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A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 29 year old ex CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share insights with you from guests with different backgrounds, experiences and learnings. I want to give you a look into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted and I don't have questions I just see where the conversation takes me. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.

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The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett The Diary Of A CEO

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

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A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 29 year old ex CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share insights with you from guests with different backgrounds, experiences and learnings. I want to give you a look into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted and I don't have questions I just see where the conversation takes me. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.

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    E202: (EXCLUSIVE) Billy McFarland: The Man Behind The Infamous Fyre Festival Disaster

    E202: (EXCLUSIVE) Billy McFarland: The Man Behind The Infamous Fyre Festival Disaster

    The co-creator of the infamous Fyre festival, Billy McFarland spent 4 years behind bars for lying to investors and using the mythical tropical island festival as a way to pay off his debts. You have probably heard of him from the 2 massively popular documentaries that blew up on social media.

    However, what you haven’t heard is the story of Billy as a childhood entrepreneur, creating and selling companies before he was even able to cash the cheques in his own bank account. A college dropout who moved to New York at 18 with nothing but hustle and drive.

    Only months released from prison, Billy brings his still raw experiences to this intimate conversation, discussing everything from the motivation for the festival, his spectacular fall from grace and how he plans to pay back his debts and build back from nothing.



    Topics:


    Early Context
    A desire to prove yourself
    Your entrepreneurial journey
    Magnises
    The start of Fyre
    Are you a pathological liar?
    Not wanting watch the documentary
    Your skills sets that enabled all of this
    The ‘urgent payment sheet/‘
    The mental health implications of all of this
    Your insecurities
    When you realised everything had gone wrong
    Did you ask Andy king to such a penis?
    People losing their life savings
    The FBI coming for you
    Carrying on with the scams
    Your relationship with lying now
    What was it like when the FBI came knocking?
    Ja rule
    Going to jail
    The worst thing the happened in jail
    Your mental health journey now
    What was your plan when you got out?
    How are you doing?
    The last guest question



    Billy:

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    E201: Stephen Fry: “Lost, alone and I wanted to take my life”

    E201: Stephen Fry: “Lost, alone and I wanted to take my life”

    To call Stephen Fry a national treasure would be underselling him. One of the hardest working names in British media, you name it and Stephen has done it; writer, actor, director and comedian. The size of his contribution to British culture in over four decades as a public figure is staggering.

    However, behind this mountain of work and out of the spotlight is a side of Stephen Fry that many people will be completely unaware of, from a childhood of crime and loneliness, to severe mental health struggles and attempts at suicide.

    In this honest and revealing conversation Stephen discusses the scars he carries within him and which affect him to this day. But despite this he is constantly reinventing himself and striving to find joy in the smaller things in life, all the while spreading happiness and wonder with his work.



    Topics:


    Early context
    Credit card fraud - getting arrested
    Feeling like an outsider
    Going to Cambridge
    Why acting?
    Where happiness really comes from
    How can we change who we are?
    What has changed from the core of your younger self
    Lowest moment in your life
    Manic depression
    Your relationship with social media
    Depressive lows
    Why have you been successful
    Are we all artists?
    What creates a good life for you?
    Last guest question



    Stephen:

    Instagram - https://bit.ly/3un1E3d



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    Confidential helplines and sources of support:



    Samaritans  

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    Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide 

    0800 068 41 41 www.papyrus-uk.org  

    Maytree - A sanctuary for the suicidal 

    02072637070 / https://www.maytree.org.uk  

    Calm Campaign Against Living Miserably 

    0800 58 58 58  / www.thecalmzone.net



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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Moment 86 - How To Turn Your Fear Into Fuel: James Smith

    Moment 86 - How To Turn Your Fear Into Fuel: James Smith

    In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO. 

    Rather than looking for shallow reasons to change your life, in this moment James Smith asks you to examine your ‘pain points’. Whether it is in fitness or business, James believes that we should draw on our deep rooted problems or fears and transform them into lasting motivation that will fuel us through the difficult improvements we have always wanted to make in our lives. As expectations influence outcomes, James says that it is crucial to break away from societies fear of failure and change our internal narratives and perceptive and adjust towards optimism.

