Watching the climax

Watching the climax

Most of the times, people want to move too fast to reach that outcome they were expecting.

Without worrying about the process or the journey, for them, it’s the outcome that they wish for.

But, what happens by focusing on just the outcome?

With the focus on the outcome, we tend to move too fast towards the end, and we miss the entire journey, we miss the entire experience, we forget to form the memories, the stories of this process.

Moving too fast is almost as equivalent as pressing a skip button on your remote and just watching the climax of a beautiful film that you’ve missed out on.

What good is that?

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

I can’t create content anymore?

I can’t create content anymore?

If you don’t already know this, what you’re reading now is a blog that I write on a daily basis.


With an addition of a podcast (here) that is also done on a daily basis.


Along with these and the social media content, I also write my daily calendar series on my Instagram Stories, The Daily Zazz, a one-line to one-sentence introspecting about mindset and life.


Why am I saying all this?


Well, with the content created at this quantity, along with the feeling that I’m just starting out, a question keeps popping up at times…


“What happens when if I can’t create content anymore?”

And as much shocker as that question is for me, I have been able to come up with an answer for it as well.


The content stops when I stop learning, when I stop evolving and when my growth is affected.


It’s as simple as that.


When I improve and evolve, there’s something in my process which I learnt and experimented with and something must have come out of it – and that is what I also share and talk about.


So until that is happening, the content will also keep happening.


P. S. I feel this blog post is just for me, but what if this thought process brings value to someone else who might be thinking about this as well! You never know!


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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

This mind is like a coal mine!

This mind is like a coal mine!

If you have ever seen a coal mine or a video of it, you’d know the amount of digging that goes into coal mining.

The deeper you go, the more and better quality coal you’d find.

Our mind works the same way!

We have seen just the upper layer of it and we feel our mind is so mysterious and beautiful and we have so much knowledge within us.

However, its only when you go deeper into it is when you realise how much more there is to dig.

How much more there is to know and understand and explore.

Just like a coal mine, if you want to find the good stuff and in quantity, start digging. (just not literally)

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

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#21 of The Last 7 Days (27.07 – 02.08)

With another Sunday, here’s the twenty-first 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 Many Obsessions That Can Haunt a Person with OCD

Read here.

2. Net neutrality is all but dead. Here’s what happens now.

Read here.

3. Every Harry Potter director’s favorite scenes

Read here.

4. Pessimists Die Two Years Younger Than Optimists, According to Study

Check it out here.

5. What is a recession? How economists define periods of economic downturn?

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. The first guest on The Michelle Obama Podcast is her husband, President Barack Obama and it’s an interesting episode to listen.

    Listen here.
  2. The impact of the pandemic on the travel industry ft Vipul Prakash, Sunil Suresh, Yogi Shah and Swati Sharma on Roshan Abbas‘ podcast, So, What Do We Do Now.

    Check it out here.
  3. Everything to know about the Congress antitrust hearing against Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook on the Today, Explained Podcast.

    Listen to it here.
  4. On The Manchester United Podcast, Robin van Persie gives an extended look at his footballing career.

    Listen here.
  5. The journey of Samsung right from the start to facing corruption investigations recently and so much more on the Business Insider podcast, Brought To You By…

    Listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. On the Koki Poochega series, Kartik Aaryan speaks to Dr Geetha Jayaram on mental health and depression.

    Watch here.
  2. The Ultimate Mindset by Gary Vaynerchuk – 5 Reasons to change your Mind

    Check it out here.
  3. How billionaires got $637 billion richer during the pandemic?

    Watch it here.
  4. A fun conversation between Claire Danes and Damian Lewis on Variety’s Actor on Actor series. (both of them are my favorite people from my two favorite shows – so had to share this one)
    Check it out here.
  5. Indian Matchmaking : The Cast Reunion (basically the cast giving their version on what happened after and some tid-bits here and there) ft Dolly Singh

    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.

Learning from the wise

Learning from the wise

In life, there are some with a quest to learn.

When you learn, you improve, you evolve and eventually are able to become a better version of yourself.

And that happens only with the quest to learn.

A curiosity to know more, to experiment, to fail but to try.

Nonetheless, that learning is beneficial when you learn from the wise.

Not just financial-wise, but every other type of wise as well.

Someone who has walked the talk is also someone who knows what they talk and they are probably someone to learn from.

Also, it’d be a cherry on the top if this someone is a level or ten levels higher than you, because then you know about the path ahead as well.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Silencing the voice that isn’t ours

Silencing the voice that isn’t ours

Quite often, the voice in our head isn’t ours.

Over time, that voice has become an amalgamation of the society’s wants and expectations, how you will be perceived and what will not disappoint them.

Not to forget, the society includes your friends and family, your colleagues, relatives, social media and everyone else you have an interaction with.

Anytime, you wish to do something which is out of the box for you, this voice inside your head says, “you cannot do it”.

Unfortunately, listening to that voice, then makes that thing you wanted to do just a dream for you. However, what if you can take charge of your life, do things you want to and shun that voice as well?

Vincent Van Gogh has said it perfectly, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Taking that plunge is all it takes, one step at a time though, becoming self aware of your thoughts, needs and wants, owning your voice, and seeing the bright side of everything – there will be a few hiccups, but ultimately you will have your own voice that will push you to do whatever you want, irrespective of what anyone thinks and irrespective of its outcome.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

FOGO (Fear of Going Out)

FOGO (Fear of Going Out)

After FOMO, i.e. Fear of Missing Out, there’s a new word in town – FOGO.

FOGO is Fear of Going Out.

The fear of going out during this pandemic.

Well, is it just the fear of going out?

It’s not just that, it’s about contracting the virus from someone else and that is the issue.

However, that’s just the upper layer of saying it, is what I feel.

It’s more about knowing that the other people around you may not be safety conscious as you and that is the real crux of this fear.

Only if, people individually, each and everyone of us, took up that responsibility that they’ll keep themselves as well as others around them safe and not causing any action that would change that.

Whether it is by wearing a mask, or by maintaining social distancing.

Simple solutions but only because they seem simple to such a huge issue at hand is probably why people don’t follow the precautions, at large.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Limited by Boundaries!

Limited by Boundaries!

Anyone who compares or divides under political or religious or geographical or financial or any such “lines of boundary“, unfortunately has a finite mindset.

Not necessarily by choice, but the society works that way and that makes it easier for anyone to inherit those qualities.

What do I mean by ‘finite‘ mindset?

When what you think, what you say and what you do is limited within the bubble of a certain boundary. (political/ religious/ geographical/ financial etc)

In order to upgrade/ improve yourself, you need to

  • know that you aren’t always right
  • broaden your viewpoint
  • question the usual
  • hear out the other person once
  • introduce empathy in the picture
  • practice being silent when you don’t know everything

When you think beyond what you know, you realize that half the things you think or say aren’t even that important in life.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Where is your Phone?

Where is your Phone?

You’re probably holding your phone right now, on which you’re reading this blog.

The same device that you use to communicate with your friends and family.

The device that you use to consume content on the various social media platforms.

The device on which you watch your videos and play your games.

So, the probable answer to where your phone is, could be ‘always with you‘.

With such a powerful device that is always with you, why not use it to your advantage?

Why not use this tool to amplify your voice? To spread some positivity? To share what you know?

This device that you’re holding is the key to building your personal brand as well.

Yes, everything you need to build your brand on social media is on this device that you’re holding.

Whether it is the camera to record your video, or to click your pictures, or your microphone to record your voice or as simple as using the keyboard to write something.

Anything and everything can be done on your smartphone.

Which can use to your advantage.

Only if you want to build your brand and have a community and spread your knowledge or any other such goals that you’d have.

It’s all possible when you realize where your phone is.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Create, Don’t Hate

Create, Don’t Hate

If you consume anything on any of the social media platforms, you’d also notice that there’s a lot of hate out there.

At such times, you have a choice to do something about it.

Either you let that content consume you too or stay away from it and probably, someone else would be affected from it.

There’s a third door that is often not visible but we can choose to see it and open it too.

That is the door of creation.

How about instead of hating the people spreading the hate, or hating that content, taking a different path of creating content that tackles it.

Spreading some Positivity, Happiness and Love on the internet, if you have it within you.

Hate can only be overpowered by love and positivity, but someone has to take that step of spreading it.

One content piece at a time, one person, and as time passes, it can become a movement to spread love and positivity on the internet too, making it a good place again.

Create, Don’t Hate

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

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#20 of The Last 7 Days (20.07 – 26.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the twentieth 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. Why Men Think It’s Sooo Cool to Dislike Popular Things?

Read here.

2. How ‘InceptionRedefined Christopher Nolan?

Read more here.

3. Four Reasons You Should Embrace Being an Introvert

Read here.

4. How the ‘Jio effect‘ brought millions of Indians online and is reshaping Silicon Valley and the internet

Check it out here.

5. The new School

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. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on the journey of Ben and Jerry’s, on the ‘How I Built This with Guy Raz‘ podcast. Listen here. (this podcast is not available on Spotify, hence the link leads to Google Podcasts)
  2. I discovered a podcast version of Shark Tank, titled ‘The Pitch‘ and the episodes seem great. Check it out here.
  3. On the Unmistakable Creative Podcast by Srinivas Rao, he interviews Seth Godin and if it’s Seth, you know its full of gems. Listen to it here.
  4. On the Ed Mylett show, Ed interviews Gary Vee where he shares how to overcome doubt and lack of motivation and how to truly love the life you live. Listen here.
  5. The simple food rules to radically improve your diet today, on the podcast by Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen, titled The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast. 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 Spotify dominates Apple, Google and Amazon in Music? Watch here.
  2. A beautiful rendition of Kun Faya Kun by the students of Berklee College of Music. Check it out here.
  3. Evy Poumpouras on ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty‘ talks about how to instantly read people, create connections and influence people. Watch it here.
  4. Sebastian Vettel on his future in F1 and more. It was so great to see this side of him and what an exciting interview. Check it out here.
  5. Tony Robbins uncovers what makes greatness in his interview with Michael Phelps.
    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.

What can you see?

What can you see?

In life, we only take steps towards those things which we can see.

The usual thinking is, if we can see it, that means its real and we have to do something about it.

If you get scratched on your body, you’ll put an ailment on it.

If your car gets scratched, you’ll take it to the car center.

But, what about those things that you can’t see?

What about the damage to the body with foods that aren’t beneficial to it (at all), but just has a feel good factor for the moment and you can’t see the damage it is doing to you, short-term and long-term? Or even with not working out because of which right from the movement to the blood vessels to the hormones, everything gets affected?

What else can’t you see?

Is there something more damaging that we are not able to see through our eyes?

How about the damage to our minds with negative/ polluting/ judgemental thoughts that affect our own mind and take away more from us?

Just because we can’t see the affect of these things through our own eyes, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, right?

Internally, the process is happening, it’s just that only when something substantial happens then we realize the effect of something we did to then realize, “Oh, how I wish I could’ve seen that sooner?”

Let’s start noticing the things you can’t see and then start working on it.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Blog No. 500

Blog No. 500

This is blog no. 500

It’s the big number!

To be honest with you, I had never thought in my life that I’d be writing a blog.

That too on a daily basis.

For it to reach the milestone of 500 is just a feat in itself.

For someone who was never good at writing and for being told that all my life to now writing confidently and comfortably makes me happy with the path I’ve walked on.

This blog has allowed me to open up myself, to take a deep dive into my learning and my thought process and gave me a path to share my thoughts, my observations and my takeaways on a global level.

Global, because sometimes these blog posts have reached places which I haven’t even heard of, so I’m just glad I’m able to provide value on that scale.

I’m grateful for anyone and everyone who takes their time in reading this blog and if it has helped you in any way.

