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Is there anything wrong in being ambitious? How ambitious should I be?

Transcript: Hi. I'm Ranveer Singh and I want to know the truth about ambition. I find myself to be ambitious. And sometimes I wonder is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? How is it affecting me? How is it affecting other people? Well, Ranveer is saying he's very ambitious. But fortunately, he's still kept his playfulness in his ambition. Because generally ambitious people become. In the beginning they carry a...

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... constipated face. As life progresses they will become grave. Practicing the final pose. All their life. Because you make up something in your mind, which you call as ambition, it's just a thought. Now, you put so much of your life energy into it that your very life becomes about that one thought that you have. Believe me, no thought is worth investing your entire life. No thought. Essentially, right from kindergarten, teachers and parents are keying children up. You must be number 1, the lowest number in the number system. And this number 1 slowly translates into ambition. It may take on various forms, but essentially, number 1 will remain in the scheme of ambition. But, the reason why people take to ambition is, they do not know how else to propel themselves to success. How to propel myself to success without fixing a goal. This is the fundamental question. Is ambition right or wrong? It's neither right nor wrong. It's just very limited, because what ambition can you have. Whatever you know right now, maybe multiplied by 10 is your ambition. If you're very brave, you will multiply by 100. If you're little foolhardy, you will multiply it by a million. But, it's just an expansion of what you already know. You cannot have an ambition about something that you do not know at all. If absolutely new possibilities need to happen in one's life, above all, if human genius has to unfold, it is very important that we do not create an ambitious world. But, we create a very joyful and involved world. If you are very joyful and absolutely involved in whatever you're doing, depending upon the capacities that are there within us, we will go as far as we can go.

Transcript: Hi. I'm Ranveer Singh and I want to know the truth about ambition. I find myself to be ambitious. And...

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... sometimes I wonder is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? How is it affecting me? How is it affecting other people? Well, Ranveer is saying he's very ambitious. But fortunately, he's still kept his playfulness in his ambition. Because generally ambitious people become. In the beginning they carry a constipated face. As life progresses they will become grave. Practicing the final pose. All their life. Because you make up something in your mind, which you call as ambition, it's just a thought. Now, you put so much of your life energy into it that your very life becomes about that one thought that you have. Believe me, no thought is worth investing your entire life. No thought. Essentially, right from kindergarten, teachers and parents are keying children up. You must be number 1, the lowest number in the number system. And this number 1 slowly translates into ambition. It may take on various forms, but essentially, number 1 will remain in the scheme of ambition. But, the reason why people take to ambition is, they do not know how else to propel themselves to success. How to propel myself to success without fixing a goal. This is the fundamental question. Is ambition right or wrong? It's neither right nor wrong. It's just very limited, because what ambition can you have. Whatever you know right now, maybe multiplied by 10 is your ambition. If you're very brave, you will multiply by 100. If you're little foolhardy, you will multiply it by a million. But, it's just an expansion of what you already know. You cannot have an ambition about something that you do not know at all. If absolutely new possibilities need to happen in one's life, above all, if human genius has to unfold, it is very important that we do not create an ambitious world. But, we create a very joyful and involved world. If you are very joyful and absolutely involved in whatever you're doing, depending upon the capacities that are there within us, we will go as far as we can go.

September 14, 2020

4:06

Can jealousy be a motivator to achieve success?

Transcript: Sadhguru, jealousy is always considered as a really cynical emotion. But, to be honest, for me it has worked so well. What did you get to do well? It motivates me. So, everytime my friend learns something new, I just get this innate urge to perform better. And, it's probably why I've landed up in my dream college. So, do you think that jealousy is actually a negative emotion? Or does it motivate you...

