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5 Years of Zazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Action Repercussions

Action Repercussions

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

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

That is the case of action repercussions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to it here.

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

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

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

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

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

    Watch here.

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

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

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


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Without making Mistakes

Without making Mistakes

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

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

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

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

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

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Own Ways

Own Ways

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

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

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

Each to their own experience.

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

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

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In a world full of mirrors

In a world full of mirrors

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

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

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

Show your true self to yourself and everyone around you.

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

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

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The Digital Push

The Digital Push

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

My 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A deadline to yourself

A deadline to yourself

Deadlines solve things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

    Read here.
  3. Social-media innovation is dead

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

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

    Read about this here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Watch it here.

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

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

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


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

Seasons and Governments

Seasons and Governments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


5. ‘Chinta chita saman hoti hai’

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

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


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

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


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A century of Podcast Episodes

A century of Podcast Episodes


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

What is the podcast called?

Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

What is it about?

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

Where can you listen to it?

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

Specifically speaking,

Here’s the link to the podcast on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 podcasts that will help better your mind and habits

5 podcasts that will help better your mind and habits

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

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

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

A. The Tim Ferriss Show


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

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

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B. On Purpose with Jay Shetty


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

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C. The Daily Stoic


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

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D. Nir and Far: Business Behavior and the Brain


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

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E. Philosophy for our Times


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

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

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

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Too many Voices, Lesser Meaning

Too many Voices, Lesser Meaning

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

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

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

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

Use your voice if it adds meaning to the conversation.

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

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What you look for, is what you find

What you look for, is what you find

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

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

Consciously or subconsciously, you get what you look for.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. How to Wage Philosophical Warfare?

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

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

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

    Check this out here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Check it out here.

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


What To Watch:

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

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

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

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

    Watch here.
  5. Why Socrates Hated Democracy?

    Check it out here.

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

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

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


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If you take it personally…

If you take it personally…

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

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

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

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

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

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All the answers are out there

All the answers are out there

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

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

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

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

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

Everything is out there.

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

Then you’re set.

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Living a life with purpose

Living a life with purpose

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

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

What does that life include then?

Living a life with purpose means

• you know where your FOCUS lies,

• your PROCESS is now streamlined,

• knowing how to balance your TIME and ENERGY,

• where to DOUBLE DOWN upon, and

• also, able to avoid the DISTRACTIONS in life.

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

Have you found yours yet?

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Why you should start creating Content?

Why you should start creating Content?

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

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

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

Here’s why –

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

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

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

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

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

– more importantly, helps in finding your voice.

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

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

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Life isn’t an either or game

Life isn’t an either or game

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

You either win or lose at life.

You’re either happy or you’re not.

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

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

I feel, life isn’t an either or game.

Neither should it be made into one.

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

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

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

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

It cannot be summed into an either or game.

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5 Lessons to learn from ‘Mirzapur 2’

5 Lessons to learn from ‘Mirzapur 2’

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

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

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

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

This show is just wow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P. S. Awaiting Season 3. 🙂

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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

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

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

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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

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

    Watch it here.

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

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

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


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What makes you unique?

What makes you unique?

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

That is unique to them.

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

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

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

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A blank page

A blank page

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

Will you stop writing that book?

Or will you try another approach to it?

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

That is the power of a blank page.

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

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

That’s how life works as well.

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

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

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

That choice to continue is something you have to take.

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

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

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

Social Media, of course.

What else?

Should I do a blog?

Or, should I start a podcast?

What are the current trends?

Where should you align towards?

And the answer’s really simple.

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

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

Neither defines your brand either.

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

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

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

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

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

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Expression of Love

Expression of Love

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

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

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

Why?

Who made it clichéd?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why I am terrible at marketing?

Why I am terrible at marketing?

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

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

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

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

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

– Instead of baiting you into funnels,

I end up asking for your permission every time.

– Instead of packaging it into courses and ebooks,

I end up giving it all away for free.

– Instead of sounding like an expert,

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

– Instead of making it all about me,

I end up focusing on providing value to you first.

– Instead of focusing on likes and followers,

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

Should you even follow me after reading all of this?

I’ll leave that up to you.

Fin.

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What constitutes the inner voice?

What constitutes the inner voice?

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

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

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

Moreover, it’s not about ignoring your voice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. Running Late? Researchers Blame Aging Brain

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

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

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

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

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to it here.

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

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

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

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

    Watch it here.

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

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

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


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Consistency trumps Everything

Consistency trumps Everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consistency trumps everything.

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Faceless Voices

Faceless Voices

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

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

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

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

Some would argue, that these voices are bot accounts.

Which isn’t wrong.

However, not all of them are bots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Twitter is my most liked social media platform?

Why Twitter is my most liked social media platform?

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

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

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

Then, why Twitter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flawed

Flawed

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

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

Here’s what we need to get right.

We are flawed human beings.

Some of us are good at hiding those flaws.

Some are good at overpowering their strengths.

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

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

There’s nothing wrong in that.

Own your flaws because they make you who you are!

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What type of content works?

What type of content works?

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

People usually ask, “What works?”

What type of content should we create?

What type of content would get a good engagement?

And the answer to that is really simple.

No one knows what works.

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

There is never a right answer to what works.

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

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

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

What form allows you to express yourself more freely?

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

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

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

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The real test

The real test

You can be kind.

You can be grateful.

You can have empathy.

Especially when you’re in your zone.

Or when you’re in control of the situation.

What happens when you’re not?

What happens when the situation is against you?

What happens when you lose the control of your emotions?

That is the real test.

The test of your true character.

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen here.

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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

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

    Watch it on Netflix here.

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

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

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


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Starting your Day with a Message

Starting your Day with a Message

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cry your Heart out!

Cry your Heart out!

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

Crying is okay.

Crying is not a weakness, but a strength.

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

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

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

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

Cry your heart out.

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

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When you Ask yourself for Space

When you Ask yourself for Space

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

However, there are times in this process when you feel burnout, when you feel too much, when you feel you don’t want to do it anymore, but for the moment.

At such times, you’ve to listen to your mind, your body – what message are they sending you? Are you trying you to spread yourself too thin?

It is at these moments when you drop everything, kick back and just relax – don’t overthink it, don’t overdo it – just give yourself some space and then get back to it when you feel like you’re ready to go all out again.

Listen to your mind and body, and not just when it comes to working and goals, but also in terms of your lifestyle, your sleeping habits, your eating habits, your thoughts – your mind and body know more than you know yourself – listen to them.

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Karma

Karma

We have all heard of the word, Karma in our lives, haven’t we?

We can believe in it or not, but we have definitely heard of it.

Now, belief is a different topic altogether and I’m not telling you to start believing in it after reading this today.

But, how about you look at the topic from a different perspective today.

First, let’s understand what Karma is and I’ll be sharing what I got from the internet, for better understanding.

Karma (/ˈkɑːrmə/; Sanskrit: कर्म, romanized: karma, IPA: [ˈkɐɽmɐ] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).

In simple terms, the impact of your future is based on the kind of work you do today.

In another analogy, what you do is what you get.

Karma is then divided into three categories, and for better understanding, I’ll write it in simple English, without going into the details.

