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“Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala” is a twice a week podcast where we give you insights, learnings and conversations to help you find balance, clarity and purpose. And through that enable you to move towards a life driven by curiosity and slow-growth.
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As you scroll through your explore page, you are bound to come across a horde of talented content creators. The parameters to go viral have finally distilled down to one thing – creating good content. In an age where fame is accessible through just a click on your hand-held device, how does one stand out among the clutter? According to Agasthya Shah, focusing on the quality of your content instead of the metrics will do the trick. In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks to Agasthya Shah, a Gen-Z creator who began his content creation journey in July 2019 and found quick fame during the pandemic when his videos started going viral. As content creators, Varun and Agasthya share their thoughts on dealing with fame, and what they consider as their duty to support other good creators who don’t have the following they deserve. Agasthya confesses to finding his newfound fame “surreal”, and agrees with Varun on the importance of staying grounded and authentic. He also opens up on what helped him cope when his belief in manifesting destiny did not seem to be bearing fruit during a difficult period in his creator journey. Find out more about what the highs and lows of their creator journeys have taught Varun and Agasthya about life. 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 twice 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
Our brain – it dictates every decision we make, but how much do we really know about how it works? Neurologist Dr. Sid Warrier feels strongly about the need to educate young people about the workings of the brain. According to his research, understanding how our brains work can help us design our lives for greater productivity and more happiness. On this episode of Take aPause, Varun quizzes Sid on topics such as our inability to control our emotions, the effect of social media on our decision-making abilities, how the lack of exercise can deprive our brain, and why we struggle with forming healthy habits. There’s lots to unpack in this episode! Mumbai-based doctor and neurologist, Siddharth Warrier holds an MD Medicine degree and has completed his DM Neurology. He has a YouTube channel on which he explores mental health and human behaviour in an effort to bring neuroscience to the mainstream conversation and destigmatize mental health.  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 twice 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
Ever wondered what it’s really like to deal with celebrities, and that too at their own weddings? Celeb wedding photographer Joseph Radhik has a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on some of the most talked-about events of India’s celeb culture over the last decade. His answer may surprise you! In this episode of Take aPause, Varun and Joseph weigh the importance of human connection in their own lives. For Joseph, most friendships, even the deep and impactful ones, are fleeting. Yet he also plans his life and career with the sole aim of being able to spend as much time as possible with his loved ones. Can it be possible to have such a highly successful career in the spotlight and yet also have control over your own time? Joseph has found a way to build a career that allows him to live the life he wants, by learning to say “No” to the most difficult person to turn down – your own self! One of the most sought-after names in the business, Hyderabad-based wedding photographer Joseph Radhik has photographed some of the most celebrated couples in India. From Priyanka-Nick’s fun wedding and Anushka-Virat’s nuptials at the romantic environs of Tuscany, to shooting Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan’s soulful chemistry and Katrina-Vicky’s royal wedding affair – he’s covered them all! 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 twice 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
Get inspired and learn from the success story of young entrepreneur Vedant Lamba. He has built a successful business in the competitive world of sneaker reselling. What started as a hobby turned into a million-dollar empire after much struggle and strategising. Whether you're a young entrepreneur looking to break into the industry or just curious about how someone so young could make it big, don’t miss this episode! Varun and Vedant share their unique journeys as entrepreneurs in different market environments. They discuss the importance of providing value to the customers and how it’s okay for milestones to be different for every entrepreneur.  Vedant Lamba is a dynamic entrepreneur who has found his foothold in the footwear market with his enterprise, The Mainstreet Marketplace, one of the biggest sneaker reselling platforms in India. As sneaker culture continues to deepen its roots, Vedant began his journey in 2017 through his YouTube channel named "Mainstreet TV," where he would talk to his audience about new sneaker launches, their availability, and more. Today, The Mainstreet Marketplace has developed into a significant player in the sneaker reselling market with multiple outlets in the country. 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 twice 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
