You can do both — here’s how

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Social media influencers often talk about how they quit their job to pursue their dream. And then they try to sell that dream to you.

It is great if you hate your job, and you are passionate about something. But ask yourself — do you really hate your job? Or have you been gaslighted into believing that?

I am not saying that content creation or freelancing as a career option isn’t lucrative. But it isn’t for everyone. …

Here’s how to consider productivity in a different light

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Each person is different. And so are their goals, fitness, and income levels.

Yet, most productivity advice doesn’t even acknowledge these differences. They provide the same run-of-the-mill advice to everyone — create a morning routine, focus on the most important tasks in the day, use the 80/20 rule, and so on.

I want to gouge my eyes out the next time I read something like this. Don’t get me wrong — I have nothing against it. I have written about productivity myself. But I have realized that what we preach and what we practice is very different. So I did…

Move towards a subscription-based business model, ability to monetize, preference to individual voice over a brand, and more

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We are on the cusp of a major change moving away from the “attention economy” to the “creator economy.” The attention economy has ad-based revenue generation as a central part of its business model, whereas the creator economy democratizes the process providing a platform, marketplace, and tools to digital entrepreneurs to provide valuable content to other users.

Mark Adams, a Vice Media employee, says “audience is a liability whereas a community is an asset.”

The digital space has undergone a phenomenal change in the last decade in tune with the changing needs of the consumer, the competition, and the long-term…


Work, Sleep and Leisure

This year when my husband and I travelled to New Zealand, on our way from Christchurch to Grey mouth in the south Island, we took this scenic Alpine train journey that took us through some stunning landscapes with live commentary on the struggles of the miners who worked there. How they had to fight for their right to 8-hour work life. And all that they desired was a simple triple 8 rule — 8-hours sleep, 8-hours work, and 8-hours leisure.

What do you fear anyway

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Don’t be tied to the shackles of society.
You want to ride; you ride.
You want to dance like no one’s watching you; you dance.
You want to scream because the pandemic hasn’t been easy on you; you scream.
You want to laugh at your misery; you laugh out loud.
You need no one’s permission.
You act, you climb, you chase, you jump, you exclaim — because you have every right to express yourself.

What do you fear anyway?
No one knows any better
No one cares any lesser
They are all too busy
They are all too hung up

But they might hold the key to address the problems of Big Tech

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We are well aware of the role that technology giants have played in politics, social issues, and even on our mental health.

We understood how Facebook sold our data to Cambridge Analytica to influence voters, allowed Myanmar's army to spread propaganda and hate on its platform leading to the genocide of Rohingya Muslims and done little to fact check fake news being peddled by various political parties across the world.

We also saw how Trump’s account suspension by Twitter rose a furore over “free speech” on the platform. Some may argue, it was justified in the light of increasing anti-government…

It won’t transform you overnight but it will trigger a barrage of ideas in your mind

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I love quotes. They are like these little capsules of wisdom crafted by some of the most brilliant minds amongst us.

These are truth bombs, that if applied correctly, it would help you gain a whole new perspective on certain things.

Here are 10 such quotes which I would want to go back to often. I have also elaborated on them, drawing from my personal experiences and tips on how to apply them.

“I am not who you think I am; I am not who I think I am; I am who I think you think I am.” — Thomas Cooley

We spend half our lives worrying about how we are perceived by others.

Digging into the psychology of a few right-leaning white supremacists

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A few weeks back, I published an article on subtle racism in a major news publication — the next morning it elated me to see hundreds of comments on my article and several thousand views.

However, my joy was short-lived.

Little did I know what I was about to read in the comments section — it was my first experience of being trolled online. I was bombarded with hate, misogyny, racial slurs, and verbal abuse. I didn’t know my article would offend so many white supremacists.

When I told my husband about it, he said, “It must have been really…

You are wiser than you think you are

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Do you ever feel you are running without knowing the finish line or what you are running for?

I was just wondering if you ever stop for a second to think about how your last week was, how you are doing in your career and not just your current role or how your business is growing and not just performing, what have you mastered, and where you are still an apprentice?

Either we make choices or our choices make us

Have you made conscious decisions around what you eat or don’t eat, what stories you consume, or how much screen time you’d allocate in a day? …

More hustle doesn’t equate to more happiness

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Are you tired of listening to self-help that spells out the same old Stephen King and Robin Sharma advice — ‘You need to wake up at 5 am to pursue your dreams,’ ‘You need to hustle for 80 hours each week like Elon Musk’ ‘You need to be productive with every single minute of your life to be successful,’ ‘You need more self-discipline in your lives.’

Unfortunately, a lot of it is written for the algorithm and not really for the reader — so you find the same quotes and advice being recycled and served to you on a fancy…

Asmita Karanje

Thinker, self-experimenter, and a newbie writer. I write about personal growth, socio-political issues, and career advice.

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