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157: Stop Worrying About The Bad News, And Start Creating Good News

In this episode, Steli and Hiten discuss Steli's posts on Facebook which address the topic of worrying. In this current season of presidential elections, a lot of people have been openly posting their thoughts, concerns, and fears online. Listen as Steli shares what he believes about worrying and discover his message to those wrestling with such concerns.  


Time Stamped Show Notes:


00:33 – Steli reads his post on the topic of worrying

00:38 – “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength”

00:45 – Stop worrying and start acting

00:52 – Work hard on something you believe in

00:55 – Stop worrying and wasting your time on bad news—start creating good news for your life

01:25 – Steli posted this because of the previous election

01:45 – All of Steli’s social media feeds were bombarded with messages of worry and fear mongering

02:25 – Being exposed to constant negativity affected Steli and caused him to worry as well

02:55 – The next morning, he had an impulse to say something that counteracted the negativity

03:33 – Most of Steli’s sentiments were shared by others

03:51 – People messaged Steli and thanked him for his post

05:02 – Hiten also expressed his own feelings of worry and how it was refreshing for him to read Steli’s post

05:34 – People worry about things they have no control over

06:13 – Steli shares about “The Bad News Elevator”

07:17 – Steli doesn’t let himself be consumed by bad news

07:44 – When people collectively feel something and express it—it’s hard not to be sucked into that experience

08:20 – Steli’s first reaction was to withdraw

09:47 – Hiten was also sucked in by the negativity but he didn’t think about speaking out against it

10:21 – Hiten’s suggestion was to step back and think

11:02 – When you’re dealing with something bad, it’s easy to get worried than to just take action

11:23 – Ask yourself what you can control or change

11:43 – You have the option to respond in the right way or in the wrong way

11:55 – Close your eyes, take a deep breath, take 5 minutes, and come back

12:37 – Hiten also saw similar negative posts on his social media

13:19 – It’s all part of the great human experiment

14:40 – How does the opposition feel?

15:27 – Putting yourself in the worst state possible and not taking any action is NOT opposing anything

16:13 – Be the change what you want to see in the world

16:22 – Past episodes where worrying is tackled are Episode 97 and Episode 11

17:42 – Sometimes when we’re in a bad place, it’s hard for us to help ourselves

18:28 – Helping others is empowering

19:18 – Share a little bit of light to somebody else

19:31 – Help others if you can’t help yourself


3 Key Points:


Stop worrying about the things you cannot control; instead, ACT!

Take a step back and clear your mind before heading back into the world with its concerns.

Reach out and help others if you can’t help yourself.


Resources Mentioned:


Steli’s Facebook Post – The topic of this episode

The Startup Chat Episode 97

The Startup Chat Episode 11


Steli Efti: Hey, everyone. This is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah. And today on The Startup Chat, we’re going to talk about something that Steli posted and it was about “worrying”. And he posted it last week, when a lot of interesting things were happening in the world. And so, I think Steli’s got it open. So he’s going to read it and then we’re going to jump right in.


Steli Efti: Yeah. So, here’s what I posted:


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength. Stop worrying and start acting. What can you do today to make the world a little better?

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