On February 20th, Beyond Grad completed one year. So, as our shareholder (reader), I want to share with you the behind-the-scenes numbers, hits, failures, and challenges. I also want to share my deepest gratitude to BG readers and subscribers. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Let’s start with the theme I had for the […]
Just Cruising At Work? Is That Okay!?
[Reading time: 2 minute 59 seconds] One white winter morning, we were hosting a couple for chai when the topic of careers came up. Husband friend: Main toh usse bol raha hoon ke kuch toh growth opportunities dekh at the company. (I’m telling her to look for growth opportunity at her workplace). Wife: Tu abhi […]
Power Lunch with Christopher Thomas
The first interview in the Power Lunch series is with Christopher Thomas. Chris is a global leader in strategy and innovation for Fortune 500 companies. He is a Chairman of the Governance Committee and part of the Board of Directors at US Venture Inc. He was the VP and CTO of a $9 billion company. […]
Introducing Power Lunch: Interviews With Corporate Leaders
What’s the #1 thing we want as we get more experienced at our workplace? An increase in responsibilities, title, or money — a.k.a. A promotion. In the past when you grew within your company, it only meant you were getting into management. That’s no longer true for all. Yes, some of us want […]
How to be righteous in an argument? Not just right.
A few weeks back, I shared how in an argument with my wife I will say something hurtful to end the discussion. If you love your partner I am sure you hate a having mental wall between each other. Or being weird around each other even though all you would like is to get back […]
Ever argued with your partner? If yes, I need your advice
My wife and I were returning home from a friends place. We were in our car, on a familiar road, and we were chatting about many topics. It was fun. With a new baby, we don’t get a lot of opportunities for long talks. Somewhere in the middle of the 45-minute drive, she said, “Do […]
How to get a better performance review by asking for feedback
Did you know that Jeff Bezos still reads emails from Amazon customers? Reading customer emails gives Jeff anecdotal feedback about how Amazon can improve. Entrepreneurs like him are always seeking input from their customers to grow their business. When I started to view myself as the CEO of my career, it helped me accelerate my […]
Case Study Raise Negotiation: “Paying Attention Helped Me Earn 8.3% More.”
“Have you checked this out!?” How much weight do we give to a recommendation from a friend? Be it for a restaurant, a movie, or the next big app. Enough to check it out right? When I recommended the Ultimate Guide to Negotiate a Raise to a friend, he wanted to try it out. He […]
“Varun, Your Negotiation System Won’t Work Because…”
It was a new high! I had just launched the Ultimate Guide to Negotiate a Raise to amazing reviews. Everyone around me was excited, and I was dreaming about the future of Beyond Grad. And who doesn’t want to feel that rush! But then, I was meet with a speed bump in my lofty existence. […]
Why do Grandparents Adore their Grandkids?
The moment we stepped out of the airport I saw him. He was looking around searching for us, eyes all watery with anticipation. He finally saw us, smiled wide and opened his arms. His 80-year-old body was weak and weirdly strong at the same time. The moment he picked up Myra, I could see the […]