Start The World
Start The World
Jack Donovan
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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
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)
Aug 25
1 hr 4 min
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 (
Aug 2
1 hr 15 min
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: (
Jul 19
1 hr 14 min
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: (
Jul 6
1 hr 50 min
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.
Jun 29
43 min
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 (
Jun 23
1 hr 34 min
Michael Kurcina - "We Fight Monsters"
Michael Kurcina is "the dude" behind, a comprehensive gear review and training site with a philosophical angle. He recently released a book of aphorisms and short essays about being a man and a warrior, titled "We Fight Monsters," so I invited him on the show to talk more about it. I found myself agreeing with many of the things he wrote in We Fight Monsters, and the title perfectly and simply encapsulates the eternal role of the mythic hero. You can buy the book on Amazon here ( and find out more about Spotterup at ( Kurcina's Instagram is (
Jun 15
1 hr 8 min
People who demand the absolute "end" of things that have been around for all of recorded human history are not serious adults, and shouldn't be taken seriously.
Jun 8
17 min
The Script
The next few episodes of Start The World will be audio essays, commenting on the events of the last few months.
Jun 1
8 min
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