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The Last 7 Days #45 (11.01 – 17.01)

With another Sunday, here’s the 45th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. The Surprising Science of Goal Setting (And Why You’re Probably Doing It Wrong). Read about it here.
  2. Kunal Shah on the Big Tech getting India wrong, his early life, CRED, and why he drives a Vespa. Read here.
  3. Apologizing All the Time Could Be a Sign of Anxiety. Read more here.
  4. A read on Twitter’s decentralized future. Read here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Everything you need to know about Section 230 – tweets, free speech and beyond, on the a16z podcast. Listen to it here.
  2. Nas talks with Sadhguru, the meaning of life, happiness and money and more, on the Nas Talks podcast. Listen more here.
  3. Sometimes we are excessively rude, perhaps even without realising it. How do we recognise this behaviour in ourselves and others and the underlying reasons for it? How can we let go of anger, frustration, and ego to live harmoniously with people around us? Listen to it here on the Gita for the Young and Restless podcast.
  4. Tanmay Bhat talks creator economy, new platforms, tools and mediums on the LBB Open House podcast. Listen here.
  5. How Filter Copy, Gobble and Dice Media were built ft Aditi Shrivastava, on The Ranveer Show. Listen to it here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. How do psychedelics work? Watch here.
  2. How virtual reality tricks your brain? Watch it here.
  3. Is a capitalist – socialist economy inevitable? To understand more, watch here.
  4. 3 ways to express your thoughts so that everyone will understand. Watch it here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


I write a newsletter called ‘The Weekly Zazz‘ for my subscribers, where you can receive the above content and much more on your mail, with an intent of combining thought, emotion and information on mindset, marketing, pop culture and more. If you wish to subscribe, check out https://rth24.substack.com

Judge, Jury and Executioner

Judge, Jury and Executioner

In life, no matter where you are, on the financial scale or the social scale, or any other scale for that matter, whether any other individual knows you 1%, 5%, or 50%, you’re going to get judged at every point of your life.

There’s going to be a jury, people around you, keeping a lookout at everything you do and probably compare that with someone else.

And in the form of executioner, you have got your laws, government, and media, the external things that have an impact on your life.

But, you can change it all around, if you wish to, and without letting anything affect you, be in control of your life, be the judge, jury and executioner of your own life.

It all starts with you. Your job is to focus on yourself, your path and not on anything else and not let anything else hinder your life decisions.

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Walking the path alone

Walking the path alone

Understanding who we are, what we truly want, or rather how do we want to live our lives, reflecting upon our choices and decisions and mistakes, learning from them, upgrading your life to a better version than before – all of it happens when you walk the path alone.

No one can save us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We must walk the path alone. – Buddha

Walking the path doesn’t mean to get rid of people around you, but it means that now you won’t rely on anyone for anything, won’t blame anyone for anything, take complete responsibility, know what’s in your control and accordingly focus on your life path and your journey ahead.

Then, it is us, ourselves, without any pressure, or society outlook, or without any comparisons or judgments or opinions, focusing on our life alone and focusing on making it better.

That happens when you walk the path alone.

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What you Eat

What you Eat

Right from what we eat to when we eat and how much we eat is something that’s either followed by tradition or media manipulation.

Tradition involves ancient, timeless wisdom, foods that come from mother earth, which benefit the mind, body, and soul.

Media manipulation involves stories that melt your heart, advertising that creates cravings and scientific experiments that make the food pop in your mouth.

But, that’s not all. An understanding of food is something that everyone needs to have, in order to have a good today and a good tomorrow.

What we eat affects your

– gut

– inflammation in the body

– immune system

– cells in the body

– energy levels

– emotions

– body alkalinity

When we understand how a certain food item affects your body, you automatically feel the need to remove it from your system, irrespective of how it tastes and how long you’ve been eating it for.

Also, note how I haven’t referred to body weight in the points above, as that is an outcome of irregularities in the above points.

You eat the right way to maintain your gut health, to keep your body alkaline and keep your body inflammation in check, to keep your immune system strong.

Losing weight is a by-product of a good lifestyle, which also allows to eat all the good things, without compromising on anything.

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Every Experience

Every Experience

Some experiences are good for you, and for some, the outcome isn’t. But, every experience has something to teach. In most cases, it’s only in hindsight that we realize that, and we understand and learn from it. But, even if we don’t, what we must know that every experience plays a part in moulding in, in improving us, in evolving us.

What we are today, is because of every experience we have had in our lives. These experiences play a part in your behavior, your habits, your thoughts, that voice in your head, your work, basically everything.

When we understand that, don’t you think it’d be better to look back at every experience with a different perspective, try to derive some learning from it, if it wasn’t a good one, what can you still take away from it. Everything helps you at a later point in time, and we aren’t even aware of it right now.

Even listening to this podcast episode is an experience for you, which might change something for you, somewhere down the line, either consciously or sub-consciously. Every experience matters. Every experience has some learning. Every experience affects our life.

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Avoiding Questions

Avoiding Questions

Do you remember the school days when the teacher used to ask, if you have any questions and even if you did have one, you wouldn’t ask because of what others would think of you.

Well, those same people are carrying the torch on social media as well, who don’t open up thinking what would others think.

If you have something to say or share, go right ahead. Give yourself the permission and open up, ask if you want to ask, share if you want to share, you have the entire world in your hand (smartphone).

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Attention Scarcity

Attention Scarcity

In a time where all the information and entertainment and escapism and social connection is available on your smartphone, constantly in our hands and available within the second, what it is costing us is our attention.

That attention is scare and not unlimited.

Choose whom you give your attention to because that attention is linked with your time and your time is your number one asset.

So, choose where your goes attention goes and whether it is adding anything to your life or not.

You may not want to completely get rid of it, but you can sure limit that certain something.

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The Last 7 Days #44 (04.01 – 10.01)

With another Sunday, here’s the 44th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. A Data-Driven End to Capitalism as We Know It. Read more here.
  2. What the myth of Faust can teach us? Check it out here.
  3. A former monk on the simple mindfulness exercise that can help you combat negative thoughts and feel calmer in times of stress. Read here.
  4. Is Social Media Addiction actually a coping mechanism? Read more here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On the Pivot podcast, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway look ahead at what to expect in markets, acquisitions, automation, work culture, healthcare, and media in 2021. Listen to it here.
  2. The growing influence of podcasts ft Amit Doshi, head of IVM Podcasts, on the Pepper Spotlight podcast. Check it out here.
  3. Dr Mark Hyman on how the healthiest people make smart choices about their food, well-being and medicine, on On Purpose with Jay Shetty. Listen to it here.
  4. On Story Tellers and Story Sellers, Vineet talks to Sameeksha Uniyal, Consumer Marketing Lead at Bacardi, and Gunjan Arya, CEO at OML about 10 years of India’s Happiest festival weekend, being at the forefront of youth experiences, about supporting India’s independent music scene and taking the festival digital in 2020. Listen here.
  5. Mentalist and illusionist, Derren Brown talks Happiness with Simon Sinek on his podcast, A Bit of Optimism. Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. On Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dave Asprey on the hidden benefits of fasting, different types and how you can begin in an easy, effective way. Watch it here.
  2. Wim Hof in conversation with Sadhguru, on exploring life and understanding the deeper aspect of it. Watch here.
  3. Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, and Vikramaditya Motwane in conversation with Danny Boyle. Check it out here.
  4. The history of consumerism, on The School of Life. Watch it here.
  5. Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours? Watch here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Is it natural to you?

Is it natural to you?

We have so many choices to make in life.

So many decisions.

We have goals to accomplish.

Then comes, whether you’re living your Passion or not?

Whether you’re satisfied with your personal life and your professional life?

There are a lot of things to look at, in the micro as well as in the macro.

How can you choose?

How do you know if it is right for you?

The answer to all of this comes down to, what comes natural to you?

What do you feel is natural?

Something that just flows out of you.

Something that you feel you can do again and again, all day, every day.

It’s questions like these that solve your problems, that show you the path ahead, that tell you what you should do.

Ask yourself, when ever you have to make a decision, is it natural to you?

If yes, then you know what to do.

If your answer is no, then you probably know the answer now. You can now make the changes, do things differently or even proceed, if you wish to.

One simple question changes so many things for you.

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Mind, Body and Soul

Mind, Body and Soul

What we think

What we feel

What we eat

What we drink

What exercise we do

It not only has an effect on our exterior actions, that is the words we speak, the work we do, the things we experience,

But, it has an effect on our inner body too.

Did you know that?

Every emotion we feel releases an energy of that sort in the body too.

Every thing we eat and drink is how our body processes it, and whether it is good for the body or not, then has an outcome accordingly.

Whether we exercise or not, not just has an effect on how “slim” we become, but it has an effect on our body processes too.

Everything we do has an effect, not just on the outward, but inward too.

We usually don’t think about how it affects our body, our mind and our soul.

If we become a tiny bit more mindful than usual, then we can start taking care of our mind, body and soul, at least from now on, if not before.

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8 Yoda Learnings

8 Yoda Learnings

Whether its the Star Wars universe, or the Marvel universe, or even films in general, only when you look closely do you realize the lessons that can be learnt beyond the fiction and the story.

And when it comes to Star Wars, and Master Yoda in particular, you already know that there’s wisdom in what he says.

Thinking about that, here are eight Yoda quotes that we can learn from and actually apply to our lives as well.

1. “If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will.”

– the dark path is easy to understand, easy to rely on because everyone else is at fault there and not you. When you condition yourself to thinking that, every thought of yours goes only in one direction – the dark side.

2. “Pass on what you have learned.”

– the best impact is created when you pass on your learning and your knowledge onto others, when you share your experience with others. They’re able to learn from your journey and implement it in their lives.

3. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to Anger. Anger leads to Hate. Hate leads to Suffering.”

– what we fear is what we don’t control, we don’t know the outcome of. That fear leads to anger, thus leading to the negative side of life, filling your life with hate and suffering.

4. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

– that what you’re attached to is where your thoughts and feelings, and moreover your weaknesses lie. When you let go of it, you are now not dependent on anything else.

5. “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

– in order to grow, in order to learn, in order to move forward, you cannot learn anything new unless you unlearn the old. Understanding what affects you poorly and getting rid of it gives way to the new.

6. “Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”

– every child at their age is carefree, thinking beyond what they’re told to do, reading between the lines, seeing the gray in black and white, until their mind becomes conditioned to what the rest of the society is. When we become that again, we are able to be ourselves, and be present in the moment too.

7. “Heeded my word not, did you? Pass on what you have learned – strength, mastery. But, weakness, folly, failure, also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is.”

– while the quote is similar to the previous one, that talks of teaching and this of failure, both spoken in two different scenarios, both having different meanings.

Whilst you should pass on your learnings ahead, you must not only share your successes and triumphs, but also your failures, because there lies the biggest lesssons that made you who you are. Those successes have come from failures, which we must not hide from.

8. “Do, or do not. There is no try”

– either you have set your mindset that you will do something or you have decided that you won’t do something. Anything else creates a doubt in your mind, which creates this hesitation of your decision. Be stern with what you decide and then stick with it.

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There are tons of lessons to learn from Yoda and from the Star Wars universe too, but these were worthy of a highlight according to me, which we can focus on, for now.

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Subtractions

Subtractions

The more things we add, the bigger our plate looks. Whether we’ll be able to finish that plate is something no one asks. Just that the plate should look full.

Instead, if we keep just two things on it, or four, or all, or none, depends on person to person, but one would find more joy and less stress. More satisfaction and less headache.

I wish I was talking about food here, but it’s about life, and doing too many things at once, creating this pressure to do more, without being able to enjoy even one wholly.

It’s in moments like these when you take a step back and realize this and ultimately take the decision to subtract things from your life, in order to be freer, have more time and less stress. Subtraction creates those opportunities for us, which addition does not.
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Ask yourself what is wrong

Ask yourself what is wrong

A lot of times, when something is going wrong in our lives, we start wondering what is even going wrong.

And to add to that, our perspective doesn’t seem to align to someone else’s point of view to understand what is wrong.

What can you do then, in such a scenario?

Can you continue to be wrong?

Or do you want to correct yourself?

