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Two-Tab Policy

For long, I used to have so many windows open on my Chrome browser that I was unable to shut down my laptop at night, sometimes, for months on end. But why should that matter? It matters because when there are a zillion windows open, they tempt and distract us. In...

The Road to Happiness

In my last project at McKinsey, I was so exhausted with the late nights that I felt like I was dying. One weekend, over dinner, I met this brilliant entrepreneur introduced to me by a Wharton classmate. This guy had founded a company and later hired his Harvard...

Late Night Work

During my stint with McKinsey, whenever we did late nights (more like early mornings), it was rarely because the work per se was that heavy. It was almost always because we did not create clarity sufficiently early in the day about what was to be accomplished. In a...

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Nobody is Born Wise

During my days as a consultant, I often found the first few days of a client engagement mortifying. In the initial meetings, the clients would bombard us with jargon and technical details that I struggled to understand. But I was too scared to clarify because I did...

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Take charge of your life

A video game maker would love it if you spend 12 hrs a day playing their game. A social media company would love it if you check their app every five minutes. They don't care if you are miserable. They don't care if your mental health is failing. They are not on your...

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Professional success

During our college placement season, many of us were fixated on the salaries. If a company offered even Rs 2,000 more, it felt infinitely more attractive. But looking back, the initial salary had practically zero correlation with how well people did in life. Some who...

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The secret to building a good life

When I was working with a private equity firm, in the middle of our office was a gigantic TV screen that could raise your anxiety within a minute. This TV was always tuned to CNBC, which would constantly stream the latest market news and the Sensex level, by the...

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Fix your future

The past is a prison, but its door is unlocked. Then why don't we just walk out? Because our mind wants to renegotiate the past and make it better. We know it is pointless but our mind still can't resist it. So is there an escape from this prison? Is there any...

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Small start

In late 2020, when I launched HabitStrong, we had little money, no tech team, and zero marketing people. There were just four of us. Since we could not afford a tech team, for the first few months we did not even have a website. Heck, we did not even have the...

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Challenging Realities

During my training with the Indian Police Service, we were attached to an elite army unit in Nagaland for exposure. So a few days after we landed, we went for a patrol in full combat gear – we had to wear a metallic flak jacket and a bulletproof headgear that was so...

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Is promptness such a great virtue?

A friend of mine doing investment banking with a Wall Street bank once told me about his managing director, who would frantically reply to every email within 2-3 minutes, no matter what time of the day or night you emailed her. Clearly, she was very prompt. But why?...

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Anger reveals our weakness

During my stint in the Civil Services, the most powerful person I ever worked with was the Kerala Chief Minister, which at that time was Mr. AK Antony. And when we think of powerful people, what is the imagery that comes to one’s mind? Maybe someone who shouts down...

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Start Now

When I started my Civil Services or IITJEE preparation, I had no idea how I would get to the finish line – so I just bought a few books and started learning. When I quit my job to do a startup, I did not know how I would build a company. But I got started, made...

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Building Habits

When I was in the 9th grade, I built a habit that inadvertently helped me crack the Civil Services interview almost a decade later. In those days, I started reading newspapers religiously because I loved following the international stories (e.g., the Tamil conflict in...

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Fresh Start

When I finished my BTech, instead of feeling on top of the world, I felt dejected and defeated. Till I went to IIT, like any teenager, I felt that I could accomplish anything – I felt bullet-proof. But during college, for the first time in my life, I felt that I was...

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Life is a Journey

Soon after I landed in Kerala on joining the Indian Police Service (IPS), my batchmates and I did a courtesy call on an officer of the rank Additional Director General of Police – the second-highest rank in the IPS. Naturally, as rookies, our rank of Assistant...

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Life is often the best teacher

When I was in the 5th grade, I learnt the basics of monetary theory from a local shopkeeper in Assam. Here is what happened. At that time, my father got posted to a remote place in Assam’s Kamrup district. There, the most prominent shop in the local market was a...

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Writing Wisdom

The skill that has changed my life the most is ‘writing.’ And if I could give you some unsolicited advice, here it is: Learn the craft of writing and it will pay you a hundred times over. In school, my writing was pathetic. Nobody taught me because my English teachers...

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