My Journey as a Liar

There’s a reason why being true and authentic matter so much to me: I know what’s on the other side. When I was young, especially during my early teenage years, I lied a lot, habitually. In this episode, which is a conversation I’ve had back in September of 2020, I share my long and winding …

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They Both Die at The End

Here’s a book recommendation. A very quick and easy read, but one that moved me nonetheless and that I gifted to my nephews and nieces. TRANSCRIPT [00:00:00] I read the both died at the end[00:00:02]and it is a recommendation. I recommend you read the book. I shall do so for sure. Yes. You asked when …

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I’ve Lost My Way by Never Getting Lost

There’s a magic to going into a situation completely open, unprepared and without a plan, and improvising your way into a beautiful dance. Even though there’s always the risk that instead of a beautiful dance, you just stumble and fall flat on your face. But if you’re not willing to get lost, you’ll never find …

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A Beautiful Dance in the Sky

I never would have expected that pigeons could teach me something about myself—but some of life’s most valuable lessons come in surprising ways.  TRANSCRIPT: In this episode of the podcast, you’re going to hear a conversation that Romina and I had back in mid December, 2020 when I was still in Austin. And I had …

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Don’t solve other people’s problems

One of the questions that reading Kafka has brought up in my mind is: How much pain are we causing others by trying to carry their burden? How much of the help I’m providing to others is really in the long run taking away their potential blessings? One thing since reading the transformation from Kafka …

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My RIDICULOUS subconscious thoughts

Here’s another episode that can be tagged with “aftereffects of reading Kafka”. Little Voice In My Head A: “Steli, it’s 11am and you’ve not done anything yet”. To which Little Voice In My Head B responded: “Well, fuck you, I don’t have to do anything if I don’t have to!” And both of them got …

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Read books your own way

Some books have literally been life-changing, epic adventures in my life. I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for these books. But if I’ve read books the way most people read books, I’d probably never have experienced any of that. Today I discuss my deep love for books, my appreciation for everything they’ve …

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I just can’t relax

I was out on the balcony on a sunny day in Austin. It was a nice day. Everything was fine. Beautiful music playing. My day’s work was done. And that’s when it hit me: I’m good at many things—but relaxing isn’t one of them. Even when you see me chilling, inside of me, there’s so …

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Work in Public

In this episode, I talk about our podcast, and why it’s so different from the content we’ve created in the past. Most of these episodes are unstructured conversations and explorations of random themes of my life—there are no actionable takeaways, no bitesized nuggets of wisdom, and oftentimes no answers to the questions we pose. And …

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1 simple hack that helped me achieve less email stress

I’m the CEO of a very successful software startup. 8-figure revenue, thousands of customers all around the world, employees spread out all across the globe. I know what email stress feels like. There’s a lot of professional advice out there on how to overcome and manage email stress. The University of Michigan recommends to adherence …

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