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The Diary Of A CEO with 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 (https://www.instagram.com/steven/)Twitter (https://twitter.com/SteveBartlettSC?s=20)Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenbartlett-123/)

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E15: Gerard Adams - A $50m Elite Exit

In this Chapter, I meet Gerard Adams - A born entrepreneur. He takes us through his journey of struggle, success & tough decisions as he grew one of the most popular online publishers - Elite daily, through to it's sale to the Daily Mail. Now heading up an incubator for entrepreneurs in Fownders, Gerard's mission is bigger than ever.


16 Apr 2018

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E42: Here's How To Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy

The Diary of a CEO podcast has kept me extremely level-headed, it's kept me from being self-destructive and it has maintained my self-awareness; and these points are exactly what I wanted to discuss in this week's episode. I additionally relay the impor...


22 Nov 2019

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E21: Mental Health, Mistakes and My Apologies

Diary of a CEO is back. Welcome to Season 2 of the podcast, Chapter 1 of my new diary. In the time I've been away a lot has happened and a lot has changed. If you're new to the channel, this podcast is where I share my deepest and darkest thoughts, both...


14 Jan 2019

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E3: Relationships, Being An Entrepreneur Is An Illness & Cryptocurrency

In this chapter, I talk about how this week was one of the toughest, most interesting weeks of my life, as I sat atop London in a boardroom full of men in suits discussing millions of pounds, I discuss how I got there. I also touched on the complexity of relationships, and how to invest your money.


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E5: The Battle With Self Doubt

In this chapter, I focus on the relationship between patience & impatience, the battle with self-doubt and the question of whether entrepreneurs should be single.


7 Nov 2017

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E41: The Heaton Brothers: From Horwich to Hollywood

Brothers, best friends and business partners, The Heaton Brothers share more than just their parents. George and Mike Heaton are the founders of the world-renowned streetwear brand, Represent. The 26 and 28 year old initially started Represent in their ...

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14 Nov 2019

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E13: Why We're All F*cked Up

In this chapter, I discuss the importance I've learnt this past week in first impressions, the reason why we're ALL f*cked up and how we can use that to our advantage, the 20 reasons why you shouldn't be an entrepreneur, and I update on my new journey in moving to New York and as always, my relationship status..


19 Mar 2018

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E44: The lessons we MUST learn before 2020.

2019 has been a world-wind of a year for me, and this week’s episode of The Diary of a CEO is all about reflection. Alongside this, I discuss why you shouldn’t waste time on people that don’t deserve it. Furthermore, I explain why it’s critical for us t...


23 Dec 2019

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E4: This Podcast Has Been Getting Me In Trouble..

In this Chapter, I discuss the benefits that this podcast has brought me in such a short time and how everyone listening can benefit too, but I also discuss the trouble that this podcast has caused..


31 Oct 2017

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E40: The Day My Dream Came True

The last few weeks have been some of the most educational and exciting in Social Chain's history and in my journey as an entrepreneur. We went public. In this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I share some of the insights that going public has taugh...


31 Oct 2019

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E6 Mark's Diary - Betrayal, backstabbing and death

In this Chapter, I delve into another CEO's deep, dark diary. My first guest was Mark Stringer, CEO of Manchester based web & design agency, AHOY. Mark takes us through his tumultuous 2017 that resulted in him having to fold his business and saw him caught up in the London terror attacks..

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19 Nov 2017

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E8: Advice from Elon Musk, Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs

In this Chapter, I discuss how I get into the right frame of mind just before a any big moment in my life, why it's so important for me to push my ego aside in order to win and the advice from some of my mentors that has helped shape the person I am today


18 Dec 2017

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E9: Social Media Is Destroying Our Society

In the ninth instalment of the podcast, I discuss my recent trip to Sri Lanka and the lessons it taught me about gratitude, the power of networking, the trap of social media and impacts on mental health, and as always, and update on relationships.


1 Feb 2018

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E7: Ben Francis - 25 year old CEO OF UK’s fastest growing company

After a couple of weeks away from the mic, I jump back on to reflect on my two recent interviews with Mark Stringer and Ben Francis, in addition to this, my diary was packed full of thoughts from the last few weeks which I couldn't wait to get into...


28 Nov 2017

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E16: I Am Jealous Of Death

This is my favourite episode I've recorded alone. In this chapter I discuss the goals and dangers of moving to New York, explain the reason why I'm jealous of death, an unpredicted problem this week almost cost the business millions and of course, no episode would be complete without a development in my relationship status.


22 Apr 2018

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E14: John Vincent - Building A Restaurant Empire

In Chapter Fourteen, I'm honoured to invite John Vincent, Co-Founder of hugely popular healthy eating fast food chain Leon. Having built an empire of 52 restaurants, I wanted to find out what drives him and the lessons he's learnt along the way. Tragically, John's father passed away a week prior to our conversation, and he discusses what his fathers influence has taught him.


9 Apr 2018

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E10: Dom's Diary - Mental Health, Addiction & Quitting Business

In this chapter, Dominic McGregor, Co-Founder of Social Chain joins me to talk through his story of building Social Chain, the pressure's of entrepreneurship, mental health, his struggles with addiction & his recovery.Dom's EverydayHero challenge - https://calmchallengeevents201718.everydayhero.com/uk/TeeTotalRunner

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12 Feb 2018

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E19: Luke Massie - I Have Nothing To Hide

In this chapter I had the privilege of sitting down with Luke Massie, owner and founder of Vibe tickets. Luke has recently been swarmed with bad press due to his business declaring bankruptcy, to which he then chose to buy back him self. I sat down with Luke to hear his side of the story and to ask him why he thinks he's being attacked for his business decisions.

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11 Jun 2018

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E12: Sacha Lord's Diary - The King of Nightlife

In this chapter I invite Sacha Lord onto the podcast to share his diary. From the halcyon days at Manchester's famed Hacienda, to building the iconic Warehouse Project & Parklife, Sacha is a true party mastermind, and as you can imagine, he's got a lot of stories to tell from along the way..


5 Mar 2018

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E45: I Have NEVER Shared This Before.

In the first episode of 2020 of The Diary of a CEO, I share a very personal extract from my diary 8 years ago which I’ve NEVER shared before, and discuss the time I’ve recently spent alone in the Indonesian Jungle. I also explain why it’s important to...


16 Jan 2020

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