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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about why your biggest strength is your biggest weakness.

Sometimes we think we’re really good at something but then, after some evaluation, we realize that we’re not as good in that thing as we thought we were. This could be a bad thing as our belief in our capability at something can turn out to be a huge weakness for us

In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on why our biggest strength is your biggest weakness, how Steli misses certain things about people, the importance of always trying to improve oneself and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About the topic of today’s episode

00:33 Why this topic was chosen.

01:25 Steli realizing something about himself.

02:01 How Steli misses certain things about people.

03:22 How Hiten had similar experiences with Steli

03:36 One thing that Hiten is trying to change about himself.

04:34 How we are the stories we tell ourselves.

04:58 How Hiten is not great at understanding people.

05:58 The importance of always trying to improve oneself.

05:51 A question we should always ask yourself.

3 Key Points:

The biggest leaps I've made are probably because I keep studying myself.I think the big problem is that I thought about it as a strengthWe are the stories we tell ourselves.


Steli Efti: This is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.


Steli Efti: And today on The Startup Chat, we want to talk about your strengths being your potential weaknesses. So, here's why I want to talk to about this.


Hiten Shah: This is very relevant by the way.


Steli Efti: Oh really?


Hiten Shah: Yeah.


Steli Efti: Beautiful, beautiful. So, here's why I wanted to talk to about this. I knew that you would enjoy, and I knew I would enjoy this conversation with you and our listeners probably too. A few weeks back I was, I had this super strong flu; I was like out, cold for two weeks, high fever, shivers, and slightly delusional. Right, slightly in the state where you're dreaming, not fully there where you like have these kind of delusional states. Kind of fun but, not that much fun. And, one interesting thing that happened like, one night where I was sweating, and fever, and cold, and like having these weird dreams and weird thoughts; was that I had a thought, I don't know how it happened but, I had this realization, more than a thought that you know one of the things that I've always thought is particular strength of mine is actually something that I am not that good at, after all. And that is, my people skills and my intuition about people. And it was very, a very original thought, something that I had never thought about before in this way. And, a realization I never had before about it and I thought "you know what its been part of your identity that you know people so well, you have, your intuition about people is so incredible and you know how to deal with people. And, there is all this shit you're getting wrong about people. And there's all these things where you're not flexible about how you'd interact with people. And there's all these things that you miss about people." Maybe, maybe because when I was young at 18/19 there were a few years where I really studied the subject. I read all the psychology book, I study hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming, went to all these workshops, seminars and that. I accumulated all this knowledge; I did have some, I think, natural skills when it came to dealing with people. And those natural skills, with a little bit of study, gave me a little bit of success and that instantly made me think "I'm great at this so, let me move on trying to learn something else." And became part of my identity.

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