic and burnout.

So, Ali dedicated himself to figuring out a new approach to productivity - one that focuses on enjoying the journey and working towards truly meaningful goals. Deep Dive, with its authentic and engaging conversations, will give you all the insights you need to do just that.

Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal Ali Abdaal

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Dr Ali Abdaal is the world’s most followed productivity expert and author of Feel-Good Productivity, the brand new book that reveals why the secret to productivity isn’t discipline, it’s joy. In his podcast, Deep Dive, Ali sits down with inspiring creators, thinkers, entrepreneurs and high performers to help listeners build lives that they love.

Ali’s cheerful style, positive approach, and well-researched content have made him a trusted voice when it comes to productivity. The internet means that we have access to more knowledge and information than ever before - but it can also be overwhelming. So, Ali and his expert guests focus on simple, scientifically proven, and actionable steps you can take to make real changes in your life.

Ali’s a firm believer that happiness isn’t the result of success - in fact, happiness is the key to success in the first place. Ali made this discovery while working as a doctor in a chaotic hospital ward. In the past, hard work had been the answer to every obstacle in his life. But no amount of hard work was going to combat panic and burnout.

So, Ali dedicated himself to figuring out a new approach to productivity - one that focuses on enjoying the journey and working towards truly meaningful goals. Deep Dive, with its authentic and engaging conversations, will give you all the insights you need to do just that.

    How to Land your Dream Job - Chats with my Team ( @KaelynGraceApple )

    How to Land your Dream Job - Chats with my Team ( @KaelynGraceApple )

    Get all 20 lessons I learned in my 20s here ✍️
    If you want to start or grow a channel, check out my Part-Time YouTuber Academy here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09MXML0

    I’ve built a brand new community for like-minded people called Productivity Lab. We’ll have online classes, workshops, and coaching to help you double your productivity. You can find out more here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09MXLJ0 

    Check Out My New York Times Bestselling Book Feel-Good Productivity! 👉
    Amazon: https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09MXPJ0 
    Website: https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09MXPk0

    Meet Kaelyn – YouTuber, former pro athlete, and now our community manager at the Productivity Lab.
    In this episode, we chat about the power of networking and how just being out there and doing great work can open up so many doors. Kaelyn shares her journey from the sports world to YouTube and how she networked her way to joining our team. We also explore the perks of teamwork, the quest for work-life balance, and the art of building a cohesive vision for a productivity brand. Enjoy :)

    00:00 Introduction and Networking
    14:02 Being Part of a Team
    28:03 Incorporating Neurodiversity in Productivity Content
    31:14 Exploring Innovative Tools for Productivity

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    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Deep Dive is the podcast that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs, creators and other inspiring people to uncover the philosophies, strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. 

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    • 33 min
    How to Scale your Startup with Growth Levers: Matt Lerner

    How to Scale your Startup with Growth Levers: Matt Lerner

    Get all 20 lessons I learned in my 20s here ✍️
    Sponsored by Brilliant - visit https://brilliant.org/DeepDive/ and the first 200 of you will get 20% off Brilliant's annual premium subscription.

    I’ve built a brand new community for like-minded people called Productivity Lab. We’ll have online classes, workshops, and coaching to help you double your productivity. You can find out more here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09FchV0

    Check Out My New York Times Bestselling Book Feel-Good Productivity! 👉
    Amazon: https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09Fch60 
    Website: https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09Fch70 
    In this episode of Deep Dive, I'm thrilled to interview Matt Lerner, the founder of SYSTM and author of "Growth Levers." Matt shares his wisdom on helping startups uncover their big growth levers, the challenges of decision-making and the pitfalls of focusing only on revenue.We also explore growth strategies like viral and authentic videos and the necessity of engaging and retaining viewers through positive feedback loops.This episode is packed with practical tips and strategies. I hope you find listening to it as enjoyable as I found recording it 🙂 
    (00:00) Uncovering Growth Levers(12:45) Aligning Organisational Pieces for Growth(28:43) Deciding Which Ideas to Pursue(39:17) The Importance of Fresh Content(46:15) Measuring Monthly Returning Viewers and Conversion Rates(55:26) Monetisation Strategies: Sponsorships, Affiliates, and Own Products(01:19:07) Simplifying and Consolidating for Focus(01:24:13) Leveraging Podcast Episodes for YouTube Videos(01:32:23) Reevaluating the Business Model(02:01:01) De-risking the Business(02:06:26) Unlocking Bottlenecks (02:12:43) Doing Fewer Things and Making More Mistakes(02:21:30) Building a Portfolio of Small Businesses(02:28:22) The Importance of Clear Hypotheses and Documentation

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    🔗 CONNECT WITH ALI
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    📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT

    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation - https://aliabdaal.com/podcast/

    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Deep Dive is the podcast that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs, creators and other inspiring people to uncover the philosophies, strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. 

