Inner Work with Steli Efti

The (strictly no-business) podcast that shall never become yet another to-do item in a busy CEOs life. A storytelling playground and save space for irresponsible experimentation. We willll talk martial arts, ponder the nature of ...more

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February 04, 2021 00:14:57
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044: The half-assed life: Be one of the few who fully commit

Today's episode is a rant about the power of commitment. It's something that's so rare—to see someone being fully committed, to truly go all in, to not hold anything back. I want to see and create more of that in the world, and less people who spend most of their time half-assing whatever they do. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/the-half-assed-life-be-one-of-the-few-who-fully-commit/   Connect with me: https://steliefti.com https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ ...

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January 29, 2021 00:32:33
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043: I got rich slowly, but here's how you can get rich quick

It took me a long time to get rich. It still feels weird to say this about myself. But financially, I’m definitely rich. What’s funny is, I’ve been rich long before I even realized that I was rich. It was actually through conversations with friends that I eventually realized: Fuck yes, I AM rich. I care much less about it than I thought I would. I’ve heard rich people say this many times before, but: it really doesn’t make much of a difference in my life. Now, that’s not to say that the human animal in me is above it all. I still want more money. I still sometimes get ensnared by the prospect of making money. I still sometimes struggle to say no to enticing financial opportunities, and one thing that I can tell you is: the more money you have, the more tempting opportunities come your way. In today’s episode, I’ll talk about my struggles when it comes to resisting these temptations, and most importantly: I’ll talk about how you can get rich much faster, and with much less suffering than it took me. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/i-got-rich-slowly-but-heres-how-you-can-get-rich-quick/ Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ ...

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January 28, 2021 00:16:17
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042: McGregor vs. Poirier 2 - Looking foolish in the name of progress

I was surprised to see McGregor get knocked out by Poirier this fast. But one thing that’s been bothering me about McGregor is that I don’t think he’s been picking the right sparring partners to prepare for this fight. None of his sparring partners really had the chops to seriously challenge him as much as he needed to be challenged. And it reminded me of a principle I’ve been trying to put into practice myself for many years: the willingness to look foolish in the name of progress. It prompted me to ask myself again: Are you putting yourself out there enough? Are you humble enough to seek advice in areas where you need it? Are you willing to expose yourself and risk getting your ego bruised? Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/mcgregor-vs-poirier-2-looking-foolish-in-the-name-of-progress/ Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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January 21, 2021 00:26:10
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041: LSD & Martial arts: Finding my flow in fighting

In this episode, I talk about a breakthrough I've had in my martial arts after a training session on LSD. In my training of martial arts, there are periods where I'm on a very intense schedule, practicing five, six, or even seven days a week. And then there are periods where I train only once or twice a week. And then there are weeks where I don't train at all. And I noticed that oftentimes, when I pick up training again after a couple of weeks of not training at all, I've always leapfrogged to the next level of skill in some area. I discuss this in the first part of the episode, and then later share a major breakthrough I've had in my practice after a shadowboxing session on LSD. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/lsd-martial-arts-finding-my-flow-in-fighting Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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January 18, 2021 00:20:50
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040: Pacing myself: Full speed until the fuel runs out isn't a good strategy

Here's a conversation where I talk about the importance of pacing myself and managing my energy throughout the course of a day.  I have a tendency to go full speed whenever I feel energized—until my tank runs out of fuel and I crash hard.  Today, I practiced breaking that pattern. When I felt excited or inspired by an idea, I didn't immediately rush into action. I stayed with that feeling first, and acted more deliberately. Or at least, I tried. Turns out breaking deeply ingrained patterns isn't that easy, but like so many things in Inner Work—it starts with awareness. You do the best you can right now, and if it matters enough, you keep practicing until you get better at it. Shownotes:  https://steliefti.com/pacing-myself-full-speed-until-the-fuel-runs-out-isnt-a-good-strategy/ Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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January 15, 2021 00:41:09
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039: 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 THIS day. When I held this guitar, it felt magical: the beginning of an intimate, private love affair, a holy communion, a secret bond between me and my guitar. In the first part of the episode, I talk about another nascent love of mine: sailing. I've been wanting to learn sailing for a long time, and my first actual sailing lesson was quite sobering. The first 20 minutes of this episode is dedicated to this, but the tldr is: it wasn't much fun. Be free to skip to minute 20 where I talk about the guitar. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/intimate-art-loving-playfulness-and-my-secret-guitar/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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