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My list of YouTube Mentors!

My list of YouTube Mentors!

I am a YouTuber. The YouTube Community has always lifted my spirits whenever I needed motivation. I was fortunate enough get the right video for a conflict in mind when I needed it the most.

I unsubscribed the channels that provided entertainment and numbed my brain not to act. All the channels that did not add value to my life were ruthlessly removed.

Then I handpicked those channels, individuals and YouTubers that inspired me to act and resolve my conflicts when I needed. When I open YouTube even today, there is always a video that encourages me to work.

Here is the list of Channels that have kept me motivated. They will continue to do so. You are welcome to Subscribe to them.

  1. Be Inspired – Videos that get my lazy ass to work for my self.
  2. Daily MOTIVATION – Daily dose of motivation.
  3. Evan Carmichael – Studies successful people and posts their best practices.
  4. Gaur Gopal Das – An Amazing spiritual leader with a sense of comedy. He is my absolute favourite!
  5. GaryVee – He is freaking the god of marketing according to me. He primarily inspires Entrepreneurs.
  6. Goalcast – About how to set goals and achieve them.
  7. Mensutra – He is an Indian guy who motivates. Love him. He is another reason why I started got my lazy ass to make videos.
  8. Motivation2Study – For students who want to study. I am avid learned and love to keep the momentum to study anything and everything that comes my way. Of course, I tailor how I learnt to grasp better. You can check some of my technique here ->
  9. Motivation Madness – Just resounds in your mind to keep you going no matter what.
  10. Sadhguru – Another spiritual I follow. I do the Shambhavi Mudra initiated by him, and it has never gotten me sick in the last one year. He is witty, and his preaching is practical today’s IT world.
  11. Practical Psychology – If you have some thinking confusion, this channel gives you the logic to get out of it scientifically.
  12. Freedom in Thought – Love them!
  13. CaseyNeistat – I am starting a VLOG. No one is better than Casey to get inspired by him. Here is my VLOG – Lifeaholic.
  14. ATHLEAN-X™ – My mentor for lower back pain relief.
  15. Calisthenicmovement – My mentor to get my postures right during home workouts!
  16. Casual Steven – Inspired to record VLOGS!
  17. DireStraitsVEVO – I love this band. Someday I intend to play Sultans of Swing on a Keyboard. They are the reason I practice Keyboard every day. You can see some of my practice videos on my channel. I am listening to Sultans of Swing while writing this post!
  18. Jenna Moreci – She helps me write better.
  19. Lena Danya – She is a fantastic painter and beautiful!
  20. Tim Ferriss – Love all his books and want to live life he has described in 4-Hour Work Week
  21. TheEllenShow – Needs no introduction. She inspires me to do random acts of kindness, and she is funny!
  22. The Body Coach TV – My mentor for High-Intensity Interval Training.
  23. TEDx Talks – Ideas to keep me thinking of my own. Someday I want to be on Ted Talks!
  24. Yoga With Adriene – My mentor for Yoga.
  25. Ellen Brock – My mentor for writing 🙂

Uff! There are much more, but you will have to choose them according to what you want to achieve. For example, I follow a lot of channels on Analytics and Technology. I am also a contributor here. I have a channel which helps you get faster in Excel and save a right amount of office hours spent on Excel. Fun x Excel -Please don’t forget to Subscribe!

Good Luck getting motivated!

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 7 – Changing learning style

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 7 – Changing learning style

Learning a new subject and not getting anywhere can be very frustrating. We have all been in this situation. Why do we fail to grasp a topic while others were easy to understand?

Many times a learning method cannot work for different subjects. For example, you cannot do a fitness training for a running race and expect to perform well in a game of football. Both of them have different training routines.

Different people learn by different methods. No one size fits all learning method. Various subjects could be absorbed better and faster by different ways. Learning is highly dependant on your retention and learning capacity. If you keep experimenting different styles, you may come across a method that works best for difficult subjects.

