Posts Categorized: Experience

'Freelancer' - The Magical Word

“Freelancer” is a truly magical world. The moment you add it to any profession that whole world becomes immediately profitable to everyone involved. I have seen startups looking for kickass rockstar coding ninja freelancers with at least 5+ years of experience at the super attractive compensation of 20k per month and exposure (how can you forget that!!). Read more »

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Why my phone no longer has a lock

I apologise in advance for this morbid thought. Imagine you get in an accident. It could be anything. A hit and run, a mugging gone wrong or just plain bad luck. There you are lying on the road, covered in your own blood, unconscious, helpless. Maybe your luck has not totally run out and some one spots you. They want to help you. Read more »

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Before you go ahead and buy that gym membership..

Resolutions


Tis the time for resolutions. The new year is just round the corner and like every year we all have our resolutions in our minds. This is an age old practice which has been engrained in us ever since we were little. Our resolutions might have changed with time but our excellent habit of not following them to the end remains a constant. Read more »

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Being average, unicorns, success, and happiness

The first and the most important thing I will say is that the following text has not been written by me. I found this little gem on a reddit post posted by /u/photonasty. I feel that this is something many of us know, inherently, but do not realise until someone puts it to us in the form of words.

 

Self-made billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and J.K. Rowling are essentially unicorns. Do they exist? Certainly. There are always people of exceptional talent and drive, who also happen to get lucky along the way. (Sorry guys, but along with ability and effort, there’s an element of randomness. Everyone wants a sense of power and control within their own lives, so I think for many people, it’s hard to admit that. We don’t want to admit that some things are beyond our control, like “being in the right place at the right time.”)

Personally, I could never run a company, let alone found one. That isn’t my skill set, and that’s fine. I’d be thrilled with a high-five-figure salary at a job “making someone else rich”– as long as I am allowed to have a life outside of work, and not required to work unfeasible hours without any extra benefits for doing so.

It’s okay not to be the next Zuckerberg or Rowling. It’s okay to be “average” in your capabilities. It’s also okay to be motivated more toward a comfortable and stable income level, rather than a desire to be the best, or to have the most, or to make it to “the top.”

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But what about my sensational headline?

5467472773_eef4e82205_bLast Saturday I was at a mall in South Delhi with my beautiful wife. We were in one of he apparel shops where she was checking out some cure cloths and I was wandering around doing the husband thing which would be to feign interest in the said cloths. Read more »

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Why everyone should learn to drive

Why everyone should learn to driveAs I was driving over to meet a friend this Saturday, crisscrossing between the moderate traffic of a weekend, i came upon a realization. Driving, as a skill, is much more than just the ability or independence to transport ourselves from one place to another. There are a lot of lessons learning to drive or driving regularly can teach us what we can use in almost all aspects of our lives. I am convinced to the extent that I feel that absolutely all entrepreneurs (and everyone else must too) must definitely learn to drive.

Everything is scary at the beginning - Learning to drive is scary. At least for most of us. We all are scared that we might hit something or damage the car or something bad might happen. But eventually we learn, practice and master the skill of driving and soon we are driving in dense Delhi traffic. This applies to all the new things in life. You don’t know if it is actually difficult unless you try it, unless you take the leap.

There will be potholes - If you have ever driven in India, you will know that there will be potholes. And speed-breakers. Some you will get familiar with as you drive through them every day and some will come to you for the first time as you travel down a new road. But you know and expect the potholes and speed-breakers to come and adjust your driving accordingly. Just like this you will have minor repeating/occasional small issues in life that you have to accept and accommodate and improvise. Acknowledging the problem is the first step to solving it.

There will be accidents - One learning that definitely comes after getting a few hundred miles under your belt is the realization that accidents happen. They can and do happen to anyone irrespective of whether you were following all the rules or not. Your car will be dented and scratched as you drive in the harsh city traffic and there is very little that you can do about it. This means you have to be prepared for such problems that might spring out from nowhere and affect you irrespective of your involvement. Life throws many different sorts of problems towards us at the times we least expect them. Be prepared.

There will be traffic lights - There will be days when you will be getting late for some important work and you will get all reds and there will be the lucky days when you will get all greens. The red and green lights are nothing but the small patched of good and bad phases (or luck) that we encounter in our lives. Just as a red light will definitely turn green, if you just wait, your bad phase too would be succeeded by a good one. Always know that light cannot stay red or green forever.

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