Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala

By Varun Duggirala

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“Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala” is a twice a week podcast that’s meant to enable its audience to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in inspiration that will help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform at their best. Varun also taps into the minds of truly interesting & inspiring people to give listeners the opportunity to learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.

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How I Build Deeper Connections, Organically!
00:04:22

Conversations are the currency of the networking world. Every interaction comes with a subtext, a silent agenda. The way to navigate it is to ensure the purpose with which you conduct each exchange. At a personal level, it may be to find romantic relationships or make a friend. Professionally, it may be to increase your likeability and their perception. 

In this episode, Varun shares an interesting tip for building deeper connections and it may help you too!

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the show

“Take apause 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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 30, 2022
Why You Should Own Up When You're Wrong
00:04:13

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 own repercussions in the short term, but to be willing to face them is what shows your strength of character.

In this episode of Take a Pause, Varun talks about the importance of owning up to your mistakes and admitting when you are wrong, while being humble about the times you’ve been right. It’s not something that comes naturally to most of us, but truly is a testament to one’s character.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the show

“Take apause 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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 26, 2022
Uncomfortable Conversations: Your Key to Better Relationships
00:04:09

Each time you avoid an uncomfortable conversation, you end up creating a bigger problem for another day – a day that is bound to arrive sooner rather than later. It is in fact the conversations that you feel like running away from that hold the key to real freedom and growth.

In this episode of Take a Pause, Varun talks about the importance of uncomfortable conversations in overcoming barriers in life and relationships.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the show

“Take apause 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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 23, 2022
How You Can Get Past Your Fears
00:04:27

None of us are born fearful. But we all develop different fears over time. Our fears usually stem from one bad experience that we either overlooked or swept under the rug in that moment. It is the tendency of these ‘pushed away’ fears to build over time and hold us back from truly moving forward.

In this episode of Take a Pause, Varun talks about the importance of understanding the real root of our fears and building mechanisms to overcome them and move forward.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the show

“Take apause 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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 19, 2022
Hustling ≠ Happiness
00:06:08

Does working longer hours really lead to more productivity? Does pushing yourself to the point  of exhaustion really lead to happiness and success? In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks to Sid Warrier about the impact of the hustle culture on day-to-day life.

Dr Sid Warrier is a neurologist with over five years of experience in the field of neurology. On his YouTube channel, he explores science, mental health, and human behaviour in an attempt to bring conversations about neuroscience into the mainstream.

Listen to the entire conversation here - https://appopener.com/yt/mkzwufsce

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the show

“Take apause 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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 16, 2022
How Much Planning For The Future Is Too Much?
00:04:32

Do you find yourself constantly planning your future? Do you also find yourself constantly anxious? Now take a pause, do you think the two may be interrelated? They absolutely are!

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun explores the relationship between excessive future planning and anxiety. While it is necessary to have a plan for the future, planning everything down to a T can set one up for disappointment. So where, and how, does one strike a balance between planning for the future and living in the present?

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the show

“Take apause 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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 12, 2022
Slow Growth: Hustle isn’t the key to growth.
00:08:15
We’ve all experienced life in the fast lane - fast-tracked careers, working 10 hours a day, rushing from one thing to the next, no time for a break. The question here is are we REALLY progressing? In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about the power of slow growth and how to achieve it.  You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow   Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/  https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi https://twitter.com/varunduggi   And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com 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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 09, 2022
Self-Love: The Key to Security, Confidence and Happiness
00:04:25

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 your highest potential. Why does this voice always focus on the negative? Why does it struggle so much to focus on the good? And is it possible to change this voice?

In this episode of Take a Pause, Varun talks about the importance of being empathetic towards yourself in your journey as a human being. How you treat yourself can influence the way others treat you – tune in to learn how.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 05, 2022
Ankur Warikoo on How to say No
00:05:00

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 to say no, and the struggles that come with it. Sometimes, saying no, however hard it may be, is the only way you will be able to focus on things that really matter.

Listen to the full episode with Ankur Warikoo - https://pod.link/1506368376/episode/4e535d94020075400809b742a4c7a7fc


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 02, 2022
Learning is Not a Straight Path
00:05:28

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

Taking detours to a longer, scenic route can only enhance the experience. 

The learning process is a long and curved one. When focusing on a topic, you may find something else interesting, even if it does not have to be related to your current subject of focus.

In this episode, Varun shares a quote that helped him gain a new perspective on the learning process and may help you too.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 29, 2022
Shifting Your Perspective = Better Results
00:06:19

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time. Aspiring writers can only dream of emulating his creative process. In this conversation with Ashdin Doctor, Varun shares an interesting story about how Tarantino changed his daily schedule to become a more productive writer. They also talk about how our best ideas come to us when we least expect them.

Listen to the entire episode of The Habit Coach with Ashdin Doctor at https://open.spotify.com/episode/1nZXdAFT452dUqqK4PcMil?si=01142f811b194ad6

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 26, 2022
Learn how to be your confident self
00:05:11

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 that can help your confidence grow and have far more enriching effects on you. 

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about how one’s lack of confidence can hinder their growth

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 22, 2022
Book club: Anita Bhogle on what’s stopping women from corporate success
00:40:39

Welcome to APause Book Club! Here we talk to authors and try to understand the unique process that went into creating the book. We also discuss passages and concepts from the book to better understand the author’s thought process. So, dive in and get new recommendations for your reading list.

In this episode, Varun and Anita dive deep into the challenges women face in their professional lives. Commonly associated with women, they discuss how the term ‘multitasker’ sets the unfair expectation that they need to juggle their personal and professional lives effectively. Anita Bhogle, author of Equal, Yet Different is Speaker, Director and IIM Alumni. Her book talks about women in the professional world and the catalysts responsible for them not finding leadership opportunities. Co-authored with Harsha Bhogle, her first book The Winning Way shows how learnings from the field of sports are universally relevant and can be applied to improve our approach to life. 

Timestamps 

(00:00 - 01:30) Intro (01:31 - 02:23) Things that surprised Anita while writing the book (02:24 - 04:55) Anita’s research process with the book (04:56 - 11:05) Career Intentionality (11:06 - 11:55) Men having FOMO (11:56 - 15:20) Evolved winning triangle (15:21 - 23:27) Lessons for men that they should keep in mind going forward (23:28 - 25:39) Mathew Mott’s Story (25:40 - 32:10) 3 Tyoes of women (32:11 - 35:01) Work Life Integration (35:02 - 38:43) Pause & Reflect (38:44 - 40:39) Outro 

Books discussed in the episode - Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 19, 2022
Assert your Ideas, Not Your Voice
00:04:58

We’ve all been in brainstorming sessions where there are two kinds of people. One who is just sprouting ideas constantly and the other who is just absorbing everything that is being discussed. 

There is a notion that the quiet ones don’t have much to contribute, but in today’s video Varun explains why that might not be the case. There is a reason why taking a few extra minutes to say something may be a smarter move. Keep listening to find out.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 15, 2022
Prakhar Gupta on Tackling Trauma
00:39:08

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 particular emotion is what will help you evolve as an individual?
In part two of Varun’s conversation with Prakhar, they delve a little deeper into a topic they both enjoy – psychology. They tackle topics like their learnings from literature, their experiences with new cultures, and the follies of self-diagnosing their emotional state on Google. Prakhar also talks about the power of music to invoke emotional memories.

Prakhar is a social commentator and a cultural critic. He’s been a popular public figure in the public speaking and personal development domain for over 5 years. He hosts the PG Radio podcast and Prakhar ke Pravachan YouTube Channel – both have seen tremendous success. He co-founded Colloquia, a prominent Debate and Discourse club at Columbia University. In less than a year, Prakhar rose to become one of India's most popular public speakers. He has given 8+ keynotes at some of India's top institutions, including IITs and a TEDx talk.

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 01:12) - Intro

(01:12 - 13:05) - Psychology vs Self Help

(13:06 - 14:42) - No FAP

(14:43 - 16:40) - Ego

(16:41 - 17:34) - The Experiment in Porcupine Tree - Voyager 34

(17:35 - 21:04) - Slow Growth

(21:05 - 29:32) - Tackling Trauma

(29:33 - 36:35) - The importance of meditation & isolation

(36:36 - 38:05) - How Prakhar takes a pause

(38:06 - 39:12) - Outro

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 12, 2022
Why You Should Create Your Own Feedback Loop
00:06:52

It is common human tendency to think of the end result before beginning a project. It is our self-preservation that propels us to consider the possibility of failure, building a false sense of security that we will somehow manage to avoid it.  But why do you want to avoid failure? 

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about the importance of failure and a technique using which you can turn your failures into something resembling success. All you need is  ‘The Feedback Loop.’

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 08, 2022
Prakhar Gupta on why you should stop being nice
01:07:17

Do you find yourself often swallowing your opinion? Do you not feel confident enough to share your thoughts with the world? Maybe the main obstacle blocking you from unlocking your self-confidence is you. In this captivating episode of Take aPause, Varun talks to Prakhar Gupta on a lot of different topics. This episode covered so many wonderful topics that it had to be a two-part series. 

Prakhar is a social commentator and a cultural critic. He’s been a popular public figure in the public speaking and personal development domain for over 5 years. He hosts the PG Radio podcast and Prakhar ke Pravachan YouTube Channel – both have seen tremendous success. He co-founded Colloquia, a prominent Debate and Discourse club at Columbia University. In less than a year, Prakhar rose to become one of India's most popular public speakers. He has given 8+ keynotes at some of the top institutions, including IITs, and a TEDx talk. 

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 01:57) - Intro

(01:58 - 07:25) - Confidence

(07:25 - 11:57) - Travel & Backpacking

(11:58 - 18:09) - Experimental phase of life

(18:10 - 23:36) - Breaking down complex topics

(23:37 - 29:52) - Building relationships with friends from Prakhars book

(29:53 - 35:25) - Being Nice

(35:26 - 47:09) - Saying No

(47:10 - 1:01:44) - Talking to parents

(1:01:44 - 1:06:23) - Psychology

Books discussed in the episode

  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It - Chriss Voss & Tahl Raz
  • Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
  • Verbal Behavior - B. F. Skinner

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Aug 05, 2022
Is Hustle Good or Bad?
00:07:33

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 part of the hustle culture, and while hustling isn’t a bad thing, forfeiting your personal life and happiness is maybe not the way to go about it. In today’s episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about what he thinks is the ideal way to go about hustling and not give into the hype surrounding the ‘hustle culture’

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 01, 2022
Dev Raiyani on (Not) Seeking Validation Online
00:55:36

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 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 29, 2022
Rethinking What It Means “To Sell”
00:03:44

“Sales”, the term, is often followed by a shadow of negative emotions. 

