Internet Motivation

Internet Motivation

For anyone who has browsed through the internet enough, or the social media platforms to be specific, would know how over-saturated the motivational content has become.

Every individual will come up with some type of motivational content, irrespective of how their individual life is doing, or if not original, then would remix someone else’s content, but so much of it is just revolved around Motivation.

It almost gives a perspective to people that motivation is all they need to do anything in life, personally and professionally. When they’re motivated, everything will be done right and everything they want.

When they aren’t motivated, then they’ll seek more of it on these platforms.

But, to be honest, is it all you need?
Is it okay for one to perceive that motivation is all they need? This mental high they get after reading something motivational is all they need?

The problem is not with motivation, but with those pushing it and those consuming it. Sure, motivation is needed, but it makes more sense when its done by yourself, and especially when included with the other ingredients.

Motivation is just the cherry on the cake, but you still need the ingredients to make the cake first.

Right from your physical and mental wellness, to your mindset, to your thoughts, to your habits, your faith and your beliefs, the goals you have, the people around you, all of it comprise of those ingredients you need to make a good cake.

Then you can put the motivation as the topping, that’s what motivation is. But those who post motivational fail to realize that, probably because themselves are doing it just for the content or they have created a motivational bubble around themselves.

Irrespective of the reasons, as the consumer of such content, especially for one who wants to improve their life, who wants to write the script of their lives themselves, can ponder upon this and ultimately, take charge and start working on every aspect of their life and improving it, rather than depending on Internet Motivation.

Appreciate your Consistency

Appreciate your Consistency

While doing the same thing over and over again, day after day, may seem static and it may introduce a stagnant mood around you.

Such are the moments when occurred when you should remember why you are doing it in the first place.

That remembrance of the why leads to you appreciating your consistency and knowing how it’s going to compound in the near future and it is you who will then enjoy the fruits of your labor as well.

The Same Social Media Tips

The Same Social Media Tips

With the commonality of how the social media platforms work, how the creators create and how the audience consumes that content, there is a common thread amongst it all.

That thread is then studied and observed and then shared as tips to succeed on a particular platform and what you can do to create there.

Such tips are then cherished by all as finding a treasure would be to some.

Those same tips are refurbished into different pointers and then circulated, with everyone then following those same tips and tricks.

However, if there is one thing about creation of anything, it is that everything is unique to that particular individual.

Two people creating content in the same genre have different tastes, different point of views, a different perspective of looking at everything and that is the reason both may succeed at generating an audience.

Everyone has a different approach, a different tone of conveying what they’d like to convey, a different way of interacting and that uniqueness cannot be learnt.

It comes with you. Those cannot be summarized into tips and then be learnt by everyone.

Stretched by a New Idea

Stretched by a New Idea

Each one of us lives a life with their current set of habits and beliefs and knowledge, and everything that they do is based around that.

But, in this information economy, where one is constantly consuming something, and probably learning something from that consumption, we are not limited to those frameworks anymore.

“The mind once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimension.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Once you have learnt or executed something new in your life, your mind has expanded from its previous form to a new one.

It’s not the same anymore, and its then a matter of time before you go in depth of it and that idea introduces a new or changes a previous part of you.

Anything and everything that you consume is now a part of you, and you cannot get rid of it. Somehow, somewhere, the dots are going to get connected, and that new learning plays a part in that.

When you do it with your wishes

When you do it with your wishes

Most of the things we do are based on following other people’s wishes or to please other people.

Because it’s for someone else and not you, now what you need is someone to push you to do it, you need hacks, you need motivation.

Because you want to stay focused on that path, you do all of those things.

But, when you do something, anything, with your own wishes, when you have your full support to it, now you know why you’re doing it.

Now you don’t need any hacks, or any kind of motivation. You don’t have a timeline either. Because its for yourself.

That’s the beauty when you do anything with your wishes, and not with anyone else’s.

Effects of your Decisions

Effects of your Decisions

Every decision we take impacts our life in one way or the other.

That impact may be immediate or it may happen on its own timeline, but with every decision comes its effects.

The effects we cannot control but have to live with. The decision-making is the only thing that we control, the effects of which we need to ponder before making that decision.

Such effects cannot be reversed. Only at some point, can you make another decision and change its course but the effects still remain.

Right from the childhood to until we continue to make decisions.

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The Last 7 Days #50 (15.02 – 21.02)

With another Sunday, here’s the 50th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. A Guide to NFTs, and How They Are About to Revolutionize Pretty Much Everything. Read more here.
  2. Why New Research Says It’s OK to Stay Single (and Die Alone)? Read it here.
  3. You’re not lazy — Why you need to stop feeling guilty in lockdown, according to an expert? Read here.
  4. Author who studies millionaires: 240 minutes a day separates the rich from everyone else. 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. a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz talk about tech trends, company-building, and more in the first episode of their new Clubhouse show, One on One with A and Z. Listen to it on the podcast a16z Live here.
  2. On ‘Not Just Cricket with Mark Nicholas‘, Virat Kohli opens up about his journey to becoming a professional cricketer, including the impact of the loss of his father, as well as shares his mental health challenges later in his career. Check it out here.
  3. An Oral History of The Office” pulls back the curtain on what went into creating this unstoppable force in American popular culture and why it continues to resonate with new audiences today. Check out the podcast here.
  4. Pooja Dhingra, the founder of Le15 Patisserie talks about her journey from a young 22 year old freshly back from Paris to the sought after businesswoman she is, today, on ‘This Round is on Me‘ podcast. Listen here.
  5. From his early days of playing chess, the feeling to prove himself after dropping out of school, to becoming a billionaire without any school or college degree, hear Nikhil Kamath, the co-founder of Zerodha, in a heart to heart conversation with Ranveer Allahbadia on The Ranveer Show. Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

  1. We have been hearing about Dogecoin all over the internet. MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) explains it in detail here.
  2. Kunal Kemmu gets candid in this episode of The Bombay Journey with Siddharth, as we learn about his early Mumbai life, crazy train journeys, obsession with vada pav and everything in between! Watch it here.
  3. How to be a nice person online? A much-needed video essential in today’s times by MostlySane. Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – Made in a Day (A behind the scenes look and deep dive into the production and history behind iconic consumer products.) Streaming on Hotstar here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Tenet (A secret agent is given a single word as his weapon and sent to prevent the onset of World War III. He must travel through time and bend the laws of nature in order to be successful in his mission.) Streaming on YouTube 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

Mind Manipulation

Mind Manipulation

How easy is it to manipulate someone’s mind, do you know? Common interests, common target points then make way for mob mentality, making it more easier to manipulate people at a mass level.

On the grounds of capitalism, wanting to be rich, on the grounds of diets, wanting to be slim, on the grounds of motivation, wanting to be inspired, on the grounds of followers and likes, wanting to be famous…

It is so easy to manipulate anyone’s mind, and those that understand this, then take advantage of it. If one is not aware of their true needs and wants, their true meaning of life, love and happiness, then they keep falling for these traps again and again.

