Top Blogs and Podcasts of 2020, Redefining Essential and Approach to 2021

The Weekly Zazz #19

Having done a blog every day, around the topics of mindset, self-improvement, life, marketing, movies and so much more, a daily blog allows me to touch upon a number of topics, discover new learnings, go in-depth with what I already know, and share that in a language that is understandable.

But, 365 blogs in 365 days is something I’m not sure anyone can read. Some topics interest some people, some to none at all and then there are some who read more than usual.

Nonetheless, as the year comes to an end, I thought why not pick a few of the blogs that I, personally felt, provided the most value out of all.

So, here are my top 10 blogs of 2020

A. Do you Wear Shoes?

Read here –

B. Want vs Should

Read more –

C. 5 Positives and 1 Negative

Read about it here –

D. How to find your Passion?

Check it out here –

E. What happens when you write daily?

Curious to find out? Read here –

F. Limited by Boundaries

Read here –

G. What constitutes the inner voice?

Read more here –

H. What do you want from social media?

Read more here –

I. 5 Lessons to learn from ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’

Check it out here –

J. 2020 Learnings that will last for a lifetime

Read here –

Having touched upon the blogs, it only makes sense to touch upon my podcast as well, which I started in the second half of the year, and being a daily one, ended up doing 120 episodes (until I took a break from it, on December 17th)

So, here are my top 5 podcast episodes of 2020 -
(the episodes redirect to Spotify, however, if you’d like to check them on the other platforms, you can do so here)

A. Ability v Desire
We have goals in life, we have ambitions in life. We have desires to fulfill and live that lead up to those ambitions and goals. However, the bigger question that we often forget to ask ourselves in this fantasy, is a question of ability vs desire.

(There’s a part two to the episode as well)

B. Everything about you can be Changed
Whether with regards to our lifestyle habits, our personal or professional lives, we feel that we are the way we are. Or some things about us cannot be changed. That is simply not true. In this episode of Mindset Marketing Movies, I take a deep dive into this mindset and give you a different take on the topic.

C. The Hypocrisy of Free Content
What is this hypocrisy of free content? Why is it that people want free stuff but they don't value it? This episode is not a rant, I promise. I, however, take a deep dive into this hypocrisy and share my thoughts and observations on the same.

D. Self-Awareness starts with…
Everyone wants to become self-aware, but no one knows how to start that journey. In this episode, I share how can you individually initiate that process of becoming self-aware by yourself. I do hope that it helps you out and helps in you becoming aware of who you are, your choices, your decisions, and everything about your life as well.

E. The 3Es of Inspiration
Inspiration is not something that you force, but something that you attract, especially when you need it in your life. But how do you find the perfect inspiration for yourself? How do you get inspired? In this episode, I share the 3Es that will help out with the process of finding the right kind of inspiration for yourself.

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Edition 42
my weekly recommendations of What To Read, What To Listen, and What To Watch.

What To Read:

  1. 2020 Was The Year We Redefined ‘Essential’
    Read more here.

  2. Burnout vs Productivity: Truth of WFH. Read it here.

  3. The 9 biggest ‘Cancels’ of 2020
    Check it out here.

  4. Are Texas and Florida the new California and New York? Read more here.

  5. How to skip the small talk and build genuine relationships with 3 simple questions? Read here.

What To Listen:

  1. On ‘A Bit of Optimism with Simon Sinek’, Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri, on finding joy in the little things. Listen here.

  2. On The Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan Holiday talks with Camila Cabello on training your mind to work for you, finding courage and happiness in your career, how she values stillness and the idea of memento mori, and more. Listen to it here.

  3. Does Advertising actually work? Listen to it on the Freakonomics Podcast here.

  4. Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys – why? Listen to it on the ‘Every Little Thing‘ podcast here.

  5. Marcus Rashford sits down with the UTD Podcast at the end of an incredible year both on and off the pitch, talking about his upbringing and how it shaped the man he is today. Check it out here.

What To Watch:

  1. John Krasinski is back with a Holiday Special episode of Some Good Newsfeaturing George Clooney and Dwayne Johnson. Watch here.

  2. How Apple and Google formed one of tech’s most powerful partnerships?
    Watch it here.

  3. The technology that’s replacing the green screen. Check it out here.

  4. Elon Musk on Tesla, SpaceX and why he left Silicon Valley. Watch here.

  5. On Film Companion, watch ‘The Breakout Streaming Stars of 2020‘, ft Abhishek Banerjee, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Saiyami Kher, Harshvardhan Rane, and Priyanshu Painyuli. Watch it here.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.

In the world of TECH:

  1. Twitter bots and memorialized users will become ‘new account types’ in 2021

  2. Apple Targets Autonomous Car for Consumers by 2024

  3. OnePlus CEO confirms its first watch is coming in 'early' 2021

  4. WhatsApp to bring voice and video calls to desktop next year

  5. Zoom's next big idea — its own email service and calendar app by next year

In the world of MARKETING:

  1. Twitter Lets You 'Turn Off Retweets' For Accounts With Bad Taste

  2. Telegram, nearing 500 million users, to begin monetizing the app

  3. Google now lets you virtually try on makeup using AR, shop from influencer videos

In the world of BUSINESS:

  1. Social commerce in India could touch $7B by 2025

  2. Rules changing from January 1: Everything you need to know in detail

  3. WTO To Review India’s Ecommerce Policy, Digital Tax Policy Next Month

In the world of POP CULTURE:

  1. Filmfare OTT Awards 2020: Big Night For Paatal Lok And The Family Man

  2. 'The Mandalorian' Spinoff 'The Book Of Boba Fett' Is Coming December 2021

  3. Twenty One Pilots' live-streamed music video set a Guinness World Record

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” - Maya Angelou

Every year will be the same as before until you consciously take the step forward for a change. Note down what you want to change about yourself, the steps that you will take to do so, and turn them into micro-goals. Start accomplishing one micro goal at a time and make your 2021 successful for yourself.

Thank you for your time, honestly and I shall see you next week with the 20th edition of the newsletter.

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