Of course, 500 is just a number and the blog goes on, providing the same amount of value and more on a daily basis and maybe one day I’ll be writing my 5000th blog post.

See you at the next blog post!

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Are you the Spectator or the Driver?

Are you the Spectator or the Driver?

Do you control your mind or does the mind control you?

An undisciplined mind controls you, your thoughts and actions, it takes you places you probably don’t want to visit. You feel like everything is happening to you and you’re just a spectator in that scenario.

Whereas if you discipline your mind, if you learn to control it, then you are in control of your life, in control of your thoughts and actions. Instead of being the spectator, you are now the driver of your life.

As Buddha has rightly said, “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”

Just a change in perspective gets you to this point in your life where you choose to either be the spectator or the driver, the choice is always yours.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

1 tip to start creating Content

1 tip to start creating Content

Often when it comes to creating content, the one question on everybody’s minds is the same… “What type of content should I create?”

What type of content would work for me? What should I create that would give me engagement?

Going after trends, going after how algorithm works, there’s a lot of processes but it never works when it comes to creating content.

What works is really simple…

Create content about what you know.

What you know is already within you.

It’s already a strength for you.

And probably you read about it, you watch something about it in order to make yourself better at it.

In that process, you also deepen your understanding and broaden your viewpoint of what you know.

Looking at it from that perspective, the best tip for anyone wanting to create content comes down to this baseline…

Create about what you know.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Good for me, not for you.

Good for me, not for you.

The issue in today’s times, especially with the trolls and heated debates comes down to this, which no one talks about.

What’s good for me, may not be good for you.

This could literally be about anything in life. Not just social media, but mainly that because nowadays everything boils down to that.

Along with social media, in your group conversations, in your work calls, in a networking event, literally anywhere offline and online, there could be something that’s good for somebody and might not be good for you.

There’s something for everyone out there.

Tastes differ.

Mindsets differ.

Wants differ.

Everyone cannot like the same thing. That is simply not possible.

However, when an individual understands that this thing is not good for me, but its not universally bad, its just not for me. When that happens, things literally change, for you and for others around you.

When that viewpoint changes, even your perspective of looking at things change.

One might say this is so simple to understand and yet we ignore it, something so simple that will reduce the hate and the trolling and the negative voices offline and online…

“What’s good for me, may not be good for you.”

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

You decide your pace!

You decide your pace!

When it comes to personal decisions or professional decisions, when it is about your life, then it is you who decides your pace.

No one else, no one can.

No one has or can have that control.

Whether it is to walk or jog or sprint or even to catch your breath, you decide your pace.

That decision is completely up to you.

That is what your journey is about.

And when you decide your pace, you are accountable for whatever happens.

You could sprint and get tired in a while and your plan may not work out.

You could jog and sprint in between and jog again, be strategic with your process.

Or you could even wait for a while and catch your breath, not worrying about others’ jogs and sprints.

When this happens, irrespective of whatever happens in the future, you know that you had taken that decision which led to this. You decided the pace.

It could have been a hasty decision or it could be a well-planned decision, you may never know until the outcome is out.

However, irrespective of the outcome, that choice of pace will decide the now. It will decide how you operate now and whether you’re satisfied in the now or not.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

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#19 of The Last 7 Days (13.07 – 19.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the nineteenth 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 Less I Go Out, the More Afraid I Am to Go Out. Why?
    Read here.
  2. How alternative meat can help stop climate change?
    Read here.
  3. The Highs and Lows of Friendships During Coronavirus
    Read it here.
  4. What people in 1900 thought life would be like in the technological paradise of 2000?
    Check it out here.
  5. Acting confident online isn’t the same as being right
    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. The Netflix Effect – a series of episodes on how Netflix got where it is today and whether it can maintain its streaming supremacy, on Recode’s Land of the Giants podcast.

    Listen here.
  2. How to stay ahead of the content curve? Listen to Tanmay Bhat and Varun Duggirala on Advertising is Dead, don’t miss this one – there’s so much value in this ep.

    Listen to it here.
  3. Nas of Nas Daily has a podcast now, Nas Talks. Seems interesting with two episodes out now. Check it out here.
  4. I came across an interesting podcast, ‘Direct to a Billion Consumers‘ and in this ep, the host Arjun Vaidya interviews Vedang Patel of The Souled Store, on his journey, his insights on the e-commerce ecosystem and how mindset is important in entrepreneurship.

    Check it out here.
  5. On the TED Talks Daily podcast, food researcher Aparna Pallavi speaks about ‘What foods did our ancestors love?’

    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. Anupam Kher in conversation with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar, where they discuss happiness, health, immunity, anxiety, depression and more.

    Watch here.
  2. How to seek discomfort and stop putting off what you should be doing, by my favourites Yes Theory on ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty‘.

    Watch it here.
  3. Kunal Nayyar interacts with Sadhguru and this is such an insightful, learning conversation that shouldn’t be missed.

    Watch here.
  4. An insightful interaction between Gaur Gopal Das and HH Dalai Lama. Check it out here.
  5. If you have seen Aarya, then you’ll love this – the Bhagavad Gita song.
    Check 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.

Staying in your Lane

Staying in your Lane

What does it mean to stay in your lane? What good does it to you? Why should you do it?

Staying in your lane means to do what you’re good at, to execute according to your strengths and to walk on that path.

When you walk on that certain selected path, one, you have chosen to be in this lane, you’re aware of it, you’ve the knowledge of it. It’s your strength. Anything which is a strength is good for you.

Second, you are able to keep improving in your field because you understand the level of knowledge you have and how much more you have to learn.

You also become known by walking in that lane, when you share your opinions and observations about that path, people want to know more and want to learn more.

There’s only advantage for you when you walk in your lane, but the key is to identify that lane first.

That lane is not what the society tells you to walk on, or what your family tells you, that lane is a path where you’re comfortable walking on, where you enjoying walking, so much so that you can walk, jog or sprint too, you decide the pace.

However, the bottom line to excel/ succeed is to stay in your lane and then get better at it.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

Walking the path of the unknown!

Walking the path of the unknown!

What is life, if not a path of the unknown, you may plan it ahead, but you never know what may happen.

No matter how safely you choose your path or how you emulate someone else’s path, everyone’s journey is their own.

Their own set of thoughts, actions, goals, difficulties and accomplishments.

When everything is unique to you, there is no knowing of what’s ahead, even if you compared it with someone else.

It’s a beautiful path to be on, full of adventure and no sight of what’s at the end.

No amount of planning can interpret the pits you’d be falling into or even how many.

There’s only one thing that can be done on the path of the unknown, and i.e. to be prepared for it.

When you improve yourself, your skills, your knowledge, your response to life, is when you become prepared for the unknown.

Instead of facing the issue and not knowing what to do, to some extent, you’re now able to prepare yourself for it.

If not with a proper solution, at least emotionally or mentally, so when the moment arises, you can be ready for it, you can be ready to face it. You won’t be in a situation of hopelessness or for the lack of a better word, be clueless.

Life is walking on the path of the unknown and you can only prepare yourself for it, with all tools and weapons at your disposal.

#SelfImprovement

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Serving on a Silver Platter

Serving on a Silver Platter

Quick solutions, shortcuts and just getting to the results hurts us in more than ways than one can count.

Walking on such a path where one wants quick solutions to every problem they have, a shortcut to every question they ask, gets them on a journey, where they aren’t learning anything, they aren’t evolving by making mistakes and then improving from them.

On such a path, there should be no difficulty, but everything handed out, so one can walk on this road with no cracks and no potholes.

In reality, this doesn’t get anyone too far because it doesn’t make them ready for the real world.

In the real world, one needs to find their own path, their own answers to their problems, be patient with the process and be ready to make mistakes as well. Sure, the process is long but is also an enjoyable one because they want to do it on your own, not something that worked for someone else’s life.

When they do so, they don’t want anything handed out on a silver platter, on the contrary they’re ready to face their own problems, do their own research, learn from scratch but do it with their own sweat and tears.

At such a time, they’re involved in the process, they’re evolving, ready to take on whatever comes their way. Nothing’s served on a silver platter.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

I can’t tell you, it’s a secret!

I can’t tell you, it’s a secret!

How many times have you not shared something because you thought it should be hidden?

Because you thought only you should know it.

Because you thought if others find out, then it won’t be exclusive to you.

This is not just about “start-up ideas” or your goals with life.

This can also be about the thoughts you have, the answers you have to someone’s problems, the knowledge to help out someone else.

“I can’t tell you, it’s a secret” is usually the response in most people’s mind, if not said out loud.

However, the more you share, the more you receive.

The more you give, the more you’re able to learn as well. When you share your secrets, you get to improve and evolve to newer thoughts, better answers and more satisfaction than before.

Earlier, with keeping what you already knew, you thought this is it, this is the answer that I should keep to myself.

But, by not keeping it a secret, you allowed yourself to understand that there’s more to it than that, and now you can walk the path of the unknown where you learn more and improve faster than before.

And that happens when you reveal your secrets, when you share what you know.

Ultimately, in this process, you also get to help someone out there, and make it easier for them as well.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Using your Smartphone to your advantage!

Using your Smartphone to your advantage!

The smartphone that you’re holding, the same one in which you consume content on the various social media platforms and even share them with your friends and family…

How about using this device to your advantage?

How about creating content to build your personal brand, be it of any sector, and share what you know?

Share some valuable content of what you know, who you are and everything that could be valuable to the audience.

In this process, you also build your community and also walk a little further on the path of achieving your goal, whatever it may be.

How is that possible?

Well, when you put out valuable, authentic content, you also open doors to more opportunities and more connections, you get to network with people you didn’t know, you build a community of people with similar interests to yours and that process helps you move forward in your journey.

It’s that simple decision of using your smartphone to your advantage instead of it just being a time-consuming device.

A simple change in the thought process where you still do what you were doing, but now also giving, sharing some good content that you have within you and also putting some positivity out there.

All of this, just with your smartphone.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Using your Voice wisely!

Using your Voice wisely!

All of us have a voice and many a time, especially with the freedom of writing anything on social media, we feel like putting our opinion out there!

What we should know is this?

Every voice matters and every voice can make a difference.

Each voice is powerful enough to make the amount of noise needed to make change happen and in the midst of that, similar voices join the cause and add support to that singular voice.

That is precisely why it should be used wisely. To add to that statement, your voice should be used when you think there’s substance to it when you think your opinion will add value to that topic, whether pro or against, but it should definitely be something of value.

Quite often, people use it just for the sake of it, or just because everyone’s voicing their opinions on a particular topic on social media. In such situations, one’s usually not aware of the occurrences or at least not 100% aware of it. It’s at such times when these particular opinions just add volume to a topic without having any substance to it, thus increasing the ‘internet pollution’.

The sensible thing to do is to use your voice wisely! That’s the bottom line.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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#18 of The Last 7 Days (06.07 – 12.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the eighteenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. This Beatboxing Buddhist Monk Is Out to Change Perceptions of Spiritual Music (definitely watch the video here)

    Check it out here.
  2. How to tell the difference between feeling routine anxiety and having an anxiety disorder?

    Read here.
  3. A psychologist’s take on ‘only stupid people have a lot of friends‘.

    Read it here.
  4. Depressed People Use These Words More Often

    Check it out here.
  5. How hotels are handling new coronavirus protocols?

    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. Suchita Salwan talks to Kunal Shah about understanding human motivations, how to take feedback and more, on LBB Open House podcast. Any episode with Kunal Shah cannot be missed, ever.

    Listen to it here.
  2. Wouldn’t it be better to hear your eulogy before you’re dead?’ An interesting take on the ‘No Stupid Questions‘ podcast hosted by Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth.

