Reboot Podcast Episode #123 – What Subroutines Are You Running? – with Daniel Feltsman

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Daniel Feltsman

Daniel Feltsman

CEO of LifeArk

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Episode Description

One of the greatest missteps a leader can take is to live an unexamined life. When our subroutines run unchecked beneath the surface, our work, our organizations, and our relationships are unwittingly hijacked by the traits we consign to the shadows. As leaders, the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and others is to choose to make the unconscious conscious.

In this episode, Jerry is joined by Daniel Feltsman, Founder of LifeArk, an online platform for helping parents share wisdom and life experiences with their children. Feeling “in the middle of a tornado,” Danny reached out to the Reboot Podcast looking for guidance through a particularly challenging time. What unfolds is a forthright conversation about the experiences of our youth and the ways in which the conditions of our formative years are often unknowingly etched upon our lives. As Jerry tenderly acknowledges, the conditions we survive as children often become the conditions necessary for our thriving as adults. Through the process of inquiry and with Jerry’s support, Danny begins the first step in making the unconscious conscious by asking, “What subroutines am I running?”

Daniel Feltsman on Twitter | Men at Forty | #117 – Reclaiming The Shadow – with Tracy Lawrence |

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Being a parent is by far and away the greatest learning experience I’ve ever had and the most profoundly important experience I’ve ever had.” – Jerry Colonna

“I’m trying to give my kid what I feel like I didn’t get.” – Danny Feltsman

“I know that the connection a parent has with their kid is one of the strongest parts of the universal human experience.” – Danny Feltsman

“I’m creating an app to share life experience with my kid when I could be next to the kid” – Danny Feltsman

“I think I did or do have some sort of feeling that you’re unwanted or you know, it’s not a priority and things like that.” – Danny Feltsman

“Like a lot of entrepreneurs, you’re exhausted by the fundraising and you’re exhausted by the rejection. And like a lot of entrepreneurs you also have this pathologically optimistic streak and it keeps popping up every phrase. “But I believe, but I believe, but I believe..” and that experience alone is hard. It can be fulfilling. But it’s hard.” – Jerry Colonna

“Am I lying to myself thinking that I’m self-reliant when in reality I really do need a team?” – Danny Feltsman

“The conditions that we survive as children become the conditions necessary for our thriving as adults.” – Jerry Colonna

“One of the things you’re doing through the app, for your son is telling him, “I’m thinking of you.” – Jerry Colonna

“There is a piece of me that needs to be in motion all the time.” – Jerry Colonna

“There’s a whole set of belief systems that you have that’s implicit in “It is what it is.” Is it? What if it was something else?” – Jerry Colonna

“That’s the point of radical self-inquiry. That’s the point of asking those questions so that we are free of those structures, not so that we can then ruminate on the structures for the rest of our life.” – Jerry Colonna