How we live clouds our judgement of thinking making us think that all we do is right and nothing can be wrong.

You’re not able to entertain another person’s point of view to change this perspective.

At such times, you need to ask yourself what is wrong, what can be wrong, what can I do differently?

You need to look at yourself in a third person’s shoes, look at your situation from a third perspective – understand how it looks from that scenario, what someone else would’ve done vs what you’ve done.

Often, looking at situations from a third perspective helps to right our wrongs. And only because we aren’t able to change our thinking, our approach or even knowing that we could be wrong too.

Asking yourself what can be wrong changes those things.

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Your off time

Your off time

How you schedule your time, not just on a daily basis, but on a basis of how much you do vs when you take a break is very important in your life.

Your time is basically divided into your off time and your go time.

Go time is basically when you’re doing something/ working on or towards something.

Your off time is your break, your relaxation time, which is a part and parcel of your life, that goes along with your go time.

It’s important because if you squeeze your off time into something which drains you, then you won’t be ready during your go time, which thus affects everything else as well.

Maintaining that balance helps you to prosper in both the regions of your life, running in your go time, and staying still in your off time.

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The Last 7 Days #43 (28.12 – 03.01)

The Last 7 Days #43 (28.12 – 03.01)

With another Sunday, here’s the 43rd edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. Part human, part machine: is Apple turning us all into cyborgs? Read more here.
  2. The Age of Infinite Leverage. Check it out here.
  3. There’s a Scientific Reason Why Indian Food Is So Delicious. Read about it here.
  4. Netflix explains how it uses AI to sell you on a show. Read more here.
  5. This Japanese 80% diet rule can help you live a longer life, says longevity researcher. Read here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast, Melanie Perkins on how Canva got its humble beginnings and how she handled all the no’s that they heard over the years.
    Check it out here.
  2. Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard, on whether the company he’s helped build can keep up with Silicon Valley — and with the social consciousness of the next consumer generation, on the Sway Podcast.
    Listen here.
  3. Check out the podcast, Mafialand, where they explore the world of India’s mini-mafias with us, as we blow wide open the corruption and crime that lies at the heart of our daily lives. Check out the podcase here.
  4. Cyrus Broacha and Sanjay Jha get into a frank discussion about the new political reality in India, the Indian National Congress party’s pitfalls and what he feels they need to do to fix them, the ideological contrasts that are the BJP and the Congress parties, Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, the power of good Hindi to be a politician in India, future possible leaders for the Congress, and lots lots more, on the Cyrus Says podcast.
    Listen to it here.
  5. On F1: Beyond the Grid podcast, George Russell talks racing against close friends, getting Toto Wolff’s attention and more. Listen here.

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What To Watch:

  1. How Chocolate is made inside Cadbury’s chocolate factory? Watch it here.
  2. The history of the idea of Capitalism. Watch here.
  3. Watch the Tamil film, Soorarai Pottru here, what an inspiring and uplifting film. Highly recommended.
  4. The composer of the theme song of tv show, Succession breaks down the creation and the thought process behind creating it. Check it out here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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In others’ shoes

In others’ shoes

When we see ourselves from our perspective, everything seems right.

Every step we take, every decision we make, it’s all the right ones.

However, when our worldview is limited, is when we don’t understand how what we do may affect someone else.

How would they perceive it, how would they feel.

Putting yourself in another person’s shoes is the best thing anyone can do, to improve everything about themselves, especially their relationships.

Look at that particular scenario from your lens, from their lens, from a third eye basically and then understand how it is perceived. When this is done, can you then expand your perspective as well as everything about you.

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Welcoming 2021

Welcoming 2021

Thanks to my Facebook and Instagram memories, I realized how either at the end of the previous year or at the start of the new year, I’m always wishing for the next year to be better than the previous one.

This isn’t just about 2020, but it’s a recurring pattern. There’s always some hope for the coming year to be better than the previous one.

But, maybe its just a mindset thing. Or maybe I wasn’t looking at all the good things that took place that particular year.

Nonetheless, this time I welcome 2021 with no expectations. But, for me to make the most out of it, because that is the only thing I can control.

You know what they say, 365 good days make a good year.

If you’re reading this, welcoming you to 2021.

My Top 5 Songs, Movies and Everything Else of 2020

My Top 5 Songs, Movies and Everything Else of 2020

As a movies/ tv shows buff and a podcasts addict, I consume a lot of stuff from time to time, and also either review it or at the most, I recommend it ahead in my series, The Last 7 Days.

But, as 2020 comes to an end, and as this year was a unique one, I have been documenting whatever I can of it, right from what I ate, to what I consumed in a particular week, to writing down my thoughts and journey over this blog or my podcast.

This Top 5 is a basically a summary of the best of songs, podcasts, films, tv shows of 2020, according to me.

Top 10 Songs of 2020

(English/Spanish)

• Keep Going – Syn Cole
• Wonder – Shawn Mendes
• Maldad – Steve Aoki & Maluma
• Alane – Robin Schulz & Wes
• Energy – Disclosure
• Dakiti – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez
• Monster – Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber
• Levitating – Dua Lipa, DaBaby
• Alone Pt II – Alan Walker, Ava Max
• Need You Know – Armin van Buuren, Jake Reese

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Top 5 Songs of 2020 (Hindi)

• Bandish Bandits (the album)
• 3:59 AM – Divine
(Punya Paap album on repeat)
• Inshallah – Amit Trivedi & Alaa Wardi
(Songs of Dance – great AT album)
• Aabaad Barbaad – Arijit Singh
• Dillagi – MojoJojo

Heard a lot of Retro Hindi songs (the songs we listened to while growing up) most of the year

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Top 5 Podcasts of 2020

• Our Last Week with Anuvab and Kunaal
• SmartLess
(w Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes)
• Sway (w Kara Swisher)
• On Purpose with Jay Shetty
• Advertising is Dead

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Top 5 Films of 2020 (Hindi/ Tamil)

• Gunjan Saxena
• Lootcase
• Kadakh
• Maska
• Soorarai Pottru

honorary mention: chand mubarak (from unpaused on amazon prime)

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Top 5 Films of 2020 (English)

• Soul
• The Trial of the Chicago 7
• Sound of Metal
• The Platform
• Honey Boy (2019)

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Top 5 TV Shows of 2020 (Hindi)

• Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story
• Aarya
• Paatal Lok
• Panchayat
• Bandish Bandits

honorary mention: mirzapur 2

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Top 5 TV Shows of 2020 (English)

• Defending Jacob
• Messiah
• The Mandalorian 2
• The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team
• The Comey Rule

honorary mention: all or nothing: tottenham hotspur

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There were a ton of English films released this year, that didn’t make the cut because they aren’t available in India yet. (will hopefully watch those soon)

With so many films of 2020 postponed to 2021, no matter how the next year turns out, it’s definitely going to be amazing in terms of content.

Have I missed out on anything else though?

What can we learn from the film, Soul?

What can we learn from the film, Soul?

Pixar’s latest film, ‘Soul’ is currently making the rounds as one of the best films of 2020, and I thought why not give it a watch.

This is what the official synopsis reads, ‘Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.’

The film, as soon as it starts, you join the journey of the lead character, you feel his emotions, what he’s going through, wondering what is going to happen next.

It’s quite a gripping story, you relate to the storyline, you relate with what’s happening, the takeaways from it, the lessons you can learn. In all, it’s such a beautiful watch, and easily one of the best films of 2020, for me. You end up cheering for the character, you end up being emotional, and you also secretly reflect on your own life while watching it.
(if you haven’t watched the film yet, please don’t read beyond this, because I’ll be directly reflecting upon its storyline and that would mean, spoilers)

The lesson that it portrays, is quite magnificent, one we don’t often ponder upon. We hear so much about passion, knowing what it is, and wanting to live that life.

It’s all about being passionate about something, making it your core thing about life, and your life centered around it. So much so, that everything else about Life is something we take for granted, and often feel its the same old mundane stuff.

And here is where the film beautifully portrays a contrary point to this approach, it’s not only about your passion and what you do. Life is not just about that.

That is just a portion of your life, and there’s so much more than what we truly see and enjoy. Life is about enjoying every bit of it, enjoying every thing that we see, everything around us, everyone around us. Its about the big moments and the small moments.

Life is about enjoying the sunrise and the walk, about conversing with people and listening to the birds chirp, about living life to exploring every bit of it. Everything that we take for granted, is something that we could live and enjoy, but we often overlook it, because we are chasing just one thing, forgetting about the rest.

That is precisely the reason why this film, Soul is pure love and joy to watch. Its brilliant, it’s a must see, and that journey is something, I’m hoping we can learn something from.

Looking Back at 2020

Looking Back at 2020

As we wind up with 2020, I look back at this year and how each and every day and month just passed by, the learnings that came it, the hardships, the dark days faced.

In all, I’m grateful for 2020, a massive year of my life, that brought change which maybe would have happened over 5 years or more or may not have happened too.

I’m grateful and fortunate to have my family around me, to have them support me, to have food on my table, there was a lot to be grateful for.

There was so much to learn, so much to experiment on, which also had with it, its failures. There was just so much to tackle, especially in times of a crisis, such times bring more clarity and more awareness to your mind, you think about everything differently, you act differently. And it’s only when you give your thoughts the space it deserves, you realize there’s so much to uncover and deal with.

• The World of Content Creation •
One of the things I’m glad for, is the fact that right from my daily calendar series, my blogs and podcast, even the weekly recommendation series, The Last 7 Days and my weekly newsletter, The Weekly Zazz – all of this made my 2020 so much better, helped me reflect upon so much, go in-depth on a number of topics, able to understand myself better and most of all, it was almost like a journal for me, when I look back at any of it, I’m able to recollect those days, like its a navigation tool for me.

And of course, as much as it helped me, it also became a tool to share all of this and provide this value with the people connected with me, over the social media platforms and elsewhere.

• The World of Learning •
What this year brought with it, was a lot of time. One had to choose whether they escape that time or invest, and with balance maintained, and sometimes tipping more towards learning, I took this time to learn more. Spiritually, psychologically, neurologically, philosophically what life meant, what we do and why do we do it, the reasons behind so much. The deeper I dug, the more I understood how we as a society act and the reality behind so much of it.

• Mental and Physical Health •
But, apart from this journaling and content, also came the prioritization of mental and physical health for me – both so essential to life.

For me, everything was unknown – right from meditation, to breathwork, to mantra chanting to understanding and feeling inner peace, becoming aware of my emotions, what troubles me, what doesn’t, the magic of silence. There was so much to discover, experiment and implement.

But, a balance of physical with the mental is a must. Thus, the learning and addition of asanas and different workout exercises to my daily regime, to getting rid of the junk/ unhealthy food and knowing what the right kind of food is and shifting to it helped me grow and evolve, amongst other things. Let me not forget my 24 hour fasting, which I started on June 1st and as of now, doing it for 31 weeks.

• Fulfilling the Taste •
As mentioned above, this year was a choice to finally start getting rid of the things that don’t benefit the body, and finally shift to eating the right kind of ingredients.

(I wrote a post, ‘I stopped eating this’ – which you can check out here)

Said that, I’m super grateful to have had my mother and my sister beside me, who cooked the best of dishes, at home without ever feeling the need to order from outside or that we are missing out on anything.

They won’t like it if I don’t mention, I was their sous chef, right beside them with the helping hand. And simultaneously also learnt a few things to cook, such as parathas, dosa, pancakes etc.

• Turning Inward •
All of everything that happened in 2020, was an outcome of turning inward. Practicing stillness, introducing calmness, understanding the magic of meditation and control of your breath, feeling grateful for your life, your days, the people around you, the food you get to eat. Conscious mindful eating, deep relaxation, discovery of newer and deeper thoughts, there was so much to learn and experience, which was a process of turning inward and finding the magic within.

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Honorary mention to my lockdown hair and beard I was able to grow to a length never before.


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Every element of 2020 was unlike any other year before, and as fortunate as I am, and grateful for everything that I have and everyone that I have around me, I’m glad 2020 happened, because life wouldn’t have been the same if all of this didn’t occur.

