The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
458: The Heart of Your Startup
Oct 18, 2019
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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the heart of your startup.

Sometimes trying to make a decision can be quite a challenge and whether you should listen to your heart or not in that situation can be a challenge for most founders. One reason for this is opening up your heart requires courage, and if things go wrong, feelings can get hurt.

In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about why most people can’t speak from their heart, one thing that prevents people from bringing their heart into things, how the truth isn’t in the mind and much more. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic.

01:03 Why this topic was chosen.

03:28 Why most people can’t speak from their heart.

04:20 One thing that prevents people from bringing their heart into things.

04:54 One thing that helps Hiten come at things from his heart.

05:13 One of the things that makes this podcast valuable to people.

06:06 Why the present moment is an important way to practice bringing your heart into things.

06:04 How the truth isn’t in the mind.

07:17 How Hiten has a hard time speaking his truth sometimes. 

3 Key Points:

There is heart, there’s mind and there’s soul.The most esoteric of the three is the soul.The truth isn’t in the mind.

[0:00:00]

Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this Steli Efti.

[0:00:02]

Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.

[0:00:04]

Steli Efti: Today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about the place of the heart in a company or in a startup. Does the heart have a place in business and for you as a startup founder? Here's why I wanted to tackle this weird subject with you, Hiten. This is going to be a funky episode. For all of you that are only interested in the most tactical and practical stuff, this may or may not be useful. But maybe if you don't want to listen to it, maybe it's going to be especially useful to you. We'll see. Here's the reason why I wanted to talk about this with you, Hiten. Recently, I had a discussion with a couple of friends of mine. Most of them are entrepreneurs themselves, and one of them kept repeating this new mantra in his life of some big realization that he had recently in his life that he wanted to listen to his heart more. He was like, "The mind has been too much of the boss. I just want to listen to my heart, and just follow my heart." We were discussing this topic as if it was absolutely clear what he meant. Eventually, I went, "Wait a second, guys. When you say 'follow your heart,' I kind of think I understand what you're saying, and we've been talking about the heart, quote-unquote, as an entity that we all... We all talk about it as if it's the most obvious object in this context, but what the fuck do we even mean when we say 'the heart'? When I say "follow your heart," what do I mean? What is the heart? Is that your soul? Is that your spirit? Is that your subconscious? What is it?" Then, we had a epic, three-hour philosophical conversation, that made us go in circles at times, that made us all realize that this is a hard question to answer. It's a big concept, and I realized, "Shit, I've never even thought about my heart for more than, I don't know, a minute at a time in this kind of context." Obviously, whenever I have a discussion like that that leaves you with more questions than answers, I'm like, "I need to break this down with my main man, Hiten."

[0:02:15]

Hiten Shah: Let's do it.

[0:02:16]

Steli Efti: So I wanted to ask you, do you ever talk about your heart as like an entity that helps you make decisions or that has a place in your world? Is that something that was weird from us, have you heard other people refer to, like, "Follow your heart, do what your heart is saying. I listen to my heart"? What, do you think, does it mean and how does it work in the world of business and entrepreneurshi...

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