The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
450: How to Get Unstuck
Sep 20, 2019
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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to get unstuck when you’re trying to complete a project.

Sometimes when we’re trying to complete a project or a task, we may get stuck at some stage and not know how to get past it. This is very common and not knowing how to get past this can reduce your productivity or cause frustration.

In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about what causes people to become stuck, tips that can help you get unstuck and much more. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic.

00:35 About and how it can help you focus.

03:00 The first tip that can help you get unstuck.

04:39 How doing this one tip can raise your confidence.

04:45 Hiten’s number one way to get unstuck.

05:09 Another thing Hiten does to get unstuck.

07:06 Another thing that helps Hiten gets unstuck.

08:51 How getting in the mode of getting things done can help you get unstuck.

09:45 An example of how to get into a flow. 

3 Key Points:

I’ll reach out to people that I know have successfully done this in the past.I do these really weird things to get unstuck.Writing is really helpful to me.


Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.


Steli Efti: And today on this startup chat we're going to talk about tips and tricks to get unstuck.


Hiten Shah: I am such a fan of these kind of topics. One, because I think you and I have a lot of thoughts on a lot of things, and that's why people listen to the startup chat. And one thought I have is that everyone who's listening in can do it, because some of you are not able to do this yet, but you should do this later. Go to The reason for that is it's a service we've partnered with to be a sponsor of the podcast. It's a service both Steli and I use and it's one that we think you should check out, no matter what. It's only $40 a year, or $6 a month with our 20% discount. And it's going to actually give you music to help you either focus, relax, or sleep. And the reason I am such a big proponent of it is because it works for me. And same with Steli. He's told me it works for him. We primarily use the focus music because we work and we want to focus. And I actually use the relax version a little bit ago once and I found the music to be actually, not even just relaxing, it just put me in a different mindset really quickly once I was ready to relax. So, computer was off, I was on my phone, I use on my phone, and that's what happened. We do have sponsors now, and it's only sponsors whose products we really believe in. I know everybody says that, but I'm not kidding. Go to, and just check it out. It's so inexpensive. It's basically the cheapest way I've found to focus and give me something that usually before I quit caffeine I was doing with caffeine. And caffeine, specifically coffee, I still drink tea, but I've actually even lowered my tea consumption more recently. And this is almost like a shot of espresso when you turn it on and you start using it to focus. Brain.ft/startupchat.


Steli Efti: Beautiful. All right, so the how to get unstuck. Right? Let's maybe go back and forth and share some of the tricks, tips, or some of our go-to methods to get unstuck. Whenever we get into a project, a task, or anything where we feel stuck, anything that we're ever trying to accomplish something, we're trying to complete something, and in the middle, at the beginning, or just before the end, we feel stuck for whatever reason. I'll give you my first tip that comes to mind here. To me, if it's something more complicated, if there's something that I've done for the very first time, so maybe part of me being stuck is that I just don't know how to do this or it doesn't ...

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