The Third Door for a Polymathic Doctor with Ali Abdaal [The Polymath PolyCast] artwork
The Polymath PolyCast with Dustin Miller

The Third Door for a Polymathic Doctor with Ali Abdaal [The Polymath PolyCast]

  • S3E20
  • 1:03:18
  • November 15th 2020

Today we are talking with Ali Abdaal the self-proclaimed productivity guru, former junior doctor, podcaster, and Youtuber!

"How do we define ourselves, other than by the things that we do?"

It was a lot of fun having him on, and we go into some really cool thought processes. Such as productivity, when to relax rather than work, and finding the third door!



0:00 Intro

3:00 Communication and How to Design Your Life

5:00 Learning to Delegate

10:00 How many books does Ali read?

14:00 Elephant in the brain

19:00 The Third Door

25:00 Running a Company, SixMed

30:00 Starting a podcast with his brother

35:00 Meeting people online

40:00 Music Creators

45:00 The intersections of the polymathic approach

46:01 What is a Polymath to you?

50:00 Forcing yourself to do something you don't want to do

55:00 Having dinner with Derek Sivers and Cold Outreach

01:00:00 Ghost CMS and Outro

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