The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
383: What Makes You Come Alive at Work? What Drives You?
Jan 29, 2019
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Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what makes you truly come alive at work and why are you working.

This episodes is a special episode of the show. Today Hiten and Steli ask what brings you alive at your workplace. They share with us what it is that brings them alive at theirs.

Listen to the full episode to hear what brings Steli and Hiten alive at work, why it’s important to share this insight with the world and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:27 About today’s topic

00:39 Why this topic was chosen.

02:14 What makes Steli come alive at work.

03:07 Another thing that makes Steli come alive.

03:55 What makes Hiten come alive at work.

05:53 The Hiten loves seeing things grow at work.

06:25 Thinking about what makes you come alive at work.

06:43 How to contact the hosts with your answer.

06:53 Why it’s useful to share these insights with the world.

3 Key Points:

The bigger the change at work the more alive I become.
The second best day is if I help somebody else change their mind.
The ability to create an organization where team members are happy and working together is what makes me happy.



Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.



Hiten Shah: This is Hiten Shah today we're going to talk about a story that Steli experienced and that we're both going to share more about. So go at it.



Steli Efti: I think it's an essential question, which is the question of like, what makes you truly come to life at work and why are you working? And I was at a dinner recently, somebody at that dinner there were a bunch of very successful entrepreneurs and one person at that dinner asked that question to the entire table. And at first people started answering that question in I think kind of surface level way. Well, I really enjoyed my coworkers. I love my customers, I really like doing new things. It's kind of very surface level. And the guy that asked that question interrupted the first person that answered the question and said, no, no, no, no. Just think about last year, think about one or two times that you were most passion, most excited, most alive at work. What were those moments and what do they have in common? What's the essence of what's driving you to work? What's making you come alive at work, not all the surface things the really deep rooted essence of what really drives you. And that changed the answers quite dramatically. Like people started becoming ... First people started getting introverted and like really starting to reflect a lot more before answering like just knee jerk. People started going huh. They started being much more thoughtful and taking a lot more time thinking carefully through this before answering it. When it came to me, and what I want to do is I want to share my answer. I'm dying to hear your answer Heaton. And then what I'd love is to hand the mic to our audience, our listeners and have them share their, like take a moment and have them think about this and then share it with us. So here's my answer, right? I had to think about this a little bit and I think what I discovered, what the essences of what drives me to work, what makes me really come alive is change. And change in twofold. The best moments at work to me are moments where I change, I change my mind, right? Or I change the way I do something. So if I have always had an opinion of how something has to be done or what the right strategies about something or just overall a principal that I had, the bigger it is, the bigger the change, the more alive I come, when I change my mind. If something happens that fundamentally changes my mind about a big topic or a big belief. Those are the days that I'll remember. Those are the moments I feel most alive because I feel like I'm growing. I feel like holy shit,

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