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The Diary Of A CEO by 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 27 year old 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 my personal diary with you and I want to give you an insight 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, this is off the top of my head and this is direct from my diary. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.
57 Episodes
- Justifying myself as a woman - Building my confidence with the gym  - Growing Apart from my ex - I hate talk about my success  - Are you hard to date  - Your parents - The pressure on women - The bullshit of being an entrepreneur - Somethings o have to give in my life  - Are you scared of death  - Having friends as an entrepreneur - What are you working on? Kissy's book pre order - Sponsor -
- The Story  - Processing the emotions - Adapting my opinion of marriage and monogamy - How I Lost an intrinsic part of who I was  - My Ideal relationship structure - Why unhappiness stems from conformity  - Finding new friends in a painful situation - Outro  Special thanks to my good friend Dr. Aria, you can find him at: Instagram - @dr._aria  Website - Sponsor -
- How I've FINALLY fixed / figured out why we lose motivation - Why people are more depressed and anxious (and a cure) - Key to success: Avoiding good opportunities so you have time to devote to great opportunities. - Why I don't think marriage is the right answer. - Why I don't think marriage is the right answer.  - Why you should NOT "Fit in".
- Depression - where did it all start? - Psychedelics - Posting online despite what people think - Burn out - Anxiety - Supplements & brand - How do you find the guts to keep going despite failure? - Relationships  - Are you happy? - Are you scared of dying? - Dinner Party
- The first lesson this pandemic has taught me - I have a secret to tell you  - Changing the shape of your brain - Less answers and more questions - What are some of the most important questions you can ask yourself? - The thing that invalided you when you were younger, will be the thing you seek validation from as an adult.
- How to quit, why quitting matters and my quitting framework. - Dealing with uncertainty instead of certain misery. - How I built a £200m company at 22 years old. - How I got 1 million followers on Instagram. - The life changing art of taking responsibility.  - An unpopular opinion about the Virus. - Bad binary answers to complex problems. - Racism will hold you back even more if you let it.
This week's episode of The Diary of a CEO is all about the certainty of unexpected chaos. This is a different episode, for the very different times that we’re living in. But, I think you ALL need to hear this, because I did. I discuss why you should be responsible for your actions, how to be positive amongst all the chaos, stay psychologically effective and the importance of being compassionate with your thoughts. I also delve into what I call "happiness dividends" and discuss why it is vital not give up on your long term goals for short term pleasures, especially in this time of uncertainty.
In my most recent episode of The Diary of a CEO, I sat down with the incredibly successful TV presenter, journalist and entrepreneur Jake Humphrey. Jake has gone from being an unqualified drop out, who was fired from McDonalds after just two months for a lack of communication skills to one of the UK’s most well known TV presenters, with accolades such as CBBC, BT Sport, Formula One and much more. Jake also co-founded the production company Whisper Films, alongside former BBC Sport producer Sunil Patel and David Coulthard and the business has grown from £1.5m to almost £20m. Our conversation was extremely honest and open. Jake has struggled to come to terms with the common misconceptions of who he is, battling suicidal thoughts and developing an unhealthy relationship with social media. We discuss the best way to move forward with the devastating impact social media can have and why failure is the key to being successful.
In this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I chat to Dame Stephanie Shirley also known as "Steve". At the age of 5, Steve fled from Nazi persecution in her hometown of Dortmund and arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport, luckily escaping the Holocaust. As a female, Jewish immigrant who wanted to create a software company, the stacks where naturally against her. However, she was determined to succeed and with only £6 in her pocket, she taught herself how to code, created an empowered, female dominated workforce and grew her business so at the time of sale, it was worth £2.3bn. Our conversation was inspiring. Stephanie was doing things 50 years ago that companies are struggling in do in 2020, and this was at a time where females couldn't even open a bank account without their husbands permission. We discussed success, how money is correlated with happiness, facing adversity plus much more. I have taken some nuggets of wisdom from her that I can use in my business life so I am CERTAIN you will learn things as well.
In this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I chat to Jamie Laing and Ed Williams, the co-founders of Candy Kittens - the fastest growing confectionary brand in the UK. Our conversation delved into battling the misconceptions of family wealth, discovering how the duo handled crowd funding and raising investments to create their brand. Additionally, we discuss how schools discourage creativity and how if you are given the right support and confidence, if you really put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
This week's episode of The Diary of a CEO is all about breakdowns and problems and I delve into why only YOU have control over your thoughts. I discuss how we are obsessing over optimising our lives and the worrying increase in loneliness within the “internet generation”. Additionally, I give advice on multiple ways for you to over come your problems such as “The Best Friend” method and how you can communicate managing unmet expectations. For the first time ever, I answer your DM’s on the podcast as well as answering that one question people ALWAYS ask me but I never respond to. Finally, I share something for my event, The Diary of a CEO LIVE, EXCLUSIVELY for my podcast listeners.