Are you always looking for actionable insights you can apply to your life and track your personal growth? On this episode of Take aPause, mentalist Suhani Shah shares with Varun Duggirala plenty of insights that you can easily start implementing in your life. Looking to find your passion in life? Hear from Suhani Shah on her approach. Wanting to try mindfulness? Suhani has her own learnings to share. She also talks about the three practices that have deeply transformed her life, which she encapsulates as solitude, attitude, and gratitude. Curious to know what they mean? Listen to find out! Primarily known as a mentalist, Suhani Shah is also an illusionist, artist, magician and therapist. Her journey began after watching a magician perform on television, when instead of being simply entertained, she was led by her curiosity and started teaching herself magic from any source she could find. Her first stage show was held in Ahmedabad in 1997. She left formal education at Class 2 and continued to be home-schooled to accommodate her constant touring for her stage shows. As of 2019, she has completed 5000+. She’s given several TED Talks and has her own YouTube channel. 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 twice 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
The art of conversation is an important skill. As social animals, we cannot do without human connections, and conversations play a vital role in helping build these relationships. While it can be very intimidating to initiate and sustain conversations without feeling awkward, there is a foolproof way to make each conversation count. In this video, Varun shares three simple techniques for improving your conversational skills. Whether you're looking to make new friends or just want to be more confident in social situations, these tips will help you learn how to hold meaningful conversations.   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 twice 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
There’s never been a time in human history when we as a species have been as “connected” as we are now. Social media pervades almost every aspect of our lives. And yet, writer Dhruv Sehgal confesses that the need to actively engage with the world is something that he feels less and less everyday. Because there is an abundance of mostly irrelevant information being thrown our way every minute, that we have very little desire or energy left to build connections that really matter. In this episode of Take aPause, Varun Duggi sits down for a heartfelt chat with actor and writer Dhruv Sehgal on the rigours of the writing process, developing discipline, harnessing “boredom” to find inspiration, and building real connections in a world saturated with content.  Writer, actor, and director Dhruv Sehgal is best known for his work on the mini series Little Things – as actor, creator, and head writer. He also won the Golden Gateway Dimensions Mumbai Award at the Mumbai Film Festival for his short film Kunal in 2016. He has written, acted and directed comedy sketches for Filter Copy.  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 twice 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
People often believe that there is only one way to start your entrepreneurial journey. But the more you talk to other entrepreneurs, you will realise just how unique and different each person’s path is. Each path has its own set of challenges, learnings, and speed of growth. Some faced numerous obstacles, while others saw success early. However, what does remain constant is the belief in their vision and the determination to reach the end. In this episode of Take aPause, Varun chats with Arman Sood, co-founder of Sleepy Owl Coffee about the uphill climb of their respective entrepreneurial journeys. Not a morning person, Arman shares what gets him out of the bed at 5.30 AM without fail!. They also talk about the importance of being adaptable to the changes constantly being thrown your way. Arman Sood is the co-founder of Sleepy Owl Coffee and a trailblazer in India's new coffee revolution. Arman formed Sleepy Owl Coffee with the goal of making artisanal cold brews an easy and preferred option for consumers. He was also featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2020.  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 twice 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
When you’re a creator, confidence is considered a given. As a creator there is a level of vulnerability that comes into play every time you put a piece of content out into the world. While some creators enjoy the external appreciation and validation, others derive their joy from the content-making process itself. As content creation becomes a steady business of its own, the need to build a culture, understand short-term and long-term goals, and avoid the constant urge to compare numbers become necessities. In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks to Raj Shamani on his journey of discovering his brand, its culture, and developing it into a successful business. He shares his take on building confidence, discovering one’s passion, and decision making.  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.  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 twice 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
