#40 Elaha Gurgani | On Exploring Curiosity and Building Your Tribe

#40 Elaha Gurgani | On Exploring Curiosity and Building Your Tribe

Today's guest is a great example of what you can achieve by putting yourself and your creations out into the world.

In this episode, we chat all about building a network and getting into startups through the third door.

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Elaha Gurgani is employee #19 at seed-stage tech startup, Relevance AI. She’s previously connected with and hosted events with thought leaders Sahil Lavingia and Sahil Bloom.

Since moving to Sydney earlier this year, she has started a micro-grant fund for side projects and connected with people across the tech industry.

She recently started her own newsletter, aiming to curate lessons from thought leaders and tech.

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βœ‹ Things Discussed

Earlywork Community (Tell them Graduate Theory sent you!)

The Third Door - Alex Banayan

Never Eat Alone - Keith Ferrazzi

Relevance AI

Reid Hoffman

Ariana Huffington

πŸ‘‡ Episode Takeaways

Relationship building requires action

We all know that building great relationships is so important.

Elaha is fantastic at doing this. She has built an amazing network in Sydney since she moved there.

During the episode, she shared plenty of advice on building relationships.

relationship building is really a long term game and one that requires a lot of action
  1. Recognise it's a long-term game
  2. building a good network requires massive action

Exploring Curiosity leads to opportunity

Curiosity is an interesting thing.

It can lead us to interesting places.

Elaha shared that many of her opportunities have come from her exploring her curiosity.

the biggest opportunities that have come my way all come because exploring my curiosity

So many of us are curious about things but don't explore them.

Today's challenge is to explore something that you are curious about. Ask a friend or a stranger. Perhaps attend an event. Do something outside your comfort zone.


Third Door Strategy

There is a fantastic book called The Third Door.

Here is the synopsis.

There's the First Door: the main entrance, where ninety-nine percent of people wait in line, hoping to get in. The Second Door: the VIP entrance, where the billionaires and celebrities slip through. But what no one tells you is that there is always, always... the Third Door.

Utilising the third door approach will set you apart and allow you access to great opportunities.

Elaha uses this analogy when discussing her opportunity to work at Relevance AI.

She made a point of making sure that she stood out from other candidates.

It's (thinking) how can you stand out? But also, how can you provide value from day zero

Thinking outside the box is the secret to outsized results.

πŸ“ Content Timestamps

00:00 Elaha Gurgani

00:54 Elaha's Move Interstate

10:14 Connecting with People that are more Senior

12:27 Systems or Serendipity

16:53 Networking Advice people should ignore

21:08 Finding Jobs Through Networking

25:51 Advice for people wanting to get into startups

30:26 Setting Long-Term Goals

34:20 Balancing Goal Setting and Fun

42:12 Failure that ended up being a success

45:02 Advice for Graduates

46:54 Connect with Elaha