For example, when it comes to algorithms or logic, I prefer writing it down and exploring it on pen and paper. It works better than coding or practising using the laptop. I feel there are many distractions I need to fight if I use a laptop. And when it comes to book reading, I prefer writing notes for topics that I want to internalise. Other books which are easy reads, I prefer listening to them while driving to work.

You won’t get to a suitable your style quickly. However, if you learn to identify at which point your grasping capacity is reducing, you can try out a new method and experiment. With a few tries, you will quickly recognise which process works and what does not. For learning future subjects, you will know what learning methods can help you immediately understand.

 

Beautiful Sunsets and Sunrises

Beautiful Sunsets and Sunrises

I love capturing sunsets and sunrises as the colours are different for different locations and within similar places too.

Here are some my personal favourites.

Image location: Ecospace, Bangalore

Image location: Shiva Temple, Murudeshwar

Image location: Ooty, Bangalore

Image location: My terrace, Bangalore

Image location: My Terrace, Bangalore

Image location: View from The Junk, Similan Islands, Phuket

Click on the Similan Islands

Image location: Koramangala, Bangalore

Image location: Gokarna

Image location: Star Bazar, HSR Layout

I enjoyed writing this one as the google image search. They made it very simple for me to search “sunset” and choose the best out of them for the post.

The Joy of Giving – You cannot guess what product is endorsed in this video!

The Joy of Giving – You cannot guess what product is endorsed in this video!

Our country needs more of the attitude shown by the kids of this school. Manish is this video explains how kids get up and sweep the floor of their school. If every member of the country felt responsible for their own country, India would be a different country. Unfortunately, not many schools teach this attitude.

I did want to point out the attitude but also wanted to get your focus on the emotional marketing. Watch this video until the end to finally understand what product is endorsed in this video. I believe this is marketing done well.

Please let me know do you think?

Half your problems will be solved if you just wrote it down

Half your problems will be solved if you just wrote it down

Our brain is capable of generating 35 thoughts in an average per minute according to a Huffington Post. It means we are shifting between each thought every 2 seconds. Interestingly many of them have fabulous ideas so solve a problem in most parts of their life.  Unfortunately, our brain does a lot of hard work to generate these ideas. But. Our memory is so volatile that some of these great ideas disappear.

Our subconscious mind keeps working on a problem in the background to find solutions to problems. You may be surprised it is still solving problems we encountered during our childhood.

Since our subconscious mind is always working, we experience those Aha! Moments when our brain figures out a solution to any of our problems.

Our brain is such a beautiful part of our body. Unfortunately, it cannot store much of the ideas it generates.

What do we do then?

It’s best we start writing down all the ideas generated by the brain. It does not mean you keep writing every minute of the day. There is a proper way of doing it. If you train your mind, it will learn to act accordingly.

Before you go to bed, write down all the questions you want to be answered in a notebook(preferably date and categorised). Instead of looking at your mobile first thing in the morning, just grab your notebook and jot down whatever your mind throws out. You may not have any thoughts to note for few morning. That’s ok. Generate some ideas to kick-start the training for it to think.

By doing this daily you are training your mind to produce an output in a controlled fashion where you can capture them.

Over a period of time, this process becomes stronger. Initially, the thoughts you write might be garbage. Imagine pouring water through a dirty pipe. You cannot expect clean water exiting the pipe. You need to clean the pipe, only then will it start providing clean water. Our brain is also needs some cleaning. If you practice this habit daily the channel where these solutions are created is cleaned over a period of time.

You will then reap the benefits over two months period.

Happy solving problems!

Top 7 books that helped shape my mindset in 2017

Top 7 books that helped shape my mindset in 2017

All my life I believed self-help books don’t help in any form. Let alone changing mindset. Don’t ask me how I got this idea. There many people who still believe books don’t help. As you may have already guessed my perception has changed and I am going to read The Daily Stoic again this year.

