DR ALI ABDAAL (PART 1)
How to overcome fear, put yourself out there and get started
Ali (twitter: @AliAbdaal; instagram: @aliabdaal) is a junior doctor who graduated from Cambridge University in 2018. Alongside his day job saving lives, he has a YouTube channel with over 300,000 subscribers and runs a business that helps students get into medical school. He also writes weekly articles about productivity, education and technology.
Welcome to episode 1 of the Alternative CV podcast. In this episode, I get started on my podcast, and I talk to Ali Abdaal about the concept of getting started on things.
3 Things I’ve Learned
- Ali’s trick to growing his Youtube channel from 0 to >250k subscribers. He started simple, but constantly strived to make his videos incrementally better each time.
- Why some people suffer from burnout, and how to balance this against consistency. Ali introduces this concept of ‘hustle vs chill’ – examine your overarching motives, and think about whether it is the right decision to just hustle as hard as you can. What are you sacrificing? Is it worth it?
- How to overcome the fear of starting something new and putting yourself out there. In a nutshell: share something educational/valuable to the world.
Here are links to some of the references we make in the podcast:
- Casey Neistat (Youtuber) https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat
- Gary Vaynerchuk https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/
- How to study for exams – evidence-based revision tips (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukLnPbIffxE&t=2s
- Taking notes on iPad as a medical student (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waR3xBDHMqw
- Taking notes on iPad for engineering students (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoXYOn8UPo8
- Ali’s desk setup video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rApxWtDIRAM
- How I ranked 1st at Cambridge University – the essay memorisation framework (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-46Vyiwat_Y
- Consistency is key to youtube success – Casey Neistat’s advice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lDQc1mGAvY
- Hustle vs Chill https://aliabdaal.com/hustle-vs-chill/
- ‘Show your work’ by Austin Kleon https://amzn.to/2J3GHUe
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