P. S. Let me also not make this a magical super-positive post, because I’m highlighting the positives of the year that stood out for me, but on the other hand, there were a lot of dark days as well. Days when you don’t know what your next day looks like, days you cannot figure out anything, sometimes your thoughts go haywire, but that is a part of life. And what you do to deal with all of this, is what makes you who you are and decides what your tomorrow looks like.

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My Top 5 Podcast Episodes of 2020

Having touched upon my top 10 blogs of 2020 (in my previous blog post here), it only makes sense to touch upon my podcast as well, which I started in the second half of the year, and being a daily one, ended up doing 120 episodes (until I took a break from it, on December 17th).

The podcast is called, ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast’, a one-of-a-kind short-form podcast in India, done on a daily basis, with a single focus to change your life. Whether it is life lessons, or mindset tips, or marketing tricks, or lessons from movies, this podcast is all of that.

So, here are my top 5 podcast episodes of 2020
(the episodes redirect to Spotify, however, if you’d like to check them on the other platforms, you can do so here)

A. Ability v Desire
We have goals in life, we have ambitions in life. We have desires to fulfill and live that lead up to those ambitions and goals. However, the bigger question that we often forget to ask ourselves in this fantasy, is a question of ability vs desire.

Listen here.

(There’s a part two to the episode as well)

B. Everything about you can be Changed
Whether with regards to our lifestyle habits, our personal or professional lives, we feel that we are the way we are. Or some things about us cannot be changed. That is simply not true. In this episode of Mindset Marketing Movies, I take a deep dive into this mindset and give you a different take on the topic.

Listen here.

C. The Hypocrisy of Free Content
What is this hypocrisy of free content? Why is it that people want free stuff but they don’t value it? This episode is not a rant, I promise. I, however, take a deep dive into this hypocrisy and share my thoughts and observations on the same.

Listen here.

D. Self-Awareness starts with…
Everyone wants to become self-aware, but no one knows how to start that journey. In this episode, I share how can you individually initiate that process of becoming self-aware by yourself. I do hope that it helps you out and helps in you becoming aware of who you are, your choices, your decisions, and everything about your life as well.

Listen here.

E. The 3Es of Inspiration
Inspiration is not something that you force, but something that you attract, especially when you need it in your life. But how do you find the perfect inspiration for yourself? How do you get inspired? In this episode, I share the 3Es that will help out with the process of finding the right kind of inspiration for yourself.

Listen here.

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The Last 7 Days #42 (21.12 – 27.12)

The Last 7 Days #42 (21.12 – 27.12)

With another Sunday, here’s the 42nd edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. 2020 Was The Year We Redefined ‘Essential’

    Read more here.
  2. Burnout vs Productivity: Truth of WFH

    Read it here.
  3. The 9 biggest ‘Cancels’ of 2020

    Check it out here.
  4. Are Texas and Florida the new California and New York?

    Read more here.
  5. How to skip the small talk and build genuine relationships with 3 simple questions?

    Read here.


What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On ‘A Bit of Optimism with Simon Sinek’, Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri, on finding joy in the little things.
    Listen here.
  2. On The Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan Holiday talks with Camila Cabello on training your mind to work for you, finding courage and happiness in your career, how she values stillness and the idea of memento mori, and more.

    Listen to it here.
  3. Does Advertising actually work? Listen to it on the Freakonomics Podcast here.
  4. Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys – why? Listen to it on the ‘Every Little Thing‘ podcast here.
  5. Marcus Rashford sits down with the UTD Podcast at the end of an incredible year both on and off the pitch, talking about his upbringing and how it shaped the man he is today.

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. John Krasinski is back with a Holiday Special episode of Some Good News, featuring George Clooney and Dwayne Johnson.
    Watch here.
  2. How Apple and Google formed one of tech’s most powerful partnerships?
    Watch it here.
  3. The technology that’s replacing the green screen.
    Check it out here.
  4. Elon Musk on Tesla, SpaceX and why he left Silicon Valley
    Watch here.
  5. On Film Companion, watch ‘The Breakout Streaming Stars of 2020‘, ft Abhishek Banerjee, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Saiyami Kher, Harshvardhan Rane and Priyanshu Painyuli.
    Watch it here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Why I do a daily blog and a daily podcast?

Why I do a daily blog and a daily podcast?

If you’ve been following my content, you’d know that I do a daily blog, which has currently over 600 blog posts and now my podcast (check it out here) has also crossed a 100+ episodes.

Now the question that comes up is, why do I it daily and not as how the norm goes, to do it on a weekly basis.

One of the biggest reasons, for me, is to breakdown content into shorter pieces, so it can be consumed and understood on a much easier level than consuming too much at once and then finding it all difficult.

This is also related to the 1% learning curve of life.

Another reason is the depth of the topic that I get to explore. To do this everyday, to write and to speak everyday, means I cannot just touch the surface of the topic, but I need to get into the depth of it.

And the deeper I go, I selfishly get a lot of clarity and awareness as well, and not just me, but at the same time, I get to provide all this value to you as well.

Also, another point that I’d like to touch upon is, this kind of depth allows more ideas to come up, more opportunities, and in a way, you start observing and noticing things around you differently, what can I learn from this, what questions can I ask here, why is this particular thing taught to us in a certain way, and such things are just examples I observed when I do my blog and podcast on a daily basis.

That I feel is the beauty of doing this too. I won’t say that it is easy, or it doesn’t take efforts to do it, and sometimes it becomes rather difficult as well, but when you love learning, you love those topics, you love to provide value, then what else can stop you.

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The funny thing about Responsibility

The funny thing about Responsibility

The funny thing about responsibility is that no one takes it. People will bring legality, morality, ethics into the picture, but won’t step up and take responsibility.

Not taking responsibility is how you thrive in a capitalistic economy. There’s one goal and nothing else. Then there are stories created, emotions formed, in order to sell. Irrespective of whether it’s needed or not, or whether it’s good for humanity or for the environment or not.

Only when someone becomes responsible can they then understand their impact on others. Then you don’t have to scam anyone, you will do it with a certain responsibility on your shoulder, you will do it for humanity, and for the planet.

Until that doesn’t come by yourself, no morals, no ethics, and no law is going to save anyone.

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Taking a Step Back

Taking a Step Back

Sometimes the solutions to the most difficult problems are really simple.

But, being in the driving seat, we don’t realize this. With a rush to solve our problems, we go on a path, head-on introducing more problems than before.

And more problems start piling up. In this turmoil, we don’t know what to do and we blame everything else around us, but ourselves.

Instead, a better option is to take a step back, observe and analyze everything. Perceive everything from a third eye and then execute your next move.

Now you’re prepared. Now you know what to do.

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How Disney played it smart?

How Disney played it smart?

If you watch tv shows or movies, you’d know the streaming wars going on, Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Disney+ amongst others, with a recent addition of HBO Max as well.

The recent additions are currently in the race to adding more subscribers and play with the other top performing platforms.

Warner Media recently announced their plans to release their 2021 slate of films in theatres and simultaneously on their streaming platform, HBO Max as well. That 2021 slate of films include John Wick 4, Dune, Suicide Squad, and a lot more, which you can check out here.

Meanwhile, Netflix and Amazon Prime, the leaders in the streaming category are currently sorted with their plethora of content and already established and rising user base.

The current hot platform is Disney+, which is all over the news with the recent mega announcement of 50+ films and tv shows, including Marvel and Star Wars and Pixar originals.

You can check out their announced list of tv shows and films here.

They also announced their user base is currently at 74 million users already, having launched in November 2019, 14 months ago.

What is smart about their strategy is how they are planning their IPs and giving the audience more than what they could expect.

This is somewhere where Disney+ has a edge over Netflix and Amazon Prime, because even though they have a ton of originals, they still don’t have the depth that Disney has to offer.

In comparison, even Warner Media has a width and depth of IP with them, may be even more than others, with DC Comics, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and many more.

Where HBO Max didn’t make the impact they intended to, with their announcement is, instead of going in depth with their content and providing more, they are taking away the cinematic experience that the audience seeks, especially with their big-budget, big-screen films. Their intent is, the audience is leaning towards their smartphones and we’re providing just that.

(HBO Max could be releasing in India soon, read about it here)

But, ultimately it’s about the experience. You wouldn’t want to watch a Matrix 4 or a Kong v Godzilla on your smartphone or even your TV. Such films are made for the big screen, with that sound quality and the cinematic experience.

Christopher Nolan summed this up quite directly, calling HBO Max, the worst streaming service. Read more here.

This is how Disney played it smart with their streaming platform. With the width and depth that they have, they are taking a deep dive into their content buckets and creating something for the audience to watch at home and simultaneously creating something for the audience to watch in the theaters.

They are taking the fans into a universe, connecting them with every fan-favourite character, giving them a storyline of their own, whilst focusing on connecting everything and making it a bigger universe of content than before.

When you think of Disney, you want to watch their TV shows on their OTT platform, you want to watch their movies in theatres. That’s their impact, their smart strategy they’ve played really well.

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Learning beyond Academics

Learning beyond Academics

Most think that, once the academic education is done, their learning is complete and they have everything they need.

Is that the case though?
In order to upgrade your skills, in order to be updated with your field, you need to constantly keep learning and evolving.

This, obviously applies as a whole to your personal life, there’s no doubt about it. However, it applies to your professional life as well, your field of work.

You don’t have to drop everything to do it. With the advancement of technology, you have more access to experts than ever. Whether in terms of courses, or webinars, you are now able to constantly learn and improve and evolve.

Do you want to, is a choice that you have.

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The Last 7 Days #41 (14.12 – 20.12)

The Last 7 Days #41 (14.12 – 20.12)

With another Sunday, here’s the 41st edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. Barack Obama shares his favorite books, TV shows and movies of 2020.

    Check it out here.
  2. More Indians now hiding real identities on Facebook, YouTube.

    Read more here.
  3. Billionaire Ray Dalio: Quit these 4 bad habits to start actually achieving your goals

    Read it here.
  4. What a Crisis Teaches Us About Innovation

    Read here.
  5. Free advice: Turn your phone’s damn battery percentage off.
    Read here to know what it means.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On the School of Greatness, Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret) discusses life, the universe, the power of thought, the Law of Attraction, and so much more.

    Listen to it here.
  2. Check out this podcast, The Big Shots – Dosa King. An epic drama about the exponential rise of P Rajagopal, the founder of Saravana Bhavan, and the shocking scandal that led to his fall.

    Check it out here.
  3. On the Akimbo podcast, Seth Godin talks the persistence of technology. What will fade next?

    Listen here.
  4. In this conversation with Outside Podcast host Michael Roberts, Tim Cook talks about both the incredible promise of technology to enhance our well-being and Apple’s duty to help us use our devices more wisely.

    Listen to it here.
  5. Shawn Mendes joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the results of finding success at such an early age, where the main source of his fears and anxieties stem from, and how lockdown has forced him to figure out his own identity. The two explore the ways society is conditioning people to want more and more, how social media has made everything need to be quantified, and the isolation of a musician.

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. How does the Internet work?

    Check it out here.
  2. Virat Kohli & Steve Smith talk cricket – about their love for the game, batting techniques & having more to life than just cricket.

    Watch here.
  3. World’s first lightsaber build (this was so amazing to watch)
    Watch it here.

    If you do watch it, then watch this as a follow-up.
  4. Mukesh Ambani and Mark Zuckerberg share their excitement about India, and how digital can accelerate economic progress.

    Watch it here.
  5. The Actor’s Roundtable 2020 ft Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Jaideep Ahlawat, Kunal Kemmu, Divyenndu Sharma, and Pratik Gandhi.

    Watch here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Acknowledge before Appreciate

Acknowledge before Appreciate

Will you go out of your way to acknowledge the help you might have received from someone, unknowingly?

Appreciate it too, but first, acknowledge.

Knowingly or unknowingly, someone may have helped you on your path of life, that help might have changed something for you. Whether you acknowledge it and reach out to that individual and convey it, describes how secure you’re about yourself.

Some feel the other might get an upper hand over them, so why develop such a scenario? Why not just play dumbstruck and take advantage?

When you feel insecure about yourself, is when you cannot make another person feel better. And in the opposite scenario, when you feel secure, and when you receive help and it brought change, is when you feel grateful, you reach out and acknowledge and appreciate that help.

