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The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Author: Steven Bartlett

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A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in a studio-flat in a rough area. At 18 I started a company which would eventually become "Social Chain" - an industry leading marketing company. At 26 the company was generating $600m a year in revenue. At 27 I resigned as CEO, and launched 'The Diary Of A CEO' podcast with the simple mission of un-filtering success and giving you the knowledge you need to create the life you want.

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Are you free or do you just think that you are free? Are you in fact trapped by your past and every reaction you make shaped by your history? In this moment Dr Gabor Mate discusses how trauma can become a puppet master controlling every aspect of your life and even lead to addiction as a coping mechanism to avoid pain. To overcome this Dr Mate believes you must become aware of your trauma and make it your friend rather than your master, because the opposite of trauma is liberation. Listen to the full episode here - ⁠ The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now - ⁠⁠ Gabor: Watch the episodes on YouTube -  ⁠
You can call her daddy but you can also call her Alex Cooper. You could call her Father Cooper the podcaster, or you could call her Alexandra Cooper, the head of a multimillion dollar brand. No matter what you call her Alex defies labelling and expectations. But before she was the media mastermind signing multi-million dollar contracts, she was learning the lessons that would help her become the industry leader she is now. Whether that was perfecting her craft of content creation or learning radical empathy from her psychologist mother, these have all been used in her unmatched interviews with the world’s biggest celebrities. In this expansive conversation Alex discusses her journey to becoming Daddy. From overcoming childhood bullying and self-doubt, hustling and taking advantage of every opportunity that presented itself, Alex has grown and evolved into the icon she is today and taken her devoted Daddy Gang along for the ride. Topics: What shaped you? Being bullied & how content saved me How did therapy help you? Call her daddy co-hosts The words you wished were said Call Her Daddy success  What made it the no.1 female podcast? What's the hidden cost? Spotify $60M Deal Did men feel emasculated with your success? What pain do you enjoy having? Do you think your younger self would be proud? What's next for you? Last guest’s question Tell me something you’ve never shared before Alex Cooper: Instagram: Podcast: The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now: ⁠⁠⁠ Watch the episodes on Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠ Follow:  Instagram:  Twitter:  Linkedin:  Telegram:  Sponsors:  Huel: ⁠⁠  Bluejeans: ⁠⁠
If you think about skateboarding, there is one name that will pop up in your mind: Tony Hawk. It’s the same name that fronts a billion-dollar video game franchise. He has been called the Michael Jordan of skateboarding, and at the height of his career, he was so dominant in competition that the real fight was for second place. But before skateboarding became the Olympic sport it is today, and Tony became the living legend that he is, he was an outsider in a sport for outsiders. Driven by his love of skateboarding and to prove his haters wrong, he created an entirely new path for the sport and brought it into the public light and popularity it has today. In this conversation, Tony discusses his life's dedication to skateboarding, the highs and lows that this commitment brings, and how the sport has given back to him by teaching him lessons that he has used in both life and business. Topics: Becoming the person I am today Where does your talent come from? My skating career & the struggles along the way What did burnout teach you? What’s the secret to your success? 12 years to master your biggest trick Your video game made $1.4 billion What advice would you give your younger self? Intimacy & fame Entrepreneurship The words you never said Last guest’s question Tony Hawk: Instagram: ⁠⁠ Website: ⁠⁠ The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now: ⁠⁠ Watch the episodes on Youtube: ⁠⁠ Follow: Instagram: ⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠ Linkedin: ⁠⁠ Telegram: ⁠⁠ Sponsors: Airbnb: ⁠⁠ Wework: ⁠⁠ Huel: ⁠
What is the value of a job? Is it just the pay check or is there something more valuable that can be gained from a job? In this moment business mogul Barbara Corcoran discusses why she would always pick the job in which she could learn a lot and gain skills over just a pay check. Having worked 22 jobs including being a lifeguard, tent saleswoman and a hot dog vendor, Barbara believes that every lesson she learned in these positions helped her later in business and led to her stratospheric success. Listen to the full episode here - ⁠ The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now - ⁠⁠ Barbara: Watch the episodes on YouTube -  ⁠
