Become A Magnet For Success | Sahil Bloom – The Danny Miranda Podcast (218)

Key Takeaways

  • “Spending more time with people you are comfortable being your whole self around is a complete game-changer.”- Sahil Bloom
  • The most powerful thing to say to a friend who is hurting is “I’m with you”
  • Meeting Condoleezza Rice at Stanford; taking her course at Stanford was one of the most fascinating couples of months of Sahil’s life
  • He met Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) at the gym; they were both a part of the 5 AM crew
  • Sahil never asked them for anything; he never wanted a job at Apple or to pitch a startup idea
  • He just wanted to be around them and learn, absorb
  • “Everyone is a short-term thinker and everyone is transactional and that’s what those people experience in 99.9% of their interactions.” – Sahil Bloom
  • Consistently making content in a niche you’re passionate about is the modern-day equivalent of going to the gym at 5:00 AM
  • A zone of genius is like a “sweet spot” where your interests, passions, and skills align
  • How to wake up to your zone of genius?
    • Think about how much of your daily activities are energy draining vs energy creating?

Intro

  • Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) joins Danny Miranda to chat about his journey of self-discovery and share one simple secret HACK to get more followers on Twitter!
    • When he was a teenager, Sahil Bloom was an “archetypal jock” – cocky, arrogant, but insecure. After he got humbled by his experience at Stanford, he started questioning his identity. Nowadays, he learned to embrace his “nerdy side” and find friends with whom he can be his weird, quirky self.
    • Check out Sahil’s Substack
  • Host: Danny Miranda (@heydannymiranda)

Practices That Made Sahil More Confident

  • “Spending more time with people you are comfortable being your whole self around is a complete game-changer.”- Sahil Bloom
    • We spend so much time being performative whether we realize it or not
    • You start growing when you start accepting your funny, nerdy, weird, quirky self
  • The friends that he has now are the people with whom he feels he can be honest around, talk about random things he is struggling with
    • The more you find those kinds of people, the more you grow

With a Little Help From My “Darkest Hour Friends”

  • Find your “darkest hour friends”
    • They are not around just for the celebration
    • These are the type of friends who stick with you during the hard times
    • You never forget those people, they were they for you during the hardest times
    • When you find them, cherish those relationships, they are truly rare
  • “Your real friends are the ones who are there for you when you have *nothing* to offer in return.”- Sahil Bloom
  • What to say in dark times to a friend?
    • Too many people feel the need to fix things
    • The most powerful thing to say to a friend who is hurting is “I’m with you”
    • Don’t just say it, show it
    • It’s the ultimate form of kindness
  • Best one-liners for different life scenarios:
    • The ability to accept compliments is underrated
      • Just say “thank you”
    • “I appreciate YOU”
      • Deep level of appreciation, connection
      • Different from “I appreciate IT”

Why Is Sahil So Connected to Highly Successful People?

  • Meeting Condoleezza Rice at Stanford
    • She has an unbelievable intelligence and an incredible life story
    • Taking her course at Stanford was one of the most fascinating couples of months of Sahil’s life
    • Seminar-type format + 48-hour crisis simulation of global affairs (about a war crime in Syria)
    • He is not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to foreign policy, but even so, it was an insane experience
    • Her retelling of 9/11 still sends chills down his spine
    • Sitting in the same room with her while she was consulting various presidential candidates on foreign policy was remarkable
  • He met Tim Cook at the gym; they were both a part of the 5 AM crew
    • Most insane work ethic; wakes up at 3:45 every morning
    • They started chatting about an article Tim Cook was cited in
    • Sometime later, Sahil correctly guessed his e-mail address and sent him the article as a follow up to their gym chat
  • Sahil never asked them for anything; he never wanted a job at Apple or to pitch a startup idea
  • He just wanted to be around them and learn, absorb
  • “Everyone is a short-term thinker and everyone is transactional and that’s what those people experience in 99.9% of their interactions.” – Sahil Bloom
    • Spending time around smart and interesting people is what excites him the most and he will keep doing it until he dies
  • Best way to approach people in high positions
    • Find a way to bring value; don’t just send a DM asking for an internship
    • Geographical proximity does not matter anymore
    • “The opportunity playing field is leveling. The Internet and access to technology are opening up the world.”Sahil Bloom
    • Anyone can break into these rooms if done thoughtfully

What Can Someone Do Today to Show Grit and Work Ethic?

  • Consistently making content in a niche you’re passionate about is the modern-day equivalent of going to the gym at 5:00 AM
    • Writing, recording, putting ideas on the Internet… You can reach anyone in the world
    • The only limit is your consistency, intensity, and focus 
  • Sahil recalls his “cringeworthy” Twitter posts from his early days as a writer
    • You get better over time but you have to get into it
  • What did Sahil do to make his Twitter following grow?
    • Sorry to disappoint, but there are no shortcuts
    • He f**king “grinded” every single weekend and put something out since May of 2020
  • “The only hack is painful, relentless consistency. It’s not sexy, but it works.”Sahil Bloom

Zone of Genius vs Zone of Excellence

  • A zone of genius is like a “sweet spot” where your interests, passions, and skills align
    • You are playing a game that you love to play and are uniquely suited to win at
  • Zone of Excellence
    • You have high competence but you lack energy and passion for the things you do
    • People stop asking questions when they experience comfort (a steady paycheck, a pat on the back for doing a great job, etc.)
    • This kind of comfort and productivity is not bad in itself. If that makes you happy, it’s amazing
  • However, there are some people (like Sahil) who have to think big and want to impact a million lives
    • That’s what excites him and makes him get up in the morning
  • How to wake up to your zone of genius?
    • Think about how much of your daily activities are energy draining vs energy creating?
    • Build a base of information from which you can evaluate your competencies and passions
  • Check out this Substack article for more information
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