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Your Previous Work

Your Previous Work

Whenever anyone creates anything, with time and with experience, or rather exposure, most of those creators don’t appreciate their creation now as much as they did at the time of creation.

With every new creation, the previous work gets older.

The older it gets, the more mistakes the creator notices, or rather the improvements that can be done.

What this shows is, the creator’s growth. How, with time, they have evolved, with a wider worldview than before and with a bigger perspective than before. Add in some exposure as well, including the feedback and self-analysis.

But, that doesn’t stop one from creating. Rather, you keep on improving henceforth, making your next work better than before. Not necessarily in outcome, but surely in efforts.

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My favourite podcasts of 2020

Podcasting is on the rise, so much so, that there are over two million podcasts on a platform, let’s say Spotify.

With its own advantages and disadvantages, when compared to text and video, one cannot deny that podcasts are just something else, with the type of content that can be heard, or the amount of depth it allows, or even the guests that speak, podcasting allowed all of that.

As of writing this post, I have heard over 17,000 minutes of podcast episodes in 2020 and with count, I’m now following a 103 podcasts on my primary listening platform, Spotify.

Having heard in this depth and discovering the podcasts, new and old, experimenting with some and getting addicted with some, I thought why not share, my top 5 podcasts of 2020.

These podcasts are not focused on value addition alone, but a mixture of everything – fun, entertaining, educational, insightful – every podcast is its own.

A. Our Last Week with Anuvab and Kunaal

– Hosted by Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur, there is no right or wrong way to describe this podcast, but its one of the funniest things you can listen to.

Check it out here.

B. SmartLess

– “SmartLess” with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.

Check it out here.

C. Sway

– “Sway” is a new interview show hosted by Kara Swisher, “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well liked journalist.” Now taking on Washington, Hollywood and the world, Kara investigates power: who has it, who’s been denied it, and who dares to defy it.

Check it out here.

D. On Purpose with Jay Shetty

– On Purpose podcast brings fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world.

Check it out here.

E. Advertising is Dead

– Each week, host Varun Duggirala discusses the changes and developments in the business of advertising, branding, content, media and a whole range of issues that exist within the industry.

Check it out here.

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*Special Mentions*

Snacks Daily

Happy Sad Confused

Cyrus Says

The Tim Ferriss Show

Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

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Back to checking out more podcasts and listening to them. If you’ve got a suggestion, do drop them in the comments below.

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Why do New Year Resolutions fail?

Why do New Year Resolutions fail?

Why do New Year Resolutions fail? With 2021 approaching, you may have set your new year resolutions and may have certain expectations for the year. However, here’s the catch!

In the hype of starting fresh or doing something new on the first day of the new year, we plan a lot of things for this one day, the 1st of January.

And now you’ve created this pressure for yourself, to do all of this or your year won’t have the start you were looking for. And when you were able to do only half of it, or for some people, none of it is when you get disappointed and frustrated and you carry those emotions for the next few days or weeks as well.

What can you do differently to succeed at your new year resolutions is what this video is about.

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Headlines, Social Media and YouTube Thumbnails

Headlines, Social Media and YouTube Thumbnails

What’s common between news headlines, social media and YouTube thumbnails?

The common factor is ‘clickbait’.

Catchy headlines that grab your attention and make you click on it.

With time, it has gotten so much worse that the headline is hyped to a level where the content within isn’t matching even one-tenth of it.

That is not just upon the one posting it, but also the one consuming it.

The audience never understood, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ and ended up doing the opposite of it.

Someone with knowledge and skills to share, but couldn’t catch your attention. And someone who knew how to write headlines ended up taking away your time but didn’t provide you with any value.

If you notice, the headlines have gotten so much worse, whether it’s the news, or the social media – publishers and creators, including the YouTube videos.

Now the only intent is to grab your attention and increase the time spent on the content, value isn’t cared for anymore.

It’s not all bad, there are some players fighting the good fight, but they are often left unseen in a world of headlines.

How to change that and bring value back, is something that the people, the audience can play a role in. Instead of going for content that doesn’t serve them or instead of going for content with literally, no value, start asking for more. And not more quantity, but more quality.

It shouldn’t be about the headlines, but about the content, the value within.

Your time is being spent, your attention is being used, why not use it wisely?

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Personal before Professional

Personal before Professional

We have been taught to always focus on our careers, on our professional side of life, the side that earns money and is able to buy things.

We are always chasing growth in that sector of life, trying to accomplishing our work goals.

Sometimes, we even make those work goals, our life goals, because we don’t know the difference.

That is how the system works, how the society works, no one questioned it, everyone just did the same thing, but in different ways.

Chasing professional goals is not wrong at all, it gives you motivation to do something but when it comes at the cost of personal growth, then it creates a problem.

When you are not in control of yourself, is when problems appear elsewhere in your life.

When you don’t know how to emotionally react, is when you hinder your exterior relationships as well as your relationship with yourself.

When you don’t know how your own voice in the head has come from, how will you separate yourself from what the society and their judgements say.

Personal comes before Professional.

Personal growth, first, focus on yourself first or simultaneously, and then let that impact every other area of your life.

Professional growth will create exterior success, but won’t affect personal growth. On the contrary, personal growth will create professional growth + inner success + inner peace + satisfaction.

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#40 of The Last 7 Days (07.12 – 13.12)

#40 of The Last 7 Days (07.12 – 13.12)

With another Sunday, here’s the fortieth edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. The psychology behind a new iPhone release—and why it’s so hard to resist.
    Read more here.
  2. Want to Win Someone Over? Talk Like They Do.
    Read here.
  3. 9 food rules from the world’s longest-living people.
    Check it out here.
  4. The rise of Gen-Z
    Read about it here.
  5. Humanity Dumped 37 Billion Tons Of CO2 Into The Atmosphere In 2020.

    Read here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On ‘The Tim Ferriss Show‘, Daniel Ek (CEO, Spotify) talks about habits, systems, and mental models for top performance.

    Check it out here.
  2. On ‘Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions‘, they join Yuval Noah Harari to talk about why we’re so willing to believe falsehoods and what these lies tell us about ourselves—both as individuals and as a society.

    Listen here.
  3. Check out Anupam Kher’s podcast, Anupam Cares – where he shares his stories that happened off-screen and what we can learn from them.

    Check out the podcast here.
  4. In this episode of “Sway,” Kara Swisher questions Jason Kilar (CEO, Warner Media) on whether he just delivered the final death blow to struggling theaters, how he’ll make good with Hollywood’s top talent, and what films will look like when — as Kilar predicts — blockbuster budgets surpass a billion dollars.

    Listen to it here.
  5. On Happy Sad Confused, Christopher Nolan chats about the influence of Michael Mann and James Bond films on his work, the ambition of “Tenet”, the bold performances of Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy in the Batman films, and much more.

    Listen here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. What most of us gets wrong about Creativity?
    Watch here.

    (before you watch the above video, I’ll suggest you watch this one – The Gap by Daniel Sax and Ira Glass here: https://vimeo.com/85040589)
  2. On The Ranveer Show (hindi), Yashraj Mukhate talks overnight success, fame and the music industry.
    Watch it here.
  3. A R Rahman talks about the Indian Art on the Global Stage, on Faye D’souza’s channel.
    Check it out here.
  4. The Actresses Roundtable 2020 ft Shabana Azmi, Tillotama Shome, Taapsee Pannu, Deepika Padukone, Rasika Dugal, Janhvi Kapoor, Kiara Advani, and Tripti Dimri.

    Watch here.
  5. The Obvious Problem – why most content doesn’t work?
    Watch it here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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How can you have a good 2021?

How can you have a good 2021?

We approach every year with a certain set of expectations, hoping for the year to live up to that level.

We had the same approach for 2020 as well and it took all of us by surprise and literally changed our lives.

However, here’s where it gets tricky though.

In terms of the magnitude of change, this year (2020) sure was a roller-coaster of a ride, but to think of it, not in the same magnitude level, but every year brings with it, its own set of ups and downs.

Enough ups and downs to break your expectations, with you ending up moulding yourself to those and making changes accordingly.

And, that is life.

The expectations we set are always uprooted by something or the other, and what sets us apart is how we then respond to those changes and mould ourself to them.

With such a perspective, when you understand this, then you also get to a point that 2021 could be better than 2020, but it would still have its own set of ups and downs.

And thus, we should not have any special expectations from the year, only to end up feeling disappointed or frustrated that things didn’t turn out like we expected.

Instead, approaching the year with an open mindset, with a plan in place, but also ready when things go haywire. That way, you’re ready for everything 2021 has to offer and you’re prepared for it (mentally).

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Unlimited Options

Unlimited Options

What do you want in life or what can you do to get it, is a question on the minds of many.

What path should you be walking on, which turns to take and when to stop and take a breather?

Now, more than ever, the options are unlimited to decide what you can do and what do you want to do.

Now, you don’t need to do just one thing or even walk on the traditional paths.

With so much exposure to everything, and the potential, the list of options is endless to choose from.

You can experiment, you can try out different things, you can choose and then do multiple things at the same time.

The options are unlimited.

Take your time to figure it out than rushing it out.

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Your Audience vs You

Your Audience vs You

No matter who is posting the content on social media, whether for a personal brand or for a company, there is always an individual behind the screen.

During this process of posting content, especially for an established brand, there is a lot of work that goes on behind-the-scenes.

Right from the strategy, to the planning, to who the target audience is and their likes and interests, to planning the days on which the content should be made.

In all of this, no matter how much plan, you can never know how the audience is going to accept your brand or just the content of your brand.

That is not in your hands to decide. It could be a success or a total failure.

What you can control is, whether you have put in your all. That is the only thing you can decide.

Whether your best version of yourself is driving this process forward, right from ideation to execution, you shouldn’t have a thought in your mind that you could’ve done better.

From your side, it should be up to par. Then let the audience decide whether it is or not, then you can take that feedback and accordingly make changes later on.

But initially, the question is whether you like your content and whether that is the best you can do or not.

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Beating the Social Media Pressure

Beating the Social Media Pressure

How the social media platforms have grown over the past few years and how people have posted content over this time,

People are in a constant pressure of whether their content looks like the part.

Whether it is ‘perfect’.

Whether they’ve clicked that perfect picture.

Whether that picture can be clicked in a different angle.

Whether that caption is engaging.

Whether that caption should be long or short.

How many hashtags should they add.

How will the audience perceive all of this.

And the list goes on and on.

That is the social media pressure.

In order to fit in, in order to be liked, in order to rise, whatever the reason may be, there’s an enormous amount of self-pressure that we have created to be on any of these platforms.

What can you do to beat it?

– Create that first post.

– Don’t overthink it. Don’t over plan it.

– Just put the picture up, caption from the heart, and hit that post button.

– With time, you’ll feel secure and confident in what you do and also figure out what else you can do.

Once you let go of this “social media pressure”, you’ll find it so easy to be yourself and just share what’s within you.

It takes time, it takes practice, you need to become secure in life, you need to become more aware of yourself in life, but you have to let go of this pressure.

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Hope.

Hope.

Hope keeps you alive.

Hope doesn’t let you down.

Hope lets you try.

Hope lets you fail and succeed.

Hope keeps humanity alive.

You can only hope.

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Blaming Others vs Taking Accountability

Blaming Others vs Taking Accountability

What do the differences between the two look like – blaming others v taking accountability?

Blaming Others
– is easy
– allows you to shift every problem of yours onto others
– you’ve an excuse for every hardship you face, for everything that happens in your life
– you can now blame those around you, the technology, the government, the weather, you’ve a ton of options at your disposal.

vs

Taking Accountability
– is difficult
– now the onus is on you
– you’ve no one to blame, but be accountable for everything that you do and everything that happens to you
– irrespective of whether the outcome is in your favor or not
– allows more freedom and independence

Which side do you then choose?
The easier or the difficult one?

Some choices seem easy in life, until you realize its consequences on yourself and how it affects you short-term and long-term.

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The Last 7 Days #39 (30.11 – 06.12)

The Last 7 Days #39 (30.11 – 06.12)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-ninth edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. Beware the ‘lifestyle optimization’ trap. Read more here.
  2. Exercise With A Mask On Can Be Really Good For You, Actually.