How do you achieve success in the modern world? This is the billion dollar question. Some people would say that you must gain a whole new variety of skills and knowledge to keep up in our fast moving times. Only a few people would say you should use strategies that haven’t changed in thousands of years, as human nature and the game of power hasn’t changed either. Best-selling author Robert Greene is one of these few people. Ever since he was a child he has been fascinated with seeing behind the polite masks that humans show to each other in civilised society, whilst underneath these disguises we all share a darker side and cravings for power. In this enlightening conversation Robert Greene discusses his life’s work, from the rules of power and seduction, to mastery and human nature. Robert explores how we can use the lessons of history to succeed in all areas of life. Topics: Your book & its international success  What is power? Learn how to use your enemies Conceal your intentions & be a strategist Is it being a narcissist good or bad? The power of seduction What makes you anti-seductive? Best dating advice for single people Your body language betrays you Learn the art of mastery A stroke changed my life My struggles and how to overcome them What have you learnt about happiness? Last guest’s question Robert Greene: Instagram: Website: Robert’s book: Watch the episodes on Youtube - Follow: Instagram - Twitter - Linkedin - Telegram - Sponsors: Airbnb: Huel: Bluejeans:
At some point in your life you have felt how your thoughts and emotions have had impacts on your body, whether that is not sleeping because of stress or stomach aches from anxiety. While we’ve all felt that modern medicine denies any connection between the two and the effects they have on each other. Dr Will Cole believes that we can’t just separate mental health from physical health as they so obviously affect each other. He believes that the way to heal ourselves fully and not just treat symptoms is to be aware of what we our putting into our bodies, from thoughts to nutrition. In this revolutionary conversation Dr Will Cole teaches all you need to relearn about wellness and how your body works to become healthier and happier in body and mind. Watch the episodes on Youtube: Topics: Why do you do what you do? What's the difference between a conventional and functional doctor? Why did you write the book ‘Gut Feeling’? How is inflammation and shame related & why is it affecting us? What does our future look like & can we change it? Is trauma inherited & how does it impact your health? What food should we avoid? Why I stopped being a vegan The best advice for optimal health The emotional impact of your career Last guest’s question Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Airbnb: Huel: Bluejeans:
Why do you connect with certain adverts or businesses? Is it because of their impressive facts or statistics, it’s more likely that you had an emotional connection that is hard for you to even describe rationally. In this moment Will Storr discusses how humans are storytelling animals, the very language of our brains are stories and they are the way we process the world around us. That’s why it doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 company or talking to a new person, if you aren’t communicating with stories you aren’t communicating. Listen to the full episode here - The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now - Will - Watch the episodes on YouTube -
What is the greatest way that you can spend your time on earth? Or in other words, what is your 'why'? For too many of us, we answer that question by saying all the things that we hope we will gain and achieve, rather than the ways that we help others and make their life better. As Simon Sinek says, there are entire sections of bookshops dedicated to self-help but none dedicated to helping others, and we aren't taught in school how to listen or the value of being a good friend. In fact, it seems one of the radical acts you can do in the modern world is to live a life of service. In this conversation with Simon at his most vulnerable, he discusses everything from love and relationships, quarter-life crises, and why you should never cry alone. As with every discussion with Simon, this will have you rethinking everything you previously thought you knew. Simon: Website: Twitter: Waiting list for an evening of conversation with Simon Sinek and Steven Bartlett: The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Huel: Bluejeans: Wework:
Cole Sprouse is an actor and photographer who has been lighting up our screens and bringing joy to our lives for now twenty years. The star of 'Riverdale', 'The Suite Life' and many more beloved TV shows and films, he's been possessed with the spirit of creativity since before he was out of his cradle. But as he reveals today, he didn't go into the entertainment industry by choice. He was effectively forced to perform by his mother, with whom he has a complicated, and currently estranged, relationship. To become comfortable inhabiting people in his acting roles, he first had to become comfortable with himself. It hasn't been an easy journey. The new and final season of Riverdale is out later this year, and his photography is available for purchase, or just appreciation at Topics: Being a child actor Your mother Being taken away from my mother What is your validation? Acting career Your mental health Love & Relationships Conversation Cards Last guest’s question Cole: Instagram: Twitter: The conversation cards waitlist is now open, join now: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Bluejeans: Wework: Huel:
What is the optimism bias? This is overestimating the good things that will happen in your future, despite all the evidence that may go against it. This is a systematic mistake that we all make as we always expect the future to be better than it ends up being and we underestimate the negatives that could happen. However, in this moment Dr. Tali Sharot discusses how the optimism bias can be a positive as our expectations of future happiness affect our happiness right now, it can motivate you to try harder to make this a reality. As Dr. Sharot says, “what we believe in our mind, changes the way we behave and the way we behave in the world changes the world”. Listen to the full episode here - Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
