The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett
The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett
Steven Bartlett
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. FOLLOW ► Instagram ( Twitter ( Linkedin (
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 - James: Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
Dec 2
11 min
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 - Twitter - Annie's podcast:  Annie's book: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Huel - BlueJeans - Craftd -
Nov 30
1 hr 6 min
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 - Twitter - Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Huel - BlueJeans -
Nov 27
1 hr 41 min
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 - Julian: Get Your Diary Here: Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
Nov 24
10 min
E198: Louis Theroux: "The Thing That Makes Me Great At Work, Makes Me Bad At Life!"
From his recent global TikTok fame to his BAFTA award-winning documentaries Louis Theroux has delighted audiences and grown a cult following with his distinctive brand of personality. Best know for his documentary series ‘Weird Weekends’, and ‘When Louis Met……’ Louis has explored the most controversial subjects with wide eyed curiosity and openness. In this conversation Louis discusses how his childhood and upbringing affected his career, channeling his anxiety and social awkwardness into his work of exploring the darker aspects of human psychology and behaviour. He also talks about how his work has evolved and grown, from his initial big break in America to his new series of celebrity interviews, and how he has had to balance this with his family life. Just like with his documentaries, in this episode Louis brings his trademark honesty and openness Topics: Early context Your early relationship with work Affection What is your dark-side Struggling to connect with people Feeling anxious doing new things Your new series Conforming vs being disruptive Feeling like an imposter Are you now aware of what people saw in you? How do you remain happy? How do you connect with all these people? You must be good at connecting with your partner….? Being insincere Neglecting your personal life for work Your experience with anxiety Your mental health The last guest's question Louis:  Instagram -  Twitter - Louis Theroux latest series 'Louis Theroux Interviews': the Diary:      Watch the episodes on Youtube:  Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors:  Mercedes-Benz -  Intel -  Craftd -  Huel -
Nov 23
1 hr 44 min
E197: Labrinth: The Musical Genius Behind Euphoria
Labrinth is a singer, rapper, producer, and composer behind HBO’s Euphoria. Achieving success at a young age, he gave it all up to go to America and start from the bottom all over again. This is his story. A true independent spirit, after getting frustrated with the corporate demands of Simon Cowell’s record label, he gave up his life in the UK where he had number one albums and an A list life to move to LA, where he was totally unknown. Topics: Early context Your relationship with your mother and father Comparing yourself to others When did you start music ADHD Creativity Doing things you don't want to do When did you feel like something had to change? Panic attacks How do you feel about your old music? Leaving the uk Being a small fish in a big pond Your new music Where do you find your inspiration? Advice for younger lab Goals now Last guest question Labrinth:  Instagram -  Twitter -    The Diary:     Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Craftd -  BlueJeans -  Huel -
Nov 20
1 hr 30 min
Moment 84 - VP Of META Explains How To Get Exactly What You Want: Nicola Mendelsohn
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, Nicola Mendelsohn CBE talks about the need to bring your whole self to work. Allowing the space and culture within companies for people to be who they are and know what matters to them leads people to becoming higher performers. She discusses the importance of understanding your core skills and strengths and having an informal ‘board of advisers’ to help you create a stronger vision of yourself. But, while it is crucial to ask for what you want, Nicola believes that it is just as important to do your homework on your career and know what truly matters to you, as no one else is going to do it for you. Listen to the full episode here - Nicola: Get Your Diary Here: Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
Nov 17
11 min
E196: Peter Crouch Opens Up About His Dark Times & Crying Himself To Sleep
Peter Crouch is a legend both on and off the football pitch. Capped 42 times for England, he is one of the few players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals. Since retirement he has further cemented his role as a cheeky national treasure with his role as a football pundit and host of That Peter Crouch Podcast. But few up to now have seen the man behind the persona. It was childhood bullying and taunts about his height that helped to shape the down to earth man that audiences love today. Using this abuse as his fuel and motivation, he made sure that he let his actions on the pitch do the talking to prove his critics wrong. This conversation explores his path and drive to footballing greatness, as well as his acknowledgement of the characteristics that led a select few of his teammates from great to legendary. He is a walking example of the benefits and rewards of staying true to yourself, keeping self-perspective and self-awareness, and the benefits of trying to be a good role model. Topics: Early years Learning that you were different Your parents Why did certain people make and it and others didn’t The pressure of being a high level football player Dealing with fan booing you Turning to drink 6 clubs before the age of 25 Players not enjoying themselves What do you think of Liverpool now? What made a really good manager What made a bad manager the best manager you played for Your thoughts on Ronaldo Keeping respect as a manager The end of your football career Balance Your podcast Your mental health Crouch fest Your goal now The last guests question Peter:  Instagram -   Twitter - Peters book:   Crouch fest: The Diary:  Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Amex - Huel -  Intel -  Craftd -
Nov 16
1 hr 49 min
E195: Bumble Founder: World’s Youngest Female Self-Made Billionaire: Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney Wolfe Herd is the founder of Bumble and the first self-made female billionaire on the planet. In this episode, she reveals after leaving Tinder in explosive circumstances, the injustices she faced drove her on to build a better kind of dating app. A firm believer that the way to connect with people is by being authentic and being vulnerable, Whitney reveals she routinely shares with her staff her struggles with anxiety and when she’s not feeling on top of things. The only path to human connection lies through honesty, and Whitney breaks the mould to be as transparent with her employees as she can. In one of our rawest and most emotional conversations with CEOs yet, Whitney reveals that she wanted to be the boss not because she wanted to, but because she thought the nature of her character meant she couldn’t work for anybody else. Topics: Early context How do we follow what we really want? What did you want to be when you grew up? Your background education Moving into the working world The importance of leaning in Early marketing tactics for tinder Naivety What was Tinder like in the early days? Regrets when building a business Your departure from Tinder When was your darkest day? Why did Bumble win Balance Why did bumble win? Leadership How do you staying harmony with yourself The importance of being vulnerable as a leader What does a successful 10 years look like for bumble? The last guest question Whitney: Instagram: Twitter: Bumble: The Dairy: Watch the episodes on Youtube: Follow us on Telegram: Sponsors: Intel - Mercedes-Benz - Huel - Amex -
Nov 13
1 hr 32 min
Moment 83 - Jay Shetty's 4 Pillars for Long Lasting Relationships
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, Jay Shetty gives his 4 key pillars for long lasting relationships. Jay found these pillars after he says that one of the biggest mistake he has made, and humanity still makes, is chasing what he calls “divinity in humanity”. But the search for a non-existent perfect person with all the answers can lead to insecurity and anxiety. Instead, Jay talks about how every single person in your life should provide at least one of these key pillars and the importance of having them in your life. Listen to the full episode here -  Wait list for The Diary - Add your name here: Jay: Watch the Episodes On Youtube -
Nov 10
10 min
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