Perfect Resume

Glancing at someone with a perfect resume used to make me contemplate all the choices I have made in my life. The awe of a person so perfect at least on paper is something to be envious of. If only had i stuck to my plans and goals and not deviated from it to follow... Continue Reading →

Do you care?

There’s a big difference between doing something when you’re told and doing something when you care. We can see this when we look at servers at restaurants or cashiers at supermarkets. But that’s not all. You see this in your workplace. There’s a stark difference in the attitude, ideas and the energy one brings to... Continue Reading →

Make Space

  I have a rule for my work desk. A couple of items only. The ones that really need to be there. The important stuff. Ones that make a difference and is useful. Especially since I practice minimalism (as much as a tech enthusiast can), whenever there is one too many things that begin to pile up... Continue Reading →

Like no one’s watching.

  We are always putting on a show. For our boss, for our co-workers, our family, our friends, our partner. The moment we know someone else is watching, some else is judging, our guards go up and we modify our actions and our behavior just a little bit, to show that we are playing the... Continue Reading →

Mentors

Getting people to mentor you is the least of your problem. If they say no to your face, then probably they think you are an idiot and don’t deserve their mentorship, or they think you think you are an idiot and you’re not confident enough in yourself and you’re just looking for someone else’s validation,... Continue Reading →

Choose wisely.

They say, “Don’t meet your hero’s”. But it’s not a reflection of your hero, rather, your expectation. A sure shot way to cut short years of toiling and experimentation is to have a mentor, or better yet, have mentors. One for every aspect of your life that you want to emulate. Just make sure it’s... Continue Reading →

Create vs Consume

The world’s job is to make you consume. Sell you things you don’t need. Make you watch things you don’t really want to see, read what you don’t really want to read. Listen to things you don’t want to hear. And then it keeps doing it. Again and again. And if you fall for the... Continue Reading →

Who’s worth listening to.

Don’t be an askhole is great advice for anyone. We all know that one person who keeps asking you for advice but does exactly the opposite, only to annoy you again with more questions that he will ignore again. Don’t, under any circumstance be an askhole. But the world is filled with more tellwhores than... Continue Reading →

What makes them tick.

If there’s one thing you ought to do to better understand the people around you is to figure out what makes them tick. It is endlessly fascinating and almost an obsession of mine. It’s not easy to do, neither is it something most people are interested in. But it is worthwhile to put in the... Continue Reading →

Permission

We are taught from a young age to sit still and behave. Raise your hands and wait your turn. Move and speak only when permitted. There’s always someone’s approval to seek or someone’s permission to gain before you can do what you want. Deep down, I believe that seeking someone else’s permission is just you... Continue Reading →

Get up and go

There’s never going to be the right time. Never the perfect weather. You will always be tired. You will always feel like you need to rest instead of running around. You’ll always have things to do. It’ll be uncomfortable. Anything out of the ordinary is uncomfortable. Silly things like Where to eat, to sleep and... Continue Reading →

Hard Truth

There’s a distinct difference in the way some children are brought up. Amongst my peers and even in my own family, I saw that people with children who were the most ambitious and had a desire to achieve something on their own were the ones who weren’t readily handed out things. The kids who learned... Continue Reading →

Ready to Leave.

So your goal is to quit your job someday and be an entrepreneur? Are you just biding time until you save enough to finally quit your day job and be free? If you don’t want to get trapped in the corporate life, then you need to do everything in your power to not get sucked... Continue Reading →

The Hammer and the Nail.

I believe plenty of people are obsessed with success, just like me. And we look towards entrepreneurs and businessmen to try and emulate the way they think and work. We try to adopt their habits and routines in the hopes of achieving success. Anything that a successful person does, no matter how ordinary somehow becomes... Continue Reading →

How to be impressive.

In everything that we do, in every stage of our lives, there’s a brief period of time where almost anything we do has the potential to impress people. That short period happens to be somewhere before the first quarter of the total timeline of the task. Think about this, if you’re a 25-year-old with a... Continue Reading →

Finding Happiness

When I was a kid, there was only one thing worse than not being allowed to play. Being the only one not allowed to go over to a friends house to play. Oh the agony, sorrow, and misery. Want to know what real FOMO(Fear of missing out) is? Tell a 10-year old that they are... Continue Reading →

Call me cheap.

On a recent trip to Copenhagen with a cousin from the USA, I ended up tearing the only pair of jeans that I had. It was a bit of shock to my cousin that I actually owned only one pair of jeans. This prompted me to write “Reduce the noise” which is about spending money... Continue Reading →

Reduce the noise.

I happened to watch the documentary on Minimalism a few weeks ago. People are usually polarized on this topic. Some are fascinated by this concept of minimalistic living while others can’t seem to fathom not having a house filled with things they hardly ever use or a wardrobe that’s literally overflowing. My sister, for example,... Continue Reading →

Just be interesting.

I think I need to join a support group. I’m not sure though if such a support group exists. I want to stand in front of a group of people and say “ Hi, I’m Kaush and my problem is that I’m easily impressed by people until I get to know them a bit better... Continue Reading →

Stepping up to bat

As a kid growing up in India, I played cricket like most kids, and I wanted to be a batsman. There was always a long Que to bat and more batsmen than there was time to play, so the coach would pick a few to put on the gear and take a turn at batting.... Continue Reading →

Just the right setting.