Your past actions have resulted into today’s karma – the life you live today.

Your work today affects the karma of tomorrow – the future.

And the future’s karma is based on your present and past actions.

How does it originate?

Karma originates from everything that you think, you do and speak. How you are to others, is what you face in your present and future.

To simplify it even further, how about thinking on it from a logical point of view.

It’s a simple case of cause and effect.

You will get affected by the very same of what you cause in the first place.

Now, when you think of it from that perspective, it isn’t that difficult to fathom, right?

What do you think?

Put good in the world and you shall receive good as well.

Be kind to others and you shall receive kindness as well.

Do good deeds for others and good deeds shall happen to you as well.

Not that we are having any expectations from the deeds in the first place, when it comes from a good heart, but to understand karma, we can think of the above statements to understand it better.

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Why it doesn’t work out?

Why it doesn’t work out?

Whenever we try something new, we often wonder why it doesn’t work out.

Where was the problem?

What did we do wrong?

Usually, it applies to the changes we make in our life, the habits we try to instil, the choices we make for our life.

So, why doesn’t it work out then?

It boils down to two reasons, either or, you decide which one is right for you.

A. Trying too many things at once

We either try too many things altogether, at once, and end up thinking why one particular thing or all of them didn’t work out, without thinking that we never put our focus onto just one thing and concentrated on it and improved at it.

It was juggling too much, all at once, that’s why it didn’t work out.

But what if you did only one thing and it still didn’t work out.

Where there could be various reasons attached to this, a major one is,

B. Wanting quick results

In a quest to reach the end of the line, the destination, to know the outcome, you took steps and the process was such that you wanted quick results. In such a quest, you could never process the journey, understand it and improve at it.

Apply each of the situations to your problem and think why it didn’t work out.

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Emotional Vocabulary

Emotional Vocabulary

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We, individually, all of us have a lot of issues, in life, even on a day-to-day basis. However, those issues get aggravated because of a lack of our vocabulary.

Our mind is powering through the words we think, the words we speak and how we describe our emotions, our feelings, the mind will start thinking in that way.

Because of a lack of vocabulary skills, for example, when we have to describe how our day went, we typically address our emotions as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘okay’, or ‘meh’.

Not being able to address our emotions properly, we ourselves have no clarity of how we feel and we end up with a different emotion altogether, thinking that’s how we feel at the moment.

I first understood this from Jay Shetty and then ended up digging up more into this. Harvard has done a ton of research on this topic, you can check out one of them here.

Said that, have a look at this chart below. The number of emotion variants that exist in each category, and how we can feel a bunch of emotions throughout the day and we never even end up realizing them.

Here’s another one, just to give you more clarity, you can understand them, learn them, learn to acknowledge your feelings in a better way through these charts.

You can dig a little deeper yourself, just for Emotional Vocabulary on Google and study the research done on this.

You’ll thus get more clarity and a better understanding of how you feel, and what you can do to change or address that emotion of that moment.

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#32 of The Last 7 Days (12.10 – 18.10)

#32 of The Last 7 Days (12.10 – 18.10)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-second 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. Confident people avoid thinking in black and white. Here’s how they use ‘directional thinking‘ instead.

    Read more here.
  2. How to recover from a bad day and change your mindset in 5 minutes?

    Read here.
  3. Echoists Are Basically the Opposite of Narcissists.

    Read more here.
  4. Apple on designing the A14 Bionic for the iPad Air and beyond

    Read here.
  5. We all have 168 hours in a week. Here’s how to budget that time more effectively, according to a Kellogg professor of leadership.

    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. Ankur Warikoo on building a personal brand with storytelling, on the Prime Venture Partners Podcast

    Listen here.
  2. On ‘When We Met‘, Nikhil Taneja talks social media, mental health, community building and India Film Project.

    Listen to it here.
  3. Peak-End Rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices on the podcast, Nir and Far with Nir Eyal.

    Check it out here.
  4. On ‘Cyrus Says‘, Luke Coutinho talks about his journey as a holistic lifestyle coach, his book, ‘The Magic Immunity Pill: Lifestyle’ and the importance of emotional health and more.

    Listen here.
  5. Siddharth Roy Kapur talks about his career, the producer mindset and the future of entertainment, on the podcast, ‘This Round is On Me‘.

    Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

  1. In this episode of Mega Icons on Hotstar, they explore AR Rahman’s creative, spiritual and musical choices, and why he is always so eager to break the mould and shift the paradigm.

    Check it out here.
  2. On ‘Money Matters with Shradha Sharma‘, Satyan Gajwani shares the journey behind building the largest consumer internet company in India, the learnings and experiences from the journey, what the future holds and much more.

    Watch it here.
  3. Sejal Kumar on how content creators on YouTube and Instagram make money, how the business works and what really goes behind the scenes.

    Watch here.
  4. Sparsh, a short film by Ankoosh Bhatt starring Kay Kay Menon & Puja Gupta.

    Watch here.
  5. Virat Kohli talks mindset and their approach to the game with Pep Guardiola, Mary Kom, Sunil Chhetri and KL Rahul.

    Watch the videos on PUMA India’s channel here.

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

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

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


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I stopped eating this… (Oct 2020 edition)

I stopped eating this… (Oct 2020 edition)

Changing your life starts with changing your lifestyle first and changing your lifestyle means changing your mindset, your habits, your rituals, everything.

That process is a long one, one with patience and that decision when you take it is game changing.

It also includes what you eat, what you don’t eat, and today I wanted to share that part with you, just to share a glimpse of what such a lifestyle change entails.

Before I proceed with that, I also wanted to highlight a few of my previous blog posts that are focused on this lifestyle change and they shed a light on that topic.

A. A year ago, my life changed!
https://rth24.com/2019/09/28/a-year-ago-my-life-changed/

B. Two Lifestyles and a Choice
https://rth24.com/2020/09/08/two-lifestyles-and-a-choice/

C. The decision of changing my Lifestyle
https://rth24.com/2020/08/28/the-decision-of-changing-my-lifestyle/

Understanding the impact of each and every food item was necessary for me – how they impact my mind, body and soul. How a particular food item leads to more stress and anxiety, which one leads to more tiredness or drowsiness.

What we eat affects our energy levels, our thoughts, our emotions, our immune system, our gut health, our cells in the body – everything!

Said that, time after time, with one step at a time, I have limited and mostly stopped eating the following items that don’t benefit my mind, body and soul in any way.

– No aerated drinks / No alcohol

– No refined sugar

– Limited to None Processed Food
(no biscuits / no chips / no ketchup / breads once in a while)

– Desserts – rarely and homemade

– No Junk Food (pizza, burgers, fries, those kind of items)

Everything you eat is a choice!

That choice affects your life in more ways than you can imagine!

When you live a life with purpose and the right mindset, it also includes you to eat right as well!

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Is it your brand or is it You?

Is it your brand or is it You?

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People will support causes

They become part of trends, or rather participate in them

But are they really that person,

Or are they simply boosting their brand persona?

It may sound horrible, it may sound simple, but we cannot deny that, can we?

It’s the harsh truth that needs to be questioned.

This statement doesn’t just apply to any of the popular / influential people, but for everyone who will wait for something to happen and will then talk about it, share about it on social media and then be invisible for the next 364 days.