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... to do better? See, these days, fortunately it's gone. When we were growing up, especially Diwali is coming. When Diwali comes, in small towns, one of the fun that people have is, they will make a can full of the firecrackers and tie it to a donkey's tail. When it goes dum, dum, dum, poor donkey runs all over the place, faster than a horse. You think that's the way to motivate life? There are better, and more intelligent ways of doing things. Well, when you feel like your tail is burning you may run. People always use this thing. If a dog is chasing you, you will run the fastest. But Mr. Bolt, you know Mr. Bolt. He did not run because his tail is on fire. He runs because he prepared his legs and lungs in such a way, whichever way he runs he's faster than everybody. Hello? Isn't that the way to run? You want to run because a dog is chasing you, you want to run because your tail is on fire, is it the way you want to run? No. That's not a pleasant way to run. See, one thing is important, that you run fast. Another thing is that your experience of running is fantastic. Isn't that important? Hello? Yes. Well, you got into your dream college. But it would be hell three years, three years of hell. Who knows? Is it not important that these three years are a fantastic experience for you? Not important? Running is not the only important thing. How you experience it, what comes out of it tomorrow. Suppose we ran because our tail is on fire, now we understand. The only way to make people run is to set their tails on fire. How much damage we will cause to everybody. And I've seen these donkeys running faster than a race horse because they're terrified. That's not the way to run. Please don't do that to yourself, not anymore. Okay?

Transcript: Sadhguru, jealousy is always considered as a really cynical emotion. But, to be honest, for me it has...

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... worked so well. What did you get to do well? It motivates me. So, everytime my friend learns something new, I just get this innate urge to perform better. And, it's probably why I've landed up in my dream college. So, do you think that jealousy is actually a negative emotion? Or does it motivate you to do better? See, these days, fortunately it's gone. When we were growing up, especially Diwali is coming. When Diwali comes, in small towns, one of the fun that people have is, they will make a can full of the firecrackers and tie it to a donkey's tail. When it goes dum, dum, dum, poor donkey runs all over the place, faster than a horse. You think that's the way to motivate life? There are better, and more intelligent ways of doing things. Well, when you feel like your tail is burning you may run. People always use this thing. If a dog is chasing you, you will run the fastest. But Mr. Bolt, you know Mr. Bolt. He did not run because his tail is on fire. He runs because he prepared his legs and lungs in such a way, whichever way he runs he's faster than everybody. Hello? Isn't that the way to run? You want to run because a dog is chasing you, you want to run because your tail is on fire, is it the way you want to run? No. That's not a pleasant way to run. See, one thing is important, that you run fast. Another thing is that your experience of running is fantastic. Isn't that important? Hello? Yes. Well, you got into your dream college. But it would be hell three years, three years of hell. Who knows? Is it not important that these three years are a fantastic experience for you? Not important? Running is not the only important thing. How you experience it, what comes out of it tomorrow. Suppose we ran because our tail is on fire, now we understand. The only way to make people run is to set their tails on fire. How much damage we will cause to everybody. And I've seen these donkeys running faster than a race horse because they're terrified. That's not the way to run. Please don't do that to yourself, not anymore. Okay?

September 10, 2020

3:22

How to choose your career? Do you want to make a living or make a life?

Transcript: So one thing that all of you should do, before you make big decisions in your life, is withdraw from this pressures of peers, professors, parents, everybody. Just spend three days to one week by yourself. Look at it, what is it that you really want to do. Not under pressure from other people. What does this life want to do. Do that. It doesn't matter what other people think about it. When it comes...

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... to what you want to do, you must think clearly. It's very important. Thinking clearly means, the question is not about what will get me this, what will get me that. Is your life precious to you? All of you, I'm asking. Your life, is it precious to you? So before you invest this life into something, you must look, whether today if I invest my life into this, after 25 years, will it still mean a lot to me? After 50 years, will it still mean a lot to me? At the end of my life, I turn back and I look, will I be proud of this? Or will I be ashamed of what I'm doing right now? Doesn't matter what other people say. But you should not do anything that you will feel ashamed of. Isn't it so? It doesn't matter, people say so many things. Everybody has an opinion, it's their business. But you don't do something that you will feel ashamed of, isn't it? Then you're turning against yourself. Somebody turns against you, you can leave them and go somewhere else. If you turn against yourself, you'll have to live with it forever. So, this is all you have to look at it. Something will get you money, something will get you comfort. That's not the point. What you choose to do, will it give you a life? When I say, give you a life, are you just trying to make a living or are you trying to make a life out of this? It's important. Making a living is not an issue. A worm, an insect, a bird, an animal, all of them are making their life, making a living, isn't it so? They're even making a life out of it. But definitely they're making a living. So making a living with such a big brain is not an issue. Earning your food is not an issue. Making a living is not an issue. Only problem is, you want to live like somebody else. That's an endless problem. I want to live, is not a problem. I want to live like you, this is a problem. So, it is important, if you consider your life as a precious life, you must make sure you make a wonderful life out of this. Whatever opens up in that direction, that is the thing you should do.