She was the office ergonomics expert. Her job was to help employees adjust their work environment and to make sure you are sitting in the best possible posture, you know, for your long-term health and what not. In other words, the best shape you can be in by spending your waking minute doing something humans... Continue Reading →

The Heroes we don’t deserve.

It’s not always that you run into these kinds of people. Usually, the cheerleaders in your life hold a special spot and almost certainly get their fair share of recognition. It’s not them I’m talking about. I’m talking about the others. I’m talking about the people you run into just by sheer coincidence and who... Continue Reading →

To my dearest friends

I say, dearest, even though I have no idea what your names are and I have never spoken to you. You don’t know my name yet somehow we have become part of each other’s lives. I only know you all by the code names I came up with. Not derived for surreptitious reasons but merely... Continue Reading →

Imposter Syndrome

Me while filling in a job application: I can totally do all that. I’m so good at excel that numbers float off the screen like the Vegas card-counting scene in Hangover. The day before the new job starts: OMG!! what the hell am I doing. Why did I ever apply for this position? They are going to... Continue Reading →

Life lesson from Naval Ravikant

I’m a Naval Ravikant fanboy. I’ve obsessively listened to pretty much every podcast Naval has been on, and I’ve heard them several times. His podcast with Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, and The knowledge project is just brilliant. His live periscope was just so full of profound, and thoughtful insights(transcript). He’s like a modern sage, his words so full of wisdom, delivered with perfect... Continue Reading →

Things i have changed my mind on

Let me admit something. I’m a fickle minded routine addict. How can that even be you ask? I take ages to make a decision but then I rarely ever change them. I get into a routine. You don’t believe me? For the most part, I have had the same breakfast for the past five years.... Continue Reading →

Pick the One you like.

The most common question I get asked is “which work out plan to follow?”. “Which is the best diet?”. “Which fitness YouTubers should I follow?”. “Should I do CrossFit?” “I’ve been doing this workout should I change?”. “I heard about this diet, is it better than the one I follow?”. My answer always tends to... Continue Reading →

The 5 year test.

I often joke that I’m so used to things going wrong all the time that I’ve almost come to expect it. When things go right for an unusual length, I start suspecting that something is fishy. The ability to laugh in the face of adversity is not a superpower that I was born with. It’s... Continue Reading →

Waiting

Waiting to find your passion, waiting for the right opportunity to come by, waiting for the right idea to strike, is like waiting to spot the loch ness monster. It doesn’t happen. What fuels this futile endeavor is reading stories of how entrepreneurs came up with their brilliant ideas seemingly out of the blue. This... Continue Reading →

Algorithm Vs Grit

I was finally going to finish the project. To find out how many of the 500 loan applicants were creditworthy. It was a data analytics project to build a model that could predict worthiness of a loan applicant. The model, when tested against previous data had an accuracy of 80%. Great, let’s run it! I... Continue Reading →

Reviews are overrated

How have we gotten to this point where we cannot go anywhere without checking the reviews? Seriously are we now going to get into an argument for half an hour over which cafe to visit cos some douchebag thought the ice tea in this cafe had too much ice and decided to review it? Fuck... Continue Reading →

Annoying Fly

It’s like a fly. Tiny little fly that buzzes around you. Ruining your mood, your evening, Your peace of mind. You try to ignore it, pretend it is not there, but you just can’t. That’s what insecurities are. A fly. Buzzing around, touching, pricking, desperately trying to get your attention. Waiting for you to chase... Continue Reading →

The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.” ― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things:

What I’ve learned from 2 days of fasting

Source: The Mind Unleashed All my life I have been brainwashed into thinking that skipping a meal especially breakfast will kill me. I’ll faint, I’ll start getting gastric problems, my body won’t function properly, I’ll lose muscle mass and on and on. This is what people always told me.And if you are Indian like me, never... Continue Reading →

Learning a new Language

How to learn any language fast. Learning a new language is hard, especially as an adult. But the truth is anyone can do it if you’re motivated enough. All it takes is some effort.Growing up in India, I was lucky to have people speaking different languages around me. As a result, I can speak 4 languages... Continue Reading →

“You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go.”             -Jim Rohn

National unsubscribe day

We have all sorts of utterly pointless remembrance days. Who needs a national pasta day? People who have forgotten to eat pasta in a while? If there ever were a marketing scam playbook, this would be in the top 5. Create a national ‘Insert random item to market’ day. Top of the list of marketing... Continue Reading →

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It’s funny how our minds work isn’t it? We have these big number in our head that we want to achieve, these herculean tasks that we know deep down we were meant to accomplish. We dream of the day we stand victorious and bask in the glory and then the same dream becomes overwhelming. It’s... Continue Reading →

Own It

As naive as most children are, we used to play a game. It’s called “do the most outrageous shit possible while not getting caught”. That’s not a real game but you get the idea. If you do get caught, blame someone else. What most adults tell us is that the reason we shouldn’t do something... Continue Reading →

Fitness is ruining my life.

I’m a little bit of a fitnessoholic.There! I said it! Admitting is the first step to recovery right? I might need help but I couldn’t find a support group for this problem. I tried reaching out to friends but the usual response is “ it’s all in your head!”, or “stop being such a douche!”... Continue Reading →

Operating in the grey zone

There are three kinds of tasks. Those you should be doing. Those you should never be doing, and then there are transition tasks as I like to call them. These are the tasks you do when you’re supposed to be working or procrastinating on the tasks you should be doing. If the tasks you are... Continue Reading →

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. -Lewis Carroll

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