Hi. I'm Arun

I am dedicated to techniques of effective learning.
My experience with teaching, learning techniques, and learning about learning effectively has helped thousands.
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Writing

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon I am no means an authority in writing or even close. I scored only 6.5 in IELTS in writing and was only an average student. 

Having said that, I like to learn and have improved over time. Credit goes to giants like William Zinsser (On Writing Well), my high school English teacher Gushminder Singh and people at copyblogger.com (God bless them). Gushminder Singh got me so interested in the English...

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Proud Punjabis not proud of Punjabi

My cousin, still in middle school, gets punished and fined if he speaks Punjabi. They are allowed to speak Hindi and English though.

There is a very odd wave against Punjabi language running in Punjab, at least in the cities. People who want to appear cultured and modern are shunning Punjabi as it is too crude for them. 

This is happening at a time when Punjabi cinema is getting popular and Punjabi songs are being played throughout India with reverence because of their...

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Happiness is

Happiness is:

Walking for the first time. Being tall enough to touch switches for the first time. Being able to tie shoelace the first time? when your feet finally fit into your mom’s sleepers, then your dad’s. Getting your first salary. Happiness is - a state of mind.

What’s happiness to you?

 

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Unbiased writing - How to write for an intelligent audience

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell Expressing ideas and opinions with conviction: This is something I have battled with for a long time and still do.

In college, when evaluated for group discussions, I would be told many times "You are not confident in your sentences, therefore your argument appears weak." I used lots of "can, could, may, might, about,...

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Carrots and sticks

The quality of your life depends on the reasons behind the decisions you take. If they are internal reasons, for yourself, you flourish. If reasons are external, you lose control and feel frustrated. 

Your happiness will depend on the things you do when there’s no one standing behind you, when there’s no deadline, no sticks, and no short-term incentives.

If you just wait for the deadline to come near to start work, wait for your doctor to recommend you to exercise, wait for the...

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Happiness Recipe: Treat others like a Dog

Gucci: My Dog

I was against keeping any dog. Why would you want that additional responsibility and a potential health risk, however small? Wife insisted for a couple of years, and I finally relented, and we got this Shih Tzu furball. She named him Gucci. 

We treat our dogs with love, without expecting almost anything in return. We take care of their shit (literally), try to understand what they are trying to express without words.

Dogs, on the other hand, love us,...

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Goals, motivation, success digest

Everything below would seem too much work but it takes far less time than you think. It just looks big. Even if you think really hard about this, it’s difficult to spend more than an hour on the whole thing. Given that most people who write goals not only achieve them but exceed them, the potential of achieving so much with something as simple as writing goals has absolutely no downside. So, I am sharing my experiences by standing on the shoulders of giants such as Brian Tracy and Tony...

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Sending kids out in the world - Risk and Benefits

Indian parents, from the goodness of their hearts, keep the girls from going out, unless it has something to do with studies.

Some girls are restricted until they go to a hostel or for overseas studies.  so until they go to college.

It’s true that more girls are raped than boys are.

There is also a chance that she would gather bad habits and would do things that would soil the family name. But there is also a chance that they would do good work and bring laurels to them and...

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What do you use your mobile for?

Apollo 11, which helped put man on the moon had less computing power than a pocket calculator today and doesn’t even come near to your smartphone which has more than 30,000 times power of Apollo 11 computer.

What put the man on the moon wasn’t the enormous computing power, it was the willingness to work together and do whatever was required to do within the constraints.

Well, they were able to put the man on the moon with minimal computing power. What do you use your mobile...

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What if you start from the top of the pyramid?

A famous psychologist, Abraham Maslow, laid down a list of needs in the order which people go through in their life, starting from the bottom of the following pyramid. Most people intuitively know this pyramid. 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Maslow

 

Most individuals follow this pyramid scaling one step after the other in the pyramid. In Made to stick, Chip and Dan added one more step above self-actualization: Transcendence - which they define as...

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Double your money in 2 months

For every user that comes to teacheron.com, we make on an average, $5 in one month. Acquisition cost for each user is $1 or less. I am looking for intelligent investors who can give $100 or more. We invest this money in advertising on google ads and Facebook ads to get more users. By investing in teacheron.com, you will get $200 for every $100 invested in 2 months. We are a well reputed and working from last 6 years.

I can extend the above lie indefinitely and make it more credible with...

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Make a decision

If you take nothing else from this chapter, take this ? If you just define your goals, learning goals or otherwise, clearly and have them written on a piece of paper which you keep close to you, your chances of achieving your goals increases significantly. 

80% of your success comes from defining your goals of what you are going to accomplish. Interestingly 97% people don’t ever define their goal.In a research done at Harvard university, people who wrote goals were earning ten times than...

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How to make rock solid decisions

Your life depends on your decisions and actions, not your situation

- Tony Robbins

Since our decisions shape our life outcomes, one would imagine that people think rationally through their decisions. Sadly, that’s not true. 

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I’ve made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

- George Bernard Shaw

Most people think they think but they aren’t. They just run on auto pilot,...

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Health [incomplete]

Just to be clear: I am not a doctor. Use your brain before following my advice and consult a doctor. Don’t kill yourself.

Having said that, the following practices are pretty safe and unlikely to kill you. None of the what follows is original research. I am just synthesizing what master researchers tell and I felt that their message was important enough to repeat. Some of the people I use as references are Tim Ferriss, Ray Cronise, Wim Hof

I am going to tell some facts about...

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My favourite Bloggers and Podcasts

Some of my favourite bloggers and podcasters.

Bloggers Seth Godin on Business, management, marketing, decision making, life and psychology Anchoring can sink you But that’s not what I meant On average, averages are stupid Deconstructing urgent vs. important Getting ahead vs. doing well "I", "We" and "You" Dreams and fears The one thing that will change everything New times call for new decisions Every marketing challenge revolves around these questions I am ’anti-business’, you might be...

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