How would you feel if your career, the career you’ve worked at all your life, was suddenly destroyed? This is how my next guest on The Diary of a CEO felt when her whole world came tumbling down due to a fatal error. Diane is truly inspirational. Her motivation is unchallenged. However, I didn’t expect the level of emotion and the raw honesty I would receive from her when we delved into a topic which nearly destroyed her career.
In the first episode of 2020 of The Diary of a CEO, I share a very personal extract from my diary 8 years ago which I’ve NEVER shared before, and discuss the time I’ve recently spent alone in the Indonesian Jungle. I also explain why it’s important to differentiate between admiration and aspiration, striving and living, and reaction and rationalisation, and share my thoughts on why we should be all be original thinkers, showcasing how controversy ALWAYS wins. Finally, I divulge a little bit more information about The Diary of a CEO LIVE!
2019 has been a world-wind of a year for me, and this week’s episode of The Diary of a CEO is all about reflection. Alongside this, I discuss why you shouldn’t waste time on people that don’t deserve it. Furthermore, I explain why it’s critical for us to embrace change and how it’s not something for us to fear. For me, this is the only way forward, because as they say, the only thing that is truly inevitable is change itself.
On this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I sit down with Nir Eyal, an Israeli-born American author, lecturer and investor. Nir released his first book in 2014 “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and it became a Wall Street Journal International best seller, with over 200,000 copies sold worldwide. 5 years later, Nir has released his second book “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life”. Nir's highly researched and in-depth insight is fascinating and we discussed all about the science of distraction. Nir explains why we’re constantly distracted by things around us, especially social media notifications and how we can break our tech addictions in order to finally get stuff done. I was so enthralled with Nir's advice and I absolutely think you will be able to use some of his suggestions as actions in your every day life. I know I certainly will.
The Diary of a CEO podcast has kept me extremely level-headed, it's kept me from being self-destructive and it has maintained my self-awareness; and these points are exactly what I wanted to discuss in this week's episode. I additionally relay the importance of asking people for forgiveness, analyse why playing mind games is detrimental to your relationships, and question: What do we really want out of life?
Brothers, best friends and business partners, The Heaton Brothers share more than just their parents. George and Mike Heaton are the founders of the world-renowned streetwear brand, Represent. The 26 and 28 year old initially started Represent in their Dad’s shed in the back garden, before quickly taking over this and moving to the garage, to the kitchen, and then the whole house until they made enough money a year and a half later to move to their own place. Having been in business for 5 years, their annual turnover increased from £1.8 million in 2014 to over £8 million in 2018 and their brand is now stocked in over 160 outlets including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, hosted on global catwalk shows and worn by the likes of Dua Lipa, the Kardashians and Justin Bieber. In this episode of The Diary of a CEO, we discuss how hiring your best friends can work successfully in a business, the importance of a strong work ethic, how to deal with mental health in a high pressured job and the future of the fashion industry.
The last few weeks have been some of the most educational and exciting in Social Chain's history and in my journey as an entrepreneur. We went public. In this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I share some of the insights that going public has taught me and reaffirmed for me about success. I also get a chance to divulge something new in my personal life, something very close to me. Hope you enjoy!
At 15, Jamal Edwards rapped under the name "SmokeyBarz", filming with his friends from a £20 phone. At 24, he had received an MBE for services to music and business, taken the first royal selfie and was a multimillionaire. The entrepreneur turned music mogul launched the careers of the musical elite such as Ed Sheeran, Dave and many more. Jamal launched SBTV in 2006, which at the time, was the first new media business on YouTube and boasted a subscriber base of over 1 million. Brushing shoulders with royals and celebrities alike, Jamal was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and one of GQ Magazine's 100 Most Connected Men Of All Time. In this episode of The Diary of a CEO, we discuss how Jamal dealt with business success at such a young age, his struggle with mental health and how money isn’t everything. I additionally share something really personal to me, which I've never shared before.
The last couple of weeks have been the most professionally challenging of my life and I divulge all in this week’s episode of The Diary of a CEO. Alongside this, I discuss the importance of having an internal locus of control, and how important constant, internal analysis is in order to succeed. I also cover the concept of having a Video Game mindset, and explore the effects of adopting this ideology of risk-taking into our work. I also delve into the idea of routine, and how having too much routine is actually detrimental to our lives and our productivity, and finally I review a topic that came up in my last episode with Joe Wicks: why do we continue do hate successful people?
Comments (20)

