On Becoming Emotionally Intelligent

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The year is 10,000 B.C., a forager stands face to face with a huge predator in the African savannas. Unarmed, he knows he doesn’t stand a chance against it. His heartbeat rises and begins to sweat—he feels fear. His body prepares for flight. He takes off and saves himself from being mauled by the predator.

Fast forward to the 21st century, a college-going teenager feels the same fear as the forager did. Not because he’s facing a predator, but because he’s in his maths exam looking at his question paper and knowing he’ll flunk for sure.

Fear saved the forager’s…

While startups do

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“Innovation”—one of the least spoken words in company meetings, while revenue and profits are often heard.

Large companies & industries have a lot of talent, money, infrastructure, and network of partners—it seems logically right to assume that they have all it takes to be innovative. Counterintuitively, they aren’t. While startups, who don’t have any of those resources are the ones who innovate and disrupt large companies. Though there are exceptional companies that are good at innovating, like Google, while the majority struggle to. The rest of this blog will focus on the majority.

There are multiple reasons why large companies…

Why Indian Cities need to leverage Open Innovation to accelerate Urban Development

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It is estimated that the Indian urban population will grow to 60 crores by the year 2030, from about 47 crores today, implying that the urban population is constantly increasing. While this rapid urbanisation helps in terms of job creation and economic development, but at the same time poses a lot of urban challenges.

These challenges are found across sectors of city administration including water management, energy management, mobility & transportation, governance, healthcare, etc. Some of the common challenges include improper waste segregation, increased traffic congestion, lack of access to clean water, and many more.

These challenges are not only…

Making non-fiction interesting

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Reading non-fiction is hard. It is less imaginative, less interesting, and less exciting as fiction is. There are no plot twists, character development, and is less emotional. This is why people find it hard to read non-fiction, especially those who read fiction regularly.

But the problem is not with non-fiction, rather it’s how people read it. Though both fiction and non-fiction are words printed on paper, aka books, reading them should be approached in a completely different way.

Below are 3 techniques I’ve tried and tested that made non-fiction interesting. …

And when to use them

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Learning through analogies is easy, fun, and effortless. They offer the quickest way to understand concepts, theories, and models for the first time through examples and metaphors we are familiar with.

But on the other hand, there are downsides in using them too—analogies and metaphors are not a shortcut to learn. It only helps understand concepts on a surface level, and not beyond.

Learnability is one of the key skills everyone should master—both in the present and in the future—so it is important to understand when to use them and when not to.

Why and where analogies should not be used

1. Analogies oversimplify concepts

Take any 5th or 6th grader’s physics…

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“I love this place, this is exactly the kind of place I would like to work,” I tell myself as I walk around Forge for the first time. I was quite enthraled by all the gadgets lying around, people glued to screens coding, and the entire buzzing atmosphere. I felt so excited that day and even spoke about what I saw at Forge to my friends.

I always had this fascination to work for a company that is ahead of others in time—Forge was one. A few months later I joined the company. As I write this, 9 months later…

And why it is the key to learn other important skills

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Throughout my life I was trained how to speak—elocutions, public speaking, group discussions, debates, and so on. But I was never taught nor have I heard of someone learn “listening” formally.

One reason could be because speaking is tangible—unlike listening—it makes more noise, quite literally, thus attracts more attention as a skill.

But listening is as important as speaking is. It is an overlooked skill, both in personal and professional lives. As we shall see, it is one of the most important skills you need to master, and it also lays the foundation for other important skills too.

Listening Builds Trust

People are…

#5 Your life is a cake

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When I was a teenager I was happy most of the time. I didn’t have any philosophies to find happiness, my mere existence was all it took to keep me happy. But adulthood changed all that—whatever worked in teenage was absolutely useless in adulthood. And I’m sure this is the case for you as well—it’s universal.

As adults, we need to consciously put a lot of efforts to keep ourselves happy, or at least sane. It’s hard but is worth it. Because it’s the only way to lead a happy and peaceful life.

I’m gonna share 5 principles and realisations…

Whereas loving others isn’t so hard

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We were dependent on our parents while growing up. While in college, or school, we fell in love for the first time and experienced what romantic relationship felt like. Life was great when there were people always around us — parents, friends, and lover — to take care of and love us.

It’s not until we were adults and had to go through heartbreaks to realise we’ve not been loving the most important person. Someone who we should have loved long back — ourselves.

It may seem easy to love oneself, but most people struggle with it. Those who have…

Demystifying the writer’s block and 3 ways to become a better writer.

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We’ve all been there — sitting with a notebook or a computer to write, but the words don’t flow. You go blank. You hit a block, what is known as the “The Writer’s Block.”

The writer’s block is treated as a serious problem in the writer’s community, and there are numerous articles written about it. But is it worth all the attention? Is that the one stopping you from becoming a good writer? I don’t think so.

The writer’s block is only a mindset, it shouldn’t stop you from becoming a good writer. …

Arun Suresh

I write about Self-Development, Skills, Learning, and Innovation.

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