You know how important sleep is just from the personal experience of making it through the day after a bad night's sleep. But what if you were told that sleep was the single most important thing you could do for your physical and mental health? It affects everything from your sex hormones, immunity, blood sugar, and even how you form memories. Dr. Matthew Walker has dedicated his life to tackling the global sleep loss epidemic we are all living through, as this wakefulness personally costs us our health, it costs businesses productivity, and it costs countries billions of dollars a year. In this enlightening episode, Dr. Walker discusses the science of how and why we sleep, how modern life is affecting our shut-eye, and the tricks to getting the best night's rest. Considering that sleep makes up a third of your life, this is a conversation you can't miss. Topics: Why is your work so important? Work and research life Why do we sleep? Chronotypes/sleep deprivation Will sleep get worse as we go on through life and society as we know it? How many of us are getting the right amount of sleep? Redesigning society to get better sleep Napping Caffeine Sleep medication CBT for sleep What to do when you're struggling with sleep Listening to something before bed Can you make up for lost sleep on the weekend? Sleep deprivation consequences Actionable things to improve your sleep Social media and sleep Sleep & weight lose Dreams The last guest’s question Matthew: Instagram - Twitter - Website - Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Airbnb: Wework: Huel:
Seth Rogen is a comedian, writer, director, and producer whose films have together grossed $2.8 billion at the box office. In comedy since he was 12 years old, it's all he's ever known, and he's one of the biggest comedy forces on the planet. Opening up for the first time on the dementia diagnosis that tore his family apart, as well as the toll that bad reviews can do to the people who make films, Seth is a good guy trying to make his way in an industry that famously rewards bad behaviour. He tells us what that's really like. For many people, Seth provided the narration for their adolescence with iconic, classic movies like Superbad and Pineapple Express - hilariously mining his own fumbles on his journey into adulthood for comic effect. Now, through his weed company Houseplant, he takes people on a journey of a different source as the supplier of one of the most popular sources of legal weed in North America. Topics: Early context Starting comedy Moving to Hollywood Self-doubt Criticism Life without films ADHD Weed What is it about you that's unique Advice for creatives Not having kids Alzheimer's Mental health What gets you excited these days? Your creative process Last guest's question Question cards Seth: Instagram: Twitter: Seth’s book: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Our new question cards: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Airbnb: Wework: Huel:
What is your why? It is the reason you wake up in the morning, it is your value and the thing you give to the world and the people around you. In this moment Simon Sinek discusses how your ‘why’ is formed by the time you are a teenager and is the sum total of your upbringing and how you were raised. Once formed your ‘why’ never changes. But Simon says the thing we give to the world with our ‘why’ is also the thing we need the most, to find this we need to focus less on ourselves and focus on helping others. Listen to the full episode here - Simon: Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
Zara Larsson is an international singer song writer, amassing over 8 billion streams across all major streaming platforms. Since she won a national televised talent contest in her native Sweden aged 10, Zara has always wanted to be ‘bigger than Elvis’ and ‘more famous than Beyonce’. Saying the goal is ambitious is understating it, but she’s single-mindedly pursued it ever since. Chasing the top for Zara is a way of chasing life. Outspoken about her beliefs and uncompromising in her art - for Zara there are no half-measures and no shortcuts. She’s in the game to be the best. Zara is promoting her new single, ‘Can’t tame her’, which is out now. Her new album is nearly ready, too. In one of the most honest conversations we’ve had with a major public figure, Zara certainly doesn’t hold back on how she got to where she is, and where she’s headed next… Topics: Intro Early years Desire to be famous Pressure as an artist Ambitions Life under the microscope Your struggles Being scared of death Public validation Being treated badly by men Advice to people who look up to you Your new album What does success look like for you in 10 years? The last guest's question Zara: Instagram - Twitter - Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Huel:
Gary Brecka is one of the world’s foremost experts on how breathwork can transform your life, and how thinking differently about nutrition can protect us against disease and make us the best version of ourselves. In one of my favourite ever conversations, Gary takes through every facet of how we get health wrong, and we can start if we want to get it right. An incredibly engaging communicator and unmatched in his expertise, Gary takes the most advanced research in the world, and translates it into human. He's come a long way from the world he's left behind. For years, Gary’s job was to work for insurance companies and predict how long it was going to be before their clients were going to die. He’s left that life behind, now his job is to tell people how long they can really live for. Topics: Why you should watch this episode Why are you so passionate about this? ADHD & Anxiety Gut motility Vitamin deficiencies Gene mutations Saving Dana White's life Breath work Cold water plunging Comfort Travel Last guest’s questions Gary: Instagram: Twitter: Gary Brecka: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Huel:
With everything that has changed in the world, from the internet to the pandemic, what does this mean for the idea of leadership and being the perfect leader? In this moment Whitney Wolfe Herd discusses how for her a leader is the conductor creating harmony among a noisy orchestra. For Whitney, this means ignoring the examples of past leaders that were more like tyrants rather than bosses, and instead to listen to your gut and lead with compassion. It is only by being open and truly vulnerable that we can connect with the people around us and as leaders get the best out of our people. Listen to the full episode here - Whitney - Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
Lucy Hale has been on your screen for over half her life. Leaving her home of Memphis, Tennessee at 15 years old Lucy came to LA with dreams of fame, achieving this with her breakout role as Aria on the smash hit Pretty Little Liars and starring in films and TV shows ever since. This is the biography of Lucy you know, but what you haven’t heard before is that whilst Lucy’s career may have been Pretty, her life outside it was not. Sacrificing some of the most precious years of her life for success, Lucy has had to undergo an inner journey to rediscover herself outside of her work and fame. In this intimate and honest conversation, Lucy lets listeners into the previous hidden areas of her life. Discussing everything from addiction, eating disorders, the perils of the entertainment industry and arriving at self love and acceptance. Topics: Early context Acting was my way out Your grandmother Your mother Life between 16-19 Your eating disorder Your addiction, getting sober Pretty Little Liars The darkest times Would you have been happier not acting? Relationships Life after Pretty Little Liars What are you still working on The last guest's question Lucy: Instagram: Twitter: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Huel: Bluejeans -
Max Lugavere is a foremost expert on the brain and how we can get the best out of it. A New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, his books 'Genius Foods', 'Genius Life' and 'Genius Kitchen' have ushered in a new way of seeing how what we eat effects how effective our brain is. What few know about Max is that his best-selling books come from deeply heartfelt motivation, as he saw his mother lost to dementia. Ever since that terrible day he's had one focus and one focus only - what can people do to protect and enable their brain and mental capacity. In a conversation packed with takeaway, practical insights, he takes us through how you can take your brain from ordinary to extraordinary. One of the foremost experts on nutrition to ever appear on DOAC, Max has an ability to take the latest scientific concepts and translate it into human like few we've ever seen before. Topics: Why do you do what you do? Sugar Sugar free products Keto diet Veganism and vegetarianism What food should be eat? Why are we addicted to snacks? Mental health Stressers/stressors Sleep Coffee Is travel good for our health? Relationships Last guest’s question Max Lugavere: Instagram: Twitter: Website: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Airbnb: Huel: Bluejeans -
In your social life the first date is one of the most stressful experiences you can have. From worrying about the impression you want to make, what to wear, where to go and whether this is your future life partner or not, the expectations you set for a first date become impossible. In this moment the love doctor Paul Brunson breaks down why we are all setting ourselves up for failure and why we shouldn’t even go on dates! Instead Paul believes you should scrap the dinner date and go for 30 minute meet ups over a coffee or a walk, relieving all the pressure. What about the all important chemistry on a date? Paul believes this is just physical attraction and listening. Simple! Listen to the full episode here - Paul- Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
If your friend tells you about a new goal they want to achieve, would you tell them that there is no way they can do it, or that it wasn’t for people like them? Of course you wouldn’t! But why is it that so many of us speak to ourselves in this way? If you really want to change your habits for good, behaviour change specialist Shahroo Izadi believes that this self-talk is what is holding you back from the real change you want to achieve. Instead, Shahroo believes we have to treat ourselves with kindness to create lasting difference. In this necessary conversation Shahroo breaks down her kindness method and how her own life influenced it, from her work as an addiction therapist to the struggles in her personal life. If you want to change any habit in your life for good, this episode is essential for you! Topics: Your professional bio What’s your relationship with food now? Why do people fail to change? Impostor syndrome How do we prepare ourselves to relapse Diets don’t work The best actionable advice for change What’s your relationship with food now? What are you working on now? Shahroo Izadi: Instagram: Twitter: Website: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow: Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Telegram: Sponsors: Airbnb: Huel:
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