In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the various things they do to relax.
It’s no secret that running a startup can be super stressful, and being stressed out can affect your performance as a founder and that of your team. So it’s important that you allow yourself to relax when you can.
In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about why it’s important to relax, ways in which they relax and much more.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
00:00 About today’s topic.
00:35 Why this topic was chosen.
01:00 Why it’s important to relax.
01:56 One way Hiten relaxes.
03:15 Another way Hiten relaxes.
04:13 A third way Hiten relaxes.
05:06 Why relaxing is a good thing.
06:04 One of the most relaxing things for Steli.
07:25 Another way Steli relaxes.
3 Key Points:
For some startup founders, Relaxing sounds like the opposite of what they need.For me driving is relaxing.Tension breeds more tension.
Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.
Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.
Steli Efti: And today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about the ways that we relax and I think this is going to be one where we're just going to talk about the things we do to relax. But maybe before we jump into sharing kind of some personal stories and ideas. Let's talk about why is it even important to relax? Relaxing sounds like a bad idea for many. I would imagine for many kind of early founders of fathers that are doing this for the very first time. Entrepreneurs that are doing this for the first time. Relaxing sounds like the opposite of what they need.
Hiten Shah: Yeah, On my end. This is something I have a lot of trouble with.
Steli Efti: Mm.
Hiten Shah: I think if you asked people that either work with me, probably people that work with me, because my family tends to be similar to me. So I wouldn't count them in this bucket. But people who work with me would probably say that like, he never takes a vacation because that is true. Objectively. That is true. Factually. That is true. And I don't have a good reason why I don't take a vacation. It's not that I don't like them, I probably just don't understand them the way other people do for many different reasons. And so vacations are not how I relax. So even if I took one, I don't think I would call that relaxing, which I know might sound really weird to most people. And that's what I mean by like people in my companies don't necessarily understand this and we don't talk about a lot because they obviously just assume, whatever about me. And so for me, relaxing is more about how do I ... The most relaxing thing I do is driving my car.
Steli Efti: Mm.
Hiten Shah: And it's because I generally drive my car alone the majority of the time. I wouldn't say it's relaxing driving when someone else is in the car for me. And I do that typically like multiple times a week, at least three to five times a week. And when I do it, I'm driving for 30 minutes at least and then 30 minutes back to my house. So that's a whole hour where I kind of get it to myself. Sometimes I do calls in the car, which is another form of relaxation because I'm driving and I grew up in Southern California where driving was a thing. You needed a car to get around. I had one right when I was 16 and so for me driving is relaxing, believe it or not. Speeding is also relaxing, just like driving is. So it's a little more nuanced than just driving and I really enjoy it quite frankly. And if you asked me what do you do to relax, it's that.
Steli Efti: I love that.
Hiten Shah: The only other thing I can think of is, I will basically use my time with my kids as much as possible to relax.