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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about "Should Have Done This Earlier".

Business comes with lots of challenges. Sometimes we figure out the solution to a challenge and, depending on how you look at it, might feel relieved about figuring it out or frustration about not doing so sooner.

In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about why you shouldn’t focus on the negative side of things, the benefits of having a positive outlook on things why working on our attitudes towards ourselves can be a game-changer and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About the topic of today’s episode

00:31 Why this topic was chosen.

01:07 Why Hiten tweeted about today topic.

02:32 How there are different ways to look at a lightbulb moment.

03:52 How what you focus on changes how you look at different situations.

04:56 Why how you feel whenever you figure out something challenging doesn’t matter.

05:15 Why you shouldn’t focus on the negative side of things.

06:54 Why you shouldn’t set conditions for yourself.

07:00 The benefits of having a positive outlook on things.

09:53 Why working on our attitudes towards ourselves can be a game-changer.

3 Key Points:

If you feel that you were dumber a year ago, you’re growing.Not every day is going to be the same.What you focus on a situation, changes how you look at it.


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, this is another tweet episode. This is a new tradition we have, where Steli Efti reads Hiten's tweets and once in a while thinks, ha, this is both very wise and kind of curious, and there's something here that we should probably unpack for the audience on the Startup Chat. So I'm going to read the tweet that you posted recently Hiten, and then I'm going to ask you what prompted it, and we'll just see what unfolds.


Hiten Shah: Sounds good.


Steli Efti: So here's the tweet. "Should have done this earlier. I should have done this earlier. A statement full of frustration and relief at the same time." All right. So what made you tweet this?


Hiten Shah: Yeah, it's one of those things that's related to another thing that I really kind of have funny feelings about. And that thing is this idea that if you felt like you were dumber a year ago, you know you're growing. Or you felt dumb for some opinion you had, or thought you had or think you did a year ago or whatever, you're growing. So it's very similar to that where it's like, sometimes you just have those moments and this is very, it's personal life and work and business, but you have those moments where you're like, "Oh, should have done this earlier." And sometimes it's just an idea that you have, and you're like, "Crap, that's just the one." Or for like, let's say, a marketing channel or something like that, that you just didn't think of then all of a sudden you did, just to give a very simple example. Or it's something that you just did and you're like, "Oh, I should have done that earlier." So it's kind of like this feeling that I get sometimes. And I'm frustrated because I wish I would've figured it out earlier, but I'm also very relieved because I figured it out. I finally figured it out. I got it. All right, cool. So it was one of those moments where I felt that and felt like I had to share just to release it and get over myself. So that was it. It was just that.


Steli Efti: You know, what's funny is that, I should have done this earlier, there's many flavors of this, right?


Hiten Shah: Yeah.


Steli Efti: And there is one that is more regretful...


Hiten Shah: Yes.


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