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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how founders can stay humble once they’ve made it.

After years of grinding and building your startup, it’s common for some founders to become arrogant once they’ve “made it”. Unfortunately, this can cut short all the payoff or success that you’ve worked so hard to attain.

In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts staying humble once you’ve made it, how they react to their own success, tip on how to stay humble and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:37 Why this topic was chosen.

01:18 Why this is all about personality types.

02:31 Why feeling successful has never been a thing for Steli.

03:23 Why staying humble is important.

03:37 One thing Steli does at events he speaks at.

04:27 Why making fun of yourself is a good thing.

05:11 Why you should remind yourself to stay humble.

05:25 Steli on getting an insane amount of praise in his inbox.

06:29 What to do to help you stay humble.

08:05 What being humble is all about.

3 Key Points:

For me, I don’t think I ever will make it.

What drives me is that there are still problems to solve.

What matters is that I’m doing my best.


Steli: Hey everybody this is Steli Efti.



Hiten: And this is Hiten Shah and I think today, on The Startup Chat, we're gonna talk about something we consider fun, although we have fun doing this so I think it's all fun. That being said, I think this is important in a topic that is kinda fun, and the reason it's fun is because we're talking about people's personalities at the end of the day. So Steli, you started it by saying, let's talk about how to be humble once you've, I guess made it, right?



Steli: Yeah, stay humble as your succeeding, that's the way I phrased it.



Hiten: Ah succeeding, okay so, this is why it's about personalities right. For me, I'm never succeeding, other people might think that, but I don't. For me, I don't think I've ever made it. I don't think I ever will make it. And so that already, makes me feel like crap every day, I'm kidding, I'm really kidding but at the end of the day, if you feel like you've made it, if you feel like you're a success, for my personality type, that would make me retire. And so, I can't do that to myself. I can't feel successful in the way other people might need to, it doesn't drive me. What drives me is the fact that there's still problems to solve, whether it's in my life, in my work, in the world, whatever. And if there's problems, great, but if I think I'm successful that means I've solved all the problems I wanna solve, and then I'm done, I'm good, I'll chill out. So, this is why I'm saying it's personality based because to me, what keeps me humble, if I were to just look at myself and self reflect is the fact that I think there is an infinite amount of self improvement I would like to achieve for myself. There is an infinite amount of problems in the world, in my life, with the people I know, and really it's problems for me, this is what drives me. That I feel like I can have a more than marginal impact on, I can have a tremendous impact on. That's what drives me and that's what keeps me honest with myself, that's what keeps reminding me that I suck. But not in a way that's unproductive or demotivating, in a way where I'm like, crap I can do so much more, I can solve so many more problems, I can help so many more people, I can help myself so much more. And that's what drives me, just to give you a personal anecdote. I am sure it's a little different for you, if not a lot different so I'd love to hear your take and then I'm sure we can get into some deeper stuff.



Steli: Yeah so, everything you said makes perfect sense to me right.

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