The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

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A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 29 year old ex CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share insights with you from guests with different backgrounds, experiences and learnings. I want to give you a look into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted and I don't have questions I just see where the conversation takes me. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself. FOLLOW ► Instagram ( Twitter ( Linkedin (

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E155: Bear Grylls: Man VS Failure, Anxiety & Imposter Syndrome
Bear Grylls is a British adventurer and television host who has been an international sensation of survival shows for twenty years. The host of Man vs. Wild, You vs. Wild, Running Wild, The Island, and the author of Mud, Sweat and Tears and over twenty other books, he’s come in to talk to us about his new book - Never Give Up. Bear has always told himself a story about himself that he’s ‘resilient’, he’s pushed through the toughest challenges the world has to offer - from climbing Everest to surviving in the desert - because he’s told himself he’s the type of person who survives. But now, he reflects to us about the costs of that mentality, and where it leaves you when you come up short. Bear’s new book is a follow-up to his smash-hit bestseller Mud, Sweat and Tears. He’s spent five years writing it, written every single word himself, and shares some lessons from his life he’s never felt comfortable sharing before. It was a pleasure to read, and a pleasure to speak to him in my kitchen. Topics: Confidence Imposter syndrome Resilience When to quit Are we always chasing a bigger challenge? Finding your faith Climbing Everest was humbling Struggling with fame Anxiety What were your darkest moments? What would you say to your father if he was alive? The importance of relationships Is your career complete? Your latest and most special book: What did it teach you? Our last guest's question Bear:   Bear’s book: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Vodafone Business - Huel - Myenergi -
Moment 63 - How To Get Any Task Done: Oliver Burkeman
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. In this moment, Oliver Burkeman tells us about the power of positive, sustainable habits, or as he calls them - 'radical incrementalism'. It's possible that by making just a little change to our daily lives, a change we can really sustain and not just keep up for a few weeks, then the accumulative effects we see over a long period of time can be life-changing. By enabling just little changes in our actions the consequences compound into something truly extraordinary. Oliver's no-nonsense advice shows just how straightforward it can be to unlock transformative positive changes in your life. Listen to the full episode here -
E154: World Leading Therapist: 3 Simple Steps To Remove Your Negative Thoughts: Marisa Peer
Marisa Peer is a world-leading therapist who specialises in helping people discover their best self, who doubles as a speaker, therapy trainer, and multiple best-selling author of You Are Enough, Tell Yourself a Better Lie and Ultimate Confidence. Marissa has worked with thousands of people to help them overcome trauma in their lives, sometimes trauma they didn’t even know they had. According to her revolutionary theory, it’s only when people look into their own lives that they can find what’s holding them back in the outside world. So, look within you. With Marissa we can go on a journey to retell and remould the story we tell ourselves about our own lives and our own journey. With persistence and perseverance, we can begin to tell ourselves a better lie. Topics: Your early years Your teachers & techniques Stories are what cause us problems People living in ignorant bliss The Increase in mental health issues People putting themselves down How do you default to optimism Rewiring your thoughts Using words to change your actions Heartbreak cases Mistakes parents make Come with a question rather than judgement Taking responsibility I know who I want to be but I still go against it Your triple A process The last guest question Marisa: Marisa’s book: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Vodafone Business - Huel - Craftd -
E153: How I Raised $700 Million: Charity: Water Founder
Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of Charity: Water, one of the most innovative non-profit organisations in the world. Bringing the Netflix model to the charity sector, Scott has built a positive community around trying to bring drinking water to the 700 million people who don’t have access to it. For this episode, we’ve partnered with Charity: Water to ensure that all of the proceeds we receive from it will go towards providing drinking water to the people who need it the most. The story of how Scott came to lead a global movement in water provision is unlike any other. A former nightclub promoter and owner, he was a user of every type of drug under the sun before he cleaned up his act and started again. Because when he asked himself what was most important, it wasn’t his own pleasure, but helping other people. Topics: Early Years Attention seeking & becoming a nightclub promoter Being deprived of fun led me into drugs and alcohol abuse Death threads & finding my purpose Leaving my life and vice behind Humanitarian work in Africa and its impact on me How did it feel helping people & starting your own charity? Promoting clean water for the whole world What struggles did the charity face? Work-life balance The importance of giving and service Our last guest's question To help Scott in his mission, we are donating 100% of the advertising revenue from this episode to help people access clean water. If you’d like to donate also, click here: Scott:  Scott’s book:  Charity: Water: Mentioned books:  The Pursuit of God - Tozer, A. W Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Huel - Myenergi - Vodafone Business -
Moment 62 - Mens Mental Health Isn't Talked About Enough, Here’s Why: Roman Kemp
