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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 life, have conversations with weirdos and misfits, shamelessly fail in public, and share what we learn along the way. Continue Reading >>
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 life, have conversations with weirdos and misfits, shamelessly fail in public, and share what we learn along the way. << Show Less
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155: This Moment Still Has a Lot to Give Great joy overcame me one day before the end of my dark retreat: I was about to go back into the world. Tomorrow I would see my children, embrace them, give them all my love, and receive theirs. An almost ecstatic bliss enveloped me, and I wanted to cherish this state as much as possible. But then another realization dawned on me: blissing out on anticipation would cost me everything the present moment would have to offer, all the lessons that were still waiting for me in the dark.
This episode is a short audio diary I recorded during my dark retreat in March of 2022.

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155: This Moment Still Has a Lot to Give Great joy overcame me one day before the end of my dark retreat: I was about to go back into the world. Tomorrow I would see my children, embrace them, give them all my love, and receive theirs. An almost ecstatic bliss enveloped me, and I wanted to cherish this state as much as possible. But then another realization dawned on me: blissing out on anticipation would cost me everything the present moment would have to offer, all the lessons that were still waiting for me in the dark.
This episode is a short audio diary I recorded during my dark retreat in March of 2022.

Check out my weekly newsletter: https://steli.substack.com/

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154: Don't Be Spiritual. Be Honest Instead. There&rsquo;s a quote by Byron Katie that&rsquo;s been stuck in my mind. It reads, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t be spiritual, be honest instead. It&rsquo;s very painful to pretend yourself beyond your true evolution.&rdquo;
I love it because it ties back to this inner work journey I&rsquo;ve been on of going deeper within my own psyche and emotions and learning to be fully present and in the moment. I haven&rsquo;t fully internalized many of the moments of clarity that I&rsquo;ve had throughout my journey yet. Sometimes I will pretend myself beyond my true evolution, because often times the truth is not that pretty. We stumble around truth and pretend to be spiritual when in reality, simply being honest is the highest level of expression of spirituality.
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153: How to Do the Work - I’m Overwhelming Everything Right Now I recently came back to a book I read many years ago called Loving What Is by Byron Katie. She has a really great self-inquiry method called The Work that I&rsquo;ve been putting into practice daily for the last couple of weeks. It&rsquo;s a very simple 4-question framework that is so practical and pragmatic that anyone can do it. In this episode I&rsquo;m breaking down this method, the inner truths I've learned about myself and the lasting positive impacts it&rsquo;s had on me in just the last 2 weeks.

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152: Treat Everyone Like a Child (Especially Yourself) I've been pondering a quote lately from my favorite Dostoevsky book, The Brothers Karamazov, which reads, "we ought to treat everyone like little children, and most importantly ourselves."
It got me thinking about the way we are with our children - how loving, patient, lighthearted and encouraging we are when we're parenting these tiny little humans. Why can't we be this way with everyone in our lives, especially ourselves? How incredible would the world be if we could remember to treat one another with this same level of tenderness and also extend this grace inwardly to ourselves?
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151: When Our Plans Don't Pan Out When I was 18 all I wanted to be was successful, which at that time to me just meant rich. I pictured myself with the fancy car, expensive apartment and crushing it as a business man like Gordon Gecko in Wolf on Wall Street. But something I&rsquo;ve been reflecting on lately is how glad I am that plans I had for my life when I was younger didn&rsquo;t work out. My life now is tremendously richer in many more ways than I ever could have imagined at 18.
When things don&rsquo;t go according to plan it&rsquo;s usually for a reason we aren&rsquo;t quite capable of understanding yet. It&rsquo;s important to maintain a level of humbleness and grace (and a little bit of humor doesn&rsquo;t hurt either). I&rsquo;ve learned that getting upset won&rsquo;t change what&rsquo;s happening in the moment. And maybe sometimes things don&rsquo;t go according to plan so that better things can fall into place.

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150: How the Crushing Weight of My Expectations Made Me Wanna Quit on Life Ever wake up and think of all the things you gotta do, and it just destroys you? I can't tell you how many times I woke up feeling miserable because of everything I'd have to tackle on that day. In my younger years, it would actually make me cancel everything and fall into a depression. Later I learned to willpower my way through my responsibilities, no matter how I felt about it, and that was a great step forward. But if you do that for too long, it eventually eats up your soul. You become very good at what you're doing, but you're also disconnecting from yourself. When the first thing you do every day is suppressing your feelings about what you will do today, you lose touch with yourself, and the longer you do this, the higher the price you eventually pay for it.

Today, I tried something different. A very simple tweak that made a huge difference&mdash;I'll talk about that in today's episode.

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149: All your problems start with a lie (Dostoyevsky's truth) Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth", wrote Dostoyevsky. And the longer I live, the more I realize this to be accurate. So many of life's problems boil down to struggles with truth. It's not just the lies we tell others: It's mostly the lies we tell ourselves, the truths we'd rather avert our eyes from. In short, it's the lies that we don't recognize as such, that often trip us up in life.
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148: The Only Reason You’re Ever in a Hurry How often in life are we hurrying from one task to another on any given day? Or rushing hastily to reach the next big milestone ahead of us? I've been pondering this recently and had the realization that when we are in a hurry to do something, it's usually because there is an underlying fear of never getting there. We must remember that it's only by remaining present that we can take the necessary steps, at the right pace, to reach our end goal.
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147: This Has Been Tried. This Is Certain (Love Conquers All Doubt) I've experienced love in so many new ways over the past year, have deepened and widened my relationship with and understanding of love so much&mdash;I was almost tempted to call this episode "The Power of Love", like a cheesy pop song. In this episode, I share some of these experiences, and how they moved me in sometimes unforeseen ways.
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