College is dead. Make your own University.

Make your own university. No tests, no minimum attendance, no boring professors, no 9-4 slog. No worries. You get to decide your big outcome and your syllabus. There are over 32.8 million books Amazon on every topic you can think of. Pick the ones that connect with you and begin. Find the best, deeply insightful, most generous professor on the Internet who you connect with and is an authority

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Your internship reports are worth less! And what to do about it.

Internship reports are worth less. They are clear, organised, at times persuasive but rarely valuable! Professors go through it because they are paid to do so. Post your presentation or viva it lies in a corner waiting to get shredded by the highest bidding kabaddiwala. In this sense, it’s worth less. A bulk of the content in an average report can be looked up. Simply put, it was mindlessly

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Step out of your league.

To radically connect dots, create collaborations that were obvious but unseen, fill market gaps that no one has noticed yet. Exposure must be horizontal and vertical. If it’s single tracked, focused intensely on only one area for too long then you aren’t adding value or innovating at the level you can! These happen only when you expose yourself to people, places, events, projects, internships and situations that are way

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The Indian tap theory.

Water taps in India are a puzzle in itself. It’s commonplace to see someone struggling to close the tap because it defies convention: If you turn the knob enough the water will stop pouring. Many times if you turn the knob enough the water starts gushing out instead of stopping. And now, you are stuck with a problem of calibrating the knob to figure out when the water stops!

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Empty bookstores, filled carts.

I visited a bookstore earlier today, glanced through a few books, picked 2 that I’ve been waiting to get my hands on and made a beeline to the checkout counter. As I was handing over the books to the bookstore employee, I pulled up my phone and checked up the price of the books on Amazon. Needless to say, they were lower by 30% of what the store was

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Coupons are a trap.

Most coupons are designed to benefit the giver rather than the receiver. In essence, it isn’t true giving. It’s a profitable tactic. Works brilliantly in the short run. But erodes trust and loyalty in the long term. Instead, could you offer something that’s low cost to you (the brand, the giver) but high value to us (the fans, customers, the receivers). You have the insights, the buying patterns, the

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A foundation of failures.

I’ve always looked at school and college as a place to experiment, fail and learn. Building a foundation of failure, not a foundation of 9+CGPA’S or A grades. I didn’t win a single election at school, or even during my undergraduate studies yet I stood every year or every semester. Technically, I wasn’t allowed to set up a stall in pre-university as it was only meant for commerce students

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Time invested or wasted?

The return on time invested is hard to measure. Because it’s not obvious and at times the benefit or dividend may come much much later. Choose to measure it anyways. Was the movie worth your while? Is the conversation that you are engaged in adding value or are you just being polite? Will it benefit if you drag yourself through the boring chapters of the book? Is the meeting

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learning intensely and applying extensively

learning intensely and applying extensively is the way forward. Principles, ideas and theories are not limited to the constraints of subjects, particular scenarios. Yes, they are contextual and relevant at a few places but they are almost always underestimated. Seek anew situations, places and problems that you can solve using ways that aren’t obvious, relevant elsewhere but work just fine in this scenario. A hairpin can be used as

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