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. With it being Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month, I felt it was important in this week’s moment to focus on the importance of checking in with this prevalent topic in our current society. Roman Kemp tells us about the time he nearly lost his life, and how he was saved by a simple phone call from his mother checking up on him. Suffering from depression since he was a teenager, Roman has sometimes had trouble finding balance in his life. Thankfully, no one knew the ins and outs of his struggle like his mother. When she phoned him up asking how he was doing, he gave her an answer she was not expecting. She would never have imagined having to receive something like this from her son. Simple check ups with our friends and loved ones can have much more impact than we ever anticipate. Likewise, being open about our feelings can help to change them if they’ve gone down a bad path. I hope this moment from our conversation will help you to open up with your friends, and make this something normal to talk about. Listen to the full episode here - Roman - Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
E152: Example: The Dark Side Of Money & Fame
Example is a music artist, producer, writer and rapper who has been leading the way in the music industry for the last 16 years. A trailblazer and an innovator, Example started out as a rapper before moving over into dance, lighting up Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Global Gathering among many, many other festivals. After only being able to harness his traumas in order to be successful, he quit his hard-partying rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and found happiness and balance in his life, and found a way to be happy in his music too. One of the most popular live performers in the world, Example’s was one of the first shows post-COVID to completely sell out. His new album We May Grow Old But We Never Grow Up is out on the 17th June. Early years Aspergers Your demons Wanting to quit music Money and fame turning you into a monster Hating yourself Self medicating What made you get out of that reckless phase? Advice for someone in a reckless phase Spirituality and breath work The miscarriage Your future People thinking you’re no longer making music Competing with a former version of yourself The new album What matters? The last guest question Example: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors:  Huel - Craftd -
E151: Dermalogica Founder: Building A Billion Dollar Business While Looking After Your Mental Health
Jane Wurwand is the co-founder of Dermalogica, which revolutionised skincare for millions of people worldwide. One of the first skincare brands when it launched in the 1980s, Jane got people to care about something they didn’t realise was important. Today she finally tells her incredible story in this conversation and in her new book, Skin in the Game. Jane’s story to self-independence begins when she was in a toxic relationship with a controlling boyfriend, in a strange country she knew little about. She describes feeling the physical hand of her late father on her shoulder guiding her where to go next. She picked herself up, and with a new partner used her new business as a fresh chapter in her life. Then, her industry was just one clinic in Los Angeles. Now, it’s a chain worth billions. Jane lit the touchpaper on a revolution, and in finding her own confidence, Jane helped millions of others find theirs too. How did you become the person you're today How did moving to South Africa impact you? Starting up as an entrepreneur and moving to LA What made you a good entrepreneur? Attention to detail How to turn your weakness into a strength Leadership and decision making Dermalogica's journey The cost of working hard Therapy and finding who you are Dealing with insomnia and anxiety Allocating time to your true priorities Acquisition of Dermalogica Jane:  Jane’s book: Dermalogica: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Huel - Myenergi -
Moment 61 - How To Handle ANY Rejection: Dr. Julie Smith
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. In this moment episode, Dr. Julie Smith offers a different way of trying to get to know your own instincts to stop bad habits in their tracks. Through the techniques she offers in this conversation, people can get through a breakup or a rough patch at work without it knocking them back. As she’ll explain, the trick is always to look for patterns in your own behaviour, and the story you tell yourself about your own behaviour, and your own past. Because it’s only when setbacks affect the narrative you tell you about yourself that they can become a trauma. Control the narrative, and your ability to direct the course of your own life comes easily. Listen to the full episode here - Dr Julie - Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
E150: The Marketing Genius Behind Nike: Greg Hoffman
Greg Hoffman is the former Chief Marketing Officer at Nike, and the author of Emotion By Design, a book about how to find emotional ways to tell business stories and connect your ideas through creative storytelling. Joining Nike when he was just in his early 20s, to becoming one of the most senior people of colour in corporate America, his life story is like no other. Here he tells us not just how to find new ways to get your story across, but delves into his own story as he tells us how he met his real family for the first time only a couple of years ago, and how that felt for him. Greg is an entirely new voice on how to be a caring leader and deal with the stresses of high-level executive roles. Because when it’s your job to find ways to connect ideas with other people, you first have to connect those ideas to yourself. Topics: Childhood, racism, and finding your voice What makes Nike successful? How to create a winning work culture How do you incentivize risk? Necessity sparks innovation Creating emotional connections Finding the right story & branding to make your business succeed Attention to detail Advice to become a successful marketer Finding out about your biological family Our last guest’s question Greg’s book: Greg: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Vodafone Business - Huel - Craftd -
E149: How I Taught Millions Of Women The Most Important Skill: Girls Who Code Founder: Reshma Saujani
