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Ali Abdaal — Growing a 700K YouTube Channel While in Med School

Ali Abdaal is a doctor, YouTuber, podcaster, entrepreneur, and more..

He started his YouTube channel as a side hustle while in med school at Cambridge.

His channel now has over 775K loyal subscribers AND he’s started multiple businesses.

Learn the tools, tactics, and productivity tips he used to get going!


In this conversation, you’ll enjoy 3 BIG things:

  • The latest and greatest productivity apps you should be using
  • How to balance work, life, and your side hustle
  • Ali’s exact process for getting BIG on YouTube



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10 responses to “Ali Abdaal — Growing a 700K YouTube Channel While in Med School”

David Rodríguez
July 9, 2020 at 9:21 am

Hey! There are so many resources, tips and tricks packed in this episode that at the end I found myself with a huge list of notes and to-check items. So using some downtime I went and made a document with show notes and links to everything mentioned in this episode. I know the episode was posted a few weeks ago but I only got a chance to listen to it in the last couple of days. Hope it helps! (You can find the doc here:

Ralph Velasco
July 12, 2020 at 9:30 am

Wow, David, very nice of you to do this and to share. Very much appreciate it!

Aminata Kanu
July 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

I’ve just had the interview recommended to me on YouTube. I came here to see if there were resources and so thank you very much David.

Coach Rye
June 21, 2020 at 4:09 am

I super loved this interview. A collab of my two fabe influencers and I am now, more than ever, inspired to create my content and share my voice. Thanks for the inspiration and the super practical tips.

June 20, 2020 at 7:15 am


Min Woo
June 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm

Really enjoyed the episode.

I looked up the book Ali mentioned, A million miles in a thousand years, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out Donald Miller wrote it.

June 19, 2020 at 1:41 am

Loved this episode, one of the best ones. Noah switching from fan to mentor mode in the second half was awesome. Two things: a comment and a request.

1) It’s ironic to hear Ali say that he uses his downtime as a doctor to work on his side projects at work, but is worried about whether his employees are actually working 40 hours for him.

2) It would be awesome to have links to books/videos referenced in the interview.

For people also wanting links, I went back and re-listened to the episode to pull out the titles/authors.

Netflix Culture Deck

Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits

Shu Omi’s videos

The Unfair Advantage

June 27, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Thank you. Good if you to do so

Jeff Hicks
June 18, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Really enjoying this conversation. So many levels – Meta, Macro to Micro.
I am gonna have to listen again at regular speed rather than 1.5 so I can grab details.
One of each off the top of my head:
Meta – 2 guys who assume “Anything is possible” – this is energizing.
Macro – Oh! – that is how I can make videos
Micro – Noah is enamored with SendFox – hmmm… I wonder why.
Thank you Noah and Ali

June 18, 2020 at 9:12 am

Wow! What a great episode – thanks Noah! There is so much in this I will need to listen to it again and again!

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