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475: Why Founders Need To Schedule Quiet Time To Think Deeply

In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about why founders need to schedule quiet time to think deeply.

The world we live in today can be described as noisy. There is too much information and most of the time we’re consuming this information and not making time for ourselves to think or meditate.  

So in this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about why you need to schedule quiet time to think deeply, how not scheduling some time for can affects you, the importance of meditation and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About the topic of today’s episode

00:41 Why this topic was chosen.

01:16 Why you need to schedule quiet time to think deeply.

02:27 How not scheduling some time for yourself affects you as a person.

03:39 How there’s a lot of noise in the world. 

04:01 The importance of meditation.

06:30 A story about the power of having quiet time.

09:43 What Hiten’s quiet time looks like.

10:55 An activity Steli has recently picked up.

12:00 A big goal Steli would like to hit.

3 Key Points:

We’re not starving for information.Find your quiet time.There’s a lot of noise in the world.


Steli: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.


Hiten: And this is Hiten Shah.


Steli: And today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about thinking time, quiet time. Why is it important for you as a founder to spend some amount of time in your day to day life, not doing or listening or watching or communicating with anyone? Quiet time, just being with your own thoughts. Why is that valuable? Why is that important and how do we do it and how do other people do it? And kind of some tips on how to incorporate that in people's lives. Let's start with setting up the reason why that's even a thing and why it's valuable. I'll go first and I'll let you chime in with your ideas or tips Hiten. But the deal is this, I don't know how hard I have to pitch this to anybody, but in today's world where we have unlimited access to information, people, content, we're not starving for information, right? It's the opposite. It's like there's so much nutrition that we now have to learn how to keep a good information diet or a good consumption diet of information just like we have to do now with food. And too many people spend all their day either talking to other people or listening to audio books or listening to podcasts like this one, or listening to music or the scrolling through Twitter or Instagram or Facebook. And so there's not any moment during the day, now even when people are on the toilet or taking a shower, they're constantly consuming or interacting with content and information. And so there's not enough time to now process that, or be even in touch with how you feel and how you think during the day and create the space that you're mind and body and soul needs to actually process some of that information. And for you to actually be in touch and present with yourself and your own thoughts and feelings. And I think that comes with massive costs associated with it. I think that comes with people struggling more and more with being able to concentrate. I think it comes with people being less and less thoughtful because they never have the time to actually think through things. And it comes with a lack of creativity, a a lack of thinking differently or creatively, or coming up with really high level strategic ideas or insights. And it comes with a certain tension because we're constantly bombarded by information. We never have the time to just relax into ourselves. And so this is, I think today, a huge topic and something that is really slowing down most people, but especially founders. And I think it's only going to get worse. So becoming competent at this is, I think, super, super crucial.


Hiten: Yeah. I mean,


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