Sales are an integral part of winning both businesses and people. So how do you make sure that each sale leaves everyone involved happier? In today’s episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about how to conduct sales positively!

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.


--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 25, 2022
Making Time Work For You
00:14:19

Do you constantly find yourself chasing deadlines? Does your to-do list overwhelm you? 

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun shares his tips on how best to plan your day, take periodic breaks, and still have a productive day.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.


--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 22, 2022
Happiness is a Bonus, Not the Goal!
00:05:07

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. If we tweak the quote such that we set a bare minimum expectation of landing somewhere, wouldn’t we be happy if we did land on a star?

Varun shares an interesting perspective on how to set expectations and goals keeping in mind a very important factor. Listen to this podcast to find the missing formula to your equation.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 18, 2022
Leeza Mangaldas on Why Don’t We Talk About Sex in India
00:57:33

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun and Leeza discuss the hush-hush way sex is discussed in Indian society. Leeza presses upon the need to have open conversations about sex and intimacy.

Leeza Mangaldas is a sex-positive creator utilising her social platforms to break stereotypes around sex. Through her YouTube channel and podcast, she aims to create more awareness of female pleasure. Her mission is to help build a world where all sexual experiences are consensual, safe, and pleasurable!

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 1:19) Introduction

(1:20 - 3:55) Why is there an awkwardness around the topic of sex

(3:56 - 6:48) How did Leeza’s journey start about sexuality

(6:48 - 7:35) Lack of sexual health knowledge access in India

(7:36 - 12:11) Problem with sexual information given to women

(12:11 - 15:26) Varun’s school story about sex ed

(15:27 - 21:37) Societal focus on marriage to talk about Sex

(21:38 - 23:59) Normalising Sexual behaviour

(24:00 - 26:45) Leeza Mangaldas content focus and thoughts about it

(26:46 - 29:05) The problem of not having the knowledge

(29:06 - 32:00) Misconceptions about sex

(32:01 - 33:45) Communication without shame

(33:46 - 37:54) Sexuality isn't always related to sex

(37:55 - 43:56) Building trust when you fear shame

(43:57 - 47:31) Finding mentors

(47:32 - 49:38) Asking for it?!

(49:40 - 51:14) Creating boundaries

(51:15 - 54:21) Addressing the orgasm gap

(54:22 - 57:33) Leeza on taking a pause

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 15, 2022
“What we radiate is what we reflect and feel”
00:05:20

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, shares an  interesting thought – that humans are like mirrors; that we are what gets reflected at us, and that we too put out an energy that reflects onto the people around us. Varun discusses this concept and its potential in this episode of Take aPause.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 11, 2022
How you can remember everything you learn!
00:07:26

The podcast revolution has definitely given non-readers something to binge on,  especially for the generation that has grown up through auditory teaching methods where teachers read things out loud. Varun, on the other hand, prefers reading over binging seasons after seasons of shows. He has a very interesting method for reading books – listen to this episode to find out. 

Raj Shamani is a businessman, social media influencer, entrepreneur, and an audience favourite on Instagram. Raj has delivered around 200+ speeches across 26 countries and is one of India’s most influential motivational speakers. 

Listen to the entire episode of Figuring Out at https://open.spotify.com/episode/1KNBWo0GMqY2sDphxOUltk?si=19b96c6adb054eb4 


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 08, 2022
Build a System of Co-Creation With The Power of Interdependence
00:07:38

We have all entered meetings with certain expectations. Either we expect to leave the room with all our ideas heard and accepted or we just want to be heard. Sometimes we want to leave it up to the deciding party to choose what ideas should work. 

However, according to Mary Parker Follet, the true way of having a suitable outcome for everyone is through the power of interdependence, where everyone feels needed as well as needs the contributions of others. Listen to this episode, to know how to make this game-changing concept work.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 04, 2022
Change your life & mindset with these 5 lessons from Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic
00:12:13
We are often burdened by problems that we truly cannot control. We worry about things that we cannot change. In this episode of Take a Pause, Varun explains how Stoicism tackles this problem. He simplifies some philosophies and explains how they helped him gain a new perspective in life and make better choices.  Ryan Holiday is an American author, public-relations strategist, and host of the podcast The Daily Stoic. His book, The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises.  You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow   Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/  https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi https://twitter.com/varunduggi   And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com 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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 01, 2022
5 powerful learnings from Journaling & how you can start your journey with it!!!
00:06:33

Journaling doesn’t have a specific process; everyone chooses their own time and purpose for it. Varun self-admittedly journals sporadically but now has a rhythm that works well for him. If you are thinking about starting a journal, this podcast is definitely a great start. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.


--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 27, 2022
Varun Mayya on dropping out of college & the Entrepreneur mindset
00:53:01

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


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 24, 2022
Why create a Goal Board
00:06:55

We often struggle to keep the evolving nature of our careers, life and the world around us in constant sync with our goals. And while systems serve us well we can’t not set goals for ourselves. In this classic episode, Varun shares a simple system that he set to constantly updated goals for himself.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 20, 2022
Confidence & how you can unlock it
00:12:29
Being a public personality does not always mean that it guarantees public speaking confidence. Varun talks about an incident from childhood that deeply affected his confidence and how he grew into being more confident on stage as an adult. He shares tips on how to trick yourself into being more comfortable in the spotlight. You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow   Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/  https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi https://twitter.com/varunduggi   And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com 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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 17, 2022
Why Strategic laziness can help you progress
00:08:10

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 love to do. That’s where strategic laziness comes in, Varun digs into this concept by David Heinemeier Hansson.

Link to the Tim Ferris blog mentioned in the episode - https://bit.ly/2XAFWeZ


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Jun 13, 2022
What to Expect in Your 30's: Varun Duggirala on The Ranveer Show
00:16:31

In this snippet from The Ranveer Show, Varun shares his thoughts on family life, asserting that no matter how busy life gets, he ensures that his family remains top priority. He touches upon his experiences with stage fright, how it still affects him even now, and what he does to overcome it.

Ranveer Allahbadia is a social media entrepreneur, YouTuber, motivational speaker, leadership coach, and soon-to-be author. Ranveer’s YouTube channel has over 3.92 million followers and has over 600 videos on the page. His videos cover various topics and have had some of India’s most influential guests on the panel.

The Ranveer Show - https://open.spotify.com/episode/4CCpSPody0Zvezxhp0mF6F


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

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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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Jun 10, 2022
3 ways to Persuade others
00:05:21

Most of us believe that facts are the best way to persuade people to believe what we want them to believe. But Aristotle might beg to differ that there are 3 ways to persuade someone. Tune in to find out in this classic episode with Varun.


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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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Jun 06, 2022
Sohrab Khushrushahi on fitness, community and finding your own path
01:00:38

Fitness can be an extremely intimidating task for some. Taking that first step to enter a gym can be overwhelming. Many back out when the first issue crops up. In this conversation with Sohrab Khushrushahi, founder of Sohfit, Varun talks to him about the importance of building a community that motivates you to stay on your path to your ideal fitness goals.

If you’re someone who  overthinks nutrition, you might find some handy tips on how to keep it simple. Varun and Sohrab also discuss how chasing your dream and listening to your gut can sometimes be the key to happiness.

Sohrab gave up a 15-year-long career in corporate law to follow his passion for fitness. Today, he runs Sohfit, a popular fitness program that has highly personalised and individually tailored programs. His goal is to make fitness fun for everyone.

(00:00 - 02:59) Introduction

(03:00 - 04:02) Was physical activity always a love for Sohrab?

(04:03 - 04:53) Early gym stories

(04:54 - 08:16) How was the shift of perspective from vanity to performance

(08:17 - 12:18) How you feel vs How you look

(12:19 - 16:45) Can fitness be fun?

(16:46 - 21:00) Plans vs Goals

(21:01 - 22:24) What is fitness acc to Sohrab

(22:25 - 26:41) Shift from lawyer to fitness

(26:41 - 30:35) Why Sohrab wanted to be a coach

(30:36 - 35:21) How everybody should focus on movement

(35:21 - 38:14) Compression Elevate recovery to a beginner

(38:15 - 42:31) Building the right mindset for fitness

(42:32 - 47:29) Power of community

(47:30 - 50:08) Being the coach vs entrepreneur at SohFit

(50:09 - 55:06) Overthinking nutrition & food

(55:07 - 58:05) Best advice sohrab has gotten

(58:06 - 59:42) How does Sohrab take a pause

(59:42 - 1:00:36) 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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Jun 03, 2022
5 ways to remember better
00:08:46

Have you struggled with remembering things and often look for ways to improve your memory? Varun shares tips from four time US memory champ Nelson Dellis that might be useful in this classic episode.


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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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Jun 01, 2022
How to Visualize your Day
00:06:49

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 better way to achieve your ideal life and Varun digs into that in this classic episode.


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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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May 30, 2022
How to put out the fire of self-doubt
00:10:37

Ever felt that crushing sense of self-doubt every time you set out to do something outside your comfort zone? A big presentation, talking to your crush or just putting across your ideas can seem like a BIG deal when self-doubt handles the narrative.

Varun talks about a tried-and-tested technique that actually works overcoming self-doubt.


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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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May 27, 2022
Discover a hidden treasure
00:04:10

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 re-read some of your favourites again. Maybe a book that you found extremely insightful or a movie that touched your heart, you may find something there that you missed the first time round.

Re-listen to this podcast too maybe? You might find a hidden gem.


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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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May 25, 2022
What do you say while talking to yourself
00:04:11

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 anyone taught you how to talk to yourself? Do you constantly criticise yourself or are you having encouraging conversations?

Tune in to find out, why talking to yourself in the right way, matters!


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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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May 23, 2022
4 stages to achieve peak human performance
00:07:21

Many of us dream of achieving peak human performance and try different methods. American author Stephen Kotler has a 4 stage process through which we can actually achieve it. Tune in to this classic episode to find out how. 


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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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May 20, 2022
Who are the supporting cast of your life story
00:04:48

We often believe we are the main characters of our life, as we should. Well, what would the main character do without a strong supporting cast? Take a look around you. Do you think you have the right people around you?

Varun shares a very interesting take on the importance of surrounding yourself with the right kind of people.


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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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May 18, 2022
Why a “maybe” is a “no”
00:04:23

Do you struggle with being decisive, especially when it comes to saying “no”? Are you someone who tends to settle on a more comfortable, non-confrontational “maybe”? Varun has a simple tip that has helped him when he is in such situations. It may help you understand what you really want, and help your communication with others too! 


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Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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May 16, 2022
Dr Sid Warrier on the Science of Motivation , Addictions, and Busting Neuroscience Myths
00:56:23

When faced with a long to-do list, do you tend to feel ‘lazy’? Do you find yourself constantly self-diagnosing every symptom on Google? These odd tics and more are part of Varun's conversation today with Dr Sid Warrier on all things Neuroscience. Find out how our primal brain still controls our fight or flight response and why we are all chasing only one goal: Happiness. 

