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

Season 2

Aug. 15, 2022

Assert your Ideas, Not Your Voice

We’ve all been in brainstorming sessions where there are two kinds of people. One who is just sprouting ideas constantly and the …

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Aug. 12, 2022

Prakhar Gupta on Tackling Trauma

Have you been told to move on, look at the positives, be happy when you’re at a low phase in your life? What if experiencing that…

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Aug. 8, 2022

Feedback loop

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at Fol…

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Aug. 5, 2022

Prakhar Gupta on why you should stop being nice

Do you find yourself often swallowing your opinion? Do you not feel confident enough to share your thoughts with the world? Maybe…

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Aug. 1, 2022

Is Hustle Good or Bad?

You’ve often heard the terms, ‘I’ll sleep when I die’, ‘I work 24/7’ or ‘Fake it till you make it’. Collectively these are all pa…

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July 29, 2022

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 …

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July 25, 2022

Rethinking What It Means “To Sell”

“Sales”, the term, is often followed by a shadow of negative emotions. Sales are an integral part of winning both businesses and …

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July 22, 2022

Making Time Work For You

Do you constantly find yourself chasing deadlines? Does your to-do list overwhelm you? In this episode of Take aPause, Varun shar…

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July 18, 2022

Happiness is a Bonus, Not the Goal!

Have you heard the saying “Aim for the stars, and you might get to the moon”? Well, it sets us up for an eventual disappointment.…

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July 15, 2022

Leeza Mangaldas on Why Don’t We Talk About Sex in India

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun and Leeza discuss the hush-hush way sex is discussed in Indian society. Leeza presses upon …

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July 11, 2022

“What we radiate is what we reflect and feel”

If you had to equate yourself to an object, what would it be? Do you have an answer? Shonda Rhimes, in her book Year of Yes, shar…

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July 8, 2022

How I remember what I have learnt!

The podcast revolution has definitely given non-readers something to binge on, especially for the generation that has grown up t…

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July 4, 2022

Build a System of Co-Creation With The Power of Interdependence

We have all entered meetings with certain expectations. Either we expect to leave the room with all our ideas heard and accepted …

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July 1, 2022

Change your life & mindset with these 5 quotes from Ryan Holiday’s Th…

We are often burdened by problems that we truly cannot control. We worry about things that we cannot change. In this episode of T…

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June 27, 2022

5 powerful learnings from Journaling & how you can start your journey…

Journaling doesn’t have a specific process; everyone chooses their own time and purpose for it. Varun self-admittedly journals sp…

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June 24, 2022

Varun Mayya on dropping out of college & the Entrepreneur mindset

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun Mayya and Varun Duggirala discuss their entrepreneurial journey and choices. While Mayya as…

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June 20, 2022

Why create a Goal Board

We often struggle to keep the evolving nature of our careers, life and the world around us in constant sync with our goals. And w…

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June 17, 2022

Unlock your Confidence

Being a public personality does not always mean that it guarantees public speaking confidence. Varun talks about an incident from…

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June 13, 2022

Why Strategic laziness can help you progress

Is hard work the surest route to success? Or is there a way to strategically mix in slacking off with deep focus on the stuff you…

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June 10, 2022

What to Expect in Your 30's: Varun Duggirala on The Ranveer Show

In this snippet from The Ranveer Show , Varun shares his thoughts on family life, asserting that no matter how busy life gets, he…

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June 6, 2022

3 ways to Persuade others

Most of us believe that facts are the best way to persuade people to believe what we want them to believe. But Aristotle might be…

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June 3, 2022

Sohrab Khushrushahi on fitness, community and finding your own path

Fitness can be an extremely intimidating task for some. Taking that first step to enter a gym can be overwhelming. Many back out …

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June 1, 2022

5 ways to remember better

Have you struggled with remembering things and often look for ways to improve your memory? Varun shares tips from four time US me…

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May 30, 2022

Visualize your Day

We work to achieve goals we set for ourselves. And often these goals are to attain a life we all want. But there might be a bette…

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May 27, 2022

How to put out the fire of self-doubt

Ever felt that crushing sense of self-doubt every time you set out to do something outside your comfort zone? A big presentation,…

