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July 29, 2022

Dev Raiyani on (Not) Seeking Validation Online

Dev Raiyani on (Not) Seeking Validation Online

What do you need to be a successful YouTuber today? Is simply having an internet connection and decent editing skills enough? Or do you need to have a unique value proposition? In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks to Dev Raiyani, digital creator and artist on what it takes to find success online.

Dev Raiyani is a digital creator & artist who has over 300k+ subscribers on YouTube and a verified Instagram account. He enjoys creating content and edits all his videos himself. He started his YouTube channel at 13 and has only grown since then.

Time Stamps 

(00:00 - 01:18) Introduction

(01:18 - 02:09) How Varun & Dev met

(02:09 - 04:09) Do people have more interesting conversations online?

(04:09 - 06:20) Why Dev started making content?

(06:20 - 08:24) Struggling with validation online

(08:25 - 10:54) Dev on being a people pleaser

(10:55 - 12:34) Growing up with the internet

(12:35 - 14:10) Dev on being an introvert

(14:11 - 15:10) Dev’s content

(15:11 - 17:15) Dev’s life goals

(17:16 - 23:45) Music & Trying different stuff

(23:46 - 28:06) Overthinking & Anxiety

(28:07 - 29:51) Dealing with the negative emotions

(29:52 - 31:28) Imagining the worst case scenario

(31:29 - 34:10) Making friends on the internet

(34:11 - 36:47) In person vs online friends

(36:48 - 39:00) By product of being famous

(39:01 - 39:46) Meeting girls online

(39:47 - 42:49) Being famous for the wrong reasons

(42:50 - 45:35) Dev on the problem with branded content

(45:36 - 47:33) Dev’s motivation to create

(47:34 - 49:23) Dev’s story of his first song

(49:24 - 51:25) Making things perfect

(51:26 - 53:25) How Dev takes a pause

(53:26 - 55:36) Outro

Books discussed in the episode 

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
  • Beginners - Tom Vanderbilt
  • Get out of my head - Meredith Arthur 

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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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