301: Dr. Donny Jackson – Bet On Yourself!

Donny Jackson

301: Dr. Donny Jackson – Bet On Yourself!

Dr. Donny Jackson is an incredibly interesting person.  In fact, he defies a simple title or label.  For example, he’s a doctor of clinical psychology and he practiced as a clinical psychologist and taught for over a decade. Then he packed up and pursued a dream. 

He moved to LA with no connections but his passion for story and his fascination with the human journey led him to his current career as both an Emmy-award winning producer and director as well as a poet. 

As a producer, he’s worked on unscripted television, including CNN’s United Shades of America, TV One’s R&B Divas, ABC’s The Bachelor and his current project is Season 2 of Apple TV’s series simply called “Dear…”  AND as a POET… Donny has been a staple of the poetry and spoken word communities over the past two decades. 

In fact, his new poetry collection called, “Boy” was recently published and is available wherever books are sold!  It’s an amazing conversation and I think you’re going to love it.


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Dr. Donny Jackson is currently the Show Runner for Apple TV’s “Dear…”



  • 0:02 What to expect today
  • 1:54 Meet Dr. Donny Jackson
  • 4:00 Dr. Donny’s least favorite question
  • 9:32 Breaking down a big goal into small steps
  • 14:18 Dr. Donny’s first job
  • 18:58 How to sit down and have a great writing session
  • 22:48 How Donny keeps the creativity flowing
  • 29:52 Giving yourself challenges
  • 32:57 Dr. Donny’s advice for someone with a dream
  • 37:24 Mitch’s biggest takeaways



So… what did YOU think?  I’d love to hear from you.  What’s something that stood out to you from Donny’s perspective and stories?  What struck you about his approach to life… and more specifically… his approach to his dream of living in LA?  Comment and let me know.  I can’t wait to hear from YOU!


  • Sharon Avent
    Posted at 07:51h, 13 July Reply

    Donny and I grew up together in Pittsburgh and we remain good friends. When he left his job in Philly and drove to CA, I was aware of his decision to do so. Hearing him describe his journey here brings back memories. I am very proud of my friend. He is an amazing and smart man and an all around wonderful person. He had a dream. He took a leap of faith to pursue it and it worked, big time! His story will continue to evolve.

    • Mitch Matthews
      Posted at 08:09h, 13 July Reply

      Sharon – SO glad you got to hear this interview. People have loved Donny’s story and I know he will continue to inspire people to pursue their big goals and dreams! So glad it resonated!!!

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