So I asked her for tips on how to be helpful!

  1. Recognising when to help
  2. How to comfort well
  3. How to listen well
  4. How to encourage others
  5. How to build trust

#1 Recognising when to help

Check in with friends every ______ period of time.

  • “Hey, how have you been recently?”
  • “Are you tired today?”
  • “How are things back home?”
  • “How…


(Source: giphy.com / Aishwarya Sadasivan)
  • Not me.
  • Not the world.
  • Not other people.
  • Like my worries about the destination at the end of the train ride.
  • Like my happy memories of other passengers…


Imagine you’re looking out a window at the night sky…

(Source: Matt Gross on Unsplash)


I never believed that saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words…”


Life is a big long balancing act…

(Source: Walt Disney Studios)

#1: “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.”…


Starting a podcast is one of THE most effective networking tools I know…

And you DON’T need any fancy mikes or headphones 😉 (Source: Unsplash)
  • You can meet people in ANY industry you’re curious about
  • One-off meetings turn into a brand you can show off again and again
  • You have an incentive (fame) to offer the other person
  • And tools like Anchor.fm make it easier than ever to get started 😀

Step #1: Choose a Theme (1/5 Difficulty)

It can LITERALLY be ANY niche YOU find EXCITING.


And it slows production for EVERY device you can imagine.

The swollen phone battery… a dreaded sight in all too many homes. 😭 (CC-BY-2.0)


Help others

STOP thinking


Key Takeaways:

  • As a student, the world’s doors are open to you. This isn’t school. You CAN ask for help.
  • Find EVERY single way you can to test your ideas. Aim to make your validation process THE big story you tell when you talk about your business.
  • Large market = lots of money? Not if you try to do everything and end up with nothing.


Key Takeaways

  • Look for problems in areas you’re uniquely interested in or that you’re uniquely aware of. The solutions will be all the more innovative.
  • Not having many resources at first is GOOD! It helps you not waste time chasing ideas or products that aren’t the best.
  • Be VERY specific about the values you’re not willing to bend on. For the other nice-to-haves, give yourself some flexibility to grow into them :-)

Madhav Malhotra

Cofounder at The Plastic Shift. Learning how to create a sustainable planet. Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/madhav-malhotra/

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