LISTEN NOW: Varun Duggirala ; Ankur Warikoo on Consistency, Inner-negativity & growing your passion · 58 min
April 1, 2022

Ankur Warikoo on Consistency, Inner-negativity & growing your passion

Ankur Warikoo on Consistency, Inner-negativity & growing your passion

In the first chat episode of Take a Pause, Varun is joined by entrepreneur, content creator, and author Ankur Warikoo on approaching creativity as a process, finding what works with an audience, and also finding what actually brings happiness. Ankur Warikoo is a public speaker, angel investor, and YouTuber. He’s also the author of Do Epic Shit and the founder of Nearbuy. 

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 01:53) - Intro

(01:54 - 02:51) - Catching up with Ankur Warikoo

(02:52 - 06:39) - What motivates Ankur Warikoo to create content?

(06:40 - 10:40) - How to balance between sharing genuine content and what’s trending

(10:41 - 14:57) - The best advice that Ankur Warikoo has received

(14:58 - 19:46) - How to build trust with an audience

(19:47 - 25:20) - Decision making and imagining the the worst-case scenario

(25:21 - 28:24) - How to navigate difficult situations

(28:25 - 31:25) - Dealing with imposter syndrome and negativity

(31:26 - 35:20) - How Ankur Warikoo balances time

(35:21 - 38:42) - Saying No to people

(38:43 - 44:20) - How does Ankur Warikoo achieve peak performance

(44:21 - 47:38) - Switching between multiple content formats

(47:39 - 51:10) - Growing your passion

(51:11 - 54:48) - On Parenting

(54:49 - 57:40) - Thoughts when Ankur Warikoo takes a pause

(57:41 - 58:17) - Outro


Books discussed in the episode 

  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy - William Braxton Irvine 
  • Do Epic Shit - Ankur Warikoo
  • Everything is out of syllabus - Varun Duggirala
  • Meditations - Marcus Auerilus
  • The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, Stillness Is The Key, The Courage Is Calling -  Ryan Holliday 
  • Atomic Habits - James Clear 


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About the show

“Take a pause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The Varun Duggi  show”) is a thrice a week podcast that’s meant to enable its  listeners  to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily lives to  learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that will help them find  motivation, build the right mindset and perform at their best. Varun  also occasionally taps into the minds of truly interesting people to   give listeners a learn from and use in their work, life and everything  in-between.

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