    Want to start your own podcast? We use Transistor! https://go.aliabdaal.com/transistor 

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    PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from 😜

    • 2 hrs 32 min
    Cal Newport: The Secrets of Slow Productivity

    Cal Newport: The Secrets of Slow Productivity

    Get all 20 lessons I learned in my 20s here ✍️
    If you want to start or grow a channel, check out my Part-Time YouTuber Academy here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09ymcY0
    I’ve built a brand new community for like-minded people called Productivity Lab. We’ll have online classes, workshops, and coaching to help you double your productivity. You can find out more here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09rKvY0

    Check Out My New York Times Bestselling Book Feel-Good Productivity! 👉
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    In this episode of Deep Dive, I sit down with Cal Newport the author of "Slow Productivity" and we explore the pitfalls of following your passion, the principles of deep work, and the balance between consistency and bursts of intensity when it comes to creative work. We also discuss balancing consistency with bursts of intensity, managing multiple projects, structuring your job to prevent burnout and the value of slow, deliberate efforts for long-term success. I hope you enjoy the episode :)

    (00:00) The Concept of Slow Productivity and Deep Work
    (11:16) Challenges of Following Your Passion
    (28:02) Managing Multiple Projects 
    (31:30) The Evolution of Creative Processes 
    (31:59) Redefining Productivity
    (38:29) Balancing Work and Life: Setting Boundaries and Managing Distractions
    (43:21) Challenges and Insights of The Art of Writing

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    📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT

    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation - https://aliabdaal.com/podcast/

    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Deep Dive is the podcast that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs, creators and other inspiring people to uncover the philosophies, strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. 

    Want to start your own podcast? We use Transistor! https://go.aliabdaal.com/transistor 

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    You can also Tweet @AliAbdaal with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes and we can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏

    PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from 😜

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Eric Siu: Building a $10m+ Marketing Agency

    Eric Siu: Building a $10m+ Marketing Agency

    Get all 20 lessons I learned in my 20s here ✍️
    I’ve built a brand new community for like-minded people called Productivity Lab. We’ll have online classes, workshops, and coaching to help you double your productivity. You can find out more here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09nfRD0

    Check Out My New York Times Bestselling Book Feel-Good Productivity! 👉
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    This conversation with Eric Siu is packed with insights into his entrepreneurial journey and the details of launching and scaling a marketing agency. We touch on everything, from client acquisition and business growth strategies to the importance of going above and beyond to succeed. We also talk about the balance between work and personal life and the power of networking in today's business world. Whether you're an entrepreneur seeking inspiration or just interested in personal development, this chat has something valuable for you. 

    (00:00) Eric’s Entrepreneurial Journey 
    (03:40) Keys to Success
    (06:32) The Enjoyment of Entrepreneurship
    (22:49) Lifestyle Business vs. Full-On Business
    (23:19) Navigating Remote Work Challenges and Business Growth
    (26:13) The Power of Focus and the Art of Doing Less
    (40:37) Networking, Retreats, and Connection
    (43:26) Mentorship, Teaching, and Personal Fulfillment


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    📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT

    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation - https://aliabdaal.com/podcast/

    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Deep Dive is the podcast that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs, creators and other inspiring people to uncover the philosophies, strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. 

    Want to start your own podcast? We use Transistor! https://go.aliabdaal.com/transistor 

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    If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast...

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    You can also Tweet @AliAbdaal with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes and we can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏

    PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from 😜

    • 45 min
    How to Build a Business that Lets you Quit your Job - Dickie Bush

    How to Build a Business that Lets you Quit your Job - Dickie Bush

    Get all 20 lessons I learned in my 20s here ✍️
    Sponsored by Grammarly - ⚡️ Sign up and download for FREE using my link http://grammarly.com/deepdive.

    Sponsored by Hostinger. Go to https://www.hostinger.com/aliabdaal and use the code ALIABDAAL to get 10% off your own website and domain.

