Dan Kirby |
The Mindset Manifesto

Dan Kirby is the CEO of TechDept, a Tech strategy and counsel company.

He was listed as one of the most innovative people in MENA for 2018 by the Holmes Report. In 2017 he was named by the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) In the UK’s “Hot 100” as a Digital Ambassador.

Dan is also the co-founder of Getahead Festival, a 24 hour festival promoting good mental health. Getahead has a mission to positively impact a billion people over the next 25 years.

Dan Kirby

In This Episode, We Cover

  • The blueprint method to cultivate confidence
  • Being your biggest critic, radical candor and compassionate enquiry
  • The two forms of denial
  • Is Gary Vaynerchuk’s outlook toxic?
  • Creating versions of reality — using narrative to create purpose
  • Strategy + Technology = Happy; technology is only useful if it’s hidden (Taleb)
  • Advice to someone starting out on the entrepreneurial journey
  • Dan Kirby’s Morning Routine
  • And much more!

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Selected Show Notes

  • Figuring out what to do after university and travel — [3:0]
  • Taking the opportunity to move into Tech — [7:20]
  • Recognising and having courage to take opportunities — [8:40]
  • Cultivating courage — [10:50]
  • The formula to cultivate confidence — commitment, courage, capability, confidence — [11:40]
  • An important thing to teach your children — telling them nerves are normal and okay (to strengthen courage and confidence) — [15:50]
  • Tech Dept creating a cool event (“The TechOff”) — [21:30]
  • On having capabilities in you that you don’t know you have — “commitment opens doors to the future that you didn’t know you had” — [27:30]
  • On your neuroses holding you back — your reality is yours to shape — [31:15]
  • The ‘LinkedIn Persona’ and false projections of self — [32:40]
  • Being your biggest critic and holding yourself back — [35:0]
  • On compassionate enquiry — a lesson from Gabor Mate — [39:0]
  • Radical Candor — on the difference between being nice and kind — [42:0]
  • Radical Truth Telling and Integrity — [51:0]
  • On telling yourself a version of the truth — what is reality? — [55:0]
  • By fooling yourself, you are building your life on sand — [1:0:0]
  • Being authentic with yourself about your life and career — it’s a long road — [1:6:0]
  • What is success? As we are sold a material version? What about the pursuit of that? — [1:12:20]
  • Grandiosity and depression. Plus how childhood affects our lives. — [1:16:0]
  • Two forms of denial — [1:23:0]
  • Is Gary Vaynerchuk’s outlook toxic? — [1:26:0]
  • Dan Kirby on burning out at 32 — [1:30:0]
  • Living someone else’s dream of success — [1:36:0]
  • Get ahead festival — [1:40:0]
  • Exponential Organizations — What is your Massive Transformational Purpose (MTP)? — [1:44:0]
  • Building a team with no money, no plan and no resource — Getahead Festival — [1:45:0]
  • Creating versions of reality — using narrative to create purpose — [1:51:50]
  • The role of technology in mental health — [1:57:0]
  • Strategy + Technology = Happy; technology is only useful if it’s hidden (Taleb) — [2:0:40]
  • Stress is a relative thing — the different types of stress — [2:6:20]
  • When the mind says no — the mind/body connection — [2:8:0]
  • How do you expect to be creative when you are exhausted? — [2:12:45]
  • The entrepreneurial time system — Free days, Focus Days and Buffer Days — [2:13:30]
  • Advice to someone starting out on the entrepreneurial journey — [2:18:0]
  • Dan’s Morning Routine — [2:23:0]
  • Order and Chaos — Jordan Peterson — [2:29:0]
  • Books and films Dan gifts to people — [2:34:20]

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