Transcript: So one thing that all of you should do, before you make big decisions in your life, is withdraw from...

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... this pressures of peers, professors, parents, everybody. Just spend three days to one week by yourself. Look at it, what is it that you really want to do. Not under pressure from other people. What does this life want to do. Do that. It doesn't matter what other people think about it. When it comes to what you want to do, you must think clearly. It's very important. Thinking clearly means, the question is not about what will get me this, what will get me that. Is your life precious to you? All of you, I'm asking. Your life, is it precious to you? So before you invest this life into something, you must look, whether today if I invest my life into this, after 25 years, will it still mean a lot to me? After 50 years, will it still mean a lot to me? At the end of my life, I turn back and I look, will I be proud of this? Or will I be ashamed of what I'm doing right now? Doesn't matter what other people say. But you should not do anything that you will feel ashamed of. Isn't it so? It doesn't matter, people say so many things. Everybody has an opinion, it's their business. But you don't do something that you will feel ashamed of, isn't it? Then you're turning against yourself. Somebody turns against you, you can leave them and go somewhere else. If you turn against yourself, you'll have to live with it forever. So, this is all you have to look at it. Something will get you money, something will get you comfort. That's not the point. What you choose to do, will it give you a life? When I say, give you a life, are you just trying to make a living or are you trying to make a life out of this? It's important. Making a living is not an issue. A worm, an insect, a bird, an animal, all of them are making their life, making a living, isn't it so? They're even making a life out of it. But definitely they're making a living. So making a living with such a big brain is not an issue. Earning your food is not an issue. Making a living is not an issue. Only problem is, you want to live like somebody else. That's an endless problem. I want to live, is not a problem. I want to live like you, this is a problem. So, it is important, if you consider your life as a precious life, you must make sure you make a wonderful life out of this. Whatever opens up in that direction, that is the thing you should do.

August 16, 2020

3:10

How do I know what to do and what not to do?

Transcript: Vairagya means. It is not, Vairagya does not mean giving up your life and going somewhere. There's nowhere to go, unless you go with that guy, outer space. They're going to send you out with a one-way ticket I believe. Otherwise, where is there to go? Wherever you go, it's still life, isn't it? So, Vairagya means this. Literally means, Vairagya means beyond colour. That means you become transparent....

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... If you're transparent, every dimension of life can pass through you. But leaves you untouched. You can handle life to the extent you wish. What you can handle, you handle. What you cannot handle, you don't. But, in your life, if you do not do what you cannot do, that's not an issue. But if you do not do what you can do, you're a disaster. The moment you think something is good, something is bad, somebody is high, somebody is low, many many things that you can do, you will not do in your life. Simply because you think it's bad. Simply because you think it's low, or high, or whatever nonsense. So in our lives, it is most important, because it's a brief life. It's a limited amount of time for the human potential to flower. In this life, here if you're choosing what to do and what not to do, no. Everything that you can do, must happen. What you cannot do, it doesn't happen, it's okay. Right now this is the problem, you're looking up to some people, looking down on some people, and trying to be humble with them. There's no need to be humble. Treat everybody as rough as you treat yourself. That is, if you're treating yourself rough. If you're pandering to yourself, try with others. Then you'll get tired, then you'll treat them rough anyway. Yes? So, this is simple. Never look up to anybody, never look down at anybody. Just see everything the way it is. This is the fundamental of this culture. If you go to the temple, what do you do? What do you do? If you ever go to the temple, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a man, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a woman, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a tree, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a rock, what do you do? Namaskaram. Akka, snake, donkey, monkey. Everybody namaskaram. Because, fundamentally this is what it means. This is called Vairagya.

