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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November 14, 2020 00:04:04
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032: What makes you come alive at work? A purpose-finding exercise

What's the driving force that keeps you excited, motivated, and makes you come alive? This is not always an easy question to answer, but in this episode I share a simple way of uncovering your purpose at work. Think about the last 3 months. What were some of the best moments you've had at work? The moments you were most alive, most excited, most inspired? And what do these moments have in common? For me personally, at the time when I recorded this video, the answer was change and growth. First, it's when I myself change. When I change what I believe, when I change how I act and think, because that's when I grow. Every year, I review the year that has passed, and I ask myself: How have I changed? How have I grown? If I think back to the version of myself I was one year ago—do I think that version was a total idiot, that version of myself was completely wrong? If the answer is yes, then that's actually pretty exciting to me. But if the answer is no, I feel devastated, because I've basically just wasted a year without learning anything meaningful, where I had no true growth.   The other thing that really excites me and makes me come alive is when I can help others change and grow, when I can get them to take action. What's the driving force that makes you come alive at work? Take some time to reflect and go really deep on this question. Maybe you've done this a few years ago and you have an idea—and if that's the case, then challenge yourself and ask: "Do these answers still feel true to me, or ...

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October 22, 2020 00:46:46
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031: Listening to myself: A bad day

This might just be the most uncomfortable piece of content I've ever published. I recently had a lousy day, and captured my mood and thoughts in a rare, ad hoc voice memo. I want to share this with you, because I believe there's value in realizing that we all have down days. But rather than just throw the recording at you, I actually listened to it again and added my comments to it afterwards. This way, you get both the raw, bruised-up version of myself on a bad day, as well as myself reflecting on it. Heads up: This is a very experimental format. I feel uncomfortable sharing this with you. Heck, not too long ago I'd feel uncomfortable sharing this part of myself with even close friends. But inner work is called work for a reason: Oftentimes it means doing the thing you don't feel like doing.   For transcript and comments: https://steliefti.com/a-bad-day/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/    ...

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October 15, 2020 00:10:01
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030: Ti Perimeris - What are you waiting for?!

How much of our days do we spend on our image? How often don’t we do something we feel like doing, because we’re concerned how others might perceive us? How often do we do something we don’t feel like doing, simply to portray ourselves in a certain way to others? What a waste of life. Today, I want to share a personal story with you that culminated in a wild, shirtless night in a tiny bar on a Greek island. Stop letting your ego get in the way of living life fully. It’s too easy to get caught up in our own sense of self-importance. Let go, and celebrate life fully. ...

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September 24, 2020 00:32:44
029: The story of 3 beggars in Thessaloniki

029: The story of 3 beggars in Thessaloniki

I'm currently with 2 friends in Thessaloniki and want to share the story of 3 encounters with different beggars we've had here, and what we can learn from it. One beggar was an aggressive hustler, a young boy who probably was forced to work for a gang. One beggar was an proud old man who was selling pencils, who said that he's currently out of work and wants to make an income. One beggar was an apologetic old lady full of sorrow that kept telling pitiful stories. In today's episode, I share how each beggar moved us in a different way, and conveyed a different lesson about ourselves. Transcript: https://steliefti.com/3-beggars-in-thessaloniki/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ ...

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September 17, 2020 00:19:30
028: Way of the Warrior: Desperation made me pull another man's pants

028: Way of the Warrior: Desperation made me pull another man's pants

A few years ago I fell in love with martial arts, and it’s become a great source of learnings and insights for me. In the Way of the Warrior series, I’m going to share these lessons with you—and I find that most of them are relevant not just in the context of fighting, but also in other areas of life. Being in the ring is a very humbling experience for me, and it forces me to look at the world with beginners eyes. In the ring, nobody gives a fuck that I’m Mr. CEO. And that’s a beautifully honest way to be. In today’s episode, I talk about two recent realizations I had while training. The first one is about how being pushed to our limits can make us do things we wouldn’t normally do, and why people commit acts of desperation. The second one is about using compliments as a way to implicitly ask your training partner to go easy on you. As always, I’d love to hear from you! Transcript: https://steliefti.com/way-of-the-warrior-desperation-made-me-pull-on-another-mans-pants/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ ...

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September 15, 2020 00:09:43
027: Negative self-image? What a little girl taught me

027: Negative self-image? What a little girl taught me

On a recent summer night I witnessed something touching and magical that I want to share with you in today’s episode. If you have a negative self-image, or simply want to build a more positive self-image, it’s well worth the ten minute listen. As always, I'd love to hear from you!  Transcript: https://steliefti.com/negative-self-image-what-a-little-girl-taught-me/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ ...

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