The Paradox of Hard Work

A lot of people have a very misplaced idea about the word “hard work”. It has been repeated time and time again that to succeed, you need to work hard. Every successful person agrees that they did not get where they are without hard work. So people think they need to push themselves to work hard (even when they don’t feel like it). And since hard work feels so hard to do, they convince themselves that the success is not worth it. That’s when people settle for less. The lower their goals and dreams. Because the price to achieve that …

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The Three Pillars of a Successful Career (and Life)

Recently I was on a podcast and the host asked me “Deepak, what do you think are the top three things that contributed to your success.” My first answer was “I’m not successful yet and there is a long way to go.” However, it also forced me to think about what are the three most important things that contribute to career success. The three of the most important things are Learning, Reflection and Execution. 1. Learning It might look very obvious but continuous life-long learning is very important for career success. Most of us stop learning after we graduate from …

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Rejection – The Secret to Getting What You Want

What if I said I am not going to allow you to read this blog? What if I had the power to prevent you from reading this blog? What if I used that power against you? How would you feel? That feeling is called Rejection. Rejections pains. If you are rejected in your school by your teachers, it sucks. So you seek their approval by trying to do what they expect of you. If you are rejected from a friend’s circle, you feel pain. If you are rejected by someone who you are attracted to, it pains. If you are …

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Your Failure is Inevitable

Are you afraid you will fail? I am. I have the fear of failure. Everyday. I am afraid that I might fail in my career. I am afraid that I might fail in my fitness and health. I am afraid that I might fail in my relationships. And I am afraid because… Failure is inevitable. It might look like a very negative statement at first, but it is the truth. And it is important that we accept this truth. When failure is staring at us, we usually go into a denial. Because the concept of failure is uncomfortable. In fact, …

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How to Build a Brand without Advertising

Building a great brand from scratch is the dream of every startup entrepreneur. If you are starting up, I’m pretty sure you want to build a brand that is friendly, well-known and stands for something beyond profits. In most of the cases, companies try to build a brand with advertising. They just pour money into different channels and show their logo to the maximum number of eye balls possible. But is it possible to build a brand just with advertising? To be honest, advertising has lost its effectiveness. Just because a brand’s logo is all over the place, it doesn’t …

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Why Teaching is the Best Way to Learn

There are certain things we know. And there are certain things we don’t know. When we think about what we don’t know, there is a certain kind of haze. It’s like your car window being unclean. You can’t see through it. It’s blind. When you learn the basic concepts of a certain subject, your window is a bit cleaner, but still not crystal clear. If you learn about a subject in-depth, it’s like the window is crystal clear. You can see through it, and see what’s on the other side. Now if you learn something, and do not implement it, …

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Top 10 Digital Marketing Agencies in Kochi

In the present day world, the internet has become cheaper and more accessible to the general public. Would you believe me if I say that the number of people who are online every day is still increasing? Well, it is. To be more precise, according to Pew Research, “constant” internet usage among adults has increased by five percent in the last three years, which has resulted in a change in the way people shop or purchase and definitely, offline marketing isn’t as effective as it was at one point in time. So how do you make the best out of …

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