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All Liars Have A Universal Language

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A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth barely has a chance to get its pants on — Winston Churchill

Everybody lies. Lying as a characteristic is not just limited to humans. In fact, Koko a gorilla, who reached new heights of fame in the ’80s for mastering sign language, once blamed her pet kitten ‘All Ball’ for ripping a sink out of the wall. Poor little All Ball had no idea that the animal that would cuddle her every day was blaming her for breaking a sink because she had been bad that particular day.

Lying is one of the most primary traits we learn soon after we are born. Babies learn to fake a cry to get your attention, giving you the feeling that maybe they are not feeling alright. It is only when you fall for it you realize that even a six-month-old can outsmart you on its day with a cute lie. …

Understanding the fundamentals of writing

Picture of Malcolm Gladwell from Masterclass

If you haven’t heard of Malcolm Gladwell or read anything he has written, I’ll borrow a quote from The News & Observer to help you relate with him, his work and the impact he leaves behind with his writing.

If there’s such a thing as a storytelling gene, Gladwell has some super-evolved DNA mutation. He might be the best storyteller on the planet.

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five nonfiction books and was recognised by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of the hundred most influential people in the world. …

A False Sense Of Identity

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It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better. — Ella Maillart

We spend all the time and effort in the world trying to figure out everything around us but seldom put in half of that effort and time in figuring ourselves out. The lesser time we invest in knowing ourselves, the harder it gets for us to cope with the changing times and its relevance in our lives. Millennials like me fit into this description perfectly.

We compete with everything and everyone around us and make the external environment and its stakeholders our holy grail. In a way, our fire is fueled not by our own innate abilities and desires to grow and get better, but by the accomplishments of those that we know and hear of. …

Making the best out of a bad situation

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Despite the panic and paranoia around this sick and highly contagious virus, I believe a decade from now when you look at back at your life and think of this time period, and you will not just remember it for the pandemic, but also for how it transformed you into being a better, stronger and more productive person.

Along with this virus and this time period, take pride in knowing that you too are an outlier in the history books. …

The Billion Dollar Woman Started With Five Thousand Dollars And An Idea

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Sara Blakely’s masterclass is nothing short of a colourful journey. From having reinvented and redefined one of the most basic yet crucial aspects of women’s clothing, to dealing with the highs and lows that come in business. She has persevered through it all and come out the other side victorious, successful and happy with her life.

Her progress and ability to remain at the top of her game for over twenty years is what makes her stand out from the crowd. Yet, if you had to point at one particular aspect of what makes her different, that would be her formidable ability to drive change. Not only has she been a problem solver in her business, but also other areas of life. Sara is the first female billionaire to join the ‘Giving Pledge’, an organisation through which some of the wealthiest people in the world promise to donate at least their half their money to charity. …

Behavioural, Circumstantial and Structural

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are — Donald Miller

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As people, we are very complicated. As much as we discuss the concepts of rationality and developing an evolved thinking, quite often we do the exact opposite. The funny part is that this notion is even more difficult to accept when someone you know behaves in a manner that you find unexpected or unorthodox.

Take some of the simple examples. You may have come across someone at work who lashed out at you, and you aren’t able to think of what may have triggered that. Maybe on the home front, anything you say or suggest may come off as criticism for your partner, and they might take offence to it even though you did not intend to make her or him feel that way. …

Giving free money to people is not going to solve future humankind problems

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The 21st century has been the most dynamic time period for humankind. The introduction of technology had initially made our lives not just easier but also highly efficient. A quote by Sophocles best describes the transition of technology in and around our lives today.

Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse

The unregulated power and unlimited scope of technology have made us realise that while it does make our lives easier, it can and will also replace our utility in the not so distant future. …

Brave browser aims to give control back to the user.

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Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn’t be the price we accept for just getting on the internet.” — Gary Kovacs

Before the internet became a commercial necessity, the advertisement business was one of the most unique jobs in the corporate world. It is one of the few industries to have built its foundation on creativity, art, and business. In the past, content creators had to earn your time and level of engagement with ads. Sadly, today the internet allows them to track your movements and preempt your next move almost without your consent.

From the point of privacy and independence to make decisions, customers were truly kings before the internet. …

The value of competition and the limitations of a single product company.

Source: cnbc.com

We cannot limit ourselves to continuing on the path we have already opened — Amancio Ortega

November 2, 2016, Slack put out an audacious message to Microsoft just before the latter launched Teams, a competitive application that directly competed with Slack.

The message was a full-page letter in the New York Times stating how Slack was genuinely happy to have the competition. The letter went on to offer a lesson to Microsoft on how to get the job done and why it would be difficult to replicate the success Slack has had.

The Dilemma Of Every Entrepreneur

“Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like.” — Brian Chesky

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14 Years. That is the amount of time it took Amazon to be called a Profit Making business. The year was 1997, and Jeff Bezos openly writes to his new investors a letter stating the importance of Market Share.

It’s All About the Long Term

We believe that a fundamental measure of our success will be the shareholder value we create over the long term. This value will be a direct result of our ability to extend and solidify our current market leadership position. The stronger our market leadership, the more powerful our economic model. …

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