The question that then arises is, are you really that person in real life too, who supports these causes or cares about them, from the bottom of your heart?

Or is it just for your brand?

This is not to pass judgment of any sort, but for you to question yourself on this topic – you know your answer.

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How do you express yourself?

How do you express yourself?

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How do you express yourself, your voice, is exactly the question that you should ask yourself and should probably know the answer as well.

Whether its your thoughts, or your feelings or your opinions, when you express yourself through an outlet, you then get more clarity, you’re able to streamline your path, you’re able to understand your thoughts and feelings better than before.

That outlet could be in the form of anything.

If you want to keep everything to yourself, which is totally fine, you can journalize everything, write in a diary, record your thoughts, or even film it for yourself.

If you feel like talking to someone, you can talk to your friends and family, whoever you feel comfortable with, share your inner self with them.

If you’re comfortable with putting yourself, out there in the public eye, you can then do a blog and write and share everything, if you find your comfort in writing. If you feel secure with your voice, then a podcast is a possibility or you can take a step further, and then do a video as well.

In any form, you’re able to get out of your comfort zone, and even look at everything that’s going on inside you from a different perspective, from a third eye.

When you express yourself, when you let out everything, then you’re able to know everything that’s going on within you.

Just express yourself.

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The Origin of Boredom

The Origin of Boredom

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People often get bored with what they do.

In their professional lives.

In their personal lives too.

Sometimes with regards to a particular task or with regards to a particular day or a period of time.

Why?

Why are you getting bored?

Boredom arises, not because you’re tired or fatigued.

But because you aren’t interested in what you’re doing.

When it comes to a particular task, you might not be interested in doing it at all.

When it comes to a particular day, you might just be bored of the routine and might be seeking a change.

When you feel the same over a period of time, that is definitely when you should start changing things.

However, the bigger question is, whenever you feel bored, be aware of what is it that is making you feel in such a way and what exactly do you do to distract yourself from that boredom?

Questions like these bring the change which then changes your life as well.

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Building your Reputation

Building your Reputation

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Building your brand is building your reputation – you build it brick by brick. Stone by stone.

It takes a good number of years to do so. Sometimes even more.

You build it with the work you do, the results you get, the relationships you make, the deeds you do outside of work as well. What kind of a person you are, how do you deal with others, what kind of impact are you bringing to the table, what value are you providing – everything counts as reputation – everything counts as the brand.

When you say you’re building a personal brand, its not just about posting content on social media under your name. It’s not limited to designing a logo or creating fancy content.

You are building your brand at every moment of time, with everyone around you. It’s everything that is mentioned above that makes your personal brand.

Said that the online platforms are considered a major factor in the process because, with the access to the people and tools, it is easier than ever for you to spread your work, to spread your word, to spread your impact.

That is why building a personal brand is key, but only if you want to build yourself to that level, your reputation to that level, and bring that kind of impact on the table.

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The underrated Social Media Platforms in India

The underrated Social Media Platforms in India

India has over 680 million active internet users.

This is what we call the Jio impact where the users skyrocketed within a few years and we are now the nation with the 2nd highest number of internet users in the world.

With more people online, we have more users distributed amongst the various social media platforms that are available in the country.

When it comes to marketing your brand or creating content, the primary focus is often on the mainstream social media platforms – which isn’t wrong but what would be wrong is to neglect the other underrated platforms which have a plethora of users which we then ignore on a generic basis.

However, before we move our focus towards those underrated platforms, let’s have a look at the numbers of the mainstream platforms, shall we? To have a comparative look at the numbers.

Facebook tops the social media platforms chart at 290 million users in India. It had the highest traffic at around 86 percent among social media platforms across India in April 2020.

Other platforms that are close to that number are Google-owned YouTube at 265m users and Facebook-owned WhatsApp at more than 250m active users.

Facebook-owned Instagram is doing 100m MAUs, with LinkedIn at 68m MAUs and Twitter at 17m users.

These are great numbers for anyone who wants to market their brand and grow their audience. However, when we look at the numbers of the other platforms, we just cannot ignore them.

Also, we call them underrated, only because they aren’t spoken enough in the media space.

  • Reddit, a social discussion platform has more than half a million users at the least.
  • Pinterest, an image sharing and discovery platform – exact numbers for India weren’t available, but considering they have a 335m user base and India has a 5% share of that, we can roughly estimate their Indian user base at 16m users.
  • Snapchat, a multimedia messaging app, has a user base of 28.2m users.
  • Quora, overall has 400m monthly active users, out of which India accounts for more than 60m users.
  • Sharechat, a regional language social media platform has a user base of more than 60m users.
  • Trell, a lifestyle community commerce platform has over 30 million downloads and 9 million monthly active users on its app.

Having spoken of all the mainstream and the underrated social media platforms, we obviously cannot ignore the current trend, i.e. the short video platforms.

TikTok, before its ban in India had 119m MAUs in the country. Post its ban, there was a rush to capture its user base and we then saw a bunch of platforms coming up, with a similar format and set of features as TikTok.

  • Chingari, which is witnessing nearly 1 lakh downloads and over 2 million views per hour, has more than 3m DAUs (daily active users) and a 25m user base in India.
  • Roposo, another leading homegrown short-video making app has more than 65 million downloads in the country.
  • MX Taka Tak has a user base of 45m MAUs and its crossing 1bn+ views per day.
  • Sharechat has come up with a platform in this sector too, Moj which is currently doing 80m monthly active users in India.
  • Another homegrown app is Josh (by Daily Hunt) with 23m DAUs.
  • Amongst all of these homegrown platforms, we have a global TikTok competitor, Triller with an estimated user base of 40m MAUs in India.

Conclusively, when you have platforms doing these kind of numbers on such a scale, you simply cannot ignore them. When building a brand, you focus on the mainstream ones, which are the talk of the town, but you also focus on the other underrated platforms, which have the audience you’re targeting and connect with the people there too.

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#31 of The Last 7 Days (05.10-11.10)

#31 of The Last 7 Days (05.10-11.10)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirty-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. Facebook’s response to Netflix’s The Social Dilemma documentary

    Check it out here.
  2. A technical review of Google’s revamped logos.

    Read more here.
  3. Turns Out, Intermittent Fasting Isn’t All Healthy

    Read here.
  4. Every entrepreneur should read this guide from a billionaire Asana and Facebook co-founder.

    Check it out here.
  5. How Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo became soccer’s first billion-dollar earner?

    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. How to spark Creativity in your communication? Listen to it on the podcast, Think Fast, Talk Smart podcast.

    Check it out here.
  2. Why Nobody feels Rich? on NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast.

    Listen to it here.
  3. On F1: Beyond the Grid podcast, Sebastian Vettel talks about his life in and outside F1, his views on risk, happiness, the environment, parenthood and much more.

    Listen here.
  4. Seth Godin talks about how writer’s block is a myth, what it takes to be a professional, and why the world needs more artists who love what they do, despite the uncertain outcomes, on The Futur with Chris Do.

    Listen here.
  5. Check out this amazing podcast, Yeh Desh Hai Mastaanon Ka covering extraordinary stories of everyday heroes and in this episode, they feature Pradeep Sangwan, the healer of the Himalayas.

