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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 29 year old ex 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 insights with you from guests with different backgrounds, experiences and learnings. I want to give you a look 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 and I don't have questions I just see where the conversation takes me. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.

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120 Episodes
Sebastian Siemiatkowski is one of the most successful businessmen in Europe. He is the founder of Klarna, a company that is now worth an incredible $46 billion. Sebastian himself is now worth over $3.6 billion, and what’s more, he’s only just getting started. Sebastian has been incredibly honest with us on what it takes to succeed and the burdens that come with it. Sebastian started Klarna when he was just 23, he hadn’t finished university and he gave up everything when he promised himself that his business would be the only thing in his life for 6 months. He’s much older and much wiser now, and Klarna has had incredible growth to become one of the highest valued tech companies in Europe. Today he tells all about his incredible journey and how he got there, opens up on the criticism he’s received, and where Klarna goes from here. Topics: Your early years  Challenging your employees The start of Klarna The painful moments of Klarna Your relationship with money as a billionaire The death of your father Becoming a father yourself  Sebastian: With such a great reception to The Diary Of a CEO live we’ve decided to take it around the U.K. Sign up here if you’re interested in coming  - Sponsors:
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Failure is something which we will all inevitably meet throughout our lives, yet it’s something we all seem to have an incredibly toxic relationship with. Elizabeth Day is the author of ‘Failosophy’ and host of ‘How To Fail with Elizabeth Day’ so it’s no surprise that Elizabeth has a thing or two to say about failure. In this ‘moment’ from the podcast, Elizabeth and I read a couple of her 7 principles on failure from her book. Episode 77 -  Elizabeth:
Nick Jenkins is the founder and former CEO of, a company which revolutionised gift cards and is now worth over one and a half billion pounds. Nick knows what it takes to build a business from nothing to change an industry, and today he’s sharing his wisdom with us on what he’s learnt along the way.  You’ll also know Nick from Dragons Den, on which he was a dragon for two years. Since leaving the den he’s become a leading investor in e-commerce and green energy, tutoring and giving a leg up to businesses which help to bring the future a little bit closer every day.  Nick is an incredible guy and an astute and proven businessman, but more importantly he’s a grounded and inspirational individual. Nick doesn’t lead a flashy lifestyle or found businesses just to get rich, but instead sees his businesses as attractive solutions to real problems we all face. Before Monopig, Nick used to tipex out greetings on cards and write his own because no one was offering a personalised service. He doesn’t have to do that anymore, he has a billion pound company to do it for him. Being an entrepreneur  Starting a business - Moon Pig Stepping back from MoonPig and hiring people   Your personal sacrifice  Maintaining Focus The importance of being able to communicate well  Dragons Den Selling Moonpig You seem very balanced  The next chapter of your life What to do if you don't like your job?  Being happy with where you are We’re going on tour! With such a great reception to The Diary Of a CEO live we’ve decided to take it around the U.K. Sign up here if you’re interested in coming - Sponsors:
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. It’s fair to say that most people possess ambition, yet almost all of those people fail to turn it into the required action to achieve. So it begs the question, why do we fail to act upon our ambitions? I put this question to the World Leading Psychologist and High Performance Coach Jamil Qureshi. Not only is his answer incredibly compelling, but it could be the key to unlocking your full potential. Episode 61 -   Jamil: 
It’s hard to know where to begin with Steve Peters. He’s a doctor, a psychiatrist, a professor and a mental coach for the worlds top athletes and business leaders. He’s also the author of “The Chimp Paradox”, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and put forward the groundbreaking ‘Chimp model’ for understanding how our brains work. Steve is used to helping the worlds elite to achieve their full potential, from Steven Gerrard and Ronnie O Sullivan to top business leaders and CEOs. His insights are sought after by people all over the world. But today he sits down and shares his wisdom to help you.  Be prepared for this one, we go to some incredible places as Steve shows us what commonly holds people back, and how to overcome it.  Steve will show you exactly how being at peace with yourself is the only way to succeed. I’m sure you’ll understand by the end of this why Steve’s insights are so widely sought. Topics:  The basis of your work  Mental health  The chimp brain  How do we understand what drives us? How do we manage our emotional reactions? Stress & Alcoholism Forming habits  What does an everyday person do without you? Fear of failure  Setting your state in the morning  Gratitude Steve: Steve’s new book: Sponsors:
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Professor Green’s accomplishments as a white rapper, at the time he found success, is a staggering achievement. An achievement which, perhaps, wouldn’t be expected from a young guy dealing drugs to get by. So in this clip I ask Professor Green, aka Stephen Paul Manderson, to explain how he found success in his career, and then happiness. Episode 80: Professor Green:
Arun Maini is the UK’s number one technology influencer, with over 10 million followers across his social media, and over 1.2 billion views on his youtube channel Mrwhosetheboss. Today, he’s talking exclusively to us about his life, his passions and how he made it to the top. Arun started small, using a camera given to him by someone and reviewing technology he could borrow from his friends. Today, he still records in his bedroom, but his job takes him all over the world, and a positive word from him is sought after by Apple, Samsung and technology companies the world over. In his first extended sit-down interview, Arun talks to us about how he gives his all to every task he does, how he stays focused, and how his very competitive nature drove him to the top. But he also opens up about the pressures he faces. And he comes clean about how the very instincts that drive him on can make him his own worst enemy.  Topics: Your early years  Building confidence & practicing gratitude  Playing out your dream to the detriment of myself  Hard work What made you go after your calling? How do you maintain meaningful relationships? Money How do you enjoy aspects outside the excitement of YouTube?  Your growth on Youtube The biggest misconceptions of you as a Youtuber What are your motivations now? Arun:  Sponsor: 
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. It seems that in the modern world we live in ‘anxiety’ is a word we are all becoming far too familiar with. The same can be said for many celebrities and online personalities who at first glance may seem untouchable, however when you look a little deeper, no one has it all worked out. In this extremely open and honest clip, Jim reveals how a complicated childhood became the source of many of his issues. He also reveals how he has come to identify and overcome his anxiety for both himself and his new family on the way! Episode 78 - Jim:
This week we’re doing something a bit different, and telling you everything you need to know about the business of podcasting. Have you ever wanted to know what goes into an episode of The Diary of a CEO? The truth of the relationship with our sponsors, the equipment we use, and where I want this podcast to go. Well, now’s your chance. This podcast has been an incredible journey, and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve built. When I started this podcast, it was just me in my bedroom speaking alone into a microphone. Now, we’re the number one business podcast in Europe for over 40 consecutive weeks. Today, we step back to reflect on that journey.  And yet, I’ve found that what inspired me to make the podcast then is the same what inspires me to make it now. I’ve always loved sharing incredible stories with you. I’ve always loved pulling out and sharing those little secrets in how people achieve - and maintain - success. And I still hope nobody’s listening, but if you are, then you keep this to yourself.  Topics: Consistency  Getting your podcast discovered Maintaining a high quality of work Money Why I started and new reasons to keep going Our Youtube Channel -  FOLLOW ► Instagram: Twitter: Linkedin: Sponsors: 
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Talking about sex can often be an uncomfortable conversation for most of us, especially if it includes discussing our issues in the bedroom. This is why I decided to fire all of the taboo questions we all want to know the answers to at Kate Moyle, a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist and host of The Sexual Wellness Sessions Podcast. Episode 73 - Kate:
Ali Abdaal is a first in his class Cambridge graduate who is an expert in productivity and getting the most out of your life. He finished top of his year at Cambridge, but he wasn’t content with mastering productivity in one field: as well as being a full time student, he built a multi-million dollar business, as well as a youtube channel with over two million subscribers.  Ali manages to squeeze every moment from his day. Yet when you listen to this, you’ll see that the techniques he uses to do this are really simple. He’s learnt them through hard-fought experience, and today he’s willing to share them with us. Ali has been a qualified doctor now for three years, and still practices medicine part-time. But he’s spread his wings and still runs his businesses and courses on the side. With so much he packs into his life, Ali is quite simply the best out there at helping you to maximise your productive potential. Today, he opens up like never before to reveal exactly how he does it all, and how you can too.  Ali:  Sponsors:
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Being the writer, tv presenter and adventurer that he is, you’d be forgiven for thinking Ben Fogle is a man full of confidence, but that hasn’t always been the case. In this moment episode, Ben takes us along his journey with self-confidence. From early childhood to the top of Everest, Ben reveals how he built his confidence and learned to love who he is. Episode 81 - Ben:
Holly Tucker MBE has over twenty years experience building businesses, and today she shares that insight with us. After working in advertising, media, and for a start-up, Holly gave it all up to start Not On The High Street, an online start-up with an inspiring mission: to give a wider platform for small businesses to compete with high street chains.  Known as ‘Hurricane Holly’ for always doing everything quickly, she started Not On the High Street in 2006. Then, it was just one of three online marketplaces in the world, the other two being Amazon and Ebay. Now, her business is going from strength to strength, and employs over 200 people from her West London base. She has used her knowledge to counsel others looking to build their own businesses, and is the author of three books, the latest being Do What You Love, Love What You Do, about how to turn your passion into profit. We think after listening to Holly’s story you’ll see how anyone can found a successful business, no matter what barriers stand in their way. Holly’s story is nothing short of inspiring, and we can’t wait for you to hear it.  Topics: Your early years  Losing orientation in your life  The Not On The High Street story  Optimism in business Hiring for a business  Losing myself within the business  Leaving not on the high street and 59:48 59:48 rediscovering myself  Helping people create a good-life business  Do what you love, love what you do Holly:  Holly’s book - Sponsors: 
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Russell Kane was one of the most surprising guests I’ve ever had on this podcast. Not only is he intelligent and self-aware, but he is also very straight-talking, which is one of the reasons why I believe this ‘moment’ from the podcast is so powerful. Together, Russell and I were discussing success and what it truly takes to become a successful person. In actual fact, the path to success is a pretty simple one, but sometimes the most simple truths can be the most demanding.  Episode 79 - Russell: 
