Tag: motivation

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!

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?

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.

 

I always thought my life is not that interesting

I always thought my life is not that interesting

We all insecure, not in all aspects but few of them. Some people are completely insecure.

I was insecure too. Maybe I still am.

I wanted to write. So, I bought a website. Learned how to use WordPress CRM.

In November 2013, I wrote an article One Sided Love and published it. It contained not more than 200 words. I felt a sense of achievement. However, it did not last long. I realised my Grammar was weak; I had few words in my dictionary, and I feared to express my sincere self.

It is now exactly four years since I first wrote my first article. The journey is amazing. At first, I wrote with my insecurities at its peak. Maybe I still have some vulnerabilities but don’t fear expressing now.

The decision not live a life of mediocracy has propelled in making my life exciting and full of possibilities.

Today I enjoy the process of writing and expressing my true self. I write and make courses for my YouTube Channel daily. I enjoy being in this space. My goals before lacked a sense of direction. Now, I dare to dream bigger.

What made this difference in my life? – Comparing myself to others. 

I used to compare myself to others which made me feel small. I decided to work on myself and erase this need to compare myself to others. It was a slow process, but it worked. Now I race against my yesterday’s version.

I think to myself, If I can write 500 words in one session, I think I can write 1,000 words also. I push myself to achieve the targets I set for myself. More often I meet them. When I reach my goal, it fuels my motivation levels.

The process of working on yourself it lifelong and I have committed to this journey. This shift in my mindset has made my life interesting and enjoyable.

This journey would not be possible without the timely support of friends, family and mentors. I will be forever thankful to them.

If you think your life is not that interesting, Think Again!

Moreover, if you think your life interesting, do leave your story in the comment section. 🙂

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 2 – Selecting a Learning Path

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 2 – Selecting a Learning Path

With an attention span of a fish, we can hastily abandon the course we have selected. It’s not a surprise that just one course would not suffice for learning that skill. We would not require a 4-year bachelor’s degree otherwise.

Many of the MOOC platforms have already started curating individual courses into learning paths. These learning paths help you master the skill in a much more comprehensive manner. I have tried out Lynda’s and Coursera’s learning, and they seem to be good enough to pick any skill. We could even apply those skills immediately after we have completed the learning path. Even Marketing guru in his article talks about the importance of MOOCs not just only for adults but for children too.

Suppose you want to learn Machine Learning. Without a doubt, Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning course is good to start. However, when you register on Coursera, you will notice that it will ask you about your learning goals and suggest you a learning path accordingly. In the learning path I have chosen, there are three courses I need to complete. You can select Python or R Machine Learning paths depending on the skill you want to specialise.

Ekalvya was clear he wanted to become the best archer in the world, and he would not have done it without setting up strict learning path. He stuck to his path no matter what for years together.

In today’s world, the learning paths should not only contain courses with skill you want to learn. You also need to keep yourself updated with where all you can apply this skill you have acquired. For example, if you are want to become a data scientist, you also need to improve your visualisation skills or presentation skills.

Once you have completed a course, you need to apply them. Platforms such as Kaggle or KD nuggets help us with that. May real life problems are put up as competition on these platforms. Also, Kaggle now has Kernels and forking which can help you get started quickly.

What are you waiting for, choose your learning path on Coursera and create your account on Kaggle and start participating?

 

 

Taking the Cold Shower Challenge was a good decision

Taking the Cold Shower Challenge was a good decision

Benjamin p. Hardy wrote about taking a cold shower in one of his articles and its benefits. Without much delay, my brother and I decided to take cold showers for the rest of our life. It seemed overwhelming then cause neither of has tested chilled water during the winters.

This simple decision marked a pivotal point in my life.

I always used to think twice before attempting to do an action. With this simple change, I realised I get the courage to do an action without much hesitation.

Apart from creating a shift in mindset, I also observed other benefits. Getting rid of the irritating throat mucus and a blocked nose was one the great achievements of this challenge.

Do I still think to hesitate to take a cold shower? – Yes, I do!

But, that helps me build a mental attitude of taking that extra step needed to make the difference. I am much calm and composed as opposed to the worry wart I used to be.

I started to get up early, which was a practice I wanted to develop for a while. I ensured I practised the keyboard no matter how tired or sleepy I was. I stopped procrastinating tasks I usually get stuck with for a long time. And I can count many such situations I have taken that extra step and won.

I experienced a significant shift in my attitude. I made it a point to get into the swimming no matter how cold it got. Each time I got into the pool, I was able to complete three laps at one time. Today I was amazed at the laps I could do at one time. I was able to first five laps in one go, the next in another go and then I decided just to keep on going for the next 15 laps. To my surprise, I was able to pull it off. It was an achievement but the time in which I did the 25 laps were under 30 minutes which otherwise took me close to an hour.

I am glad I made that decision along with my brother. It has been eight months already into this habit. And I am determined to keep going no matter what.

Winter is coming! Let’s see how many days more can I sustain it.

Now the question is – Are you are ready to take the Cold Shower Challenge?

 

Looking at the good side of every situation

Looking at the good side of every situation

“If a man has ten good qualities and one bad quality, look at the ten and forget the one. If a man has one good quality and ten bad qualities, look at the one and forget the ten.”

I studied in a Baha’i school, and the above quote has shaped how I lead my life. The example that was given to support this quote was intriguing and helped me remember this quote till today.

A guru and his disciples happen to notice a dead dog while they were walking towards their ashram. The corpse of the dog was stinking, and all the disciples were irked and closed their noses to avoid the foul smell. The guru, however, had a smile on his face and went closer to the corpse. He sat close to the dog and gazed at it for a few minutes and continued walking to the ashram. His disciples followed the guru and did not utter a word till they reached the ashram. They were surprised at what the guru did.

The disciples with a little hesitance but gathered the courage to ask the guru of why he went near the corpse. Why did he gaze at the dog for a while, as the smell was awful?

The guru knew this question was coming his way. He paused till everyone gathered and settled around him. His reply was rather a simple one with a deep understanding of how the world works. He told his disciples about the most amazing white teeth the dead dog had. He was in awe of them, and that was the reason he went near to the dog.He further told them that his focus was only on the beautiful white teeth, that he ignored the foul smell, the awful view of the rest of the body.

The guru’s point was simple; we are often in situations where we first notice the negative stuff. Various news channels broadcast the negative story and create a biased view. Out mind is so conditioned to believe the first sight of negativity easily. Of course, many can see the good side of everything but there far more people who do not see the right.

Can we flip the thought process of identifying the negativity first?

Yes, we can!

How?

Instead of creating an opinion on the information we have at hand we wait for more details. It’s like a puzzle piece, we don’t have to make the decision based on the few pieces of information we have but rather wait till we have 80% of the pieces to make the decision. We all can agree that when we have at least 80% of the puzzle pieces, we can nearly make out what the picture in the puzzle is.

I believe this thought process can create a lot less confusion and help many not just view the world in a biased manner.

Let me know what you think?