It then becomes a cyclical chain.

For example, you eat something which tastes good for the moment, but unhealthy for the body. You then have to go on a fad diet/ taking shortcuts to become healthy. You spend a ton of time and money on consultations, courses, classes, etc. to get your workout in place, your diet in place, but you don’t feel motivated to carry on. Sooner or later, you now opt for someone to motivate you, either through a seminar or a personal consultation, or any other form. That cyclical chain then affects other areas of your life until you have fallen for every trap possible.

Instead, you could have opted to not eat that unhealthy thing.

A simple example can then be applied to every phase of your life, and it is then for you to realize how many traps have you fallen into by now.

The Judgement Day!

The Judgement Day!

The reality of life is that every day is a judgement day for all humans!

Simply put, people will always judge you, no matter what.

No matter how good you morally are, or bad, or high in the social status, or low, or on any other scale, the judgement is never over.

There is never getting rid of it.

The only thing to do is to avoid that judgement and focus on yourself. That takes a lot, a lot of practice, calling out yourself when it starts to affect you and then get back on track again.

But, said that, the outcome is that much beautiful, because it also helps when you feel more calmer, and more freer with your choices and decisions, that now you can truly take for yourself.

Dealing with Every Day

Dealing with Every Day

Prepared or unprepared,

Growth mindset or fixed mindset,

Process or the outcome,

Happiness or the chase,

Whichever category you belong to,

There is still every day to deal with.

Each day brings with it, its own ups and downs.

Its own set of successes and its own set of setbacks.

A high and low of emotions.

Various things to deal with.

And apart from that purpose, apart from that higher goal, there is still always that every day to deal with.

The ‘every day’ that we need to be ready for.

For what it will bring.

For what will happen.

Sometimes it deviates us, sometimes it brings us back to the path,

Sometimes it brings you all the things you want, and sometimes it takes it all away,

Those are the dealings of the every day

That we need to live and experience and be prepared for.

Salt according to taste

Salt according to taste

If you are ever following a recipe while cooking, ond of the things that’s common in all recipes is, add the salt according to your taste.

No one says how much, even though they have the exact measurements for everything else.

But that exact analogy applies to life as well! No matter how much you learn and no matter how much experience you have and whether you have all the ingredients for your financial success or your professional success or your personal growth, ultimately the energy that you’re investing and/or the time that you’re alloting to everything will decide its outcome, based differently for each individual.

There’s no fixed allotted time for anything to be successful or to have a good outcome, on the contrary, its based on each one’s “taste” – what they think is right according to them.

And that will eventually decide the fate of your work, just how that amount of salt you put in decides the taste of your dish.

Are you ready or are you waiting?

Are you ready or are you waiting?

What’s the simple difference between being ready for something versus waiting for something to happen?

When you wait for something to happen, you keep waiting for it to happen.

When you are ready for something to happen, you are ready for it to happen.

Read that once more and let it sink in.

Made fun of

Made fun of

I have been made fun of for
– eating healthy
– eating vegetarian food
– sleeping early
– building my habits and lifestyle
– creating content
– my looks
Mostly everything about my life.

And such similar comments are passed on for every individual, from their friends or family or whoever.

What should such people do?

Let those who find joy in such things enjoy themselves, that’s the only source of joy for them. But for you, these things shouldn’t trouble you or deviate you from the path you’re on, you do you and what’s best for you.

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The Last 7 Days #49 (08.02 – 14.02)

With another Sunday, here’s the 49th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. The secrets of successful listening (Lessons from a hostage negotiator) Read more here.
  2. What you ate as a child has a lifelong impact on your health. Read here.
  3. Brain’s Dopamine: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Read more here.
  4. Neuroscience of the Covid-19 Crisis. Read here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. On Advertising is Dead, Viraj Sheth talks about the influencer ecosystem, his journey so far, helping creators scale and much more. Listen here.
  2. Mr Beast talks about his love of YouTube, the creation of his massively complex videos, and more, on the Waveform podcast. Check it out here.
  3. Spark & Fire Podcast follows Kemp Powers on his own hero’s journey of co-writing and co-directing Soul, from his first trip to the Pixar campus to his development of the main character – and his passionate pitch for the beloved barbershop scene that nearly got cut from the film. Listen here.
  4. Anthony Mackie talks with Dan Patrick about his role as Sam “The Falcon” Wilson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether or not Sam wants to be the next Captain America, on the podcast That Scene with Dan Patrick here.
  5. Nir Eyal on the Hindsight Bias and why we make terrible life choices, on his podcast, Nir and Far : Business, Behaviour and the Brain. 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. A third appearance on the podcast! Elon Musk talks about Space X, Tesla, the realities of climate change and all sorts of other cool shit on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Check it out here.
  2. How Disney+ became a streaming service heavyweight? Watch here.
  3. TV Show Recommendation of the Week: Restaurants on the Edge (A team of three experts — a restaurateur, a designer and a chef — tap into a restaurant’s surroundings and community to remodel each business in a way that is uplifting, inspirational, and positive.) Check it out on Netflix here.
  4. Movie Recommendation of the Week: News of the World (Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn — both human and natural.) Streaming 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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The other side of luck

The other side of luck

All of us have our journeys, our goals, our path on which we are currently walking! There’s something on our minds that we want to achieve – either an accomplishment of a task or checking off a goal.

Although, when things don’t work out, we are disappointed, we are in deep thoughts of the reasons why it didn’t work out, we ponder over our decisions and if we could do it all over again!

However, what if life had other plans for us? What if that path wasn’t the right one for you? What if things not working out was a stroke of luck?

That is what Dalai Lama has said, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Of course, you can’t sit around and think of the ‘What Ifs’, but you can have a positive perspective over life that maybe things didn’t work out for the right reasons and maybe you need to walk another path to reach where you want to be.

To clarify, you might know your true calling but the path you thought was right may not have been the right one, which is why things didn’t work out the way you expected them to; and now it’s time to revisit that and think how you could do it differently…

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Not Trying

Not Trying

When you look back at your journey, you realize the number of things you didn’t try in your life, probably because you thought you’d fail at it.

The concept of failure took over your mind in such a way, that you couldn’t think of anything else, but that. Failure meant a negative thing, something that shouldn’t happen. So if the odds aren’t in your favour, then why do it?

But, on the contrary, it’s more of a mindset thing. When you stop thinking of failure and its consequences that are set by the Society, you can start trying.

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

When you put in the efforts, that means you tried, you experimented, you enjoyed, without thinking of the outcome. That is not in your control, but trying out something is.

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You are not always you

You are not always you

No matter how you feel or think about yourself in the moment, no matter what has happened in your past, do know that everything about you can be changed.

You don’t have to be the same you. Especially if you don’t like that version of you. Or even when you have a hunger to improve yourself and rise yourself to a higher version.