Alexandra Tomalin

I always love listening to you 🙌🏼 very inspiring, thank you!!

Nov 6th

Carlos Finn

Love this!

Nov 4th

Dani Knowles

The most important story to Steven Bartlett is Steven Bartletts. It sounds as though the first truly successful person he really got to know, was himself. And that must feel incredible. But there's a short sightedness to his tales and lack of understanding. Which comes from knowing how the story could end, one size does not fill all I am afraid Steven.

Nov 1st

Abigail Walker

Only discovered your podcast today - so helpful to be reminded kit to beat myself up for not being my usual energetic self at this time (Recovering from successful medical treatment) 🙂 I see you haven't posted since April. I hope all is well with you and yours. @AbigailHealy3

Jul 26th

Farid Omarzaiy

Great episode and glad to have you back!

Apr 20th


One of the best podcasts that I have ever listened to! It has so many useful insights into life and how we can improve! I cannot recommend it enough.

Feb 17th

Henri Chinaski


Dec 23rd

Mohammed Kamau

by any chance will you be expanding to Africa?

Sep 27th

Gemma Eynon

This guy says how it is! love his podcasts!! make sure you find time to listen to them all!!! IG: @geynon

Sep 26th

सुशान्त भट्ट

Such a great 🙏🙏.

Sep 10th

Josh Skillman

amazingly helpful podcast for like minded individuals. literally hooked and love the honest insight. IG @joshyskillman

Jul 15th

Rubens De Sousa

I've never listen anything like this. It's doesn't matter wich book have you read because this podcast gives you a very deep undestending of how the mind of a sucssesfull person works. It shows us that every one of us have doubts, problems and strengs, the most realistic podcast i've listened.

Mar 30th

yasar arafath

love the way you present your work.. it's just simple and different... keep Sharing your experiences...

Mar 5th

Abdulsalam Ogail

Very helpful podcast, the part where u talk about the best version of yourself is the version that doesnt give a fuck has really resonated with me. I'll work on that part of myself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ig: @abubakr_ogail

Jan 26th

Simon Charisma Paterson

insight, insight, inspiration!

Jan 15th


Starting to love your narrative, the great values and the insights as a CEO. Thank you. IG: @Kingadyl

Aug 24th

Jack Aubort

Amazing episode. Brought home for me the importance of pursuing projects where money isn't the sole incentive. I'm two years into a career in engineering and this was just a reminder that at the moment my soul purpose is money and I want my life's work to be a reflection of other things than just that. Also love the point on persistence, so critical. Amazing podcast keep it up! IG: @aurby

Jul 14th

Pulkit Jain

loved it... Your reflections from India are the same for us other Indians atleast the teenagers... I am really in that phase in life where I am aware of my shortcomings and I know that I need to work on myself, be grateful, humble and then seek for love from others or to serve the world...

Apr 19th



Apr 10th

Arturo Luis Alvarez

Rep Africa! 🌍 fellow Botswana aspiring entrepreneur here 💪

Nov 9th
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