    Read here.
  3. What the hell is the Pomodoro Technique and why is it good for productivity?

    Check it out here.
  4. Building Emotional Safety Nets for Men. Read more here.
  5. Video Games Can Actually Be Good for Your Mental Health.

    Read here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Back with a Bang! Faye D’souza joins Varun Duggirala on Advertising is Dead, talking about her perspective on the state of journalism today, her career and journey so far, and most importantly, to help us understand what it means to be a journalist in today’s world.

    Check it out here.
  2. The battle of Instagram vs TikTok on the Business Wars podcast. Listen here.
  3. Seth Godin on the game of life, the value of hacks, and overcoming anxiety, on The Tim Ferriss Show.

    Listen to it here.
  4. MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) on his expanding tech empire, 10 million subscribers, and are we at ‘Peak Smartphone’?, on That Creative Life podcast.

    Check it out here.
  5. Wayne Rooney joins the Manchester United Podcast to look back on his record-breaking years at Old Trafford.

    Listen to it here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. Kunal Shah is joined by Haresh Chawla, partner at TrueNorth, as they discuss the art of spotting trends for strategies that will outperform the competition in any industry.

    Watch it here.
  2. The Wild Power of Aggregation Theory.

    Watch here.
  3. Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci discuss their acting methods in Scorsese’s The Irishman

    Check it out here.
  4. I saw Jallikattu this week and it’s such a magnificent film. I absolutely recommend it. Check it out here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


A preview of what’s trending in the worlds of…

In the world of TECH:

  1. YouTube upgrades Premieres with trailers, themes, and a live pre-show option
  2. Google Maps takes on Facebook with the launch of its own newsfeed
  3. Android’s winter update adds new features to Gboard, Maps, Books, Nearby Share, and more
  4. WhatsApp lets you use custom wallpapers for each chat

In the world of MARKETING:

  1. Instagram’s ‘Live Rooms’ is rolling out in India
  2. TikTok Is Reportedly Testing Longer Videos
  3. Twitter’s Audio Spaces test includes transcriptions, speaker controls, and reporting features
  4. Spotify is publicly testing its own version of Stories

In the world of BUSINESS:

  1. Sandeep Kataria is Bata’s global head; the first Indian to hold the top post
  2. Flipkart’s PhonePe Valued At $5.5 Billion As It Becomes A Separate Entity
  3. Salesforce buys Slack in a $27.7B megadeal
  4. Facebook buys Kustomer for $1B to expand into customer service tools

In the world of POP CULTURE:

  1. Warner Bros. to release every 2021 movie on HBO Max at the same time as theaters
  2. Spotify Releases Top Streamed songs, Artists, And Podcasts For 2020
  3. YouTube’s top trending videos list for 2020 is led by Chappelle’s ‘8:46’



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The beauty of learning

The beauty of learning

The beauty of a certain topic is there is so much to learn about it.

The beauty of learning is that it is never enough.

No matter how much you know about a certain something, there is always so much depth in everything that one can never know enough.

It is only when you truly want to learn, and start looking at things from different perspectives, is when you understand this depth as well.

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The January 1st pressure

The January 1st pressure

As far as traditions go, or what we as the society start following and then calling them traditions, the worst one of them is the January 1st plans.

All new year resolutions, rather than starting them early and having an upper hand on your plans, or rather than having the perspective that you have the entire year to do these resolutions, most of us, plan everything for January 1st.

That is what I call the January 1st pressure.

In the hype of starting fresh or doing something new on the first day of the new year, we plan a lot of things for this one day.

And now you’ve created this pressure for yourself, to do all of this or your year won’t have the start you were looking for. And when you were able to do only half of it, or for some people, none of it, is when you get disappointed and frustrated and you carry that emotions for the next few days or weeks as well.

Instead, understand that a new year means you have 365 days to start what you want, to change what you want, and even now, you can have a upper hand to those 365 days and start with your plans right now itself.

It’s all about perspective to not focus everything on just one day and to rather enjoy that fresh, new day, looking at the entire year for your growth and learning and new habits and developments that you were looking for.

Let’s welcome 2021 with that perspective.

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Worked or not, Gratitude is constant

Worked or not, Gratitude is constant

A learning which developed over time, with practice, mistakes and experience.

A learning that has been one of the biggest for me.

I’m grateful for everything good that happened to me, but also grateful for the other things that didn’t work out for me.

Everything that didn’t work out for me lead to better things in my life or even if not, made me realize the flaws in the path I was initially set to take.

Once you begin to understand that, you understand why you need to be grateful for everything that happens to you, the importance of that gratitude and what that perspective does to you.

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Status

5 Years of Zazz

5 years ago, 1st of December 2015, the journey of Zazz started for me, with the then introduction of Zazz Media, my digital agency set with an intent to build brands online.

With that being the goal for Zazz Media, the ulterior motive was to introduce the Zazz in people’s lives, at the time through marketing.

With time and changes, lessons have been learned, approach has been changed, experimentations have happened and some failed as well.

But, what remains constant is the influence and impact of Zazz that needs to be introduced.

Now, along with marketing, another macro layer that has been added, that I’m super passionate about is to Zazz people’s lives, introduce awareness and a different outlook to life than what is currently lived.

That journey is super long, but the seeds are planted day by day, the impact of which clearly cannot happen in a day or month, but that is what the journey is about.

Even after 5 years of Zazz, it feels like a fresh start, a new beginning, a new sense of drive and motivation to surely make it a 50 years of Zazz.

Action Repercussions

Action Repercussions

There is no action that goes unnoticed and there is no repercussion that happens on its own.

They are both connected to each other, where one impacts the other and the other is dependent on the former.

That is the case of action repercussions.

Every thing that you do has a repercussion, positive or negative, sometime now, or in the near future, or even long-term.

Whether it’s how you deal with your mind or your body, the repercussion will happen sometime or the other.

How do you deal with your life, yourself, the people around you, the repercussions of each indicates how you acted in the first place.

When you live with that thought, is when you choose your actions carefully. Because you know the repercussions are upon you.

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#38 of The Last 7 Days (23.11 – 29.11)

#38 of The Last 7 Days (23.11 – 29.11)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-eighth edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. Dream Hacking: How To Use Your Brain’s Wildest And Weirdest State

    Check it out here.
  2. Ten Habits Of Incredibly Happy People

    Read about them here.
  3. Hollywood’s 20 Favorite Films of the Decade, ranked by 3,500 industry professionals.

    Check out the list here.
  4. A New Study Finds That the Human Brain and the Universe Look Weirdly Similar

    Read here.
  5. We’re all second-screening. Here’s how you’re doing it wrong.

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. The ancient philosophical debate of Being and Becoming, on the Philosophize This! podcast.

    Listen here.
  2. Check out this podcast, Naan Curry, where the hosts, Sadaf and Archit explore the rich heritage of food in India, one dish at a time.

    Check it out here.
  3. On When We Met, Pawan Rochwani was in conversation with Anirudh Singla, Co-Founder and CEO of Pepper Content, about the evolution of content and the freelance culture in India.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Why brands must take a stand? with Wieden+Kennedy’s Colleen DeCourcy on ‘Masters of Scale w Reid Hoffman‘.

    Listen here.
  5. Mark Cuban talks business, tech, policies, 5G, AI and so much more, on The Decoder with Nilay Patel.

    Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

  1. Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena Leader, Rajya Sabha Member, Executive Editor, Dainik Saamana, on Kunal Kamra’s podcast, Shut Up Ya Kunal

    Watch it here.
  2. In conversation with Jalak Rawal on The Ranveer Show (hindi), on start-ups, growth strategies, mindset, and much more.

    Watch here.
  3. Aaron Sorkin breaks down his career, from ‘The West Wing’ to ‘The Social Network’

    Check it out here.
  4. Rocky and Mayur are back with a season 2 of #RoadTrippinwithRnM.

    Check out the videos here.
  5. How YouTube became an Internet Video Giant?

    Watch here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Without making Mistakes

Without making Mistakes

Is there a perfect life where you know everything you have to do, each and every step planned out, having known the outcome too, and you reach the destination as well?

Only someone with a time machine could’ve done this.

The life we live, cannot be lived, without making mistakes. It is an integral part of our lives, making us who we are.

Our growth, our changes, our success is all dependent on us making mistakes. Without it, how else would we get there?

That’s the magic of making mistakes that we don’t understand. Avoiding them brings a stagnation where we are then stuck at one point and not able to move forward, if we stop making mistakes.

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Own Ways

Own Ways

There’s no one way to any path, no fixed formula or method.

There is nothing that is proven to be the exact same for two individuals.

Everyone writes their own way, with their own set of successes and difficulties.

Each to their own experience.

Understanding that is a powerful way forward, to know that I can get inspired, but I cannot emulate, I have to find my own way.

That is the key to unlocking life for you, finding your own way.

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In a world full of mirrors

In a world full of mirrors

In a world full of mirrors, where everyone creates a different image in front of others.

In a world full of mirrors, where people have forgotten who they are.

In a world full of mirrors, where people are in a race to better than each other.

Show your true self to yourself and everyone around you.

You’ll become more confident, you’ll have nothing to hide, and you’ll be able to live your truth.

It leads to you living a freer, stress-free life, making decisions for yourself and doing everything for yourself.

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The Digital Push

The Digital Push

If the push towards digital wasn’t huge already, the current crisis has certainly made it so.

Why digital? That answer is easy, because it provides the ease of access, you can connect with anyone and everyone, with the location becoming irrelevant.

For an individual or brand to reach the next level, to flourish, they have to take a step towards becoming digital, towards connecting with their audience. (this most certainly applies to our MSMEs)

Right from team communications, to live streaming, to building a community, to selling a product or service, all the essentials of building a company has pushed towards digital.

Whenever something saves time and money and makes it easier for you to do something, there is no second thought whether that would be the future or not.

And digital is that. If you haven’t already or if you’re second-guessing or stuck with something, you need to overcome that and start now.

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My 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

My 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

2020 has been a one-of-a-kind year for all, a year no one expected, a year no one was prepared for.

It was a year which brought a lot of ups and downs for people all over the world. Along with it also came it’s learnings.

Where everyone had one top priority, to survive and to live, to be safe, there were some other things that were learnt along the way while this year cruised through.

These are some of mine that will definitely last for a lifetime and hopefully helps you as well.

Life is Short
Instead of postponing things for the future, plan them out for the present. You never know what tomorrow is going to look like.

Helping Others
There’s a world outside your needs and wants as well, and there’s nothing better than helping someone out, in whatever way you can.

Adapting to the Situation
Life throws situations at you which you’re often unprepared for. What sets you apart is how quickly you adapt to it and change your pace/path

Physical and Mental Fitness is Important
Your core focus should always be to take care of your mind and body first. Giving it importance means putting your own life at top priority and that impacts everything else as well.

Your actions impact others
The choices you make may impact others around you, and sometimes not in a positive manner and you should definitely be on the lookout for that.

Productive Guilt
Sometimes you plan and prepare and sometimes you’re not able to execute on that. At such times, you cannot feel guilty and take the blame for everything.

A common level of humanity
No matter who you are and at what social hierarchy level you’re at when we walk together, we grow together and we can tackle our problems together!

Irrelevance of location
The world has evolved so immensely, that you can connect with anyone and anywhere, you can be present everywhere, the location has become insignificant now.

Beauty in Nature
In nature, there is beauty and silence. When you can sense it, is when you can reflect and feel it within you as well. It’s these times which you enjoy and relish, which also help you to grow.

Dependency on External Factors
Our dependency on external factors makes us forget that it is our thoughts + emotions that give those things that weightage. We end up craving for them without realizing that the magic is within us.

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While there’s something to learn from 2020 for everyone out there, these were some of the few lessons that I experienced, I learned and definitely brought a change or at least a different perspective to life. 2020 hasn’t been the best for many, but at least we can take its learnings and use it for the rest of our lives.

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A deadline to yourself

A deadline to yourself

Deadlines solve things.

They create this time pressure, which allows you to not delay something and to make it a priority.

From time to time, if you’re comfortable in that scenario, you should create deadlines for yourself.

