Alex Manzi is the creator and host of the popular Dreamer’s Disease podcast which he founded and launched some two years ago.
Like Your London Legacy, Alex interviews inspirational guests to find out what they do, how they do it, and what their motivations are so we can learn valuable life lessons on our own journey. I really admire Alex, as he created the podcast as a result of his personal journey, when at his lowest ebb—he doubted what he was doing with his life despite being in a good relationship and running a successful blog and club night. Inside, he was falling apart.
Listen in as we dig deep into Alex’s tough journey from dark despair to the light and a passion to help others.
“It’s kind of like having a house made of Lego that’s kind of tumbled down because it was built wrong. And I was at this point of like, I don’t have the answers to build it back up—but I’m going to start brick by brick.”[8:30]
Alex was never a fan of school and decided early on that he wasn’t going to attend university. However, through a project at his school Alex was able to fund raise enough money to go volunteer in Brazil. There he taught kids how to learn English by reverse engineering his textbooks and got a first glimpse of taking charge of his own life experiences in an outside the norm sort of way.[16:00]
After he finished his grades he ended up doing all sorts of odd jobs, and ended up making blank art canvasses in a factory for two years—two years that flashed by before he had even noticed, and he hated just about every minute of it. His plan of not going to Uni in order to build up work experience in a corporation and media had backfired, so he branched out and got a job more in line with his goals at a events and marketing company.
After shifting into advertising as a TV assistant producer, Alex got a girlfriend, started a successful music blog, and a club night—seeming like he had turned his life around. But still all this success felt on the surface to Alex. He realized that he was internalizing his depression and anxiety because he was doing things that seemed like they should be great.
“I had all these things that on the outside were amazing, but the second none of that was there I felt like this hollow person.“[28:20]
At his breaking point, Alex decided to start investing in himself. That meant doing things that he enjoyed—not doing things that seemed to others that he should like doing. He learned from reading biographies and other books, and podcasts too. Taking on other’s stories and learning from them helped Alex find his “why” in life, and pushed him to start his podcast: Dreamer’s Disease.[35:46]
Dreamer’s Disease sets out to help inspire you to become the best version of yourself. Alex interviews guests and shares his own experiences to create a platform with broad reach and get you to stop getting lost in your dreams and actually step up, step out, and take action on them.
Alex is currently working on expanding his reach through coaching both in person and through an online element so he can reach as many people as possible, as well as working on an eBook. He has left his full time job and is in transition to make the biggest impact he can, and I couldn’t be happier to talk to a fellow podcaster with a similar dream, story, and heart.