My Weekly Learnings #17 (18.07 – 24.07)

My Weekly Learnings #17 (18.07 – 24.07)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. “It can be easy to think you’re going down the wrong path, that you’re making a huge mistake, that nobody gets it, that you’re the only one. The reason for this is simple: We hear a lot more from the people who disagree with us than the people who agree with us.” [Ryan Holiday]
(Listen to this in-depth here –

2. The physiological sigh is a pattern of breathing that we all engage in in deep sleep. When levels of carbon dioxide in our bloodstream get too high, we, or our dogs, you can see your dog do this, will do a double-inhale, followed by an extended exhale. Children, or adults for that matter, that are sobbing and lose their breath, so to speak, will also do a double-inhale, exhale. That’s the spontaneous execution of what we call the physiological sigh. The reason it works so well to relax us is because it offloads a lot of carbon dioxide all at once, and the way it works is the following: Our lungs are not just two big bags of air. We have all these little millions of sacks of air, that if we were to lay them out flat, they would be as big as about a tennis court or so. The volume of air, therefore, and the volume of carbon dioxide that we can offload is tremendously high, except that we get stressed as carbon dioxide builds up in our bloodstream, and, it’s kind of a double whammy, these little sacks deflate.
Now, when we do a double-inhale, so I’ll do this now twice through my nose, or you could do this. You could do it through your mouth, but it works best through the nose. It’s inhale, and then you sneak a little bit more air in at the very end. When you do that, you reinflate those little sacks, and when you exhale, then you discard all the carbon oxide at once. So the simple way to describe this protocol is that, unless you are underwater, you do a double-inhale, followed by an extended exhale, and you offload the maximum amount of carbon dioxide. And we found in our laboratory, and other laboratories have found, that just one, two, or three of those physiological sighs brings your level of stress down very, very fast. And it’s a tool that you can use any time. [Andrew Hubberman, a Neurobiologist on Optimizing Sleep, Performance, and Testosterone on The Tim Ferriss Show] (Listen to the full episode here –

3. Working on a better Mindset over 2021 while neglecting your Heartset sets up a situation of self-sabotage where your intellect knows what you should do yet your emotional world keeps you limited. [Robin Sharma] (Understand this in depth here –

You want something. Month after month, year after year, you dream you are going to get it.

Nothing happens. You never come any closer to it…

You didn’t actually want it. You wanted the idea of it. [Mark Manson]

5. When you only listen to the smartest person in the room, you miss out on discovering what the rest of the room is smart about.
Everyone you meet knows something you don’t—and has wisdom from experiences you haven’t lived.

Every conversation is a chance to learn something new. [Adam Grant]


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.


*Special Mentions*

Snacks Daily

Happy Sad Confused

Cyrus Says

The Tim Ferriss Show

Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions


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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5 podcasts that will help better your mind and habits

5 podcasts that will help better your mind and habits

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

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

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

A. The Tim Ferriss Show

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

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


B. On Purpose with Jay Shetty

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


C. The Daily Stoic

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


D. Nir and Far: Business Behavior and the Brain

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


E. Philosophy for our Times

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


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

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#7 of The Last 7 Days (20.04-26.04)

#7 of The Last 7 Days (20.04-26.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the 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.

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

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

What To Read:

  1. Our PM has posted this article on ‘Life in the era of COVID-19‘ which talks about the new normal, the new work culture and our adaptability towards it.

    Read about it here.
  2. Covid-19 Could Lead to the End of B-to-B Brands as We Once Knew Them

    Read here.
  3. Instagram Live usage jumped 70% last month. A psychologist says it’s because ‘people are not designed to be isolated.’

    Read about it here.
  4. The Business Case for Apple and Google’s Social Altruism

    Check it out here.
  5. I read this article about the growth of Coronavirus scams and how people will continue to lost more money throughout the rest of the pandemic.

    Read about it here.

What To Listen:

  1. Marcus Rashford and Paul Scholes, together on the Manchester United Podcast. A treat to hear.

    Check it out here.
  2. Karthik Srinivasan and Varun Duggirala talk about communicating and adapting during lockdown and beyond, on the Advertising Is Dead Podcast.

    Listen here.
  3. Mark Cuban talks to Kara Swisher on the Recode Decode Podcast, about what capitalism and entrepreneurship looks like in the post-coronavirus world and what it would take for professional sports to return.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Tim Ferriss talks about Fear Setting on his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show and how it is his most valuable exercise, which helps him in avoiding catastrophic mistakes.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Ashley Graham talks to Casey Neistat (the king of YouTube as she describes him on the show and he is) on his journey, his success and future projects on her podcast, Pretty Big Deal.

    Watch it here.
  2. David Dobrik partners up with EA and does a ton of giveaways and it’s just a happy video to watch!

    Check it out here.
  3. I recently finished this TV show, Succession – it’s just wow, easily in my top 10 of shows. I came across this video, ‘Top 10 Reasons why Succession is the Best Show on TV‘ and found it quite apt.

    If you’ve seen the show, only then watch this video here.
  4. I love Shark Tank, just love it, there’s so much value in that show. I’m talking about its US version. I’ve heard a lot of its Australian version too, and I recently came across this video, titled ‘The Biggest Deal in Shark Tank history‘.

    If you’re into such stuff, you’ll like it. 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.