    Check it out here.
  3. 1 simple strategy to dial in your focus on the Daily Mastery Podcast by Robin Sharma

    Listen here.
  4. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it‘ I’m glad I came across this podcast and such an interesting podcast, ‘Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques‘ hosted by Matt Abrahams.

    Listen to it here.
  5. How peanut butter works? Listen to it on the podcast, Stuff You Should Know. 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. Life Lessons from 100-Year-Olds. This video is a must watch.

    Watch it here.
  2. Detour – a short film by Sumi Mathai, portraying kindness so beautifully, starring Sayani Gupta and Vikrant Massey.

    Watch here.
  3. Ed Mylett on how to pursue your passion with urgency and how to recover from the death of a dream, on On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

    Check it out here.
  4. Inside the NBA’s COVID-19 detecting smart ring: the Oura Ring 2 Teardown

    Watch here.
  5. FC Retake with Imtiaz Ali ft Anupama Chopra and Rahul Desai discussing Rockstar

    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.

Praise the Positive

Praise the Positive

How often does it happen that we didn’t like the food at a restaurant or an experience at a store or a hotel or a flight (for ex.) and we immediately leave a bad review on the internet?

How often has a public figure, be it a politician, or an entertainer or a sportsperson said something unnecessary and we immediately blew it out of proportion?

At the same time, how often have you written a good review after having an amazing meal at a restaurant? Or a positive review for a hotel or a flight after a good experience?

How often have you praised another colleague or a friend or an acquaintance after something good happened in their personal or professional lives? (not the inner circle, generally the friends in your life)

As a society, every individual is to blame. Because it is us who make the society collectively negative, with each one contributing by either a negative opinion or not praising the positive or also by staying silent.

Of those three, I want to focus on praising the positive in this post.

Let this be a challenge, let this be a movement. Every time we see something good happening, we build it as a habit to praise it, praise the positive.

In our circle, whether with friends or acquaintances or colleagues or juniors or seniors, whether on social media or offline, whether a personal accomplishment or a professional win, we’ll take that effort in praising the positive.

Whether we had a good meal somewhere, or had a wonderful experience at any place, through social media, or at least in person, we’ll take that initiative in praising the positive.

We cannot talk of everything else and not social media! Either the people we follow, or the community we’ve built, we will support whenever possible, we’ll praise the positive whenever we see it.

It’s this decision, this affirmation to make change possible when you see change happening. It’s this tiny step of you praising the positive, when you start noticing positive things happening in your life as well. This level of positivity will bring joy, energy, happiness and success along with it, you just need to be positive and praise the positive.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Can Instagram Reels take on TikTok?

Can Instagram Reels take on TikTok?

If you haven’t seen it already, but you probably have – Instagram Reels is here and has occupied our Instagram feeds.

For those who aren’t aware, Reels is Facebook’s answer to TikTok, where you can create 15-second clips with features like selecting an audio track, speeding up or slow down a video, adding effects, and setting up a timer to record a clip, most of it just like TikTok.

We have all seen this before, when Instagram introduced the Stories feature which looked exactly like Snapchat, but with a touch of Facebook.

Currently, there are more than one billion active accounts, 500 million-plus people globally use Stories, more than 50% Instagram accounts use Explore every month. So, they clearly have the numbers on their side. Said that, will Reels work?

Well, from the creation point of view, it’s become a bit complicated than being simple, with the choice of doing a Live video, or uploading a Story, uploading a 60 second video on the feed or a longer one in the form of IGTV or now as Reels.

Even from the user’s point of view, it’s become more noisier than before, the attention is divided and eventually sides will be chosen.

What do I mean by that?

With Reels having their own space in the Explore section, what might happen according to me is this, there will be a specific percentage of people who are Reels users and the rest Instagram users who want to focus on just the feed or their community.

When that happens, Instagram might make it a stand-alone app, just like it tried now with Lasso, their original TikTok copycat but is now shutdown, because maybe it was too soon.

TikTok had its own persona, which made it unique, making it that standalone short-video app, with advanced tools and an algorithm which pushed videos of all creators based on what you wanted to watch.

Not to forget, with their additional 60 second video features, TikTok in India had evolved over the lip-syncing feature and users were making some amazing stories or educational content for the platform. That type of content has just not been seen on Instagram even though they had the features.

That also means, until TikTok isn’t back, there’s a massive space in the market for a short-video app to conquer, if not the majority because of Reels.

Only time will tell where the storm heads, we have a bunch of short-video apps being launched in the market, and as we saw with Instagram Stories, Snapchat still exists. TikTok might make a comeback in the future. And the new apps. The bottom line is we are heading for more content than ever before.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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The purpose of this blog!

The purpose of this blog!

With the blog now approaching the big number of 500, and if you’re an avid reader of it, or even if you’re new to it, if you see the pattern, you’ll find a whole lot of value in it, and at the same time, you’ll find all the answers to life you never thought to ask.

Walking on this path of self-improvement and growth, that’s what it does to you when you’re obsessed with the process. You notice patterns, you observe people, you think randomly, and you ask the atypical questions.

Said that, even though so much efforts and time is put into each post, with a simple hope that reading it might change something for someone out there, however, I have never officially mentioned anything about the purpose of this blog.

Why do I write it daily and why do I even write one?

Well, simply put, the blog helps me think beyond my random thoughts on the topics I write about, writing them helps me go deeper into a topic and in that process, sometimes something so profound comes out that gives me that tick that it is definitely going to provide a different kind of a value out there, to someone who’s reading it and if I may hope so, change their life or their thought structure for the better.

Why a blog? Well, because, one, it has a higher reach to a global audience, anything can be searched at any point of time, as per the user, they’re not seeing something when I want them to (as in the case of social media), but in their time of need, when they search about something and that particular blog of that topic pops up and gives them that perspective they were looking for.

More importantly, most of the times, I also write with this intention that the topic I’m writing about will make you think about it, will make you question it and then it is you who will have to think of the answer too. And that process is so beautiful, because then, with this information, you’re able to think what is right for you, not for someone else.

Why daily? Not to complicate this answer, if I would have written this weekly or monthly, I wouldn’t have been able to think half or even 70% of the content that I’ve written. Only because of my passion towards it, and the fact that it is daily, can I then think so much into it, delve into different topics, that sometimes could be obvious and sometimes we may have not questioned at all.

That, all of that, is what I think is the purpose of my blog.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Question the Default!

Question the Default!

As we live each day of our lives, as we grow, as a society we also become conditioned to do the same kind of things and in the same behavior.

Everyone is programmed to do the same thing in the cycle of life. Every age group is defined by the same set of responsibilities and same set of questions and requirements and pressure.

The bigger issue is everyone follows it tiptoe without blinking an eye.

To question the default is becoming an outcast in a group and the thought of doing so becomes scarier for an individual.

However, once you question the default is when life takes a turn for you.

That is the moment when you start noticing the pattern, you start observing the behavior, you start asking the right type of questions and you jump into an ocean of the unknown.

It gives you a thrill and also opens your eyes to the reality, where you realize things can be done differently, things can be done according to how you want them to be done, by you, for you.

No asks, no requirements, no pressure.

You now set a whole new pattern for you, a whole new thought process, you’re now the outcast in a group of outcasts, with all eyes on you, but you enjoy it, because it now gives you joy and a cheer you never had before.

All this happens, just by questioning the default.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
Spotify || Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts

But my problems aren’t that bad…

But my problems aren’t that bad…

Have you ever had a problem that made you feel you stressed or anxious along with a wonder as to how would you solve it?

At such a time, the mind boggles down into spiraling thoughts and provides us with imaginations of different scenarios making us feel more panicky.

Sometimes, people then realize that these problems aren’t that bad when they compare to someone else’s larger problem at hand which is much graver than theirs.

Now, that isn’t bad at all. That’s a good way to think, it helps you get rid of the stress and anxiousness of that smaller problem (in hindsight) of yours and helps you regain focus of your life.

However, this thought that my problem isn’t bad can be troublesome too.

How and why?

Well, not that it isn’t good to scale down your problem with that other larger problem, but at the end of it, that problem, whatever it is, still is one for you, no matter what.

Only you have temporarily gotten rid of its effects by altering your thinking.

What can you do differently then?

Well, getting to its roots and understanding why it is a problem for you is a really good scenario from a micro and a macro perspective of life.

Once you solve one issue of yours, you then become capable of handing the other issues as well, those that affect you, and on top of that, you then come into a situation wherein those kinds of problems won’t have that kind of an effect on you anymore. Because now your mind knows that you’re capable of handling it, rather than getting rid of it temporarily.

Another counter point here could be that, it’s so easier to say to get to the bottom of it, but how easy it is when the moment arises. That may be true, but it doesn’t change the equation that if the problem is a solvable one, then you just need to get a practice of that calmness and patience to understand it and to deal with it.

Having both types of thought processes is good for you, one will get you the perspective and the other will solve it for you. The balance of both will come with practice and perspective and will give you a skill you may have not had before, or rather improved you at it.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

Presenting my podcast to you —

Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

What is it about?

Daily digestible podcast episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

If you want to improve your life, if you want to change your mindset, if you want to build your brand, if you’re interested in cinema, this podcast is for you. Tips/ Observations/ Thoughts and more.

Where can you find it?

Across all podcasting platforms.

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

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

Castboxhttps://castbox.fm/channel/id3077803?country=gb

Pocket Castshttps://pca.st/kp0vf6qs

*As soon as the podcast is approved on the other platforms, I’ll update the links here.

I’d love for you to check out this podcast, subscribe to it and even share some feedback with me.

P. S. Here’s a preview of the first episode below and at the time of posting this blog post, the second episode is up on the podcast.

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#17 of The Last 7 Days (29.06 – 05.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the seventeenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. Why (some) copycat products are more successful than the original?
    Read here.
  2. Loneliness Rewires How the Human Brain Perceives Relationships

    Read it here.
  3. Are you one of those who have too many browser tabs open? Check out this article here.
  4. Ayushmann Khurrana on how films can bring India together.

    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. Can India really afford to boycott Chinese goods? It’s quite an interesting episode on The Quint’s podcast The Big Story.

    Listen here.
  2. Buzzfeed’s CEO, Jonah Peretti shares how his company is making hard decisions to build long-term stability for the company, on the podcast, Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.

    Listen to it here.
  3. Hypnosis legend Paul McKenna, on the ‘Your Wellbeing Podcast‘, discusses the power of hypnosis, his tips on how to find fulfilling relationships in a disconnected world and how to attain true happiness.

    Check it out here.
  4. Sailing legend Tracy Edwards on how to stop being a bystander in your own life, on the TED Talks Daily podcast.

    Listen here.
  5. Jaya Row tells us how we can learn from the Gita to cope with our pain, through patience and inner strength, on this new podcast, ‘Gita for the Young and Restless.’

    Check here.

What To Watch:

  1. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant talks about the surprising habits of original thinkers.

    Check it out here.
  2. Journey of a Joke‘ is a series where Abish Matthew breaks down one comedy bit at a time and in this ep, he breaks down the viral sketch ‘Cheating‘ with Anubhav Singh Bassi.

    Watch it here.
  3. Paul Rudd and Chris Evans join Variety’s Actors on Actors series where the two Marvel alum discuss their time as superheroes on the billion-dollar franchise and transitioning from the big screen for TV.

    Watch here.
  4. Why real saffron is so expensive?
    Check it out here.
  5. Physicist Rhett Allain breaks down superhero physics from movies and tv.

    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.

The journey of self-improvement is long

The journey of self-improvement is long

Can there be a timeline on self-improvement? Can there be a goal set for self-improvement?

In the shortest answer, I don’t think so.

Hear me out!

When you walk the path of improving yourself, firstly its the realization that comes too late, and then understanding the issues at hand and then improving at them.

