The Diary Of A CEO
By Steven Bartlett
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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 25 year old CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies, and that company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every Sunday I’m going to share my personal diary with you and I want to give you an insight 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, this is off the top of my head and this is direct from my diary. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.
||CleanChapter Twenty - Deliciously Ella: Blogging Saved My Life||What a chapter this is, I meet food writer and entrepreneur Ella Mills, more famously known under the brand Deliciously Ella. Ella tells her fascinating story, about how she fell very ill during university, battling with both her physical and mental he.||17 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Nineteen - Luke Massie - I Have Nothing To Hide||In this chapter I had the privilege of sitting down with Luke Massie, owner and founder of Vibe tickets. Luke has recently been swarmed with bad press due to his business declaring bankruptcy, to which he then chose to buy back him self. I sat down wit.||10 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Eighteen - Chris 'Drama' Pfaff - Dealing with Fame, Anxiety and Addiction||In Chapter Eighteen I'm honoured to invite Drama aka Chris Pfaff, founder of the internationally renowned Young & Reckless streetwear brand. After creating a fashion powerhouse with no prior business experience or a college education, I wanted to find .||3 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Seventeen - Marriage, Mental Health, Masturbation.||Damn, it's been a long time, this the first episode on my new US journey. In this chapter I explain why an elderly couple made me jealous, debunk a common myth around visualisation and discuss marriage, mental health and masturbation. What a weird endin||26 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Sixteen - I Am Jealous Of Death||This is my favourite episode I've recorded alone. In this chapter I discuss the goals and dangers of moving to New York, explain the reason why I'm jealous of death, an unpredicted problem this week almost cost the business millions and of course, no e.||21 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Fifteen - Gerard Adams - A $50m Elite Exit||In this Chapter, I meet Gerard Adams - A born entrepreneur. He takes us through his journey of struggle, success & tough decisions as he grew one of the most popular online publishers - Elite daily, through to it's sale to the Daily Mail. Now heading u.||15 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Fourteen - John Vincent - Building A Restaurant Empire||In Chapter Fourteen, I'm honoured to invite John Vincent, Co-Founder of hugely popular healthy eating fast food chain Leon. Having built an empire of 52 restaurants, I wanted to find out what drives him and the lessons he's learnt along the way. Tragic.||8 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Thirteen - Why We're All F*cked Up||In this chapter, I discuss the importance I've learnt this past week in first impressions, the reason why we're ALL f*cked up and how we can use that to our advantage, the 20 reasons why you shouldn't be an entrepreneur, and I update on my new journey .||18 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Twelve - Sacha Lord's Diary - The King of Nightlife||In this chapter I invite Sacha Lord onto the podcast to share his diary. From the halcyon days at Manchester's famed Hacienda, to building the iconic Warehouse Project & Parklife, Sacha is a true party mastermind, and as you can imagine, he's got a lot.||4 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Eleven - I have a huge announcement to make...||In this chapter I have a huge announcement to make, one that I've not revealed to anyone outside of my immediate team yet..||24 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Ten - Dom's Diary - Mental Health, Addiction & Quitting Business||In this chapter, Dominic McGregor, Co-Founder of Social Chain joins me to talk through his story of building Social Chain, the pressure's of entrepreneurship, mental health, his struggles with addiction & his recovery. Dom's EverydayHero challenge - h.||11 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Nine - Social Media Is Destroying Our Society||In the ninth instalment of the podcast, I discuss my recent trip to Sri Lanka and the lessons it taught me about gratitude, the power of networking, the trap of social media and impacts on mental health, and as always, and update on relationships.||31 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Eight - Advice from Elon Musk, Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs||In this Chapter, I discuss how I get into the right frame of mind just before a any big moment in my life, why it's so important for me to push my ego aside in order to win and the advice from some of my mentors that has helped shape the person I am tod||17 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Seven - Ben Francis, 25 year old CEO OF UK’s fastest growing company.||After a couple of weeks away from the mic, I jump back on to reflect on my two recent interviews with Mark Stringer and Ben Francis, in addition to this, my diary was packed full of thoughts from the last few weeks which I couldn't wait to get into...||27 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Six - Mark's diary - Betrayal, backstabbing and death.||In this Chapter, I delve into another CEO's deep, dark diary. My first guest was Mark Stringer, CEO of Manchester based web & design agency, AHOY. Mark takes us through his tumultuous 2017 that resulted in him having to fold his business and saw him ca.||18 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Five - The Battle With Self Doubt||In this chapter, I focus on the relationship between patience & impatience, the battle with self-doubt and the question of whether entrepreneurs should be single.||6 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Four - This Podcast Has Been Getting Me In Trouble..||In this Chapter, I discuss the benefits that this podcast has brought me in such a short time and how everyone listening can benefit too, but I also discuss the trouble that this podcast has caused..||30 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Three - Relationships, Being An Entrepreneur Is An Illness & Cryptocurrency||In this chapter, I talk about how this week was one of the toughest, most interesting weeks of my life, as I sat atop London in a boardroom full of men in suits discussing millions of pounds, I discuss how I got there. I also touched on the complexity .||22 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter Two - Happiness, Meditation & Weird Wins||In this Chapter, I reflect on what this podcast hitting #1 on the business podcast chart taught me, I touch on what it takes to find happiness, the benefits of meditation, letting people go from Social Chain and my latest relationship update...||14 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter One - Sacrifice, Work/Life Balance & Purpose||In the first chapter of my diary, I discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur including the immense sacrifice involved from relationships to financial and personal, the unpredictable chaos surrounding your life, how people will be the most important .||28 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The business partner I never had
As a sole founder of a company, I've found comfort in Steven's diary entries. His pain has been my pain, but also, I've gained a few valuable lessons from his learnings. When you're running a company, you often find yourself in situations of worry or doubt but his philosophical approach helps dispell such doubts and focus on whats important. Cheers Steve.
When the brain fog is finally clearing up...
Thank you for sharing so much with us. The content is eye opening, it’s making me look at myself differently. The episode with Dom made me realise that I’ve been trying to run away from reality through alcohol, and inspired me to run Manchester Half marathon. Thanks guys 💙
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I love your podcast so much, I wish you’d post more often.