However, that change has to be brought onto yourself by you alone, you’re in charge.

But more importantly, everything from your mindset, to your perspective and lifestyle, to your habits, each and everything about you can be changed. Nothing is constant, nothing is permanent. You are not always you.

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What if my calculations go wrong?

What if my calculations go wrong?

We sometimes calculate something to the point. We plan for something in such a detailed and in such a minute manner, that we feel that since we have planned out everything, it’s going to be a success and it’s going to turn out exactly as we have imagined it.

And yet sometimes these plans don’t work out. Sometimes these calculations turn out to be wrong and sometimes it happens because we did something wrong and sometimes it happens because of circumstances which were unaccounted for.

Talking about wrong calculations, of course being wrong is a major issue. But that is something that we can control, that is something that is within us that, we can think about, we can ponder upon, that we can work on, but it’s the unaccounted circumstances that derail the entire process, that make those calculations wrong that ultimately proves us wrong.

When our calculations go wrong or basically, when our plans go wrong, or haywire, we have a choice when we think that why is this happening to me? How could I not see it beforehand? How could I not predict this? How could I not account for this?

You could dwell about what has happened and what could have happened differently, or the second option is to not think about the unaccounted circumstances, whatever it is. Let it happen. Let the plan go haywire, but You should be ready as an individual that no matter what comes your way, no matter what happens, whether everything is going according to your plan or not, you will adapt to the situation.

Irrespective of whether you could predict it beforehand, or the fact that you didn’t factor it in before, you will adapt to it and work around whatever is then happening. That is the mindset that you should have.

Most of our calculations are going to go wrong in our lifetime. Most of our plans are going to go haywire. But what are you going to do about it? Think about it, think of the mindset you currently have versus what you should have.

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How do you face the difficult moments in life?

How do you face the difficult moments in life?

All of us face difficult moments in our life every now and then. Some are able to cruise through these moments, some are able to face it head-on, and for some they don’t know what to do in such moments and for them it becomes a setback.

How do you face the difficult moments in your life? It rather is a difficult question to answer, and moreover its quite a contextual one. Also, the difficulty varies in each and every moment.

When you study the successful people for any of the fields, you notice that when they face such difficult moments in their lives, it is their response towards these moments that determine the results of those moments. If there is one thing that can be established, it is that everyone faces these moments of difficulty. But, it is our response towards them that determines how difficult those moments really are.

If you are ready to face them head-on, if you have already prepared yourself, then it could be perceived as a level 1 or level 2 difficulty and you can easily cruise through it.

But if you are not aware of these difficulties, if you don’t know what to do, if you haven’t prepared yourself, if you aren’t ready for it, and if such a moment arises, then it can become a level 5, level 6 difficulty where you don’t know what to do and it really becomes difficult for you to power through these moments.

So technically, it is how you respond which makes this moment difficult or not and to become ready for such situations is when you have to keep evolving yourself, keep improving yourself, overall in your personal life as well as in the sector that you are professionally working in.

In each of those individual fields, you have to keep preparing yourself and improving yourself, learning new things, studying the people from those fields, studying the people who have become successful in those fields, who have done really well in their personal life as well understand the problems that they have faced, how did they face them, what were the solutions that they came up with?

And when you study all of these things, when you learn new things, when you are constantly on the path of growing yourself, you are able to evolve yourself into someone who is able to face these moments. No matter on what level of difficulty they are on. And once you get the hang of it, then not every moment is as difficult as the previous one.

Now you are making yourself more and more ready to face these moments and it then becomes easier for you to just carry on and move on to the other things in your life and to move forward and that now depends up to you.

How do you want to face these moments? How do you want to perceive these moments of your life and whether you want to cruise through or not?

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A pat on the back

A pat on the back

Whatever we do in life, whatever we aspire to do, there is always some need within us for a pat on the back and we usually seek it from a family member or a close friend or a mentor.

We look for this pat on the back every time we do something, everytime we achieve something and these are the kind of external appreciations or external validations we look for.

And in recent times this has even shifted to social media where people are constantly looking for instant gratification.

In the constant lookout for this appreciation that we get after doing something and every time we achieve a minor victory, we are programming ourselves to get such constant pats on the back and to get that validation hit each and every time to tell ourselves we are on the right track.

When we don’t get it is when we rethink our current steps, when we rethink our choices, when we think whether we are doing the right thing or not.

How about shifting from that approach? How about appreciating yourself first for everything that you do? With the amount of work put in, the efforts put in, shouldn’t you appreciate yourself first for all of that?

Why not take out a minute of your day just rethink everything that you did today and give yourself a pat on the back? That will give you the biggest boost that you might need, the biggest confidence booster and the inspiration that you were looking for. And now you have got your own back, now you don’t need anyone else and anything that you do receive will now be a bonus for you and nothing else.

That is a better approach for you instead of constantly being on the lookout for others to do this for you. Just think about everything you are and everything you do and just appreciate yourself for what you have done.

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The Last 7 Days #48 (01.02 – 07.02)

With another Sunday, here’s the 48th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. The High Cost of Chasing Netflix. Read more about it here.
  2. Social Media And The De-Platforming Dilemma. Read more here.
  3. The Science of Reasoning With Unreasonable People. Check it out here.
  4. Worker, Interrupted: The Cost of Task Switching. Read about it here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. Elon Musk and Vlad Tenev (of Robinhood) join hosts of The Good Time Show on Clubhouse, Sriram Krishnan & Aarthi Ramamurthy, Marc Andreessen, Steven Sinofsky, Garry Tan, and others. Listen to it on the a16z Live podcast here.
  2. Mark Cuban on why the GameStop stock reminds him of the 90s and the first dot-com boom, on the Sway Podcast. Listen here.
  3. On The School of Greatness podcast, Priyanka Chopra dives deep into how she became one of the biggest actors both in the US and in India, the actions she’s taking to change the stigma against women in the world, how to deal with failure and vulnerability, and so much more. Listen to it here.
  4. The Nature of Reality, a Clubhouse conversation by Kamal Ravikant with a group of interesting people. Listen to it on his podcast, Curious Kamal here.
  5. On the Akimbo podcast, Seth Godin riffs on direct advertising and its shift in the digital ecosystem. Listen here.

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


What To Watch:

  1. On Off the Cuff with Shekhar Gupta, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala shares valuable tips for investors and gave insights into his style of investment. Watch it here.
  2. On Film Companion’s new show Creators Crossing, Suchin talks to combinations of artists and creators to break down their unique journeys. On the first episode, he speaks to Mithila Palkar and Prajakta Koli about taking over Netflix, Prajakta’s Bollywood debut with Jug Jug Jeeyo and what lies ahead. Check it out here.
  3. Siddharth Warrier in conversation with Kunal Shah on life, neuroscience and more. Watch here
  4. MKBHD (Tech YouTuber) explores the Sony Walkman, this iconic piece of tech—from the inspiration behind its compact design to how it changed portable audio forever. Watch it here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Maara (When Paaru sees a fairy tale she heard from a stranger as a child painted across the walls of a coastal town, she goes in search of the man who painted it.) Check it out on Amazon Prime 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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5 Tips for New Podcasters

5 Tips for New Podcasters

Podcasting is the new trend right now, and we all know it. It’s currently on the rise and this is the right time for anyone who is looking forward to starting one.

