Interview with Matt West (@iammattwest)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

It’s in November 2000. Matt West was a junior in high school excited about playing in the up and coming soccer season. It’s the night before tryouts and has a sharp pain in my knee. Not thinking about it much I continued to push myself through the pain during the early part of the season, and the increased frustration lead to a doctor’s visit, and resulted in the diagnosis of Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD), and lead to be forced to sit out the remainder of the season. In hindsight, it was a blessing because it resulted in seeking a new passion, mindfulness.

Matt West (born in Northridge, CA on July 26th, 1983) is an American psychologist, podcaster, and well-being tech founder. Matt West was raised in Los Angeles, California in the small town of Palmdale, California. It was during his junior in High School when Matt was inspired by his Psychology Teacher, Mr. Prince where he was lead down a path of wanting to understand why people do what they do, what really drives people to take action. On his journey Matt West become this high achiever, and from that moment on, excelled in sports, in school, and by the time Matt West was twenty-four years old, he obtained two masters in psychology from Pepperdine University and Cal State Northridge, making 6-figures by the time he was thirty, living in Marina Del Rey, CA, fast forward five years later, Matt West woke up four months shy of his 35th birthday and realized his life wasn’t how he thought it would turn out. Not as he imagined for himself. At 35 he fell into a 9-5 corporate job, married at 30, father at 31, failed at starting a company called subscriptions, and was coasting along through life.

In 2018, after a series of major life events Matt West was looking in the mirror and decided to take back control over his life and decided to take care of his emotional, physical, and mental well-being. He decides it was time to create a morning and night routine; improve his eating habits, sleeping habits, and add a fitness routine. He started waking up early and working out at home, two months later, He was laid out on the floor from exhaustion.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

There was always an underlying voice nagging, “You should be doing something more. Something better. Something different.” But then he would become distracted by the illusion of social media and forget all about just being his authentic self. There was nothing intentional about the way he was spending his time and energy. And those things added up to an unproductive, unhappy life, and feeling the effects of burnout.

He would occasionally attempt to turn off autopilot and take control of his life, by joining a gym and never adhered to the workout routine he established, created countless business ideas that I would he would dream about the success that it would bring, failure after failure he kept going.

Through mindfulness journaling, he started to slowly notice shifts in his thoughts and how he responded to the challenges he faced in life. It was like, he started to rediscover who he really was. There was a truth that he realized that he wanted to share with others to empower other millennials to feel inspired, energized, and joyful. He still reflects back on creating a lifestyle of healthy emotional habits. At the beginning of 2019, no results, no change. None of that mattered. It took him months to finally figure out how to build emotional habits. Figuring out how motivation works, how to build emotional habits, how to set a night and mourning routine, stop procrastinating, and take action towards his vision, the steps seemed endless. After months of reading and reiterating, Matt West finally started to notice the benefits of developing healthy emotional habits. That moment was the beginning of everything. It led Matt West to build a well-being tech-focused startup called Boom and the Brain Boom Podcast.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Matt West’s mission is to empower millennials to feel inspired, energized, and joyful. Matt West believes life and business are rooted in the relationship we build together and our ability to manage our emotions. Matt West’s aim is to help you feel empowered, live freely and authentically, thrive in your relationships with yourself and others, and uncover meaningful work in your life and business.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I’m grateful for meeting Joseph McClendon III. Who is a Doctor of Neuropsychology and one of the most sought after Ultimate Performance Specialists in the industry?

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Matt West’s mission is to empower millennials to feel inspired, energized, and joyful. The one question that will we try to answer is how can we manage our mental and emotional states and be productive and joyful in life and business with mindful productivity. It’s time to Rethink our well-being, with inspiring stories from founders and entrepreneurs to help you live more mindfully on his podcast Brain Boom. and the well-being tech startup boom to empower millennials to feel inspired, energized, and joyful through guided mindfulness journaling.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Embrace the fear, because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you don’t remain the same.” In 2018, after a series of major life events Matt West was looking in the mirror and decided to take back control over his life and decided to take care of his emotional, physical, and mental well-being. He decides it was time to create a morning and night routine; improve his eating habits, sleeping habits, and add a fitness routine. He started waking up early and working out at home, two months later, He was laid out on the floor from exhaustion.

There was always an underlying voice nagging, “You should be doing something more. Something better. Something different.” But then he would become distracted by the illusion of social media and forget all about just being his authentic self. There was nothing intentional about the way he was spending his time and energy. And those things added up to an unproductive, unhappy life, and feeling the effects of burnout.

He would occasionally attempt to turn off autopilot and take control of his life, by joining a gym and never adhered to the workout routine he established, created countless business ideas that I would dream about the success that it would bring, failure after failure he kept going.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Youtube, Medium, and TikTok.

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