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Crazy Wisdom

Aug 26, 2019

Steve Schlafman (@schlaf), based in NYC, is a seed-stage investor and leadership Coach at Primary Ventures. Here, he shares his experience of chronic pain, how it prevented him from starting his own podcast, and the ways in which he explores creativity in his life.

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In today's episode, we mention:

  • Chronic pain + the science behind it
  • Industries, and their ecosystems
  • Meditation, Yoga, and Chakra
  • NYC, and the fly-wheel effect
  • 10-Day Vipassana Retreat
  • Mind-body techniques
  • Surgery, and stress
  • Inner Resources
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Psychedelics
  • Breathwork
  • Coaching
  • Creativity
  • Anxiety
  • Focus

Timeline of our conversation:

(04:24) Steve's experience with chronic pain

(08:05) Different types of pain reception

(09:23) What did Steve learn with a 10-Day Vipassana retreat?

(14:30) Dealing with stress: Steve's (serious) cycling accident

(23:12) The untapped potential of ancient mind-body techniques

(32:38) Struggles and Lessons that Steve's gone through with stress

(39:56) Steve, on Creativity: what is he most excited about creating?

(45:54) NYC: Startup Ecosystem, and Culture

(51:29) Steve's timeless one piece of advice 

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