However, anyone who is starting out, seems to be a bit confused during the start, has a lot of questions on their mind, and some keep pushing their start time and again.

Doing a podcast for a while and moreover, just listening to so many of them made me think why not note down a few of my observations that will help out the future podcasters.

So here are some of them,

1. Know your stuff
Podcasting has a wide range of topics under it, you can literally start a podcast on any topic. But, the important thing to remember is that, whatever topic you choose, is something you should know, something you should be interested in, only then can you talk about it over a period of time.

2. Do what you’re comfortable with
Forget the trends, forget what everyone else is doing, you do what you feel you’re comfortable with. Whether you should do a solo based podcast, or have multiple hosts, or do an interview-based one, or whether you should do a short form podcast, or do a long form one, whatever you choose is something you should be comfortable able. Not because everyone else is doing it a certain way, or whatever the trends are at that time.

3. Every episode cannot be perfect
You can invest a lot of time in one single episode, do a lot of retakes, do your research and editing, but you should also know that not every episode can be perfect.

You will always want to do some kind of tweak here and there. And not to forget, you will improve at it over time.

4. Be patient
This is somewhat related to the previous pointer as well, but whether it is related to improving your podcast, or reaching out to a lot of people, you need to be really patient with your podcasting journey. How patient can you be, will make your outcome in the future that much better.

5. Don’t worry about the fancy stuff
A final important tip that every podcaster initially struggles with is the equipment. People think they need to have a certain style of headphones and a certain type of microphone, but none of that is needed in the beginning. You can just start recording on your phone, work on your content, and over time as your podcast improves, you can start thinking of the equipment.

In the end, all I want to say is, podcasting is a journey, which involves a lot of fun and excitement along with the hard work and efforts needed for every episode. Do it if you enjoy it.

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A/B Learning

A/B Learning

When you pick a particular topic, does everyone speak the same thing at the end of the day? Can you then choose only one person to listen and avoid the rest of everyone who is in that sector?

When you carefully look at everything that is shared and spoken, you realize how all of it is different to each individual, maybe the crux of it could be relatable but every person has their own point of view, their perspective of looking at things, their own approach to the topic, moreover their added experience along with their mistakes and their learning. And these are just some of the factors to mention.

It’s only when you go in-depth, and when you carefully observe, and when you truly want to learn, is when you learn to understand the differences between A and B and what can you take away from both of them and use to your advantage.

So, the next time you reach a stage where you feel, have I learned enough and is there more to learn, look closely because there always is.

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Prioritizing your Tasks

Prioritizing your Tasks

All of us, on a day to day basis, have a ton of tasks to do. Those tasks could be at home tasks, or related to work, or growth, or learning, or anything else that you have to do.

And what usually ends up happening is, you get to tick off some of them at the end of the day, some were left off in the middle and some had to be postponed or delayed for the future.

Does that happen to you as well?

How can you then priortize your tasks and see to it that you do all of them?

Well the secret is, to priortize them based on the level of importance to you.

What do you feel is so important that it has to be done right now. And when you plan your tasks in that manner, then you can do everything that was urgent for you and those that you had to do right now.

Also, to add to that, the fewer tasks you plan everyday, the more you can check at the end of the day. You can only do so much in the time you’re awake, then why not just schedule a few tasks rather than planning a ton of them, only to delay them for the next day and the next day and to then get disappointed that you’re not able to check off the things you had to do.

Having fewer things to do and to do them in the order of how important they are to you is how you prioritize your day, your life and make sure each day you’re able to do as much as you can.

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The more you learn, the more you evolve

The more you learn, the more you evolve

Any individual cannot evolve with the amount of knowledge or expertise that they already have, with the kind of perspective they already have.

With what they currently have, they are already performing how they should and would.

In order to evolve, in order to take yourself to the next level, one needs to learn.

The power lies in learning, where one would expand their perspective and look beyond what they already know and understand. In learning, comes knowledge and expertise too.

Then comes evolution of themselves, and humanity in general too.

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Context before Content

Context before Content

Irrespective of the topic or its content, or how brief or detailed it is, its essence lies in its context.

Without context, without there being any intent behind it, no information would mean anything.

In context, there is purpose and meaning, which in reality, adds the value to the content, the consumption of which will change something for the other individual.

That then boils down to creation and consumption.

Those who create, before focusing on the content, should focus on its context. Those who consume, should look beyond the content and understand its context and what can they takeaway from it.

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Putting a full stop at the end of a sentence

Putting a full stop at the end of a sentence

At the end of a sentence, there could be a full stop, or a comma and you could continue the sentence further more, or you could even put three dots and continue it further to the next line.

You could also break that sentence without ending it, by putting a semi colon.

That choice is with the one who’s writing it and with what intent are they writing.

The similar case is with our life as well.

Any dream we have, any plans we take action on, it is we, who choose to put that full stop at the end of that sentence.

When do you want to put a full stop, whether you’d like to put one or not, or add one of the alternatives.

No one can decide that for you, no person, no government, no place – that power is only within your mind to do so.

Once that power is realized, then you can take any and all action accordingly – having full control of your life and what you do with that life.

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The Last 7 Days #47 (25.01 – 31.01)

With another Sunday, here’s the 47th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. The psychology of the GameStop phenomenon, explained. Check it out here.
  2. Talking out loud to yourself is a technology for thinking. Find out more here.
  3. How To Stop Wasting Time Scrolling And Start Finding Joy In Play? Read here.
  4. The Omnipresence of Work. This was an interesting read, check it out here.
  5. Why Older People Lose Motivation to Learn? 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 CultureYouth podcast, Zoya Akhtar talks to me about the themes in her works, her writing process, her time as an assistant director and at film school and much more. Listen here.
  2. On The Decoder with Nilay Patel, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD on YouTube) talks about building a business as a YouTuber, how content creators make money, and how to scale when you are the brand. Listen more here.
  3. On the Game Changers podcast, Amit Trivedi talks on his journey with music and Bollywood and becoming a game changer in the field. Check it out here.
  4. On this episode of “Sway,” Kara Swisher speaks to Chris Best, the chief executive and a co-founder of Substack, about content moderation on his platform and asks whether Substack is going to destroy media gatekeepers or just turn into one of them. Listen here.
  5. Aswath Damodaran, a professor of finance at NYU Stern, joins Scott on The Prof G Show with Scott Galloway to discuss the news surrounding GameStop and the short squeeze. Aswath also shares his thoughts on SPACs, the markets more broadly, and the importance of diversifying your portfolio. Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

  1. Renowned Ayurveda physician Dr. Vasant Lad and Sadhguru have a discussion about the various intrinsic aspects of Ayurveda. Watch it here.
  2. On Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of TrueNorth Health Center, to discuss such matters and more as they explore the incredible healing benefits of fasting and how your diet is playing a pivotal role in determining your health. Check it out here.
  3. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – Jeet ki Zid (streaming on Zee5) Inspired from a true story, Zidd is a tale of conviction, persuasion and commitment. Check it out here.
  4. Movie Recommendation of the Week – One Night in Miami (streaming on Amazon Prime) On the night of Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Cassius Clay joins Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, and they discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement. 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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Others & You

Others & You

Others win in life. So do you.
Others make mistakes. So do you.
Others do something wrong. So do you.