Deadlines which won’t define your life, but will help you to solve your problems, create your habits, help you accomplish your to-do lists.

If not for these deadlines, for some the motivation of doing something may be enough, but if it runs out, then these self-created deadlines help you to push yourself more.

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#37 of The Last 7 Days (16.11 – 22.11)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-seventh edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. When Ryan Reynolds Buys a Soccer Team, Dollars Await

    Read more here.
  2. The Pandemic Is Making Us All Suckers for Nostalgia

    Read here.
  3. Social-media innovation is dead

    Read more about this here.
  4. Jack Dorsey says social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be addictive

    Read here.
  5. Nielsen will be rolling out a cookieless identity resolution system next year

    Read about this here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. New Podcast Alert! Bill Gates and Rashida Jones are hosting it and it’s called, ‘Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

    Check it out here.
  2. On No Filter with Neha, Pankaj Tripathi talks about his life with his family, the choices he’s made in his career, and more.

    Listen to it on Jio Saavn here.
  3. Daniel Ricciardo joins the Armchair Expert to discuss getting into racing when he was 9 years old, how he stays fit during the race season, how he finds enjoyment before a race and just how important the first 45 seconds of a race is.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Chamath Palihapitiya joins Kara Swisher on the Sway podcast and talks about the powers of a tech billionaire.

    Listen here.
  5. How to remember anything? Listen to it on WorkLife with Adam Grant here.

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What To Watch:

  1. Pratik Gandhi and Jaideep Ahlawat chat on Film Companion’s Meeting Ground, on their so-called ‘overnight success’, the challenge to break into the scene and what it was like to finally taste mainstream success.

    Watch here.
  2. Wim Hof on the simple method to improve your focus, strength, and confidence, on ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty

    Check it out here.
  3. In the aftermath of his historic seventh world championship win, Lewis Hamilton talks about the 2020 season, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record, his plans for the future and much more.

    Watch this here.
  4. The former president, Barack Obama, in the 2020 60 Minutes interview, shares the advice he would give President Trump, his thoughts on the killing of George Floyd, and what’s behind the divisions in Washington and across the U.S.

    Check it out here.
  5. Spam, a short film by Karan Bhatt, starring Bhamini Oza Gandhi and Pratik Gandhi

    Watch it here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Seasons and Governments

Seasons and Governments

The thing about change is that it is constant. Everything, everyone has to change, sometime or the other.

Whether one accepts this change knowingly or forcefully, but you cannot stop change from happening.

You may be hesitant at first, even scared, but sooner or later, that change will become a part of life.

Even something as constant as seasons and governments are not protected from change, even those things change from time to time, in a shorter period of time, or longer.

If those things can change, then how can you not? What excuse does one have to be the same? Now this is a decision that can be taken knowingly.

Unknowingly, or forcefully, you change with every experience, every situation you face and encounter. Whether you want to be at the forefront of this and drive this change forward or be the spectator and let it happen to you (for good or not) is a decision you make.

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5 lessons to learn from ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta story’

5 lessons to learn from ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta story’

Series after series, you realize, how with the depth and time and freedom the OTT platforms allow, the kind of amazing content that is then created in India.

Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story is no exception to that, what a beautifully written and created show. This is pure storytelling class. The depth and emotional side of each character allowed the audience to go in the trenches of the story, and not just be a spectator to the story. With every scene, with every dialogue, you end up thinking what’s about to happen, you end up rooting for someone or the other.

Hansal Mehta is a genius. And not just from the storytelling and directing point of view, but brownie points to the cast as well, who have characterized each person so realistically. Whether it is Pratik Gandhi, or Shreya Dhanwanthary, or Hemant Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Anjali Barot, and just everyone else on the team.

This series is simply exceptional. And that intro music is wow.

Said that, with every high and every downfall, there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the show.

Some lessons are learned from those failures, those mistakes, some lessons are also learned while watching the character’s journey to the top.

Thinking of this, here are 5 lessons to learn from ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story , that can help an individual in life, in business, or generally, in their professional life too.

1. ‘Success kya hai, Failure ke baad ka new chapter’

In life, everyone wants to be successful, in some areas of their life, or all, which isn’t wrong. But in that journey, what people are scared of, is failure. People don’t want to fail but succeed in the first attempt.

And this show depicts that lesson very clearly, when they show, there will be a lot of failures that you’ve to cross, in order to rise and move forward in life and succeed.


2. The biggest risk is to not take any risk at all

Is there are a path to which you already know the outcome? You know exactly what to do, at every step, and get to that outcome. In reality, that is not possible.

To achieve your goals, your dreams, in order to move forward, you have to take risks, you have to move forward with that uncertainty, in order to taste the outcome after taking that risk. The biggest risk is to not take any risk at all because then you will stay exactly where you are, or probably even move backward.


3. Trust is the most expensive thing in the world and cheap people cannot afford it.

In this world of competition and wants and success, one thing that lacks is trust. People don’t trust each other, people feel someone’s after their money, someone’s after their job, and in that thought process, the one thing you need is what you don’t get.

Trust. That is why its the most expensive thing in the world. Only when someone feels secure with what they have, can they start the process of giving trust and receiving trust as well.


4. ‘Time hi time ko badal sakta hai, bas time ko thoda time do’

What controls us, and what manages us in life, is time. We live our life according to it, and everything that happens to us is because of it. If time is good for us, then good things happen and vice versa.

Only time has the power to change things for us, but we need to be patient and wait for it to change. Everything changes and so shall time.


5. ‘Chinta chita saman hoti hai’

Tension, stress, overthinking does no good to anybody. All of those things make everything over complicated. At such times, we are not in control, but our imaginary thoughts are, those doubts and stress cloud our judgment and decision-making.

It’s in these moments when we make choices that aren’t good for us. The key is to control the moment, be in control of your thoughts and your emotions, not let the tension and stress overpower you and turn you into something you’re not.


No matter the outcome of the journey, if you lookout for something to learn, you’ll notice there are lessons to learn everywhere you look.

And Harshad Mehta’s story or rather the depiction of that story in this show is an example of that.


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A century of Podcast Episodes

A century of Podcast Episodes


Started on July 5th, and today I complete a century of episodes on my podcast.

What is the podcast called?

Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

What is it about?

This is a one-of-a-kind short-form podcast in India, done on a daily basis, with a single focus to change your life. Whether it is life lessons, or mindset tips, or marketing tricks, or lessons from movies, this podcast is all of that.

Where can you listen to it?

Here’s the main link where you can find the link to all the available platforms – https://anchor.fm/rth24

Specifically speaking,

Here’s the link to the podcast on

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/6v3EStgKGLsT4AcZ2SosjG

Apple Podcasts – https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mindset-marketing-movies-an-rth24-podcast/id1522193391

Breaker – https://www.breaker.audio/mindset-marketing-movies-an-rth24-podcast

JioSaavn – https://www.saavn.com/s/show/mindset-marketing-movies—an-rth24-podcast/1/oBCe-Hcd3rk_

Castbox – https://castbox.fm/channel/id3077803?country=gb

Pocket Casts – https://pca.st/kp0vf6qs

Google Podcasts – https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xZjdmM2QxMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw&ep=14

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5 podcasts that will help better your mind and habits

5 podcasts that will help better your mind and habits

We have over a million podcasts to this day, and to say a million is an understatement.

Every day, a new podcast pops up and yet, it’s just the start. Said that, we’ve some super interesting podcasts that we can learn from, that we can consume to our advantage.

Having podcasts in all genres and sectors, today I share 5 podcasts that will help better your mind and your habits – two things interconnected to each other, and improving them both, will overall help improve life as well.

A. The Tim Ferriss Show


The Tim Ferriss Show is often the #1 business podcast on all of Apple Podcasts, and it’s been ranked #1 out of 500,000+ podcasts on many occasions

Tim deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.

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B. On Purpose with Jay Shetty


On Purpose podcast brings fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world straight to viewers all over the world.

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C. The Daily Stoic


The Daily Stoic Podcast is a daily podcast hosted by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ryan Holiday. Each weekday the podcast features a short 2-3 minute Stoic inspired meditation designed to help you live your best life.

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D. Nir and Far: Business Behavior and the Brain


Nir And Far, a podcast about business, behaviour and the brain by Nir Eyal.

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E. Philosophy for our Times


Philosophy for our Times is a weekly podcast bringing you the world’s leading thinkers on today’s biggest ideas, from the mysteries of consciousness and the problems in particle physics, to the future of feminism and the philosophy behind post-truth.

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Of course, we have many more in this category, but having heard a huge number of podcasts, I wanted to share my top 5 that, according to me, will help a lot.

If you have any other recommendation, drop them in the comment below or hit me up at heyrth24@gmail.com.

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Too many Voices, Lesser Meaning

Too many Voices, Lesser Meaning

Every human has an individual voice and every voice is important. Every voice has the power to bring change. It’s just that you need to share your voice.

If that voice has the potential and value attached to it, then more voices will join in and it becomes a movement of change.

This has been my thought process and something that I’ve shared time and again and encouraged people to use their voices.

However, with the easy access to mediums that broadcast your voice and having seen how people have been using their voices lately, I feel there needs to be an addition to that previous statement.

Use your voice if it adds meaning to the conversation.

If not, then being a spectator is better than making unnecessary noise in such a scenario.

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What you look for, is what you find

What you look for, is what you find

What are you’re looking for, or rather seeking?

That is an important question that should be on your mind.

Consciously or subconsciously, you get what you look for.

Whether it’s positivity, or pessimism, or finding the good, your approach sets the tone for your outcome as well.

If you’re determined to get it, then ways will appear on your path that will help you to get to that point.

However, if you aren’t satisfied with your current approach and if you think you won’t be able to get what you want, you can change that.

Your current approach doesn’t determine how your future approach will be – you can unlearn what you know, you can reframe your mind and change your outcome – everything is a possibility.

Right approach, with the right mindset and you’ll get the outcome you seek.

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#36 of The Last 7 Days (09.11 – 15.11)

#36 of The Last 7 Days (09.11 – 15.11)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-sixth edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. How to Wage Philosophical Warfare?

    Read more here.
  2. WhatsApp Pay Vs Google Pay Vs PhonePe: Who Has The Edge?

    Read here.
  3. Harvard psychologist on the toxic money mindset that even millionaires have and how to break out of it.

    Read more here.
  4. 10 Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask a Kidnapper

    Check this out here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On the State of Mind podcast, Kickstarter’s co-founder Yancey Strickler on designing your life through role-play.

    Listen here.
  2. Satyajit Hange, co-founder, Two Brothers Organic Farms talks organic farming in India, his journey and more on the Dialogue Now podcast.

    Listen to it here.
  3. On ‘Lessons learnt with the Greats‘, Shane Watson talks to AB de Villiers on the secret to his batting success, the challenges in South Africa and dealing with pressure.

    Check it out here.
  4. Radhi Devlukia-Shetty on fueling and nourishing your body through ayurvedic practices for your best personal + professional self, on the BossBabe Podcast.

    Listen here.
  5. On Advertising is Dead, Cyrus Broacha talks about his unique artform of random but relevant conversations and more.

    Check it out here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. 57 Years apart – a boy and a man talk about Life

    Watch here.
  2. The Creative Indians on Netflix, from chefs to comedians to filmmakers and fashion designers, India’s most notable imaginative minds share their artistic journeys.

    Check it out here.
  3. Phil Knight, co-founder & Chairman Emeritus of Nike on how the characteristics that make him an introvert have often made him a better leader, insights on sticking with your beliefs and more, at a Stanford talk.

    Watch it here.
  4. Why Big Tech wants you to ditch your password?

    Watch here.
  5. Why Socrates Hated Democracy?

    Check it out here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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If you take it personally…

If you take it personally…

Things happen to you time and again that you may have not asked for.

Whether it is failure, or frustration of not putting your all,

Whether it is constructive feedback, or just opinions of various people,

If you take it personally, then you may never get the chance to grow, to evolve and to improve.

In order for all of those things to happen, you have to accept everything that comes your way, without taking any of it personally and just filter through and use everything you can to your advantage.

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All the answers are out there

All the answers are out there

Surrounded with problems and questions and the unknown is how we live life.

We think we don’t know anything and we have to struggle, we have to find out everything on our own.

