Recently, I had the privilege of attending Steven Bartlett’s Life and Business World Tour in Melbourne, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of transformative. From the moment Steven took the stage, the energy in the room shifted, and we were all captivated by his insights, anecdotes, and invaluable lessons.

Steven Bartlett’s event was an immersive experience unlike any other, seamlessly blending elements of presentation, talk, storytelling, and a chronological journey through his life and business insights. As he wove his narrative, accompanied by a backdrop of carefully curated background music that at times sent chills down our spines, it felt like we were embarking on a transformative journey alongside him. Amidst the profound lessons and thought-provoking anecdotes, there were moments of laughter, breaking the intensity and fostering a sense of camaraderie among the audience. It was a dynamic fusion of inspiration, education, and entertainment, leaving us both enlightened and uplifted by the end of the evening.

Let me walk you through some of the highlights of his presentation and the key takeaways that resonated deeply with me.


Starting with Small Steps:

Steven emphasized the importance of taking that first step, comparing it to laying the first brick in building a wall (in which he referenced an old video of Will Smith talking about how his father made him and his brother build a wall brick by brick to demonstrate the importance of small steps to achieve big goals). It’s often daunting to embark on a new journey, whether it is starting a business or pursuing a personal goal. But as Steven reminded us, progress is made one brick at a time. This applies to everything in life, the first step is usually the hardest.


Crafting a Personal Mission Statement:

One of the most profound moments of the event was when Steven discussed the significance of having a personal mission statement. It’s not just about monetary success; it’s about finding purpose and meaning in our work. This resonated with me deeply, as I realized the importance of aligning my actions with my core values and aspirations. We often hear about mission statements in business but specifically curating one for oneself was very powerful. It can then support all your decision-making.


Investing in Knowledge and Skills:

In today’s rapidly evolving world, continuous learning is non-negotiable. Steven stressed the importance of investing in knowledge and skills, especially during professional crises. Whether it is mastering AI-driven technologies or honing interpersonal skills, continuous growth is essential for staying relevant and thriving in our careers. He also stressed that knowledge and skills (2 of 5 buckets he spoke about) are internally driven and not impacted by external forces like the other 3 buckets (resources, networks, and reputation) which are. He also stresses you are only as good as your knowledge and skills as evidenced by the story of Nikola (Tesla rival) who went to prison for fraud.


Building Complementary Skills:

Success isn’t achieved in isolation. Steven highlighted the importance of acquiring complementary skills and surrounding ourselves with a team that complements our strengths and weaknesses. This reminded me of the power of collaboration and the value of diverse perspectives in driving innovation and success. He gave an example of skill stacking, such as that of Natalie Portman (actress) who wanted to be greater than the top 10% of actors, so she underwent a psychology degree so she could more closely embody her characters. This complementary skill improved her acting skills tenfold, making her stand out from the competition. He also believes the top two skills for the next decade would be AI and People skills.


Embracing Failure and Rejection:

Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a stepping stone to it. Steven shared powerful stories of resilience and perseverance, emphasizing the importance of embracing failure as a catalyst for growth and innovation. This mindset shift was incredibly empowering, reminding me to view setbacks as opportunities for learning and improvement. He spoke about the importance of taking every no as a new opportunity and welcoming them. The more no’s the better!


Failure is feedback,

Feedback is knowledge,

Knowledge is power.


Recruitment and Team Building:

As Steven discussed the intricacies of hiring exceptional talent, I realized the critical role that recruitment plays in the success of any venture. Building a team of A-players, aligned with a shared mission and values, is paramount. It’s not just about qualifications; it’s about finding individuals who are passionate, driven, and aligned with the company’s vision. Steven expressed he spends an average of 30 hours a week recruiting (even while getting a massage he scrolls CVs) to ensure he only finds the very best. Otherwise, it can cost his business a lot more in the long run, as the saying goes a bad apple will spoil the bunch. When a bad apple has been identified, he talks about firing fast.


Attention to Detail and Small Improvements:

Success lies in the details. Steven underscored the importance of paying attention to the small things, as they often lead to significant outcomes over time. Whether it is refining processes, improving customer experiences, or enhancing product quality, every small improvement contributes to long-term success. He echoed this when referencing global entrepreneurial superstar Steve Jobs, who referred to ‘painting the back of the fence’ as key because small things matter, and this will lead to compounding improvements over time.


Standing Out and Embracing Criticism:

In a crowded marketplace, differentiation is key. Steven encouraged us to stand for something, even if it meant polarizing opinions. Embracing criticism and feedback is essential for growth, as it provides valuable insights and opportunities for improvement. He shares that we can’t please everyone, and we should stand for something, even if that means we piss off 80% of people. It’s evitable as being successful means you can’t avoid criticism.



Attending Steven Bartlett’s Life and Business World Tour was a truly enlightening experience. From the importance of taking that first step to the power of embracing failure and building exceptional teams, the insights shared were both profound and actionable. Upon reflection of the lessons learned, I’m inspired to embark on my journey with renewed purpose, passion, and determination. After all, as Steven reminded us, success is not just about reaching the destination; it’s about embracing the journey and the growth it brings along the way.


Would love to know your thoughts. Did you attend? Does anything here resonate with you?