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38 Vlogs and still determined

38 Vlogs and still determined

One of my new year resolutions was to make 365 vlogs for my YouTube Channel called Lifeaholic. I decided to document my journey in the form of video. I was not prepared or had a basic plan in mind of what content I am going to put. But I was sure I wanted to post videos on how I live my passion and how I am making time for things I love.

I finally completed 38 vlogs!

Check out my 38th Vlog -> http://fxnikee.com/my-wakeboarding-experience/

It was not easy recording or editing vlogs for days when I go out of the station. Various factors came into play. Factors such as:

  1. Getting tired
  2. Getting conscious
  3. Too much editing
  4. Other priorities take over
  5. Mismanaged time
  6. Lack of creativity when you need it
  7. Laziness
  8. Going out of station
  9. Others

When you are determined, you will bypass all these hurdles and find a reason to upload that video. I feel incredibly confident when I upload that video. It gives a boost to my energy and keeps the momentum. I am getting less conscious which is good. However, some of the videos I upload, I would not watch myself.

It does not matter how the content turns out. My focus is on removing all the barriers I will encounter. Making a video everyday pushes me to think about how I can create good content. I always think of ideas I can generate a vlog. Editing and cutting out all the unnecessary bits just becomes a habit.

I stammer big time. The process of making a video every day makes me think about how much time I will take if I stammer. Now, I am looking out to ensure I speak slowly with fewer fillers and make a script before speaking in from of the camera. Recording neatly saves a lot of time, in editing the vlogs.

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 forms of Ekalavya’s learning technique

Modern forms of Ekalavya’s learning technique

Ekalavya from ancient history proves that self-learning is the best form of learning style.

Dronacharya (also Guru Droņa) was a master of advanced military arts and was the preceptor of Kauravas and Pandavas in the epic of Mahabharata. He also is known to be a teacher to Ekalavya but by indirect methods.

Ekalavya approached Guru Droņa to learn the art of war from him, and the Guru rejected his request. Deeply hurt by the rejection, Ekalavya did not give his resolution of learning the art of war.  This situation gave birth to one of the oldest forms of self-learning.

Ekalavya took the mud under the Guru’s feet to the jungle and made a full statue of Guru Droņa. It was a symbolic gesture to follow his knowledge and footsteps. With Guru Droņa statue placed under a tree and with a high amount of self-motivation, Ekalavya practised every day for many years. He chose archery as his focused art of war and gained exceptional prowess. He was even greater than Guru Droņa best pupil, Arjuna.

During that time, there was a ritual of Guru Dakshina. It was a form of paying respect to the Guru for his services. I could not even imagine why Guru Droņa could ask such a Dakshina from a self-taught learner like Ekalavya. Guru Droņa asked Ekalavya to cut his right thumb as Guru Dakshina. Eklavya with a smile cut his right thumb and handed it over.

What Ekalavya did was great. In today’s world, we do have many good sources to learn. Not as difficult as learning from a statue. And definitely, does not involve cutting our thumb as Guru Dakshina.

What are the modern forms of self-learning? 

With access to every information at our fingertips due to “Internet”, we now have access to YouTube, MOOCs and mobile apps that can help us learn anything we want.

We just need to have the self-motivation to learn and even stronger reason of why we want to learn.

Of course, we cannot deny that a mentor/guide/guru would improve our learning. But, let’s face it, racing against yourself becomes of more importance than learning either from Guru or being self-taught. And there is a good chance we might not find the right Guru at the time we require him. And then there is a way that involves the exchange of massive wealth to gain knowledge.

The question you must ask yourself is whether you learn something to satisfy your Ego or you want to learn it because you decided to improve yourself. Once you have this piece figured, you need to find a way to avoid distractions.

How to avoid distractions?

With many resources we have, we also double the distractions. It’s not like the forest Ekalavya practised. The environment was conducive for his learning. Yes, the environment is the answer. We need to create our environment, a system to stick to it to gain maximum from self-learning. Also, it’s a known fact that you must have a defined objective of what is the intended outcome you want from learning something.

Once your system is in place, it’s easier for you stick to it. You gain momentum when you begin to results you could not imagine. You may face down times, but it’s important to get back up and start learning again. You might not be able to make enough progress for 100 days in a row, but you need to keep your senses open, as the world has its way of getting the answer you need when you need it.