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change

    Watch here.
  2. How Airbus make the H-125, the most popular single-engine chopper on the planet?

    Check it out here.
  3. Bad Boy Billionaires: India – an investigative docu series explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up – and ultimately brought down – India’s most infamous tycoons on Netflix.

    Check out the series here.
  4. Why great thinkers balance optimism and pessimism?

    Watch here.
  5. Mark Zuckerberg & Yuval Noah Harari discuss the future of technology

    Watch it here.

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

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

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


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What’s your next move?

What’s your next move?

If you are ever confused about
– What’s next?
– Can you experiment?
– Should you try something new? or,
– Can you change paths?

Always remember, you have the power to choose your next move!

No one else has that power.

No person, no market trend, or data can decide your next move.

You decide that.

Listen to your heart.

Listen to your intuition.

Listen to your voice.

You always know what to do.

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The value of ‘Validations’

The value of ‘Validations’

We do things to get ourselves validated.

We workout to get validated for a good body.

We buy something to get validated for the coolness or the popularity factor.

We create to get validated for a good outcome.

We give to get validated for the gesture.

These are just examples, but everywhere you look, there we are, just seeking external validations for everything.

What is the value of these validations?

What do we gain?

Does it improve our lives in a meaningful manner?

Or rather isn’t it a mirage that makes us think we’re doing something valuable whereas we weren’t because our intentions were misaligned.

The voices around you make you think that you need to do something, to get a validation from others, so you can stand out, so you can be cool, so you can be different.

And in such a pursuit, you end up doing what everyone else is doing.

Instead, why not get a validation from yourself?

Why not workout to be healthy for yourself?

Why not buy something because you really needed it or because you really liked it for yourself?

Why not create something because you love creating?

Why not just give because you wanted to?

When your intent is right, you don’t need a validation from anyone, which doesn’t even mean anything.

Wouldn’t you rather be satisfied with your own decisions rather than seeking happiness from other people’s opinions of your decisions?

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Expectations are the Worst

Expectations are the Worst

Don’t you agree that expectations are the worst?

Whether the other individual is close to us or not, in our mind, we have framed some kind of expectation from that other individual.

Irrespective of the fact that we have provided something of value to that individual or not.

We still expect.

Firstly, when you gave with an expectation, that means your motive wasn’t pure, but one with intent for yourself.

Secondly, what is it with people thinking something will just be handed over to them?

Whether it is someone’s time, whether it is to pick their brains on something, or whether it is asking something for free.

And every time we expect, it’s faced with disappointments.

Disappointments for yourself.

Because we were the one with undeserving expectations.

And yet, we don’t lose hope and we start with the expectations again.

Such is human nature.

Wouldn’t it be better to understand that no one owes us anything?

Wouldn’t it be better to understand that you’d rather give something of value with no malicious intent?

Wouldn’t it be better to ask than to expect?

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The soft spot of Perfection

The soft spot of Perfection

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The ones we admire, the ones we compare ourselves to, or compare others to, the ones we seek inspiration from – where does it come from?

We feel they are perfect – perfect in who they are, in what they do, so much so that we almost want to live their lives.

However, we forget that these “perfections” have a ton of baggages attached to them as well, and only the ones who have them know about them.

No one else.

Admirations, Comparisons and Inspirations come from the soft spot of perfection or our illusion of it.

In such a scenario, would you still want to live their life?

Or would you then just learn their ups and downs, live your own life, and try to implement or not implement from those inspirations and admirations?

What would you then choose for yourself?

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Appreciate anytime, anywhere

Appreciate anytime, anywhere

We often take all the good things that happen in our life, for granted.

And for all the negative things, we get upset, we get frustrated, we feel stressed and tend to give those particular moments more weightage than needed.

However, coming back to the good things, it sometimes becomes so obvious to us that we don’t even notice it. When it happens, its a part and parcel of life.

How about taking a moment of our time to appreciate this?

If a particular individual has done something for you, take the time to appreciate that individual – let them know the importance of that deed – you’ll feel good, they’ll feel good.

If you’re doing something good for another person, appreciate the person who you got these good values from – appreciate them in thought – you’ll still feel good.

If you notice something that’s a part of your life, take the time to understand its roots and show appreciation where possible. For eg. when we eat our food, we simply start eating it. Where did the items come from, where did the grains come from? Show your appreciation in thought towards the farmers, the middlemen involved in getting this to you, the one who’s making it for you.

Show your appreciation anytime, anywhere – you’ll feel good, you’ll feel positive and you’ll feel happy.

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4 Questions to Make more Time in your Life

4 Questions to Make more Time in your Life

Blog #573 - 4 Questions to make more time in your life

Time is something that you cannot control, it runs by with you running behind it.

How many times does it happen that you have to cancel or postpone one or more of your tasks onto the next day?

How much can you even fit in a day?

You can never have enough time for anything, but rather, you have to make time for it.

Easier said than done, right?

How about you ask yourself four questions that will help you make time for yourself?

Ask yourself
– what’s taking most of your time,
– where are you investing it,
– where are you wasting it, and
– where can you save it.

Make a note of these questions, write down everything that you do in your day and then bifurcate them in these factors.

Accordingly, when you’re able to prioritize your day, you can then make time for everything you want.

Scheduling and sticking to that schedule is key.

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#30 of The Last 7 Days (28.09 – 04.10)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirtieth 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. Instagram’s ‘Hashtag Mindfulness’ boom: The good, the bad, and the ugly

    Read here.
  2. How Silicon Valley companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube ‘Hook’ you

    Read more here.
  3. Latest Research on Brain Structures reveals How Birds are Actually Intelligent and even Self-Aware

    Read more here.
  4. Characteristics of highly creative people

    Read here.
  5. Jack Dorsey says Bitcoin and blockchain will shape Twitter’s future where ‘content exists forever’

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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  1. In a conversation with Kara Swisher, Elon Musk talks EVs, Space X, Neuralink and everything about his vision for the future, on the Sway podcast.

    Listen to it here.
  2. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and CFO Paul Vogel outline the key roles podcasting is playing in the company’s strategy on the podcast, Spotify: For The Record

    Check it out here.
  3. On ‘The Mindvalley Podcast with Vishen Lakhiani‘, Gary Vaynerchuk’s formula for thriving in chaos.

    Listen here.
  4. Why do we get bored? Listen to Ashri talk about it on her podcast, ‘Why, What and How with Ashri

    Listen here.
  5. On the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Henry Cavill talks his love of fantasy movies, his thoughts on the fabled Snyder cut, and his new Netflix film, “Enola Holmes”.

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. Why specializing early doesn’t always mean career success? | David Epstein

    Watch here.
  2. Is Sugar the new Fat? Check out this amazing Amazon documentary that will blow your mind and give you a different perspective to your eating habits.

    Check it out here.
  3. Sachin Tendulkar in interview with Aakash Chopra talks about all things cricket, from this year’s IPL to his debut as an opening batsman to the time he played a T20 in the 1980s.

    Watch it here.
  4. Free Child – a Yes Theory short film

    Watch here.
  5. Why SpaceX, Virgin, & Blue Origin Are Betting On Space Tourism?

