Hi, I’m Steve Glaveski and this is my story.
I grew up in the working-class western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia - a first-generation son of Eastern European migrants.
Like so many human beings - especially those of us from socioeconomically challenged areas - I grew up with an innate sense that I wasn’t enough, and with a massive chip on my shoulder.
Buoyed on by my parents, I sought validation and happiness through education and eventually, the corporate life.
I landed lucrative roles at top-tier management consulting firms and investment banks, but by the time I turned 30, I found myself miserably comfortable. The work wasn’t for me, and I found myself no closer to ‘happy’ - instead I was living alcohol-fueled weekends.
So I quit what I had worked so hard to become, and turned my attention to entrepreneurship.
I raised $150,000 to fund my first startup...and it failed within two years, sending my sense of self-worth into the pits. But I dusted myself off and tried again.
My second company became a seven-figure business within 15 months of launching. We worked with some of the biggest companies in the world, and frequently graced the pages of top-tier industry rags.
Despite its success, I still felt a nagging sense of inner poverty.
I was working 12-hour days, and had little time for personal relationships, health, or all of the other things that make life worth living. I was ‘successful’, but at what cost?
I realised that no amount of external validation would make me ‘happy’.
I went on a journey and realised that happiness could be achieved only when I truly was comfortable in my own skin.
When I truly started living this idea, my world opened up - I stopped doing things for applause of the crowd, and started doing things that aligned with my true self.
I researched, experimented with, and learned how to get way more quality work done in less time, and threw society’s “crazy busy!” as-a-badge-of-honour to the curb.
I wrote about this for Harvard Business Review in an article called The Case for the 6-Hour Workday.
This ultimately brought me to do more meaningful work, cultivate more meaningful relationships, and enjoy more meaningful experiences.
I subsequently wrote several books to help people on their own entrepreneurial and life journeys.
I shared my message on stages all over the world, including at the iconic SXSW festival.
And I turned my business’ attention to helping other companies, teams, and individuals thrive - helping them get more done in less time, and creating more time for more deeper living.
The happier we are in our lives, the better we perform at work, and vice versa.
And guess what? I’m happier than I’ve ever been.
I now want to share what I’ve learned with you.
Want to work with me? Get in touch.