Patricia Bright is one of the most innovate and inspiring influencers working today. Born and bred in South London, Patricia shares advice and stories on beauty, style, fashion and finance to her 2.8 million YouTube subscribers on her channel Patricia Bright, and her 1.2 million Instagram followers @thepatriciabright.  She’s also a founder of The Break, which offers financial advice to her followers, as well as de-mystifying how you try and achieve personal success. She says she called it ‘The Break’ “to represent the gap between what you see as a ‘good’ lifestyle and how you build a plan to actually get there”. Before becoming an influencer full time, she juggled posting on youtube with being a student, working for a investment bank and a Top Four consultancy firm. Now, she’s the CEO of her own brand. Patricia is a different kind of influencer with an incredible story story to tell, I’m sure in this conversation you’ll begin to understand what it took to get her where she is today. Topics: Your early years Feeling out of place  Turning your hobby into a job  How did you find the confidence to shift careers  Being an influencer Being a woman on social media Finances - your new project Whats it like working with your husband? Your stalker Whats next for you? The underlying principles that made you successful  Patricia: Sponsors:
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. I’ve supported Manchester United for years and some of the fondest memories watching my team were made during Rio Ferdinand’s Man United era.  In today’s clip, Rio reveals the secrets behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s world-class, trophy-winning culture which made Manchester United one of the greatest clubs in the world. Episode 79 - Rio:
Reggie is someone that’s been on our screens for the best part of three decades. Making his first tv appearance on Desmond’s at the age of just eight years old. This would kick start a career in acting, tv presenting, radio DJ, singing and documentary film making. In the last decade, Reggie has become synonymous with critically acclaimed documentaries. His films include the BBC3 Extreme series including Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK which are all available to a worldwide audience on Netflix. In 2016, Reggie was awarded Best Presenter for the critically acclaimed Extreme Russia at the Royal Television Society Awards, Best Factual Programme at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and Best Multi-channel Programme at the Broadcast Awards. Reggie is a unique person, the journey he’s been on is one to be admired. I’m sure in this conversation today you’ll begin to understand what got him to where he is today, the factors that made him so driven and adaptable. Thank you Reggie, thank you for your honesty. Topics: Where do you come from? What factors made you break out of your environment  what were your dreams for the future?  The key moments of failure in your life  Getting to know your shadow  The force thats driving you  The best and worst parts of your leadership style  The most key moment from all your films  Your relationship with money  Whats the importance of being your true self?  Romantic Relationships  How has your parents relationship affected you? What does the future look like for you?  In your view whats your potential?  Reggie: Sponsors:
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Today, I’ve chosen one of the most powerful moments from my episode with Ant Middleton. Ant shares with us how liberating it can feel when you turn a negative into a positive and reveals just how easy it can be to shift your mindset to a more positive one. The truth is, failure and negativity aren’t always harmful to our success, in fact, Ant would argue that they’re both important in fueling our growth and becoming better as people. Episode 74 -  Ant:
Alex George is a pure inspiration, thats one of the best ways I can describe him, he’s selfless, self aware and just an all round great guy. Having grown up in Nantgaredig, a village near Carmarthen, Wales. He is the oldest of three children. George studied Medicine at the University of Exeter and went on to work in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Lewisham in London.  In 2018, George appeared in the fourth series of the ITV2 reality dating series Love Island. Following the show, he returned to working part-time at Lewisham whilst also making regular media appearances speaking about mental health on ITV morning shows including Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and Loose Women. In 2019 George launched his podcast The Waiting Room with Dr Alex in which he interviews other healthcare professionals about topical health and wellbeing issues.  In July 2020, George's youngest brother Llyr died by suicide. In January 2021, George launched a campaign requesting the UK Government prioritise mental health amongst children and adolescents. During Children's Mental Health Week in February 2021, George met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who appointed George to the newly created position of Youth Mental Health Ambassador. In addition, George also became a member of the Mental Health in Education Action Group.  This conversation has it all, its gripping, its open, it’s honest and it had me nearly in tears almost 3 or 4 times. I can’t express to you how selfless and down to earth this guy is but you’ll find that out from our conversation today.  Alex:  Sponsor: 
In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. Grace Beverley has built two multi-million pound businesses but what did it really take to get there? We see all the good stuff, the instagram posts, the headlines but we never hear this side. Building a business isn’t always as glamorous as everyone makes it out to be. In this candid clip from the podcast Grace reveals what it truly takes to build a business. Episode 69 - Grace:
Comments (24)

Nazneen Razvi

So interesting!

Sep 2nd

Nazneen Razvi

loving this podcast!

Aug 19th

Samantha Bell

Thank you Stephen!! I absolutely love your podcasts, I have listened to almost every single one and get so much from them every time! Thank you for all you share! I also have your book and am loving it! @thelettiegraybakery

Jul 14th

paul speakman

Great episode, I'm new to this podcast and really enjoying them. Been a fan of Matthew for years and read a lot of his books. Agree with a lot of the points made. Please keep up the good work guys. Excellent

Jun 25th

Holly Melissa Sofroniou

So refreshing to listen to this!

Feb 18th

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

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
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