Once you reach a certain point in adulthood, work starts taking up the number one spot in your list of priorities. We believe that to do well in your career, one needs to spend every waking moment working and working hard. While it may be a sure fast way to ensure success, it may not always be the most sustainable. Our mind is like any other machine – it requires downtime. It is constantly working round the clock to ensure our body's smooth functioning, along with carrying out the different tasks we assign it. Add a whole bowl of stress and no rest to the mix and that makes its work even harder. In this episode of Take aPause, Varun discusses the need to strike a balance in your life. Not only do we need to rest to lead a happy personal life, but good rest ensures we are even more productive in our professional life. He also shares a simple method that can help you prioritise the things in your life that are important. 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 twice 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
Trigger Warning: The following content may contain sensitive themes that is not suitable for all audiences. Listener Discretion is Advised.  Relationships in the digital age are in a league of their own. New terms to describe relationships circulate every few months like the latest fashion trend. Situationship, ghosting, zombie-ing (yes, it’s an actual term), and soft launching are some of the types of relationships the youth find themselves in. Is there a deeper reason for the proliferation of so many non-committal types of relationships, or do they help define the complex tangles of relationships better? In this episode of Take aPause, Varun and  Smiti Srivastava discuss the complicated relationships of the digital age. They discuss everything from cheating, abusive relationships, and how past trauma can form patterns for the kind of relationships we seek.  Smiti Srivastava (@innerconnectionswithsmriti) is a psychotherapist who focusses on relationships as a core area of focus. She has worked extensively with individuals over the age of 16 on various psychological difficulties affecting them. 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 twice 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
If happiness is an emotion, and emotions, by definition, a part of our consciousness, then why do we go out of our way to search for it? Why is most of our life spent looking for happiness externally when it is available on the inside?  In this episode of Take APause, Varun talks about happiness and what it means for everyone. The definition of happiness may remain the same but the way it manifests itself in each of our lives is unique to each individual and their journey thus far. 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 twice 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
Being onstage and performing can be an overwhelming experience for many. However, for some, it fills them with energy, and they thrive in the spotlight. Abish Mathew is the latter.  In this episode of Take APause, Varun and Abish have an honest conversation about their content creation processes and who they are truly creating content for. They discuss their struggles with confidence, the advantages of therapy, and how it is not easy to say “no”.  Abish Mathew is an Indian stand-up comedian and YouTuber. He is known for his work with All India Bakchod along with being the creator and host of a late-night show Son of Abish. His show Journey of a Joke delves into the creative processes of comedians and how they find their inspiration. Timestamps (00:00 - 00:59) - Intro (01:00 - 02:51) - Parents & Childhood (02:52 - 04:59) - Being on stage (05:00 - 08:52) - Confidence (08:53 - 13:09) - Energy-giving and draining (13:10 - 18:59) - Building your tribe (19:00 - 21:30) - Empathy (21:31 - 23:19) - Human connection (23:20 - 26:34) - Fame (26:35 - 31:44) - Fear (31:45 - 40:13) - The blame game (40:14 - 42:27) - Meditation (42:28 - 48:09) - Relationships (48:10 - 56:09) - Saying no (56:10 - 57:50) - Best Advice (57:51 - 1:00:16) - Relaxing day & music 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 twice 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 on   finding  balance and clarity, overcoming fear and procrastination, managing  overthinking and self-judgement, unlocking confidence, and   building  deeper relationships. 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
Whether due to language barriers or lack of access, the true potential of India's youth beyond Tier 1 cities remains largely untapped. Enabling them with opportunities and skills required to take on the cutthroat challenges of the job world or realise their entrepreneurial dreams, is what Josh Talks does best. In conversation with Supriya Paul, Varun asks her about her vision for the future, the journey of Josh Talks, and the challenges of running multiple verticals. Don’t miss this enriching conversation!  Supriya Paul is the co-founder of Josh Talks, India’s largest regional platform that offers inspiration, soft skills, and growth opportunities to youths living in India’s developing and underdeveloped cities. To date, the channel has 2000+ stories in over 10 vernacular languages that can be easily accessed and relate to the Indian youth. She has also written a book, All You Need Is Josh which is a collection of inspirational stories.  Timestamps (00:00 - 00:49) - Introduction (00:50 - 02:27) - How did Josh Talks REALLY start? (02:28 - 06:30) - Understanding the FRUSTRATIONS that caused Josh Talks (06:31 - 08:07) - CHANGES that are seen among Indian mindset (08:08 - 10:27) - EARLY years of Josh Talks (10:28 - 12:10) - What SUPRISED Supriya in the early years (12:11 - 14:08) - Importance of COMMUNITY (14:09 - 16:15) - Being the "Bade Bhaiya" (16:16 - 20:34) - How English affects the CONFIDENCE (20:35 - 22:55) - What's Supriya's BIGGEST fear? (22:56 - 24:04) - Changes are seen in people's THINKING since 2020 (24:05 - 26:59) - Turning ASPIRATION into ACTION (27:00 - 32:01) - Perspective on HUSTLE & BALANCE (32:02 - 35:15) - CHALLENGES faced by Josh Talks (35:16 - 37:32) - Dealing with SELF DOUBT (37:33 - 38:22) - The NEED to understand emotions (38:23 - 39:24) - The BEST piece of advice (39:25 - 40:30) - EVOLUTION as co-founders (40:31 - 41:10) - What does Supriya do to TAKE 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 apause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The     Varun Duggi show”) is a twice 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 on  finding  balance and clarity, overcoming fear and procrastination,  managing  overthinking and self-judgement, unlocking confidence, and  building  deeper relationships. 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