Dr Sid Warrier is a Neurologist and a YouTuber who talks about mental health and our brain’s inner workings in an attempt to bring conversations about Neuroscience into the mainstream. 

(00:00 - 1:10) Introduction

(1:10 - 2:20) Cosmix

(2:20 - 5:49) Sid Warrier’s interest in neuroscience

(5:50 - 8:30) How much do we know about our brain?

(8:31 - 9:22) Laziness: How the mind prioritizes

(9:23 - 10:58) Social feedback: Why do we care what people think?

(10:59 - 11:50) Social constructs: Why were rituals created?

(11:51 - 12:54) How the society is in a transition phase

(12:54 - 17:24) Primitive Brain vs Evolved Brain

(17:24 - 25:54) What motivates us scientifically explained

(25:55 - 26:55) How does Sid deal with finding motivation

(26:56 - 29:30) Sid Warrier journey into content on neuroscience

(29:31- 31:40) Why should humans study science?

(31:41 - 34:53) How does our brain react to being a beginner

(34:54 - 36:09) Why we can’t be good at ONLY one thing

(36:10 - 38:20) How does Sid take a pause

(38:21 - 41:35) Sid’s relationship with food

(41:36 - 45:31) How fasting affects our mind

(45:31 - 47:47) Is the focus on our body numbers a problem?

(47:55 - 49:43)What is the weirdest thing on the internet about neuroscience which is not true but is claimed to be

(49:44 - 53:05) Why self diagnosis with Google is wrong

(53:06 - 54:32) A subject that Sid would like to study today

(54:33 - 55:21) Why dual degrees can be the next big thing


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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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May 13, 2022
The right thing to do when you are right
00:04:47

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 gloat and say the same when we are right. However, are we as ready to admit we are wrong? Tune in to hear Varun talk about the right thing to do when you are right versus when you are wrong. This one is sure to give you food for thought!

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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May 11, 2022
“Candle Blowers” and why you should avoid them in your life
00:04:45

When you’re your best version, the light inside you shines at its brightest. In her book Atlas of the Heart, Brene Brown describes it as having a candle within us that represents our light. This light is what makes us who we are. When it shines brightly, we shine. How do we keep that light shining? And how do we make sure we protect and nurture that light in others? Varun talks about the importance of the light and how not to be a candle-blower who takes the light out of other people’s lives. 

Use VARUN to get 10% off at Cosmix

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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May 09, 2022
Find your inner Lion
00:04:53

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.

Here’s what you can do to be more like them: simply pretend to be your most confident self! You may be a lamb wearing a lion’s clothing but gradually you will grow into them.

Not convinced? Tune in to find out how this formula worked for renowned stand-up comedian Dave Chapelle.


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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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May 06, 2022
Relationships & the 15% rule to building them
00:06:18

Building strong, healthy relationships that last is no easy feat. Oftentimes, for reasons unknown, you may find yourself in relationships that do not work out. Whether you’re someone who tends to overshare, or someone who struggles to open up, the “15% Rule”  may help you approach your relationships in a more systematic way. Tune in to learn what the rule actually means and how you can apply it in your own life! 

Fair warning: This is not a foolproof formula but it may be a more objective way to view your relationships and figure out the issues. 


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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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May 04, 2022
This too shall pass
00:03:10

Circumstances in life sometimes feel never-ending but they are in reality just finite events. The non-permanence of our state can often be seen as a curse, but truly is a blessing in disguise.

You’ve heard the term ‘This too shall pass’ but have you ever thought about it as a tool to create a shift in your mindset?

Varun shares how Tom Hank’s roundtable interview helped him understand this powerful quote better!


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

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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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May 02, 2022
Meredith Arthur on Dealing with Anxiety, Overthinking & Embracing Awkwardness
01:04:25

Do you often call yourself an ‘overthinker’? Do you feel an overwhelming sense of unease every time you need to do something that is outside your comfort zone?

In today’s episode, Varun talks to Meredith Arthur, author of ‘Get Out of My Head: Inspiration for Overthinkers in an Anxious World’ about anxiety and overthinking. As two awkward people themselves, they talk about ways to embrace one’s awkwardness & deal with negativity.

Meredith Arthur is also a content lead at Pinterest and runs a website called ‘Beautiful Voyager’ – a safe space for overthinkers and perfectionists.

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 2:05) Introduction

(2:05 - 7:29) How Meredith started writing her book

(7:30 - 12:35) Meredith’s journey with anxiety and over thinking

(12:36 - 16:12) Concept of “waves” in Meredith's book

(16:13 - 17:18) How can “dose of levity” reduce overthinking (Will need to explain dose of levity)

(17:18 - 25:20) Coping mechanisms for feeling awkward

(25:20 - 25:44) Feeling Safe & being beginners

(25:44 - 26:41) Varun’s first podcast episode recording disaster

(26:42 - 30:47) Problem of overthinking before beginning

(30:47 - 35:12) Blue Dot & Red Dot Energy

(36:57 - 38:58) Affirmations on being messages to yourself

(38:58 - 39:42) Twitter is about deflection and overthinking

(39:43 - 44:16) Best way to start journaling/writing

(44:17 - 46:00) Weighing action & inaction while making decisions

(46:02 - 48:50) What are Cognitive Distortions?

(48:51 - 51:25) How Varun wrote his first book in 8 months

(51:26 - 1:02:48) List of Cognitive Distortions

(1:02:49 - 1:04:25) Conclusion


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 29, 2022
What regret can teach you
00:02:32

Haven’t we all seen ‘NO REGRETS’ stickers and tattoos? People embracing their decisions without regrets is most definitely a freeing thought. The world proudly displays its no regrets mantra, but what if there exists a side to regret many fail to see?

Varun found an interesting perspective in Daniel.H.Pink’s book ‘The Power of Regret’ that may help you relook at the concept of regret and find something to learn from it.


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 27, 2022
The only person you need to impress is YOU
00:03:33

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

Ask yourself, why do you want to change, or improve that thing? What is your motivating factor? Who are you doing it for? Is it truly something you want, or are you doing it just to impress other people?

If the motivating cause isn’t strong enough, then it may be difficult to get the desired effect in the long term. Tune in to find out why you need to take a pause and introspect a bit before you set out to do something.


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 25, 2022
Pooja Dhingra on challenges and lessons from them
00:04:16

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 challenges. Instead, we should pick challenges that push our own boundaries. That’s when we will truly thrive and realise our full potential.

How do you go about this? Listen to Le15 founder Pooja Dhingra talk about how she takes up a new challenge every year.

Catch the full podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5KLFwiGuyoJGCcrhZXaYHT?si=YZUZCf7xSNe87n3Dop0nlg

Watch a longer version of this clip here: https://youtu.be/d2140cnm44s


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 22, 2022
Your habits don’t make you ‘YOU’ ( reset your mindset)
00:03:35

We love to hate on labels, as we should. And yet, we tend to label ourselves so many things – ‘lazy’ and ‘procrastinator’ being two common ones. But ask yourself if these are just habits you can change, or are they really innate characteristics that define who you are? In this episode, Varun explains why you may need a mindset reset on how you label yourself. It might actually give you more control over your own life’s outcomes. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

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https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 20, 2022
Why 99.9% is better than 100%
00:03:14

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 your 100% all the time?

Maybe you don’t need to. Perhaps you could get a better outcome if you did a little less than 100%.

In this episode Varun talks about why NBA star LeBron James believes in performing at 99%. Tune in to find out why he chooses to hold back that 1%.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 18, 2022
Megha Rao on Being Present, Making Your Own Identity & Creating A Legacy
00:54:30

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 learn about NOMO - the Necessity of Missing Out!

In this episode, poet, performer and artist Megha Rao takes some time out of her digital detox for an insightful chat with Varun. She talks about the importance of being mindful & present while searching for internal validation, instead of chasing external validation. Megha shares how she protects herself from burnout, and builds a healthy mindset towards competition.

Megha’s work has been featured on platforms such as Penguin Random House India, Firstpost and The Open Road Review. She’s been a part of the Spoken Fest and Thought Catalog. Her podcast “Poems to Calm Down to” trended at #1 on Spotify podcasts in India.

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 1:52) Introduction

(2:05 - 3:06)  Megha Rao’s digital detox

(3:07- 4:40) How to live in the present?

(4:41 - 8:04) Present thinking vs positive thinking

(8:05 - 9:24)  Activities that spark creative ideas

(9.25 - 13:04) Importance of taking a pause in Megha Rao’s creative journey

(13.05 - 18:00) How Megha Rao figured her voice as a creator?

(18:24 - 18:54) Gaining wisdom

(21:05 - 22:47) How Megha broke out as a poet

(22:58 - 25:45) Not getting influenced by external voices

(25:46 - 31:02)  The different drivers for writing, podcasting, and stage performances

(31:03 - 33:55) Avoiding burnouts & dealing with FOMO

(34:05 - 36:08) Dealing with competition

(36:09 - 41:20) Dealing with the fear of judgement

(41:21 - 43:14) How to hook people to your craft?

(43:15 - 48:16) Who motivates Megha?

(48:17 - 50:59) Who creates a legacy? Art v/s the artist

(51:00 - 52:25) Megha Rao’s process


Book list

1. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy - By Jenny Odell.

2. Deep Work - Cal Newport


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 15, 2022
Don’t fear failure ! You can learn from it
00:03:46

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 happen without failure. Listen to this episode to help you change how you perceive failure. As someone who has grappled with this fear himself, Varun delves into an excerpt about the fear of failure from his book Everything Is Out of Syllabus. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 13, 2022
Don’t Try to be a Genius! You should focus on being a Scenius!
00:03:26

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 Steve Jobs, it’s hard not to want to emulate the kind of success they have enjoyed. Don’t we all want to be called a mad genius? But that’s a lot of pressure to place on our own shoulders. Instead, why not embrace the collective concept of a “scenius”? What’s that you ask? Listen to this episode to hear Varun’s take on this little known concept.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 11, 2022
The “Truth” about Work-Life Balance according to “The 4 Burner Theory”
00:04:23

We’re constantly juggling the various spheres of our life – work, family, friends, health – trying to find a balance. Our inner juggler may not be a pro, resulting in us dropping the ball sometimes. Varun explains the 4 Burner Theory, which may not be a solution but may help you better understand how to bring balance. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 08, 2022
Why you should not fixate on problems
00:04:02

Problems can appear at times like a whirlpool, surrounding you entirely and pulling you in deeper. The small, mundane ones to the bigger, life-altering ones; it’s easy to get sucked in and start seeing problems that don’t exist. Swim back to the surface, focus on the present and what’s in front of you. Varun talks about how he channels his overthinking into a more positive place.