In life, we are always ready to point fingers at someone else, blame someone else, compare with someone else, and we are just not ready to take a look at ourself.

What are you doing? What mistakes are you making? What good are you doing? For yourself and for others?

Instead of just talking and thinking of others, their success, their failure, their mistakes, their right and wrong, its time we step up and look at ourselves first.

Check whether we are doing right before correcting someone else. Check whether our behaviour is right, before correcting someone else’s.

Time and again, everytime it’s others this, others that. And it just never ends. Now its time for you and you alone.

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Is Failure the end of the World?

Is Failure the end of the World?

How many times has failure rocked your ship and made you lose momentum of you steering that ship?

Quite often, when we fail (at anything), we feel broken, we feel shattered, there’s an end of the world feeling attached to it.

When it hits, it hits rock bottom – thinking there’s no tomorrow.

What we need to rather change is
– our perspective and thought process towards it,
– understand what failure is saying that maybe you didn’t do it the right way, or
– maybe it doesn’t come that easily, you need to try harder, or
– you need to try it another way, or
– maybe you still have time to succeed.

That doesn’t mean you stop trying or you give up. With time and experience, you understand that failure is not the end, but the beginning, it’s a stepping stone filled with learning. You find more ways to do that certain something, to succeed, to move forward, to learn from what happened, to learn the takeaways and apply it to your life and everything that you do.

Failure is not the end of the world!

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When you’re doing it for yourself, then there’s no time limit

When you’re doing it for yourself, then there’s no time limit

Deadlines haunt us in the past, present, and future. They create a panic within us, making us overthink, sometimes makes us take shortcuts and moreover, make us focus on the outcome than the process.

Where does this urgency come from? Quite often, it originates from pride or ego, when you have got to prove something or you find the need to be better than someone else. Another aspect of this urgency comes when you’re on someone else’s timeline.

However, when you truly do something for yourself, no strings attached, then there’s no pressure, there’s no timeline.

It originates from a place just because you want to do it. No external circumstances. No shortcuts. No ego. No pride. No urgency. More focus on the process and enjoying it.

When you’re doing it for yourself, then there is no need for a timeline, as long as you enjoy that investment you’re putting in. As long as you want to put in that investment.

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Soorarai Pottru Learnings

Soorarai Pottru Learnings

How can you describe this Tamil fim, Soorarai Pottru? Inspiring! Uplifting! A brilliant watch and one of my top films of 2020!

What is this film about? The official synopsis reads, ‘Maara, a young man from a remote village, dreams of launching his own airline service. However, he must overcome several obstacles and challenges in order to be successful in his quest.’

This film was such a beautiful watch and Suriya is just extraordinary in this one. That inspiring storyline is one which entrepreneurs and business owners would love, and also learn from.

A. A common man’s dream

What does it take for a common man to dream, a dream that seems impossible, a dream that’s beyond anyone’s capabilities?

What does such a journey entail? How much does it take from you? What do you need to sacrifice and how easy or difficult it is? Questions of entrepreneurship we never seem to ask or focus on, other than the idea is something we should learn.

B. Making People Believe

Having an idea, or executing on it, or even entrepreneurship in general isn’t just about the concept or the product or the service.

It’s about making people believe in you, believe in your why. That ‘why’ becomes the reason why people join you in your journey and become a part of your product or service.

That belief, ultimately, decides your entrepreneurial success or failure.

C. The People around You

As much as the idea is important, as much as the execution is important, what’s even more important are the people around you.

That circle of people around your personal and professional life who guide you on this journey, who are on the lookout for you, who push you to do more, and are there for you when you’re down. Those set of people are extremely important in a journey of this kind.

D. Watch Out at every Step

No matter how beautiful the journey seems, no matter how many goals you keep on achieving, one of the most important things is to watch out every step you take.

There are people around you who don’t want you to succeed, who will try to hinder your plans, try to betray you, try to sabotage your journey, and your lookout is watch out for such occurences at every step you take.

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In short, what it means to have a dream, to achieve it, the hardships felt, overcoming it, is what this film portrays brilliantly. How important are the people around you, as well as those you have to watch out for at every step, there are quite a few lessons to learn from Soorarai Pottru.
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Tipping Point

Tipping Point

Whether in life, or externally, in politics, in governance, in media, in democracy, there’s always a tipping point.

There’s only so much that can handled, or rather tolerated.

You can notice one thing after the other that happens, but you stay steady and let it happen. But then there’s a tipping point.

Something of that sort is bound to happen. Because there are always consequences.

Once that tipping point is reached, then start the fireworks. Because things have to change, for the better, at a mass level. Or else we won’t progress and we won’t move forward, for the better.

For the better, because we might seem to move forward, but it would actually be backward.

That tipping point always comes.

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Your body is not Automatic

Your body is not Automatic

Most people live their life, in a way, as if there are no consequences.

Eat what they want, when they want, drink what they want, when they want, have an abnormal routine, have no respect for sleep, or no patience to relax.

The most usual understanding is that the body will take care of it.

Or rather, if I don’t feel anything unusual, then why should I do to change anything.

And the same people then wonder how and why do mild illnesses occur from time to time, why do they feel bloated, or why do they feel depressed? Why are certain diseases occurring later on in their lifetime?

Well, for one, it’s all connected. Everything that you do has an influence on your bodily functions.

Every wrong step you take, that doesn’t benefit the mind and body, they have to internally deal with it, without you feeling anything externally, in the present.

Your body is not a automatic machine that will keep the good and get rid of the bad, but becomes a result of your actions.

Everything that you do now, has a result on your body, either now or in the near future or in the long-term, but the result is assured. Whether good or not, depends on how you treat your body.