Transcript: Vairagya means. It is not, Vairagya does not mean giving up your life and going somewhere. There's nowhere...

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... to go, unless you go with that guy, outer space. They're going to send you out with a one-way ticket I believe. Otherwise, where is there to go? Wherever you go, it's still life, isn't it? So, Vairagya means this. Literally means, Vairagya means beyond colour. That means you become transparent. If you're transparent, every dimension of life can pass through you. But leaves you untouched. You can handle life to the extent you wish. What you can handle, you handle. What you cannot handle, you don't. But, in your life, if you do not do what you cannot do, that's not an issue. But if you do not do what you can do, you're a disaster. The moment you think something is good, something is bad, somebody is high, somebody is low, many many things that you can do, you will not do in your life. Simply because you think it's bad. Simply because you think it's low, or high, or whatever nonsense. So in our lives, it is most important, because it's a brief life. It's a limited amount of time for the human potential to flower. In this life, here if you're choosing what to do and what not to do, no. Everything that you can do, must happen. What you cannot do, it doesn't happen, it's okay. Right now this is the problem, you're looking up to some people, looking down on some people, and trying to be humble with them. There's no need to be humble. Treat everybody as rough as you treat yourself. That is, if you're treating yourself rough. If you're pandering to yourself, try with others. Then you'll get tired, then you'll treat them rough anyway. Yes? So, this is simple. Never look up to anybody, never look down at anybody. Just see everything the way it is. This is the fundamental of this culture. If you go to the temple, what do you do? What do you do? If you ever go to the temple, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a man, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a woman, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a tree, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a rock, what do you do? Namaskaram. Akka, snake, donkey, monkey. Everybody namaskaram. Because, fundamentally this is what it means. This is called Vairagya.

August 12, 2020

3:05

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Away Our Jobs?

Synopsis: Sadhguru was intrigued as to why he is invited to Artificial Intelligence conferences. When he asked - they said, they are worried that  once this technology becomes mainstream, they will have nothing to do! Accumulation, analysis and projection of information will no more be valuable - because the machines will do it better. So, knowledge and professions as we know it today, will become meaningless...

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... in the next few years. Sadhguru explains, that intellect is only one dimension of human intelligence - it is time for human beings to explore the other dimensions.

Synopsis: Sadhguru was intrigued as to why he is invited to Artificial Intelligence conferences. When he asked...

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... - they said, they are worried that  once this technology becomes mainstream, they will have nothing to do! Accumulation, analysis and projection of information will no more be valuable - because the machines will do it better. So, knowledge and professions as we know it today, will become meaningless in the next few years. Sadhguru explains, that intellect is only one dimension of human intelligence - it is time for human beings to explore the other dimensions.

November 2, 2018

9:45

Should I Become An Entrepreneur?

Synopsis: A student at IIM-B asks Sadhguru - we students sitting over here are among the top percentile in the country in terms of education that we are receiving, yet all of us are wondering about what jobs we will get; we want just the best campus placements over here. If that's the scenario with all of  us, and we are not willing to take risks, and have become risk averse - from where will the jobs...

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... come for the country, when we are not thinking about starting our own ventures, our own startups, our own firms? Sadhsguru tells us, India being a developing country - so much is still to be done - so nobody should be talking about unemployment....

Synopsis: A student at IIM-B asks Sadhguru - we students sitting over here are among the top percentile in...

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... the country in terms of education that we are receiving, yet all of us are wondering about what jobs we will get; we want just the best campus placements over here. If that's the scenario with all of  us, and we are not willing to take risks, and have become risk averse - from where will the jobs come for the country, when we are not thinking about starting our own ventures, our own startups, our own firms? Sadhsguru tells us, India being a developing country - so much is still to be done - so nobody should be talking about unemployment....