    Listen to the full episode here - https://g2ul0.app.link/8UhGwGTkpvb

    James: https://twitter.com/jamessmithPT_?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    https://www.instagram.com/jamessmithpt/?hl=en

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    • 11 min
    E200: Annie Macmanus: The Real Reason I Became Europe's No. 1 Female DJ

    E200: Annie Macmanus: The Real Reason I Became Europe's No. 1 Female DJ

    Annie Macmanus is a voice we’ve been hearing for twenty years. First as a presenter and tastemaker for the UK’s biggest dance music radio show, as a festival headlining DJ, as host of her podcast ‘Changes with Annie Macmanus’, and now as an author of her best-selling novel ‘Mother Mother’.

    Reaching the pinnacle of success with a relentless schedule headlining a 2am show in Ibiza every week before flying back in the morning to present her daily radio show, it took the pandemic lockdowns for Annie to realise she wanted something completely different from her life. So she started again.

    This conversation explores her decision to check in with herself and walk away from a 17 year career at the BBC to explore her passions of writing and podcasts. She presents the challenging notion that your life needs to have a revolution every 20 years for it to remain meaningful and fulfilling.



    Topics:


    Early context
    People please
    Your parents
    Your insecurities
    Leaving Ireland - being rejected
    why didn't you keep trying?
    Labels
    Cost of being wrapped up in your labels
    Learning to listen to instinct
    Feeling burdened
    Midlife crisis
    doubts and fears making big decisions
    Why did you make it?
    Is your relationship with work healthy?
    Mental health
    Tokenism
    A successful life for you
    last guest question



    Annie:

    Instagram - bit.ly/3iqZtcu

    Twitter - bit.ly/3UrsxOa



    Annie's podcast:

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    Annie's book:

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    E199: Charlie Sloth: From Homeless, To Fire In The Booth, To An £800 Million Business!

    E199: Charlie Sloth: From Homeless, To Fire In The Booth, To An £800 Million Business!

    Charlie Sloth is a radio presenter on Apple Music One, and previously on Radio One. The creator of “Fire in the Booth”, he is known as a adept and visionary patron of new artists worldwide. Appearing on Sloth's show is the moment many rappers and musical artists ‘make it’.

    Charlie wouldn’t have it any other way. As he reveals in this episode, he has never deviated from his dream of bringing new talent to the fore. Even when he was living in a shed as a single father with a young son, he knew where he wanted to end up. That perseverance got him through the difficult moments, when nothing else would.

    In this conversation Charlie opens up about the need to hold yourself to high standards, because the only feedback that’s actually going to take you to the next level is the feedback you give yourself. In a raw, honest and Frank exchange, Charlie shares his lessons that he’s picked up from a lifetime of hustling, from being a street artist to founding one of the worlds most successful vodka brands - Charlie is never someone to do things by halves.



    Topics:


    How my environment shaped me
    Tower Block Dreams 
    Self-belief & hard times 
    The beginnings of Charlie Sloth
    Lack of role models
    Fire In The Booth
    Your brand's integrity and deleting episodes
    Doubting myself
    What makes a great artist?
    Joining Apple Music
    Au vodka & the strategy behind its success
    Your personal life & work-life balance
    Are you a workaholic?
    Our last guest's question



    Charlie:

    Instagram - http://bit.ly/3u2YD8n

    Twitter - http://bit.ly/3gDhLqn



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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Moment 85 - How To Speak So EVERYONE Listens To You: Julian Treasure

    Moment 85 - How To Speak So EVERYONE Listens To You: Julian Treasure

    In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO.

    In this moment Julian Treasure opens up his vocal toolbox and talks about the importance of paying attention to your voice. While people focus on the content of their speeches and talks, their voice is just as important for every aspect of their life, considering that it is used to inspired, lead, communicate and build relationships. Julian believes that the voice should be treated as a skill rather than a natural capability, something that can be trained, improved and in turn have positive knock on effects for your happiness, health and wealth.

    Listen to the full episode here - https://g2ul0.app.link/pEn5wA7Xdvb

    Julian: https://www.juliantreasure.com

    https://twitter.com/juliantreasure?lang=en

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    • 10 min

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