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The Last 7 Days #46 (18.01 – 24.01)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To 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 Unmistakable Creative Podcast, Ramit Sethi talks the psychology of money and how to design a rich life. Listen here.
  2. Salil sits down with Chef Vikas Khanna, founder of the Michelin starred restaurant Junoon and one of the hosts of Masterchef India. They talk about what goes on behind the scenes in the restaurant industry, his interactions with Gordon Ramsay, and his humanitarian side, on Off Script with Salil. Check it out here.
  3. Casey Neistat converses about the creative process and how filmmakers can create their own signature style, on The Videomaker Podcast. Listen to it here.
  4. On The Decoder with Nilay Patel, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri talks about the future of Reels, moderation, and the responsibility of social media platforms. Listen here.
  5. On the Awards Chatter podcast, Ben Affleck reflects on a rollercoaster career, from highs like his breakthrough with Matt Damon and two Oscar wins to lows like the ‘Bennifer’ period and his struggles with alcoholism, and why he considers his latest role “the crowning achievement of my life as an actor.” Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

  1. History of Swear Words – An education in expletives: the history lesson you didn’t know you needed hosted by Nicolas Cage. A loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words. Watch it on Netflix here.
  2. Sleep experts debunk 15 Sleep Myths. Check it out here.
  3. Osho on risking everything for awareness. Watch here.
  4. How Porsche’s first electric car, the Taycan is made? Watch it here.
  5. George Clooney (‘Midnight Sky’), Spike Lee (‘Da 5 Bloods’), Regina King (‘One Night in Miami’), Paul Greengrass (‘News of the World’), Chloé Zhao (‘Nomadland’), George C. Wolfe (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Lee Isaac Chung (‘Minari’) join Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter for the Directors Roundtable. 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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25 Years and 25 Lessons of my Life

As I’m about to turn 26, here’s a better time than other to look back and reflect at the 25 years of my life that I’ve been able to live and enjoy and now it’s time to retrospect.

With such experiences, with such learning, there are a ton of lessons that have shaped my life and will continue to do as well.

Here’s a summary of all of the retrospection and reflection and ultimately, the 25 Lessons of my Life –


1. Everything happens according to its own timeline

The impatience within us, is so deep-rooted that it takes over not only for the bigger things in life, but also for the smallest of things. That impatience leads to wanting everything too soon, you do something now, and you want to see the results of it, right now itself and only with learning and mistakes, do you understand that life doesn’t work that way.

Everything happens when it has to happen, you just have to keep pushing through, without stopping, if its truly something you want to live/ pursue/ want.

2. Failure is not the end of the world

Quite often, when we fail (at anything), we feel broken, we feel shattered, there’s an end of the world feeling attached to it. Thinking like there’s no tomorrow.

But, with time and experience, you understand that failure is not the end, but the beginning, it’s a stepping stone filled with learning, now knowing what you don’t have to do or what you can do better.

3. Happiness is Within, not in anything, nor anywhere else

When you go beyond how our mind is conditioned, when you go beyond your needs and wants, and change your mindset and perspective, you start to understand how happiness is within you.

It’s one of the emotions that you feel, living a certain kind of life, doing certain things. It’s not a chase, nor an outcome, nor available in any one thing or any one place.

4. When you control your Health, you control everything else as well

It’s only when you lose control of your physical or your mental health, or both, you start seeing its effects on your life as well, whether internally or externally.

How you feel within and how you act and react, all is a consequence of your mental and physical health.

5. Present Pleasures can have Future Consequences

In the younger years of our lives, for whatever reasons, we feel lost in the world of escapism, with a feeling of pleasure towards those things – whether related to food, people, activities, actions.

At the moment, we feel like this is the only thing to do, without even realizing that if not at the moment, then in the future, there are consequences attached to it – which have an impact on your life, your destiny, your future.

6. Entitlement makes you lose your focus and capabilities

When you feel entitled towards something, either at home, or from outsiders, or from any other establishment, you feel like you automatically deserve something without doing anything for it.

An approach of that sort is nothing less than a shortcut, to get something you want without putting in the work for it. It makes you lose your focus towards your own life, what you are capable of getting on your own.

7. Only those who experience it, understand the importance of Spirituality

People often confuse spirituality with being religious, and mix the two and their takeaways from it. Spirituality helps you go deeper in your life, helps you still your mind and body, relaxes you, shows you your true self.

Unless you walk on that path, unless you don’t experience those things and more, you don’t really understand its importance on your life.

8. Your Early 20s are your best years to experiment

Your early 20s and even before are the years when you don’t understand your life nor the world, you think you do, but you don’t.

It’s at such a time, with the rawness, excitement, and the eagerness to experiment, when you can, instead of settling on the societal norms, do brilliant things in those years without even thinking about the future for a moment.

9. The concept of doing everything by a certain age are just societal concepts created to limit you

Speaking of societal norms, whosoever started this and then continued it over these years, on a mass scale, was successful in hindering the growth of the human kind.

Everything has to be done by a certain age, whether you want it or not, or else people will start asking questions, start judging you and now you have this pressure to do those x number of things. Well, you can reframe your mind and go beyond this, and live the life you want to live and enjoy.

10. As you age, you realize you need very few people around you whom you want to continue your journey with

With all the acquaintances that have and all the networking you do, as you age, and not just with age, but as you understand the life you want to live, you want to be around only a few people.

These few people of your inner circle whom you want to continue your journey with, whom you want to share everything with and grow together.

11. Questioning things is a way out of the matrix

To explain with that theory, if we are in a matrix, where all of us are programmed to live in a certain way, do the same things, want the same things, live the same life, to get out of it is to question everything.

When you question, you seek the answers, you learn new things, you evolve and develop yourself in the process and now you start asking deeper questions and keep evolving yourself to a better version of yourself.

12. Everything is interconnected within you

With what you do, what you eat, what you speak, how you think, how you live your day, what you consume, everything is interconnected.

Because you feel a certain way, you speak a certain way and you eat a certain something and you then feel another emotion and that cycle keeps spinning. Everything is interconnected within you and when you realize that is when you start to be in control of your life.

13. There doesn’t need to be just one passion

With all this hype of having a passion and doing what you’re passionate about, a revelation which few people come across, is that you can have multiple passions.

Your life can be lived with multiple passions, doing multiple things with different outcomes in mind.

14. Live your plans, instead of postponing them for the future

You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, or whether you’d be able to do something tomorrow or not. We end up planning for things 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, in the future.

Instead of thinking about the future, or postponing something for a later date in life, if you can live it today, if you can do it today, then why not experience that moment in your current phase of your life.

15. No matter how cruel the world gets, there’s always some hope out there to make it better

The world can be a bitter place, where everything that happens can seem for the worse. Whatever happens may seem why is it happening, it doesn’t make sense and why cannot one day go by without anything bad or cruel happening.

But, when you look closely, you will always find stories that are positive, that have a positive impact on the society, humanity, on the planet. And that fills you with hope that things will be better.

16. Everything about you can be changed

No matter how you feel or think about yourself in the moment, no matter what has happened in your past, do know that everything about you can be changed.

That change has to be brought onto yourself by you alone, you’re in charge. But yes, everything from your mindset, to your perspective and lifestyle, to your habits, each and everything about you can be changed.

17. Empathy and Gratitude are the center point of our lives

The two things that are never taught to us, but are life-changing and become the center point of our lives, when we understand them and practice them – empathy and gratitude.

