'Tell People Your Goals!': The Secret To Accomplishing Anything - Cliff Weitzman

Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal

Feb 29 2024 • 2 hrs 26 mins

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Have you ever wondered how CEOs manage to pull off the impossible and achieve their wildest dreams? Do you have goals that seem so huge you don't think you'll ever accomplish them? Well today's guest is relentless about pursuing his goals, and along the way he has achieved some incredible things. Cliff Weitzman is the founder and CEO of Speechify, the text-to-speech software used by 25 million people worldwide and is growing to rival Audible. Cliff started this company as a student, with the simple mission of making reading more accessible for people with learning differences - and since then the company has gone from strength to strength. This is Cliff's second appearance on Deep Dive, and in this conversation you'll hear all about how Cliff built Speechify from scratch, how to found your own company, and how Cliff sets his goals - and achieves them. Enjoy x

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(00:00) Intro
(00:40) Cliff's journey
(13:37) Learning how to code
(20:15) How Cliff built his network
(41:00) Building Speechify
(56:13) Scaling Speechify
(1:02:49 How to found your own company
(1:11:55) Do you need a work-life balance when starting a business?
(1:20:11) Goal-setting
(1:33:00) Overcoming challenges
(1:33:42) Understanding ADHD
(1:44:36) Audiobook innovations
(1:58:37) The benefits of Speechify
(2:00:38) Fitness insights
(2:11:25) Cliff's relationship with money

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