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Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about discipline in startups.

Running a startup literally means taking a journey into the unknown and founders need to be comfortable with taking on uncertainty and the multiple challenges that are sure to arise.

One thing that can help you achieve your goals on this journey is discipline.

In this episode, Steli and Hiten the importance of disciple in and why it’s important for founders to be disciplined if they are going to be successful and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 - About today’s topic.

00:33 – Steli talks about why he chose today’s topic.

02:57 – Hiten’s relationship with discipline.

05:39 – Steli points out his challenge with being disciplined.

08:46 – Steli talks about what discipline means to him today.

10:49 – The relationship between being disciplined and being emotional.

13:22 – Hiten discusses a quote from Mahatma Gandhi.

13:12 – Why being obsessed with people’s opinion is not a good thing.

17:44 – Steli gives some tips on how and when to be disciplined.

19:33 – How being disciplined can help your mood.


Discipline has been the single most impactful change that has contributed to my success as a entrepreneur.

Discipline is key to success.

Always do the things that need to be done.


Steli Efti: Hey, everybody, this is Steli Efti.



Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.



Steli Efti: And in today's episode of the Startup Chat, we wanna talk about discipline in startup, so discipline in general as a personality trait but also in extension as a quality of teams in company cultures and individual contributors. So discipline. Discipline has actually been something that we've brought up and has been a consistent theme in many, many of our episodes. For people that have been long time listeners, you've heard us talk about it directly or indirectly many, many times, but we realize we have never talked about the subject specifically, and it's something that I've been kind of curious about, it's something that has become a bigger and bigger theme in my life, and discipline, I'll lead the discussion with this statement, discipline has been the single most impactful change that I made that contributed the most to my success as an entrepreneur in my companies. Because discipline was the thing that was lacking for most of my entrepreneur career, most of my life, and it's something I cultivated very late in life, just in the last I don't know, maybe seven years, six, seven years. So I've now become very obsessed about the topic. I'm a huge fan of people like Jocko Willink. I don't know if you know him with discipline equals freedom, and his books.



Hiten Shah: I have his latest book. It's like all black, right?



Steli Efti: Yes. Yes.



Hiten Shah: Yeah, I have it. Yes.



Steli Efti: And but also people like Jordan Peterson. I don't know if you know him with like the 12 rules for life or whatever it is, that talks a lot about like a lot of the themes come back to like discipline being the key to having control over yourself, to being able to accomplish the things you really want to accomplish, and discipline is a lot of times the reason when I meet entrepreneurs, especially the ones that are incredibly gifted, that are talented in many ways, it's the one ingredient that most consistently is the one that stands out to me as the missing piece to their missing success. Like I'm like this person is everything. Why they're struggling so much, it's usually discipline is the one thing that I can point to that's lacking. So first let me ask you because I'm curious, would you call yourself a disciplined person?

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