Episode #326: The Life Skills That Matter with Stephen Warley

April 28, 2019

Stephen Warley is the founder of Life Skills That Matter. After being laid off 18 years ago, Stephen has interviewed over 500 people in professions as diverse as defence, finance, health, marketing and entrepreneurship, read over 200 books about personal development and conducted countless lifestyle design experiments.

Then he began to wonder, how did they do it? So he started looking for common patterns in how these individuals transformed their lives. A core set of skills kept popping up time and time again - he calls these the life skills that matters - and he teaches people, through his podcast, his 30-day challenges and his accelerator programs, to leverage these skills to become actualised versions of themselves.

We discussed many topics, including:

  1. Why ‘secure work’ is, paradoxically, not so secure anymore
  2. Stephen’s battle with chronic anxiety and how he overcame it by focusing on doing work that aligned with his values and natural inclinations; and of course
  3. The life skills that matter

With that, please enjoy my conversation with the one and only Stephen Warley.

Topics Discussed:

  • Stephen’s battle with anxiety
  • On becoming a reluctant entrepreneur
  • The changing nature of work
  • Why ‘secure work’ is no longer secure
  • Motivation
  • Habit formation
  • Minimum viable product hangovers
  • Purpose and false purpose

Show Notes:

Stephen’s website: Lifeskillsthatmatter.com

Podcast: Find Life Skills That Matter wherever you find your podcasts

Twitter: @stephenwarley

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About steve glaveski

Your host and occasional cybernetic organism, Steve Glaveski, is committed to helping people better navigate the growing uncertainty that technology change brings, in order to survive, thrive, create more value for the world and lead more fulfilling lives.

Steve is the CEO and co-founder of innovation accelerator Collective Campus, founder of children's entrepreneurship program Lemonade Stand, author of Amazon best-seller The Innovation Manager's Handbook and the Wiley book, Employee to Entrepreneur, investor in blockchain based fractional property investment platform Konkrete and is a keynote speaker and startup advisor.

When not fighting T-1000s Steve can be found in the gym, hiking, skating at the beach, attempting standup comedy, at a heavy metal show or socially lubricating at a whisky bar.

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