Conquer the 3 ‘C’s that are pulling you back.

1. Complaining- Instead of doing something about it.

If you find yourself complaining about others, or even worse, for your own situation in life, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been playing the blame game and have not taken full responsibility for your life, yet!

Except if it’s because of your ill-health and other misfortunes, YOU are responsible for your situation in life.

People who complain often, rarely take responsibility for their actions in life.

They get used to complaining, instead of doing something about it. They don’t take the matter by the horns and wrestle through it to completion; Instead, they’re just comfortable being cowardly, fooling themselves that somehow someone else is to be blamed for their own inability, indecisiveness, and timidity.

Remember, if you’re complaining, you’re incidentally waiting on someone else to solve your problems for you. Agreeing by default, that YOU are incapable of doing anything about it.

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This Thunderbird designed by a highschool-dropout is stealing hearts all over India.

This masterpiece you see right here

is the resultant of a 6-months of dedication and hard work by a relentlessly resourceful yet a shy introvert by the name of Dinesh.

He rarely takes pics of himself and is generally shy of cameras. Tried hard to get this pic of him.

Born in a middle-class family of four, Dinesh was a natural hard worker since his childhood. For various reasons, in his early teen years, he dropped out of high-school and started working in his dad’s bike garage.

Since then his passion for bikes, especially the masculine Royal Enfield Bullet has grown immensely. His creativity and enthusiasm were however limited by his conservative father who wanted him to “settle down”.

Here is a glimpse of his humble garage crowded with bikes from loyal customer fan base.

How it all started:

One day while Dinesh was working on a custom-design of his own, his dad challenged him that he can never finish the assembling, let alone design and sell it.

This made Dinesh more determined than ever to not only finish the project but also to prove himself capable and worthy. Continue reading “This Thunderbird designed by a highschool-dropout is stealing hearts all over India.”

Why Successful people spend time alone with themselves ?

Creativity and innovation start with spending time with yourself alone.

It is in those moments of silence with yourself that those “Eureka” moments arise. Speaking of Eureka, Archimedes, discovered his principle when he was in his bathtub alone.

When Elon Musk was asked, “What daily habit do you believe has the largest positive impact on your life?”

Musk’s reply was hilarious and practical:

Showering !

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It’s hard to argue with that.

We tend to get our best ideas in the shower because that’s most often the time we all spend privately with ourselves.

All successful people have this in common, once a year, Bill Gates embarks on something called a ThinkWeek, where he disconnects from the internet and moves into a cabin in the woods.

Free of distraction, he can read a year’s worth of books and strategize ahead about the months to come in a state of ultimate productivity.

There are countless examples and reasons why you need to make it a habit of spending quality time with yourself. Taking some time off a few minutes every day will help you re-orient yourself and get you back on track.

So, don’t forget to spend some time alone with the awesome person reading this. 😉

18 Lessons I’ve learned from binge watching Casey Neistat’s videos.

Casey Neistat is a professional storyteller and YouTube filmmaker with over 6 Million subscribers.

 

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He seems like an ordinary guy narrating something about his life. I wondered, “What is it about this guy that makes millions on YouTube subscribe to him?”
 
The next thing I did was to look up Wikipedia about him. I learned that he used to be a dishwasher in a restaurant for 5 years. Later, he rose to fame making a video about Apple Ipod’s irreplaceable battery lasting only 18 months. I began taking a keen interest in the guy and eventually adore him.
 
Ever since then, I binge watch on his videos whenever I get time.

After watching almost all his videos, these are the lessons I’ve learned:

1. Always keep yourself busy and motivated.

“Free time is the enemy of progress.”
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If you have a lot of free time, you’ll not make the best use of it. You could build a city with all your free time if you don’t while away your time, sitting around being bored.
Furthermore, always keep a backlog list of things you have to do so that just in case you have a free moment, you can go back to complete it. 
It’s not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it- Ryan Holiday.

2. Be a maverick.

“In life, you have two options- you can do your own thing and stand out or do what everyone else is doing and fit in.”
Most often you’re trying to fit into the rules created by someone no smarter than you or me. So if you’re always conforming to the opinions, labels and rules of the society, you can never make an impact.
I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to do what everyone else is doing.

3. Live to express, not to impress.

One of the striking features of his videos is that he never goes out his way to impress the viewers. In fact, he’s very disappointed with modern social media. Instead of representing a digital version of who we are, we display a false sense of identity. Furthermore, Casey Neistat even started “BeMe”- a social media app which forces you to share content without any edits.
 
