The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
346: How to Talk to Yourself
Sep 21, 2018
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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about inner dialogue.

Inner dialogue, also known as talking to yourself or inner talk, is something a lot of us do. On many occasions, the inner dialogue is negative and strengthens any negative attitude or behavior. On the flip side, inner dialogue can also be a positive thing, one that you can use to your advantage as an entrepreneur.

Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on what inner dialogue is, what conversations you’re having with yourself, how it impacts you and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:31 About today’s topic.

01:20 Why inner dialogue is technical.

01:50 How inner dialogue is very common.

02:13 The reason why most of us are not aware that we do this.

02:59 What happens once you’re aware that you’re self-talking.

03:11 How Steli became self aware of his inner dialogues.

03:37 Hiten first realization of inner dialogue.

04:18 How reflecting is a form of self-talk.

05:25 How Hiten self-talk has evolved.

06:15 An advanced level of self talk.

3 Key Points:

Inner dialogue is a version of thinking but is not the same as thought.
A lot of people are not aware that they talk to themselves.
I think I was aware of self talk because I was alone with myself.



Steli Efti: All right.



Hiten Shah: Inner dialogue. All right, let's go.



Steli Efti: That's the episode for today, everybody. We're going to do a little bit of an unusual intro. You heard it. He already said it, inner dialogue, so let's talk about it.



Hiten Shah: You caught one of my rambles. That's great.



Steli Efti: Yes. I love when I do that.



Hiten Shah: Inner dialogue. I was going to call this episode "Talking to Yourself", so that was going to be what I was going to call it.



Steli Efti: Shit.



Hiten Shah: See, so you kind of screwed up, Steli .



Steli Efti: Dammit. Dammit.



Hiten Shah: Okay, so talking to yourself. Let's talk about talking to yourself. Some people call this self talk, some people call this insanity, but we're going to call it talking to yourself. The real idea is about the inner dialogue: what conversations are you having with yourself, what are you saying to yourself, and how is that impacting you? Is that about right?



Steli Efti: That is perfectly right. First, as you have done so many times, I love the words that you used to describe the same thing. Inner dialogue is very technical. Talking to yourself is so practical, so real. I love it. I want to start with this. I think for some people what we are talking about might be obvious and they choose to hear more about our thoughts on this, but for some, it might not be so obvious.



Hiten Shah: Yeah, they probably think we're crazy.



Steli Efti: Yeah, what the fuck is that?



Hiten Shah: We're crazy people and we talk to ourselves.



Steli Efti: Yes.



Hiten Shah: [Stelly] , you talk to yourself, right?



Steli Efti: I do all the time, and I guarantee-



Hiten Shah: Do you do it out loud?



Steli Efti: No.



Hiten Shah: Okay.



Steli Efti: No, very rarely. Very rarely.



Hiten Shah: All right. Me neither. Maybe in the car sometimes.



Steli Efti: Very rarely,

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