matt grant

about.

What do you do? I don't really know how to answer that question. I got lucky. So now I'm trying to use what I've got to help others. Beyond that though, by way of an introduction, here's a little bit about me.

About me

I want to learn. To explore different perspectives and different approaches to life.

Whilst I prefer to spend the vast majority of my time alone, I believe that everyone has something they can teach me.

Whether it's related to movement or other areas of life, I try to seek out someone experienced to find new approaches and ways of applying them to my own work. This involves both connecting in person and using books and online resources to expand my knowledge.

Sometimes that isn't possible though. So I just try something and see how I get on.

Part of finding a new perspective for me has always been travelling. I was fortunate to go to a wide variety of countries when I was younger and I want to set my life up in a way that enables me to continue doing that. Not just visiting places though. Actually living there. Burying myself in the culture and seeing what I find.

For a number of years I failed to prioritise my desire to learn and it took me a while to figure out the internal conflict I was experiencing. I didn't have a clear perspective on what I wanted and I wasn't creating the kind of life I wanted to lead.

I'm working to eliminate everything from my life that doesn't directly serve my principles so I can focus on learning.

I'm a sceptic

Not in the subject-specific, conspiracy theorist sense of the word. But in the methodological Cartesian sense.

I feel like absolute dogmatic commitment to something one way or another is dangerous. Every claim needs to be held to the same standard. To have the supporting arguments analysed and substantiated.

I seek to challenge beliefs (particularly my own) about what is possible and what is absolutely true. This is what I believe currently. Tomorrow my perspective might be completely different.

Movement is also very important to me

Life isn't the same without the freedom to move. I want to sustain and explore that freedom for as long as possible.

I have to do some sort of physical exercise every single day. I'm fascinated by pushing my body's capabilities, learning about how it works and challenging my preconceptions about what I'm able to do.

I run experiments, play games and see what happens. There's so much out there to try. Current focus: handstands & bouldering.

I pursue this almost exclusively on my own. The process is very internalised and a little obsessive. It's difficult to explain.

Why did I create this website?

Two reasons. Actually more like one reason with two parts. The first part is to create a reminder of things I've learned and thoughts that I've had. A resource containing little notes and ideas for me to refer to. But I could do that any number of ways without creating a website. Why not just write them all down in a journal?

That's where the second part comes in.

There's a book by Austin Kleon called Show Your Work. The title pretty much sums it up but I'll expand a little. I want to be held accountable for what I create and to share things that I feel might be helpful to others.

So this website is me committing to sharing my process, forcing me outside of my comfort zone.