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You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 06, 2022
What you should do when life doesn’t go as planned (according to stoicism)
00:04:27

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 called Amor Fati. Varun explains this concept and how it can be used to change your perspective about this unyielding, all-powerful fate. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Apr 04, 2022
Ankur Warikoo on Consistency, Inner-negativity & growing your passion
00:58:17

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 


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi 

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com 

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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Apr 01, 2022
#1 Question you should ask yourself before you share knowledge
00:04:36

Every time you choose to learn something, are you only learning enough to hold conversations about it, or are you trying to understand the subject in depth? Surface-level knowledge is like standing on thin ice; it might break under pressure. Varun’s guilty of making this blunder too, tune in as he discusses how he’s making change. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 30, 2022
3 secrets of The Rock’s Success
00:04:28

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


Music used - cover of The Rock's entrance theme by Zombie Thirteen - https://youtu.be/R07zgX0SKng

Originally by Jim Johnston and WWE.


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com  

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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Mar 28, 2022
The true value of being imperfect and authentic as told in the Bhagavad Gita
00:03:51

Ever been asked this question – Who do you want to be like? Have you ever found yourself emulating someone you truly look upto? Then you might love this beautiful lesson from Bhagavad Gita. It could become your key to overcoming an identity crisis. Take a deep dive into this lesson with Varun on this episode. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 25, 2022
The truth about Luck vs Effort
00:04:34

Luck shows up in all our lives. More for some, less for others but luck does show up.Varun shares an example from his book, 'Everything Is Out of Syllabus” where he learnt the importance of taking the effort after getting lucky. Tune in to find out more.

 Read more life lessons in “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ which can be ordered here - https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 23, 2022
You can find true success & progress through small wins in work & life
00:03:50

We all want BIG victories in life. Pop culture has glamourized them with the scenes of big tournaments and boardroom sessions. Before getting to those big victories one needs to achieve small wins. Varun shares the importance of small wins and the impact they have with examples from the gym and also relationships.  Also listen to The Bare Performance Podcast episode with Jim DeCicco of Super Coffee - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3t6EykYrSPzSPl2QQ94GH4  

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 21, 2022
The Surprising reason you should not Fear the Future
00:03:29

We keep worrying about the future and all it entails.

What's going to come? 

What's going to happen? 

Where you're going to end up

How things will turn out?

Varun shares insights from the Amara tribe that will change one’s mindset about the future and also past.


Inspired by a scribble by author Austin Kleon.


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 18, 2022
Why you should focus on intentions not results
00:05:04

Often we are guided by the results we see instead of our goals, this leaves us disappointed and give up on them. Instead if we focus on the intentions, the goal stays in sight and keeps us motivated. Varun shares how this perspective has helped him stay fit, write and other aspects of his life.

Also listen to “On Purpose with Jay Shetty” episode - 7 steps to Manifesting results in 2022 - https://open.spotify.com/episode/2qK0B9wSrBdogggx7QWLFB?si=Hua867OQSBKFV5aFKPAJCA&nd=1


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 16, 2022
The best way to reach your goals( it’s not what you think)
00:04:31

"Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be" this line by Andre De Shields, the American Tony Award winning theater actor hits hard in the rush of current times. In the daily hustle, we often miss out on opportunity to enjoy and end up tiring ourselves out. Varun shares why life is like a marathon and maybe it's time we start focusing on it one step at a time instead of treating it like a sprint. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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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Mar 14, 2022
#1 reason you can't focus and how you can beat it
00:04:45

We try to do too many things at the same time. This leads us to feeling stretched, burnout and dissatisfied with the level of focus we can give all our areas of action. This lack of focus stems from what is called "Time confetti" and in this episode Varun drills down into the concept, its effects and how you can beat it.

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow

This concept is also discussed beautifully in a chat between Adam grant & Dr.Laurie Santos on the happiness lab podcast https://open.spotify.com/episode/0v2bLHCSWxrhTfqhQSzngf?si=kZdsl0dLRvqekrrBGZZQlA 

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

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https://twitter.com/varunduggi

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com


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 to learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.

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Mar 11, 2022
5 “Powerful” steps that help you perform better in life
00:05:35

We all have moments before a big meeting, an important exam or anything that has a lot of stakes to it. And in the brief pause before the big moment we all need to practise 5 steps that bring the most value to our mindset and performance. Understanding these stages can help us find ways to practise and use them better in our lives. In this episode, Varun drills down on these stages and the value they can provide.  

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi https://twitter.com/varunduggi 

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com 

 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 to learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.

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Mar 09, 2022
"Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala" Trailer
00:01:04

We all need to “Take a pause”, a moment in-between the chaos. To reflect on the past, to focus on the present and prepare for the future. A pause to unravel all the things that seem out of syllabus in our lives. A pause to help us find motivation, develop the right mindset & perform at our best. Welcome to “Take a pause” with Varun Duggirala". Subscribe and tune in on your favourite podcasting app every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a bite-sized dose of ideas, concepts and learnings plus occasional chat episodes with some truly interesting people that You can reflect on and use in your work, life and everything in between. 

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

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And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com


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Mar 07, 2022
How you can find the genius inside you? (Classic)
00:08:29

We all have a zone of genius inside us. Something that’s inside us all along, we just need to spot and use it right. I dig into this in today’s classic episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” 

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

You can also access the Introduction of the book for free by subscribing to my newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com 

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About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between.

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Feb 13, 2022
Fear can actually help you grow in your life!! (classic)
00:08:45
Fear is something we all run from. But, it can also be a great tool to thrive and grow in our lives. This holds true especially in the practise of “Fear Setting” and I dig into it in today’s classic episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow . You can also access the Introduction of the book for free by subscribing to my newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Feb 10, 2022
How I deal with pressure situations and uncertainty in my life ( and you can too) ?
00:06:47
Our lives are filled with uncertainty. Things happening around us that we have no control over. Yet, we need to get up everyday and move forward. And there is a singular mindset filter that can help you do just that in the best way possible and I dig into that on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow . You can also access the Introduction of the book for free by subscribing to my newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Feb 06, 2022
I used this “Simple” 4 step process to write my book (classic)
00:07:45
My first book drops on MONDAY the 7th of February and today’s episode is a throwback/ (Best of ) episode where I spoke of my process of creation and writing. Hope it gives you a framework to start or refine your own process. That’s what’s ahead on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” You can Pre-order my book “Everything is out of syllabus “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow it’s out on 7-February-2022 Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Feb 03, 2022
How you can Visualise your Ideal day (classic)
00:05:07
This weeks episode is a throwback to an episode I did a few months ago on how visualising your ideal day can drive balance in your life. That’s what’s ahead on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” You can Pre-order my book “Everything is out of syllabus “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow it’s out on 7-February-2022 Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jan 31, 2022
How you talk to yourself directs how you feel and act in life ? (Classic)
00:05:06
This week is a throwback to an episode I did a few months ago on talking to yourself and it’s one thing that deserves a revision. That’s what’s ahead on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” You can Pre-order my book “Everything is out of syllabus “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow it’s out on 7-February-2022 Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jan 23, 2022
How you can create your future ?
00:07:18
When we plan where we’re headed in life we often start with what we know and what we have available to us. But that might not be the best place to start and I dig into this in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” You can Pre-order my book “Everything is out of syllabus “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jan 16, 2022
The “biggest” roadblock to your progress might be you!!!
00:05:41
Often times there is a voice in our mind that tells us we will fail. And there is a way to ensure it doesn’t become a roadblock to your progress. I dig into this in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jan 09, 2022
The “Hidden” path to finding happiness
00:06:27

The world around us seems to have many a defined path to find happiness in life. But the truth to how you can find happiness might not lie that far away. More on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” 

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow .

Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi 

And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com 

About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between.

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Jan 02, 2022
The “Real” reason why following your curiosity is more important than following your passion
00:06:12

When you observe the journeys of most creative geniuses you find that passion wasn’t as big a factor as curiosity in their process and achievements.I dig into what we can learn from it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show”.

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi 

And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com 

About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between.

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Dec 26, 2021
The “Eye opening” value of elimination & focus in our lives ( and why it’s also changing this show)
00:07:41

We often find clarity and perspective in places we least expect. And a line from a sitcom on focus and elimination made me reflect and change stuff about this show. More on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” 

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi 

nd to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com

About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on stuff I’m learning that could help you in your Work, life and everything in between.

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Dec 19, 2021
How you can overcome your fears!
00:04:58

We run away from all the things we’re afraid of. However, evading them only makes them increase and tougher to evade. But, the trick to facing your fears might lie in a simple method and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show”.

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work“ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi 

And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com 

About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with occasional conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations)

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Dec 12, 2021
The “powerful” method to find confidence without letting your ego win
00:05:12

We often veer between over confidence and holding ourselves back. But there is a middle path that I learnt from a “Muhammad ali” quote and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” 

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work“ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com 

About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with occasional conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations)

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Dec 08, 2021
How Zen moments can make you more productive and focussed
00:05:10

When we struggle from a lack of energy, focus and productivity the answer isn’t to push ourselves. The answer might actually lie in moments of zen and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show”.


You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow  

Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 

https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi

https://twitter.com/varunduggi  

And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at https://varunduggi.substack.com

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.

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Dec 05, 2021
The “secret” formula for success that lies between short term and long term thinking
00:04:18
The choice between short term action and long term thinking isn’t actually a choice and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with occasional conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Dec 02, 2021
The “surprising” reason why your lack of confidence can help you succeed 💡🧠
00:04:54
A lot of us lack confidence even when we actually possess all the knowledge to do the task at hand. But, this very combination could be the secret of your success and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with occasional conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Nov 28, 2021
The 4 step process to create anything ( I followed it to write my book) 🚀🧠
00:07:45

I recently submitted the final draft of my book and on reflection I realised I had followed a four stage process that David Epstein wrote about in his book “Range” and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show”.

