Everyday Exceptionalist 16: Oliver Yonchev - STPL

Everyday Exceptionalist 16: Oliver Yonchev

Oliver Yonchev is a serial entrepreneur who spends much of his time helping others to succeed.

Oliver was the managing director of Social Chain for five years. He then founded Flight Story alongside Steven Bartlett.

Oliver pumps out a ridiculous amount of content with the singular aim of assisting entrepreneurs with day-to-day advice and tips on how to succeed.

His videos are incredibly insightful and he has helped many people to achieve great results in business.

Oliver’s drive and steely resolve to succeed no matter the challenges, enables him to truly make every day exceptional.


When did you fall in love with what you do and how did you get started?
I discovered the art of marketing in University while studying music. One of my modules was marketing and quickly I found myself fascinated by learning about what motivates people to act, and ultimately how marketing is connecting the dots between what companies want and what people want.  

What was your earliest childhood ambition?

I had one goal as a child and it was to be a football player. Didn’t quite live that dream, but enjoyed the process of trying!

Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?

Ambition over talent every time: ambition is the fuel that drives talent, without it, talent doesn’t move.

What career advice would you give your 16yr old self?

Take more risks.

If there was one-piece advice you could give to people aspiring to do what you do, what would it be?

Stay curious, never stop learning about your craft and the world around you.

What is the greatest challenge of our time?

There are many from climate change to the geopolitical power struggles we will see between world powers, but I’ll go with a more human challenge. In a world where we have the burden of choice, being satisfied and fulfilled will be increasingly challenging.
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