September 19, 2018

4:09

When Machine become Intelligent, What Will Humans Do?

Synopsis: Everyone is talking about the impact of the technological advances in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Humans are becoming redundant in many areas of work. Machines have taken over many tasks performed by us earlier. So the paramount question is 'if machines will do everything, then what will we do?'... In this talk Sadhguru explains that though technology can create comforts...

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... and conveniences, but it cannot bring us well being. So what do humans need to do....

Synopsis: Everyone is talking about the impact of the technological advances in the field of artificial intelligence...

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... and machine learning. Humans are becoming redundant in many areas of work. Machines have taken over many tasks performed by us earlier. So the paramount question is 'if machines will do everything, then what will we do?'... In this talk Sadhguru explains that though technology can create comforts and conveniences, but it cannot bring us well being. So what do humans need to do....

April 30, 2018

10:21

How To Resolve Conflict With Parents In Choice of Career?

Synopsis: A young man tells Sadhguru about his struggle with his father in choosing a career. Though he wanted to be a musician, his father forced him to go to college to study engineering. He asks Sadhguru - "what is my responsibility towards my parents, and by choosing to become a volunteer for something I care for, am I doing the right thing"? Sadhguru says - "There are no right things in life. If you choose...

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... something and put everything you have into it, it will become a great thing". Sadhguru tells what is the fundamental duty of children towards their parents.

Synopsis: A young man tells Sadhguru about his struggle with his father in choosing a career. Though he wanted...

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... to be a musician, his father forced him to go to college to study engineering. He asks Sadhguru - "what is my responsibility towards my parents, and by choosing to become a volunteer for something I care for, am I doing the right thing"? Sadhguru says - "There are no right things in life. If you choose something and put everything you have into it, it will become a great thing". Sadhguru tells what is the fundamental duty of children towards their parents.

December 8, 2017

9:05

How To Deal With Your Boss?

Only if a leader is supported by everyone, they will be able to achieve their goals. There is always a process in selecting a leader. Sadhguru says - "If you are interested in the company, organization, nation or any institution for that matter, once we elect or select a leader, we must support them entirely". The leader may have plans, he may have thought of hundred steps, and it is not possible nor advisable to lay out the entire plan with everyone - so, just support them. If they fail, then whatever has to happen, will happen.

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January 27, 2020

3 min read

How To Choose Your Career?

Sadhguru tells us about his father, how committed, dedicated and relentless he was in his profession as a doctor. Sadhguru also tells us about his own life - his father was asking him to choose a profession, and Sadhguru refusing to get trained for anything. Sadhguru says - "It is very important to understand that from the moment we are born until we fall dead, we are doing only life, life, and life alone – nothing else but life". So, whatever you are doing in life, must be your life!

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January 3, 2020

7 min read

What Qualities Do I Need If I Want To Begin My Career Afresh?

One can not go with ready made points - it depends on the situation. But most important thing is, if you want to take a rebirth, then you must be willing to die - so are you willing and capable of dropping what you are right now? Sadhguru says, before you jump, be very clear, because once you jump, there should be no looking back. Instead of trying to do the best thing, you should strive to harness your full capabilities. And, since this is a rebirth - you should look at everything afresh.

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January 1, 2019

7 min read

Will Future Technology Destroy Human Beings?

Sadhguru tells us that in the next few years machines will start doing everything that human beings are doing out of their psychological and intellectual capabilities. Contrary to popular view that it will be a bane for humanity - Sadhguru says that it will be a big boon. Because it is only then, that human beings will strive to explore the deeper dimensions of who they are. And they will start to explore a dimension beyond memory. Only once the survival aspects are taken care of, which the technology is going to, human beings will start investing into consciousness. He tells us that as there are technologies for outer well being, there are also technologies for inner well being.

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December 24, 2018

5 min read

How Important Should Salary Be In Choosing A Job?

How do you find out your worth? Is money the only validation that determines your worth? If you find it difficult to let go of a job which is paying you well, to pursue something that you love to do - how can you resolve this dilemma?