Quit trying to look “perfect”.
 
Although it makes yourself vulnerable, you’ll allow people the permission to trust you. And that is hard to earn. He doesn’t waste time touching things up to look cool or better. The man loves to be himself, which is also the reason so many of us love him.

4. Find your purpose- without a goal, you can’t score.

In life you should always be doing either of the two things:
  1. Figuring out what you’re most passionate about- what do you want to be doing every day for the rest of your life.
  2. And realizing those dreams and doing that for the rest of your life
If you don’t know where the goal post is, how do you know where to kick the ball.

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Why Black money isn’t always bad & Demonetization isn’t always good?

Black Money isn’t ALWAYS purely bad-Yes, you read it right.

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The key word here is “ALWAYS”.

This is one of the things that most won’t open up for the fear of seeming anti-government and pro-rich. Let me be clear, I’m neither an anarchist nor against the poor.

I’m definitely against black money but it does have its own advantages and demonetization has its own disadvantages.

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Demonetization: Surgical strike or a nuclear bomb ?

 Demonetization is being hailed as a surgical strike on black money.

It seems in fact, a nuclear bomb that affects far too many civilians than the actual culprits and has far lasting negative consequences.

 As economists say, “There are no solutions, only trade-offs”. In that sense let’s look if demonetization is worth the price being paid.

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How to arrive at the TRUTH using the scientific method ?

Aristotle is known to be the father of the scientific method, for establishing a framework of systemic inquiry to measure the truthfulness of a hypothesis.

So, what’s the scientific method anyway?

 

The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. Continue reading “How to arrive at the TRUTH using the scientific method ?”

This is why you should start a business instead of an MBA

It’s been a year since I quit my idea of joining MBA in favor of starting on an entrepreneurial odyssey instead. So, I reviewed what I’ve learned through the year, pondering the experiences, the hardships, and the excitements of the journey.

If you don’t have a clear end-goal in mind and just want to get a degree because everyone else is doing it OR if you don’t know what else to do to rid yourself of the guilt of “wasting your time”, I hope this will help.  Some people pursue an MBA to mask their in-capabilities and hide behind their big degrees. Don’t be one of them.

DISCLAIMER :

 This article applies to you only if your goal is to build and run a business after finishing your MBA. If working a 10-hour job for a large organization is your piece of the cake, then this might not apply to you.

As for me, I knew what I always wanted to be- an entrepreneur; with or without an MBA degree. I didn’t want to deceive myself in the pursuit of appearing “well-educated”.

Why an MBA degree doesn’t really help for startup founders ?

An MBA degree is designed to teach you how to manage an already established organisation, not how to start and run a new one.

Just the way the same rules of macro physics do not apply at a quantum level, the rules and framework for running a large organization do not essentially apply to startups.

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Why I talk to myself and why you should too ?

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Robert De Niro’s famous soliloquy from the movie ‘Taxi Driver’. Credits: giphy

When we see someone talking to themselves and indulging in serious soliloquy, we jump to the general stereotype that such a person is weird or insane(schizophrenic, to be precise).

 

But studies from psychologists show that in fact talking to yourself will make you smarter, relieves stress, retain focus and organize your thoughts more effectively.

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Entrepreneurship: YouTube channels you DO NOT want to miss.

YouTube channels on Entrepreneurship from the people who’ve been there and done that :

1. Every Steve Jobs Video

This YouTube channel has the largest collection of  Steve Jobs’ videos on the Internet.

It has playlists from the 80’s when Steve Jobs started NexT to some of his last days at Apple.
It has a huge library of videos that give interesting insights on his marketing acumen, building a brand, rebounding from failure, his skill for finding the right product-market fit, the user-centric design approach, the man that he is and  how he became the icon of entrepreneurs and of Innovation itself.
Discover his journey on how he built Apple into one of the greatest companies in the world.

2. How to start a Startup

This channel has the most holistic, insightful and practically relevant information on how to start and grow a startup company.

It has a complete package of 20 video lectures from the Stanford University, each of one-hour duration from the co-founders of Facebook and PayPal, and other leading industry experts, which give insights into everything right from starting up, finding a co-founder, pitching to investors, raising investment and basics on sales and marketing.
If you want the lecture notes for the videos, you can find them here.

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