My 60 Minutes with the Largest Personal Development Blogger On Earth, Steve Pavlina

How This All Got Started?

I have been a reader of Steve Pavlina’s blog for quite a while now and subscribe to it via my Google RSS reader.

A while back, Steve wrote a post entitled, How Bloggers Can Get My Book for Free

(By the way, the offer might still be on the table for all of you bloggers who are interested, so head on over to his site and check it out).

The Idea Behind the Post

Steve wanted to use the power of the blogosphere to launch his new book: Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

So, if you’re blog had a significant audience and had been around for a while, you were free to ask for a free review copy of the book AND even a podcast interview.

I Wasn’t Sure I Wanted to Make the Request At First

After all, this is an African personal development blog. I seek out people of African descent doing great things, with full knowledge, that there are volumes upon volumes upon volumes of Western personal development blogs, podcasts, autobiographies etc etc

But Then I Thought About It

This is the Steve Pavlina who inspired me to become vegeterian.
This is the Steve Pavlina who I have linked to repeatedly throughout this blog’s life.
This is the Steve Pavlina who has 2 million readers every single month.
This is the Steve Pavlina who has written the best personal development articles I have ever read online.
This is the Steve Pavlina who inspired me to go on trials, such as My 4 hour work week journey, and record the results for others’ benefit.

All those things, plus many others, culminated in my thinking:

I would have to be blinking mad not to leverage the little success has had to try and get a useful interview with Steve Pavlina out there.

I Asked for Both

And he agreed to be interviewed and sent me a review copy of his book :D .

Tomorrow, I release my review of Steve’s book, which I worked on, together with Coach Caroline. However, today, why not focus on the main man himself.


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The Podcast

icon for podpress  My Hour Long Conversation with Steve Pavlina [67:55m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

What was Discussed

1) Brief intro: Just who is Steve Pavlina ?

2) Some of the defining moments in Steve’s life.

3) How did Steve get the idea to write his brand new book?

4) What was the process he used to write his book?

5) How did Steve get to a place where he experiences flow on a regular basis? (What is flow?)

6) Tips for people who want to become published authors

7) Steve talks about how he got more than 2 million people visiting his site every month.

8 ) How did he arrive at a place where he broke down all personal development into 3 primary principles (truth, love and power) and 4 secondary ones (oneness, authority, courage and intelligence)

9) The link between Anthony Robbin’s work and Steve’s book.

10) How on Earth did Steve finish 4 years of University in 3 semesters? Some tips if you want to do the same.

11) Tips for transitioning to a raw vegan diet – How to overcome some of the common obstacles.

12) The idea from Steve’s book that had the most impact on me: definitely not what you’d expect.

13) Me thinks that it is noble ideal to live a life where one eats solely for nourishment and not for the pleasure. Steve’s thoughts on that idea.

14) What should you put on your not to do list if you want to intelligently pursue conscious, personal development?

15) Much much more

PS: Make sure you pick his book on and return here and tell me what you thought of it:

Websites and Resources


2) Blog

3) Steve Pavlina’s new book – Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

4) What is Flow? The definitive resource on flow – Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.)

5) Hay House Publishers

6) Steve’s Article on Graduating College in 3 Semesters

7) Steve talks about the Raw Vegan Diet
8) 10 Tips for College Students

Update on 24th October 2008: Steve Pavlina linked to this article from his Twitter and the Steve Pavlina blog.


  • By lovesculture, October 20, 2008 @ 3:40 pm


    Mwangi said-”After all, this is an African personal development blog. I seek out people of African descent doing great things, with full knowledge, that there are volumes upon volumes upon volumes of Western personal development blogs, podcasts, autobiographies etc etc”

    We are all of African decent; and for those who do not believe; In the complete essence; We all come from the womb (of africa.)
    I’m not particularly invested nor interested in this particualar excerpt but I can say from the heart; Let us be interested in culture and the values it can bring us to a better light; this is what you have clearly brought to the table. Much love and respect.

    Loves Culture!

  • By Mwangi, October 20, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    @lovesculture: Thanks for the kind words.

    Sadly though, as a result of some very barbaric policies and history, the powers that be decided it would be better to split the world on the basis of racial identity and separate the distribution of resources as such, which has resulted in all sorts of distortions on what should be very basic human identity.

    Until closure is achieved and people of African descent get to a place where we genuinely, collectively feel (and our surroundings reflect this fact too) that we are equal to everyone of every background, sites that focus on bolstering up the African identity will always be necessary.

  • By Bruce, October 20, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

    I would suggest you talk to Berbket Selassie who lives in Chapel Hill , NC. He is an intellectual and a wonderful man who is living in the USA because of his political views which were critical of the government of his own country. Tell him I referred you if you contact him.

  • By Mwangi, October 20, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

    @Bruce: Thanks for the lead. Tell me more about him………

  • By savvy, October 22, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

    Seems to me it is worth reading about this Steve Pavlina…

  • By Mwangi - the Displaced African, October 22, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

    @savvy: He is a genius. Considering you are from Kenya, you will probably be like me and strongly disagree with his spirituality views, but there is no denying this man is genius and his audience is well deserved.

  • By Jessica, December 15, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

    You spend as much time on the forums as other people in your family spent watching TV.


  • By Mwangi, December 15, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

    @Jessica: I’d be inclined to believe that your comment is spam because whereas I am a huge reader of the main content, I hardly, if ever, have been on the forum (though I probably should be)

  • By irene, August 5, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    Hi Mwangi,

    great to see that we admire the same person Steve Pavlina and I congratulate you for meeting him.

    I am a Legal and personal development practitioner in Kenya and just looking for websites with similar interest to mine in the hope of increasing my traffic and I landed here. Continue with the great work.

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