We think communication solves problems, but it’s not communication, it’s empathy that’s the key. Having empathy helps you understand a certain point from the other person’s point of view, their perspective – why are they saying what they are saying or feeling.

Being grateful for everything about you and everything that you get to do and have helps you to understand everything that you have, whereas you thought you didn’t have anything and were chasing something exterior to fill that hole.

18. Things happen for a reason and you only realize it in hindsight

When things happen, knowingly or unknowingly, we wonder why! Why me? Why did this have to happen with me? At the time we only feel sad or distraught or clueless or some other emotion.

It’s only in hindsight do we realize, whatever happened, happened for a reason. That one speedbreaker actually led you to a better road or even a highway, but only in hindsight do we understand that.

19. Most of the problems in life are connected with your mindset and your lifestyle

Life full of problems, piling one after the other – whether emotionally, or in your relationships, or with work, or mentally or physically, or all of them – usually when you go to the roots of your problem, you understand that it’s usually connected with either your mindset, or your lifestyle, or both.

Taking a step before you notice anything – with your perspective, with your mindset, and your lifestyle, you can have an upper hand at your life, which will eventually help you grow and help you live a successful life.

20. Don’t waste time impressing others and living a life you don’t want to live

Quite often, we do things that has less to do with us and more to do with others. Either in the form of jealousy or comparisons or pride, we often pursue something or want its outcome or want an external object, just to impress others.

A want for them to realize what you have done or what you have got, and that will make you feel validated. But, alas, it’s an empty feeling, which has no meaning. Instead, you can live a life you want to life, do things you truly want, and accordingly make your decisions.

21. Those who cause hurt are themselves hurting too

When people try to bring you down, when they troll you, or make fun of you or bully you, its often because they themselves are hurt and it’s just an escapist approach they take to make themselves feel better.

Once we understand that, we start to not let those things impact us and simultaneously try to help them, in whatever form we can.

22. Writing is the best form of clarity you can get

Whether for yourself, or in the form of books or blogs, or something else, writing in general is the best form of therapy for yourself, an outlet, which gives you the best clarity you can get.

In that world of words, you write your thoughts, which leads to you having deeper thoughts, and you start connecting things and asking questions and forming a different perspective than before – all of which comes when you write.

23. Everyone has their own set of problems in life

No matter how wonderful does one’s life look, or at least one aspect of it (that you can see), each and every individual has their own set of problems.

Before thinking that your life is crappy and why is someone else’s life so beautiful, and before you start judging yourself or comparing yourself with others, also know that everyone (including you) have their own set of problems, that they are dealing with.

24. Real growth happens when you help others

Irrespective of how much you want or how much you already have, real growth happens when all of that learning and experience and success that you have received is used to help someone else.

Help doesn’t always need to be financial, and when you help someone else, that feeling, that growth which occurs within, you truly feel you have made a real impact onto the world.

25. Life is a Gift of its own

Crossing the odds of 400 trillion to 1, here we are, a human being on this planet. Life truly is a gift that we get to live, it’s everything we need and should want, never knowing if we would ever have such an experience again.
We chase our needs and wants, we chase status and fame, we chase recognition, and yet the truest gift is life itself – the place where all questions and answers end.

The biggest and best lesson I have ever been able to learn.

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Hope this was something worthwhile.

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Self Improvement is never Over

Self Improvement is never Over

On the path to self-improvement, you have chosen to consciously improve yourself and become a better version of yourself.

The more you reflect and become aware of yourself, the more you realize how much and where can you improve at.

After becoming aware of something, then understanding it and implementing it and making a part of your lifestyle, you also realize the deeper you go, how many more layers are there to peel.

Layer after layer, version after version, there’s always something to improve, to become better at, and that is the journey of self improvement.

Such a journey may sound tedious, or long, but rather, is an enjoyable one, one that keeps you on your toes, one that constantly helps you better yourself and indeed make your life better.

This journey of self-improvement is never over.

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Productive Guilt

Productive Guilt

As productive as we want to be, as disciplined as we want to be, as focused as we want to be, in our day to day lives, sometimes we want to relax as well.

Sometimes we want to take a break.

But in some instances, even when everything is planned and scheduled and prepared for, sometimes we are not able to execute.

At such instances, we feel guilty. Guilty of not being productive. Guilty of wasting our time. Guilty of not doing anything.

That is what I call the productive guilt.

It is something that is negative for us, makes us feel bad about ourselves, creating negative emotions within, criticizing ourselves.

But, why feel the guilt at all?

Why not create a balance?

Why not take a break in between hours, days, and weeks and months?

Why force yourself to be productive at the moment when you’re not feeling it? Because when you’re feeling it, when you’re all in, then there’s no stopping you.

Instead of feeling the guilt, it’s more about understanding your emotions, more about scheduling your day and your life in general, knowing what you want and when you want it, and then acting accordingly.

Something like this removes the guilt, lets us be in the moment, and enjoy life too.

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Be Your Own Audience

Be Your Own Audience

This is not about content creation. This is not about marketing, nor Branding. This is about that and everything else about you, your life.

The words that you speak, how you communicate to others, your deeds, your actions, your behavior, online and in person – this is about everything.

Be your own audience.

Whether you like it or not.

Whether this is how you’d want someone to be with you or not.

Whether this is how you’d want someone to behave with you, or speak with you in this manner, or to act in such a way with you, or not.

What do you think? Are you your own audience? Isn’t this a better perspective to have, to understand things? To understand how you react, how you behave, what should you change, what is good about you, all of these questions now get answered when you have a perspective like this.

Before changing someone else or criticizing someone else, we should first check how we are with them and whether that needs change or criticism or not.

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Everything looks difficult

Everything looks difficult

Everything looks difficult when you haven’t started.

You don’t know what it takes, what’s the process, what it entails, nothing.

But, it’s only when you take that first step, mixed with patience and constant practice, do you then realize how that difficulty was in your mind, but not in reality.

We created this image in our mind of how difficult it would be, or even something that we may have heard of.

But when we started it, we realized that we were made for it, we can do it, and its all good.

Most of the battles are won and lost in our minds, and this is just that.

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The first step is awareness

The first step is awareness

Whether you want to accept change or not, whether you to stay the same or not, whether you want to be in control or not, the first step is always awareness.

The first step towards anything about life.

That is awareness.

Only when you’re aware, can you then try to understand it, and then implement it.

Until you aren’t aware of it wholly, you can never get to the second step and put your all into it.

And awareness doesn’t mean having half information about it. No. It means diving into the process and wanting to know everything that you can.

So, now after understanding the schematics, you can control your next few steps and ultimately bring that change you were looking forward to.

Whether to your personal life, or your professional life, or the impact onto others, anything and everything first starts with awareness.

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The Last 7 Days #45 (11.01 – 17.01)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

What To Listen:

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

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

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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


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Judge, Jury and Executioner

Judge, Jury and Executioner

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

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

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

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

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

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Walking the path alone

Walking the path alone

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

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

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

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

That happens when you walk the path alone.