Of course, it’s easy to write this than execute because the process is a long one.

However, once you start walking on this path of self-improvement, you might wonder how much time you should give to it and if there’s a specific goal that you should attach to the process, which once achieved, means you have achieved the process of self-improvement.

Well, not to burst the bubble, but it is one.

The journey of self-improvement is long, lifetime long. There is no specific target to achieve and there cannot be any time limit to it.

The more you improve, the more you change and the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you want to improve and the more you want to learn.

The process is a cyclical one and ultimately, the vision becomes to become better than yesterday, to become a better version of yourself.

You improve at one thing, then you want to pick up another aspect of your life to improve at, you work on it, but there are levels attached to it, so basically you’re levelling up time after time.

This is not meant to scare you at all, no that’s not the case. The intention is to make you aware of this so you don’t have the wrong expectations of the process.

It takes efforts, it takes time, and yet its the best thing that you could do with your life.

What if you already know it?

What if you already know it?

Do you think you know about something or multiple things and don’t need to know anything more about it?

When you hear something about it, the first thought that comes to your mind is that you already know it.

Is that a good sign?

That you already know it.

You don’t have to learn more about it then, is that right?

Well, if you look at it from a higher perspective, it comes down to this… When you know about something, either you’re the best at that certain something, you’re the go-to person for that.

If not, then you still have more to learn.

This thought that I already know it limits you from learning more, it limits you from improving yourself on that certain something, it limits you from exploring more and it limits your imagination.

What would be better, to learn more or to be stuck at a middle point where you feel you already know it?

Curiosity is good, exploration is good and to have a Mindset of constant learning is extremely beneficial for you and your mind as well.

You don’t have to tell you’re happy!

You don’t have to tell you’re happy!

Happiness has become such a huge debate in today’s times, and more than usual, because we have been programmed to think about it in a certain way and on top of that, there are so many out there with their own definitions about it.

In the midst of this, a lot of people feel to share that they’re happy.

Whether in conversations or social media, someone will tell they are happy.

See, that is not wrong at all.

My point behind this post is this, of course we should share our happiness with others, we should put more optimism and positivity out there.

My question is are you genuinely feeling happy or are you feeling the pressure to say that you’re happy too!?

Someone who is happy can share that they are, but it also shows in the way they talk or in their actions.

Another point that I’d like to add here is this… I’m talking about macro happy, the overall happiness of life, feeling happy, not the micro successes or accomplishments of personal and professional that we would like to share and which also makes us ecstatic at that time.

When you’re truly happy, you should feel it and that is something that is shared automatically, not something that you have to convince other people about.

Changing your morning narrative!

Changing your morning narrative!

There are two things that happen every morning!

Either you are in your control or your narrative.

When you let the narrative control you, then you are not in control.

And vice versa.

What do I mean by that?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you immediately had to rush for work, or with the current times, immediately log in to work?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you’ve missed the workout time or your meditation time or even your breakfast time?

This is when the narrative controls you.

This is what happens when there is no regular sleep and wake up timings and the irregular scheduling hurts all the activities throughout the day.

One after the other, everything is rescheduled and then something fits in another time or it has to be dropped.

On the contrary, when your circadian rhythm is in check, when you have a regular sleep and wake up pattern, you’re in control of your life.

You control when to workout, you control when to have breakfast, you control how calmly and with ease can you start your work.

This is how you change your morning narrative.

And it changes when you control your decisions, rather than letting these tasks controlling your decisions.

Change your morning narrative.

What happens when you write daily?

What happens when you write daily?

Something changes in you when you do this daily!

No matter how good or the opposite you’re at it.

Of course, what I’m talking about is writing.

Writing on a daily basis.

You can write anything.

Your thoughts,

Your goals,

Your plans for life, or for the day,

What went wrong,

What went right,

Your gratitude list.

You can write anything.

But, what happens when you write on a daily basis?

Well, simply put, the best thing that happens is you get more clarity.

Such clarity doesn’t come just by thinking about it or by conversing about it.

When you write, when you form the words, the sentences, the paragraphs, what is also happening is you’re opening up more than you had thought you would.

In this process, you get more clarity, a more wider viewpoint of what you actually think, it gives you the opportunity to take a deeper dive into it. It also gives a third person perspective and allows to rectify your wrongdoings, whether in terms of your thoughts, actions or opinions.

The more you write, the more ideas you get, the more your mind opens up, new opportunities start opening up, you’ll write things you don’t think about. Because that’s what happens when you write a few words and then think about what you’d like to add to it.

And the best part is you don’t have to be a professional at it.

It can be personal to you as well, or you could do what I do, write a daily blog.

Open up, with your thoughts, ideas, share it with everyone and help them grow too, whilst giving your perspective on things you write about.

From my personal experience, what I’ve noticed is this, along with everything that I’ve mentioned above, writing everyday also gives me the chance to better my thoughts, improve my vocabulary, my sentence formation, that helps me converse better, whether verbally or in writing, on my blog or on social media.

Writing everyday, whether online or in your diary, the bottom line is its the best thing that you could do to your advantage.

Small Things!

Small Things!

We always wonder it’s the big steps that we take that have the biggest impact in our life.

However, it’s actually the opposite.

It’s a curious one and we never stopped to wonder why.

In reality, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact in life.

Let’s map out three different scenarios that would explain this in the best possible way.

Scenario A –
A person wants to become fit and they say in order to so, they’d have to do intense workouts, go on a diet and probably do ‘x’ to reach that goal. A month later, nothing has changed.
However, if that person changes the perspective from the big changes to the small changes, then they would proceed by making a schedule, fitting in the workout time, readying the clothes beforehand and actually starting from day one to begin this process.

Scenario B –
A person, with quite some difficulties in their life, now thinks that they should turn to the path of positivity and leave out the toxicity behind. They wonder that this path would change their life and solve the issues.
However, in order to so, it’s the small things like thinking positive thoughts, having a positive self-talk, not undermining themselves or others are the micro ways to do so, for the bigger impact to happen.

Scenario C –
A person has an idea, that if scaled quickly can become a game-changer and even change people’s lives. Even if the efforts are appreciated, it’s the small things like arranging a team, plotting/ executing the initial work, showing the initial sales that would change things around.

No matter the situation, no matter how personal or professional, it’s always the small things, either in terms of planning, living, executing, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives. Always!

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#16 of The Last 7 Days (22.06-28.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the sixteenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. 7 bad daily habits that can damage your brain health and cognitive function, and how to break them

    Read here.
  2. Why we can’t stop waving at the end of video calls?

    Read it here.
  3. How software will reshape our world in the next decade?

    Check out here.
  4. How 5G’s rapid growth sparked a conspiracy theory?

    Read here.
  5. Where are all the robots?

    Read it 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 story of Ferrari vs Lamborghini, by Business Wars, a podcast by Wondery, a four-episode series.

    Listen here.
  2. OYO Founder Ritesh Agarwal on COVID-19, Future of Startups and Inspirations, on The Ranveer Show.

    Check out here.
  3. Craig Federighi talks WWDC and Apple’s big design ideas with MKBHD on his podcast, Waveform.

    Listen to it here.
  4. 3 reasons you feel inferior to others and how to see yourself as someone who matters by Jay Shetty on his podcast.

    Check it here.
  5. On Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, he interviews Gary Vaynerchuk about his journey, his insights on social media, entrepreneurship, communication and more.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Ryan Holiday on how to remain calm when others panic and practice stillness under high stressful situations, on Jay Shetty’s podcast On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

    Watch here.
  2. Not a Masterclass ft Shakun Batra, where Neville Shah discusses the craft of filmmaking and takes a deep-dive into Kapoor and Sons.

    Watch it here.
  3. Terribly Tiny Tales’ short film, Banana Bread, starring Rasika Dugal and Mukul Chadda.

    Check it out here.
  4. What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness by the psychiatrist, Robert Waldinger.

    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.

Adapt Yourself!

Adapt Yourself!

Things never go according to plan!

There’s known and unforeseen circumstances that can change the trajectory of your plan!

The key is to adapt yourself to these situations!

Of course there’s no right way, but there’s no wrong way either!

You learn, you practice, you make mistakes, you evolve and eventually learn how to adapt yourself according to the circumstance at hand.

The bottom line is to adapt yourself!

The mind can be a Wall or a Door

The mind can be a Wall or a Door

Believe it or not, your mind is powerful enough to either be a wall to you or a door. What sounds better?

Here’s how you can understand that statement.

Either the mind controls you and everything about you OR you control your mind and you mould it into how you want to run your life.

When the mind controls you, when you are not in control of your thoughts, your actions and everything else, the mind can become a wall to you.

It can stop you from doing things you’d like to do, it can become a hindrance where you feel you’re not capable of doing something or those times when you leave things to chance.

Whereas, how your mind can be a door to you is exactly in the opposite manner.

Here, when you’re in control, you’re the master of your mind, you control your thoughts, your emotions and your actions, what happens is when you want things to happen, instead of being the hindrance, your mind is rather the supporter, or a doorway to helping you out in your journey, your endeavours.

When it’s time, when it happens, maybe you realise to see the wall or the doorway, maybe then you understand this better, or maybe you choose to take the control right now itself and not let the wall appear at all, or even if it appears, you know that it’s disguised in the form of a doorway.

Want vs Should

Want vs Should

The biggest battle that every individual goes through, without even realising it is this…

The battle of Want vs Should.

What you want vs What you should.

What it also means is what’s right for you vs what you would like to happen irrespective of it being right or wrong for you.

For example, you should exercise, but at this moment, you want to continue scrolling on your phone or go out and socialise or watch something on your laptop.

You should eat right and not have the unhealthy processed stuff that doesn’t benefit the body, however at this time, you want to have the packet of chips or have some cookies because you feel hungry right now.

Another example is, based on what’s right for you, you should schedule an hour or so everyday to read or learn something new, but because of whatever reason, you want to use that time to consume something entertaining and push the should to later.

As you’d notice with these micro examples of life, what usually happens is our wants take over our shoulds, and every time we push the should, we basically postpone what’s right for you and what you should actually do for yourself, in order to be better, in order to grow, in order to improve yourself.

The ‘what we want’ basically becomes a quicker, lazier way of making decisions which temporarily makes you satisfied vs taking the efforts and doing ‘what you should’ because that would take more out of you.

There are hundreds of examples of ‘want vs should’ which, if one reads, would be like a pin to the heart because that would make you realise the things that you do wrong, irrespective of knowing the outcome of it.

Every time, anything is put under this perspective, it’s an eye-opener for someone who would then probably understand what they should do vs what they want to do.

This applies to micro as well as macro situations in life, it’s only up to you to choose when you’d like to apply it and whether you choose to be on that path or not.

The voice leads to conclusion!

The voice leads to conclusion!

Most of the times, with most of our situations in life, we often jump to conclusions without even trying.

The conclusions that doing something would result in a certain way.

The conclusions that choosing another path has an outcome of a certain kind.

Now, you, personally haven’t tried and experimented with any of this!

Then, where do these conclusions come from?

There’s a voice within you that speaks of these conclusions!

That constantly speaks that why try this when you can avoid that unnecessary outcome.

Whose voice is that though?

Here’s what happens… usually…

One, we never know about the unnecessary outcome because its just one side of the coin and you never know until you try. You cannot avoid every situation because of the outcome.

Secondly, and more importantly, that voice we think is ours, isn’t actually ours.

Let me explain!

The voice inside your head is an amalgamation of everything you’ve been taught, every conversation you’ve had and every person you’ve met.

Quite often, what people do themselves and what they tell you forms into this voice in your head.

So, when this voice speaks to you, it isn’t truly yours or what you want, but people’s opinions and what they’d think when you do something is what’s embedded into this voice in your head.

