Wednesday, May 18 2022

When we think about our careers, friendships, and other aspects of our lives, our minds go wild and blank. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about; if not, get ready because you are about to face this phase.

Ankur Warikoo, an entrepreneur and speaker who dropped out of his doctorate at the University of Michigan, during a keynote at SeekhoX, a series of interactive events featuring top industry leaders, where GenZ and millennials can get advice and career ideas, shared some tips for young people.

Tip 1: Find people unlike you and learn from them

Go back to the first day of college, job or any social event. Our natural instinct in social situations is to find people who look like us. We want to belong to a certain group aka our tribe. People with whom we can identify. People who think like us. But being in a circle of people who are identical to us does not promote learning. Ankur says, “You will never learn anything from someone who agrees with you. Consciously spend time with people who are different from you. Make diverse friends, talk to more people, understand what they know that you don’t.

Tip 2: Growth stops when complaints start

If we draw a comparison at any given time, most of us will find that we are rather privileged. We are the sum of all the opportunities our parents’ hard work gave us. It’s easy to feel empowered and believe that the world owes us power, money, degrees or whatever. Just because something worked once doesn’t mean it will always work. To be successful, we really need to stop rocking and take control of our lives. Ankur says, “The day you start complaining, you stop growing. As soon as we feel we deserve something, we feel empowered. The truth is, we don’t deserve anything in life. We are where we are. are in life because we were just lucky.”

Tip 3: Comfort breeds mediocrity

It is very easy for us to believe that the purpose of life is to make life comfortable. With everything becoming a click away, we’re used to having convenience at our fingertips. Everything around us is designed to bring us comfort, and comfort creates complacency. Living in comfort is not the right way to think about life. “The most successful people, the people who inspire you, the people you want to be, walk the path of maximum resistance daily. They challenge their fear and everything they believe in because that’s the only way to change your orbit,” Ankur said.

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:32 PM IST

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