Here is my list of books:

1) The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

I have always heard about Stoic philosophy but had the chance to read it as it was in forms way beyond my comprehension. Ryan Holiday in this book lists down 365 philosophical extracts from various books and explains each of them in a very concise manner. I fell in love with it by just reading first few excerpts. Each of these extracts was mostly one-pager. Reading one chapter a day helped build my mental resilience and improve my overall quality of life. I will read this book once more this year till I get a firm hold on them.

2) Managing Time by Harvard Business Review

You can read this book within 30 minutes. I took away one idea of tracking every minute of the time I spent in the office. Just tracking itself gave me an insight into how I can manage my time better. I am not moderately productive. Managing time takes a lot of practice, and I hope to get better this year.

3) Choose Yourself by James Altucher

I love James Altucher. He has a fantastic way of telling stories which are relatable to a person like me. Choose Yourself is a simple read but it has given me the confidence to work on myself and not compare myself with others.

4) How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

I was born with anxiety and fear. Most of these anti confidence elements were mostly in my mind. Dale Carnegie installed a new software in my brain to deal with that did not even exist in the first place. It’s just Rs.120 on Amazon, but I feel its a must buy and worth much more than the value it provides.

5) Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

I always knew I had a Spiritual bent of mind but was also skeptical about it. Sadhguru explained in a language what is Spirituality and why we should look inside to progress in our life. I am proud that I understood Spirituality scientifically.

6) Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

Derek narrated his story of CDbaby authentically.  He expresses his love for contributing the community he believed in, on his terms. His email upon receiving order showed how small touch points with customers matter. I always believed in catering to small details with customers, and he made my belief even stronger.

7) Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

I was good at my work and always a good performer, but I always felt something was missing. I thought I could do much more with my capabilities. But, I did not know what they were. I saw this book lying on most our HR teams desk.I decided to get a copy after knowing that it was the most sold book in the year 2016. I found that developing/mentoring people is what I got the most satisfaction. I love bringing out the best in people and can never get tired of it. I decided to do this much more often. I recently opened a channel called Lifeaholic just so that I could put my ideas in small videos.

With some strength provided by Stoic Philosophy to create my philosophy combined with my strengths, I decided to develop my philosophy. My channel is based entirely on the new Lifeaholic philosophy I created. I hope to touch and improve many lives with this philosophy.

 

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 7 – Retrospective Learning

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 7 – Retrospective Learning

Losing track of from your learning objectives is easy.

Nothing can be more frustrating than spending time on learning something and not getting good at it. We all fall into this trap. Nothing uncommon.

Imagine you have to cycle from Point A to B. There are multiple routes to the end location. Some are short, some are difficult, some are tricky, some have roadblocks, and some feel pleasing but misleading. You have to choose the optimal route based your skills. Also, you cannot spend endless time exploring all the paths as it will only delay when you reach point B. It will just leave you tired and less motivated to keep going.

Similarly, we have multiple ways to reach our learning objectives. Learning a particular topic is time bound. Also, a smart choice of a leaning path keeps us motivated to keep learning.

Which brings us to the question – How do we know we are in the right direction?

Retrospective learning is the answer.

Whenever you learn something, you must also ensure you keep applying the knowledge as you learn. You can do this by either solving a situational problem or teaching the concept to someone else or hypothetically implement it in another field just like we make jokes. While applying your recently gained knowledge, you will hit possible loopholes in your understanding. Which in turn helps you figure out where you need to focus your effort on learning.

You are very likely to understand and apply few of the topics faster, but some may take longer. You can choose to spend time on the weaker topics, but not for long.

I like to begin by directly applying the topic I want to learn. For example, if I want to learn Machine Learning, I start by implementing a primary method. Naturally, I may suck at the first attempt. Then I discover some topics and apply again. I get better by maybe 1%. I keep doing this till eventually, I gain mastery over it. Not only that I also teach it to others whenever I find the time. It helps me strengthen my hold on the topic.

Do you have any other ways that help you learn faster? Please mention your methods in the comments below.