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Author: Matt D'Avella

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The Ground Up Show is a podcast that inspires creatives to make meaningful content & pursue their passions. Award-winning filmmaker Matt D’Avella, best known for the Netflix documentary Minimalism, sits down with creators to talk about their process, the lesson’s they've learned & how to make an impact.
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Jordan Syatt is a world record powerlifter & strength coach.
110 - Overcoming Anxiety

110 - Overcoming Anxiety

2019-06-2038:543

Caroline Zook & I talk about our experiences with anxiety. Caroline is the co-founder of Wandering Aimfully. Support the show here: patreon.com/mattdavella
Jack Conte is the CEO of Patreon.
Paul Jarvis shares why you might want to rethink growth as the status quo, how social media has changed the way we think about success & the three questions you should ask yourself before working towards any goal. Find Paul here: http://pjrvs.com Get the full full interview here: patreon.com/mattdavella
107 - The Morning Routine

107 - The Morning Routine

2019-05-2301:00:102

Josh Janssen from The Daily Talk Show joins me to discuss waking up early, morning routines & why we care how others start their day. Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional videos every month & support this podcast: patreon.com/mattdavella.
Ramit Sethi, New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You to be Rich, comes by to discuss how to earn more money, create healthy spending habits & change the way we’ve been thinking about money for our entire lives. Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional videos every month & support this podcast: patreon.com/mattdavella.
Tommy Jackett from The Daily Talk Show joins me to discuss our experience meditating for the past month. Did we reach enlightenment? Find out! Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional videos every month & support this podcast: patreon.com/mattdavella.
104 - Quitting Social Media

104 - Quitting Social Media

2019-05-0201:08:081

Sorelle Amore is a YouTuber & Photographer. On this episode we talk about quitting social media & why you might want to try it for 30 days. xx Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional videos every month & support this podcast: patreon.com/mattdavella.
Johann Hari, author of the NY Times Bestseller Lost Connections, set out across the world to speak with leading experts on depression, anxiety & loneliness to discover what has caused our epidemic of loneliness. And more importantly how to solve it. To get the full 40 minute interview, as well as other extended interviews & my exclusive AMA podcast sign up at patreon.com/mattdavella.
Greg McKeown is the author of the NY Times Bestselling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. This is my edited conversation with Greg about his Essentialist philosophy, the myth of success and why small consistent steps far outweigh the alternative. You can get the full 1 hour interview at patreon.com/mattdavella.
Gary Vaynerchuk a 5x New York Times bestselling author, angel investor, chairman of VaynerX & CEO of VaynerMedia. Watch this interview at youtube.com/mattdavella. Learn about my process & how I make films in exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella. I release new videos every month including an AMA podcast answering your questions.
100 - Getting Started

100 - Getting Started

2019-02-2801:19:021

We made it to episode 100! I take questions & comments from listeners to celebrate. Enjoy.
Michelle D'Avella is a breath-work teacher & author of The Bright Side of a Broken Heart. You can find more about her work at pushingbeauty.com or check out her YouTube channel at the link above. You can find her work at pushingbeauty.com. Support this podcast a patreon.com/mattdavella & get access to exclusive videos.
Chris Baca is a three time US Barista Championship finalist, YouTuber, and cofounder of Cat and Cloud Coffee. In this episode we talk about how he got into the coffee business, the importance of authenticity, and how his employees’ well being drives their company. Find Chris here: https://www.youtube.com/realchrisbaca and https://catandcloud.com/ Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: http://patreon.com/mattdavella Episode Highlights: 01:15 - “Adding Value” 04:31 - Chris and his coffee company 10:12 - Starting simple and not trying to over-optimize 12:25 - Being a 3 time finalist in the US Barista Championship 20:41 - Making skate films and video views 25:02 - It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the people 33:28 - Authenticity and caring for your employees 52:30 - Hustle vs. life balance 59:10 - Advice for people looking to start a business
Jason Zook is a an entrepreneur who runs an online community called Wandering Aimfully for creative entrepreneurs who are also interested in earning a sustainable income and crafting an authentic, fulfilling life. In this episode we talk about getting out of debt, balancing minimalism with ambition, and setting priorities in life. Find Jason here: https://wanderingaimfully.com/ Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: http://patreon.com/mattdavella Episode Highlights: 05:59 - Jason’s background 09:15 - Taking the long term view 14:49 - What does YouTube feel like now compared to when you started? 21:47 - Minimalism vs. ambition 27:57 - Fitting work around life 35:43 - Getting out of debt 41:04 - How to you create successful content 59:32 - Overcoming the guilt of letting some part of your business go 55:01 - Scaling up
Bret Iwan is the voice of Mickey Mouse. In this episode we talk about creative fulfillment, finding balance, and the crazy story of how he landed the gig of one of the most recognizable voices in entertainment. Find Bret here: https://www.instagram.com/bretiwanvo Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: http://patreon.com/mattdavella Episode Highlights: 01:00 - Becoming Mickey 15:52 - Disney changed the game 27:22 - Being a VO Actor and having fans 29:57 - Filling Mickey’s shoes 31:55 - What it’s like to record the voice 38:19 - Grateful to have the opportunity 42:02 - Working as a freelancer 45:22 - Working hard but maintaining balance 45:22 - Enjoying the ride 55:31 - Advice to creative starting out 1:00:13 - Overcoming doubt
095 - Reframing Failure

