Courage & Bold moves

“Passion toh hai…but karne ki himmat nahi milti” remarked one of my favorite juniors from college. How do we develop the courage to take bold steps in Life? This same junior, and I, had worked together in college to build an alumni portal. We kept in touch. When I graduated, he told me “sir aap ek startup khol lo aur …

Power of experimentation

Startups experiment using what we call the Lean Startup / Design Sprint Methodology. Even if they fail, they try to ‘fail fast‘. All great scientific discoveries are a result of ‘experimentation’ and testing of hypothesis. Why can’t we do this to discover ourselves? I had this question on my mind, since college. Everyone wanted to (and still want to) start …

Entrepreneurship? Not for the faint-hearted.

From my private journal, dated 28th Dec’16 “Entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted” “Learn how to manage stress, tension, depression, lows..” “Work with people who are strong, have worked out of their comfort zone” In March 2017, I was fortunate to join Acadview and meet Himanshu Batra (Founder, CEO) Himanshu is one of toughest (mentally) people I’ve ever met …

Interrupting people is good

All throughout my Life, I have been told that interrupting people is rude and we shouldn’t do it.  What if I told you that interrupting people is actually good?  Let’s say you’re in a conversation with someone. If, both of you value your time and want to spend it in a meaningful way then you’d want to make sure that …

Striking a chord with people

Most people care about themselves, more than anybody else in the world. Their own needs, desires and wishes are the most important thing in their Life. There is no sense of empathy and authenticity. This is why, in every conversation that they have with others, they’ll always talk about themselves – their needs, desires, goals and what not. This puts …

Passion / Motivation

Transferred a very small amount to Ankita, the editor of ‘Trapped’. Super happy with the work she has done and so I told her that I’ll send more. Her response was “All that is secondary.. I’m confident that the book will make a difference and really help people” It’s tough to do a good job at something if you’re only …

How to choose a job?

If you are not ambitious, and, don’t have any goals in life – just want to get married, have kids & settle down, then this post might not be for you. Smart people don’t seek “a job”. Jobs “seek” them, and they, “choose” where to work. Here are some pointers to consider while getting into a full time job (from …

Passion > Skills

Freshers and undergrads often complain about being rejected for little/no work experience. Those within a job and eagerly looking to switch complain about not finding enough opportunities. The truth is, there are opportunities everywhere and you don’t need to be super skilled/talented to grab them. You just need a little more passion, enthusiasm, excitement and zeal for life & the …

The difficult conversations

I’ve always faced great difficulty in saying no to people. When I wanted to move on from my first company, I resigned on Whatsapp. When my seniors wanted me to join their team, I said no over Whatsapp. Instead of meeting her, I broke up with my ex on Whatsapp. Guess what? Whatsapp is easy. When I thought about it …