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Anirban Kar
A Passionate StoryTeller Published in Mind Cafe, Start Up, The Ascent. 3X Top Writer. Support me at:
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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…

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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…

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After eight years of failed attempts, I finally learned how LOA makes money. I have never been the same afterward.

Back in 2013, I was a gullible 17-year-old. So, when a friend I hadn’t seen in years popped up and asked to meet up, I did not see any red flags. Of course, it turned out to be an MLM seminar.

No, I was not buying it. If anything, the flashy and over-energetic nature of the presentations made me all the more defensive. (Maybe because their pitch was going over my head. In hindsight, it might be all intentional. …

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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. …

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Okay, let’s do this. It all started about a year ago. Back then, I was pretty new as a writer. No experience. No followers. No traction. I was eager. I was hungry. I was desperate!

I browsed around the web for some help. I watched countless videos and read as many articles. From professionals to rookies, I had knocked on all doors. Now, from the noisy line of self-help writers, I found some great pieces of advice and some bad ones.

But almost all of them seem to agree on one thing. …

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It was not so long ago. I was 26 and miserable. By the time, I had already two unsuccessful job accounts and two devastating business failures.

What did I lose? Roughly $4000, friends, loved ones, and four years of my life. It could be different. I could have prevented all that — only if I knew a few things.

Coming from an Indian lower-middle-class family, my relationship with money had always been, well, complicated. Though my father is a small-scale business owner, his conception of money and entrepreneurship has never been that rich. …

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The guy I’ll be talking about here is Srini Here. Well, that’s his Facebook name alright. Here, in Medium, he is only Srini. What’s so special about him? The ones who have read him will already know, he is arguably the funniest guy in Medium.

Why is it arguable? Because I like to argue. A LOT! People trash-talking me in the comments know it very well. Do you know who doesn’t trash talk in my comments? Yup, Srini!

When Srini reads your pieces, he doesn’t just skim through them to clap and run. No, in fact, he hates clappers and…

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The number you are trying is not answering the call. Please try again later. — I was listening to this mechanical voice every day, five times a day, for an entire week by the time.

Last month, I had to send my laptop for repair. It was supposed to come back in two days. You might have guessed by now it didn’t go that way. After about ten days of hide-&-seek, exchange of heated words, and threatening legal actions, he finally returned the laptop unrepaired. By then, my work had taken its toll.

Did he try to steal my laptop…

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What does it take to be successful in your venture? Hard work? Persistence? Resilience? Consistency? Or all of them? Spoiler alert! There is a piece missing here.

We are living in an age of essentialism. Everything you have achieved, everything you have ever wished for, comes down to this single piece of question. How valuable are you really?

That’s what matters the most. Doesn’t it?

So, you run, you hustle. You do it every day. You keep improving upon what you do. And you never ever give up. By definition, that should have been enough. …

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Winning! We can’t stop talking about it, can we? We dream big; most people don’t. We believe in ourselves; most can’t. Yet, even after giving it all we have, dedicating our whole life to get there, when we finally win, we are thoroughly unprepared for what to come next!

There’s a point — right after the win. All those gurus out there to sell you on the secret of winning don’t know about it. Only a few people do. Even less talk about it.

Why? Again, most people don’t win. So if you feel what I’m talking about here, I…

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