Reshma is the founder of Girls Who Code, one of the most influential non-profits in the world which has introduced millions of women to coding and the tech industry. She is also the author of Pay Up, a book about how to get women further in the workplace. Reshma was initially a prophet of the thinking that women could have it all, if only they tried twice as hard as everyone else they could achieve anything they wanted to. Now, she’s changed her mind. Trying to run an organisation with over 500 employees while looking after a young family full-time simply proved too much. Women simply have too much stacked against them having to juggle work and family life to properly pursue their careers without special consideration. What really stands out about Reshma is the fact that having built an enterprise that was on its way to changing the world, she had the humility to change her mind about major parts of her philosophy. Reshma’s story is one of how to realise and bounce back from your mistakes, no matter who you are or how far you’ve come. It takes a lot of courage to do that, but courage is something that Reshma has never had in short supply. Topics: Growing up as an immigrant University dept Running for congress Starting Girls Who Code The difficult parts of building girls who code What would you have done differently? Fixing the system not the women How is your mental health? How do you decide what to say yes or no to? Empowering women in a practical way What does success look like in your future? The last guests question Reshma: Reshma’s book: Girls Who Code:  Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Vodafone Business - Huel - Myenergi -
Moment 60 - Jay Shetty: You’re Breathing Wrong, Here’s Why
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO.  This is a favourite moment of mine because its so obviously clear that we should all be taking time for ourselves when we never do. This is a moment from my episode with Jay Shetty, the best-selling author of Think Like a Monk, host of the No. 1 podcast On Purpose and one of the most wise people I have ever met. Very few people can reach into depths of insight on such a wide array of topics like he does. I learnt so many things I didn't even realise I needed to know from this conversation, and I know you will too - this being one of them. Meditation. A difficult one to get on board with.  We always hear that we must meditate more, but we never really practice it. Why? Because it's too woo-woo, or time wasting. Well here, Jay explains how much meditation can add value to our lives. All we have to do is put a time in our schedule that is time for us. Even if it’s 5 minutes a day, when we get that notification, we have to do something with it.  The second step of meditation and taking time for ourselves is focusing on our breath. It's wildly underestimated yet it's one of the most important aspects of the human body. Our breath is connected to every single emotion, physicality and mentality.Meditation and breath are the practical tools we all need in our daily lives. Listen to the full episode here - Jay - Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
E148: Strava Founder: How I Motivated 100 Million People To Stay Active: Michael Horvath
Michael Horvath is the co-founder of Strava, the app to track and improve peoples fitness that’s used by millions of people worldwide. It’s his second business success, after he built a thriving online business in the 1990s. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Michael. Initially quitting his first business, he spent several years as a family man before boredom launched him into starting his second. What he didn’t appreciate is that his calling as a family man would come back for him in a way he could never have imagined. Michael took 5 years off from Strava to care for his wife until her tragic death, and then care for his children in the aftermath of that. When he returned to a struggling Strava as CEO in 2020, he had to build it again from the ground up. It was something he was ready equipped for, because it’s something he’s had to do many times before. Topics: What made you different?  What role do you play in keeping life balance within your team  Strava's journey   How does Strava motivate people to stay healthy and fit?  How did the pandemic impact your work community?  What were the hardest challenges you faced when starting up?  Work-life balance & stepping down   What did you learn from the passing of your wife  Returning to Strava  Difficult moments in Strava Michael: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Huel - Craftd -

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4.9 out of 5
485 reviews
schooleyks 2022/06/17
Great interviews!
I love this podcast! Please interview more females.
Nshuti L. Mbabazi 2022/06/06
Life Transforming Content, Thank you Steve
This is by far my favorite podcast with excellent and REAL conversations, lots of life and business lessons. Forget music on the road as you walk or d...
Fassika Kebede 2022/06/02
Genuine. Absolutely a delight to listen to
Learning a lot and enjoying the genuine and honest conversations and personal real talk. Thank you SB
G#27 2022/05/29
This is a great podcast.
I really love listening to this podcast. It pretty much identically mirrors the things I go through for my sport: the loneliness, the struggles with m...
CeeBee6 2022/05/06
Episode 140
Wow! This conversation should be mandatory for every leadership development program.
Sal0091j 2022/04/11
So happy to have found a new favorite!
I’ve listened to a ton of podcasts and have to say this host is one of the best interviewers I’ve ever heard. He goes deeper into a topic because he’s...
Arlie K 2022/03/17
Inside insights!
It’s obvious that Steven puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in the world - t...
insp2903 2022/02/19
Business Masterclass
This podcast is like panning for gold. Each episode has a handful of gold. Much of my time listening was spent nodding in recognition of the situation...
Voosaul 2022/02/18
Amazing podcast
I loved how you covered all the interesting topics in 2 hours.
AceAlpha100 2022/02/17
Amazing ⭐️?⭐️?⚡️✨
This podcast was suggested to me by an uber driver who was contemplating suicide, I shared with him some motivational speakers i would listen to that ...


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