At a certain point in your life, you must have thought to yourself:
“Can I do what I love and make a fortune out of it?”
Guess what! I wondered the same. I even went a step further and took a shot at it. How did it go? Well, it turned out to be a life-changer for me (not the way I expected).
“Study hard! If you don’t, you will end up poor!” From my early childhood, my parents had hammered this idea into my head. …
What is money to you? What is your relationship with it? Is it something you own, or is it something that owns you?
Chances are, these questions made you feel uncomfortable. Need not worry; it is okay! You are not alone. According to studies, most people tend to feel some form of psychological discomfort while discussing money. Why don’t we start over? Allow me to tell you a short story.
From the beginning of 2019, my business was going through a rough patch. I was having issues with the workforce, leading to several lose of clients. I needed a side…
You are on your desk, scribbling out the contents of your mind. It is not a piece yet, but soon, it will be. For that, you’ll need to make the best use of your words. Besides, it should feature the utmost editorial values. To elaborate, it must have the right pacing, proper flow, and a solid structure.
Most of all, it should speak to the readers, giving them something special to cherish.
You give it your best — you pour your heart and soul into it. It feels so good you have teary eyes! You mail it to the editor…
Two years after I launched my digital marketing startup, I ended up broke, stressed, and helpless.
It was the fall of 2017 when I quit my daytime job in an autonomous Media Marketing house. At first, $170 a month for a fresher SEO analyst seemed fair enough. However, within months of my joining, things changed. Matters (beyond my job role) began to fall upon me.
It started with a client-visit. Then, I found myself outlining campaigns. Shortly after, I was micromanaging the team. And lastly, I was formulating all the content. I had become the centerpiece of the machinery. …
Some literary works stay with you. It might be days, weeks, months, or even years since you last checked into the piece itself. But the feel of it lingers, breathing a sense of life in a lonely quiet evening.
It makes you wonder, what does it take to write something that speaks to people?
And the answer may not be as exciting or pompous as you might expect. It is because all of it starts with a simple idea with endless possibilities.
Need some examples?
Well, the entire ordeal of The Mayor of Casterbridge emerged from the idea of a…
Two months. It had been two months since we matched. (Yes, we connected through Tinder. Don’t judge me for it.) Finally, out of nowhere, she agreed to go out with me.
Even then, she stood me up for half an hour. Classic!
I was the only one at the counter of the city planetarium. For a December eve, it was not that cold. In fact, I was boiling in there. (Also, the missy at the counter was looking at me all funny.)
So I stepped outside for some fresh air. As I strolled across the pavement, waiting for the lady…
If you are anything like me, you know what I am talking about.
We had not made many good choices back when we were teenagers. Have we? No. On the contrary, we have spoken when we should have listened, acted when we should have planned, and lashed out when we should have restrained.
In the process, some of us had been broken. Some of us had broken others. Some even had been on both sides of the gun. That’s how we got those vaults full of embarrassing memories that comes us haunting at 3 AM.
But we are much better…
So you finally did it, didn’t you? You got published by the big pubs — Made it as a top writer — You are even earning more than many of your 9-to-5 friends out there.
It took you nearly a year. A year full of hate comments, rejections, subpar works, and hopelessness. But, Hey! At least you are here. At least now you will feel better.
I guess that’s what you thought.
But you are not feeling better. Are you? No. You are feeling scared!
You are scared that they will soon know the truth. The truth that you have…
In a pre-independent India, the Government found itself in a tough spot in Delhi. The capital had an unusually high number of deadly Cobras. It was an issue they needed to solve. So to they acted fast to announce bounty for every dead cobra.
It was an instant hit! The natives started killing a large number of snakes every day. Not a single Englishman’s life had been endangered in this operation. And the problem was taking care of itself.
The plan worked well. Almost too well!
It turned out some natives were craftier than they looked. In this reward program…
As a 30-year-old Keith Stamets waited in a Station in Greece, he couldn’t help going back to how it all had started.
It was three years ago, in 1992. Fresh from college, Stamets had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Greece. At the time, he had no idea what this trip had in store for him. At the time, he had no idea that it would not be a one-time tour.
It all changed because of her.
As this youthful local girl exchanged glances with him, Stamets felt like he had found something he had been missing all his life. …