    Check it out here.

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

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

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


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Choose whom you Follow carefully

Choose whom you Follow carefully

With the internet at its current stage, it has also allowed a good number of voices to be present at the various social media platforms available.

As the audience, people have a ton of information available at the reach of their hands and they have the option to choose who they get this information from.

At such a stage, if you aren’t aware of your choices, there are people who can take advantage of your attention and try to sell you something, which you either didn’t want in the first place, or information that could be freely available elsewhere.

One person’s course is another’s free content.

When you use any of the social media platforms, as a consumer, you must become aware of what you consume, whom you follow and what appears on your feeds.

Understand the level of content that is being provided to you, either on a free basis or on a paid basis and the authenticity of it.

Overall, choose who you follow carefully.

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Would you be aware of something or be in ignorance of it?

Would you be aware of something or be in ignorance of it?

If you had a choice, would you become aware of something or rather be in ignorance of it?

Is that question too complicated or confusing?

Let me explain it a bit further.

In any area of your life, there are moments – whether through your own mistakes, or through someone’s advice, or through external learning, when you get the chance to be aware of something?

Something that you were doing wrong, or something you didn’t know about – now there’s a moment when you can learn about it and implement it to your life.

The second option is to ignore it.

Let it be as it is.

By ignoring it, you choose to not learn something new, you choose to not improve at that certain something, you choose to not implement it in your life.

Let me ask you again, when such a moment arises, would you become aware of something or be in ignorance or it?

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If this doesn’t happen, then what?

If this doesn’t happen, then what?

Does this happen frequently to you as well where you end up thinking about an alternative scenario if the existing thing didn’t work out?

You don’t know the outcome of this existing scenario yet.

However, in your mind, you’ve already thought that if this doesn’t work out, let me think about an alternative scenario, or a back-up plan.

Instead of living in the moment, instead of enjoying the process, instead of being patient and waiting it out, you decide to think of this thing already failing.

Why?

Why such a thought process?

Why not have trust and confidence in this existing thing and patiently wait to check the outcome?

Why jump on to the next thing already?

When you live like this, then you’re never able to be in the current scenario, but always thinking about what’s next, what else, and be in the future than in the present.

Do you want to continue to live your life’s moments in such manner?

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Should you start a podcast in 2020?

Should you start a podcast in 2020?

As a consumer, we pay attention to something once it becomes the culture – once it has the ‘cool’ factor to it.

We saw it with blogs, with Facebook, with Instagram, with content creation in general and now we are seeing that happening with two things, gaming, and podcasting.

For today, let’s focus on podcasting, shall we?

For one, it hasn’t become mainstream yet (like video), not only in India but all over the world. However, since the last few years, that trend has only been rising with the statistics to prove that point.

With Spotify announcing over a million and a half podcasts on their platform, splurging $100M on Joe Rogan’s podcast, acquiring Gimlet, The Ringer, and more of such podcasts, or hosting Michelle Obama’s podcast, or buying a hosting platform like Anchor. That says something, doesn’t it?

Focusing only on India, PwC indicates that India is already the world’s third-largest podcast market. Only the US and China are ahead. Monthly podcast listeners in the country crossed 40 million at the end of 2018, growing 57 percent annually.

Further, Google states that India is one of the top five countries using its podcast app. There are no further stats beyond that point, however looking at India’s podcast charts, one can easily conclude that those numbers have only doubled, if not tripled, until now.

If this hasn’t convinced you already, the podcasting industry is expected to generate $1 billion by 2021, according to PwC.

How about that?

Do you think this is the best time to start a podcast then?

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Today’s podcast topic is on ‘How much does it cost to start a podcast? Listen to it here – https://open.spotify.com/episode/2wMFPmU6xbvEmsb14UDgez?si=XhpuxQASRH6TWEDRbWhOOg

Never too late!

Never too late!

Is it too late to make changes in your life?

Is your age a factor when it comes to making changes in your life?

Understand that this is your life – your journey – you walk on this path.

It is never too late to introduce changes in your life.

You can make changes anytime you want.

You’re never too early for it, you’re never too late for it – when it’s on your mind, means you’re ready for it.

Be ready to accept change in your life – in any area of your life – wherever you feel the need to improve – the need to evolve.

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Interconnection between your personal and professional life

Interconnection between your personal and professional life

Would you agree that your personal life and your professional life are interconnected?

Your personal life has an impact on your professional life and vice versa as well.

To be more precise, your lifestyle, your habits, your rituals impact your goals and your work. Moreover, how you work, how much you work, how you handle your work has an impact on your life, emotionally and mentally.

If you didn’t agree before, would you agree now that both the lives are interconnected?

When you better your personal life, then your professional life also gets better.

When you work on your personal habits, you then have the ability to work on your work habits as well.

When you change how you think about yourself, the perspective towards your colleagues, your team, your company also changes.

Everything is connected.

Work on one area of your life and the other area has its impact.

How does it all start though?

How can you work on all of this?

It all starts with your own mindset.

Improve yourself, improve everyone around you, improve your surroundings – it’s all a cyclical process.

A cyclical process where you take one step at a time, be patient and work on everything about yourself and let it impact your life for good.

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The Magical Solution to your Problems

The Magical Solution to your Problems

As human beings, we face problems every now and then, in every phase and sector of our lives.

Everyone has these problems and none are without them.

Some choose to care about these problems, they tend to solve them, some dwell about them and let them harm you more.

Nonetheless, whether its your internal battles or your career or your relationships, everyone has these problems, somewhere or the other.

We often think how to solve these issues?

What would be the magical solution to solve the problems of my life?

As complicated as our minds are, we tend to complicate these issues by thinking of angles that don’t exist (usually).

We form layers in these problems, and we take them to a level that wasn’t needed in the first place.

Sometimes you are able to solve them, sometimes one problem leads to then many more problems due to our process.

What is the magical solution to solving these issues then?

A lot of times, its the simplest of solutions that tend to solve these issues, but our complications made us ignore that solution.

Most of the times, it’s the simplest answers that solve the toughest of problems and once you find it, understand it, you say, “That was on mind”, or “That was so easy”.

Before complicating our issues with more issues, let’s narrow down the problem at hand with the simplest solutions that you can think of and see if it’s solving your issue or not.

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A life hack to Improving Life

A life hack to Improving Life

When it comes to living your life, to Improving it, to living it on better terms than now, what if there was a life hack that would help you do that?

If it’s good for you, and if it helps you, then that would a wonderful hack, won’t it?

Here’s the hack for you…

➡ Whenever you listen to someone,

Ask yourself what are you learning from them?

➡ Whenever you eat something,

Ask yourself why are you eating that certain something?

➡ Whenever you do something,

Ask yourself why are you doing that certain something?

➡ Whenever you consume something,

Ask yourself why are you consuming that certain something?

It’s often the simplest of questions that we don’t ask ourselves.

Sometimes we ignore things that’s right in front of our eyes and we take it for granted.

How about becoming more mindful and questioning everything that we do?

We would then soon realize how many of the things that we do actually benefits our life and how much of it is a distraction.

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Being considerate for others!

Being considerate for others!

Yes, you have to take care of yourself, self-care comes first.