You can Order my book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work“ at https://amzn.to/335QKow 

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Nov 24, 2021
The “hidden” value of repeating what we say 🗣🧠
00:04:45

We try finding newer things to say and avoid repetition because we worry that we’ll sound stale. But there is great value in repetition and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” 

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Nov 21, 2021
Why the most interesting part of learning isn’t what you think it is ?💡🧠
00:05:23

When we often set out to learn something we tell ourselves to keep our total focus on the path to learn the thing. But, there might be something essential that we’re missing by sticking to the path and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show”

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Nov 18, 2021
The Power of building a “Feedback loop “for yourself 🚀🔁
00:06:52
One of the core systems and tools that the internet enables for all of us is a “feedback loop” and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Nov 14, 2021
How to make your goals seem less scary by switching your perspective 🧠🚀
00:06:06
Our lives are filled with goals that seem too large and scary to ever accomplish. But, an excerpt from Will Smith’s memoir “Will” gave me an amazing analogy that can help our minds turn every scary goal smaller and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Nov 11, 2021
The “Surprising” reason why we should all choose what to be bad at 🧠💡
00:04:50
We often look at being bad at anything as something to avoid. But, there is a surprising reason why choosing to be bad at some things can make you great at many others and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Nov 07, 2021
How can “Fear Setting” help you thrive in your life? 💡🧠
00:08:45

Fear is something we all run from. But, it can also be a great tool to thrive and grow in our lives. This holds true especially in the practise of “Fear Setting” and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com 

And watch the TED talk I refer to in the episode at https://youtu.be/5J6jAC6XxAI 

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Oct 31, 2021
My “Secret” method to build deeper connections with people 🧠
00:05:03
We spend a large part of our lives interacting and connecting with people. But, what we often don’t realise is that the way to build deeper connections with them isn’t about sticking to the point, it lies somewhere else. I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 28, 2021
Hustle isn’t the problem with Hustle culture 🚀🧠
00:07:17
The conversation around the pros and cons of hustle culture has many threads and many perceptions. I’ve fallen into the trap of taking a side myself but in recent months I’ve reflected and come to a core POV that has changed how I look at hustle itself. I dig into this in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 24, 2021
How you speak and sound doesn’t define your ideas🧠🚀💡
00:04:47
We often equate the way we speak with the confidence and quality of our ideas and our own perception of them. Adam grant has an amazing pov on this and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 21, 2021
Why are “humans like mirrors” and what can we learn from it ? 🚀🧠 🧠
00:09:28
To equate human nature to an object often leads us to various realisations about ourselves. Shonda Rhimes in her book “year of yes” equates all of us to mirrors and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 17, 2021
The hidden truth about “Selling well” that we don’t realise 🧠🚀
00:03:21
We all end up having to sell something in our lives. And often we equate selling to taking something away from the people we’re selling to. But, Daniel Pink in his book “to sell is human” talks about a better way to look at it and I dig into it in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 14, 2021
Why do we all have Survivorship bias and how do we avoid it ? 🧠🚀
00:02:47
We all suffer from survivorship bias and it more often than not blinds us from the reality of the broader picture. I dig into how we can avoid its effects in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 10, 2021
How to achieve your goals by visualising your Ideal day 🚀🧠
00:05:07
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 better way to achieve your ideal life and I dig into that in today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Oct 07, 2021
My “Secret” Method to generate ideas 💡 🧠🚀
00:06:25

I create a lot of content on a consistent basis. And I’ve often been asked how I manage to do it!! I share my ( not so) secret method on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” 

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Oct 03, 2021
How you can find your Authentic Humour style ( and how finding it can help you) 🚀🧠
00:06:15
Finding your authentic style of humour could start you off on a journey to building the muscle that is your sense of humour and making it a valuable tool in your life and career . The quiz to figure your humour style is at https://quiz.humorseriously.com/?utm_campaign=humor_quiz_ss&utm_medium=ss&utm_source=humorseriously Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 30, 2021
The Power of talking to yourself 🚀🧠
00:05:06
Talking to yourself or self-talk can help and empower you in so many ways. I dig into these on today’s episode of “The Varun Duggi Show” Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 26, 2021
5 things I learnt from Journaling regularly 🧠
00:06:11
I’ve had a sporadic relationship with journalling and in recent months it’s become a lot more regular. In today’s episode I dig into my learnings from my journaling practise. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 23, 2021
5 mistakes I made over 50 episodes of ”The Varun Duggi Show” ( and what I learnt from them)
00:11:49
This is the 50th episode of the Varun Duggi Show. So, I thought it was a good time to reflect on all the mistakes I’ve made and what I’ve learnt from them. More on today’s episode of the varun duggi show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 19, 2021
Vishnu Kaushal on being relatable and authentic 🧠
01:03:19
"Authenticity" and "relatability" are two words that are pretty overused these days. But they remain the fundamental pillars of being a content creator who audiences gravitate towards. In this week's episode of the Varun Duggi Show, I sat down with one such Content Creator Vishnu Kaushal for a heart-to-heart on everything and anything in between. Also, Wait for the half-way point when the conversation takes a turn for deep philosophical and existential questions that keep us up at night! Follow Vishnu at @thevishnukaushal & @vishnutoo Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 16, 2021
“The indifferent spectator test” & how to think before you act 🚀🧠
00:03:30
There is an old saying that “we need to think before we act” and while that may always hold true, who we think as might actually hold the key and I dig into that on today’s episode of the varun duggi show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 12, 2021
How to Set goals and manage expectations 🚀🧠
00:04:48
I’m re-reading “The psychology of money” and a line popped out at me which made me rethink about how we need to look at our goals and the expectations we set for ourselves. I tap into the insight I got from this on today’s episode of the varun duggi show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 09, 2021
How you can Find your Zone of Genius 🚀🧠
00:08:29
What if there was a way to tap into your inner genius? Wouldn’t you ( like me) want to dig into your “Zone of genius” and truly let it bloom? Gay Hendricks in his book “ The Big Leap” talks about a way to do exactly that and i give you the lowdown on today’s episode of The Varun Duggi Show. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 05, 2021
The one question that changed the way I look at fitness 🦾🚀🧠
00:11:36
How many times have you embarked on a fitness journey only to lose motivation after a while? Have you every wondered why? Most of us get into fitness due to external drivers. But these are just temporary and fleeting. It's when you find your internal driver, your purpose that you will truly be able to stay true to your path. On today’s episode I discuss how I found mine, and how you could find yours too . To watch this video on my YouTube channel go to https://openinapp.co/youtube/1e17c Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Sep 02, 2021
5 ways to make your mind remember things better🚀🧠
00:07:16
Have you struggled with remembering things and often look for ways to improve your memory? Then four time US memory champ Nelson Dellis might have some tips for you. More on this weekstarter episode of the varun duggi show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 29, 2021
Ma Anand Sheela on living life by her own rules
00:37:40
This week on “The Varun Duggi Show” I speak to Ma Anand Sheela & try to understand her mindset, her beliefs, the lessons she has drawn from them and understand her better through the rules that have defined her life as chronicled in her book “By my own rules”. https://beacons.page/varunduggi/the%20varun%20duggi%20show You can catch the full video episode on my YouTube channel and The full audio episode is available across podcast networks --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 26, 2021
The Spotlight effect & 4 ways to beat it
00:08:50

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like everyone is judging your every move? And has this led to you feeling a sense of anxiety and a severe lowering of your confidence levels? This feeling is what many call “The Spotlight Effect” and I dig into this and four steps to beating it on today’s week starter episode of the Varun duggi show 

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About the Varun Duggi Show: "The Varun Duggi show" is focused on Work, life and everything in between. It's basically a deep dive into Varun's obsession with being a lifelong learner for all of you to listen to. The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff Varun’s learning around Work, life and everything in between... Sometimes Varun also speaks to some truly interesting people about what motivates and inspires them. Yeah, this show is many things.. but it's also a great spot to learn from.