095 - Reframing Failure

2019-01-2301:01:16

Caroline Zook is an artist and creative entrepreneur. In this episode we talk about getting swept up in the rat race, the importance of authenticity, and how to change the way you think about failure. Caroline's membership community: https://join.wanderingaimfully.com/ Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: http://patreon.com/mattdavella Episode Highlights: 00:56 - Introduction: Ad agency and starting to make money online 04:47 - Starting to listen to her creative side and redefining success 11:55 - Getting swept up in the rat race 18:01 - Balancing pleasing your audience and your creative desire 21:43 - The mindset required to follow your own path 25:10 - Developing confidence through action 33:17 - If you are making 1k a month you can make 10k a month 39:10 - The importance of authenticity 45:43 - The book 53:19 - Minimalism
Alex Banayan is an entrepreneur and author of the book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched their Careers. In this episode we talk about overcoming fear, the dangers of being overly persistent, and the truth about success and happiness. Find Alex here: https://thirddoorbook.com/ Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon:http://patreon.com/mattdavella Episode Highlights: 00:58 - Success and happiness are linked09:39 - Defining success and advice for people on the journey14:11 - Practical Steps for success18:42 - Advice to land your dream interview27:39 - Using the Inner Man Strategy31:13 - The danger of too much persistence36:42 - Preparing for a big interview42:45 - Advice for people starting out: the idea of the third door46:25 - Hustling the right way54:37 - Overcoming fear to achieve the life you want59:29 - Quick Questions
093 - Men's Mental Health

093 - Men's Mental Health

2019-01-0901:07:39

Dan Doty: twitter.com/danieldoty Evryman: evryman.com   Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
092 - Slow Fashion

092 - Slow Fashion

2019-01-0201:03:19

Dani Nagel: instagram.com/danidazey Dazey:  www.dazeyla.com   Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
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Comments (75)

Jamie Evans

too much vocal fry

Aug 12th
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Steve Brain

I listened to half of the podcast, and almost didn't get anything. it was really like a useless discussion with another person.

May 8th
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Mariano

I love your YouTube channel, it helped me making some positive personal decisions. Now you got me with your Podcast. You are class!

Jan 27th
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Ethan Mak

Nice

Jan 11th
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Clara Hyde

when a new podcast? they are the best

Dec 31st
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David Castro

Damn I love these guys! ❤️

Sep 29th
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AYOUB BOUKEROUA

DOPE EPISODE 👌

Sep 9th
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Clara Hyde

loved it

Sep 5th
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Renato

pretty crappy advice for weight loss, but interesting podcast

Aug 22nd
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Renato

interesting podcast, but very crappy advice for weight loss.

Aug 22nd
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Patrick McKinney

Matt's advice on never missing more than two days in a row has really helped me with my regular exercise routine. I've also found that doing bodyweight exercises helps out. it's not really practical for me to have a gym membership at this time. and for a while, I used that as an excuse not to exercise. but it's amazing what doing push-ups lunges and squats can do for a workout.

Jun 29th
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Sneha Nanavati

After college info geek, Ground up show comes next on my favourite productivity life style podcasts. no fluff, no pretentiousness - just raw advice and real talk about thriving at life and doing your best! #AmbassadorRecommends

Jun 19th
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Fido Wood

At 16:00, Matt mentions a very interesting thought which can probably resonate with many ambitious young people who are not currently surrounded with likeminded individuals. In short- the help and camaraderie you desire is out there! Self-help & personal development books are a great start: I highly recommend GaryVee's "Crushing It", James Clear's "Atomic Habits", and Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People." It can be very difficult as a 22-year-old business owner to find inspiration through my close friends; not because they are dumb, but rather we're in different stages of life. Don't use this as an excuse!! The help is out there if you want it, you may just have to go find it. Loving this episode, Matt. Congrats on 100, and cheers to many more!

May 27th
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Ezequias Santos

o homi ai é bom

May 25th
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Pedro Silvestre

brabo

May 25th
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Florence Ataíde

So so true

May 15th
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Florence Ataíde

loved it! both of you are such amazing creators!

May 15th
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radufatcock

dope podcast matt

May 14th
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Matias Outer-Mountain

Best podcast ever!!! Love it!!!

May 10th
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Matías Ruiz-Tagle

An absolute gem of a podcast. One of my top 10 discoveries this year. Thanks for the efforts, Matt. I promise that one day I'll chip in at your Patreon ⚡

May 8th
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