Start The World podcast

Start The World

Jack Donovan

Conversations, essays and more about masculine philosophy, men's spirituality, becoming the best version of yourself as a man, and staying solar. Hosted by Jack Donovan, author of the bestselling underground bible of masculinity, The Way of Men -- which has been translated into 5 languages and been read by well over 100,000 men all around the world. To learn more, visit my web site and follow me on Instagram

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    Ian Smith - “The Bully’s Going to Keep Coming Back...Until You Do Something About It”


    Ian Smith is the co-owner of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, which has openly and publicly defied the state's draconian lockdown orders. He and his business partner have been arrested, had their business license pulled, and have been fined over a million dollars. (They’re still being fined over $15,000 a day). He made a decision to take a public stand — because someone had to do it. He’s doing what millions of men are afraid to do, and I think he deserves to be recognized and applauded for it.  We had a really animated conversation about bullies and freedom and masculinity.  Follow Ian on Instagram (@iansmithfitness) and consider contributing to his legal defense fund. ( Support this podcast
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    John Sonmez - Becoming a Finisher


    John Sonmez is the man behind ( @Bulldog Mindset ) -- a large and growing community of men working to better themselves physically, socially, and financially. John started out as a nerdy software guy, then worked to become a millionaire, retire at 33, and transform himself mentally and physically. Now he spends a lot of his time coaching other men. I met John recently when he spoke at the ( @21 Studios ) convention in Orlando, and he's the real deal. We talked for an hour about philosophy and some of the problems men face today, but one part of the conversation that stood out was his story about "becoming a finisher." A lot of guys have great ideas, but end up leaving a trail of unfinished projects behind them. Mentioned : Seneca's letters to Lucilius ( @Bulldog Mindset ) Instagram @ bulldogmindset Sign up for my mailing list for exclusive essays, news, special offers, and more. Support this podcast, the growing mailing list, and get early access to new content and offers via Patreon. Support this podcast
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    Alexander Cortes - "Train Solar"


    Trainer and speaker Alexander Cortes had a wild 2020. He was on vacation in Egypt as the lockdowns started. He ended up flying to Thailand and decided to live there for the rest of the year, where he trained Muay Thai under Sagat. We also talk about Ancient Greek training, training outdoors, and much more. To purchase AJAC's research into Ancient Athletics, follow this link: ( Sign up for my mailing list for exclusive essays, news, special offers, and more. ( Support this podcast, the growing mailing list, and get early access to new content and offers via Patreon. ( Support this podcast
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    Darkness - by Lord Byron


    Warming up to start recording the audiobook for Fire in the Dark by reading this grim but perhaps uncomfortably relevant poem by Lord Byron. Darkness by Lord Byron I had a dream, which was not all a dream.  The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars  Did wander darkling in the eternal space,  Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth  Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;  Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,  And men forgot their passions in the dread  Of this their desolation; and all hearts  Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:  And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,  The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,  The habitations of all things which dwell,  Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,  And men were gather'd round their blazing homes  To look once more into each other's face;  Happy were those who dwelt within the eye  Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:  A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;  Forests were set on fire—but hour by hour  They fell and faded—and the crackling trunks  Extinguish'd with a crash—and all was black.  The brows of men by the despairing light  Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits  The flashes fell upon them; some lay down  And hid their eyes and wept; and some did rest  Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smil'd;  And others hurried to and fro, and fed  Their funeral piles with fuel, and look'd up  With mad disquietude on the dull sky,  The pall of a past world; and then again  With curses cast them down upon the dust,  And gnash'd their teeth and howl'd: the wild birds shriek'd  And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,  And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutes  Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl'd  And twin'd themselves among the multitude,  Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.  And War, which for a moment was no more,  Did glut himself again: a meal was bought  With blood, and each sate sullenly apart  Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;  All earth was but one thought—and that was death  Immediate and inglorious; and the pang  Of famine fed upon all entrails—men  Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;  The meagre by the meagre were devour'd,  Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one,  And he was faithful to a corse, and kept  The birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay,  Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead  Lur'd their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,  But with a piteous and perpetual moan,  And a quick desolate cry, licking the hand  Which answer'd not with a caress—he died.  The crowd was famish'd by degrees; but two  Of an enormous city did survive,  And they were enemies: they met beside  The dying embers of an altar-place  Where had been heap'd a mass of holy things  For an unholy usage; they rak'd up,  And shivering scrap'd with their cold skeleton hands  The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath  Blew for a little life, and made a flame  Which was a mockery; then they lifted up  Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld  Each other's aspects—saw, and shriek'd, and died—  Even of their mutual hideousness they died,  Unknowing who he was upon whose brow  Famine had written Fiend. The world was void,  The populous and the powerful was a lump,  Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless—  A lump of death—a chaos of hard clay.  The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,  And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths;  Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,  And their masts fell down... Support this podcast
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    Elliot Hulse - Making Men Strong Again