Now this voice is what ultimately and unfortunately, leads you to these conclusions.

Are you carrying a heavy backpack?

Are you carrying a heavy backpack?

I have two questions for you.

Are you carrying a backpack?

And

How heavy is it?

How about two more questions?

Do you have past memories, past worries, opinions and judgments troubling you?

Is that causing the heaviness?

Anything of the past that we are holding on to forms into this backpack that we have to carry throughout.

Two things happen here…

A. The more you hold on to, the heavier it becomes. That results into you slowing down and not being able to move forward as you’d want.

B. Until you don’t realise you’re carrying this backpack, you won’t be able to get rid of it.

Before you move on, ask yourself these questions, just wonder about them for a minute because this one minute could be changing your life.

One Plus One equals

One Plus One equals

The sooner we learn this as a society, the better we’ll be able to perform, the better we’ll be able to build relationships and the better we’ll be able to grow together.

When you ask someone,

What does one plus one equal to?

What do you think the answer is?

Someone might say, the answer is 2.

Someone might say, the answer is 3.

Someone might say, 11. They might.

Someone could answer something else, I’m not even sure of the options now.

The bottom line being, everyone has a different understanding of things, and their answers will be different too.

Not everyone will answer the same together.

That’s what we need to understand.

That and one more thing…

Not everyone wants to know the correct answer nor your explanation of it.

They’re happy with their answer irrespective of it being right or wrong.

Being right is subjective and for them, they are right.

The problem arises when two parties say we are right at the same time and then try to explain why they are.

Things escalate when they say the other is wrong.

I don’t want to say what is right or wrong here, only the understanding of it.

#15 of The Last 7 Days (15.06 – 21.06)

#15 of The Last 7 Days (15.06 – 21.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the fifteenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. Why do celebrity deaths affect us so much?
    Read it here.
  2. The balance of fasting
    Read here.
  3. Is it okay to switch off when news gets overwhelming?
    Check it out here.
  4. Online and independent: The future of journalism is already here
    Read here.
  5. Wild hummingbirds see a broad range of colors humans can only imagine

    Check 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. Ben Horowitz on ‘What you do is who you are‘ and how to create your company culture and more on The Jordan Harbinger Show.

    Listen here.
  2. Nick (@beyounick) discusses creating relatable content, about his process and how it has evolved over time and more on Advertising is Dead, with Varun Duggirala.

    Check it out here.
  3. Prajakta Koli (@mostlysane) discusses cracking the YouTube fame, the journey and more on Off Script with Salil.

    Listen to it here.
  4. The Real Reason you Procrastinate on WorkLife with Adam Grant

    Listen here.
  5. Rajeev Masand discusses the Making of Dil Chahta Hai with Farhan Akhtar on ‘Picture ke Peechhe‘ – An Audible Suno original.

    Check it out here.

What To Watch:

  1. Jay Shetty on building healthy relationships and finding your calling, on Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham.

    Watch here.
  2. Gulabo Sitabo’s Begum, Farrukh Jaffer’s interview with Anupama Chopra at Film Companion. Her character was just amazing in the film as she is in this interview too.

    Watch it here.
  3. Dr. Joe Dispenza on the most powerful way to start healing your past and building your future, on Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

    Check it out here.
  4. Why oil prices can turn negative?

    Watch here.
  5. Has our quest for convenience created an irreversible health crisis? Watch this episode of series History 101, ‘Fast Food’ 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.

Empathy is the answer!

Empathy is the answer!

When you’re able to empathise with another person,
their perspective,
their situation,
their problems

you not only broaden your relationship with the people around you;

But you also open your mind to more possibilities and more opportunities.

And that helps you win not only in your personal life but your professional life as well.

Empathy is always the answer.

“Empathy has got me so much more, so much farther in not only my life, but in my career.” – Ryan Reynolds

You chose this!

You chose this!

Whenever you are in doubt or if something feels out of sorts and you wonder why…

Know that you chose the path you’re currently on.

Know that you chose to be the person you are.

Know that you chose to have the emotions and feelings you have right now.

Know that you chose all of this.

It all starts with being accountable of your own choices and own doings.

When you accept accountability of your decisions, then you realize it is you who has the power to also change something if you don’t like it.

You also realize that you’re in control of your life and it is you who chooses everything and anything about yourself, past, present and future.

Let your light shine!

Let your light shine!

All of us, yes all of us, have a light within us.

A light that shines around us, spreading the rays on to people around us.

The brighter the light, the more people it impacts!

However, there’s a catch too.

How dimmer or brighter the light is also depends on you, your mind, body and soul.

Nonetheless, the bottom line is, everyone has a light within them.

You only have to allow it to shine and let it impact others.

In a good way.

When you do so, you will try to make sure that the light shines brighter than usual.

And in that path, you will ensure how to make that light shine brighter and ultimately, make yourself better too.

What works?

What works?

What works for someone else might not work for me.

What works for me might not work for you.

The problem lies where we do something just because it worked for someone else.

What we fail to realize is that everyone’s paths are different, journeys are different, patterns are different.

Here in comes self-awareness.

When you become aware about yourself, you realize what truly works for you and what doesn’t too.

Then comes experimentations. Experiment with everything and know what works for you and what doesn’t.

It is then when you have tried everything and now know what works for you.

If I can change, anyone can.

If I can change, anyone can.

What I say or share may seem difficult or confusing or even impossible,

however what I want you to know is this…

I was in that same place

having those same thoughts

that this kind of a change is beyond me.

What did I do then?

Well…

I knew I wanted to take that first step to taste that new experience.

I had seen the results, so even though the start was difficult, I knew what the process looked like.

Once I took that first step, it was just a whole new world for me.

Walking upon this path of self growth and self improvement.

What I want you to know is this…

If I can change, anyone can and I’ll try my best to make you aware of this path!

The choice to walk upon it will always be yours though!

Then vs Now – What’s changed over time?

Then vs Now – What’s changed over time?

In this quest of understanding and becoming self aware about who I am, what my voice is, what my strengths and weaknesses are, how my thoughts amd actions affect me and others around me, how my habits affect me, I was in a retrospective mode thinking about all of these things.

Not just that, but who I was before, who I am now, the old me, the new me, how I have been able to pin point certain areas of my life that needed a change and then worked on it and yet, there’s so much more to work on.

This is the journey of self-improvement and everyday I’m grateful that I get to improve myself or at least become aware of what I need to improve one bit at a time.

However, doing just that made me create this list of my THEN vs NOW and what’s changed me over time.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Well, the more I learn, the more I want to share.

Not just my personal growth. But, how you can grow too, how you can improve too, how you can change your life too.

A list of such kind helps in showing that if I can change, then you can change too and if this can inspire you to take a step in that direction, then why not?

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#14 of The Last 7 Days (8.06-14.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the fourteenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. A fully-connected future means you’ll never be alone.

    Read here.
  2. Ben Casnocha writes about 16 lessons to learn from LinkedIn founder, Reid Hoffman after spending 10,000 hours. This is the best thing you’ll read.

    Check it here.
  3. Starbucks Sees $3.2 Billion Virus Hit, Plans New Cafe Format
    Read it here.
  4. Neuroscience can explain why you’re having trouble concentrating on work or school during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Read here.
  5. Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna’s mission to feed millions in India through his Feed India drive – this is such an inspiring read.

    Check it 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. Neurologist Amy Milton on editing memories and eliminating the triggers that unearth the destructive emotional responses.

    Listen here.
  2. Seth Godin speaks on ‘Everybody is Irrational‘ on his podcast, Akimbo.

    Check it out here.
  3. Have you been listening to the Harry Potter at Home: Readings podcast? The eighth episode was read by Alia Bhatt, which was quite brilliant.

    Check it out here.
  4. Do you remember the Highway on my Plate podcast, I had mentioned in the earlier editions? Well, in this episode, they discuss the tales of their Maharashtra journey, in particular Pune, Mumbai and more so I had to share it.

    Listen to it here.
  5. Dhruv Rathee has a Spotify original podcast, ‘Maha Bharat with Dhruv Rathee‘ and this episode is based on ‘Why is India a Republic?

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Vishen Lakhiani on how to live from intuition and accessing information outside the human brain, on Jay Shetty’s podcast ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty‘ – this episode was legit mind-blowing and so much to learn from.

    Watch here.
  2. Liv Boeree, the poker champion gives a TED Talk on 3 decison-making lessons to learn from Poker.

    Watch it here.
  3. How 5G works – the pros and cons.

    Check it out here.
  4. If you are into cars and/or love Ferrari, you’ll like this one – The Rise of Ferrari. Watch here.
  5. Kartik Aaryan interviews Barkha Dutt on his series, Koki Poochega and she talks about the change in journalism, the current on-ground reality and more.

    Watch it here.

    P. S. Bonus: Don’t miss out Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime, I’ve done a small review HERE and I’ll recommend it for sure.

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.

Self!

Self!

Self-growth, Self-improvement, Self-care, why is the word ‘Self’ added here?

What is the point that is being tried to communicate to you?

Until you don’t care about yourself, how will you take care of others around you?

Until you don’t improve yourself, how will you improve the life of others around you?

Until you don’t grow yourself, how will that growth happen outside and around you?

It all starts with you!

SELF.

The starting point is the only point where you have to become selfish in order to become selfless.

In order to serve others.

In order to have an impact on others.

In order to create change.

Self – that’s where it begins.

The biggest armory of yours!

The biggest armory of yours!

Who you are, what is your real voice, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, what your habits are, what your thoughts are, how your words and actions affect you and others, what pushes you, what brings you down – all of such things come under self awareness.

When you become aware of everything you are and everything you do.

It tells you what you need to change, what you need to overcome, what you need to double down on.

It’s the single biggest armory of yours that you single-handedly have the power over, the knowledge of which is a strength that not everyone has.

It costs zero!

It costs zero!

It costs zero?

But what though?

The biggest values in the world

That create the most impact!

Things like kindness, empathy, gratitude and optimism cost you nothing,
it doesn’t take anything away from you,
but it helps you to live a happy and positive life.


Not only that, but you also get to spread this word around, spread some love and not to forget, when you’re optimistic, good things just happen in your life.

Write the invoice of your own life!
5 Tips to improve your Work from Home experience

5 Tips to improve your Work from Home experience

If you’re working from home, you’d agree that the hours are not fixed anymore, sometimes it gets tiring, the exhaustion gets to you at the end of the day and if there’s anything you’d do to change the mood, you would.

Thinking of that, one of the things that occurred to me is that when you’re on your laptop all day long, whether you’re on your bed or on your desk, or even switching between them, what’s also happening is that you’re hooked onto the screen until you get that break.

However, there are a few tidbits here and there that can help you to take care of your mind and body whilst putting in the work that can help you at the end of the day, and doing them every day will only benefit you on a macro level too.

Not to forget, work from home will be a norm for now and for the future, so it’d be better to pick up some beneficial habits for a better outcome.

So here they are –

  • Stand Up & Stretch

Whenever you can, as many times as you can, stand up for a minute or two at least, to open up your body and to allow the blood to circulate.

When you sit for a long amount of time, due to zero movement of the body, the muscles get rigid, which further leads to body restlessness and fatigue.


  • Hydrate Yourself

Even though you might have kept a bottle of water alongside you, in the flow of work, you might become unaware of drinking water in periods of time.

That further leads to dehydration in the body, ultimately resulting in lower energy levels in the body, more irritability, also causes lethargy, weight gain and headaches.


  • Eat Nuts/ Fruits

Instead of binge eating stuff that does not benefit the body, keep a small box of nuts beside you, on the table.

You can then have a nut or two in a while or even a fruit when you feel like eating, and that is the best form of nutrients that you could put in your body.

This, of course, is during the day and is not a substitute for your meals.


