Prakhar Gupta on why you should stop being nice

Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala

05-08-2022 • 1 hr 7 mins


Do you find yourself often swallowing your opinion? Do you not feel confident enough to share your thoughts with the world? Maybe the main obstacle blocking you from unlocking your self-confidence is you. In this captivating episode of Take aPause, Varun talks to Prakhar Gupta on a lot of different topics. This episode covered so many wonderful topics that it had to be a two-part series.

Prakhar is a social commentator and a cultural critic. He’s been a popular public figure in the public speaking and personal development domain for over 5 years. He hosts the PG Radio podcast and Prakhar ke Pravachan YouTube Channel – both have seen tremendous success. He co-founded Colloquia, a prominent Debate and Discourse club at Columbia University. In less than a year, Prakhar rose to become one of India's most popular public speakers. He has given 8+ keynotes at some of the top institutions, including IITs, and a TEDx talk.

Time Stamps

(00:00 - 01:57) - Intro

(01:58 - 07:25) - Confidence

(07:25 - 11:57) - Travel & Backpacking

(11:58 - 18:09) - Experimental phase of life

(18:10 - 23:36) - Breaking down complex topics

(23:37 - 29:52) - Building relationships with friends from Prakhars book

(29:53 - 35:25) - Being Nice

(35:26 - 47:09) - Saying No

(47:10 - 1:01:44) - Talking to parents

(1:01:44 - 1:06:23) - Psychology

Books discussed in the episode

  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It - Chriss Voss & Tahl Raz
  • Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
  • Verbal Behavior - B. F. Skinner

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About the show

“Take a pause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The   Varun Duggi show”) is a thrice a week podcast that’s meant  to enable its listeners to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily   lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that will  help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform at  their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds of  truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their  work, life and everything in-between.

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