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Varun Mayya on dropping out of college & the Entrepreneur mindset

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 assesses projects with a more ‘risk assessment’ lens, Duggi looks at them through a ‘time consumption’ perspective. They both discuss the YouTube universe and share their thoughts on what people are really seeking for on the internet.

Varun Mayya is the Founder & CEO of Avalon Labs. Before setting up this company, he worked with brands like FoxBound and Elune Tech PTE, among others. On his YouTube channel, he helps entrepreneurs build amazing companies and freelance careers with actionable advice.

Time stamps

(00:00 - 1:25) Introduction

(1:26 - 5:35) The importance of measurement

(5:36 - 7:14) Does Varun Mayya actually balance being online and offline
(7:15 - 11:17) Why people need to accept being measured
(11:18 - 14:44) How Brand Positioning affects their customers

(14:45 - 15:45) How media makes celebs

(15:46 - 18:56) What's part of the entrepreneurs mindset

(18:57 - 22:06) The mindset behind doing something for 10 years

(22:07 - 26:38) Varun Duggirala’s second time entrepreneur problem
(26:39 - 31:34) Does having kids make you play it safe?

(31:35 - 34:17) Why 90% of the work everyone does is bullshit  
(34:18 - 35:02) Why peaking in the start isn't good

(35:03 - 38:47) Should you drop out in college?

(38:48 - 41:40) Why people expressing themselves

(41:41 - 43.18) How does Varun Mayya take a pause
(43.19 - 44:36 ) When Varun Duggirala gets actual work done

(44:37 - 45:35) How Varun Mayya reaches his flow state

(45:36 - 48:41) Why Varun Mayya feels he shouldnt take a pause right now

(48:42 - 49:44) The PROBLEM with enterprises mass hiring

(49:45 - 50:27) How small pauses can help us

(50:28 - 51:08) The problem with hustle culture

(51:09 - 53:01) Conclusion


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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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