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May 25, 2022

A hidden treasure

Do you find yourself often looking for newer pieces to consume? In this episode, Varun talks about why it would be a good idea to…

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May 23, 2022

What do you say while talking to yourself

It’s ingrained in us to use a gentle tone of voice, to not raise our voice and use negative words when talking to people. But has…

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May 20, 2022

4 stages to achieve peak human performance

Many of us dream of achieving peak human performance and try different methods. American author Stephen Kotler has a 4 stage proc…

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May 13, 2022

Dr Sid Warrier on the Science of Motivation , Addictions, and Busting…

When faced with a long to-do list, do you tend to feel ‘lazy’? Do you find yourself constantly self-diagnosing every symptom on G…

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May 11, 2022

The right thing to do when you are right

We all hate that person who says “I told you so” when they turn out to be right about something. But let’s admit it… We love to g…

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May 9, 2022

“Candle Blowers” and why you should avoid them in your life

When you’re your best version, the light inside you shines at its brightest. In her book Atlas of the Heart, Brene Brown describe…

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May 6, 2022

Find your inner Lion

Are you envious of confident people? Well, it might help you to know that they’re not always as confident as they appear to be. H…

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May 4, 2022

One mathematical solution to your relationship problem

Building strong, healthy relationships that last is no easy feat. Oftentimes, for reasons unknown, you may find yourself in relat…

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May 2, 2022

This too shall pass

Circumstances in life sometimes feel never-ending but they are in reality just finite events. The non-permanence of our state can…

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April 29, 2022

Meredith Arthur on Dealing with Anxiety, Overthinking & Embracing Awk…

Do you often call yourself an ‘overthinker’? Do you feel an overwhelming sense of unease every time you need to do something that…

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April 27, 2022

What regret can teach you

Haven’t we all seen ‘NO REGRETS’ stickers and tattoos? People embracing their decisions without regrets is most definitely a free…

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April 25, 2022

The only person you need to impress is YOU

Do you want to change something about yourself or learn something new, but can’t seem to establish a disciplined routine? Ask you…

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April 22, 2022

Pooja Dhingra on challenges and lessons from them

As much as we might hate them, it’s the challenges we face that help us grow. But most of the time we wait for life to throw us c…

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April 20, 2022

Your habits don’t make you ‘YOU’ ( reset your mindset)

We love to hate on labels, as we should. And yet, we tend to label ourselves so many things – ‘lazy’ and ‘procrastinator’ being t…

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April 18, 2022

Why 99.9% is better than 100%

Growing up, did your parents and teachers tell you to give it your all? Even as an adult, do you feel the pressure to perform at …

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April 15, 2022

Megha Rao on Being Present, Making Your Own Identity & Creating A Leg…

Do you feel the need to overshare on social media out of the fear of being forgotten? Perhaps it would be helpful for you to lear…

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April 13, 2022

Don’t fear failure ! You can learn from it

How often do you let fear decide for you? Do you end up not trying something simply out of fear? But growth and evolution cannot …

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April 11, 2022

Don’t Try to be a Genius! You should focus on being a Scenius!

Is brilliance an outcome of one mind or the coming together of many minds? In a world that champions the likes of Elon Musk and S…

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April 8, 2022

The “Truth” about Work-Life Balance according to “The 4 Burner Theory”

We’re constantly juggling the various spheres of our life – work, family, friends, health – trying to find a balance. Our inner j…

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April 6, 2022

Why you should not fixate on problems

Problems can appear at times like a whirlpool, surrounding you entirely and pulling you in deeper. The small, mundane ones to the…

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April 4, 2022

What you should do when life doesn’t go as planned (according to stoi…

Does it feel like the world is out to get you? Like fate is not benevolent in your specific case? In Stoicism, there is a concept…

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April 1, 2022

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 approach…

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March 30, 2022

#1 Question you should ask yourself before you share knowledge

Every time you choose to learn something, are you only learning enough to hold conversations about it, or are you trying to under…

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March 28, 2022

3 secrets of The Rock’s Success

How is it that everything The Rock touches turns into gold? Find out on today’s episode, as Varun decodes the formula for success…

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March 25, 2022

The true value of being imperfect and authentic as told in the Bhagav…

Ever been asked this question – Who do you want to be like? Have you ever found yourself emulating someone you truly look upto? T…

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