  • Maintain A Schedule

You’d think that the day is already running loose with abnormal work timings and not having a relaxation time, why would I want to make a schedule and make the day more rigid?

Well, that’s exactly why!

Because having a schedule would ensure that you get to do the other activities of your day as well, including your workout, your meals, your relaxation time as well as balancing work.


  • Practice Well-being

At this time, when you’re home and also working constantly, it is extremely important to practice your well-being, both mentally and physically.

From taking a few minute breaks here and there to practising mediation to doing workouts to taking a few walks whenever possible, everything constitutes as a part of well-being which keeps you in check.


Hope these help you better your days, ultimately making your weeks and months better as well.

It’s always the small changes which make a huge impact and change things around.

Lockdown Learnings

Lockdown Learnings

Over the past year or so, one of my main intentions has been to work on my habits, to introduce new ones, to evolve them over time and to get rid of the ones that don’t serve me any purpose.

Amongst many that literally changed me, this lock-down period allowed me to work on a few more that have been on my mind for a while or some that I didn’t think would be essential to me.

Here are some that I’ve been working on and constantly trying to improve them:

1. Daily Meditations

It allowed me to align my mind and my body, it made me more calmer, more peaceful, to let go of things, every time it’s a different experience.


2. Gadget-free Meals

To have meals without having the phone or laptop around you, without having to watch anything while eating. It first started with lunch and now dinner too, teaching me to be more mindful during meals.


3. Yoga

Whether its the suryanamaskars or some other asanas, the lockdown taught me that you can do so much without even going out. The daily growing experience and the impact on the body is immense.


4. Breath-work

The breathing exercises helps me in releasing more energy in the body, influences the blood circulation, thereby increasing the alkalinity and reducing the acidity in the body, plus changing various physiological responses


5. Cleanliness

Whether its the brooming and wiping, or the sanitisation of the items brought from outside, or the occasional cleaning of utensils and dusting, this time has made me more aware of cleanliness than ever.

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Answer me this question

For I don’t know the answer myself

I want to change

But I don’t know who will bring this change

The mirror says

Look within me

For I always showed you the answer

It is you alone

Who can bring change

For no one else has the power to do so

#13 of The Last 7 Days (01.06-07.06)

#13 of The Last 7 Days (01.06-07.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirteenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. The untold story of Google’s $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, from those who lived it, read here.
  2. The fire Zuck started won’t stop at Facebook
    Check it out here.
  3. Where, exactly, is the edge of space? This was such an interesting read.

    Read it here.
  4. National Geographic has done a coverage on ‘Is it safe to travel now?’, covering all points from air travel to road trips and hotel stays and more.

    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. Simon Sinek on how to play the infinite game, on the Jordan Harbinger Show.

    Listen here.
  2. Varun Duggirala, the host of Advertising is Dead, has started a new podcast ‘Useless Information with Varun Duggirala‘. The podcast is relatable, interesting and the fact that he speaks to people who are shaped by this “useless information” is inspiring. I heard the first episode with Rohan Joshi and this one is recommended.

    Go listen to it here.
  3. Pawan Rochwani, founder of Platform for Artists, speaks about ‘The Creative Burnout Problem & How to get Rid of it?‘ – it’s a relatable one and every creator should give this a listen.

    Check it out here.
  4. Chris Evans talks about his acting journey, turning down Captain America and more on The Hollywood Reporter’s Podcast, Awards Chatter.

    Check it out here.
  5. I came across a new podcast by Wondery, ‘The Daily Smile‘ and the name says it all, a podcast with a daily story filled with some goodness and happiness feels. The first episode was a good listen, ‘Drone Love‘.

    Listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. Jerry Seinfeld’s new standup, ‘Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill‘ is freaking hilarious, one hour of non-stop laughter.

    Give it a watch here. (P.S. Streaming on Netflix)
  2. Should we boycott Chinese products? Entrepreneur/ content creator Farheen Ahmad explains the Chinese strategies; Chinese economic machinations and geo-politics in this video.

    Watch here.
  3. Luke Coutinho on gut health, diseases and prevention.

    Watch it here.
  4. Do Reviews Matter? (ft Rajeev Masand, Sucharita Tyagi and Ankur Pathak) If you’re into movies, and read/ write reviews, give this a watch.

    Check it out here.
  5. Casey Neistat speaks on ‘What Black Lives Matter protests are really about?’ This video gives you a really good perspective on the whole situation.

    Give it a 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.

Beyond the Clouds!

Beyond the Clouds!

Sometimes clouds, dark clouds take over the sky, making it dark and dense.

At such moments, the sky isn’t visible, the rays of the sun aren’t visible.

It seems dark even in the lightest moments of the day.

However, what we should know is this…

Beyond the clouds, the bright, beautiful and the blue sky is still there and the sun is still shining out there.

It’s just that we can’t see any of it beyond the clouds, but it’s there.

It is so beautifully connected with life as well.

Where sometimes life is overshadowed by such dense clouds, even though temporary, that we lose our perspective of it being temporary and knowing that the beautiful life full of colours is still out there.

We just need to have a perspective of knowing what’s beyond the clouds even if we cannot see it.

How are you not curious?

How are you not curious?

How are you not curious anymore?

That’s what I would like to ask you today!

How are you not curious enough to question everything that you do?

How are you not curious enough to question everything that your life is conditioned to?

How are you not curious enough to question what the brands and marketers are selling you and you end up buying them?

How are you not curious enough to go beyond all of this and think of taking that step forward of questioning everything?

How are you not curious enough to ask how does life function?

Everything there is to know is out there.

All that is required is a tiny bit of curiosity from you.

That’s it.

Some curiosity, some questions, some research and you’ll have a well-garnished outcome of results that will change the way you think, the way you communicate, and the way life is.

This will change how you view content.

This will change how you view content.

This will change how you view content…

Do you know what I’m talking about?

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CLICKBAIT

and what does it mean?

They are misleading titles used to attract your attention and then encourage you to click on that particular link and spend some more time on their website.

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The question I want to focus on is this, why do marketers still focus on this technique?

Well, the easiest way to explain is this…

Because the audience still falls for it every time.

And that gets them more views.

Which also means more ad views.

You understand the story here, right?

How can we change that?

We, as the AUDIENCE, need to be more smarter with what we consume.

To also make sure that we don’t fall for headlines.

What that also means is, to be more interested in the content than the headline.

And lastly, follow the authentic kind of publishers who post the right kind of information.

We aim for a world of authenticity and value.

As the creator/ publisher, providing value and not deception should be the focus.

Provide more value/ extra content than what you have already posted initially, when it comes to redirecting to your websites.

And more importantly, do it the right way.

When you do it right, the audience will fall in love with you and not a particular piece of content.

How to use an umbrella?

How to use an umbrella?

Well, we all know how to use an umbrella and why do we use it too.

But of course, this is more than that.

I’m thinking if an umbrella can also be used, not just to protect us from the rain drops, but also from people’s unnecessary opinions and judgements.

We can agree that we aren’t strong enough to block them or let them not affect us.

Then why not use an external object to do so?

Those opinions and judgements usually create more problems to our mind and body than what the rains would have done.

In countless ways.

The moment we would notice a judgemental opinion, we would’ve opened that umbrella and let it shield us from that.

Only if there was an umbrella for that though.

Things could’ve been so much easier.

Nonetheless, since there isn’t, well, we have to become stronger and become more aware to do that umbrella work ourselves.

Create that shield to not get affected by those things, so we can live a carefree and a peaceful life.

Likes are a Vanity Metric

Likes are a Vanity Metric

It’s 2020 and either for themselves or for their brands, people are still hunting for likes.

In a constantly evolving world, where creators are on the lookout for what works and what doesn’t, ‘social media likes’ are clearly not the way to decide the outcome of that.

They are a vanity metric which is still used to check the success of a particular creative.

Whereas we need to move beyond that and focus on what attracts the audience’s attention, what makes them comment, what makes them share something, what makes them save something.

A creative needs to be really valuable for someone to save them for later viewing. For someone to share it with others. Those are metrics to measure against. That creates a long-term bond with the brand which then continues with other avenues.

Which direction are you aligning towards? Likes or Shares and Saves?

3 Questions to ask yourself before you post anything!

3 Questions to ask yourself before you post anything!

Whenever anyone is wanting to create content for any social media platform, one of the questions that arise in their mind is, ‘Will this post work?’
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There’s a constant worry around this question and sometimes it stops people from posting what they truly want to share. In a constant dilemma of engagement, what gets affected is the content.

To solve that issue in the easiest manner I could think of, here are 3 questions you should ask yourself before you post anything –

1. Is this genuine to me or am I posting just for the sake of it?

2. Does this provide value to my audience?

3. Would I consume this if it came on my feed?

Simple questions to which if you could answer truthfully, you’ll find out that any and all types of content is post-worthy and there are no selection criteria to it.

#12 of The Last 7 Days (25.05 – 31.05)

#12 of The Last 7 Days (25.05 – 31.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the twelfth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. 7 red flags to be on the lookout for when restaurants open

    Read here.
  2. The real threat to Facebook and Twitter isn’t a pandemic or a president.

    Read here.
  3. The types of live-streams we’ve seen so far

    Read here.
  4. How to control your emotions during a difficult conversation?

    Read about it 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. Wheelchair athlete Dean Furness gave a TED Talk on overcoming challenges by not comparing yourself to others.

    Listen to it here.
  2. How Herd Immunity works on ‘Stuff You Should Know‘ podcast.

    Check it out here.
  3. Sundar Pichai on managing Google through the pandemic on The Vergecast.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Kunal Shah talks about his entrepreneurial journey, his philosophical thoughts and lots more on the Cyrus Says Podcast.

    Listen here.
  5. Ray Dalio on resetting for the future, on the podcast This is Working with Daniel Roth

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. This was such a good watch, a good investment of time – Kevin Hart on the Joe Rogan podcast.

    Watch here.
  2. How Richard Branson is trying to save his Virgin empire?

    Watch it here.
  3. A Paatal Lok post-mortem with the cast and creators on Film Companion.

    Check it out here.
  4. Sonu Sood’s interview on Film Companion and talks about the marvelous work he has been doing at this time, what made him start and more.

    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.

I’ve been meditating daily for 60 days now!

I’ve been meditating daily for 60 days now!

Meditation was something that was on my mind for a while, but I could just never start doing it then.

In the last year or so, I may have done a couple of them, including a sound healing meditation (which was quite impactful), but it didn’t get implemented as a part of my lifestyle.

I always knew its advantages, I had heard people’s stories of how it had changed them but sometimes things happen according to their own timings and you can never force them.

Then the lock-down happened.

That was the time when things within me changed, my perspective changed on a lot of things, and as things aligned together, it was as if the universe wanted me to start meditating at this time.

On the 30th of March, 2020 was the first day of this streak – and I must say that the first day was groundbreaking in itself.

What I experienced was something I had never thought of.

And then, day after day, different kinds of meditation happened and I explored more and more, and different things ticked off.

I experienced moments in my life which aren’t a part of my conscious thinking, I experienced my life from a different perspective, I started looking at things differently, I visualized different chapters of my life, different settings that changed the behavior in me.

To share in detail, what it does to you, here’s how I see it –

Simply put, it helps you to align your mind and your body and be still.

It allows you to silence your thoughts and just be, not thinking about the next task, not thinking about your worries etc

It allows you to focus on your breathing patterns – which thus helps in relaxation, more energy, more calmness, more peace.

It brings inner peace within you.

It allows you to let go of things that hold you back.

It also helps in visualization of memories, goals, conversations, nature – whatever you want it to be.

There’s a lot that can be done.

Meditation then and now, is a whole different experience for me, such an essential part of life that is again never taught to us in the way we live.