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Aug 22, 2021
Strategic laziness can dramatically accelerate your progress
00:07:46
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 love to do. That’s where strategic laziness comes in and I dig into that I. Today’s episode of the varun duggi show . Link to the Tim Ferris blog mentioned in the episode https://bit.ly/2XAFWeZ Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is a twice a week audio blog focussed on stuff I’m learning around Work, life and everything in between...( with monthly conversations with interesting people on their process, life , motivations and inspirations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 19, 2021
🚀 Creating your Goal Board by answering 4 simple questions
00:07:31
We often struggle to keep the evolving nature of our careers, life and the world around us in constant sync with our goals. And while systems serve us well we can’t not set goals for ourselves. Today on the Varun Duggi Show I run you by my simple system to set constantly updated goals for myself Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 15, 2021
🧠The 4 stages to achieve peak human performance
00:06:07
Many of us dream of achieving peak human performance and Stephen Kotler ( who I referenced in an earlier episode on achieving a state of flow) has a 4 stage process through which we can actually achieve it and I get into that in today’s episode of the Varun Duggi show. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 12, 2021
🚀 The best result you can get out of a meeting & the power of interdependence
00:07:27
Most of us walk into meetings expecting to win, lose or compromise. But the answer to the best outcome from any meeting might just lie in interdependence. I dig into this in today’s week starter episode of the Varun duggi show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 08, 2021
🧠The best way to persuade people
00:03:33
Most of us believe that facts are the best way to persuade people to believe what we want them to believe. But Aristotle might beg to differ. More on this episode of the Varun Duggi Show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 05, 2021
🚀Are you an Idea based Creator or a Relationship based creator ?
00:07:02
I recently came across a way in which we can segregate creators into two types - Idea based or relationship/personality based. And within these two lie many aspects of not just what they create but also how they grow and monetise. (Props to Colin & Samir for distilling this segregation, you must check out their YouTube channel if you haven’t already) I dig into this very split on this episode of the Varun duggi Show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Aug 01, 2021
🧠Ego depletion & retaining willpower through the day
00:04:14
The secret to retaining willpower through your day might depend on how you factor in the concept of Ego depletion in your mind. More on this episode of the Varun Duggi Show And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 29, 2021
🚀Finding true opportunity by focussing on the gaps & the “Beats by Dre” founding story
00:05:56
The founding story of Beats by Dre is a great example of how true opportunities often lie in the gaps within the space we already occupy rather than in far off spaces we could aspire to move towards. I dig into this in today’s week starter episode of the Varun duggi show Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 26, 2021
🧠Optimise your mind by going on a Brain Fast/Detox
00:05:42
Our minds consume a ton of information through the day. And every once in a while this constant inflow of content needs a detox. To help it optimise it for a refreshed and rejuvenated reboot. More on this in today’s week-ender episode of the varun duggi show. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 22, 2021
🚀 Your Career doesn’t have to equal your Passion or your Purpose ( It just needs a hyphen)
00:06:59
We’re often told to make our passion into our career and through that find purpose in life. That might be a streamlining that might do more harm than good. The answer might be to look at life in a multi-hyphenate form. And that’s what I dig into in todays week starter episode of The Varun Duggi Show. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 18, 2021
🧠 How I built a productive reading habit
00:10:01
One of the key ways to learn for me in recent times has been reading books. But the journey of productively reading doesn’t end with just reading. It’s the process of building a structure around how you read and how you distill what you learn to drive the most amount of value for your mind. I run through my structure for productively reading in this episode. To watch the video version of this episode go to https://openinapp.co/youtube/61e57 Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi   And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com   About the Varun Duggi Show : The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 15, 2021
🚀 Expanding your professional network isn't just about size
00:10:36
The need to network is an ever present focus on anyones professional life. But, rather than focussing on how large your network is.. it might better to focus on its structure. And also it may depend on what suits your personality and your goals. More on this in todays episode.  Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi  Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com  And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com  About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 11, 2021
🧠 Anto Philip on resetting his social media & the Gen-Z mindset
01:11:18
The CEO & Co-Founder of Under25 Anto Philip went on a prolonged personal break from social media in 2020. As the brain behind one of India’s most prominent youth culture platforms, Anto has seen the sheer exhaustion that comes with the constant demands of social media, especially as a content creator. In this episode, Anto and I talk about what keeps us going as creators and how focusing on content that serves a purpose over just the numbers drives so much more value 00.00 Intro 06:00 Going offline to regain focus in what's important 10:28 Experimenting with content and breaking the norm 18:17 Once you've mastered the habit game, then what? 26:26 Learning to just have fun as a content creator 34:35 "Boredom" can be super constructive too 37:51 What Anto like as a kid (and where did his interest in content come from) 44:42 Being a multi-hyphenate and drawing from culture, community and story 53:18 Balance between high quality and high volume 56:02 How the audience shapes the content 59:20 Public vs private persona? 1:01:32 Outlook on the future. Where's the zombie apocalypse?!! 1:03:26 Celebrating chaos and confusion that comes with experimentation 1:05:15 Being a creator is not easy! 1:08:53 Outro Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 08, 2021
🚀 The Head of Instagram just signalled the 4 pillars & the future of all social media
00:11:06
Adam Mosseri the head of Instagram recently announced that they’re no longer a photo sharing app and while that got all the headlines what he said beyond that in terms of their focus areas as a platform signals in many ways the future of all social media. More on todays episode. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi Write in at hellos@varunduggi.com And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 04, 2021
🧠Imposter Syndrome & how I’ve learnt to deal with it
00:07:00
We all feel that sudden sense of feeling like an imposter, like someone will call us out for being a fraud.. and it drives us to take less risks and in turn majorly reduce our own self confidence. I have a system of dealing with my own sense of imposter syndrome and I share the same on today’s episode. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 01, 2021
🚀Building a Framework for your Work-Life
00:09:50
We all function differently and try to juggle multiple Pieces while we do. But how can we set a system or framework for how we structure our work-life. I dig into this in today’s episode. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 27, 2021
🧠 5 ways to bring your mind to “A State of Flow”
00:06:59
Attaining a state of flow is one of those things that has gone from being something athletes focused on building to everyone now trying to attain it. To be able to fully concentrate without feeling the effort of it is something we all strive to achieve. Steven Kotler has devised 5 ways we can attain it and I run through those in today’s episode. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 24, 2021
🚀Spotify might have just given Podcasters the right recipe to leverage Social Audio
00:06:29
Spotify just launched GreenRoom and while it may seem similar to Clubhouse & Twitter Spaces.. it might just give podcasters a clear way to connect their podcasts to the social audio phenomenon in a seamless way. All this and more on this week starter 🚀 episode of The Varun Duggi Show This is episode is available across all major podcast platforms Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 20, 2021
🧠Finding your anchor in the chaos of your daily life
00:05:33
Have you found your anchor in life? The thing that holds you steady in the sea of uncertainty in the world around us. And what could it be? I’ve found a few things that form my anchor and I share the insight behind them on today’s episode Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life (and there is stuff coming soon on Wednesday’s as well for the things in between) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 17, 2021
🚀 Instagram’s recent announcements might just make creators more powerful than brands
00:06:16
Instagram, Snapchat, Tiktok, youtube… Basically everyone’s getting into social commerce and Netflix just opened an online store. Are we finally seeing the start of the “curator economy”? And what does that foretell for the dynamic between creators and brands? All this and more on this week starter 🚀 episode of The Varun Duggi Show This is episode is available across all major podcast platforms. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life ( there might be something cooking on Twitter spaces soon too) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 13, 2021
🧠 Rytasha Rathore on Self-Esteem, social issues & Being an artist
00:59:01
In this episode of “The Varun Duggi Show”, I speak to actor & fellow podcaster Rytasha Rathore opens up on self-esteem issues that have plagued her as a young person growing up in the age of social media. And we look at exploring the connection between self-esteem and the ‘inner child’, , the role of societal expectations and social media creating standards that we feel we have to up to. We also dig into woke culture and how we still have a way to go when it comes to social issues such as body positivity and diversity. For anyone who has ever felt like an outcast, this one's definitely for you! This podcast is available across all major podcasting platforms Follow me @varunduggi on Instagram & Twitter for a lot more content. You can also watch & subscribe to watch the full video version of this episode & shorter highlight clips from this and more podcast episodes on YouTube at https://youtu.be/abXsNNMT87U Plus 📰 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter at www.varunduggi.substack.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 10, 2021
🚀Niche businesses aren’t just niche anymore & they has D2C to thank for it
00:04:49
Niche used to be a your friendly neighbourhood store or boutique, but now it’s the biggest player in the room. So how did that happen and what does that say about the future of business and also us as humans. This is episode is available across all major podcast platforms. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life and starting June 2021 every Wednesday I’ll be going live on twitter spaces to discuss everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 06, 2021
🧠 Decluttering life & The Eisenhower matrix
00:07:04
Have you felt that your life is too busy & cluttered? That there are always more things to do than you can fit into the time you have? There may be a way ( based on the Eisenhower matrix) for u to declutter it and find some semblance of balance. Listen to the episode for more Link to the newsletter edition referred to in the episode https://varunduggi.substack.com/p/un-managing-your-time-and-the-eisenhower?r=7nuen&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=copy Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life and starting ( sometime in) June 2021 every Wednesday I’ll be going live on twitter spaces to discuss everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 03, 2021
🚀 What the Amazon acquisition of MGM tells us bout the future of the Entertainment business
00:07:06

What does the acquisition of MGM studios by Amazon tell us about the future of the entertainment business? Does the fact that Netflix will premiere more movies than anyone else in 2021 predict something we haven’t truly looked at from a macro pov? And where do the content creators of today fit into this new dynamic ? All this and more on this week starter 🚀 episode of The Varun Duggi Show This is episode is available across all major podcast platforms Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life and starting June 2021 every Wednesday I’ll be going live on twitter spaces to discuss everything in between.

