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Simon Sinek: The Advice Young People NEED To Hear (Transcript) 

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STEVEN BARTLETT: Without further ado, I’m Steven Bartlett, and this is The Diary of a CEO. I hope nobody’s listening, but if you are, then please keep this to yourself. Simon, good to see you again.

SIMON SINEK: Yeah, good to be here.

STEVEN BARTLETT: I have to thank you first and foremost, and many reasons, you know, I’m a huge fan of all your work. But the conversation we had when we’re over in LA was received so unbelievably well by the listeners on this podcast. It did millions and millions and millions of downloads in such a short space of time that I had to nag you to get you to come back again when you were here in the UK.

SIMON SINEK: Well, it’s nice to be back. And it’s nice to do it on your home turf.

STEVEN BARTLETT: Yeah, literally in my home, literally in your home.

Evolution of Simon’s “Why”

STEVEN BARTLETT: There’s so many things I want to talk to you about. But one of the things that I was curious about, because I’ve been thinking a lot about this in my life, is this idea of our lives evolving. What is your why? And has it evolved over the last decade at all?

SIMON SINEK: So my why is to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. So together, each of us can change our world for the better. And it’s why I wake up every morning, every day. It is the greatest compliment someone can pay me when they say to me, “That was inspiring,” or “You were inspiring,” like that feeds me, you know.

And the interesting thing about a why is because it is not, it is objective. A why is the sum total of how we were raised. It’s born out of the patterns and the lessons we learned from our parents, from our teachers when we’re young. And our why is fully formed by the time we’re in our mid to late teens. And you only have one why for the rest of your life. It doesn’t change. You are who you are based on how you were raised.

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