    Sponsored by Brilliant - visit https://brilliant.org/DeepDive/ and the first 200 of you will get 20% off Brilliant's annual premium subscription.

    I’ve built a brand new community for like-minded people called Productivity Lab. We’ll have online classes, workshops, and coaching to help you double your productivity. You can find out more here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H096KC90

    Check Out My New York Times Bestselling Book Feel-Good Productivity! 👉
    Amazon: https://geni.us/JFhDr5?utm_source=deepdive_audio&utm_medium=description&utm_campaign=post_launch&utm_content=DD_DickieBush

    Website: https://www.feelgoodproductivity.com/?utm_source=deepdive_audio&utm_medium=description&utm_campaign=post_launch&utm_content=DD_DickieBush

    In this episode, Dickie shares his journey of building a successful side hustle while working a full-time job. We also cover the importance of not quitting your job too soon, the value of curating the content we consume to ensure it helps us overcome obstacles and much more. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

    (00:00) The beginning
    (02:22) Types of Compensation
    (03:20) The Importance of Not Quitting Your Job Too Soon
    (06:35) The Need for Intense Effort and Focus
    (10:20) Creating Content
    (26:16) Continuing to Learn and Create
    (35:49) The Illusion of Busyness and Time Management
    (36:45) Exploring the Malleability of Time and Energy
    (39:38) Finding a Niche and Unique Angle
    (43:00) The Role of AI in Summarising and Creating Original Content
    (45:54) The Journey from Curation to Creation
    (50:11) Brain-breaking moments and Leverage
    (58:51) The Four Layers of Specificity for Success
    (01:09:26) Reverse Engineering to Achieve a Million Dollars a Year
    (01:13:14) Scaling to a Million Dollars a Month
    (01:14:12) Continuous Learning and Investing in Oneself
    (01:15:44) Seeking Guidance from Mentors and Coaches
    (01:23:44) Identifying and Overcoming Bottlenecks in Growth
    (01:39:00) Finding a Balance Between Financial Success and Other Aspects of Life


    🔗 CONNECT WITH DICKIE
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    📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT

    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation - https://aliabdaal.com/podcast/

    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Deep Dive is the podcast that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs, creators and other inspiring people to uncover the philosophies, strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. 

    Want to start your own podcast? We use Transistor! https://go.aliabdaal.com/transistor 

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    If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast...

    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH 

    You can also Tweet @AliAbdaal with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes and we can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏

    PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from 😜

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Does Money Buy Happiness? A Conversation with Deca-Millionaires

    Does Money Buy Happiness? A Conversation with Deca-Millionaires

    Get all 20 lessons I learned in my 20s here ✍️
    I’ve built a brand new community for like-minded people called Productivity Lab. We’ll have online classes, workshops, and coaching to help you double your productivity. You can find out more here 👉 https://eu1.hubs.ly/H090Bqn0

    Check Out My New York Times Bestselling Book Feel-Good Productivity! 👉
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    In this episode, Patrick, Matt, and I get real about our personal journeys with wealth and how it's shaped our lives, from defining our identities to managing lifestyle costs and finding purpose and fulfilment beyond financial success. We delve into the concept of 'enough' and why knowing when we have all we need is crucial. I hope you enjoy!

    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:20) Personal Experiences with Wealth
    (05:05) The Impact of Wealth on Extremes
    (09:49) Financial Security and Stress
    (12:40) Money Insecurities
    (21:32) Decision-Making
    (24:51) Finding Purpose and Fulfillment
    (25:21) The Concept of 'Enough' 
    (28:09) The Impact of Wealth on Children 
    (31:34) The Importance of Experiences
    (36:13) Money Doesn't Buy Happiness: It's How You Use It

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    🔗 CONNECT WITH PATRICK
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    🔗 CONNECT WITH ALI
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    📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT

    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation - https://aliabdaal.com/podcast/

    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Deep Dive is the podcast that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs, creators and other inspiring people to uncover the philosophies, strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. 

    Want to start your own podcast? We use Transistor! https://go.aliabdaal.com/transistor 

    🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE 
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    🙏 LEAVE A REVIEW 

    If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast...

    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH 

    You can also Tweet @AliAbdaal with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes and we can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏

    PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from 😜

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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If you love detailed, “deep dive” discussion on various subject, this is it ! I love the length of the episodes, I can listen to them while on road trips, on a morning walk,…
I also love that Ali always ask the questions I had too.
Little bonus ☺️ : he talks fast (so I don’t feel bored).

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