To experience this, you have to take that leap and change your life is how I see it.

And there’s just advantages to it.

Today will be Day 63, to be technically right and I look forward to my meditation time now, more than anything.

3 Life Lessons to learn from the game ‘Ludo’

3 Life Lessons to learn from the game ‘Ludo’

If there was one thing apart from livestreaming and video conferencing that got popular (again) was playing Ludo.

Whether it’s the board game or the mobile game, whether its playing with family or with friends, Ludo has become that bonding game for many during this lockdown.

Said that, I’ve had my share of games with the family, and playing these many times with some wins and some really bad losses got me thinking…

There are quite a few Life Lessons too that the game teaches us!

  • You can’t give up until the game is over

How many times has it happened that the other player/s are way ahead and about to win, and there are times when, because you didn’t give up, because you were a worthy competitor playing until the end, you actually won too.

Same applies to life as well, when you’ve set your mind to something, you shouldn’t and you probably wouldn’t give up until you can’t do it anymore, but until then you won’t give up.

You will keep going, no matter what the circumstances are and no matter how much life wants to test you.


  • Just because you’re ahead doesn’t mean you’ve won

In the above scenario, you’re on the other side of the equation where you are the underdog. Here, you’re the one who’s boasting that you’re about to win.

How many times has it happened that you were leading, just the last piece remaining about to enter the final segment of the journey and someone gets you out. And that becomes the turning point of the game.

When it comes to life, doesn’t the same happen? When you’re ahead, when you’re winning, you feel there is no other and it’s just you, going forward with overconfidence – but then life gets in the way and says that you haven’t won yet.

It shows that one needs to be careful and smart until the end, know what’s going around and not to celebrate until it’s happened.


  • You need to be strategic with your moves

Another important thing that the game teaches us is how to be strategic in the game and in life.

In the game, you need to know when to play the different pieces, whether you should take the chance to cut someone else or save the other piece about to enter the save zone, but is currently in danger.

Just like in life, where you need to be strategic with your moves. You need to be aware of your surroundings and play your moves accordingly. Know which move is aggressive, which one needs to be monitored and move forward accordingly.


I’m sure if you break down the game, there could be some other things to learn too, some smaller in impact maybe. However, these are those life-changing lessons that I could think of, while playing of course.

Ready to ‘Zazz Your Life?’

Ready to ‘Zazz Your Life?’

We are now @zazzyourlife on Instagram, previously Live The Zazz Life.

What’s the mission?

We want you to take the control of your life in your hands, instead of being dependent on anyone else to provide the answers.

We want you to ZAZZ your life on your own!

What do we mean by zazz?
Well, it’s making your life more unique and awesome than before.

How do we do that?
By changing how we think, how we communicate, how we react, our habits, our goals, our purpose, how to upgrade yourself to a better version, what to eat, what to drink, what not to do and the why behind everything.

Once we learn this and once we learn to rewire our brain, we upgrade ourselves to a better and improved version of ourselves than before. That is adding the zazz to our life.

Not to forget, only you can do it. Nobody else. Not us, surely. We are just the medium in this equation.

So, are you ready to zazz your life?
Embark on this new journey with us.

It’d be deeply appreciated if you would also share our page with your loved ones so all of us can then grow together in this journey.

Here’s the link – https://www.instagram.com/zazzyourlife

Staying In with Choice

Staying In with Choice

Even though the lockdown is relaxed at a few places, it continues at many more.

The anxiousness continues for many who look at the four walls around them everyday and it is natural to feel that way too.

At the same time, there are some (I’ll include myself in this) who have come up with various activities filling the day and don’t feel that way like many others do.

Nonetheless, here’s a quick suggestion for them – how about you change the perspective for yourself?


How about you think you’re staying in with choice, and not because of the current crisis? How about you devote your staying in with a reason and then continue to pursue that?

The perspective matters and a small step like this can change your emotions, your behavior and your following days.

Stealing your Inner Peace!

Stealing your Inner Peace!

Let’s start with what steals our inner peace?

What are those elements of our life that have the ability to steal our inner peace?

Well, your anger towards someone else, ego, jealousy, competition, other people’s opinions towards you or your opinions towards them, same goes for judgements as well, failure (if you let it affect you) – these are some of the top things that affect the majority.

The question is, how can you let anyone else steal your inner peace?

The above-mentioned elements come into power when someone else is involved in that equation.

That means, you, yes you, are giving someone else the power to steal your inner peace.

Once you understand this, once you understand what inner peace means, what is in your control, what isn’t, what elements have the power to change that, then you can start practising towards controlling them.

You can start working on your traits, what pinches you, what doesn’t, what sparks your emotions, what doesn’t and ultimately, be in control of your inner peace.

In such a way, that you have the power over it and no one else can steal it.

Later.

Later.

When you tell yourself, that I’ll do this ‘later’, what are you actually telling yourself?

In simple terms, it means that you don’t want to do that something right now and you’ll do it at a later point of time.

Although, if you break it down, it means, that certain something isn’t a priority for you to take care of it right now.

Well, in that terms, what is the priority of that thing on a scale of 1 – 5? 1 being the highest and 5 being the lowest.

Well, if its anything beyond a 3, then the probability of you taking on that thing at a later point of time seems unlikely.

A simple reason is because, one, its not that important to you, second, on a day-to-day basis or a weekly basis, there will be something that is going to replace things on the priority scale of 1 and 2.

On the basis of which, things beyond 3 aren’t going to be taken care of at all.

What’s the alternative?

Either take on only one or two things at a time, so there’s no point of pushing something to ‘later’.

Or being well-organized to a point that you complete that entire list of 1 – 5, irrespective of how many other tasks or things come on to your plate.

#11 of The Last 7 Days (18.05-24.05)

#11 of The Last 7 Days (18.05-24.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the eleventh 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and mental strength coach talks about the biggest mental health problems caused by the quarantine and what can be done to prevent them.

    Read more here.
  2. 70% of Indian startups will run out of money in less than 3 months.
    Read about it here.
  3. How marketers can balance privacy and personalization?

    Read here.
  4. 7 Ways Mental Strength Will Make You Succeed

    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. Roshan Abbas now has a podcast – So What Do We Do Now. That’s news in itself. In this episode, ‘No Reservations’ he talks to Riyaaz Amlani, Bhakti Mehta and Rupesh Indulkar about the current restaurant industry and what does the future hold.

    Listen to it here.
  2. ER doctor Darria Long talks about triaging your “crazy busy” life
    Listen here.
  3. AirBnb CEO Brian Chesky on managing the company during this situation and the future of travel and hospitality on the Recode Decode Podcast.

    Check it out here.
  4. On ‘Off Script with Salil‘, Salil chats with Saransh Goila, founder of Goila Butter Chicken, on his journey in the food world.

    Listen here.
  5. Amit Trivedi talks about his beliefs, his approach towards making music and his creative discipline as an artist on the 9XM Soundcast Podcast.

    Listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. The Verge has done a video on ‘Why Spotify bought Joe Rogan’s podcast‘.

    Watch it here.
  2. Amazon Warehouse Workers speak out during coronavirus – what’s going on inside the warehouse, their safety and the steps taken by the company.

    Watch here.
  3. How Teslas upgrade over time?
    Check it out here.
  4. On FC Time Machine, Sucharita Tyagi of Film Companion goes back to the year 1994, rediscovering the film that achieved cult status over the years, Andaz Apna Apna

    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.

Every human is different

Every human is different

Every human being, irrespective of their caste, creed, age, sex and DNA, are different.

In terms of what?

Their journeys.

Their goals.

Their thoughts.

Their emotions.

Their problems.

Their accomplishments.

Literally, everything is different for everyone.

Then why is it that one compares them with someone else, one aspires to be like someone else, one says I’m just not like the other person.

How are these things even possible when every human on this planet is different from each other.

Each unique in their own way.

The system doesn’t work that way because the system won’t be able to operate if everyone started thinking that way and that’s the problem we don’t realize.

However, if there’s one takeaway from this, that we should take for the rest of our lives is this…

Every human is different.

Between the lines

Between the lines

Either you know this already or reading this might change a lot of perspectives for you.

We look for answers everywhere.

For everything.

If someone could solve everything and just tell us the answers to it all.

And sometimes even while listening/ reading them, you still think this is what everyone says but how’s this different?

Well, the answer lies in between the lines.

To everything.

This is a game of really listening and then understanding between the lines and finally understanding what the answer actually was.

Stumbling upon

Stumbling upon

Until you don’t stumble upon the path of self-improvement, you never know you needed to improve.

Until you don’t stumble upon the path of positivity, you never know you needed it.

Until you don’t stumble upon the path of growth, you never know you wanted to grow.

This is such an interesting game of choice and chance.

Sometimes you stumble upon something by chance, and sometimes by choice.

Either ways, if you get the chance to stumble upon it, appreciate it.

It’s a path that you always wanted to walk on, but never knew you wanted to.

It’s all connected.

It’s all connected.

What We Think
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What We Say
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How we Act
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What we Eat
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What we consume
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What type of people do you attract around you
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What goals do you want to pursue
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Why do opinions bother me
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Why do people compare
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Why do people have egos
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Why are people happy with materialistic things
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Where does the real happiness lie
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Why can’t you be happy right now
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What is my purpose in life
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What is life all about

It’s all connected.

Hold On or Let Go

Hold On or Let Go

Everything in life

Thoughts

Emotions

Words

Opinions

People

Purpose

Service

Passion

Everything is something that you either hold on to or you let go of it.

It’s more of understanding whether that certain something is adding to your life or taking away something.

If it’s adding, then it’s a definite hold.

However, if its the other way round, if its taking away something – anything – energy, peace, calmness, then its time to let go it.

It could be easy, it could also be difficult, but that choice needs to be taken so you could be more balanced, more peaceful, instead of holding onto things that weigh you down.

There’s always eyes on you

There’s always eyes on you

You know what?

Whatever you do,

However you do it,

Whether you succeed or fail,

Whether you know the answers or not,

There’s always eyes on you.

Someone or everyone is watching you.

So, will you let that bother you or will you do what you want and enjoy those eyes on you?

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#10 of The Last 7 Days (11.05 – 17.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the tenth 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. How the pandemic will change our relationship to time forever?
    This was an interesting read – check it out here.
  2. What must India do to be a 21st century world power?

    Read more here.
  3. Why Global Theatrical Windows May Emerge Stronger After COVID-19?

    Read here.
  4. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky predicts a wildly different future of travel and living

    Read about it 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. Mark Cuban talks on his relationship to wealth and risk on The Twenty Minute VC Podcast.

    Listen here.
  2. Think you’ve been having exceptionally strange dreams lately? Listen to ‘Quarantine Dreams‘ on the Today, Explained Podcast here.
  3. Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani, speaks on the anti-CEO Playbook on Ted Talks Daily.

    Listen to it here.
  4. It’s the captain’s episode on the Manchester United Podcast. The current captain, Harry Maguire and ‘Captain Marvel’ Bryan Robson together.

    If you follow Manchester United too, listen to this here.

What To Watch:

  1. Can AirBnb survive? Watch this video here.
  2. There is now an unofficial version of Some Good News India edition, by MissMalini – covering the good news of our country.

    Watch it here.
  3. How airlines park thousands of planes?

    Watch here.
  4. How a shoe company makes 100,000 masks a week to fight the coronavirus?

    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.

The Dice

The Dice

Have you ever rolled the dice?

The probability is, you have.

A dice, in the form of a cube, has six numbers, from 1-6, one on each side of it.

You try rolling for a number that you wish for.

You try harder.

You try different styles.

However, when it leaves your hand and falls on the board, you never know what number is going to come up until its on the board.

You might appreciate the outcome or you might get disappointed by it.