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What you Eat

What you Eat

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

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

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

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

What we eat affects your

– gut

– inflammation in the body

– immune system

– cells in the body

– energy levels

– emotions

– body alkalinity

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

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

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

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

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Every Experience

Every Experience

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

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

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

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

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Avoiding Questions

Avoiding Questions

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

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

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

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Attention Scarcity

Attention Scarcity

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

That attention is scare and not unlimited.

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

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

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

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The Last 7 Days #44 (04.01 – 10.01)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

What To Listen:

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

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

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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


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Is it natural to you?

Is it natural to you?

We have so many choices to make in life.

So many decisions.

We have goals to accomplish.

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

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

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

How can you choose?

How do you know if it is right for you?

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

What do you feel is natural?

Something that just flows out of you.

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

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

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

If yes, then you know what to do.

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

One simple question changes so many things for you.

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Mind, Body and Soul

Mind, Body and Soul

What we think

What we feel

What we eat

What we drink

What exercise we do

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

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

Did you know that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8 Yoda Learnings

8 Yoda Learnings

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

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

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

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

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

2. “Pass on what you have learned.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. “Do, or do not. There is no try”

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

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

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Subtractions

Subtractions

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

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

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

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

Ask yourself what is wrong

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

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

What can you do then, in such a scenario?

Can you continue to be wrong?

Or do you want to correct yourself?

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

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

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

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

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

Asking yourself what can be wrong changes those things.

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Your off time

Your off time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Last 7 Days #43 (28.12 – 03.01)

The Last 7 Days #43 (28.12 – 03.01)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

What To Listen:

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

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

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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


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In others’ shoes

In others’ shoes

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

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

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

How would they perceive it, how would they feel.

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

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

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Welcoming 2021

Welcoming 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Top 5 Songs, Movies and Everything Else of 2020

My Top 5 Songs, Movies and Everything Else of 2020

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

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

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

Top 10 Songs of 2020

(English/Spanish)

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

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Top 5 Songs of 2020 (Hindi)

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

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

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Top 5 Podcasts of 2020

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

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Top 5 Films of 2020 (Hindi/ Tamil)

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

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

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Top 5 Films of 2020 (English)

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

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Top 5 TV Shows of 2020 (Hindi)

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

honorary mention: mirzapur 2

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Top 5 TV Shows of 2020 (English)

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

honorary mention: all or nothing: tottenham hotspur

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

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

Have I missed out on anything else though?

What can we learn from the film, Soul?

What can we learn from the film, Soul?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking Back at 2020

Looking Back at 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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My Top 5 Podcast Episodes of 2020

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

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

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

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

Listen here.

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

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

Listen here.

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

Listen here.

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

Listen here.

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

Listen here.

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The Last 7 Days #42 (21.12 – 27.12)

The Last 7 Days #42 (21.12 – 27.12)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

  1. 2020 Was The Year We Redefined ‘Essential’

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

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

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

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

    Read here.


What To Listen:

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

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

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

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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


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Why I do a daily blog and a daily podcast?

Why I do a daily blog and a daily podcast?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The funny thing about Responsibility

The funny thing about Responsibility

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

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

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

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

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Taking a Step Back

Taking a Step Back

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

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

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

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

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

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How Disney played it smart?

How Disney played it smart?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Learning beyond Academics

Learning beyond Academics

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

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

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

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

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

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The Last 7 Days #41 (14.12 – 20.12)

The Last 7 Days #41 (14.12 – 20.12)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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

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

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

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Check it out here.

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What To Watch:

  1. How does the Internet work?

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

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

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

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

    Watch here.

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

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

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


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Acknowledge before Appreciate

Acknowledge before Appreciate

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

Appreciate it too, but first, acknowledge.

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

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

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

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Your Previous Work

Your Previous Work

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

With every new creation, the previous work gets older.

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

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

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

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My favourite podcasts of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

A. Our Last Week with Anuvab and Kunaal

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

Check it out here.

B. SmartLess

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

Check it out here.

C. Sway

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

Check it out here.

D. On Purpose with Jay Shetty

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

Check it out here.

E. Advertising is Dead

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

Check it out here.

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*Special Mentions*

Snacks Daily

Happy Sad Confused

Cyrus Says

The Tim Ferriss Show

Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

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

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Why do New Year Resolutions fail?

Why do New Year Resolutions fail?

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

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

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

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

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Headlines, Social Media and YouTube Thumbnails

Headlines, Social Media and YouTube Thumbnails

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

The common factor is ‘clickbait’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Personal before Professional

Personal before Professional

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal comes before Professional.

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

    Read here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen here.

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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How can you have a good 2021?

How can you have a good 2021?

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

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

However, here’s where it gets tricky though.

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

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

And, that is life.

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

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

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

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

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Unlimited Options

Unlimited Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

The options are unlimited.

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

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Your Audience vs You

Your Audience vs You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beating the Social Media Pressure

Beating the Social Media Pressure

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

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

Whether it is ‘perfect’.

Whether they’ve clicked that perfect picture.

Whether that picture can be clicked in a different angle.

Whether that caption is engaging.

Whether that caption should be long or short.

How many hashtags should they add.

How will the audience perceive all of this.

And the list goes on and on.

That is the social media pressure.

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

What can you do to beat it?

– Create that first post.

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

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

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

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

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

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Hope.

Hope.

Hope keeps you alive.

Hope doesn’t let you down.

Hope lets you try.

Hope lets you fail and succeed.

Hope keeps humanity alive.

You can only hope.

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Blaming Others vs Taking Accountability

Blaming Others vs Taking Accountability

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

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

vs

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

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

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

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The Last 7 Days #39 (30.11 – 06.12)

The Last 7 Days #39 (30.11 – 06.12)

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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

    Read here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

In the world of TECH:

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

In the world of MARKETING:

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

In the world of BUSINESS:

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

In the world of POP CULTURE:

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



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The beauty of learning

The beauty of learning

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

The beauty of learning is that it is never enough.

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

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

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The January 1st pressure

The January 1st pressure

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

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

That is what I call the January 1st pressure.

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

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

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

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

Let’s welcome 2021 with that perspective.

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Worked or not, Gratitude is constant

Worked or not, Gratitude is constant

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

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

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

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

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

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Status

5 Years of Zazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Action Repercussions

Action Repercussions

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

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

That is the case of action repercussions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to it here.

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What To Watch:

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

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

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

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

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

    Watch here.

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

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

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


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Without making Mistakes

Without making Mistakes

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

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

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

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

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

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Own Ways

Own Ways

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

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

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

Each to their own experience.

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

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

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In a world full of mirrors

In a world full of mirrors

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

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

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

Show your true self to yourself and everyone around you.

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

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

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The Digital Push

The Digital Push

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

My 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A deadline to yourself

A deadline to yourself

Deadlines solve things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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


What To Read:

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

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

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