All the world is a classroom.

The world is your classroom. Anything that’s worth memorising is worth looking up. The best of the faculties on the planet are available, accessible and attending to your queries, you can collaborate globally for a project that’s locally implemented, You can participate in a hackathon at Silicon Valley from Bangalore. Why limit yourself to the physical classroom, mundane lectures, seemingly useless assignments. Learn, implement and seek feedback. Why stick

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The beauty of sidestreams.

In the mainstream, everything is restricted. limited screens, overcrowded shelf-space, 52 Friday’s, one best-seller a year. The joys of discovery are in the side streams. When you find content that’s rich, movies that are boldly inspiring and books that shift your worldview. These are rarely in the limelight. Sure, every once in a while comes a body of work that can’t be ignored. But most of the times, it’s

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Burn the bridges and move forward.

Burning the bridges is the easier part. Building new pathways, trailblazing industries of the future and doing work that matters is the harder part. When you have nothing to fall back to, you give your all to what you have ahead of you. Starting from scratch, facing the uncertainties, leaving the comforts of your back-ups, plan-B’s, security deposits are the way forward.

Wisdom on the go.

The travel time, while at the gym, on your weekly run, strolling in the park or anytime where you can afford to listen to music, radio or noise. Here’s another option: Podcasts. They are not yet famous or cool in India but that’s not the point. The idea is to maximise your time by joining in on conversations that interest, intrigue or appeal to you. It could be the

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Pick yourself.

You and I are not roses in a garden eagerly awaiting the Gardner to pick us up today. We can choose to pick ourselves. No need to wait for that publisher, production house or even VC. Pick yourself. Take your camera or borrow a phone and record a movie, share it with 50 people you trust and ask for feedback and share it with the world. Repeat it till

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Well designed future vs undesigned future.

Every year around this time a select group of individuals get together and pen down our goals. It’s important to get into 2019 knowing what you want to accomplish. It brings clarity and makes the year purpose-driven. Dreams are given a deadline and penned down as goals. You can’t change the destination overnight but you can change the direction. This is critical. Over years the little shift in direction,

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What do you do post exchanging cards?

Do you stack them in your over-flowing card collection and forget it? Do you scan them through and discard the card? Or Do you keep postponing taking an action on the card? Cards have an unspoken call to action and a count-down timer. You either connect with the individual or refer him to somebody in your network so they can connect. Visiting cards are first among the many exchanges

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The lessons are not important.

The lesson, learning, realisation isn’t important. It’s essential but what matters is how long can you hold it and apply it when the opportunity, crisis or situation arrives. The number of times and ways you’ve used your learning, the length of time that you hold on to the lesson determines the value of the lesson you learnt. Calculus, Gerunds, half-life period may not be important to you now, though

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Beware of quotes.

Quotes are misleading unless you understand the context in which they were created and expressed. It’s seldom that somebody takes the time to remember who they are quoting let alone explain the context, situation or consequence of that statement. “There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher” -Usain Bolt. The statement became popular and was plastered on merchandise, banners and motivational quotes. But the reason he

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