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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The soul of little things

I’ve been very out of touch with my own emotions, wants and needs for a long time. And much of the past year has been about getting to know myself better: What do I want? What do I really like? For myself, not for my company, my family, for my team, for my career, but …

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Intimate art, loving playfulness, and my secret guitar

A few weeks ago, I ordered a guitar. I spent most of my teenage years chasing the dream of becoming the world’s best guitarist, practicing all day, every day… until one day when I realized I’d never become the greatest. And from that day on, I’ve—with a few rare exceptions—never touched a guitar again. Until …

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