    I met Elliot Hulse last year at the 21 Convention and was psyched to have him on the show to talk about why he wants to make men strong again. We discussed the importance of strong father figures, myth, and the concept of chaos vs. order in life and in society -- especially relevant now that chaos seems to be running wild in cities across the nation. We also got to talk about current events, and I highly recommend his video "The American Mind Virus" to get an introduction to where his head is at these days. The American Mind Virus ( ( ( Instagram: (@elliotthulse) Support this podcast
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    Andy Lewis from Norse Fitness - Adapt or Die


    Andy Lewis the self-made man behind Norse Fitness and his own gym -- the Norse Compound. We talked about entrepreneurship, the fantasy and reality of the lifestyle brand game, and most importantly about the concept of adapting to an ever changing landscape. Adapt...or fail. It's a law of nature and business, and Andy shares some great examples of the way he's turned challenges into opportunities or managed to stay in the game. He also recommended a few of his favorite books on business (see notes below). ( ( ( ( Mentioned: ( ) Ian Andrew Stanley Confessions of a Persuasion Hitman: The Unusual Rules I Learned From Selling Over $100,000,000 of Products and Services ( Support this podcast
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    President Dream


    Anthony Dream Johnson is the founder of ( @21 Studios ) and host of the 21 Convention — a men’s event that I’ve spoken at several times over the last few years. I invited him on the show to talk about his personal motivations, his philosophy of life and business, some of the challenges that come with advocating masculinity, and what’s in store for the next 21 Convention this fall in Orlando. I won’t be speaking this year but I plan to be there. To find out more about this year’s event, follow this link: ( Support this podcast
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    Dr. Mathias Nordvig on Old Norse Lore and Masculinity


    Dr. Mathias Nordvig is an Old Norse scholar and author and you can follow his work on YouTube ( @Mathias Nordvig ). I invited him on Start The World to talk about masculinity, heroism and leadership in the Old Norse lore, and he shared a few of his favorite examples from the Hávamál, but we ended upo having a long and wide-ranging discussion about the character of Odin, the nature of Thor, the questionable place of the Vanir in the lore, and how there is no racism or race preservation implied or suggested in the lore, or in heathenry itself. Web site: ( Instagram: ( Support this podcast
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    Killian on Powerlifting and Being Present


    Now is the time for men to build local networks. Recently, I reached out to Killian, a powerlifter in my small town, to grab lunch and talk about doing a podcast. It turned out to be a great and inspiring conversation. Killian grew up around drugs, and spent years struggling with addiction. Eventually, as he puts it, he just "got tired of being tired," kicked meth and traveled India with his father. After his first child was born, he started getting serious about powerlifting, and eventually began competing. I found his story really compelling, and am glad I took the time to meet him. He's an example of a man who came from a rough background and turned his life around. There are decent men chasing excellence, with interesting stories, wherever you are. Find them. Support this podcast
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    Richard Grannon on The Single Life (and Conspiracies)


    Richard Grannon has been on the show before, but I invited him back to talk about growing older without a wife or children as a single man. Some men are on a family track, and that’s great, but there is inevitably going to be an increasingly large percentage of men who — for whatever reason, aren’t going to end up getting married or having children. Having kids creates some structure and responsibility in youth and (theoretically) a sense of meaning and a support system as a man ages. Without that piece of the puzzle, what does finding meaning and fulfillment in life look like as we get older. How do we avoid the common pitfalls that lead to self-destruction? We talked about it a bit, but soon veered off into discussing current events and various conspiracy theories. Richard Grannon is a Master NLP Practitioner and life coach. You can find out more about his work on YouTube ( @RICHARD GRANNON ) and at ( Support this podcast

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