Yes, you have to deal with your problems first.

Yes, you have to deal with your issues, your journey, your life, first.

However, in this quest, even though your intentions may be right, you have to be considerate towards others as well.

How do your words, how do your actions impact them?

Whether its a direct or an indirect impact, how is it impacting others around you?

Is there a positive or a negative effect to your actions?

Where you need to focus on your self, you also need to be considerate of how you affect someone else’s life and whether they aren’t getting affected wrongly in a quest for you to do right for yourself.

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Creating New Stories of Life

Creating New Stories of Life

What is life, if its lived the same way, every day, every week, every month and every year?

Do we create new stories if we live that way? Do we create new experiences for our own life?

We might notice enjoy other’s journeys, but what about our own?

Life is about experimentations.

With regards to everything, life, routine, lifestyle, everything.

The more we experiment, the more we try out new things, we end up creating more experiences, more stories, that’s how we add the spice to the life.

That’s how new moments are formed, that’s how life is lived.

That’s how we grow. That’s how we make mistakes and we evolve.

There’s no one way of living. No one has it figured out. You’ve to experiment, you have to try out new things, keep that adventure in your own life, so you don’t have to seek it elsewhere.

That’s what life comes down to. And its really so simple as well.

Experiment.

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Marketing Setbacks

Marketing Setbacks

When it comes to running a business, especially when its small or medium-sized, one knows about how many problems occur frequently.

As an entrepreneur, one must constantly put out fires, keep the business in check, and at the same time, focus on its sales and growth in order to keep the business running and simultaneously improve it as well.

When it comes to its growth and improvement, apart from the obvious focus on your product and/or service and customer relations, the other important factor is your advertising and marketing.

That area of your business which lets you share your story, which lets you connect with your customers, which helps you grow your business and reach to more and more people.

For some, it’s really really effective and for some, they still take their time to figure out the right approach for their business.

Here’s where the problem lies though.

Businesses get affected by their setbacks, we agree on that, be it of any kind.

However, as soon as there’s a setback in a business, the first thing that gets affected is advertising/ marketing.

That’s where the costs are saved, that’s the area where the immediate action is taken unless things get resolved.

What one doesn’t understand is, a decision of such kind hurts them even more than they realize.

The one area which you stop at such a moment which could’ve helped in solving your issue actually derails the business even more.

If you look at data, you’ll notice how sales fall as an impact of this decision. Footfalls decrease. Customer engagement becomes less gradually.

Without constant marketing, word’s not going out about a business. Their updates. Their improvements.

Such a marketing setback, which was a hasty and an impatient one, in actuality setbacks the business.

When one truly understands its importance, how effective it is, the powerful tool it is, then they are able to scale their business, then they are able to solve their issues, then they are able to double down on it and use it to their advantage.

It’s only when one doesn’t, when their business gets affected, in order to “cut costs”.

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But you thought it…

But you thought it…

Quite often, we carefully choose our words before speaking out loud.

Before speaking in specific groups of people or on online platforms.

There are people who say certain things in certain groups, but will portray that they’re quite the opposite to those particular thoughts, when it comes to their public image.

People believe what some say publicly, but only some know what someone’s whole picture is – in terms of who that individual is, whether they are really who they say they are or not.

And sometimes, not even that. Some people smartly keep their viewpoints to specific topics to themselves.

Here’s where the real crux of the issue is…

That you thought it.

No matter how you portray yourself publicly, no matter what your public image is, the real you is the person who has the realest thoughts that you don’t share with anyone, or at the most, amongst your closest peers.

That’s the person you are, that’s what your thoughts are.

You cannot really introduce change unless you nip that thought in the bud, unless you don’t have that thought at all.

Sure, you may have an alternative viewpoint when it comes to publicly sharing your opinion but what will you do about your real opinion that you’ve already thought of.

That’s the issue I personally notice, with regards to the current times.

People will support causes, become part of trends, but are really that person or are they simply boosting their brand persona?

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#28 of The Last 7 Days (14.09 – 20.09)

#28 of The Last 7 Days (14.09 – 20.09)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. How to use philosophy to overcome the fear of your own death?

    Read here.
  2. What your email inbox reveals about your personality?

    Read more here.
  3. How being sad, depressed, and anxious online became trendy?

    Read here.
  4. What Oracle and TikTok stand to gain from a partnership?

    Check it out here.
  5. Life online: Subscribe to everything, own nothing

    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. Guy Raz on the traits of successful entrepreneurs, the story of ‘How I Built This,’ overcoming anxiety and depression, and more, on The Tim Ferriss Show.

    Listen here.
  2. Srinivas Kamath, Director of Natural Ice Cream talks about Natural’s journey in the last 10 years and where they plan to go in the future, on the podcast, The Indian Dream.

    Listen to it here.
  3. On the podcast, ‘How They Did It‘, Anshuman Ghosh, co-founder at Terribly Tiny Tales, talks about how the path to constant innovations has led to making content so unique.

    Check it out here.
  4. On Off Script with Salil, Nuseir Yassin of Nas Daily talks about travel, internet censorship and being an influencer.

    Listen here.
  5. How to overcome sugar addiction? Listen to it here on the podcast, The Doctor’s Farmacy with Mary Hyman M. D.

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. MKBHD talking Tech and Holograms with Mark Zuckerberg

    Watch it here.
  2. Gauranga Das on how to live a peaceful, purposeful and prosperous life through being of service, on Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose with Jay Shetty

    Watch here.
  3. Edward Snowden in conversation with Joe Rogan, on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience

    Check it out here.
  4. George Lucas on the impact of Star Wars with Christopher Nolan

    Watch it here.
  5. Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix Inc., discusses the company’s culture that he has shaped over the last two decades

    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.

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Having the UNDO button in life?

Having the UNDO button in life?

How many of us have wished for an UNDO button in our lives?

Just press this button and reverse that decision, that choice you made, that moment you lived.

Only if you could change the outcome – which you wish to change because it didn’t match your expectations.

But, we forget in such a scenario, that it is our choices, our decisions, our experiences, our thought process that got us to this position.

Then why change it?

Instead, learn from it, understand what you made you choose that way, implement changes (if necessary) and move on instead of thinking about the past.

That moment is gone, what you can control is the present which affects your future as well.

Instead of thinking of a CTRL+Z let’s focus on a new button – CRTL+DO.

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Why are you creating Content?

Why are you creating Content?

Have you been creating content for any of the social media platforms out there?

Have you ever asked yourself why are you creating content?

Is there a reason behind this step?

We aren’t talking about design or content here, we are talking about the reason, the purpose, the WHY.

Did someone tell you to post on a particular platform because you’d get the engagement?

Are you posting content just for the sales?

Or would you like to build a Community, build your Brand?

Whatever the agenda may be, understanding why are you creating content helps you streamline your process and your approach towards the creation and these social media platforms.

Answering that will result in better creation, better communication and better relations as well.

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No human being is perfect

No human being is perfect

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know one human being, anyone, who would be perfect?

Perfect in every way!?

We admire people, we look up to them, we compare ourselves with others, we compare someone with someone else, the list is endless.

Admirations, comparisons and inspirations come from the soft spot of perfection, or our illusion of it.