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May 30, 2021
🧠 Optimising your day by changing the first thing you do every morning!
00:05:50
What’s the first thing you do when u wake up in the morning? With most people ( including me till recently) you’d pick up your phone!! But what if there was a better way to start your day? A way that would help kick start your body and mind to be truly optimised for the day ahead. I’m digging into that in this episode of the Varun Duggi show and also connecting that to a concept I wrote about a while back on my newsletter . Dropping a link to that edition ⬇️ below . https://bit.ly/3frioQr This is episode is available across all major podcast platforms https://beacons.page/varunduggi LINK IN BIO ✌🏽 Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life and starting June 2021 every Wednesday I’ll be going live on twitter spaces to discuss everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 27, 2021
🚀 What washing machines can teach us about the jobs of the future
00:07:36
Have you ever wondered what jobs will end up getting automated and which will scale and grow in the years to come? The answer might lie in the washing machine and a few other insights around it. Because the jobs of the future aren’t just about what you do, its what your job involves at a broader level and how your individuality might actually hold the answer. This is episode is available across all major podcast platforms Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show: The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life and (starting June 2021) every Wednesday I’ll be going live on twitter spaces to discuss everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 23, 2021
🧠Yahya Bootwala on Being a 21st Century Modern Poet 📝
00:46:28
The wandering, tortured and aged picture of a poet is a common cliché. But modern poets today present a very different and diverse picture as individuals who’re channelling their feelings and experiences and amplifying it through poetry. One such writer, storyteller and poet is Yahya Bootwala (known for his viral 2017 piece “Shayad Wo Pyaar Nahi”), he left his 9-to-5 job at a fairly young age to follow his passion for poetry and storytelling. In this week's episode, he talks to Varun about the profound impact Imitiaz Ali’s characterizations of Ved and Jordan from Tamasha and Rockstar have had on his life, while also opening up about his learnings and sources of inspiration as a writer. Follow him on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yahyabootwala/?hl=en YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPh9O59DttbiKQX9VmMXS9g 0:00 Intro 3:00 The beginning of Yahya’s journey as a poet 6:37 Varun & Yahya’s first dabblings in poetry 10:10 Yahya’s connection with Imtiaz Ali 12:56 Yahya on finding inspiration 14.33 The relationship between the poet and the audience 16:26 How to write better poetry 20:12 Finding your creative outlet 22:55 The Creator Animal and the Career Animal 26:57 On hope 30:15 Setting systems VS Setting goals 33:25 How Yahya tracks his growth 35:08 How to hone your art by reading 39:08 The demands of different formats of writing 40:59 The importance of validation 43:03 Yahya’s tips for poets 🌍 My website https://varunduggi.com/ 🎙MY PODCASTS: || The Varun Duggi Show || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5RRxDb6EOTjAp7QqpW5xHU JioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/the-varun-duggi-show-/1/FJ1GcoovR-0_ || Advertising Is Dead || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7vkZ0wYjLRDF80GZv2Pv25?si=-M-xnOdfR22dVGJuG-GiJA JioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/advertising-is-dead/1/jnnBfsbEvUM_ IVM https://ivmpodcasts.com/advertising-is-dead FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 📸 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 🐣Twitter https://twitter.com/varunduggi 📝 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/varun-duggirala-31090313 📰 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter on my website https://varunduggi.com/ WHO AM I: Hello! I’m Varun Duggirala, content creator, podcast host and co-founder of The Glitch, now a leading New Age creative agency. I’m the host of Advertising Is Dead, on which I talk about the ongoing and ever-changing developments in advertising, media, content and entertainment. On my latest podcast The Varun Duggi Show, I pick the brains of some really interesting people - media personalities, entrepreneurs, influencers and more - for compelling conversations on what really makes them who they are. I also put out a weekly newsletter, Unschooled with Varun Duggirala. GET IN TOUCH: I’d love to hear from you! Write to me at ask@varunduggi.com or hit me up on social media! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 20, 2021
🚀 The Subscription Economy for Creators
00:08:52
Starting this week, every Monday I’ll be giving you an insight about what’s happening in the broader New age Business & Content space that might just get your mind ticking about what the future holds. This week I dig into the shifts that are starting to happen in the creator economy through the mainstreaming of paid subscriptions for creators & what that might mean for the dynamics of the broader content space in the days to come. Follow me across social media platforms @VarunDuggi And to be a part of my exclusive first draft idea base subscribe to my newsletter https://varunduggi.substack.com About the Varun Duggi Show The Varun Duggi show is focussed on Work, life and everything in between... Monday’s will be about insights for work, Friday’s are all about Life and every Wednesday I’ll be going live on twitter spaces to discuss everything in between. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 16, 2021
🚀: Hope, Action & Ady Barkan
00:03:32
Hope is a word that holds new meaning for the world and especially our country at the moment. The actions of many citizens are giving hope to billions. And the correlation between hope and action is what today’s episode is about with some much needed inspiration from the story of Ady Barkan . Check out the episode for more. A relevant listen 🎧 for a Monday morning ... have a safe week everyone and catch you on Friday for a new episode. You can also follow me @varunduggi & subscribe to the varun duggi show for more content for inspiration, motivation & some relevant information for work, life and everything in between . --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 26, 2021
🧠We’re All Feeling Overwhelmed!! How Can We Regain Balance & Focus?
00:08:29
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel a nagging sense of languishing? We’re all in a state of uncertainty as the world around us seems to be spiralling out of control. So how can we first help ourselves, and then help everyone around us? How can we regain enough balance and focus to truly be able to move ahead productively for us and everyone else? It could just be creating something helpful, or sharing relevant information. Whatever little each one of us can do, we need to be strong for each other. So I’m putting down some ways in which I’ve been trying to find that balance for myself in this week's episode of the Varun Duggi Show. ( This is something I recorded while feeling overwhelmed last weekend.. hope it gives you guys some value ) 🌍 My website https://varunduggi.com/ 🎙MY PODCASTS: || The Varun Duggi Show || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5RRxDb6EOTjAp7QqpW5xHU JioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/the-varun-duggi-show-/1/FJ1GcoovR-0_ || Advertising Is Dead || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7vkZ0wYjLRDF80GZv2Pv25?si=-M-xnOdfR22dVGJuG-GiJA JioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/advertising-is-dead/1/jnnBfsbEvUM_ IVM https://ivmpodcasts.com/advertising-is-dead FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 📸 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 🐣Twitter https://twitter.com/varunduggi 📝 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/varun-duggirala-31090313 📰 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter on my website https://varunduggi.com/ WHO AM I: Hello! I’m Varun Duggirala, content creator, podcast host and co-founder of The Glitch, now a leading New Age creative agency. I’m the host of Advertising Is Dead, on which I talk about the ongoing and ever-changing developments in advertising, media, content and entertainment. On my latest podcast The Varun Duggi Show, I pick the brains of some really interesting people - media personalities, entrepreneurs, influencers and more - for compelling conversations on what really makes them who they are. I also put out a weekly newsletter, Unschooled with Varun Duggirala. GET IN TOUCH: I’d love to hear from you! Write to me at ask@varunduggi.com or hit me up on social media! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 22, 2021
Thought-Starter🚀: The Peltzman effect & the increase in COVID-19 cases after vaccine rollout
00:03:03
The Peltzman effect might just explain one aspect of the Rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases after the vaccine started rolling out . It’s an aspect we need to crush as fast as we can no matter how much our minds tell Us otherwise. Stay safe everyone. Stay at home, avoid going out and wear a 😷 Check out the episode for more. A relevant listen 🎧 for a Monday morning ... have a safe week everyone and catch you on Friday for a new episode. These episodes are brought to you in collaboration with the awesome folk at reading room india check their page out in the link below https://instagram.com/readingroomindia?igshid=12sctbx95bc29 You can also follow me @varunduggi & subscribe to the varun duggi show for more content --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 18, 2021
Anupama Chopra on Being a Film Critic, the Future of Indian Cinema & Building Content Around Content
00:49:43
Have you ever thought to yourself...Writing film reviews is easy, anyone can do it? Well, maybe not! This week I dig into everything to do with building content around content and being a film critic with author, film critic and Editor-in-Chief at Film Companion, Anupama Chopra. And truly understand the need for a deep and informed understanding of cinema to properly critique a film. She talks about what got her interested in Bollywood, the challenges in what she does and what keeps her going. She also shares her thoughts on the future of the film industry and the evolving Indian audience, given the rise of OTT platforms and the Covid-19 pandemic. 🌍  My website https://varunduggi.com/ FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 📸 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ 🐣Twitter https://twitter.com/varunduggi 📝 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/varun-duggirala-31090313 📰  Sign up to my weekly email newsletter on my website https://varunduggi.com/ 🎙MY PODCASTS: || The Varun Duggi Show || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5RRxDb6EOTjAp7QqpW5xHU JioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/the-varun-duggi-show-/1/FJ1GcoovR-0_ || Advertising Is Dead || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7vkZ0wYjLRDF80GZv2Pv25?si=-M-xnOdfR22dVGJuG-GiJA JioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/advertising-is-dead/1/jnnBfsbEvUM_ IVM https://ivmpodcasts.com/advertising-is-dead WHO AM I: Hello! I’m Varun Duggirala, content creator, podcast host and co-founder of The Glitch, one of India's leading New Age creative agency. I’m the host of "Advertising Is Dead", where I dig into the changes happening in the world of business, startups, media, entertainment and marketing. On my latest podcast "The Varun Duggi Show", I pick the brains of some really interesting people -  media personalities, entrepreneurs, creators and more - for compelling conversations on what really makes them who they are. I also put out a weekly newsletter, "Unschooled with Varun Duggirala", post a whole lot of content and try do as much more as i can while making sure i first try to many my almost 4 year old a young podcaster . GET IN TOUCH: I’d love to hear from you! Write to me at ask@varunduggi.com or hit me up on social media! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 15, 2021
Thought-Starter🚀: Trying to meet Deadlines & Parkinson’s law
00:03:55
Why do we always have a last minute rush as we get towards deadlines? No matter how long we have to complete the project at hand.. the rush is consistent! “Parkinson’s law” might have an explanation ( and maybe a possible solution too) Check out the episode for more. A great listen 🎧 for some information on a Monday morning ... have a great week everyone and catch you on Friday for a brand new conversation episode for a dose of inspiration . These episodes are brought to you in collaboration with the awesome folk at reading room india check their page out in the link below https://instagram.com/readingroomindia?igshid=12sctbx95bc29 You can also follow me @varunduggi for lots more content & subscribe to the varun duggi show for more content for your weekly fix of motivation & inspiration ( or just some information for your mind) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 04, 2021
Finding Fitness Through Purpose with Da Rulk ( Chris Hemsworth AKA Thor's #1 functional trainer)
00:49:24
Over the last couple of years, my concept of what being fit means has changed from a superficial, bulked up muscular look to truly being fit for life. And a huge part of this transformation has been through what I have learnt from Functional Trainer Da Rulk’s training programmes.  His outlook on fitness is one that bases itself on improving your quality of life far beyond the exterior markers that we usually associate with the fitness industry. Although famous for training Chris Hemsworth and Josh Brolin for their roles as Thor and Thanos, he finds his true calling training firefighters, first responders and absolutely anyone who wants to attain true fitness. He's also been the most in-demand trainer on Hemsworth's Fitness App Centr, which is now the #1 Trending Fitness App in the world. His philosophy on the role of finding ‘Purpose’ for long-term fitness is transformational.  Follow Da Rulk on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/da_rulk  🌍  My website https://varunduggi.com/ 🎙MY PODCASTS: || The Varun Duggi Show || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5RRxDb6EOTjAp7QqpW5xHUJioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/the-varun-duggi-show-/1/FJ1GcoovR-0_ || Advertising Is Dead || Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7vkZ0wYjLRDF80GZv2Pv25?si=-M-xnOdfR22dVGJuG-GiJAJioSaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/advertising-is-dead/1/jnnBfsbEvUM_IVM https://ivmpodcasts.com/advertising-is-dead FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 📸 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/🐣Twitter https://twitter.com/varunduggi📝 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/varun-duggirala-31090313📰  Sign up to my weekly email newsletter on my website https://varunduggi.substack.com  WHO AM I: Hello! I’m Varun Duggirala, content creator, podcast host and co-founder of The Glitch, now a leading New Age creative agency. I’m the host of Advertising Is Dead, on which I talk about the ongoing and ever-changing developments in advertising, media, content and entertainment. On my latest podcast The Varun Duggi Show, I pick the brains of some really interesting people -  media personalities, entrepreneurs, influencers and more - for compelling conversations on what really makes them who they are. I also put out a weekly newsletter, Unschooled with Varun Duggirala.  GET IN TOUCH: I’d love to hear from you! Write to me at ask@varunduggi.com or hit me up on social media! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 01, 2021
Thought-Starter🚀: Bad habits & the secret to getting rid of them
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How often have you judged people who have habits that you consider bad and How long have you struggled with getting rid of a bad habit yourself!? The problem with habits that are considered bad may not be the habit itself but something else.. the environment around you that allows these habits to grow! And maybe refocusing on this aspect might just be the instigator of change you need in life. Check out the episode for more. A great listen 🎧 for some motivation on a Monday morning ... have a great week everyone and catch you on Friday for a brand new conversation episode for a dose of inspiration. These episodes are brought to you in collaboration with the awesome folk at reading room india check their page out in the link below https://instagram.com/readingroomindia?igshid=12sctbx95bc29 

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Mar 29, 2021
Kaneez Surka on being Spontaneous in Improv, But Organised in Life!
00:50:37
Have you ever been curious about improv comedy? Obsessed over how you can organise your life better? Wondered how improv could be different from standup? Finding a cure for your tendency to hoard? Who better to hear it from than Indian-South African improv artist & comedian Kaneez Surka, who it turns out is also a closet-Mary Kondo! We’ve all seen her across numerous online videos, stand-up performances and as a judge on stand-up comedy reality shows. On this episode, we chatted about the rules of improv, what makes it different from comedy, the challenges of vlogging and Kaneez’s love of cleaning! You can also watch & subscribe to watch the full video version of this episode & shorter highlight clips from this and more podcast episodes on YouTube at https://youtube.com/channel/UC6-OJ0XHEvRkODh8ktUi_QA Follow Kaneez on social media: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6a7TnbzoeggcDscJBrR0kw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaneezsurka/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaneezsurka This podcast is available across all major podcasting platforms Follow me @varunduggi on Instagram & Twitter for a lot more content. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Mar 25, 2021
Thought-Starter🚀: Our Destination addiction & how to beat it
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Are you someone who’s been pushed to set goals and work towards them your entire life? If yes, then (like me) There is a strong chance you might have destination addiction. And this week we discuss this phenomenon & how to beat it. A great listen 🎧 for some motivation on a Monday morning ... have a great week everyone and catch you on Friday for a brand new conversation episode for a dose of inspiration. 