Either or.

That dice has such a metaphorical meaning though.

To life.

Every step we take in our life, has a different outcome.

We don’t know that outcome.

Until it happens.

We roll with life, wishing for something to happen, but sometimes it ain’t in our hands.

Again, whether we appreciate that outcome or be disappointed by it is up to us.

But at least, we tried, right?

Not just outward, inward too.

Not just outward, inward too.

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.

Running a race

Running a race

When you plan on running a race, usually there’s two scenarios as to how everyone looks at it – either you win the race or you lose.

No one really wants to notice the constant efforts and practice that was taking place behind-the-scenes and the mentality it needed to prepare for that race.

No one really wants to acknowledge those who finished that race, but not just first.

No one really gives a pat on the back to those who couldn’t finish the race. A pat on the back for trying!

This world we live in wants everyone to win.

Is that possible though?

If 5 people participate and they do their best, yet only one wins, how are we, as a society, reacting to the other four?

Do they stop running then?

Observe

Observe

That’s my super power.

Observing patterns, behaviors, reactions and everything else.

Everything around me!

When you observe, you’re able to learn a lot more, in more detail than usual.

The power of an observation allows you to perceive who people are, what the system is all about, reading between the lines, seeing beyond the black and white of the usual.

I’m not sure if it’s something that can be learned or it comes naturally, but I do know this, if you start observing a tiny bit more than usual, you’ll start noticing things a whole lot differently and eventually, your perspective could surely change.

The feeling of nothingness

The feeling of nothingness

Do you know the feeling when you feel like doing nothing at all?

Nothing as in literally nothing.

No distractions, no tasks, no smartphones, no thoughts, no focusing on yourself.

Just nothing.

It’s a feeling where you feel calm, you feel peaceful, silently sitting there – and no, I’m not talking about meditations either.

Just the feeling of doing nothing, at that time.

You don’t feel it too often, but when you feel it, you got to respect it and spend that time accordingly.

There’s always good.

There’s always good.

No matter how much bad there is in the world, there’s always some good too.

No matter how many bad situations occur, good situations occur too.

No matter how many negative people are out there, there are positive people too.

The balance is maintained throughout.

It’s only what do you want to notice that shows who you are.

But, remember.

There’s always good out there.

#9 of The Last 7 Days (04.05 – 10.05)

#9 of The Last 7 Days (04.05 – 10.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. If you feel like time has been passing weirdly during quarantine, you’re not alone. There’s a scientific reason why.

    Read here.
  2. Decoded: The End of Aging

    Read about it here.
  3. TikTok Boom! How the Exploding Social Media App Is Going Hollywood!

    Check it out here.
  4. What Gotham City’s Joker can teach us about entrepreneurship

    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. There’s a new podcast, Harry Potter at Home Readings, starting with the first book of the series and the first episode is narrated by Daniel Radcliffe – hands down, too good.

    Listen to it here.
  2. Naval Ravikant makes a rare podcast appearance on Save Planet, Get Rich Podcast and when it’s Naval, you know how brilliant the episode already is.

    Give it a listen here.
  3. Why Sweden stayed open during this crisis time, on the Today, Explained Podcast.

    Check it here.
  4. On the Recode Decode Podcast, Sarah Frier talks about the inside story of Instagram and how it has changed since the founders left.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Elon Musk talks NeuraLink, COVID, Tesla and more on the Joe Rogan Podcast.
    (You can also listen to this on his podcast)

    Watch it here.
  2. Nico Rosberg talks to Sadhguru on the surprising link between F1 cars and human minds.

    Check it out here.
  3. Why unemployment sites crash but Netflix doesn’t

    Watch it here.
  4. Why you’re always tired between 1 pm – 4 pm

    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.

What you Say is within You!

What you Say is within You!

When something is personal to you, or if it interests you, or if you’re passionate about it, then you may have realised that you can speak freely about it.

It’s like the constant flow of water in a waterfall.

Words come out of your mouth, like a melody.

That shows how authentic you are, about what you speak.

It also shows when you have to form words in your mind, because you just want to say something and it’s not authentic to you.

See the difference?

That’s why I say, what you say is within you.

Opinions Change!

Opinions Change!

Every time, there’s an ounce of shock and astonishment when a person says or does something contrary to what they did or said a while back!

The usual response is, weren’t you doing it the other way before.

Well, as a matter of fact, every day, every week, every year, with the amount of information we consume and the more we learn, the more we experiment and the more we grow,

Also results into our habits changing, our lifestyle changing and not to forget, our opinions changing as well.

It is very likely for anyone’s opinion to change from A to G or H to P based on whatever they’ve learnt in that time.

A change in opinion usually means the person has evolved then before, they’ve grown.

So instead of tearing up apart the person for the change, appreciate that they’ve had more knowledge about something and then took that plunge to change.

Constant Learning

Constant Learning

Our learning doesn’t end at schools and colleges, on the contrary, its never-ending.

Whether it’s a conscious choice or not, one is constantly learning, in some form or the other, everyday.

Consciously, the learning could be in the form of audio, video or text consumption or through conversations or when you walk on uncharted territory.

Subconsciously, learning happens through mistakes or through experiences – in your personal and professional lives.

Nonetheless, the bottom line is one is constantly learning everyday.

Whether by choice or not.

P. S. By choice is always better because you get to control and upgrade yourself on your own terms, rather through things happening in your life which aren’t in your control at all.

This learning, of all kinds, leads to growth in your life. The growth which leads to a different version of yours than before.

Whether a better version or not, depends on your perspective.

Is your phone charged?

Is your phone charged?

If I asked you, is your phone charged right now?

You’d know the answer.

What is the phone battery percentage right now?

You’d know the answer.

Be it your phone, or your headphones, your laptop, the point is that you’re aware when it comes to these items that you use on a daily basis?

However, what about you? What is your battery percentage right now? How long will you last before charging yourself again?

Do you know the answers to these questions?

We often focus on external items that control our lives, but forget to take a inner look that we actually have the control over.

Do I need to upgrade my battery power?

That can be done.

Do I need to recharge myself now?

That can be done too.

Is the battery getting low?

You can be aware of that too.

When you’re self-aware about yourself, the perspective towards looking at yourself and the outside world changes.

You now want to use that battery efficiently, you don’t want to drain it out, right?

You can then smartly utilise that power on things that matter or the things that interest you, just like your smartphone.

Share the Love

Share the Love

There’s a lot of negativity out there, not just social media (that’s just a medium), but everywhere else too!

You might have noticed this.

But, speaking particularly of social media, whether its comments, stories, DMs, tweets – there’s all kinds of negative stuff out there.

How can one, just one positive loving person play their part in this process?

Share the Love!

Share the Love, the Positivity, the Kindness if you have it within you!

Why?

Well, its contagious.

Another person feels that love and positivity and shares it further.

And this way, one person at a time, the world can be conquered with love and positivity.

Say ‘Today is going to be a great day’

Say ‘Today is going to be a great day’

How often does it happen that we look back at our day when it’s almost over and based on what happened do we then decide whether it was a good day or not?

How about we take the control about what happens?

How about we control the day and not let the day control us?

How do we do that?

Before you sleep at night, let that last thought be ‘Tomorrow is going to be a great day.’

When you wake up in the morning, let the first thought be and say it to yourself, ‘Today is going to be a Great Day.’

Set that precedent by yourself to yourself.

By saying this, you have set the tone for the day, you have set the pattern of your thoughts, you have set the mood for the day.

Now you won’t let the results decide the outcome of the day, but your actions will.

Say ‘Today is going to a Great Day‘ and experience the magic.

P. S. This is not a wand spell that will wave its magic at you, but it’s more of a mantra that you use to get back the control of your day.

#8 of The Last 7 Days (27.04 – 03.05)

#8 of The Last 7 Days (27.04 – 03.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 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.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

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


What To Read:

  1. How Coronavirus Changed the Way We Watch, Listen and Play

    Read here.
  2. The Impact of Coronavirus on Social Media Engagement for Brands

    Check it out here.
  3. The coronavirus crisis is creating unique new types of stress and insomnia, but there’s a way to tackle them both.

    Read it here.
  4. Read here on Why Men Grow Beards When Times Get Tough
  5. What to do when you can’t sleep?

    If you face this issue, give it a read here.
  6. Bill Gates on the first modern pandemic

    Check it 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. How Boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas?

    Listen to it here.
  2. Seth Godin talks about why TV is so bad.

    Listen here.
  3. Inside the world’s biggest lockdown (India) on the Today, Explained Podcast.

    Check it out here.
  4. Dr. Michael Greger talks about energy drinks and how it affects your health, on his podcast.

    This is a must listen. Here.
  5. Lewis Howes interviews Nico Rosberg and talks about his journey on becoming a F1 World Champion, on his podcast The School of Greatness.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Behind the Scenes of Joker with Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips

    Watch it here.
  2. Kartik Aaryan interviews Luke Coutinho on his series, Koki Poochega and discusses physical and mental health.

    Watch here.
  3. I’m a Kumud Mishra fan and won’t miss a good breakdown of his journey in this interview on ScoopWhoop Unscripted.

    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.

The pressure we put on ourselves

The pressure we put on ourselves

I think you may have noticed this as well, and let me know if you agree with this thought!

There’s an enormous amount of pressure that we put on ourselves!

The pressure to achieve a goal, to complete the set tasks, to fulfill an obligation, to complete something within a set time, to impress someone or any other kinds of pressure one puts on themselves.

To top it off, it’s all self created, the pressure, no one is pressuring you to do so or even cares about it.

That’s the bottom line.

Because we don’t realize this, we keep feeling that pressure and live day after day and keep doing something, out of pressure and not out of enjoyment.

If we change that scenario, then there would be no pressure at all. Whatever is done, is then done out of satisfaction, fulfillment and happiness.

Too much baggage

Too much baggage

Do you feel that pressure on your shoulders?

I think its because, all of us, carry a lot of baggage along with us.

Wherever we go.

Baggage of emotions.

Baggage of opinions.

Baggage of negativity.

Everyday it gets heavier and heavier.

If that bag is not emptied bit by bit, it’ll reach a weight where it wouldn’t be possible to carry it anymore.

More than that, it would actually stop you from moving forward.

Let’s have a look at what’s inside that bag and try emptying it bit by bit.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Plans change.

Goals change.

Thoughts change.

Behaviors change.

When you walk that path of upgrading yourself, a lot of things start changing in your life.

Although, on this path, sometimes things don’t work out too.

It happens.

No one is perfect.

At such a point in life, remember to not be too hard on yourself.

Because, that makes it worse.

That will make you more negative.

Accept that sometimes things are out of your control or it was not meant to be.

That is (one of) the lesson(s) you learn when you walk upon the path of self-improvement.

The First Lesson Nature Teaches Us

The First Lesson Nature Teaches Us

Nature teaches us a lot of lessons, there’s legit so much to learn. However, do you know the first and the most important lesson that it teaches us?

Nature gives.

It gives and gives!

And asks nothing in return.

It’s purpose is to serve.

That’s the ultimate lesson to learn.

The world we live in, everyone knows how to take. Even if someone gives, there’s always some intent to take in some way or possible.

That pure intention of give, give and give is rare, extremely rare.

But, also our purpose.

Which, coincidentally also gives us happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment.

The answers lie here.

The answers lie here.

We keep searching for answers.

If we can get the answers, it’ll be a lot easier to move onto the next step.

We don’t ask questions, but that’s a different issue altogether.

Today, let’s just focus on the answers.

Where are they?

Where can we find them?

The answers lie in the

Silence.

When its silent is when you can hear the answers the loudest.

It is then when you can hear only what you needed to hear.

No inner noise.

No exterior noise.

Just you, the silence and the answers.