rajan singh

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2022

How I found the easiest shortcut to achieve even the hardest goals

In my IIT days, I was a total slacker, perpetually lagging in assignments, quizzes, and projects. I would neither go to classes on time nor take notes.  The only time I would be focused was the night before the exams. That is when I would photocopy borrowed notes from...

From a nail-biting crisis, I learned the futility of worrying

In 2002, I was facing a crisis that I thought would sink my career. And it taught me the futility of worrying. At that time, I was serving as the Trivandrum City Police Commissioner. The problem started quite innocuously – about 200 tribals came down to Trivandrum and...

How to write well – my personal writing guide

It has repaid me more than my super-expensive MBA, my electrical engineering degree, or pretty much anything useful I have done – I am talking about the craft of writing. For more than three years, writing on LinkedIn and Quora gave me the privilege of serving...

How I found hope in the most depressing times – and so can you

On the 24th of March 2020, ConceptOwl, my last startup, died. I don’t remember having worked harder for anything in my life – for 5 long years, I slogged day and night to make ConceptOwl successful. And all I had to show for it was crores of losses. Yet, I was still...

From a horrendous failure, I ironically learned how to never fail

Until 2012, I had gotten every job I wanted, and cracked every exam I had written. And then, finally, I failed. Miserably. My luck had finally run out. What followed was years of misery and frustration. And yet, from all that pain, emerged this beautiful truth: You...

2021

I lost crores in my previous startup – lessons from my failure

What happened to me In 2012, when I quit my plush job with a billion-dollar private equity fund to do a startup, I was in a mad rush. And ironically, that rush to succeed is what cost me crores of rupees and a painful failure. To save a ton of grief and help launch...

How to do the right thing EVEN when you’re demotivated

What happened to me I love running. But I also hate running. Let me explain. Once I am done with a long run, it is pure bliss. Running is my drug (in a really good, positive way). And yet, incredibly, my mind sometimes resists getting started with the run. This...

The little compromises that kills us

What happened to me It was 31st October, 1998 at 1:30 pm. The passing out parade of our IPS batch at the National Police Academy had just gotten over. In the IPS Mess, we were celebrating the completion of our training. Yay! I was now a real IPS officer — not a...

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