No one’s here to help us and our path will be paved by us, alone.

However, on the contrary to these thoughts that we have, all the answers are out there.

The answers to everything, whatever we are looking for, whatever we need to know.

Everything is out there.

You just need to know where to look, whom to ask, and how much help do you need.

Then you’re set.

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Living a life with purpose

Living a life with purpose

On a macro level, few people live their purpose and get to live that life on a daily basis.

It’s not the same as being motivated or not the same as earning to cover your expenses. That life is different.

What does that life include then?

Living a life with purpose means

• you know where your FOCUS lies,

• your PROCESS is now streamlined,

• knowing how to balance your TIME and ENERGY,

• where to DOUBLE DOWN upon, and

• also, able to avoid the DISTRACTIONS in life.

Of course, there are a lot more advantages to living a purposeful life, but these were top five reasons, according to me, that sets one apart once they have found their purpose.

Have you found yours yet?

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Why you should start creating Content?

Why you should start creating Content?

Forget your brand for a while, forget your marketing strategy for a while, because everyone says that.

Not that it’s not important, and that’s obviously the main focus for most people for creating content.

However, not thinking about your brand or marketing, not thinking about the followers and likes, not thinking about wanting to become an influencer, everyone should be creating content.

Here’s why –

– you are able to experience your creative side and delve deeper into it

– creating content gives you the confidence to create more things in your life

– being in the public forum gives you the leeway to constantly receive feedback/ criticism about your process/idea

– when you express yourself, you’re able to strengthen areas of your life that will help you in the outside world (when it comes to writing/ designing/speaking etc)

– testing out your ideas and in the process, learn and evolve yourself

– more importantly, helps in finding your voice.

Every reason has its own uniqueness to an individual, and that uniqueness also has its importance attached to it.

Find that uniqueness for you and simply, start creating content.

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Life isn’t an either or game

Life isn’t an either or game

What we have been taught of life has always concluded with an either or option.

You either win or lose at life.

You’re either happy or you’re not.

You either accomplish something in life or you don’t.

It’s always an either or option that you end up measuring yourself against.

I feel, life isn’t an either or game.

Neither should it be made into one.

What this thinking avoids is the process behind reaching these either or scenarios.

The experiences, the learning, the fun – all is lost when it’s ultimately summed into an either or.

In the quest to make life into something, we forget the now, we forget the journey, we forget these moments, all for that conclusion.

Life is in the middle, in the unknown, sometimes in the light, sometimes in the dark, finding the light, not knowing the next step, failing at something and then trying again, life is all about that.

It cannot be summed into an either or game.

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5 Lessons to learn from ‘Mirzapur 2’

5 Lessons to learn from ‘Mirzapur 2’

Done watching Mirzapur 2, just like most with access to the OTT platforms have, what can I say that already hasn’t been said.

Every episode felt like a film on its own, with a unique experience, this season brought so much depth and nuance to all the characters and the storyline, their arcs were just amazing to watch.

Glad with a lot of things that occurred, and simultaneously sad with some of them as well. And that just speaks how the show grips you emotionally and ties you into its universe.

Having seen English tv series for over a decade, amongst other great shows, I’m just glad to have Mirzapur on our Indian roster.

This show is just wow.

Having said all of this, I also sensed a lot of takeaways from this season, that can also be taken as life lessons, that will help sometime or the other, in life.

A. You always have a Choice
Whatever you do in life, no matter the circumstance at hand, you always have a choice.

A choice of how you’d like to proceed, a choice of how you want to approach, or change, a choice of decisions.

What you choose then changes your path and your life as well.

B. Once you have set a goal, you’ll achieve it at any cost
The thing about having a goal in life is that, once you’ve set one and truly accepted it as something you want, you’ll keep at it until you achieve it.

You’ll be persistent, you’ll not hear a no, you’ll keep making mistakes, learn from them, but keep moving forward until you achieve that goal.

C. Sometimes all you need is Love
Sometimes you do things, you create this pressure on yourself, you try to prove to others, you try achieving things, all because in return for everything, you were only looking for love.

You wanted this love and acceptance, for which you were ready to do anything, even though you may have no interest in any of it. That’s the significance of love.

D. The ones closest to you cannot be trusted at times
You need to be on the constant lookout for who’s around you, what their intentions are, and how much do they really support you.

Because, even people with sweet and loving words may have ill intentions behind your back and you’d never know. Have those around you, whom you can trust and who trust you as well.

E. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction
There’s nothing you do that goes unnoticed. Every action of yours has a repercussion, in what form, you don’t know.

This statement is almost similar to the concept of karma, where the kind of deed you do, is what you get back as well. How does it come back to you, is not in your control, but what you do in the first place is what’s in your control.

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The best part about storytelling and stories in general is that there’s always some takeaway from it, if you wish to see that perspective. There’s always something to learn and always something to improve at, and this time, those lessons were taken from Mirzapur 2.

P. S. Awaiting Season 3. 🙂

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#35 of The Last 7 Days (02.11 – 08.11)

#35 of The Last 7 Days (02.11 – 08.11)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-fifth edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. Naval Ravikant answers questions on life, startup ideas, next big investment bets and more.

    Check it out here.
  2. Dark Side Of D2C: Ecommerce Frauds On The Rise As Shady Brands Take Over Social Media

    Read here.
  3. A Self-Help Guide To Self-Help Guides (an opinion piece)

    Read more here.
  4. How To Raise Boys So They’re Comfortable With Their Emotions?

    Read here.
  5. 3 reforms social media platforms should make in light of ‘The Social Dilemma’

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On the podcast, Philosophy for our Times, Jan Westerhoff, a professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Oxford talks about a world of illusions.

    Listen to it here.
  2. Pooja Dhingra talks about her career highs and lows, founder fatigue, prioritizing mental wellness and much more on ‘Heart on my Sleeve‘ podcast.

    Listen here.
  3. On Oftenly Wicked Podcasts, Ashwini Kulkarni, Content Collaborations Lead at IMDb India, talks about how consumption drives content, the mindset of viewers and more.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Why isn’t Dream 11 categorized as a gambling app? Listen to it and similar episodes on the Finshots Daily podcast.

    Check it out here.
  5. Check out this podcast, Mumbai Local Lo Baat, revolving around interesting stories and experiences happening in a Mumbai local, hosted by Avishesh Jha

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. On The Ranveer Show, Nithin Kamath speaks about the bootstrapping journey of Zerodha, personal growth, self improvement and much more.

    Watch here.
  2. On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tristan Harris speaks in depth about the reality of social media platforms, their influence on our emotions, overall an eye-opening session.

    Check it out here.
  3. A spoiler-filled interview with the creators of Mirzapur 2 ft Puneet Krishna, Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai, on Film Companion.

    Watch it here.
  4. Filmmaker Anand Gandhi joins Kunal Shah for a conversation on “The Biology of Money”, covering the evolution of money, throughout history, from the lens of biology.

    Check it out here.
  5. On Impaulsive, Casey Neistat joins the boys to discuss how he inspired Logan to daily vlog, his addiction to candy, the worst part about being famous & much more…

    Watch it here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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What makes you unique?

What makes you unique?

Every individual has something or the other, that is different from someone else.

That is unique to them.

Could be their personality aspect, their perspective, their creative aspect, their communication style, but there’s always something that makes you particularly unique from others.

Ask yourself that question, whether you’re able to answer it. If not, then that’s something to ponder upon.

That uniqueness could be your strength that you don’t know about yet.

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A blank page

A blank page

Imagine you’re writing a book, and you feel that you’re stuck somewhere and you don’t know what to write anymore, you don’t know how to proceed.

Will you stop writing that book?

Or will you try another approach to it?

You have a blank page, you have the choice to rewrite something, to change your approach towards writing, to change the entire book itself.

That is the power of a blank page.

It allows you the freedom to do anything and everything you want with that fresh page.

You can ignore everything you wrote, or rewrite the parts you didn’t like.

That’s how life works as well.

Every day is a fresh start, a blank page that allows you to rewrite your life.

That allows you to introduce the changes to make it better.

You can be stuck at a certain place, or change your approach altogether amd start with a blank page.

That choice to continue is something you have to take.

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You don’t need to have a blog or a podcast

You don’t need to have a blog or a podcast

Whenever it comes to building a brand, or creating content, it often boils down to, where all should I be present?

Social Media, of course.

What else?

Should I do a blog?

Or, should I start a podcast?

What are the current trends?

Where should you align towards?

And the answer’s really simple.

You don’t need to have a blog or a podcast, neither of it is compulsory for you.

Neither is a guarantee that your brand will be a success.

Neither defines your brand either.

The two forms of creating content, via text or audio, are just forms of the process through which you can choose to express yourself.

If you feel comfortable with either of them, or both of them, it’s up to you personally, whether you want to go down that road or not.

Sure, those paths have their own journey, the strategies are different, the outcomes are different when you do it vs when you don’t.

However, no trends or no numbers should force you into doing something that you’re not comfortable with.

Proceed with creating content and building your brand on your own terms. Not on anyone else’s.

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Expression of Love

Expression of Love

When was the last time you expressed your love to someone, you expressed that you care for someone?

Someone can be anyone in your life, anyone who’s close to you.

Often we think such an expression is only a part of romantic relationships and it seems very clichéd when it comes to the other relationships of your life.

Why?

Who made it clichéd?

Wouldn’t your mom, or your sister, or your brother or a close friend of yours want to hear that you love them, you care about them.

And it’s not about this already being stated, so why be vocal about it.

People want to hear that they are loved, that they are cared for – whether it’s your friends, your family.

Go and tell them how much you love them and how much you care for them.

When you express yourself openly, the other individual will feel much better, and moreover, you’ll feel better than what you’re currently feeling right now (with all the emotions settled within yourself).

That is the expression of love, when you express it, it makes everything better, your thoughts, your feelings within, and also your relationship with that other person.

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Why I am terrible at marketing?

Why I am terrible at marketing?

When you look at the current marketing environment, you’ll notice a few commonalities that remain the same for all brands.

Being in the marketing sector for 5+ years now, whether it’s through strategizing or executing for brands, noticing the change in trends or platforms, all of it has taught me a thing or two.

I took all of it under account, when I thought of simultaneously working on my personal brand as well. Share my point of view, my perspective, and my journey whilst bringing awareness around those things.

Having done that for a while now, I ended up realizing how am I so terrible at marketing, especially when it comes to my own brand.

Thinking about all of this, I jot down a few pointers that will help me explain this further

– Instead of baiting you into funnels,

I end up asking for your permission every time.

– Instead of packaging it into courses and ebooks,

I end up giving it all away for free.

– Instead of sounding like an expert,

I end up experimenting all on myself first before sharing it ahead.

– Instead of making it all about me,

I end up focusing on providing value to you first.

– Instead of focusing on likes and followers,

I end up focusing on the long-term vision ot changing your life (or at least making you aware of it)

Should you even follow me after reading all of this?

I’ll leave that up to you.

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What constitutes the inner voice?

What constitutes the inner voice?

The next time your inner voice tells you that you’re not capable of something or something negative comes to your mind, think where does it originate from?

Your inner voice is a collective of
– your experiences
– your learning
– the people around you
– the information you consume
– your opinions of yourself
– the expectations of the society

Once you know this, ask yourself, can you trust your inner voice?

Moreover, it’s not about ignoring your voice.

The thought should be, if you don’t like your voice, what can you do about it?

With practice and self-awareness, you can change this voice if you don’t like it, make a more positive environment in your head, everything is possible if you want something to change.

All of this takes a lot of time, a lot of patience, and there will be a lot of setbacks as well. Every time you fall, you will feel like why are you even doing this?

But the more you stand still, the more you get back again, you will be able to push one step further, you will be able to look back and be glad you practiced with patience, because you will be satisfied with the outcome.

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#34 of The Last 7 Days (26.10 – 01.11)

#34 of The Last 7 Days (26.10 – 01.11)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-fourth edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. Running Late? Researchers Blame Aging Brain

    This is a brilliant read. Check it out here.
  2. Stop asking ‘how are you?’ Harvard researchers say this is what successful people do when making small talk

    Read about it here.
  3. The critical difference between mental strength and resilience, according to a psychotherapist

    Read here.
  4. A poker champion says negative thinking can actually fuel success when it comes to decision-making — here’s how.