Just because someone is doing good career wise, relationship wise, emotional wise, we feel their life is perfect.

However, is there such a case?

For starters, perfection doesn’t exist. There is only becoming a better version, for whomever it may be. There’s no end goal in any phase of life, just becoming better at it.

That brings me to the second and the most important point, said the above point, no human being is perfect. NONE.

Let’s get that cleared in our minds.

No human being is perfect.

Let’s not have that illusion either.

Because such an illusion constantly keeps one stressed, under pressure and in a mode of constant comparisons.

Every human has flaws, some are good at hiding them, some are good at overpowering their strengths, but everyone has flaws.

Understanding that is the biggest advantage one can have, in living their life, pursuing their goals, and ultimately, living a happy life.

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What is life teaching you?

What is life teaching you?

In every moment of your life, in every situation, in every instance, life teaches you something.

Only if you’re aware of what’s happening to you, can you be aware of these teachings.

These teachings can be in any phase of life, whether relationships, career, goals, finances, anything.

Teachings could be in the way of success or failure, there is a learning in both.

However, your ignorance and distractions can cause you to miss out on them, in turn missing out on your growth, your improvement, your evolution.

You live that moment of your life once, that particular learning happens once, if you learn from it, you can better yourself, if you miss it, it’s going to cost you and no one else.

Albeit if you’re aware, if you’re on the lookout for them, you can learn and understand and implement everything that life is trying to teach you; resulting in you becoming a better version of yourself.

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A rant on ‘The Social Dilemma’

A rant on ‘The Social Dilemma’

A lot can be said about social media, in general. Where I’m an advocate for it, it has its disadvantages as well.

Why an advocate, because stating simply, it is a new form of medium, one like the television, the radio and the newspapers, which helps in connecting with people all over the world, helping you share your opinions, helps in building your community.

Where more advantages can be stated, there are much more disadvantages than that as well.

Disadvantages in the form of people behind the scenes of these social media platforms playing puppeteering with its consumers and consumers not being smart enough playing into their hands every time.

It leads to manipulation and alteration of thoughts and emotions and ultimately results in you rooting for something you didn’t know you had an interest in.

We saw a glimpse of this during the 2016 US Elections and the documentary based on that called ‘The Great Hack, on Netflix. I wouldn’t blame just the platforms or the people smartly using the platforms to their advantage but also the consumers who fall for these techniques.

Now, we have this great documentary which sheds greater light on these issues, from the platform’s point of view, The Social Dilemma, “a powerful exploration of the disproportionate impact that a relatively small number of engineers in Silicon Valley have over the way we think, act, and live our lives.”

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Whilst a lot of what was shown here was already going through my mind for a while now, it was great to see, not just someone’s perspective of these problems, but to actually see professionals who have worked on these social media platforms and tools and to understand their perspective while making/creating them.

How easy it is for our attention to be captured, how easy is it for us to be manipulated, our behaviours to be changed, without even consciously noticing it.

Sure, someone might say, ‘I’m aware of these problems and the impact it has on people’ but then you let these same tools impact you too.

These very platforms, the people with the agenda using these platforms, use these tools to enrage the people, to anger them, to change their opinions – and every time they set their minds to it, its a success.

The amount of fake news that gets circulated, the engagement such news gets, how people easily believe them and the mob mentality takes over.

Time and again, we see situations and circumstances where these things happen and the documentary of this stature just slightly sheds a light on it.

The issue, of course, is much larger.

What can be done then?

Social Media is the present and the future, it’s only going to get more evolved and get more deeply rooted in to our lives.

As time passes, more and more platforms are going to pop up, with more tools to psychologically impact us.

People creating them are going to make money.

What can we, as the consumers do then?

Not everyone can keep their phones aside or start using flip phones like the previous times.

Setting our minds to it, creating systems around our life, having willpower added to the equation, every step needs to be taken one at a time.

Whether it is

  • turning off notifications, or
  • setting time limits to these platforms, or
  • becoming aware of your screen time, or
  • becoming aware of who you follow or whose content do you consume,
  • whether the news you’re sharing is fake or authentic
  • changing the position of your apps on the phone, so you get rid of the muscle memory, when it comes to automatically opening your phone and these apps within periods of time.

 

Small measures, small changes make the biggest impact in our lives.

This issue, if you seriously understand, is massive and needs to be solved one day a time.

I, personally, have faced these issues of social media addiction of checking the feed, checking the likes, doomscrolling, and every time I realize it, I try to come up with systems and measures to counter it.

Alas, the pit is deeper than it looks and I do fall in time and again, but at least I’m happy with the awareness of it, and the power to change my future steps.

This rant is never going to get over, nor this issue. The documentary is just the start of making us aware of these issues at hand, and hopefully we as the society rise and tackle this issue together.

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The truth of “What has to happen, will happen”

The truth of “What has to happen, will happen”

Who has heard this before, “What has to happen, will happen”?

Most of us have heard it, a number of times in our lifetime.

Most of us abide by that statement too.

And to be honest, it makes sense as well.

No matter what you do, no matter how much you plan, no matter what you predict, in reality, what has to happen will happen.

You cannot do anything about it.

However, said that, how true is that statement?

Is it 100% completely true?

I feel there’s something left out from that statement, which we didn’t ponder upon.

Something that once we understand, is game changing for us.

It’ll have a massive impact on our life and our choices and our decisions.

Here’s my interpretation of what’s left out –

What has to happen, will happen if you’re ready for it.

That last bit is quite important and something we don’t think about.

“If you’re ready for it”

Things may happen to you, opportunities may knock at your door, and you wouldn’t even realize it, and only because you weren’t ready for it.

I believe when you’re constantly improving yourself, working on your mind, body and soul, working on your emotions, working on your goals, working on your life, you’re making yourself ready for that moment.

The moment of when it has to happen, will happen.

Only now, you won’t miss on it.

Only now, you will be ready for it.

You’ll able to see it when it happens.

When it knocks on your door.

Only because you made yourself ready.

If you haven’t made yourself ready and levelled up for what the moment requires, why would it happen to you?

Why would that opportunity waste itself on you, when it would knock on someone else’s door who is making themselves ready for it?

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Watch, Learn and…

Watch, Learn and…

We watch, we learn but we often forget the third part of the equation, which is more important than the other two.

How do we usually consume any information?

It’s either in the form of text, audio or video.

When we consume, and if it’s useful and adding value to our lives, then we reach the second part of the equation, i.e. we learn from it.

We learn the what, why, when and how.

So now that we have watched and learnt from it, let’s come to the third and the most important part of the equation.

And that is to implement it.

Implement that learning to our life.

Use it to our advantage.

Use that piece of information to make our life better, in whatever way we can.

Adding these factors together equal to you growing and evolving and eventually, becoming a better version of yourself.

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The Words you speak

The Words you speak

Every word that you speak has an impact on yourself.

On your mind, body and soul.

Whether those words are spoken to yourself or to someone else.

Whether those words are in thought about yourself or someone else.

Whether those words are positive or negative.

Every word that you speak has an impact on you.

When you speak ill of someone, your mind is registering the same words for yourself too.

When you speak good of someone, your mind is registering that as well.