In this episode of Take APause, Varun talks to the talented Kubbra Sait as they delve deeper into her life story. The metamorphosis from a shy, anxious kid to the enigmatic woman she is today, is a journey not many people know of. She shares key learnings from her life and why she consciously chooses to step out of her comfort zone.  Kubbra Sait is an Indian actress, TV host and model who has appeared in films like Sultan and Ready. She became a household name for her performance as Kukoo on the Netflix original show Sacred Games. She recently launched her book ‘Open Book, Not Quite a Memoir’ and has received a lot of praise for it. Timestamps (00:00 - 01:06) Intro (01:07 - 03:55) Pocket full of sunshine (03:56 - 09:44) Childhood (09:45 - 13:14) Individuality (13:15 - 14:34) Dealing with challenges (14:35 - 20:54) Holding conversations (20:55 - 23:56) Writing challenges (23:57 - 28:13) Embracing opportunities (28:14 - 31:21) Solo travel (31:22 - 35:25) Expressing concern (35:26 - 40:35) Being secure (40:36 - 43:23) About Kukoo (43:24 - 45:59) "I am enough" (46:00 - 54:14) Best advice 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 twice 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 on finding  balance and clarity, overcoming fear and procrastination, managing  overthinking and self-judgement, unlocking confidence, and building  deeper relationships. 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
If life’s a journey, we are its passengers. Sometimes we find ourselves lost on our way, wishing there was something to help us navigate through the tough times. Well, no one thing works for everyone; however, some lessons do apply to all of us. In this episode of Take aPause, Varun shares seven such life-changing lessons he picked up through the various phases of life. By sharing them with you, he hopes they will help you lead a more fulfilling life. 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 twice 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 on finding balance and clarity, overcoming fear and procrastination, managing overthinking and self-judgement, unlocking confidence, and building deeper relationships. 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
When we say we are passionate about something, it usually stems from a place of knowledge. We are well-informed about the subject at hand and function from a place of knowledge. Curiosity, on the other hand, is the thirst for knowledge. It denotes a need to learn more about a topic of interest. It fuels our learning and pushes us out of our comfort zone to get the questions in our minds answered.  In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about what happens when we choose to follow our passion. He also shares how some of the most genius minds in history have had diverse streams of interest. 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 twice 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
In the pursuit of perceived uniqueness, we often tend to avoid being repetitive. If you think about the most famous, impactful people in the world, you will notice that they don’t have a new and unique perspective every time they speak. The core message will always remain the same, they just have a unique way of putting it across.  In this episode of Take aPause, Varun talks about why it is okay to repeat ourselves. As a creator, he does find himself going back to older pieces of content and finding newer ways to share it. He also shares an insightful quote that beautifully summarises this thought. 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 twice 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
In the digital world, content is the currency that works. To ensure a steady stream of income (read: content) in this case, one has to be consistent. The truth is there are no original ideas. Every idea you see is a derivation of an original idea that has existed for a long time.  In this episode of Take aPause, Varun shares his secret to consistently creating content across platforms. As a podcaster, YouTuber, and Instagram creator he is juggling multiple platforms at the same time. Maintaining his unique voice across platforms and creating platform-specific content, this method he shares can be applied to any process that requires creativity in bulk.  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 twice 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
Our mind is a powerful tool. Creative thinkers have channeled this power for centuries to build architectural marvels, invent technological gadgets and find a way to reach the moon. So, if we choose to only look at the negatives, our mind will spend time showing us evidence of it.  In this episode, Varun talks about how our minds can be utilized to help us succeed. The outlook we choose determines our attitude toward life. So, choose wisely. 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 twice 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
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