The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten on Smash Notes

The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten podcast.

December 31, 2019

Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life. The show hosts, Steli Efti and Hiten Shah, are both serial entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million dollar SaaS startups. Being busy CEOs of fast-growing companies, they know the value of your time and make sure you get the most out of each 22 minute episode. Tune in for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday.



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This is an encore episode.


In today’s Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about big picture thinking, its importance and some ways through which you can develop this skill. Oftentimes, we find that people are so caught up in day to day tasks that they fail to stop and prioritize. Steli and Hiten talk about being mindful in order to develop good prioritization skills. Tune-in and discover how you can cultivate mindfulness and build your prioritization skills which can help you execute tasks of greater value.

Time Stamped Show Notes:


00:03 – Today we are going to talk about big picture thinking

01:14 – Most people struggle with big picture thinking


01:28 – Steli is great at prioritizing and showing the bigger picture to his team


02:34 – Prioritizing is a skill that anyone can pick up by cultivating mindfulness


03:31 – Go-getters continue to attack what is in front of them

04:23 – Yet, there are some people who get bogged down by intense work activity and have yet to develop those prioritization skills

05:16 – Keep your to-do list short in order to develop your prioritization skills


06:20 – Important to touch every area of the business and be aware of what is going on


07:58 – Someone who is involved in day to day operations will find it much more difficult to see the big picture view

09:10 – Easier for someone not involved in day to day tasks to be MINDFUL; mindfulness is the driver of good prioritization skills


09:42 – Step back physically, spiritually and mentally every once in awhile to develop mindfulness

10:27 – If you don’t stop to ask BIG questions, you will never be good at prioritizing

11:17 – If you wish to create VALUE, you need to be in control of your time and mind

12:20 – Mindfulness enables you to take a step back and look at everything with a more clear mind

13:47 – Have an inner discussion with yourself or someone else who can help you see the big picture

15:05 – A CEO or a manager has a high level viewpoint that others simply don’t

15:34 – Take a step back every morning to reflect upon what you did or what you are going to do

16:57 – Look at the smallest items on your to-do list and think about what will happen if you do not do them

18:08 – Oftentimes, it is easier to keep doing things than to stop doing them; do not replace an inconsequential activity with another one


19:58 – Replace a mindless activity with a productive, high quality one


3 Key Points:


Prioritizing is a skill that anyone can pick-up by cultivating mindfulness.

Step back physically, spiritually and mentally every once in awhile to develop mindfulness.

Oftentimes, it is easier to keep doing things than to stop doing them; do not replace an inconsequential activity with another one.


Steli Efti:


Hey, everybody. This is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah:


And this is Hiten Shah.


Steli Efti:


And today in the Startup Chat we want to talk about big picture thinking, and  how to prioritize better for your startup. So here's the reason I want to talk  about this, Hiten. Ramin, big shout-out to Ramin, who is an invisible man behind this  podcast and is helping and organizing a lot and is working on the marketing team.  Ramin has been asking me about, or suggesting this topic to me for a really  long time now. And he keeps coming back, and any time I ask him, "Hey,  do you have anything you think Hiten and I should discuss on the podcast?" whenever I run out of ideas, he goes ... Well, he offers a few topics, but  this is the one that's been most consistently shared. And he always goes "You know,  you are amazing at prioritizing and keeping the big picture in mind". And Hiten seems  to really, really amazing at this. And it's something that most people struggle with,

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