Every word, the mind thinks is for itself.

It will use it for its own advantage and disadvantage.

The more negative you speak, the more negative the mind becomes.

That has an effect on your thoughts, your emotions, your actions.

How you are with yourself, how you are around everyone else.

Every word has an impact on everything about you.

Whether you realize it or not.

Being careful of what you speak, how you speak helps you in becoming a better person.

Helps you in either growing or limiting your growth.

That depends on what you speak.

Whether to yourself or towards others.

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Making Marketing complicated

Making Marketing complicated

Why do we complicate marketing?

Why do we have to complicate the process of connecting the brands and the individuals with other individuals?

Why do we have to complicate the process of building a relationship?

Even though the process generates results, even though its been going on since years and years now, as a marketer, seeing how the consumers are manipulated into the brand’s funnels shocks me.

By offering free e-books/ courses, hugely discounted material just for a day, and such similar marketing gimmicks, is being used to manipulate people into their funnels makes me think how low can someone get just to get their numbers high.

With the kind of social media and digital access that is currently available, it’s also the permission economy where you need the permission of the consumer to sell them anything.

The permission to make them your community member.

The permission to make them your newsletter subscriber.

Marketing gimmicks work, they generate results, they generate the numbers and thus it is continued for such a long time.

However, until when does it work with every individual consumer?

Consumers are smarter than before, they might enter the first or the second step of the funnel, but are they reaching the end nowadays?

That’s the question that should be asked.

Marketing has become so complicated that something as simple as, “Would you like to buy this?” isn’t even seen anymore.

Asking whether you’d be interested in a newsletter isn’t even asked anymore. You somehow always get that mail one day, because you were a part of the funnel sometime back.

There’s no permission anymore, especially at a time when it should be asked.

Marketing has become complicated, and as a community, we have made it so.

But, it’s also our responsibility to transfer the power back to the consumers, let them be the judge of it, let them have their permission back.


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Filling the Void

Filling the Void

More often than not, when things are not working out for someone, they have a choice.

Such a choice entails that you either address why something is not working out for you.

That something could be minor or major to your life, could be a habit or a goal, a dream or a lifestyle choice.

So the choice comes down to addressing the issue or the second one, the one usually taken…

Where one creates “fake purposes” or rather, to elaborate that point, where one holds on to something that would fill the void of not addressing those issues.

If that wasn’t self-explanatory, it means when people join causes or become part of trends they have no interest in or has nothing to do with their own life.

However, doing so lets them escape their issues, where that fake purpose is letting them feel that the particular cause they’ve joined holds more value than their issue, which seems just smaller and insignificant to that purpose at hand.

Doing so may temporarily move your focus onto something else, but it doesn’t take away what wasn’t working out for you or your life and your indecisiveness towards the issue.

The longer you choose to do so, the bigger the void becomes, and bigger your support towards those “fake purposes”.

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Two Lifestyles and a Choice

Two Lifestyles and a Choice

Living a certain kind of a lifestyle is a choice – one that cannot be changed in a day, but certainly requires a strong mindset and a definitive assertion of choice to do so.

To live one is normal, to change that completely and form a new one shows that you’re ready for change and you’re ready to step up, to evolve.

Drawing my own story to explain this further, having lived two completely opposite lifestyles – having seen the advantages and disadvantages of each of those lifestyles, of course I’ve drawn a number of conclusions from either of them.

Where one gives you the comfort, but also doesn’t allow you to grow and the other one definitely takes efforts and time, but also gives you comfort and growth, both.

Where one wasted a lot of time, another asks for more investment but gives that much return on investment too.

Where one allowed you to spoil your mind and body, another helps you in building a strong one and helps you to take care of them.

In terms of both of these lifestyles, having done a lot of experimentations of what works and what doesn’t – for me…

Now, I choose to not live a life without

  • meditation
  • yoga
  • clean eating
  • gratitude practice
  • conscious positivity
  • stillness
  • spirituality

– each of those things and more have their own value, their importance – their impact on the mind, body and soul.

It all comes from experimentations and practice – reading or having pre-conceived notions about anything won’t help unless you try something practically on yourself and see the difference.

Understand what works for you and what doesn’t, what is helping you grow and evolve and what doesn’t. You’d agree that, life is about becoming a better version of yourself.

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Seasonal Changes

Seasonal Changes

Most of us, wherever we live, have experienced multiple seasons in a year, changing from time to time.

Whether its the summers, winters, spring or the monsoons, we know what each season brings with it.

In terms of the atmosphere around us, the types of food that changes according to the season, the clothes we wear – all of this and more are catered according to the season at hand.

Basically, we are now prepared for what’s to come, we adjust with the season and what it brings.

What this also signifies is something really simple, that humans can change, or rather accept change when they have to.

Most of the people, when spoken to or otherwise, state that they cannot accept change or are not capable of change.

This is, of course, in regards to their mindset, their habits, their lifestyle choices etc.

However, now stating to those same people, how do they then adapt the seasonal changes to their lifestyle, how are they now capable of introducing those types of changes around them?

How is it that when it comes to improving their life mentally and emotionally, they hesitate and avoid that topic altogether?

If you’re one of them, then this might be something you ponder upon.

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#26 of The Last 7 Days (31.08-06.09)

#26 of The Last 7 Days (31.08-06.09)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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What To Read:

  1. Your brain is a prediction-making machine — which is why it isn’t wired to deal with a pandemic. Here’s what to do about it.

    Read here.
  2. Algorithms Control Your Online Life. Here’s How To Reduce Their Influence.

    Read here.
  3. Apple goes to war with the gaming industry

    Read more here.
  4. Facebook and Instagram reveal content ‘recommendation guidelines’

    Read here.
  5. Is ‘FRIENDS‘ becoming the new ‘Star Wars‘?

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. On ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty‘, he talks about 4 practical ways to think like a monk and how this powerful mindset will rest a difficult year for you.

    Listen here.
  2. Check out the podcast, ‘Mission ISRO with Harsha Bhogle‘, the story of India’s space programme, how it started, what happened, the entire story.

    Check out here.
  3. Do you have COVID-19 depression? Dr Daniel and Tana Amen talk about it on ‘The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast

    Listen to it here.
  4. Kunal Shah on how to become a second-time entrepreneur and learning from the past, on the Moneycontrol podcast.

    Listen here.
  5. On ‘The Deshbhakt with Akash Banerjee‘, Ravish Kumar talks politics, governance, citizenship and tolerance.
    P.S. There’s a part 2 of the episode as well.

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. She is covering the real news, the real debates are here, the panel discussions are amazing to watch. Check out Faye D’souza’s youtube channel for a new form of journalism.

    Check out the channel here.
  2. Rocky and Mayur are taking a road trip, each day in a new city, covering the food specialities and tourism spots of the area, with daily vlogs on their individual channels as well as History TV18‘s channel as well.

    Watch it here.
  3. The English Nut interviews Dr. Shashi Tharoor, talking about English words ‘looted’ from India, English words used uniquely in India, and so much more.

    Watch here.
  4. David Blaine successfully completes Ascension balloon stunt

    Watch here.
  5. Fold, Flip or Duo: why fold a phone?

    Watch it here.

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

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

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


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