In today’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about an unusual event that happened to Steli, but spoke volumes about making that first impression—that is his experience learning how to fly a fighter jet. Steli shares how he ended up flying a fighter jet in Serbia as a way to connect with a conference participant. Steli and Hiten extract the value of this unique experience by discussing the importance of those first impressions while not being too quick to judge.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
00:05 – Today’s episode is about how to fly a fighter jet
00:48 – Steli flew a military fighter jet
01:13 – Steli was in Serbia to speak at a startup conference
01:35 – One participant wanted feedback on his YC application
02:05 – Steli was grabbed by the guy who wanted feedback and the man was quite aggressive
03:16 – During the morning of the conference, the organizer told Steli that the guy was waiting for them to fly
03:45 – Steli thought that it would just be a small normal plane
04:01 – When they arrived at the airport, Steli saw a military plane and was surprised
04:22 – Steli admits he misjudged the guy and found out he had big businesses in Serbia, and is actually an interesting and caring person
05:56 – The man really wanted Steli to enjoy the ride
06:53 – He let Steli fly the plane while he took pictures of him
08:20 – Steli felt exhausted by the experience, but was high with adrenaline
08:37 – The man then asked Steli about his YC application
09:03 – Ever since then, Steli has been trying to get back to Serbia to fly the plane again
09:31 – Steli says this particular man took the right approach in getting Steli’s attention by stepping OUT of the box
10:10 – Steli thinks he was the first person that this man took on his fighter jet
11:16 – Steli thinks he is fairly accurate when it comes to judging people, but when he turns out to be wrong, it gives him the chance to get better at it
12:08 – Hiten says he also likes to be pleasantly surprised when judging somebody
12:45 – Hiten says to also be open to seeing the person on the inside
13:21 – Steli says the pitch in the end was pretty bad, but because they had opportunity to talk, Steli was able to discern that the idea was good but the presentation just needed tweaking
14:08 – You won’t always get an hour of somebody’s time, so you have to communicate your pitch properly
15:34 – In real life, you only have a snap shot moment to make an impression
16:08 – Strive to make the first impression accurate
16:27 – Steli advises people to try flying a jet, if they can
16:45 – Leave a review and rating on iTunes and recommend the podcast to your friends
17:13 – End of today’s episode
3 Key Points:
If you want something, work hard for it—there’s no other way around hard work.
You can easily misjudge a person, so choose to be open to those that you meet.
First impressions do matter when it comes to making that pitch, so be prepared and as clear as you can be when it comes to communicating what you do.
Hey everyone, this is Steli Efti.
And this is Hiten Shah.
And in today's episode of The Startup Chat, we're going to talk about something unusual: how to fly a fighter jet. I have a weird story to share, I can't wait to share it with you, and maybe we'll find some lessons learned here, and some nuggets of wisdom to share with others. At least I can guarantee that it's going to be curiously interesting along the way. Here's what happened just a few days ago, Hiten. I actually flew a fighter jet. A real military level, kind of Top Gun shit.
No kidding. I did not know that I would end up flying a jet that day...
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