Building the Future - Matt Ward

Matt-Ward-GrowthMindset.jpg

Matt Ward launched an Amazon business which he sold for $1 million after just one year. He is now the host of two great podcasts:
disruptors.fm/
thesyndicate.vc/

Matt has an amazing focus on the future and has a fascinating set of insights of what is in store for us and what we should be excited for and what we should be worried about. He has personal goals of living past 150, helping end factory farming by 2030 and getting humans to colonize space by 2033. An inspiration to have on the podcast.

Subscribe to the podcast:


Top Tips

Have 10x Goals and think creatively to get there

be ambitious. It’s better to get halfway to a billion and fail than succeed in getting to one million. When you have massive goals you can really surprise yourself.

There are two ways to achieve huge success like this. you can build a business the traditional way. or you can form a movement, depending on what you want to achieve you might not need to become rich first to achieve your dreams. this is a really strong point that completely relates to a different idea I've been putting together to do exactly this which I”m hoping to launch this year. watch this space for details.

Success is creativity plus productivity

I love this definition of success. It is exactly what I’m striving for, the two things that make me happiest are when I am being creative and when I’m being productive and when you can find something that overlaps both you are in the sweet spot. My idea’s going forwards are really going to be optimised for this.

Health

his whole attitude on life extension is awesome. the main take homes are to avoid as many carbs as possible but perhaps going full on keto is a bit too much. but try and micro fast which is eating within an 8-hour window each day. so for me, I have lunch at 1 pm maybe snack on some fruit and then dinner. After a while it's incredibly easy. Once you get used to it you can push for longer fasts like 24-hour fasts or I’ve started doing regular 40-hour fasts which is basically one whole day of not eating in the middle of my normal 16-hour fasts as those just feel like normal eating now anyway. I pushed it really hard last week and did a 100 hour fast which was a bit mental and had some interesting results which I’ll do a whole podcast on soon. Let's just say there are too many people advocating extreme fasting without useful medical advice so I deliberately did an unsupported one and documented what went wrong to prove a point. I might do some more sensible ones with some science involved as well in the future but who knows.

Books

How to win friends and influence people.

Awesome Books, so many profoundly deep lessons on how to just go through life being an awesome human being in a way that everyone likes you and will try and help. Life really doesn’t need to be as hard as you think

Podcasts

Matt runs two podcasts which are both great.

The Syndicate

Matt interviews top investors on latest insights and experience, if you're interested in investing yourself you can join his syndicate and invest in the latest startups alongside him, other top investors and even myself.

The Disruptors (previously called ‘Fringe FM’)

Matt interviews innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and anyone doing cool future stuff. basically TED speakers but in a 30minute to 1-hour long interview. He’s got some great casts so check it out.