    Read more here.
  5. A guide to platform fees – the hidden costs behind your favorite apps, games, and more.

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On ‘The Tim Ferriss Show‘, Matthew McConaughey on his success playbooks, the powerful philosophy of Greenlights, and choosing the paths less traveled.

    Listen to it here.
  2. On ‘Nas Talks‘, Yuval Noah Harari talks life, why the World’s the way it is today and what we can do to make it better.

    Listen to it here.
  3. On F1: Beyond the Grid podcast, Toto Wolff talks his love of F1, missing Niki Lauda and disinterest in chasing records.

    Listen here.
  4. On the Humans of Cinema podcast, Aparshakti Khurana chats about his love for Dev Anand, the challenges of comedy acting, and his advice for young actors.

    Check it out here.
  5. On Cyrus Says, Arjun Mathur talks about films, his journey and his Int’l Emmy nomination and more.

    Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

  1. On The Knowledge Project, Chamath Palihapitiya sits down with Shane Parrish to chat about what it means to be an observer of the present, how to think in first principles, the psychology of successful investing, his thoughts on the best public company CEO’s and much more.

    Watch here.
  2. Matthew McConaughey on the Joe Rogan Experience.
    Watch here.
  3. Nithin Kamath of Zerodha, joins Kunal Shah for a conversation on “bootstrapped versus funded startups”

    Watch it here.
  4. What does it take to be a Disruptor? Taapsee Pannu, Anna Ben, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Danish Sait get together on FC Disruptors Adda to chat about their choices, the challenges that accompany them and what their biggest learnings from being ‘disruptive’ are.

    Check it out here.
  5. The Intruder, a short film on Hotstar, directed by Paran Bawa, starring Karan Wahi, Kriti Vij

    Watch it here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Consistency trumps Everything

Consistency trumps Everything

Whether it be anything about life, one always wants to become better at that certain something, wants to improve at it, excel at it, succeed at it.

With everything that is required for such a process, one of the most important things is consistency.

Whether it is working out, whether it is changing your lifestyle altogether, whether it’s changing a habit of yours, whether it’s pursuing a certain goal, whether its a work thing, whether its a relationship thing – consistency trumps everything.

Consistency gives you the experience, gives you the exposure, and most of all it gives you the confidence for that certain something of your life.

That something is for you to decide. You may not like it at the beginning – but being consistent at it improves you, evolves you, and makes you better at it.

Speaking from personal experience, whether it is being in the marketing field for 5+ years, whether it is blogging for almost 600 days straight, whether it is being on the path of self-improvement for more than a year and a half (and also in other areas of my life) – being consistent at a particular goal has helped me become better at it, has made me constantly improve at it and the ‘want’ to go even further than where I am right now.

Consistency trumps everything.

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Faceless Voices

Faceless Voices

There are a lot of voices on the internet, some positive, some neutral, and some negative, and most of those negative are faceless.

Very rarely will you see a faceless voice spreading love and positivity or cheering for something good.

These faceless voices are hiding on the internet, using fake names, fake profile pictures, and at most times, blank profile pictures.

They are ready to jump on a trend, pounce upon someone, negate someone’s point of view – simply speaking, spreading negativity and hate on the internet.

Some would argue, that these voices are bot accounts.

Which isn’t wrong.

However, not all of them are bots.

A good percentage of them are real people, with a lot of hurt in their own lives.

They aren’t secure with their lives, their choices, their decisions, they aren’t able to see the good around.

If a particular thing has gone wrong in their lives, it spreads and in this scenario, that spreads as being a faceless voice on the internet.

What they say certainly doesn’t hold true, nor do they realize it’s true for them as well. Those particular opinions are seen through a filtered point of view from their direction.

Once they understand another person’s point of view, or are able to see the good, or if they can better their own lives, this will change as well.

Said that, this is the story of these faceless voices.

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Why Twitter is my most liked social media platform?

Why Twitter is my most liked social media platform?

Out of all the social platforms that I consume or create content on, whether it is Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or Pinterest or Quora…

I feel, out of all, if I had to pick one, if one of them had to be my favourite, I’d choose Twitter.

Now, of course, the current trend is all about Instagram, that’s where the eyes are, and the numbers point toward Instagram, Facebook and YouTube mostly.

Then, why Twitter?

Having its own set of advantages and disadvantages, here’s why Twitter would be my first and favourite pick of all the other platforms

– mainly, a text-based platform
Whether it is 280 character tweets, or Twitter threads, it is easier to consume, and easier to read. Twitter is for those who love to read, but short-form.

– sharing thoughts
A platform where you don’t have to necessarily click pictures and post, nor design creatives for. Just share what’s on your mind, share your point of view, share your thoughts, and you’re done.

– community approach
To know people’s views on a certain trending topic or whether it is jumping in a random conversation, all of that can happen only on Twitter.

– chronological order
This is a controversial one and there are people who support this or don’t, but for me, I love that Twitter still has a chronological view of your feed, you don’t miss out on anything, everything is given their due importance and you don’t get anything extra.

reach out
No other platform has easier access than Twitter, when it comes to connecting with whomever you want to, reaching out to them and communicating with them.

Every platform have their own set of advantages and disadvantages and you always get a different experience on every platform.

Said that, I feel Twitter is special and a different experience altogether.

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Flawed

Flawed

We believe some humans are perfect in who they are and what they do.

What problems would they have or do they even lack in anything?

Here’s what we need to get right.

We are flawed human beings.

Some of us are good at hiding those flaws.

Some are good at overpowering their strengths.

But, all of us, every individual have their own set of flaws.

As an individual, becoming self aware is key to winning in life and that starts with knowing that everyone has flaws and you’ve them too.

There’s nothing wrong in that.

Own your flaws because they make you who you are!

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What type of content works?

What type of content works?

When it comes to building your personal brand, when it comes to creating content on any of the social media platforms

People usually ask, “What works?”

What type of content should we create?

What type of content would get a good engagement?

And the answer to that is really simple.

No one knows what works.

And if someone tells you what works, they’re just baiting you into their funnel.

There is never a right answer to what works.

Especially because it comes down to an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and what they are comfortable with.

If type A works for an individual, it may or may not work for the other two individuals and vice verse.

To put it even more simply, it comes down to you experimenting with your content.

What form allows you to express yourself more freely?

What is the type of content that aligns with your audience as well as with you, where’s the middle ground?

Whether you should do a Twitter-style post, or a carousel, or a infographic video, or a creative post or a picture or a cartoon or just something else, the answer to that lies in experimenting.

Experiment with your content, see what works, what can you create more of, what the audience responds to and then do more of that.

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The real test

The real test

You can be kind.

You can be grateful.

You can have empathy.

Especially when you’re in your zone.

Or when you’re in control of the situation.

What happens when you’re not?

What happens when the situation is against you?

What happens when you lose the control of your emotions?

That is the real test.

The test of your true character.

That is the time when how kind you are, how grateful you are, how much empathy you have – everything is tested.

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#33 of The Last 7 Days (19.10 – 25.10)

#33 of The Last 7 Days (19.10 – 25.10)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-third edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

  1. 5 mental traps that successful people never fall for, according to psychologists.

    Read more here.
  2. A bodybuilder who’s been vegan since 1998 explains how to build muscle on a plant-based diet.

    Read here.
  3. How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that’s dangerous.

    Read here.
  4. Is It Okay to Switch off When News Gets Overwhelming?

    Check it out here.
  5. Ray Dalio’s meditation teacher on the ‘game changer’ tweak he made to daily his routine

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. On The Tim Ferriss Show, Naval Ravikant talks happiness, reducing anxiety, crypto stablecoins and strategy.

    Listen to it here.
  2. On Just B with Bethenny Frankel, she talks to Mark Cuban about his business approach, 2020 and more.

    Listen here.
  3. Dr. Julia Shaw on humanizing evil and the dark side of the human nature on The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman

    Check it out here.
  4. Sir Richard Branson on the value of optimism, comebacks and cutting losses on This is Working with Daniel Roth podcast.

    Listen to it here.
  5. Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett have a podcast called SmartLess – and in this ep, they have Adam Sandler talking about his life, career and more.

    Listen here.

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What To Watch:

  1. On Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast, Sadhguru talks life, death, the fundamental nature of human experience and much more.

    Watch it here
  2. Spiritual leader Radhanath Swami on building grit, resilience & adaptability through service, on ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty

    Watch here.
  3. Casey Neistat on how to realize your Creativity.

    Check it out here.
  4. 1917‘ writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns shares how they wrote ‘1917’ to look like one continuous take.

    Watch here.
  5. Jose Mourinho on the coach’s rules for life.

    Watch it on Netflix here.

There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.


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Starting your Day with a Message

Starting your Day with a Message

There are a ton of distractions throughout our day that makes us lose our focus and keep us occupied elsewhere.

Whenever you start your morning, instead of checking your messages/ emails/ notifications and focusing on what other people want you to focus on, how about you shift it to yourself?

How about you start your day with a message of gratitude that you’re alive, you get to live and conquer another day?

How about you plan your own day’s work instead of checking what other people are working on?

Changing your approach changes the tone of your day as well, it changes your perspective, your control, your focus over your day.

Focusing on yourself now gives you the power to choose what you want to focus on, what you want to spend time on and allows you to be in the moment.

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Cry your Heart out!

Cry your Heart out!

Who says that you shouldn’t cry and that crying makes you less of a person?

Crying is okay.

Crying is not a weakness, but a strength.

It’s not pertained to a certain gender, it’s okay for men to cry too.

Crying can be tears of sadness as well as tears of joy.

They are your feelings, they are your emotions, after all.

Instead of suppressing your emotions, instead of hiding your feelings, let go, and for once feel how you want to feel.

Cry your heart out.

For all the men out there, instead of trying to be a “man”, accept your emotions and reveal your true nature to yourself.

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When you Ask yourself for Space

When you Ask yourself for Space

You keep pushing yourself to the limits, you squeeze in every bit of energy and focus towards your goal, towards the path you’re walking on and you enjoy it as well.

However, there are times in this process when you feel burnout, when you feel too much, when you feel you don’t want to do it anymore, but for the moment.

At such times, you’ve to listen to your mind, your body – what message are they sending you? Are you trying you to spread yourself too thin?

It is at these moments when you drop everything, kick back and just relax – don’t overthink it, don’t overdo it – just give yourself some space and then get back to it when you feel like you’re ready to go all out again.

Listen to your mind and body, and not just when it comes to working and goals, but also in terms of your lifestyle, your sleeping habits, your eating habits, your thoughts – your mind and body know more than you know yourself – listen to them.

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Karma

Karma

We have all heard of the word, Karma in our lives, haven’t we?

We can believe in it or not, but we have definitely heard of it.

Now, belief is a different topic altogether and I’m not telling you to start believing in it after reading this today.

But, how about you look at the topic from a different perspective today.

First, let’s understand what Karma is and I’ll be sharing what I got from the internet, for better understanding.

Karma (/ˈkɑːrmə/; Sanskrit: कर्म, romanized: karma, IPA: [ˈkɐɽmɐ] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).

In simple terms, the impact of your future is based on the kind of work you do today.

In another analogy, what you do is what you get.

Karma is then divided into three categories, and for better understanding, I’ll write it in simple English, without going into the details.

Your past actions have resulted into today’s karma – the life you live today.

Your work today affects the karma of tomorrow – the future.

And the future’s karma is based on your present and past actions.

How does it originate?

Karma originates from everything that you think, you do and speak. How you are to others, is what you face in your present and future.

To simplify it even further, how about thinking on it from a logical point of view.

It’s a simple case of cause and effect.

You will get affected by the very same of what you cause in the first place.

Now, when you think of it from that perspective, it isn’t that difficult to fathom, right?

What do you think?

Put good in the world and you shall receive good as well.

Be kind to others and you shall receive kindness as well.

Do good deeds for others and good deeds shall happen to you as well.

Not that we are having any expectations from the deeds in the first place, when it comes from a good heart, but to understand karma, we can think of the above statements to understand it better.

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