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warikoo Wanderings

by Ankur Warikoo

Entrepreneur, Author, Content Creator with 9M+ followers across platforms. I share this newsletter every Friday around personal growth, books, quotes, pictures - it is the most personal version of me online.

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Which animal kills most humans every year?

Do you know which animal kills most humans every year? If you are thinking wild animals — lions, elephants, tigers — no. If you are thinking snakes — good guess, but not the right one. If you are thinking mosquitos — great guess. That's #2. You know which animal kills the most humans every year? Humans :) WE kill more humans than any other animal every year. War, violence, fights, terrorism. We somehow believe that the world is split into us and them. And we feel that for someone to win,...

5 days ago • 5 min read

3 harsh truths about the workplace 3 harsh truths about the workplace that affect hard-working people more than the rest: 1/ Good folks are dismissed as “too nice, too honest, too innocent, too naïve”.“You do not know what it takes to win in this brutal world.” And that’s true. Good people often finish last. Because the game favours the ones who bend rules, who bypass them, and have flexible morals. So you have two options. Find a place that is non-negotiably aligned with your value system or...

12 days ago • 4 min read

The surest way to plan for the futureI met Ali Abdaal last weekend in London.He is a creator with 5M+ subs on Youtube, only 29 years of age, based out of the UK, and one of the foremost names in productivity. I have been following him for ~5 years; was part of his 1st Part-Time YouTuber Academy cohort in Aug ‘20 and love his authentic content style. However, what transpired in the 3.5+ hours we spent together, left me an even bigger fan. 5 things stood out: 1/ Curiosity He asked questions. A...

19 days ago • 4 min read

What makes people successful? I often think about success. Not in a way that I am obsessed with it. Instead, I am curious as to what leads to success. Why is one person more successful than the other? Especially when the conditions, opportunities, knowledge, and expertise are more or less the same. Here is my opinion. To feel successful, a necessary and sufficient criterion is a feeling of purpose. Something to look forward to. Something to work towards. That excites you, drives you,...

27 days ago • 4 min read

8 things that parents kill within their kids 1/ Kids are born with no other fear except that of falling. Every other fear, they learn while living. As parents, we are largely guilty of instilling those fears in them. Parents kill their fearlessness. 2/ They are born with the ability to immerse themselves. In play. And focus is a superpower today! As parents, we disturb this immersion, by asking them to now eat, poop, bathe, study, and go for classes. If only we allowed this immersion to...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

How do you know what it is to work hard? Ruchi (my wife) and I have worked really hard to make life work for us. Both of us come from humble backgrounds — our parents struggled a lot to send us to good schools, we studied hard, got good jobs, and earned a living. We felt truly blessed and grateful that we were able to escape the orbit of survival, that our parents stayed in all their lives. Our kids, Vidur and Uzma, are aged 12 and 6. Vidur was born when both of us were 31. By the time he...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

Different type of toxic people 5 types of toxic people to avoid: 1/ The Energy Drainer: You feel tense and uneasy after each interaction with them. 2/ The Pessimist: They have a negative outlook of the world. Always try to talk you out of your dreams. 3/ The Criticiser: They don't support you in your decisions. They criticize every move you make. They make you feel like you can't do anything right. 4/ The Manipulator: They try to control everything. Pretend to like you and other people. They...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

Why do we love vacations? We all seem to love vacations. We look forward to it when we know they are upcoming. Feel terrible when it is about to end and miss it once we are back. What about vacations make us go through these emotions? Here is what I feel: It is on a vacation that we feel in control. We feel we have control over our time, over when we get up, and when we sleep. We feel we have control over what we do, how we do it, and we are not mandated or ordered to operate a certain way....

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

Light vs Dark One day, my wife, Ruchi, applied a light pink lipstick. Our then-4-year-old daughter, Uzma said, “Mummy, please apply a light lipstick.”Ruchi told her that it was a light shade.Uzma replied, “No, this is dark. Please apply a light one.” This argument went on and on.Until it struck us.For Uzma, light meant brightness and dark meant darkness.So light lipstick meant a BRIGHT lipstick.And dark lipstick meant a dim colour. Same words, different meanings! And I realised, that's what...

2 months ago • 3 min read

The pressure of a year “2024 is the year I will either make it or break it.” A team member at wariCrew shared this recently, during our 1:1.As I reflected on it, I realised I was the same in my 20s.Every year in my 20s felt like this was the most important year of my life. And if things didn't go my way, it would be a disaster. Life over etc etc. However, over time, I have gotten wiser. I realised that no one year completely changed the course of my life.Yes, there were events that triggered...

2 months ago • 3 min read
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