These episodes are brought to you in collaboration with the awesome folk at reading room india check their page out in the link below https://instagram.com/readingroomindia?igshid=12sctbx95bc29 

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Mar 21, 2021
Amit varma on how podcasts can bridge divides in the world around us
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If you’re in the mood for a meaty conversation with lots of takeaways and tons to ponder on, you are at the right place. One of the leading podcast hosts in India, Amit Varma has also been a journalist, author, entrepreneur and even a professional poker player! As a podcast host (of the “The Seen and the Unseen”), I feel he embodies what is best about this medium, which is being able to go really deep into topics and flesh them out fully, no matter how long it takes. He does justice to the subject matter in a way that is rarely found in this day and age of fast consumption. Want some food for thought? Listen on! More about him on his website: https://indiauncut.com/. This podcast is available across all major podcasting platforms Follow me @varunduggi on Instagram & Twitter for a lot more content. You can also watch & subscribe to watch the full video version of this episode & shorter highlight clips from this and more podcast episodes on YouTube at https://youtube.com/channel/UC6-OJ0XHEvRkODh8ktUi_QA --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Mar 18, 2021
Thought-Starter🚀: Jeff Bezos & The Regret minimisation framework
00:03:16
Have you ever been stuck with a crucial choice that could alter your path in life? Jeff Bezos came up with an interesting framework when he found himself at a crossroad in life. A great listen 🎧 for some motivation on a Monday morning ... have a great week everyone and catch you on Friday for a brand new conversation episode for a dose of inspiration. These episodes are brought to you in collaboration with the awesome folk at reading room india check their page out in the link below https://instagram.com/readingroomindia?igshid=12sctbx95bc29 You can also follow me @varunduggi for lots more content. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Mar 14, 2021
Ranveer Allahbadia on Being Inspired by Sport, Finding Balance & Staying at the Top of His Game
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With over 7 Million+ online followers/subscribers across social media platforms, a chart topping podcast and a series of successful entrepreneurial ventures, Ranveer Allahbadia has become the social media phenomenon to follow – as a creator, entrepreneur & someone who projects positivity and motivation into the world around him. So, to begin “The Varun Duggi Show”, I thought, who better than Ranveer to talk to about how he keeps himself motivated, inspired & driven to produce engaging, value-adding content that further motivates millions of others, while doing everything else that he does through his entrepreneurial ventures. This podcast is available across all major podcasting platforms Follow me @varunduggi on Instagram & Twitter for a lot more content. You can also watch the full video version of this episode & shorter highlight clips from this and more podcast episode on YouTube at https://youtube.com/channel/UC6-OJ0XHEvRkODh8ktUi_QA ( FULL video episodes drop every Saturday) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Mar 11, 2021
Shorties: The origin of the first thing you see in every Star Wars movie
00:02:57
Think of the first thing you see in every Star Wars movie... the scrolling prelude!! Ever wondered how that came to be? The answer might surprise you. listen to the episode to find out. #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 28, 2020
Shorties: The rebranding of the potato
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Did you know that the humble potato had to go through a rebranding exercise? And that too for a very unusual reason! listen to find out. #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 26, 2020
Shorties: The inner workings of the WWE & what we can learn from them feat Ranveer Allahbadia
00:06:13
In this episode of #uselessinformation the awesome Ranveer Allahbadia takes us behind the scenes of the WWE and the world of sports entertainment to give us some unique trivia about how it functions but also to give us some insight into what we can learn from it too... like he has. #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 23, 2020
Shorties: A band of misfits, The incredibles & Pixar
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We all love Pixar movies, there is a genuine feeling we all get inside us when we watch them.. i cant describe it but it’s a mixture of so many great emotions rolled up into one and it always makes me happy & warm inside. One of my favourite Pixar movies is “the incredibles”,.. and i recently came across a story that Joy Bhattacharjya tweeted about which spoke of how it came to be made. And this particular story showed me a very deep insight into a principle we must all follow.. no matter what we do and who we are (as companies or as people). It’s also detailed out in a great book on Pixar called “creativity inc” which you should definitely check out. #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 21, 2020
Shorties: Michael Holding, Lewis Latimer & some hidden history about the Lightbulb
00:02:58
A week ago I watched a video of Michael holding the legendary West Indies cricketer speak at length on racism,.. its one of those pieces that makes u really think about so things around us both past and present and important that all of us watch it. There was also the mention of a person called Lewis H Latimer and i had to know more. And when I did look it up it made me realise that so many things we learn in school requires revisiting to understand so many aspects which have been hidden in history., and which truly deserve to be learnt and spoken about. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 19, 2020
Shorties: The historical significance of James Bond feat Roshan Abbas
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Roshan Abbas is one of those people who always has some amazing nuggets of information, I’d go as far as to give him grandmaster status!! . So when I asked him to share one of them for the show he gave us this delightful insight into how the origin of James Bond has actual historical significance... also check out the book he speaks of called “Super fandom” ( I know I’m gonna for sure). #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 16, 2020
Shorties: The Terminator, James Cameron & a dream
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I’ve always found that when we dream we sometimes come up with ideas or solutions that grow to define our lives... and when I was listening to the 2nd episode of the 2nd season of the podcast “Blockbuster” ( it’s a phenomenal show, https://open.spotify.com/show/6nhQUF8rDmBaRjbZp9zgzv?si=kBWwGTRuTpKHaIY3NRLL4w , while this happens in S02E02 , don’t miss a single episode of both seasons) There is a scene in that episode which solidified it in my mind.. so much so that I might just start documenting my dreams going ahead. #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 14, 2020
Shorties: VARK & why the way you learn could change your entire learning experience.
00:03:01
Have you ever thought about how we all learnt stuff in school & college and wondered “is this the only way I could have learnt this?” . The answer could lie in VARK, which defines in a very interesting way the ways in which we can all learn depending on what works for us individually. It could totally change your pov on how u can learn!There’s a lot more info on this in a recent podcast episode of @JayShetty podcast.. ( https://open.spotify.com/episode/5x3j2PoHkqbTMT71SnaLP2?si=b_HF8UDJSzSTh5OJWyUxXg) You should check it out if this interests you.. if you want to test yourself check this link out https://vark-learn.com/the-vark-questionnaire/ .. #uselessinformation is available on Spotify, JioSaavn and most podcasting platforms. New episodes out every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jul 12, 2020
Viraj Ghelani - Saas-Bahu serials, Welcome, Rajinikanth, Jaspal Bhatti, Kapil Sharma & so much more
00:42:59
Viraj Ghelani is the one person who’s made me want to watch Welcome more times than I actually thought I would and also one of the best examples of a younger breed of creators who are having so much fun being their authentic selves and all the random stuff around it... I’ve had him on my other podcast “advertising is dead” and you should listen to that to get a deeper understanding of how he’s grown as a meme culture creator but this time we decided to keep the chat totally useless and random... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Jun 04, 2020
Danish Sait - Being South Indian, South cinema culture & not having more than one of anything
00:38:44
Danish Sait is someone who’s humour I’ve loved for ages mainly because it reminded me of my years in Bangalore and so many of his references made me laugh coz I got exactly where those were coming from. And his recent streak of awesomeness made me want to dig into understanding what useless information he feeds on a whole lot more. #Uselessinformation is available on Spotify, Jiosaavn, Apple podcasts, google podcasts and most places u get your podcasts from. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 28, 2020
Gaurav Kapur - Paparazzi, 70’s Bollywood & the Erehwon thinking program
00:44:54
Gaurav Kapur is one of those people who I can always count on to make any conversation interesting because he never likes to have the same conversation twice!! Coz there is always something new to talk about and that’s what makes him a great conversationalist..the fact that he knows in his own words “a little about a lot of things” and have fun while talking about anything. So why wouldn’t I invite him to be on an episode of useless information, coz while u might know him for the things he talks about like sport, etc this episode is going to take u in a whole new direction. #Uselessinformation is available on Spotify, Jiosaavn, Apple podcasts, google podcasts and most places u get your podcasts from --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 21, 2020
José & Cyril: Making & discovering Online randomness, tech , Gaming and beyond
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José covaco is someone who I have long considered the original grandmaster of creating content from randomness. So I thought it would be a lot of fun to get him and his constant collaborator and master of content around randomness in his own right Cyril D’abreo on an episode of Useless information... and honestly not cut anything out coz why edit true randomness.. that’s what’s on this weeks Useless information.. you can follow Cyril on @cyrildabs , José on @hoezaay & I’m on @varunduggi --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 14, 2020
Sorabh Pant: Writing books, Cricket, War & Hrithik Roshan
00:48:49
Sorabh Pant, the multitalented comedian & author and the person who once had the unique privilege of sharing a desk with me 😜 is one of the most interesting people I’ve met also coz he has such varied interests and some great insights from all of them... his love for cricket and sport in general has a unique spin to it as is his process to write the books he’s written... so he had to be someone to chat with on Useless information... he’s @sorabhpant on Instagram & @hankypanty on twitter and make sure you watch his specials on Amazon prime video and all the stuff he puts out on social. If you wanna find me I’m @varunduggi on Instagram and Twitter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
May 07, 2020
Nikhil chinapa: learning things, music , diving underwater & lots more
00:41:17
Nikhil Chinapa is someone who doesn’t really need any form of introduction... so I’ll skip the standard stuff like MTV icon, the man who helped make electronic music mainstream in India, etc etc.. but what I’ve always known him as is someone who has a deep sense of curiosity for the little things that add depth to any conversation, the stuff that adds a layer to any music track and someone who’s love for music is only paralleled by his love to dive deep underwater.. so how could i not prod him to be on an episode of useless information.. he kinda defines the whole concept.. #Uselessinformation is available on Spotify, Apple podcasts, google podcasts and most places u get your podcasts from. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 30, 2020
Pooja Dhingra : Challenge yourself to do something different and fun !!
00:43:28
There are things we always wanna do, try or learn about or just spend time consuming which we always put off saying... I’ll do it soon. But there are some who actually have a method to actually build a structure to actually doing the things they wanna do beyond their work-life and regular life...And maybe that’s something to learn from. One such person is Pooja Dhingra the founder and CEO of Le15 patisserie and the singular reasons why so many of us have a macaroon consumption problem. And this week host Varun duggirala talks to her to ask her about how she does it and maybe unravel the method to drive all of us to do stuff beyond what we normally do. You can follow pooja on Instagram on @poojadhingra & u can touch base with Varun on @varunduggi .. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/take-a-pause-varun-duggi/message
Apr 25, 2020
Rohan Joshi : Pop culture and beyond
00:59:01

In the first episode of “Useless information with Varun duggirala” Varun talks to Stand up comic ( and all round awesome person ) Rohan Joshi about his love for pop culture, sci-Fi, fantasy fiction and lots more while also figuring out how all this made him better as a comic and generally happier in life.

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Apr 09, 2020