secretleaders | When and why to pivot your life, with doctor-turned-YouTuber Ali Abdaal

When and why to pivot your life, with doctor-turned-YouTuber Ali Abdaal

When and why to pivot your life, with doctor-turned-YouTuber Ali Abdaal

How do you live a happier, healthier, more productive life? This is the question that doctor-turned-YouTuber Ali Abdaal is obsessed with.
“Most of my childhood was spent chasing this dream of making magical internet money that mostly didn’t work out. And it was like a string of failures. But when I did end up making magical internet money, I felt that a lot of the failures from childhood had been worth it.”
Ali’s first business, 6Med, which he started in university in 2013, helps people get into medical schools and has been used by over 10,000 prospective doctors. But recently his career took an interesting turn when, having paused being a doctor to focus on becoming a YouTuber, he realised that his real love was teaching.
With over two million subscribers and videos that have racked up over 145 million views, Ali has definitely found his niche.
“I started seriously asking myself the question like, what the hell do I want to do with my life? One exercise I found really helpful was thinking about what do I want written on my gravestone? I ended up landing on some combination of good dad, good husband, and inspirational teacher.”
Find out how to be more productive, why having fun with your work is so important, and how to tell your mum that you’re packing in medicine for a career on YouTube (eek).
Links:

Ali Abdaal

Dr. Grace Lordan – Think Big

Daniel Pink – Drive

Tim Ferriss – 4 Hour Work Week

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