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

Season 2

Nov. 28, 2022

Train Your Mind to Look at the Bright Side

Our mind is a powerful tool. Creative thinkers have channeled this power for centuries to build architectural marvels, invent tec…

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Nov. 25, 2022

Pause But Don’t Stop Moving

We are all dealing with our own demons and fighting battles every day. Somedays we lose big, everything feels tougher, and the te…

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Nov. 21, 2022

The Real Reason Behind Your Anxiety About the Future

We all worry about the future. Its uncertain nature, its ability to throw curveballs, and the resulting worry about whether we ar…

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Nov. 18, 2022

Is Your Indecisiveness Deciding Your Future?

In our growing-up years, the chance to make our own decisions seems like the ticket to freedom we all crave. However, as we move …

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Nov. 14, 2022

Good Decisions Needn’t Be Perfect

We often find ourselves weighing our options before every decision. Our hands get clammy, we have sleepless nights, we overthink …

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Nov. 11, 2022

How to Make Better Decisions (Listen to Your Body!)

Our body is an intuitive and efficient machine. Along with performing so many functions, it is also deeply attuned to our true em…

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Nov. 7, 2022

The Thin Line Between Passion & Stress

When doing something we love and enjoy, the passage of time and the volume of effort we put in seem immaterial. We want to contin…

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Nov. 4, 2022

How Slow Growth Helps You Progress Fast

The very act of our inception was a race! Since then, we have just been running through life, chasing our next destination, the n…

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Oct. 31, 2022

Try This Effective Way to Accomplish Your Goals

If you had to list down everything you want to achieve, how long would the list be? The expectations we set for ourselves can som…

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Oct. 28, 2022

Successful People Have Struggles Too!

How many times have you seen a success story and thought to yourself, why not me? How many times have you compared yourself to so…

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Oct. 24, 2022

Provide Support Through Listening

Our first instinct when we know someone is struggling is to ensure we give them support. We state similar instances from our live…

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Oct. 21, 2022

7 Lessons That Changed My Life

Our lives are filled with moments that can alter its course. It is upto us to decide whether to take the path in front of us, or …

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Oct. 17, 2022

The Formula for Fighting Your Fears

When you think of the word “fear”, what comes to mind? Is it a collection of small things, or just one large looming emotion pert…

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Oct. 14, 2022

Why We Only Remember the Winners!

Do you know who the first man on the moon was? The first Indian to win the Olympic gold? History is notorious for honouring only …

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Oct. 10, 2022

Finding Balance In Short Term vs Long Term Thinking

A question most of us have heard often is, ‘what is your 5-year plan?’ While we may have some semblance of what we want to achiev…

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Oct. 7, 2022

The powerful method to find confidence without letting your ego win

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

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Oct. 3, 2022

Make Your Impossible Goals Possible! Listen Now

We all have big plans for our lives and our future. The enormity of our goals can sometimes be extremely overwhelming. The How’s …

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Sept. 30, 2022

How I Build Deeper Connections, Organically!

Conversations are the currency of the networking world. Every interaction comes with a subtext, a silent agenda. The way to navig…

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Sept. 26, 2022

Why You Should Own Up When You're Wrong

When you own up to a mistake you’ve made, you indicate that you’re willing to change and rectify things.This may come with its ow…

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Sept. 23, 2022

Uncomfortable Conversations: Your Key to Better Relationships

Each time you avoid an uncomfortable conversation, you end up creating a bigger problem for another day – a day that is bound to …

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Sept. 19, 2022

How You Can Get Past Your Fears

None of us are born fearful. But we all develop different fears over time. Our fears usually stem from one bad experience that we…

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Sept. 16, 2022

Hustling ≠ Happiness

Does working longer hours really lead to more productivity? Does pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion really lead to happ…

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Sept. 12, 2022

How Much Planning For The Future Is Too Much?

Do you find yourself constantly planning your future? Do you also find yourself constantly anxious? Now take a pause, do you thin…

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Sept. 9, 2022

Hustling isn’t the key to growth. Slow Growth is

We’ve all experienced life in the fast lane - fast-tracked careers, working 10 hours a day, rushing from one thing to the next, n…

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Sept. 5, 2022

Self-Love: The Key to Security, Confidence and Happiness

There is no harsher critic than the voice in your own head. It calls you out for past mistakes and holds you back from reaching y…

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Sept. 2, 2022

Ankur Warikoo on How to say No

Why do we often say yes, when we really want to say no? In this episode, Varun and Ankur talk about the importance of being able …

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Aug. 29, 2022

Learning is Not a Straight Path

Have you ever taken a road trip? While the excitement of the destination is what everyone’s focused on, sometimes the journey can…

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Aug. 26, 2022

Shifting Your Perspective = Better Results

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time. Aspiring writers can only dream of emulating his creative…

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Aug. 22, 2022

Learn how to be your confident self

Is confidence inherent or can it be developed? Is confidence all that it’s made out to be? Maybe there are a few other factors th…

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Aug. 19, 2022

Anita Bhogle on what’s stopping women from corporate success

Welcome to APause Book Club! Here we talk to authors and try to understand the unique process that went into creating the book. W…

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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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