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December 17, 2018

4 min read

Do I Follow My Dreams Or Listen To My Parents?

Whatever we may want to do, there is a price to pay. Isn't it unrealistic to expect that every time everyone, including our parents approve of what we want to do? Sadhguru says, such a thing does not happen. So, first step is to try and convince them. If that doesn't work, then you need to see how deep and with what clarity is your desire and what is the price you are willing to pay.

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October 25, 2018

2 min read

Why Do I Find My Education Pointless?

Our education system was built for obedience to provide clerks for her majesty's service. A fundamental change needs to come in the education policy. Not every child needs to go into academic education. Few can do that, and other need to learn other skills, for their own well-being and for the well-being of the society at large. But right now, if a farmer takes his child to the field, then he can be arrested for child labor! Then how will the skill of farming get passed on? Who will grow our food in the next generation? So structural changes in education system are needed.

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September 27, 2018

5 min read

What Does it Take to be Successful?

To be truly successful, you need clarity of perception and an active intelligence. Success is not about running a little faster than someone else; it is about you operating at your full potential. Success will not come with qualifications. So do not seek success. Seek to enhance your competence - success will be the consequence.

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August 27, 2018

3 min read

Sustainable Business – Order of the Jungle!

If you want to build a sustainable business, then you have to take inspiration from the order of the jungle. A forest will live for millions of years, whereas a manicured garden will not survive even for a month without the gardener! So, chaos is not a choice; you have to reap out of the existing chaos. People think if something as chaos, like the order of the jungle - either because they do not understand or because they have a limited external view, looking at everything with a linear mind.

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May 14, 2018

4 min read

Do I Have To Be Cunning To Be Successful?

Have you ever been in a dilemma - if I am not cunning, will I make it in contemporary society? Because those who are, seem to be making it faster. Sadhguru tells us that in some situations, you can not get away from being cunning, like when negotiating between two nations. But to work smoothly in the society, most important is that you create a confidence in everyone, that they can trust your integrity. It is true that you can make some money by being cunning, but is it worth the amount of effort needed in your mind? To live in ease, you must create an atmosphere of trust around you. Sadhguru also shares his profound wisdom, on what really is life's takeaway!

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April 18, 2018

5 min read

Sadhguru Tips To Be Successful

Sadhguru shares some simple tips to achieve success. #1 Forget luck, live by intent. #2 Stop fixating on failure. #3 Work with clarity. #4 Embrace the people and things that you dislike. #5 Drop your calculations. #6 Be equanimous and exuberant. #7 Tune up your insight. #8 Find your inspiration. #9 Set the gold standard in integrity.

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November 17, 2015

5 min read

How To Deal With Your Boss?

Only if a leader is supported by everyone, they will be…

January 27, 2020

3 min read

How To Choose Your Career?

Sadhguru tells us about his father, how committed, dedicated and relentless…

January 3, 2020

7 min read

What Qualities Do I Need If I Want To Begin My Career Afresh?

One can not go with ready made points - it depends…

January 1, 2019

7 min read

Will Future Technology Destroy Human Beings?

Sadhguru tells us that in the next few years machines will…

December 24, 2018

5 min read

How Important Should Salary Be In Choosing A Job?

How do you find out your worth? Is money the only…

December 17, 2018

4 min read

Do I Follow My Dreams Or Listen To My Parents?

Whatever we may want to do, there is a price to…

October 25, 2018

2 min read

Why Do I Find My Education Pointless?

Our education system was built for obedience to provide clerks for…

September 27, 2018

5 min read

What Does it Take to be Successful?

To be truly successful, you need clarity of perception and an…

August 27, 2018

3 min read

Sustainable Business – Order of the Jungle!

If you want to build a sustainable business, then you have…

May 14, 2018

4 min read

Do I Have To Be Cunning To Be Successful?

Have you ever been in a dilemma - if I am…

April 18, 2018

5 min read

Sadhguru Tips To Be Successful

Sadhguru shares some simple tips to achieve success. #1 Forget luck,…

November 17, 2015

5 min read

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